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Kutaisi: Martvili, Okatse Canyon, and Prometheus Cave Tour

1. Kutaisi: Martvili, Okatse Canyon, and Prometheus Cave Tour

See Georgia's most spectacular canyons on a day tour from Kutaisi. The tour begins with pick-up from your hotel. The main destination town of Martvili is located to the west of Kutaisi City. Alongside the road, you can see charming villages with beautiful alleys and yards. After 1 hour of driving, you will enter the Canyon's visitor center. Travelers are offered of a boat trip through a Canyon and a pass to the amazing waterfalls. The colors of the canyon are amazing, as the light intensity changes regularly while passing a gorge. After 1.5 hours of sightseeing, the group will head to Martvili Monastery. It sits upon the highest hill in the area, and offers spectacular views. The next stop is the Okatse Canyons. This is a natural monument with recently built high-quality tourist infrastructure, including stairs and footpaths offering magnificent views to the canyon and its surroundings. Kinchkha Waterfall, 30 minutes drive from Okatse, is one of the tallest in the country. You will reach it by a footpath suspended along the edge of the canyon, offering amazing views to the canyon and its surroundings.  You will retain unforgettable memories after visiting this place.

Tbilisi: Prometheus Cave and Martvili Canyons

2. Tbilisi: Prometheus Cave and Martvili Canyons

The first stop of the day will be in Surami, where you will have the opportunity to taste a famous freshly-baked Nazuqi (sweet bread baked in an oven), which is a morning must-have for local Georgians. Continue on the tour to the Martvili district, one of the most gorgeous places in Georgia, combining different unique natural environments. You will be shocked with brilliant scenery, sensational waterfalls, and a boat trip in the river which possesses a deep-green color. You can board a boat with a boatman and he will take you on an unforgettable journey between the high rocks in the canyon. You will also have the chance to have lunch (by request) and try out traditional Georgian dishes. Get your camera ready for Kumistavi (Prometheus Cave), which is the biggest cave in Georgia. There are spectacular views of stalactites, stalagmites, petrified waterfalls, underground rivers, and lakes throughout this vast and impressive cave. Within the cave, there are colorful lights ranging from orange, red, pink, and blue. You have two options to enjoy your impressive cave tour. You may choose a walking tour along the 1,600-meter route, or can rather opt for a boat ride along the underground river. When the tour ends you will have the choice of being dropped in Kutaisi, the third-biggest city in Georgia, or Tbilisi.

From Kutaisi to Tbilisi: Prometheus Cave and Martvili Canyon

3. From Kutaisi to Tbilisi: Prometheus Cave and Martvili Canyon

Visit the Martvili Canyon and the Prometheus Cave, two of the most breathtaking natural features in Georgia. Learn about this diverse region from your local guide. Start your tour at Martvili Canyon, located in the Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti region of Georgia. Experience one of the most scenic places in Georgia as you cruise along the emerald-colored river. Enjoy time to explore the area and sample the unique cuisine. Feel free to ask your guide for recommendations about where to go. Continue to Kumistavi or the Prometheus Cave named after a famous myth of Amirani. Witness the spectacular views of stalactites, stalagmites, petrified waterfalls, underground rivers, and cave lakes. Choose a walking tour along the 1600m route or hop on a boat for a ride along the underground river. After, be dropped back at Best Western Kutaisi hotel or the traveler's meeting point in Tbilisi (50m from Avlabari Metros station).

Svaneti Towers Private Tour to Mestia, Hatsvali, Ushguli

4. Svaneti Towers Private Tour to Mestia, Hatsvali, Ushguli

Explore the secluded region of Svaneti on a private four days trip to West Caucasus. On the first day you will visit the regions of Imereti and Samegrelo with stops at the beautiful Dadiani palace and the legendary Prometheus cave. On the second day travel from Zugdidi, high into Caucasus, stopping in at small villages. Watch the rocky mountains on the journey and see the worlds second highest dam, the Enguri dam. After reaching Mestia, the administrative center of Svaneti, you will be able to explore the town. Then join your guide for a dinner at the legendary cafe with best local food and live performance, see the best of Georgian songs and dances. A day is reserved for a day trip to Ushguli. Discover what changes when settling a township so high in the mountains. Enjoy an authentic and mysterious place perfect for nature lovers. Not to be missed, is the Tower of Love and the Lamaria church. On day 4 you will head back to Tbilisi and to make this long road easier and more interesting, there will be a stop at Martvili or Okatse canyons to see more of Georgia's natural sites. Make sure to pick up some souvenirs along the way. 

From Yerevan: Overnight Tour of Georgia's Ancient Wonders

5. From Yerevan: Overnight Tour of Georgia's Ancient Wonders

On your first day arrive to Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia. Have a yummy lunch, including Georgian national dish. Drive to Mtshketa - the first capital of Christian Georgia, located at the mix-point of Kura and Aragvi rivers. Historical Monuments of Mtskheta are included in UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List. See Jvari (Holy Cross) monastery, built in the first half of the 7th century. Enjoy a delightful observing city tour around Tbilisi and have overnight. On the second day visit Borjomi - a resort town in South-Central Georgia famous for its mineral water production. Afterwards admire Rabati Castle (9th century), located on the bank of Potskhovi River, the main landmark of Akhaltsikhe, the capital of Samtskhe-Javakheti, Southern Georgia. Have lunch in a cozy atmosphere. Head to Vardzia (carved monastery and cave town), founded in the 12th century, one of the most important and impressive historic monuments of Georgia, located at an altitude of 1300 m above sea level. Have a stop in Gyumri, situated in the north-western part of Armenia, the so-called "city of crafts and arts", come back to Yerevan, full of brilliant memories from the tour!

