Batumi Sightseeing Tour with Local Family Visit
- Sightseeing drive: Highlights include the Opera House, Drama Theater, Batumi Main Square, Seaside Park, the University, modern novelty architecture, a stop at tiny resurrected Church of St. Barbara, and panoramic city views from Mt. Batumi.
- Church of the Virgin Mary: Visit a gothic landmark that, like Batumi itself, is fully reinvigorated and glowing now that the restraints of the Soviet era are gone.
- Visit a local family: Spend some time with your hosts and get a firsthand sense of Georgian life, traditions, and hospitality. You'll feel right at home here.
About this Batumi tour
Southern hospitality is a longstanding tradition in the U.S. state of Georgia. But in the country of Georgia, it's an even longer-standing tradition. Georgians actually have a national epic poem, dating back to the 12th century, which states that the true measure of a person's wealth is the depth of their friendships. So every guest there is treated as a new friend. Not a bad policy!
Join GoBe on a unique tour of Batumi that includes a visit inside the home of a local family, where you'll have a chance to experience that fabled Georgian hospitality firsthand. In the brief time spent with these gracious hosts, you'll learn a bit more about the country, its people and lifestyle, and the deep-seated traditions that define the national character. It's sure to be a memorable meet-up.
But then, you'll collect plenty of other landmark memories on this tour, too. Like your drive through Old Batumi, gridded into square blocks by Roman tradition. The legendary four-mile-long seaside park and promenade locals call "the Boulevard" – with its art installations, colonnades, cafes, and lush greenery. And the spectacular views of the sea, the city, and its steep landscape from atop Mt. Batumi.
You'll also remember your visit to a pair of churches only recently restored as holy spaces after years of Soviet era disuse: tiny Church of St. Barbara resting in the shade of a quiet park, and the Church of the Virgin Mary with its outstanding stained glass and antique organ.
Their rebirth is a simple and moving statement of Georgian pride, and the enduring power of tradition.
The churches you see in Georgia today deserve a medal for perseverance. Centuries of shifting ethnic factions, religions, and occupying influences take their toll on houses of worship. When the Soviets moved in after WWI, for instance, quaint St. Barbara's Church became a military hospital; it reopened as a church only in 1997. The Virgin Nativity Church was used as an archive and a high-voltage laboratory for a while, before being reconsecrated in 1989. Some 5,000 were baptized on reopening day.
Arriving by cruise ship? Please proceed pier side, to the port entrance, and look for our tour 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
Canal Boat & 49-seat Motorcoach
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 but if you are under 18 years of age you won't be able to drink wine on this tour. 18 is the legal drinking age in Georgia.
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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