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Kutaisi - Prometheus Cave - Sataplia Cave

• Kutaisi city • Motsameta Monastery • Gelati Monastery • Prometheus cave • Kutaisi city - one of the most beautiful and ancient Georgian cities, the land of Argonauts, situated in West Georgia on the banks of the picturesque Rioni River. ( Without stops)  • Motsameta Monastery. It is located 6km out of Kutaisi, off the Gelati road. Take the turning marked by a photo of the church and follow this track for a couple of kilometres. This little monastery has a spectacular setting on a cliff-top promontory above a bend of the Tskhaltsitela River. Situated dizzily high above the ravine of the Tskhaltsitela River, the monastery offers awe-inspiring views of the river and the surrounding countryside from any number of buildings and points on the grounds. Extremely isolated and seldom visited by tourists. • Gelati Monastery. This perfectly restored outstanding monument of Georgian architecture was the centre of spiritual and scientific life of the Middle Ages, the tomb of Georgian rulers, the cult place for pilgrims. It is located 1 km from the city of Kutaisi and is under UNESCO protection as an object of cultural and historical legacy. In fact Gelati is a rich historical architectural complex comprising the ancient monastery, the bell tower, the church and the academy set up in 1106 by the great ruler of Georgia David the Builder. Thus, Gelati was not only the spiritual centre of the country but also the largest centre of culture, history and science. David the Builder, who wanted to create a large educational centre in his country, gathered the best Georgian scientists in the academy. In Gelati there was a big and rich library, the teachers and scientists in the academy were the most educated people of the time. • Prometheus cave is the biggest cave in Georgia. Although only one tenth is open for tourists. These caves belong to Imereti Protected Areas, and are quite close – you can easily visit both in one day. Driving through dense forests of West Georgian mountains, you’ll suddenly run into a tourist center of Prometheus cave. There is a worldwide known legend of Prometheus, who stole fire from the gods, for which he was punished and chained to Khvamli Mountain, which can be seen from Prometheus Cave, one of the most adventurous places in Georgia. We may not believe in legends, but we definitely believe in a beauty of Prometheus cave. Here you can find a very special form of stalactites, stalagmites, petrified stone waterfalls and hanging curtains, underground River and lakes – all this on a nice 1.4km walk in mysterious and cool atmosphere and short boat trip if interested. 

$795 Multi-day & Extended Tours

8 Days Tour from Tbilisi in Georgia

Sunday: Meeting and transfer to a hotel; Monday: 10:00 - tour starts from Sameba cathedral and Metekhi Church before continuing to the Abanotubani district famous with Sulphur baths. We will take the cable car to visit Narikala Fortress, explore Shardeni Street with its many souvenir and gift shops. Visit Sioni Cathedral and Anchiskhati basilica. Continue to Jvari Church built in the end of VI century. From here the beautiful panorama of Mtskheta, which lies between the peaks and the confluence of two rivers. Drive to Mzkheta and visit Svetitskhoveli Cathedral. Overnight in Tbilisi. Meal: breakfast. Distance: 100 km Tuesday: 09:00 - Driving towards the Caucasus Mountains, stop on the bank of the Zhinvali reservoir and visit Ananuri castle. Continuing upwards to the alpine ski resort at Gudauri, after Cross Pass we arrive in Stephantsminda, here we will enjoy view from Gergeti church. Exotic lunch in a local family. Overnight in Tbilisi. Meal: breakfast, lunch. Distance: 350 kmWednesday: 09:00 - Drive to fortified city of Signagi which is surrounded with a wall with watch towers, visit convent of Bodbe, the territory of the monastery offers spectacular views of the land of the best Georgian wines - Alazani Valley with peaks of the Greater Caucasus towering behind it. Continue to the tunnel winery and taste Kakhetian wines made according local traditions in Kvevri. Visit Gremi fortress and continue to Telavi, visit the old town. Overnight in Kakheti province. Meal: breakfast. Distance: 200 kmThursday: 09:00 - we will start with Telavi food market and continue to Alaverdi Cathedral. Built in the early XI century, it is one of four Great Cathedrals of the country and the highest of the ancient churches of Georgia. Next stop is in the Tsinandali estate - well known for its beauty, wine tasting and continue visiting Ikalto Academy and Shuamta monastery complex; drive to Tbilisi hotel via beautiful Gombori pass.Overnight in Tbilisi. Meal: breakfast. Distance: 200 kmFriday: 09:00 - Check out from Tbilisi hotel and drive to Georgia’s second large city Kutaisi; first we will visit Uplistsikhe cave town and Stalin’s birth place and Museum in Gori. After arrival in Kutaisi visit Bagrati Temple, church complex of Gelati and Motsameta monastery. Overnight in Kutaisi. Meal: breakfast, diner. Distance: 350 km Saturday: 09:00 - Excursion in Kutaisi old Town and depart to Okatse Canyons - natural monument in Village Gordi, which is deep and narrow ravine, in the vicinity of the river Okatse. 2 hour trekking along the canyon through historical forest, where several waterfalls could be found, 780 m length hanging trail with several footsteps finishes with panoramic view. return. Overnight in Tbilisi. Meal: breakfast. Trekking 2 hours. Distance: 350 kmSunday: Transfer to airport.

