Martvili Canyon

Martvili Canyon: Our most recommended tours and activities

Kutaisi: Martvili, Okatse Canyon, and Prometheus Cave Tour

1. Kutaisi: Martvili, Okatse Canyon, and Prometheus Cave Tour

See Georgia's most spectacular canyons on a day tour from Kutaisi. The tour begins with pick-up from your hotel. The main destination town of Martvili is located to the west of Kutaisi City. Alongside the road, you can see charming villages with beautiful alleys and yards. After 1 hour of driving, you will enter the Canyon's visitor center. You can take a boat trip through a Canyon and a pass to the amazing waterfalls. The colors of the canyon are amazing, as the light intensity changes regularly while passing a gorge. After 1.5 hours of sightseeing, continue to Martvili Monastery, which sits upon the highest hill in the area. The next stop is the Okatse Canyons, a natural monument with recently built high-quality tourist infrastructure. Reach the Kinchkha Waterfall by a footpath suspended along the edge of the canyon, offering amazing views of the canyon and its surroundings.   Finally, head to your last stop, the mystical Prometheus Cave. Walk through a labyrinth of underground halls with classical music in the background.

Tbilisi: Prometheus Cave and Martvili Canyons

2. 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.

From Kutaisi to Tbilisi: Prometheus Cave and Martvili Canyon

3. 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).

Svaneti Towers Private Tour to Mestia, Hatsvali, Ushguli

4. Svaneti Towers Private Tour to Mestia, Hatsvali, Ushguli

Explore the secluded region of Svaneti on a private four days trip to West Caucasus. On the first day you will visit the regions of Imereti and Samegrelo with stops at the beautiful Dadiani palace and the legendary Prometheus cave. On the second day travel from Zugdidi, high into Caucasus, stopping in at small villages. Watch the rocky mountains on the journey and see the worlds second highest dam, the Enguri dam. After reaching Mestia, the administrative center of Svaneti, you will be able to explore the town. Then join your guide for a dinner at the legendary cafe with best local food and live performance, see the best of Georgian songs and dances. A day is reserved for a day trip to Ushguli. Discover what changes when settling a township so high in the mountains. Enjoy an authentic and mysterious place perfect for nature lovers. Not to be missed, is the Tower of Love and the Lamaria church. On day 4 you will head back to Tbilisi and to make this long road easier and more interesting, there will be a stop at Martvili or Okatse canyons to see more of Georgia's natural sites. Make sure to pick up some souvenirs along the way. 

From Tbilisi: Live Like a Local and Martvili Canyon Day Tour

5. From Tbilisi: Live Like a Local and Martvili Canyon Day Tour

To feel "Real Georgia," you need to "Live Like a Local." During this private 2-day tour, you will visit a local family in a small village, spend two days with them, explore the village, milk cows, feed pigs and chickens, pet dogs and cats, walk around the pastures, and eat a lot of homemade food, drink a lot of homemade wine and vodka, learn how to cook traditional local food from a local lady and work with them. Visit Martvili Canyon, Salkhino Dadiani Residence, and Martvili Monastery. Feel the spirit of Georgia and get unforgettable memories from this unique experience. You will go to a village in the west part of Georgia to meet a local family and have lunch with a lot of traditional homemade dishes, including wine and vodka; at the same time, you will explore the local family to see their cows, pigs, cats, dogs, chickens, cornfield, wine cellar and the rest to see how a local family lives. After all these, you will go to Martvili Monastery and Salkhino Dadiani Residence to relax, take some beautiful pictures, return to the local family, and help them milk cows and feed pigs and chickens. Later, you will have dinner with the locals. It is a unique experience that will make you feel like a local. The following day your experience begins at 07:30, when your tour guide takes you to the local family to take the cows to the pastures, walk in a forest and smell the pine trees or even meditate early morning in nature with fresh air. Later, you will have breakfast at 9 o'clock and visit Martvili Canyon. In good weather, make a boat trip in the canyon. When you discover the canyon, you will go to the local family for cooking classes; the local lady will teach you how to make a lot of traditional Georgian dishes. After the cooking masterclass, we will have lunch together, return to Tbilisi, and finish the experience at around 8 pm.

