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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.

Kutaisi: Martvili, Okatse Canyon, and Prometheus Cave Tour

2. 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. You can take 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, continue to Martvili Monastery, which sits upon the highest hill in the area. The next stop is the Okatse Canyons, a natural monument with recently built high-quality tourist infrastructure. Reach the Kinchkha Waterfall by a footpath suspended along the edge of the canyon, offering amazing views of the canyon and its surroundings.   Finally, head to your last stop, the mystical Prometheus Cave. Walk through a labyrinth of underground halls with classical music in the background.

Tbilisi: Soviet Chiatura - Katskhi Column -Mgvimevi Convent

3. Tbilisi: Soviet Chiatura - Katskhi Column -Mgvimevi Convent

If you are interested in Soviet history and architecture, Chiatura is waiting for you. Known for its extensive network of Soviet-era cable cars, Soviet-style apartment blocks dominate Chiatura. Visit ghosts of the past in the Cable Car City of Georgia. You arrive in Chiatura at 12:10 and explore mesmerizing Mgvimevi Convent, a working nunnery, and church embedded in the side of a rocky cliff. There are beautiful stone engravings, a glass box displaying three human skulls and other relics, and a small chapel with beautiful frescoes and a wooden iconoclast. It takes around 15 minutes to scale the stairs. After Mgvimevi Convent, you will go to a local place where you will have a delicious lunch. The next place is Katskhi Column. The great church where daring monks climb closer to God. Katskhi Column (Katskhi Pillar) is a more than 40-meter-tall limestone pillar with an Orthodox monastery perched on top, built in the 6th to 8th centuries. And the last destination for this tour is a cable car. You will take a cable car to an old Soviet Pioneer Palace, enjoy the stunning views, and feel the soviet spirit. After exploring all the historical places, you will return to Tbilisi and finish the tour at 21:00.

Tbilisi: Transfer to Canyons and Prometheus Cave

4. 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.

Kutaisi Ancient City and Prometheus Cave Tour

5. 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).

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. 

Kutaisi: Private Transfer to Tbilisi

7. Kutaisi: Private Transfer to Tbilisi

Enjoy a safe and direct transfer from Kutaisi to Tbilisi with pickup and drop-off from your chosen hotel included. Relax with an organized, exclusive private transfer, receiving personalized attention from your driver. Choose this transfer for a comfortable and hassle-free service which allows you to enjoy your trip from the moment you take a seat in the car, through to you disembarking the vehicle. Relax as a professional driver takes you to your hotel in a clean and comfortable car. All you need to do is send your desired address locations, sit back, and relax.

Kutaisi: Airport Private Transfer to Tbilisi

8. Kutaisi: Airport Private Transfer to Tbilisi

Experience a pleasant and memorable service in pure comfort. Pick up your car at any point mentioned by you, beginning from the airport and ending at any street in any city of Georgia. All our cars are in perfect condition and with all the necessary equipment to make your journey more comfortable. Choose from a car fleet including comfortable light vehicles, SUVs, minivans, and minibusses. Our destinations: - Kutaisi - Tbilisi - Batimi - Mestia - Borjomi or Bakuriani - Stepantsminda (Kazbegi) or Gudauri

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What people are saying about Kutaisi

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 114 reviews

One of the most naturally beautiful places I've ever visited. Martvili Canyon housed a ravine gorge that spread as far as the eye can see. Gorgeous views via the boat of the canyon. It should not be missed. The prometheus cave with its mystical vibes fascinated me beyond my imagination. The light show In the cave was exceptional. Our guide, Kat, have the most historical recollection of events that occurred in Georgia and I strongly recommend to request her as your guide if you are as interested in history as me!

A very nice tour that shows a less known part of the country. I was the only one going that day; that made it extra special. ;-)

Really exciting and interesting tour. Really enjoyable. Highly recommend. Have taken tonnes of pictures

Long drive but definitely worth the experience. Also thank you for a great staff!

Fantastic trip. The caves were amazingly long and with large rooms.