Cruise Port Atlas | Batumi, Georgia (Republic) Day Trips | Attractions

Batumi, Georgia (Republic) Day Trips | Attractions

With limited time in port, planning is the best way to make the most of your time. Should you strike out on your own? Should you hire a local guide? Or should you book a shore excursion offered by the cruise line or an international tour company? Below we have listed the attractions and activities that many other cruisers have enjoyed. This information should help you plan.

The advantage to cruise line tours is that they are timed for your visit and give you flexibility to change your mind after your trip begins. The advantage of using a large international firm is that tours are often less expensive than cruise sponsored tours. The advantage to using a local tour company or guide is that prices can be significantly lower or you may be able to get a customized trip just to see the attractions that interest you most.

Cruise lines that visit Batumi: Voyages to Antiquity, Oceania, Regent Seven Seas, SeaDream Yacht Club, Silversea, Holland America

Key Attractions: Europa Moedani, Miracle Park, Alphabet Tower, Dolphinarium, Batumi Zoo, Batumi Botanical Garden, Batumi Beaches, Gonia, Kvariati

Batumi Boulevard

Batumi City Center

Cruise Ship Berth to City Center - 1-2 KM, 2-5 minutes, 5-20 minute walk

With redevelopment over the past few years, the city center of Batumi is a vibrant and energetic area featuring wide boulevards, fountains and public sculptures that show the positive energy of the region. The city's Evropas Moedani is the main square and features a musical fountain and an impressive statue of Medea. Old Batumi developed after the Trans-Caucasian Railroad was completed about 150 years ago and the elegant two and three storied buildings of that period have been mostly restored to their original pristine condition. The Boulevard (actually a park) stretches from the shoreline far into Batumi and is a focal point for locals and visitors alike, with its cafes and bars.

Close to the Cruise Terminal is the new Miracle Park, so called because it was built so quickly. The focal point of the park is the Georgian Alphabet Tower which honors the unique lettering of the Georgians. Batumi's Ferris Wheel was recently moved from ther other end of the Promenade to the new park. Also in the park are the lighthouse and the mechanized sculpture called Ali and Nino which portrays a man and a woman and symbolizes a wish for peace. The multi-cultural and ethnic city honors its religions with historic and new churches (Orthodox, Georgian, Armenian and Roman), a mosque and a synagogues. At the southern end of the seafront promenade is the 6th of May Park with the Dolphinarium and the city zoo.

   Musical Fountains and Parks and Zoos        

    Somewhat Wheelchair Accessible

Photo of Batumi Boulevard, Photo of Lighthouse and Alphabet Tower by TL

Batumi Botanical Garden View

Batumi Botanical Garden

Cruise Ship Berth to Botanical Garden - 12 KM, 10 minutes

The extensive collection of plants not only includes local varieties native to the subtropical climate, but plants from all over the world collected by the Andrey Krasnov over years of world travel. The Garden is divided into 9 sections representing the regions of East Asia, North America, New Zealand, South America, the Himalayas, Mexico, Australia, the Mediterranean Sea and Caucasian humid subtropics. There are an amazing 1200 varieties of roses in the park. The view of the Black Sea from the garden is one of its most endearing features.

Plants from all over the world   Sea and Garden views   Flowers and Walking  

Strenuous Walking    No Wheelchair Accessibility

Photo of Batumi Botanical Garden

Seaside Batumi Resort

Batumi Beaches

Cruise Ship Berth to Beach - 1-2 Km, 5 minutes, 20 minute walk

Since the arrival of the railroad, Batumi has been gaining popularity as a seaside resort area and even during the Soviet period it was popular with tourists. For that reason, the city has a festive, happy atmosphere and the shoreline has many cafes, clubs and amusement parks. The area can be crowded during the summer, so some may prefer to go to the less frequented beaches outside Batumi. The beaches near the city do not have sand, but are instead covered with pebbles.

Water Sports   Black Sea views   Amusement Parks and Activities  

Varied Walking    Some Wheelchair Accessible

Photo of Batumi Beach Resort

Kvariati Beach Area

Beaches outside Batumi

Cruise Ship Berth to Gonia - 15 KM, 15 minutes
Cruise Ship Berth to Kvariati - 17 KM, 20 minutes

The beaches outside Batumi are less well-developed and more serene, but offer many of the beach activities common to Europe and the Caribbean, such as motorized watersports. Gonia is located near an ancient ruin that has never been damaged by war or natural disaster. The Gonia Fortress is a Roman fortress from the 1st century BC.

Gonio Fortress

Water Sports   Beach Activities   Black Sea Vistas  

Strenuous Walking    Not Wheelchair Accessible

Photo of Kvariati Beach (PD), Photo of the Gonia Fortress by Mr. Rosewater

Interests Key:

Art Architecture Beach Children Wild Animals Local Cuisine Flora Gardens-Parks Geology

Diving UNESCO Views Wine Dance Music Shopping History Hiking

Walking & Wheelchair Accessibility:

No Walking Easy Walking Normal Walking Difficult Walking Accessible Limited Not Accessible