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Our most recommended Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti Day Trips

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.

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).

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).

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.

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.

Tbilisi: Cave and Nature Reserve Guided Tour

9. 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.

Tbilisi: Sataflia and Prometheus Caves Day Tour

10. Tbilisi: Sataflia and Prometheus Caves Day Tour

Dinosaurs are some kind of mythical creatures. You have probably heard about them from movies, or have read about them in books, but their existence is still unbelievable. Throughout this tour to visit Sataflia Cave, you will be guided to this lost world, exploring the nature and environment in which dinosaurs used to live. The millions-of-years-old stalactites and stalagmites that exist here will also help you imagine that you have traveled back in time to the lost world. Your tour will begin in the morning, at which point you will travel to Imereti where you can discover the beautiful caves. You will drive to the Sataplia Managed Reserve, where you will walk through a unique Kolkheti Forest and pass the place where the footprints of herbivorous and raptor dinosaurs of different epochs were found. You will later arrive at the Karst Cave, where you will walk through several underground halls. After a 30-minute drive from Satapiawe, you will arrive at the at the Kumistavi Village, the home of the Prometheus Cave. The cave is much bigger than that previously visited, and contains different big halls with different types of Stalactites and Stalagmites. At the conclusion of your tour, you will be returned back to Tbilisi.

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What people are saying about Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti

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!

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!

It was a great and comfortable tour. Guide Lasha is one of the best. He told a lot of interesting things about the history, culture and nature of Georgia, about the differences between different regions, about traditions. Answered questions easily. We didn't even have enough time, we would be happy to listen more :) We want to pass on our gratitude to the driver Misha and the guide Lasha. We have only good impressions and memories. Thanks a lot.

This is a fantastic tour with lots of interesting stops. My favourite tour in Georgia…and we have had some amazing ones before. Our guide was awesome and we had a great day.

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