Back
You are here:

Batumi holidays

The semi-tropical Black Sea port and resort city of Batumi lies on the western edge of Georgia, just 15km north of Turkey. Batumi is well documented in ancient history as the gateway to the kingdom of Colchis and the ‘Land of the Golden Fleece’. In Greek mythology, Jason and the Argonauts succeeded in securing the fleece in 340 to 330BC from the then King Aeetes of Colchis.

Initially just a tiny village and Greek trading post, the subsequent rule by the Roman empire under Emperor Hadrian in the second century AD turned Batumi into a thriving economic and strategic outpost. After the departure of the Romans, the settlement became largely neglected due to a sustained wave of Turkish imperial rule and civil conflicts, and it was not until the 19th century that imperial Russia transformed Batumi into a thriving port, oil terminus and railway hub. Batumi finally gained full independence, as part of Georgia with the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.

Today, despite being a busy commercial centre, Batumi maintains a tranquil atmosphere. Beautiful gardens and beaches combine with well-preserved Russian imperial architecture, all against a stunning backdrop of the Black Sea on one side and Caucasian mountains on the other.

Explore Batumi

Click on your destination of interest

The latest from Compass - our online travel magazine

Where to go for your autumn adventure


28 Apr 21

Autumn travel is for colour, culture and smaller crowds – as these six destinations prove. When Britain’s summertime ebbs away to autumn,

Read more

Where to go for your spring adventure


27 Apr 21

Avoid seasonal extremes, enjoy sweet-scented blossoms and spend Easter somewhere new, when you travel in spring. As winter thaws and new life

Read more

Where to go for your winter adventure


19 Mar 21

Whether you wish to embrace the season or escape it, these destinations guarantee an unforgettable winter journey. Contemplating a winter holiday? Then

Read more

Where to go for your summer adventure


28 Jan 21

Whether you plan to travel this year or the next, these thrilling destinations promise a summer escape to remember. When you think

Read more

Begin your journey

Contact one of our expert sales consultant.

020 7873 5000

Request a brochure

Order your copy of the brochure to see the world come to life in print.