$795 Multi-day & Extended Tours

8 Days Tour from Kutaisi in Georgia

Sunday: Meeting and transfer to a hotel;Monday: 10:00 - tour starts from Sameba cathedral and Metekhi Church, continue to the Abanotubani district famous with Sulphur baths. We will take the cable car to visit Narikala Fortress, explore Shardeni Street with its many souvenir and gift shops. Visit Sioni Cathedral and Anchiskhati basilica. Continue to Jvari Church built in the end of VI century. From here the beautiful panorama of Mtskheta, which lies between the peaks and the confluence of two rivers. Drive to Mzkheta and visit Svetitskhoveli Cathedral. Overnight in Tbilisi. Meal: breakfast. Distance: 100 km Tuesday: 09:00 - Driving towards the Caucasus Mountains, stop on the bank of the Zhinvali reservoir and visit Ananuri castle. Continuing upwards to the alpine ski resort at Gudauri, after Cross Pass we arrive in Stephantsminda, here we will enjoy view from Gergeti church. Exotic lunch in a local family. Overnight in Tbilisi. Meal: breakfast, lunch. Distance: 350 kmWednesday: 09:00 - Drive to fortified city of Signagi which is surrounded with a wall with watch towers, visit convent of Bodbe, the territory of the monastery offers spectacular views of the land of the best Georgian wines - Alazani Valley with peaks of the Greater Caucasus towering behind it. Continue to the tunnel winery and taste Kakhetian wines made according local traditions in Kvevri. Visit Gremi fortress and continue to Telavi, visit the old town. Overnight in Kakheti province. Meal: breakfast. Distance: 200 kmThursday: 09:00 - we will start with Telavi food market and continue to Alaverdi Cathedral. Built in the early XI century, it is one of four Great Cathedrals of the country and the highest of the ancient churches of Georgia. Next stop is in the Tsinandali estate - well known for its beauty, wine tasting and continue visiting Ikalto Academy and Shuamta monastery complex; drive to Tbilisi hotel via beautiful Gombori pass.Overnight in Tbilisi. Meal: breakfast. Distance: 200 kmFriday: 09:00 - Check out from Tbilisi hotel and drive to Georgia’s second large city Kutaisi; first we will visit Uplistsikhe cave town and Stalin’s birth place and Museum in Gori. After arrival in Kutaisi visit Bagrati Temple, church complex of Gelati and Motsameta monastery. Overnight in Kutaisi. Meal: breakfast, diner. Distance: 350 km Saturday: 09:00 - Excursion in Kutaisi old Town and depart to Okatse Canyons - natural monument in Village Gordi, which is deep and narrow ravine, in the vicinity of the river Okatse. 2 hour trekking along the canyon through historical forest, where several waterfalls could be found, 780 m length hanging trail with several footsteps finishes with panoramic view. Overnight in Kutaisi. Meal: breakfast. Trekking 2 hours. Distance: 180 kmSunday: Transfer to airport.

