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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.

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Kutaisi Ancient City and Prometheus Cave Tour

2. 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).

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Kutaisi Prometheus and Sataplia Full Day Tour

3. 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. 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 9:00 PM. 

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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.

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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).

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Kutaisi: Guided Day Trip to Batumi

6. Kutaisi: Guided Day Trip to Batumi

Batumi is the Pearl of the Black Sea. Set off on a day trip from Kutaisi and you'll have chance to try the delicious, regional Adjarian Khachapuri and take a Batumi city tour. In Batumi, you'll find the perfect walking area — a beautiful boulevard lined with both new, fashionable and old, 19th-century buildings, and dotted with elegant squares, green parks, and nice relaxation areas with lakes and fountains. Take advantage of a wide range of services, from restaurants and hotels, to numerous bars and nightclubs, a diving club, and yacht club. Enjoy walking along the boulevard and discover all the most notable sights of Batumi, such as the Ali and Nino Monument, which is a metal structure of a man and woman passing through each other, symbolizing a tragic love story. You'll also find a ferris wheel and the 145-meter high Alphabet Tower, the monument to the old and unique Georgian script. Marvel at the many new towers, such as the Radisson and Sheraton hotels and Georgia’s tallest building, the 200-meter high Batumi Tower. Also, check out a series of great viewpoints and spots to take fantastic photos of the Old Boulevard. Visit Europe Square, where you'll find renovated old buildings, as well as new ones in the old style. Check out the castle with an astronomical clock and a stunning monument to Medea in the center. According to the myth of Argonauts, Medea was the first widely-known Georgian woman who took Golden Fleece to Ancient Greece from the oil-rich Georgian state of Colchis. Be amazed by Piazza Batumi, one of the most beautiful squares in Georgia framed with various hotels, cafes, and restaurants. In just a few short years, the square has become a popular international entertainment venue. At the end of the tour you'll be able to stay in Batumi or transfer back to Kutaisi.

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Kutaisi: Culinary Masterclass

7. 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.

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From Kutaisi: Trip to Borjomi and Bakuriani

8. From Kutaisi: Trip to Borjomi and Bakuriani

Explore Bakuriani ski resort, one of the best resorts in Georgia. Begin with the Green monastery which was built between the 9th and 10th centuries and is 13 kilometers from Borjomi, a town known for its spring mineral water. Taste Borjomi mineral water and enjoy the beautiful nature. Take the Kukushka miniature train over the Borjomi Gorge to Bakuriani Ski Resort. Bakuriani Ski Resort is situated 1,700 meters above sea level on the northern slope of Trialeti Range, footsteps to the breathtaking Caucasus Mountains.  There are 29 kilometers of slopes available for skiing and snowboarding. See the modern developed ski area Didveli and the oldest ski area at Kokhta. The resort is an ideal destination not only for recreational purposes but also for sport and nature lovers.

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Kutaisi: Regional Wine Tour

9. 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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Kutaisi: One-Way Private Airport Transfer

10. Kutaisi: One-Way Private Airport Transfer

Enjoy a safe transfer from Kutaisi International Airport to your chosen hotel in the city of Kutaisi. Relax with an organized private transfer and personalized attention from your driver. Benefit from comfortable and hassle-free service that will allow you to enjoy your trip from the moment you arrive in beautiful Kutaisi. Your driver will be waiting for you in the airport's arrival hall with a sign with your full name. Relax as a professional driver takes you to your hotel in a clean and comfortable car.  Alternatively, take the hassle out of your commute to the airport with a convenient transfer from your accommodation. Arrive in plenty of time for your departure flight from Kutaisi.

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Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 28 reviews

This is the 2nd time I have booked a tour with Gamarjoba and again I had a wonderful time. Both our professional guide Zura and our driver Gia definitely made the experience unforgettable. The trip was not just about the historical and beautiful places we’ve visited but the warmth and hospitality they have shown. I most definitely enjoyed our lunch; dining with strangers is an enjoyable way to connect with people. I definitely felt like I was on a tour with friends during the trip. It was once again another trip to remember!

Ower guide Aka was awesome Please notice the trip to the cave is ********4 hours ride!!!!! each way*******total 8 hours ride from Tbilisi****** but ower guide Aka took us to nice resturant on the way back. and took us to a night walk to the old city Tiblisy to see the WATERFALL. great exprience. The cave it self was huge and amazing. Thank you Aka with ❤ from Israel

We were the luckiest to have Irakli during this tour, he made it exceptional. He was so welcoming and he made explore hidden gems in Matvili. Thank you! I recommend this tour, if you love nature and some adventure

Giorgi is an excellent tour guide with impeccable English. He changed the itinerary according to our wishes and added some extra highlights. I would definitely book himmagsin for the next tour.

The Prometheus Cave is an extraordinary natural wonder. Perfectly prepared for tourists. A must-see during your stay in Georgia.