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3 Day Imereti Canyons and Caves Tour

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Sataplia-National-Park

Uplistsikhe

Uplistsikhe

Martvili Canyon

Martvili Canyon

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Imereti Canyons and Caves Tour

Starts from: Tbilisi
Type: Private City Break
Available: April-October
Distance: 717 km
Duration: 3 DAYS

Imereti 3-day private tour is designed for the nature lovers, who are interested in visiting canyons and caves of Imereti protected areas, West Georgia. Explore the beauty of Kutaisi surroundings, natural monuments of Okatse and Martvili Canyons, walk in the beautiful Colchic deciduous forest in Sataplia, and on the way, visit Uplistsikhe Caves, Katskhi pillar, Kinchkha Waterfall, Mgvimevi, Chiatura, Vani and travel the unbeaten paths of the land of Kolkheti.

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Sights to Visit

Itinerary


Day to day

Morning pick-up from Tbilisi hotel and departure for the Imereti region via western highway.

First stop is Uplistsikhe cave complex, located one hour drive from Tbilisi, in just 14 km from Gori. Uplistsikhe is the first settled area mentioned in manuscripts dating back to the 1st millennium BC and translates in English literally as “the fortress of God”. Hewn in the high rocky bank of the river Mtkvari, Uplistsikhe is an ancient town, which used to be an important trading center in the pre-Christian times.

After exploration of Uplistsikhe, continue the trip to Chiatura. The town is prominent for a network of Soviet times cable cars built across the town’s manganese miners. Despite the oldness, locals still use the cable cars as means of transportation around the town. Visit main attractions of Chiatura: Photo Art Museum, the Mghvimevi monastery, which is partly carved into the rock and stop at natural limestone monolith Katskhi Pillar on the way. All route is unique, green, not very touristic and full of discoveries. Head to Kutaisi city for overnight. Take a walk through the old town.

*Optional visits to Gelati Academy & monastery and Bagrati Cathedral.

Dinner and overnight in Kutaisi.

Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Sataplia Nature Reserve, famous for well-preserved fossilized footprints of a dinosaur, conserved in one of the caves and karst caves.

Drive to Okatse Canyon, notable for its magnificent wild nature, astonishing waterfalls and breathtaking views. Located 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 about 20-100 meters. There are also several natural stone bridges over the river, as well as caves in the canyon, from where the Karst waters flow.

Continue to Samegrelo, another natural monument nearby - Martvili Canyon. 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. 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 will be able to take a boat trip and reach the very beginning of the canyon and the 7-meter waterfall.

Dinner and overnight in Kutaisi.

After breakfast check out hotel and depart for Tbilisi.

Visit Kutaisi farmer’s market, where you can find local products, fruit, vegetables, cheese and traditional sweets.

Drive to Vani Archaeological Museum-Reserve, the tentative UNESCO site. The exhibition displays amazing collection of elitism era, the cultural development of the area between 800 BC and 100 AD. Spectacular collection of jewelry of local goldsmiths, groups of imports from the Greek world, and from the Persian Empire, a series of ritual figurines, and a life-size bronze torso.

Drive back to Tbilisi through Rikoti Pass. Make a short stop at 9th c Ubisa Monastery to see 14th c beautiful wall paintings.

Evening arrival in Tbilisi.

Optional sightseeing: Bagrati Cathedral, Gelati Monastery and Prometheus Cave, also known as Kumistavi.

Inclusions


Included

Transportation:

  • Private transportation with a comfortable vehicle

Private Staff:

  • Professional guide service during the tour

Accommodation: 

  • 2 x overnights in Kutaisi 3* hotel Ponte (or similar)

Meals:

  • 2 x Breakfasts - on days 2, 3

Other:

  • 2 x bottles of water per person daily
  • Excursions in accordance fees with accordance of the program
  • All taxes

Excluded

  • Alcohol beverages
  • Tbilisi Airport transfers to/from Tbilisi hotel
  • Optional* services
  • Lunches & Dinners

Price


Group size Price per adult
Solo 674 $
2 - 3 people 420 $
4 - 5 people 376 $
6 - 7 people 305 $
8 - 9 people 271 $
10 - 15 people 267 $

The above prices (except for solo) are based on two people sharing a twin/double room accommodation.

There is additional fee for single room accomodation that you can select at checkout.

Child Policy
0-6 years - Free
7-12 years - 50%
12 years and above - Adult

*Online booking deposit will be deducted from the total tour price.

The balance can be paid in one of the following ways:

  • Bank transfer - in Euro/USD/GBP currency, no later than two weeks before the tour starts
  • VISA/Master card - in GEL (local currency) in Tbilisi only, before the tour starts, directly to your guide via POS terminal. Card service fee +3%
  • Cash - GEL only, directly to the nearest TBC Bank office or TBC Bank Cash terminal no later than the beginning of the tour.

For a larger group or custom itinerary please contact us at info[at]georgianholidays.com

Tips for booking procedure:

How to know which “Operator” to select?


You only need to select the Operator name if you have previously communicated with one of our sales agents via phone or email, otherwise please leave it at default.

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Optional services:

  • Gelati Academy, Bagrati cathedral: free of charge
  • Single Supplement: 49 $
  • Lunch: 15 $Dinner: 20 $
  • Joseph Stalin’s memorial house-museum in Gori: 4 $
  • Prometheus caves: 9 $
  • Tbilisi airport private pick up transfer: 32 $
  • Tbilisi airport private drop off transfer: 27 $
  • Discounted individual transfer to/from Tbilisi airport double way: 49 $

To arrange airport transfers and additional hotel overnights, contact us info [at] georgianholidays.com

Cancellation is free of charge prior 5 days of the starting day.

  • The booking deposit 30 USD is non-refundable. 

If Tourist cancels the booked tour for some reasons not depending on Tour Operator, the following sums are kept back as a fine:

  • 50% of the total cost of tourist product in case of tour cancellation 5 days or less prior to the tour;
  • 100% of the total cost of the tourist product due to the Tourist's failure to appear.

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