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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: The Urbex and Soviet Tour of Tbilisi

3. Tbilisi: The Urbex and Soviet Tour of Tbilisi

Discover the most striking examples of Socialist architecture, visit some fascinating museums off the touristic path and see how Soviet heritage is still a part of city´s infrastructure and modern life. Tbilisi still has a large number of Soviet buildings, residential and governmental, that are spread throughout the city, away from the touristic historical center. You will see some stunning examples of refurbished concrete giants, as well as decaying Brutalism, among them the former Ministry of Roads, the Skybridge houses, the Chronicle of Georgia monument and many more hidden gems. Two private museums, that are usually overseen by tourists, are waiting for you with their thrilling collections that make you feel like time-traveling. This tour is perfect for urbex lovers, photographers, modern history fans and anyone who wants to see a different, non-touristic part of Tbilisi.

Tbilisi: Soviet Chiatura - Katskhi Column -Mgvimevi Convent

4. 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.

From Kutaisi to Tbilisi: Prometheus Cave and Martvili Canyon

5. 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

6. 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 Ancient City and Prometheus Cave Tour

7. 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).

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: Private Transfer to Batumi

9. Kutaisi: Private Transfer to Batumi

Enjoy a safe and direct transfer from Kutaisi to Batumi with pickup and drop-off from your chosen hotel included. This door-to-door service removes the stress and planning associated with other types of transportation. 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 pickup and drop-off locations, sit back, and relax.

Kutaisi Prometheus and Sataplia Full Day Tour

10. 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. 

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Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 41 reviews

There were two guides - Russian speaking and English speaking, Alexander is a wonderful storyteller and historian who told us many historical events that do not even relate to the excursion itself. We visited two very beautiful places, it was worth it to go long enough there and back. Of the minuses: Due to the long road, the guides always urged and asked to speed up, which did not give a special opportunity to enjoy all the places in full. Also, at stops along the way, they gave very little time, almost choosing between a smoke and a toilet. Boating was under threat due to weather conditions. And until the last moment, the guides said that there would be no rafting, but in the end the rain stopped and we were still able to see these beauties. But despite the minuses, we really enjoyed the places we visited!

Sally was wonderful!! As soon as she picked us up she enquirer as to what would interest us the most and what we really would like to see and get out of the tour. Sally made sure that we got to see sights that we would never have been able to find on our own and was a pleasure to spend a day with. She is full of lots of interesting stories and history. Chiatura was exactly what we were expecting and it is really worth the visit!! Thanks for the great day..

It was an absolute pleasure to see this place . Thanks to our guide Gary who was equally amazing. His approach and knowledge has been the main asset for the tour . Do not miss this place for sure in your Georgia itenary.

Very much enjoyed the tour, Data was a great guide and did an excellent job. Highly recommend

guide is information. the place is amazing...even its a long drive but its worth!!!