Batumi Sightseeing Tour with Artist's Workshop Visit
- Visit an artist’s workshop: Master woodcarver Kemal Turmanidze shows you his studio and salon, and demonstrates traditional techniques he uses to create the many works on display.
- Relaxed sightseeing drive: See Old Town, Batumi Main Square, Seaside Park, the University, modern buildings famed for their novelty architecture, and more – with visits to tiny resurrected Church of St. Barbara and larger Church of the Virgin Mary.
- Scenic coffee break: Enjoy a complimentary cup of coffee or tea and spectacular views of the city and sea from a restaurant deck high atop Mt. Batumi.
About this Batumi tour
In a country with as many mountain forests and rolling woodlands as Georgia, it's no surprise that woodcarving traditions are a vibrant part of the cultural legacy. This GoBe tour brings you face-to-face with a prominent practitioner and guardian of that heritage: internationally recognized artist Kemal Turmanidze, whose works are on display at the Adjara State Museum and in exhibitions worldwide. He'll show you some of his techniques as he leads you through his studio and salon, where many of his pieces are displayed in tableaus.
But artistry is in evidence all around Batumi. Like on our drive through Old Town, gridded into square blocks by Roman tradition and filled with landmarks. And along the legendary ribbon of seaside park and promenade locals call "the Boulevard" – with its sculptures, fountains, colonnades, and lush landscape design.
A drive up to the viewing platform on Mt. Batumi will reveal painterly views of the sea, the city, and the hilly green landscape that surrounds it. You'll toast the beauty over a cup of coffee or tea served at the mount-top restaurant, where they understand the art of brewing.
The tour also visits two lovingly restored old churches, reconsecrated as holy spaces after years of Soviet era disuse. The tiny Church of St. Barbara stands proudly in its coat of white and blue, while the classically Gothic towers of the Church of the Virgin Mary house elaborate stained glass windows and a venerable old organ.
These two, and many other structures you'll encounter, seem to hum with a pulse of reinvention that has helped Batumi emerge as an exciting new city to be enjoyed by all.
The sound of spoken Georgian you may hear during your tour is like no other language you'll hear anywhere else. In fact, it often includes whole sounds you've never encountered before – made with parts of someone's throat and lungs you didn't know could work together that way. We recommend you not try these sounds at home; leave them to native Georgian speakers. You could hurt yourself. Or accidently say something really filthy in Georgian.
Please proceed pier side, to the port entrance, and look for our GoBe Representative with the displayed logo sign.
Most shops are open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 8 p.m., but some stay open until 9 p.m. The local currency is the Georgia lari and it is divided into 100 tetri. Euros and dollars are accepted at most establishments.
This tour involves a moderate amount of walking (greater than one mile), with some steps to climb. It is not wheelchair accessible. Travelers with limited mobility may not see all sites fully but can participate at their discretion.
Cultural, Scenic, Walking Tour, Family Friendly
Beverages - Tea & Coffee
English, Russian, German, Italian
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Suitable for all ages.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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