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West Coast Georgia small group tour

4 Days | Adjara, Guria | Spring, Summer, Autumn | #Localoba

The West Coast Georgia small group tour is about experiences, feelings and support. If you’re looking for another traditional guided journey along popular tourist destinations – you probably won’t like what’s in here 🙂


You must have already been to Batumi, seen its colorful Piazza, walked the Old Town streets, waited for Ali and Nino to embrace each other…  

But chances are you haven’t visited a local tea farm and tried to harvest the leaves. Or a fish market with a catch-of-the-day lunch.

Or maybe you haven’t visited Mtirala National Park for a brief hike, but always wanted to?

We also know that there are even fewer people who’ve been to Machakhela National Park and were amazed by the views over the area from its Ethnographic Museum, or tried shepherds’ cheese.  

Different experiences, unusual feelings, meeting people, and actually supporting them just by making a visit – that’s what this 4-day tour is about.

Responsible travel requires a different attitude, higher level of awareness and enthusiastic-traveler-like aspirations. By taking this tour, you’re supporting our local partners, our lovely guides and drivers.

Feel this is right for you? We’ll be happy to see you on this tour and promise to give our all, so this trip is the best you’ve had so far in Georgia!    

Brief tour itinerary

  • Day 1: Tbilisi – Batumi by morning train, Batumi fish market
  • Day 2: Machakhela National Park – all day tour and activities
  • Day 3: One-day tea tour in Ozurgeti – all day tour and activities
  • Day 4: Half-day Mtirala National Park hiking tour | Return to Tbilisi by evening train

Included: All transportation during the tour (including train), half-board meals (breakfast and lunch), comfort accommodation, tour activities and visit costs, English-speaking guide, COVID prevention kit.

  • Small group (number of travelers 8-10 max)
  • Tour days: Thursday-Sunday (every week)
  • Departure from: Tbilisi train station every Thursday at 10:10 am
  • Local transportation: Mercedes Benz Sprinter minibus
  • Accommodation: The Admiral Hotel Batumi

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Village farm in Machakhela National Park

West Coast Georgia small group tour detailed program

Batumi

Meeting point and time: Tbilisi train station meeting at 10:10 am. Our team member will be there to welcome you.

You will be given your personal brand-new reusable water bottles, face masks and hand sanitizers. And exciting reading material about some of the places you’ll visit. This will both help you get started with the tour and while away some of your 5-hour train ride.

Arrival in Batumi at 3:30 pm

Batumi Port view from the Admiral Hotel

On the way from Batumi train station, we’ll stop at the famous Fish Market. If you haven’t been there yet, there are definitely some things that will impress you. A catch-of-the-day fish lunch on the Black Sea shore is the perfect start to your Adjara adventure. The choice of fish is up to you (you may choose between Trout, Mullet, Surmullet, Dorado or Sea Bass; or just have a khachapuri 🙂 ). 

Upon arrival in the Old Town, we will check you in to the Admiral Hotel, right in front of the main Batumi Pier.

Batumi fish market with sellers and buyers

This local boutique-type hotel was one of the first in Batumi to open its doors for travelers after the quarantine. Hotel management and staff strictly follow all required health & safety regulations and anti-Covid measures. With no effect on their usual high-quality service whatsoever.

For later evening you may just simply relax on the hotel’s wonderful terrace enjoying the sea view. Or go for a bicycle ride along the Batumi boulevard. Our experience shows that riding along the sea front is a great refreshing exercise after a train journey and before the nighttime.

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Machakhela

Todays tour will take us to one of the most hidden gems of Georgia – the Machakhela Protected Areas. The area was closed for any kind of public access during the Soviet period, due to its proximity to the state border with Turkey.

The main road leading to the national park is often called “Machakhela Gun Road”

Monument to the Gun in Machakhela National Park in Georgia

This area of Georgia has long been famous for manufacturing firearms since the 18th century. Celebrating this fact, the Gun Monument is indeed something to stop by and ‘shoot’ your first photo of the day.

Upon arrival at Machakhela National Park we will make another stop at arguably the longest rope bridge in Adjara. The fast mountain river’s flow beneath the bridge will surely add to the impressions.

Rope bridge in Machakhela Adjara Georgia
Machakhela Ethnographic museum interior

We continue further up the picturesque Adjarian mountain road to see one of the oldest ethnographic museum collections in Georgia. Established in 1984, the museum building itself is much older and used to be a local mosque and madrassah.

The museum’s interior still reflects building’s religious past. Apart from this, the museum’s location is so amazing – standing on a hill, the views over the vast territory of Machakhela National Park are just breathtaking.

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Beekeepers and shepherd cheese makers are a local “specialty” of Machakhela. Making hospitality a business was not a concept here for a long time (until 2014) – a legacy from when the area was a restricted border zone closed for visitors.

We’ll visit a local family now engaged in both – honey and cheese production, and welcoming tourists – to relax, chat and have lunch. Real honey and not-your-usual cheese are obvious sides. 

We almost forgot to mention that tasting of Tsolikouri and Chkhaveri local wines is also included 🙂 

On the way back to Batumi, we stop at the medieval Tskhimlari arch bridge over the mountain river. A great place to take a group photo, encapsulating everything this day was about.

