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Tbilisi: Prometheus Cave and Martvili Canyons

1. 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 Tbilisi: Soviet Chiatura, Katskhi Pillar & Kutaisi

2. From Tbilisi: Soviet Chiatura, Katskhi Pillar & Kutaisi

Travel back in time to Soviet Georgia and discover Chiatura’s classic cable car, a historical sanatorium, the Katskhi Pillar, and the Bagrati Cathedral with your guide. Known for its Soviet-style architecture, Chiatura is a favorite destination for urban explorers and photographers.  Start your exploration on a Soviet-era cable car ride to the sanatorium. See the typical Soviet Georgian apartment blocks which dominate the city. Next, discover the gravity-defying Katskhi Pillar, the naturally-formed 40 meter-tall limestone pillar with an ancient Orthodox monastery perched on top. Every day, local monks living below make the nerve-wracking 20-minute ascent up a thin metal ladder bolted to the side of the rock.  Continue to the Bagrati Cathedral in Kutaisi, an icon of medieval Georgian architecture which was once listed as a UNESCO Heritage site. Find out why the controversial cathedral was removed from the list in 2012.

Kutaisi Ancient City and Prometheus Cave Tour

3. 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).

From Kutaisi to Tbilisi: Prometheus Cave and Martvili Canyon

4. 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).

Chiatura: Georgian Chernobyl Day Tour

5. Chiatura: Georgian Chernobyl Day Tour

At 8:00AM, your driver and guide will meet you at your hotel/place of residence in Tbilisi. From here you will drive to the Katskhi pillar. Stunning and mysterious, this 40-meter high natural limestone monolith towers over the gorge of the Karshuna River. On top of the pillar, there is a monastery and reconstructed 8th-century church most likely built by the Stylite. There is only one inhabitant, monk Maxime who has been living in the monastery for over 25 years in solitude and silence. You will then continue onward to Chiatura, an industrial town founded in the late 1800s. In Soviet Georgia, the town was a center of manganese mining. Present Chiatura attracts visitors who are interested in Soviet time left-overs and remnants. To grasp a true feeling of the past, you can ride a communism-era cable car still used by the locals as a means of transport. This transport system has a dozen operating ropeway lines for passengers and two cargo lines for transporting manganese. The total length of the cableway exceeds 6,000 meters. Located between steep valleys and deep gorges Chiatura will leave an unforgettable impression on anyone visiting this off-the-beaten-track Georgian destination. At the conclusion of your day, you will be driven back to Tbilisi before being dropped off at your hotel/place of residence.

Kutaisi Prometheus and Sataplia Full Day Tour

6. Kutaisi Prometheus and Sataplia Full Day Tour

You will be picked up from your hotel at 07:30 AM and will arrive in Kutaisi at 10:00 AM. 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. 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. After, travel to 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.  Next, visit the Bagrati Cathedral which will show you its own story and an impressive panoramic view of the city. Final  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 dinosaur footprints. You will be dropped back at your hotel at 09:00 till 10:00 PM. 

Tbilisi: Transfer to Canyons and Prometheus Cave

7. Tbilisi: Transfer to Canyons and Prometheus Cave

Begin your journey early in the morning at 8:00 AM, as your driver picks you up from your hotel in Tbilisi to transfer you to Kutaisi. The road to Kutaisi (the second biggest city in Georgia) will take you over the Rikoti Pass, and through the longest tunnel in Georgia (1,722 meters). On the way to Kutaisi, stop in Surami and taste famous freshly baked Nazuqi (sweet bread baked in an oven). Then, arrive in Kutaisi City, where you will have the option for lunch (by request), before continuing your way to Okatse Canyon. Okatse Canyon is one of the most popular canyons in Georgia and is divided into two upper and lower sections. Extreme sports lovers can ride a boat along the canyon from the upper section, which leads to a waterfall falling from a height of about 12 meters. The walls of the canyon are covered with moss, and you can also view lianas which grow along the length of the entire canyon. Following the canyon, your next stop is to the town of Tskhaltubo, where you will discover one of the most interesting caves in Georgia, Prometheus Cave. There, walk through a 1.5-kilometer-long tunnel whilst enjoying breathtaking views of stalactites, stalagmites, petrified waterfalls, underground rivers, and lakes along the cave. Following your excursion, you will have the option to stop for dinner, before being dropped off back to your hotel in either Kutaisi or Tbilisi.

Chiatura: Soviet Cable Cars Full–Day Tour

8. Chiatura: Soviet Cable Cars Full–Day Tour

See the other side of Georgia on this full–day trip to Chiatura. Take the alternative route away from the touristic places, leading into the region of Imereti, through Sachkhere, which is famous for its mines. Chiatura was once the world leader in manganese and the Soviets believed in the bright future of the industrial town - they created a large system of cable cars to connect the mine mountains with the residential areas. Even now, when most mines are closed and people are leaving the town, it holds the world record in the highest number of ropeways for public transportation. Take a ride in one of the so-called iron coffins, as the locals name the cable cars; see the abandoned houses, the splendid theater with a dedication to Stalin and the severe beauty of a hidden monastery in the cliff.

Kutaisi: Culinary Masterclass

9. Kutaisi: Culinary Masterclass

After being collected from your Kutaisi accommodation, you will venture towards your kitchen where you will receive an introduction to Georgian cuisine. You will be able to choose from two of these following three options: Khinkali Khinkali is made by twisting knobs of dough stuffed with meat and spices, and is considered to be one of the most popular national dishes. Different regions of Georgia make khinkali with different fillings. The most popular filling is a mixture of pork and beef. In the mountains, khinkali is often made with a lamb filling. Churchkhela Churchkhela is a traditional candy made by repeatedly dipping a long string of nuts in tatara, a mixture of flour, sugar, and Badagi (fresh grape juice). Georgians usually make Churchkhela in autumn when grapes and nuts are harvested. Churchkhela can also be made with dried fruit such as peach, apple, or plum and pumpkin seeds. Khachapuri Khachapuri, is Georgian cheese pie consisting of bread stuffed with melted cheese, often served sliced like a double-crust pizza. Different regions of Georgia have their own type of khachapuri. The most common is Imeretian khachapuri, from the region of Imereti, which is circular.

Kutaisi: Regional Wine Tour

10. Kutaisi: Regional Wine Tour

Your wine tour takes place at a typical Imeretian village, about 30-40 minutes' drive from Kutaisi. On your way you will pass green valleys and amazing vineyards, before stopping at a private winery. Travelers can taste different wines produced according to traditional Georgian technology of wine making in a qvevri. A qvevri is a clay vessel buried in the ground which provides the best conditions for fermenting juice, and can be as small as 50 liters, or as large as 1,500 liters in volume. The vessel provides stable temperature conditions for fermenting purposes, and preserves its flavor and aromas all year around. Your host will introduce step by step the process of making wine, as well as the equipment used to produce this amazing drink. The tour duration is flexible, and can be easily planned according to your schedule.

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What people are saying about Imereti

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 54 reviews

the day we had chosen to take the trip there were just 2 travelers, my friend and me, so we were given a ride in a brand new and spacious private car. Sally, the enthusiast guide and Georgi, the discreet and careful driver were the best one could get. Sally who spoke fluent english, had been in chiatura many times before and she was quite knowledgeable of the history and the city details. I think that Chiatura constitutes a typical representation of a soviet era mining town, though semi-abandoned today, after the mining operations have been reduced to a minimum. Its characteristics are the numerous cable cars that crisscross the sky connecting different neighborhoods, kind of flying taxis. Apart from the moody atmosphere, the town is set in a very picturesque landscape, inside a valley with a river crossing it.

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.

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