Travel to Mountainous Adjara (with tasting of local wines)
Type of excursion:Sightseeing • Wine, gastronomy • History, architecture • Mountains & canyons
Statue of St. Andrew the First Called
Adjara Wine House
Bridge of Queen Tamara
Sarpi. Statue of St. Andrew the First Called
On the border with Turkey is the village of Sarpi. Rather, the border is located in the village, dividing it into two parts, the Georgian and Turkish. Once these lands belonged to Georgia, then were seized by Turkey, and only in the twentieth century the modern state border was established. 300 years of Ottoman rule could not help but leave their mark. But the Turks did not manage to completely erase the Christian past from the memory of people. Today, on the road to Sarpi, in a picturesque corner, you can see a monument to one of the most revered in the Eastern churches of the Apostle Andrew the First-Called, the lot of which led him to preach Christianity to the shores of the Black Sea.
During the rule of Rome, this place was called Apsaros. A five-meter-long fortress wall, one kilometer long, defended the northern outpost of the empire from enemies. Along the perimeter of the wall were located 22 towers. 18 of them we can see today. The city could be reached from four sides. Under the safe protection of the walls, a peaceful life flowed, no worse than the capital. The locals enjoyed the art of the actors and the wheelchair races at the hippodrome.
However, the Romans were in these parts only aliens. Today, archaeologists can say with confidence that the first settlements on the site of the Gonio-Apsarossky fortress originated at least one and a half thousand years BC. The legends associate Apsaros with the legendary Colchis, the mother country of Georgia. According to the locals, it was here that the King of Colchis Eet buried his son Apsirth, who fell from the hand of Medea’s half-sister.
Another legend claims that Gonio became the resting place of the Apostle Matthew. Science has not yet confirmed, but has not disproved this story either.
From the fortress we will go to the mountains. Higher up along the turbulent river Adzharistskali. The unique natural landscape has not been disturbed by human presence, except for small ancient villages, and the stone bridges of Queen Tamara of the XII century, thrown over the rapid mountain streams. Next we will see a natural monument - the Mahunceti Falls. Mahunceti jets fall from a height of 20 meters, leaving the smallest spray in the air, iridescent in the rays of the sun. Waterfalls rush into a natural bowl, in which it was customary to take healing baths in ancient times. But there are hardly any brave souls today who are ready to jump into the icy water.
We will visit a real Adzharian family - where you will see the life of ordinary Ajarians, try local dishes, moreover - the hostess will be given to everyone by the master of Ajarian cuisine, and the owner will tell you all about homemade wine and tea, will conduct a tour around the farm and wait for you pleasant tastings of local home wines and spirits.
Adjara Wine House
Center of Ajarian winemaking. Here is the largest wine manufactory of Adjara. A detailed tour of the factory awaits you, where you will learn all about Georgian winemaking from the main sommelier of the manufactory. Here you will taste the unique wine of this region - Chkhaveri and Porto-Franco, which is produced and sold only in Adjara.
Children under 6 travel for free
50% discount for a child from 6 to 12 years
- Excursion start location: Батуми
- Number of participants: min 1 / max 15
- Duration hours: 8
- Free cancel before: 48 Hours
Prepay and cancellation policy
The prepayment is 10% of the cost of the service.
Free cancellation is possible for 48 hours before the start