$228.53 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Best of Georgia: 4-Day and 3-Night Guided Tour from Kutaisi

ItineraryDay 1 - In the morning guide and driver will pick up you from your accommodation place in Kutaisi, from there you'll start your 4-day journey by comfortable car.Okatse canyon - remarkable place with 700m-long walkway. new sightseeing which edge of this 100m to 180m deep canyon with hang a bridge and viewing platformGelati monastery (UNESCO site) - Get know more how Georgians choosing beautiful locations for build churches by Monastery Gelati example. Its represents Georgian medival "Golden Age" a period of political strength and economic growth between the 11th - 13th centuries.Village Khvanchkara - Georgia is cradle of wine with 8, 000 year history of continuous wine making tradition, which is evidenced by numerous archaeological discoveries. Georgians have shared the love for the grape since time immemorial, and remain loyal to it through to modernity. by this tour you will visit local small wineries with wine tasting.Shovi - is a mountain climatic and health resort on the south slopes of the main Caucasus ridge in the region of Racha (At the evening you will have dinner at the guest house).Overnight in ShoviDay 2 – After breakfast trip will starts in Chiatura - industrial town with several layers of commercially exploitable manganese oxide, peroxide and carbonate. There is oldest rusty cable cars which some locals call them "iron coffins".Stalin Museum - Museum was build in 1957 and still valid with old values of Stalin's career.Uplistsikhe fortress – Once was enormous city for priests and privileged people. it was developed into one of the chief political and religious centres of pre-Christian Kartli, with temples dedicated principally to the sun goddess.Borjomi – Resort town famous with mineral water, central park, sulfur pool bath.Overnight in Borjomi Day 3 - After breakfast Hiking in Borjomi National Park – with big variety of natural landscapes, historical and architectural monuments, resorts and settlements.Vardzia cave complex - It was the endowment of King Tamara built during the period between XII - XIII centuries.Driving back to Akhaltikhe at having dinner at the Guest house. At the evening visiting Abastumani Observatory to observe stars and planets.Overnight in Akhaltsikhe Day 4 - After breakfast you will start driving back to Kutaisi. On the way you will visit Prometheus cave – impressive with natural wonders: stalactites, stalagmites, underground rivers, and lakes. On the end of tour guide will show you a masterpiece of the medieval Georgian architecture Bagrati CathedralDriver/guide will take you to your accommodation place or directly to Airport in KutaisiFinishing tour.

