Silversea Luxury Cruises To Batumi

Batumi

Batumi is a seaside city on the Black Sea Coast, and the capital of Adjara, an autonomous republic in Southwest Georgia. With its large port and commercial centre, Batumi is also the last stop of the Trans Caucasian Railroad and the Baku Oil Pipeline. It is situated approximately 12 miles (19 kilometres) from the Turkish border, in a subtropical zone that is rich in citrus fruit and tea. Industries include oil refineries, shipbuilding, food processing, and light manufacturing. View more

At the same time, the export of tea, citrus, and other products from the region by the sea plays an important role in the economy of the town. In 1878, after 300 years of Turkish power, Batumi passed into Russian hands. Today, Batumi Port is connected with all of the seacoast nations of the world by seaways. It is the link connecting the sea, river, railway, automobile, air, and pipeline modes of transport.

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Excursions in Batumi

Panoramic Batumi & Georgian Home Visit

Explore the traditions, culture and landmarks of Georgia during this scenic orientation tour of Batumi, and a visit to the home of a local family.


Old Batumi

Depart the pier for a panoramic drive through Old Batumi. Along the way, a photo stop is made at Era Square, home of a monumental sculpture of Medea. From here, take a guided stroll along the shady seaside promenade to the tiny Church of St. Barbara, which was reopened to parishioners after the collapse of the former Soviet Union in 1991. After a brief visit to the Church of St. Barbara, re-board your coach for the drive through New Batumi en route to the Virgin Mary Cathedral.


New Batumi and Virgin Mary Cathedral

Driving through New Batumi, observe the progress of the city's revitalisation plan. Sites to be seen include the University complex, Sheraton Hotel, musical fountains, the Adjarian House restaurant, which features models of the main Georgian ethnographic sites exhibited in its courtyard, a huge tourist complex, the Aqua Park, and many other places of interest. The Virgin Mary Cathedral is an elegant, 19th-century, Gothic-style church that was converted to a Georgian Orthodox Church in 1989 and blessed as the Virgin Mary Cathedral.


Batumi Mount and Local Home Visit

Following a visit inside the Virgin Mary Cathedral, re-board your coach and proceed for a photo stop at the Batumi Mount, which offers splendid views of hilly landscapes, the sparkling blue sea and the city. Your final stop is at the home of a local family. Upon arrival, meet the family, take a guided tour of their home, learn about the Georgian people, lifestyles and traditions, and relax with home-made pastries, local wine, and tea or coffee. Your tour concludes with a brief drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 547 yards (about 500 metres), with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach, 11 steps at the entrance to the Virgin Mary Cathedral and 46 steps to access the viewing platform at the Batumi Mount. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Proper attire is required to enter the Virgin Mary Cathedral; shorts and bare shoulders are not permitted. Ladies should have covered heads and shoulders and must wear skirt or dresses (ladies in trousers as well as the men in shorts are not permitted to enter the orthodox temples). The tour sequence may vary.

Gonio Fortress & State Museum of Adjara

Gonio Fortress & Archaeological Museum

Experience Georgia old and new during this picturesque,half-day sightseeing excursion to the Gonio Fortress, Archaeological Museum and Primorsky Park.


Old and New Batumi

Depart the pier for a scenic drive through Old and New Batumi. Along the way, observe the progress of the city's revitalisation plan. Sites to be seen include the Sheraton Hotel, musical fountains, the Adjarian House restaurant, which features models of the main Georgian ethnographic sites exhibited in its courtyard, a huge tourist complex, the Dutch Tower, Aqua Park, Racing Circuit sculpture, Dolphinarium, and many other places of interest. Your first stop is at the ancient Gonio-Apsaros Fortress.


Gonio-Apsaros Fortress

This important Colchis urban centre dates from the late-Hellenistic and Roman periods. The walls were built from pebbles and bricks, and date from the Byzantine period; the merlons were added during a period of Turkish occupation. During your guided walking tour, see the mighty walls and towers, remains of the Roman baths and the garrison mosque. Following your visit, return to town for a refreshment stop before continuing on to the Archaeological Museum.


Archaeological Museum and Primorsky Park

Established in 1988 it houses materials from Bronze Age to Medieval times, excavated throughout Adjara and Batumi and conducted by the joint Georgian-British expeditions. Its collection presents unique samples of Georgian and foreign coins, bronze vessels, glassware, ceramics, etc. Today you will have chance to see its most valuable exhibits, Georgian Gold Items, found on the territory of Gonio Fortress and stored in the State Treasury for a long time.


After a guided tour of the museum, re-board your coach and proceed to Primorsky Park, a popular local venue founded in 1884. Upon arrival, see the beautiful colonnade, a symbol of Batumi, the musical fountains, a tiny bamboo grove, the sparkling blue sea, and subtropical vegetation. Your tour concludes with a brief drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 0.5 miles (about 0.8 kilometres), with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach, rough, uneven ground and a few steps at the Gonio Fortress, and nine steps at the entrance to the Archaeological Museum. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. The tour sequence may vary.

Batumi Sights & Khachapuri Tasting

Explore the picturesque sights and flavours of Batumi during this half-day sightseeing excursion, and an opportunity to sample a traditional Georgian delicacy.


