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3 Day Canyons and Caves Tour

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Martvili Canyon
Gelati

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This 3-day private tour is designed for the nature lovers who are interested in visiting canyons and caves of Imereti region, Western Georgia. Explore the beauty of Kutaisi surroundings, and on the way, visit Joseph Stalin’s house-museum as well as the cave town of Uplistsikhe, which dates back to the 1st millennium BC. Enjoy sightseeing two UNESCO World Heritage Sites – Gelati Academy and Bagrati Cathedral, and the beautiful natural monuments of Martvili and Okatse. Travel to the Prometheus karst caves and walk in the beautiful Colchic forests.

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Itinerary


Day to day

Morning pick-up from Tbilisi hotel and departure to the western parts of Georgia via main highway. First stop is at Gori. Visit the house-museum of Joseph Stalin. Museum presents memorial house and numerous items belonging to the soviet leader.
Next, drive to the Uplistsikhe cave complex, located in just 15 km from Gori. Uplistsikhe is the first settled area mentioned in manuscripts dating back to the 2nd millennium BC and translates literally in English 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 political and trading center in the pre-Christian times.
After sightseeing Uplistsikhe, continue trip to the west, and head to Kutaisi. Kutaisi is the third largest city of Georgia and an ancient capital. Take a walk through Kutaisi old town.
Dinner and overnight in Kutaisi.

Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Martvili – a small town in Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti province, West Georgia. Visit one of the unique natural attractions of Georgia 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.
Continue to another natural monument nearby – Okatse Canyon, notable for its magnificent wild nature, astonishing waterfalls and breathtaking views. Located in the Western Georgia, near the village of Gordi, 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.
Dinner and overnight in Kutaisi.

After breakfast visit Kutaisi farmer’s market, where you can find local products, fruit, vegetables, cheese and traditional sweets.
Afterwards, start the sightseeing tour of Kutaisi surroundings. First, drive to the Gelati Academy and Monastery complex, established in the 12th century. The complex is included in the UNESCO World Heritage sites list. For a long time Gelati Academy and Monastery was one of the main cultural and intellectual centers of Georgia.
Continue to Bagrati Cathedral dating back to the 11th c. The site is also included in UNESCO World Heritage sites list. The cathedral is standing on a hill, overlooking the city of Kutaisi. It is named after the first king of unified Georgia – Bagrat the Third.
From Bagrati, drive to Sataplia. Sataplia Nature Reserve is famous for well-preserved fossilized footprints of a dinosaur, conserved in one of the caves of Sataplia.
Drive back to Tbilisi.
Optional sightseeing: Prometheus cave, also known as Kumistavi, is one of the most popular caves among the tourists. Prometheus cave has 22 halls, six of which are open for visitors. The total length of the karst cave is 11 km.

Inclusions


Included

  • Private Transportation
  • Private Professional Guide
  • Accommodation at the Family Guesthouse in Kutaisi
  • Catering: full board: 2 x Lunches, 1 x Dinner, 1 x Breakfast
  • 2 x 0.5 l bottle of mineral water per person
  • All entrance fees per program
  • Map of Georgia
  • All local taxes

Excluded

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Personal expenses
  • Optional* services
  • Services not mentioned in the program

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More Info

Cancellation is free of charge prior 31 days of the starting day.
-    The booking deposit 30 Euro (or a special sum for group tours and half day tours) is non-refundable in case of cancellation of the tour after booking has been confirmed. The fee is kept as a deposit on the Tourist’s account for future booking(s).
If Tourist cancels the booked tour for some reasons not depending on Tour Operator, the following sums are kept back as a fine:
-    10% of total cost of tourist product in case of cancellation 30 days prior to the tour;
-    50% of total cost of tourist product in case of tour cancellation 15-7 days prior to the tour;
-    90% of total cost of tourist product in case of tour cancellation 7 and fewer days prior to the tour;
-    99% of total cost of tourist product due to the Tourist's failure to appear at the airport no more than 2 hours prior to departure or non-admission on the flight owing to circumstances beyond the Tour Operator's controls.


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