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Sataplia Nature Reserve

Sataplia Nature Reserve: Our most recommended tours and activities

Kutaisi Ancient City and Prometheus Cave Tour

1. Kutaisi Ancient City and Prometheus Cave Tour

The Kutaisi day tour begins with a walk through old streets of the downtown area, which you will see amazing historical monuments. After an hour of sightseeing, climb aboard a comfortable tour bus and head to villages in the surrounding area of Kutaisi. First, you will stop at the Gelati Monastery, built by the most powerful Georgian King David the Builder. Marvel at this architectural masterpiece from the Middle Ages and the astonishing mosaic fresco. Visit the grave of the King and learn about his last will left for generations. Hear legends and stories about heroes defending their homeland, before venturing to your next stop.  Arrive at Motsameta Monastery, which offers awe-inspiring views of the river and the surrounding countryside. It is named after the brothers Davit and Konstantin Mkheidze, tortured by Arabs for defending Christianity. Bagrati Cathedral will show you its own story and an impressive panoramic view of the city. Discover the unforgettable beauty of Prometheus Cave and feel like a hero of a mysterious adventure when riding a boat across the underground lake. There is also the opportunity for some hiking at the end, for the more resistant and curious, through Sataplia forest reserve with a cave and prehistoric footprints of dinosaurs (optional).

Tbilisi: Cave and Nature Reserve Guided Tour

2. Tbilisi: Cave and Nature Reserve Guided Tour

You will be picked up at your accommodation in Tbilisi and enjoy comfortable transport on this guided tour of Western Georgia. Your professional driver and guide will provide Georgian snacks and water on this Eco-friendly tour, and will be able to tell you about the history and culture of the region. Your first stop will be Prometheus Cave, where you can explore the 11km formation and marvel at its size, stalagmites and stalactites (good luck working out which one is which). From there, you will head to Sataplia Nature Reserve which is a conservation site for Sataplia Cave and the dinosaur footprints and fossils found in the area. Learn about raptors and various herbivores from your guide, then examine the heart shaped rock inside the cave. You will have the opportunity to try a traditional Georgian dinner before being dropped off at your accommodation.

From Tbilisi: Guided Group Tour to Kutaisi and Sataplia Cave

3. From Tbilisi: Guided Group Tour to Kutaisi and Sataplia Cave

Experience a different part of Georgia and head westward to the Imereti region. See the city of Kutaisi's landmarks like the Bagrati Cathedral or White Bridge. Visit the city's surrounding attractions such as the Gelati Monastery and the Sataplia Nature Reserve. Travel from Tbilisi westward towards the Black Sea and feel as the climate changes from dry to more humid. On your way to Kutaisi, take a break and then also visit the Gelati Monastery. Explore the 12th-century structure with its academy buildings and the main cathedral. Learn about the monastery's history and its relation to Georgia's golden age. See the burial place of King David IV, known for building the monastery, uniting the country, and moving the capital from Kutaisi to Tbilisi. After spending time at the monastery, set off to the Sataplia Nature Reserve. The reserve is located at a high altitude and hosts leafy forests with fossilized dinosaur footprints dating more than 1300 million years ago. Have the chance to explore the reserve's caves and learn about their associations with bees. Once home to many wild bee species, only one survives in the mountains of the reserve. Check out traces of the hives of these bees. From the reserve arrive in Kutaisi and tour its landmarks. Stop at the Bagrati Cathedral, dating back to the 11th-century, and enjoy the view from its hilltop location. Learn about its historic defensive fortress walls and the damage and reconstruction it has undergone. During your time in Kutaisi have time to eat lunch at your own expense and afterward visit the White Bridge before heading back to Tbilisi.

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What people are saying about Sataplia Nature Reserve

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 18 reviews

A most interesting, thought-provoking, and above all enjoyable tour of the historic Georgian city of Kutaisi. Monstaries, caves, ruins, parks, museums...a lot to take in. Best of all, you are guided by a very friendly and knowledgeable Kutaisi native who will make sure this will be a day to remember.

Our guide Giorgi was outstanding! available, interesting, we shared nice moments throughout the stay because despite the weather he found us alternative solutions to our departure reservation. Thanks Giorgi! I highly recommend!

Great experience if you are new to Georgia. Georgi is very nice and knowledgeable. We have seen many things around Kutaisi in one day, but the pace was just right. So we had a very relaxing, insightful and fun day with Georgi.

Giorgi is an excellent tour guide with impeccable English. He changed the itinerary according to our wishes and added some extra highlights. I would definitely book himmagsin for the next tour.

Georgi è stato un’ottimo autista e una buona guida. Sempre prodigo di spiegazioni e sempre con il sorriso.