From Tbilisi: 2-Day Tour to Kutaisi

6. From Tbilisi: 2-Day Tour to Kutaisi

Day 1: Tbilisi - Gori - Uplistsikhe - Kutaisi - Gelati (Driving distance: 270 kilometers) Depart at 09:30 from your hotel in Tbilisi. Begin your tour by visiting Joseph Stalin's Museum in Gori, established as a local history museum but clearly intended to become a memorial to Stalin. The main building of the complex is a large palace in Stalinist Gothic style. Enshrined within a Greco-Italianate pavilion is a small wooden hut, in which Stalin was born in 1878 and spent his first four years. After visiting Gori, drive further to Uplistsikhe cave city (10 kilometers east of the town of Gori). Uplistsikhe is identified by archaeologists as one of the oldest urban settlements in Georgia. It was an important religious, political and cultural center in the Hellenistic and Late Antiquity (4th-century BC - 4th-century AD). The central part of Uplistsikhe is the largest, containing a bulk of the Uplistsikhe rock cut structures, and is connected to the southern part via a narrow rock cut pass and a tunnel. Narrow alleys and sometimes staircases radiate from the central 'street' to the different structures. At the summit of the complex is a Christian basilica built of stone and brick in the 9th to 10th-centuries. The Uplistsikhe Cave complex has been on the tentative list for inclusion into the UNESCO World Heritage program since 2007. On the way to Kutaisi (221 kilometers west of Tbilisi) have a stop at picturesque monastery of Gelati, which is a monastic complex near Kutaisi. It contains the Church of the Virgin founded by the King of Georgia known as David the Builder in 1106, and the 13th-century Churches of St. George and St. Nicholas. The site is renowned for its collection of 12th to 19th-century mosaics, wall paintings, enamels and metalwork. King David the Builder began constructing the monastery and academy in 1106 as a grand tribute to his victory over the Turks. The academy was one of the first institutions of higher education founded in the Middle Ages, and became a principal cultural center in Georgia. In 1994, Gelati was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and in 2006 was included on the list of Immovable Monuments of Georgian Cultural Heritage. Overnight in Kutaisi. Either in a guesthouse or 3-star hotel. Day 2: Kutaisi - Sataplia caves - Bagrati Cathedral – Tbilisi (Driving distance: 260 kilometers) Begin a day from visiting Bagrati Cathedral, which is regarded as a masterpiece in the history of medieval Georgian architecture; the Bagrati Cathedral is frequently used as the symbol of the city of Kutaisi. It was built during the reign of King Bagrat III (hence the name) in the 11th-century but was severely devastated in 1692 during the Ottoman invasion. The Bagrati Cathedral sits on a hill just above Kutaisi and offers a magnificent view of the city. It was Unesco World Heritage Site listed in 1994. Have a stop at an interesting place for Kutaisi visitors, at Sataplia Cave complex. The Sataplia karst cave lies 6 kilometers northwest of Kutaisi within Sataplia state preserve. Sataplia is known for its dinosaur traces which were discovered by Kutaisi environmentalist P. Chabukiani, who detected there a settlement of the primitive man, together with the footprints of a dinosaur. The Sataplia karst cave begins from the north and leads to the east. The 300 meter long, 10 meter high and 12 meter wide karst cave abounds in stalactites and stalagmites and a spring winds along its bottom. The air and water temperatures in the Sataplia karst cave are nearly equal ( 12 to 13 celsius). There is a speleological museum near it now. Visit one of the unique natural attractions of Georgia - Martvili canyon. Over millions of years, the water has created a breathtaking gorge in limestone rocks, reaching a depth of 40 meters, at the bottom of which flows a river. The total reachable length of the canyon is one kilometer. In the upper part of the canyon, take a boat trip and reach the beginning with a 7 meter high powerful waterfall. Due to the extremely humid microclimate there are lianas hanging from the huge rocks and centuries-old walls are covered with moss. Here and there, water pulls out from the rocky wall forming small streams and pretty powerful waterfalls.

From Mestia to Kutaisi: Private One Way Transfer

7. From Mestia to Kutaisi: Private One Way Transfer

Enjoy a safe and direct transfer from Mestia to Kutaisi with pickup and drop-off from your chosen location. Request a drop off at your hotel in Kutaisi, or head directly to the international airport to catch your flight Sit back, relax, and enjoy a comfortable ride in a clean vehicle along the Engur Gorge en route to Kutaisi. Enjoy the views of Georgia and feel refreshed with the included bottled water.

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What people are saying about Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 41 reviews

The trip was a very interesting experience, a very beautiful experience, Lenny was very cooperative, I was very pleased to get to know him, he explained the history and all the information we needed, everyone was very happy, we took great pictures, I highly recommend them and I recommend this trip it's worth going on. Thank you very much, friends.

Эти места стоит увидеть. В Мартвили и пещера Прометея отличная туристическая инфраструктура. Каньон Окаце можно пойти пешком по живописной тропе примерно 2 километра. Но если здоровье не позволяет можно добраться на джипе, местные оказывают такой сервис.

Lenny and Gamarjoba did a phenomenal job leading this adventure. The long car ride was made short thanks to good conversation with the tour guide. Prometheus Cave was a wonderful experience and would highly recommend to others visiting Tbilisi

We had a great day trip, and our guide, Nini was very knowledgable and friendly, she shared so many interesting things with us. Definitely recommended!

I made the best decision choosing this trip. The Canyon is magical very beautiful, and the guide she was very kind and helpful the whole trip