Free evening in Batumi.

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Tea tour

In the morning depart Batumi towards the Guria Region of Georgia. For more than a century, this place has been famous for its tea plantations. During Soviet times, Georgian tea was one of the major products keeping Guria busy. The local climate and soil quality made it possible to grow a very high-quality tea.

After the collapse of the Soviet Union, tea production experienced a drastic fall, leading to complete abandonment of the fields.

Tea Route road sign in Georgia

In recent years, local people started to bring back the tradition of tea making. We will visit one such family. Lika Megreladze, daughter of the former Ozurgeti Tea Factory’s senior production technologist, created a small tea garden on the backyard of their century-old house.

Tea bushes in the village of Tsitelmta in Guria region of Georgia

Now you have a chance not just to see how tea is being grown, but to actually harvest tea leaves, and take part in the whole process of domestic real tea-making. All of this will, of course, be complimented with an organic farm-to-table lunch, made of locally produced and grown products.

Tourists picking up tea in Georgia

The garden itself, being based around tea bushes, is a miniature paradise! A cozy bamboo grove, calming watercourse in-between high trees, beautiful mini-forest of their own, and lines of vineyards. This family is truly blessed with what they possess.

Return to Batumi for yet another seaside evening.  

The small watercourse on the backyard of tea estate in Tsitelmta village, Guria region of Georgia

Mtirala National Park hiking

Сheck-out after breakfast. Depart hotel towards your last adventure on this tour: half-day easy level hiking in Mtirala National Park.

About a 40-minute drive from Batumi, we arrive at the park’s visitor center. The trail runs along the beautiful Chakvistskali River gorge. Two kilometers away, there’s a 15-meter-high waterfall covered in ivy and Colchic box trees.

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We will have a light picnic lunch there before going back. 

Upon return to the Visitor center, you will be transferred to Batumi train station*. That same comfortable Stadler train will take you back to Tbilisi. We ourselves actually enjoy the train ride for a number of reasons. 

Train from Tbilisi to Batumi

First of all, it is a true gift of time! You’re on the road, so no one can judge you for dedicating 5 hours to yourself. Sleeping, reading, watching movies on your laptop or mobile device, or simply daydreaming – these are the things you most likely have been depriving yourself of for a long time. 

Secondly, taking the train instead of car or plane is good for our environment, not to mention extremely safe. As promoters of responsible traveler behavior, we strongly encourage this type of transportation on our tours in Georgia. And believe us, this is an extremely satisfying feeling – to be a responsible tourist.

* You may extend your stay in Batumi for your own time and program. Just let us know the date/time you want your return train ticket to be purchased for. 

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Upcoming tour dates

Start dateEnd date
Thursday, September 3Sunday, September 6
Thursday, September 10Sunday, September 13
Thursday, September 17Sunday, September 20
Thursday, September 24Sunday, September 27
Thursday, October 1Sunday, October 4
Thursday, October 8Sunday, October 11
Thursday, October 15Sunday, October 18

Tour price and inclusions

Total tour price: 670 GEL per person (sharing double or twin room)
Single room supplement: 155 GEL
Children under the age of 6 are at discounted price: 440 GEL per child

Tour includes:

  • Train tickets (2nd class) from Tbilisi to Batumi, and return
  • Transportation during the tour on a comfortable Mercedes Sprinter
  • Accommodation at the Admiral hotel, Batumi (3 nights, breakfast included, standard room)
  • English-speaking guide to accompany the group throughout the tour
  • Lunches on Days 1, 2 and 3 (locations indicated in the tour program)
  • Picnic lunch on Day 4 (during Mtirala National Park hiking)
  • All tour activities mentioned in the program
  • All entrance fees
  • Personal reusable water bottle (It’s brand-new and it’s yours! Just please don’t bring a plastic bottle)
  • COVID prevention kit: 2 reusable face masks, tissues and hand sanitizer

Fantastic! All you need to do now is fill the short form below and we’ll be in touch with you in almost no time.

In order for us to confirm your place on the tour, we’ll need a deposit of 180 GEL per person (or the full price – up to you). This amount will allow us to secure your train tickets and hotel reservation.

All further information will be communicated via email, phone, or WhatsApp (it’s your choice).

We hope that this is not going to be the case. But things happen. So… 

  • Cancellation more than 48 hours before the tour starts – full refund
  • Cancellation between 48 hours and 24 hours before the tour starts – we charge 120 GEL per person
  • Cancellation less than 24 hours – 180 GEL per person

Due to this tour being a small group (10 travelers only) and most of the bookings coming at short notice, we’re asking for a deposit of 180 GEL per person (the amount we may lose in late hotel and train cancellation).  

Yes, of course. Hotel upgrade is available. Please indicate this in the “Additional information” section of the booking form, and we will provide you with the options.

Absolutely. If you already have an accommodation in Batumi, we will deduct the hotel cost from the tour total price. If you live somewhere outside Batumi, we will discuss details with you and come to the most favorable agreement, so you too can enjoy the tour. Please indicate this in the “Additional information” section of the tour booking form.


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