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  1. GEORGIAN HOSPITALITY AND GOODWILL
    Exceptional hospitality and goodwill make every trip to Georgia very special. In Caucasian mountains and especially in Georgia any foreigner has been associated with a guest since ancient times. Even nowadays, contemporary Georgians show special attitude towards foreign guests. You will never forget pleasant feelings experienced while meeting hospitable and friendly people here.

  2. THE CULTURE OF GEORGIAN SUPRA (Feast) & TRADITION OF TAMADA (Toastmaster)
    Georgian Supra with its traditions has no analogue in the world. The culture of toasts exist in many countries, however, the phenomenon of Tamada is the strongest in Georgia. The Tamada is the person who leads Supra and is considered to be the most honorable member of a traditional feast. At the same time Tamada should posses special qualities. He has to be educated, well aware of history and culture of Georgia, eloquent, sociable, with sense of humor and musical skills. He should be able to introduce diverse toasts and at the same time entertain guests with poems, songs and interesting stories. Georgian Supra with its centuries-old traditions is a clear expression of Georgian identity. That’s why this tradition is still preserved in modern Georgia. It is known that there are approximately 300 different toasts, some of which are obligatory for each Supra, regardless its duration.

  3. AJARIAN CUISINE & WINE
    A traditional Georgian feast is a real show of diverse Georgian cuisine, cooking technologies, table setting traditions and accompanying rituals. Ajarian cuisine is an inseparable part of the Georgian cuisine; however cultural influence of the Asian cuisine can be clearly seen. In mountainous Ajara dairy products prevail. Boat-shaped Ajarian Khachapuri is the main feature of Ajarian cuisine. Sweets are also important component. Viticulture has been well developed here since ancient times. As a result, about 50 vine species have been preserved till nowadays.

  4. LONG SEA SEASON, UNIQUE AIR & UNFORGETTABLE LANDSCAPES
    Batumi is an attractive destination not only during hot summer season but also in spring and autumn. Sunbathing and swimming is possible already from the beginning of May. Sea season is even more pleasant in September-October, during Indian summer. Winters are warm and summers are hot. Besides sea you can visit amazing mountainous Ajara. After just few-hour’s drive you can enjoy spectacular mountainous landscapes on 2.000-2.500 m above the sea level. In Ajara tourists are mainly attracted by unique combination of mountains and sea, beautiful landscapes and calm environment.

  5. HISTORICAL & MODERN ARCHITECTURE
    Batumi is one of the oldest cities in Georgia founded as early as BCE. Its initial form "Batus" had already been mentioned in the 4th century BCE. Interesting historical past has considerably preconditioned architectural diversity of Batumi. In the 19th century, during the Porto Franco period, a number of interesting projects were accomplished by European architects. During the soviet and post-soviet times it was also turned into a popular seaport and tourist city. Modern Batumi is still distinguished by buildings of different architectural style.

  6. UNFORGETTABLE DOLPHIN SHOW
    The Black Sea often gives a chance to see swimming dolphins in it. Therefore, dolphin is considered as a symbol of Batumi. That’s why sculptures of dolphin can be abundantly found in the city. Batumi Dolphinarium, established in 1974, is a real visit card of Batumi and represents an interesting attraction for tourists as well as local dwellers. The shows are presented in three languages. Swimming with the dolphins available at Batumi Dolphinarium can be an unforgettable experience for every visitor.

  7. ONE OF THE LONGEST SEASIDE BOULEVARDS IN THE WORLD
    The construction of Batumi Boulevard was started in 1881 by the French gardener and it is distinguished by its beauty and diversity. The Boulevard is still in the process of its development and is regularly beatified with fountains, modern sculptures and tourist attractions. Nowadays, Boulevard is 8 km long with its old and new parts distinguished by broad walking and bicycle paths, evergreen plants, unique combination of magnolias and palms, fountains, bungalows, cafe lounges, children attractions and other entertaining objects.

  8. ONE OF THE RICHEST IN THE WORLD BOTANICAL GARDEN
    If you love nature and cozy environment, amazing sea views and scent of plants and flowers Batumi Botanical Garden is an ideal place for you. Botanical garden has no analogue in the world as plant species from completely different climatic and landscape zones grow together in harmony. Here you can see the Canary Palm and Japanese Sakura coexisting in the same conditions. The garden features thousand species of astonishingly beautiful flowers.

  9. VARIETY OF TYPES OF TOURISM & DIVERSITY OF NATURE
    Ajara, together with Sea resort Batumi and its mountainous resorts, is becoming more and more interesting tourist destination. The resorts located on 1.500-2.000 m above the sea level are suitable for all four seasons and offer romantic resting opportunities for tourists. Coniferous forest of mountainous Ajara contributes to the healthy ionization of the air and is distinguished by treating qualities. In addition, protected areas in Ajara and other natural treasures offer unforgettable experiences to eco tourism lovers.

  10. GEOGIAN CULTURE & UNIQUE FOLKLORE
    Georgia, as one of the ancient Christian countries in the world is distinguished by its authentic culture. Gonio, one of the oldest settlements in Georgia, is located on the territory of Ajara. It was inhabited in the 8th-7th century BCE. Gonio fortress built by Romans here is closely connected with the Greek myth of Argonauts. Ajara is famous for its arch-stone bridges and different religious monuments. The monasteries, Gelati and Bagrati recognized by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites are located just few hours’ drive from Batumi. Tbilisi, Mtskheta and other parts of Georgia are also very rich in unique and diverse cultural monuments. Moreover, non material culture - Georgian polyphony and dances are important part of Georgian culture. Ajarian songs and dances occupy a special place in Georgian folklore.
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