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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 Kutaisi to Tbilisi: Prometheus Cave and Martvili Canyon

2. 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).

Tbilisi: Transfer to Canyons and Prometheus Cave

3. 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.

Svaneti Towers Private Tour to Mestia, Hatsvali, Ushguli

4. Svaneti Towers Private Tour to Mestia, Hatsvali, Ushguli

Explore the secluded region of Svaneti on a private four days trip to West Caucasus. On the first day you will visit the regions of Imereti and Samegrelo with stops at the beautiful Dadiani palace and the legendary Prometheus cave. On the second day travel from Zugdidi, high into Caucasus, stopping in at small villages. Watch the rocky mountains on the journey and see the worlds second highest dam, the Enguri dam. After reaching Mestia, the administrative center of Svaneti, you will be able to explore the town. Then join your guide for a dinner at the legendary cafe with best local food and live performance, see the best of Georgian songs and dances. A day is reserved for a day trip to Ushguli. Discover what changes when settling a township so high in the mountains. Enjoy an authentic and mysterious place perfect for nature lovers. Not to be missed, is the Tower of Love and the Lamaria church. On day 4 you will head back to Tbilisi and to make this long road easier and more interesting, there will be a stop at Martvili or Okatse canyons to see more of Georgia's natural sites. Make sure to pick up some souvenirs along the way. 

Tbilisi: Sataflia and Prometheus Caves Day Tour

5. 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!

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

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.

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