$550 Multi-day & Extended Tours

8 Days Tour from Tbilisi in Georgia (include accomodation)

Exotics, tradition, ancient monuments, unique culture and charm of antiquity - that's what awaits you during your tour, you will see the great story of the small country in which there are more than 200 museums and about 12,000 monuments from different eras, including those listed as the UNESCO world Heritage sites. Preservation of this heritage has always been associated with a sense of national identity of the Georgian people.What You Can Expect 1st day  Arrival Day - Meeting at the airport and transfer to hotel in Tbilisi;  2nd day Tbilisi old town walking tour - 10am - Excursion starts from Tbilisi old town, visit Sameba cathedral and via Metekhi Church and the bridge continue to Abanotubani district famous with Sulphur baths, by cable car visit Narikala Fortress, walk at Shardeni Street with lots of souvenir and gift shops; you will visit most important sights of the city: Sioni Cathedral and Anchiskhati basilica; Afterwards via Freedom square we take a stroll along Rustaveli Avenue, the main street in Tbilisi, through the parliament building tour ends at Kashveti church.  3rd day Kakheti, the land of wine - 9am - Drive to fortified city of Sighnaghi and Bodbe Monastery. Continue to Telavi via A. Chavchavadze museum in Tsinandali. After a short walk at Telavi food market continue to famous Alaverdi cathedral, Ikalto Academy and Shuamta monastery complex; return to Tbilisi hotel via Gombori pass.  4th day Military Georgian Road across the Caucasus - 9am - Visit Ananuri fortress, alpine ski resort Gudauri and via Cross Pass arrival in Stephantsminda, drive up to Gergeti Trinity Church with the beautiful views of Kazbegi mountain peak and the village. Return to Tbilisi.  5th day Mtskheta and Gori - 9am - City of Mtskheta: historical and architectural complex of Jvari, Svetitskhoveli Cathedral, Samtavro Convent. Continue visiting Uplistsikhe, Stalin's birth place and Museum in Gori. Return to Tbilisi.  6th day Kutaisi tour - 9am - Check out from Tbilisi hotel and drive to Georgia's second large city Kutaisi; excursion in the old Town, visit Bagrati Temple, historic and architectural complex of Gelati and Motsameta monastery. Check in to Kutaisi hotel.  7th day Okatse Canyons - 9am - Depart to Okatse Canyons natural monument in Village Gordi, which is deep and narrow ravine, in the vicinity of the river Okatse. Along the canyon could be found several waterfalls**. Drive to Tbilisi and accommodation (guests with departure from Kutaisi airport will stay one more night at Kutaisi hotel before the flight). 8th day Departure - Check out from hotel and transfer to airport for departure.

$900 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Triple Georgian Advanture

Day 1- Transfer from the Kutaisi International airport to the hotel and Dinner for whole group. To drink a little bit of Georgian wine is mandatory :)  Day 2- Adventure across Georgia starts with rafting on Rioni river (You will get all necessary equipment) . Rafting site is located in Ambrolauri, Sharule. This is perhaps the most beautiful rafting route in Georgia. Rafting down the river takes 2 hours, on the way stopping on beautiful spots. For the nice ending of the day you will have a picnic near river bank, with barbecue and Georgian Wine.  Day 3- Today you will visit Chiatura, the Katskhi Pillar, overlooking small river valley, is one astonishing place to visit. You will see the place from monks perspective. We'll do a bit of climbing, all necessary equipment and instructors are provided (Except climbing shoes). Climbing routes are different difficulty and heights. By the end of the day we will have a traditional Georgian dinner, with imeretian dishes.  Day 4- Today we will visit Martvili, well known for its amazing nature, Ancient Canyon, with sky blue water and beautiful waterfalls, here we will have an inflatable boat trip and 30 minute Scuba Diving experience, one of the best in Europe. Later we will continue to Salkhino, Dadiani’s summer residence, with beautiful park and wine cellar. Of course we will taste Mengrelian traditional dishes and homemade Brandy (Chacha).  Day 5- We will start with Prometheus Grotto, Beautifully illuminated stalactites and stalagmites, boat trip (at the end of the trail), in an underground river, are amazing. Later we will head to historical-cultural heritage of Kutaisi, like Gelati, Motsameta and Bagrati monasteries, here you will find history of Imereti region and feel the peaceful atmosphere of these beautiful places. In the evening we will have a Dinner in already a traditional manner.  Day 6- We will head to Svaneti region, well known for unique architecture, astonishing nature, unique cuisine and culture. Drive will be quite long, but you won’t get bored definitely. We will stop to see Enguri Dam, one of the biggest HES-es in Europe, hidden deep into the Nature, scenery will amaze you, final destination is Mestia, a beautiful village, where we will have a traditional Svanetian Dinner.  Day 7- Today we will visit the highest settlement in Europe, Ushguli, by 4×4 Jeeps. Amazing Svan towers (UNESCO World heritage site), and Peak Ushba views make scenery and atmosphere unbelievable. Here we will hike a bit and explore settlement, look around, make beautiful photos and overall have a beautiful day. After returning to Mestia, we will head to Hatsvali ski resort and make our ways on the top of the mountain where you can see the beauty of this place in other perspective. Dinner at the evening.  Day 8- Transfer from hotel to Airport.

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