Old Batumi

Depart the pier for the panoramic drive to Old Batumi. En route, see the Adjara government buildings and modern cinema building. A photo stop is made at Era Square, home of a monumental sculpture of Medea. Next stroll through the old town and view the Batumi Piazza, one of the most beautiful places in the city. The Piazza covers an area of 61,354 sq feet ( 5,700 sq metres) and is surrounded with cafes, restaurants and hotels decorated with beautiful mosaics and stained glass windows. Then proceed to the Theater Square for a photo stop at the Neptune fountain. Enjoy some free time for souvenir shopping at the nearby Art Salon.


New Batumi

Next, re-board your coach for a panoramic drive past Nuri Geli Lake, which is surrounded by a beautiful park filled with subtropical plants. From here, pass by the University complex and through New Batum where you can see whimsical musical fountains, the Dutch Tower, Aqua Park, Racing Circuit sculpture, Dolphinarium. You will stop at Adjaruli Sakhli or Adjarian House restaurant. Enjoy a glass of wine and a traditional Georgian snack called khachapuri, a thin pie filled with

mildly salted cheese.


Virgin Mary Cathedral and Archaeological Museum

Afterward, visit the Archaeological Museum, the oldest museum in Georgia. Here, see a unique collection of artifacts dating from the Stone Age, Greek and Roman epochs. You will be able to view ancient pottery, coins and fine jewelry and have chance to see its most valuable exhibits, Georgian Gold Items, found on the territory of Gonio Fortress and stored in the State Treasury for a long time.


Your tour concludes with a brief drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for a approximately 1500 metres (about 1640 yards), with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach, a few steps at the entrance to the restaurant, nine steps at the entrance to the Archaeological Museum, 11 steps at the entrance to the Virgin Mary Cathedral. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Proper attire is required to enter the Virgin Mary Cathedral; shorts and bare shoulders are not permitted. Ladies should have covered heads and shoulders and must wear skirt or dresses (ladies in trousers as well as the men in shorts are not permitted to enter the orthodox temples).

Batumi Highlights & Georgian Cuisine

Experience the splendid history, beauty and flavours of Batumi during this scenic, half-day sightseeing excursion.


Gonio-Apsaro Site

Depart the pier for a panoramic drive through Batumi City. Pass by the Opera & Drama Theatre and Virgin Mary Cathedral en route to a photo stop at Era Square and its sculpture of Medea. Next, proceed along New Batumi Boulevard and visit Gonio-Apsaros, an ancient Colchis urban centre. During a guided stroll of the Gonio Fortress, see mighty walls and towers, ruins of Roman baths, the garrison mosque and a small archaeological museum displaying findings unearthed from the fortress' territory.


Botanical Gardens

Next, continue along the scenic coastline to the Botanical Gardens. Located on the Green Cape, or 'Mtsvane Kontskhi', the expansive gardens are divided into nine geographic sections, and boast more than 5,000 plant species from all over the world. Upon arrival, take a leisurely stroll through the garden and explore its unique plants.


Megrul-Lazuri

Following your visit, proceed to the traditional Megrul-Lazuri restaurant for a traditional Georgian lunch complete with a live performance of polyphonic Georgian music and toast-maker, or 'tamada'. Your tour concludes with a brief drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking for approximately 1.1 miles (about 1.77 kilometres), at times on inclines, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes, and bring sunscreen and a sweater or light jacket from the ship.

Gonio Fortress & Adjara Wine House

Discover the splendid history and winemaking traditions of Batumi during a picturesque, half-day excursion to this ancient city.


City Tour and Gonio Fortress

Depart the pier for a panoramic drive through Batumi City. Pass by the Opera & Drama Theatre and Virgin Mary Cathedral en route to a photo stop at Era Square and its sculpture of Medea. From here, proceed along New Batumi Boulevard and visit Gonio-Apsaros, an ancient Colchis urban centre. During a guided stroll of the Gonio Fortress, see mighty walls and towers, ruins of Roman baths, the garrison mosque and a small archaeological museum displaying findings unearthed from the fortress' territory.


Adjara Wine House

Next, your drive continues on to the Adjara Wine House, nestled amidst a picturesque landscape. It was built in an attempt to revive the traditions of the winemaking in Adjara that dates back to the 5th century B.C. Upon arrival, proceed for a tasting of the unique Porto Franco wine produced at the Adjara Wine House from the 'chkhaveri' grapes grown in this region. Your tasting also includes Tsolikauri wine and Georgian vodka, or 'chacha'. Following your visit, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 30-minute drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 405 yards (about 370 metres), with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and six steps at the Adjara Wine House. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes, and bring sunscreen and a sweater or light jacket from the ship. Guests must be at least 21 years old to participate in tastings of alcoholic beverages.

Silver Shore Privato - Batumi by Private Car with Guide - Half-Day

Explore Batumi at your leisure during your half-day (4-Hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customize your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: Guides and vehicles are the best in the area but may be below Western standards. This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Guides are English-speaking. Participation is limited to 2 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Silver Shore Privato - Batumi by Private Car with Guide - Full-Day

Explore Batumi at your leisure during your full-day (8-Hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customize your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: Guides and vehicles are the best in the area but may be below Western standards. This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Guides are English-speaking. Participation is limited to 2 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Silver Shore Privato - Batumi by Private Van with Guide - Half-Day

Explore Batumi at your leisure during your half-day (4-Hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customize your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: Guides and vehicles are the best in the area but may be below Western standards. This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Guides are English-speaking. Participation is limited to 8-10 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Silver Shore Privato - Batumi by Private Van with Guide - Full-Day

Explore Batumi at your leisure during your full-day (8-Hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customize your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car or van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: Guides and vehicles are the best in the area but may be below Western standards. This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Guides are English-speaking. Participation is limited to 8-10 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.