imereti canyons and caves
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City Break from Tbilisi - 3 day Canyons and Caves
- Starts from: Tbilisi
- Type: City Break from Tbilisi
- code: CBCC-09
- Best time: Apr - Oct
- Distance: 770
- Duration: 3 full days
3 days private tour Imereti Canyons and Caves is designed for nature lovers. Explore the beauty of Kutaisi surroundings. On the way visit Stalin’s house-museum in Gori, cave town of Uplistsikhe dating back to 1st millennium BC, two UNESCO World Heritage sites – Gelati Academy and Bagrati Cathedral. Enjoy the nature of Martvili and Okatse Canyons and travel to the Promete karst caves, to experience the natural beauty of Kolkhetian forests. All meals are included in the package.
Sights to visit
J. Stalin’s house-museum, Uplistsikhe – 1st millennium BC, Kutaisi city, Gelati Academy and Monastery - 12th c., Bagrati Cathedral - 11th c., Tskaltubo and Stalin’s Bathhouse, Sataplia karst Caves, Martvili and Okatse Canyons.
PER PERSON PRICE IN EUR:
Solo - 655 €
2 people - 394 €
4 people - 277 €
6 people - 272 €
8 people - 237 €
10 people - 230 €
In case of 10 and more people traveling together 1 person from the group will be FREE of charge.
0-4 years - Free
5-6 years - 50 % deduction
7-9 years - 30 % deduction
10 years and over - Adult price
10% Discount is available for “early bird” booking (6 months before your landing)
Day to day itinerary
DAY 1: TBILISI – UPLISTSIKHE – RIKOTI PASS – KUTAISI
Pick up from Tbilisi hotel and depart to the West Georgia via main highway. First visit the J. Stalin’s house-museum located in the town of Gori. The museum presents items belonging to J. Stalin. Afterwards drive to the Uplistsikhe cave town. Uplistsikhe is the first settled area mentioned in manuscripts dating from 2nd millennium BC and translates literally in English as “the fortress of God”. The town was an important point on the trade route linking Byzantium, India and China. The archaeological excavations uncovered several layers dating from Early Iron Age to the late Middle Ages.
Drive to Kutaisi via Rikoti Pass and explore handmade wooden baskets and ceramic crafts. Kutaisi is the second largest city of Georgia and based on archaeological sources it was the capital of the Colchis Kingdom in the 2nd millennium BC. Take a nice walk through Kutaisi old town.
Dinner and overnight in Kutaisi.
DAY 2: KUTAISI-MARTVILI CANYONS-OKATSE CANYONS-KUTAISI
Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Martvili- a small town in Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti province of Western Georgia. Martvili monastery was Samegrelo's clerical centre in the Middle Ages. Visit one of the unique natural attractions of Georgia - Martvili canyon- a protected area. Over millions of years, the Abasha river has created magnificent gorge in limestone rocks, reaching a depth of 40 meters, with canyons, caves and waterfalls. The total length of the canyon is one kilometer available to reach. There are stretches of quiet water for peddling and swimming, but also steep rocks to climb, spectacular waterfalls to enjoy and caves to explore. In the upper part of the canyon, you'll can take a boat trip and reach the very beginning with 7 meter high powerful waterfall.
Continue to the Okatse Canyon-famous forits magnificent wild nature, astonishing waterfalls and breathtaking views. Located in the Western Georgia, near the village of Gordi, the canyon runs roughly for 14 kilometers, width ranges from 3-6 to 15-20 meters, while its depth is between 20-100 meters. There are also few natural stone bridges on the river and caves in the canyon, from where the Karst waters flow.
Dinner and overnight in Kutaisi.
DAY 3: GELATI-BAGRATI-GELATI-TSKALTUBO-TBILISI
After breakfast visit Kutaisi farmer’s market, where you will find large assortment of locally produced fruit and vegetables, homemade sweets and delicious Imeretian cheese.
Drive to Gelati Academy and Monastery complex of 12thc. The complex is included in the UNESCO World Heritage sites list. For a long time Gelati Monastery was one of the main cultural and intellectual centers of Georgia. The complex included an Academy, where some of the most renowned Georgian theologians, scientists and philosophers have graduated from.
Continue to Bagrati Cathedral dating back to 11th c. The site is also included in UNESCO World Heritage sites list. The cathedral is standing on a hill and overlooks the city of Kutaisi. It’s named after the first King of united Georgia – Bagrat the Third.
Continue to Sataplia karst caves in Tskaltubo and take a walking tour in Sataplia national reserve. The place is famous for containing dinosaur footprints which are conserved on the territory of the museum. Sataplia cave is 900 m. long in total and contains stalactites, and stalagmites. Colorful visual effects and lights enrich the natural beauty of the caves.
Drive back to Tbilisi.
Optional sightseeing: Prometheus caves - one of the most popular and largest international tourist caves, and includes various types of stalactites, stalagmites, curtains, petrified waterfalls, cave pearls, underground rivers, and lakes. The cluster of six caves differs significantly from each other in scale and the unique shapes of petrified flowstones found within.
Includes / Excludes
- Professional English speaking guide service during the tour
- Professional driver service during the tour
- 2 x APT-HTL transfers by a comfortable Climate Controlled car, minibus or bus
- Transportation with a comfortable Climate Controlled car, minibus or bus
Accommodation in the 3* hotels:
- 2 x nights-Kutaisi
- 2 x Breakfasts-on days 2, 3
- 3 x Lunches-on days 1, 2, 3
- 2 x Dinners-on days 1, 2
- Water (2 x bottles per person daily)
Entertainment and other:
- Excursions in accordance with the program
- Entrance fees in accordance with the program
- All local taxes
- Alcoholic beverages
- Personal expenses
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