From Tbilisi: 2-Day Tour to Kutaisi

6. From Tbilisi: 2-Day Tour to Kutaisi

Day 1: Tbilisi - Gori - Uplistsikhe - Kutaisi - Gelati (Driving distance: 270 kilometers) Depart at 09:30 from your hotel in Tbilisi. Begin your tour by visiting Joseph Stalin's Museum in Gori, established as a local history museum but clearly intended to become a memorial to Stalin. The main building of the complex is a large palace in Stalinist Gothic style. Enshrined within a Greco-Italianate pavilion is a small wooden hut, in which Stalin was born in 1878 and spent his first four years. After visiting Gori, drive further to Uplistsikhe cave city (10 kilometers east of the town of Gori). Uplistsikhe is identified by archaeologists as one of the oldest urban settlements in Georgia. It was an important religious, political and cultural center in the Hellenistic and Late Antiquity (4th-century BC - 4th-century AD). The central part of Uplistsikhe is the largest, containing a bulk of the Uplistsikhe rock cut structures, and is connected to the southern part via a narrow rock cut pass and a tunnel. Narrow alleys and sometimes staircases radiate from the central 'street' to the different structures. At the summit of the complex is a Christian basilica built of stone and brick in the 9th to 10th-centuries. The Uplistsikhe Cave complex has been on the tentative list for inclusion into the UNESCO World Heritage program since 2007. On the way to Kutaisi (221 kilometers west of Tbilisi) have a stop at picturesque monastery of Gelati, which is a monastic complex near Kutaisi. It contains the Church of the Virgin founded by the King of Georgia known as David the Builder in 1106, and the 13th-century Churches of St. George and St. Nicholas. The site is renowned for its collection of 12th to 19th-century mosaics, wall paintings, enamels and metalwork. King David the Builder began constructing the monastery and academy in 1106 as a grand tribute to his victory over the Turks. The academy was one of the first institutions of higher education founded in the Middle Ages, and became a principal cultural center in Georgia. In 1994, Gelati was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and in 2006 was included on the list of Immovable Monuments of Georgian Cultural Heritage. Overnight in Kutaisi. Either in a guesthouse or 3-star hotel. Day 2: Kutaisi - Sataplia caves - Bagrati Cathedral – Tbilisi (Driving distance: 260 kilometers) Begin a day from visiting Bagrati Cathedral, which is regarded as a masterpiece in the history of medieval Georgian architecture; the Bagrati Cathedral is frequently used as the symbol of the city of Kutaisi. It was built during the reign of King Bagrat III (hence the name) in the 11th-century but was severely devastated in 1692 during the Ottoman invasion. The Bagrati Cathedral sits on a hill just above Kutaisi and offers a magnificent view of the city. It was Unesco World Heritage Site listed in 1994. Have a stop at an interesting place for Kutaisi visitors, at Sataplia Cave complex. The Sataplia karst cave lies 6 kilometers northwest of Kutaisi within Sataplia state preserve. Sataplia is known for its dinosaur traces which were discovered by Kutaisi environmentalist P. Chabukiani, who detected there a settlement of the primitive man, together with the footprints of a dinosaur. The Sataplia karst cave begins from the north and leads to the east. The 300 meter long, 10 meter high and 12 meter wide karst cave abounds in stalactites and stalagmites and a spring winds along its bottom. The air and water temperatures in the Sataplia karst cave are nearly equal ( 12 to 13 celsius). There is a speleological museum near it now. Visit one of the unique natural attractions of Georgia - Martvili canyon. Over millions of years, the water has created a breathtaking gorge in limestone rocks, reaching a depth of 40 meters, at the bottom of which flows a river. The total reachable length of the canyon is one kilometer. In the upper part of the canyon, take a boat trip and reach the beginning with a 7 meter high powerful waterfall. Due to the extremely humid microclimate there are lianas hanging from the huge rocks and centuries-old walls are covered with moss. Here and there, water pulls out from the rocky wall forming small streams and pretty powerful waterfalls.

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What people are saying about Martvili Canyon

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 62 reviews

Due to weather, boating trips were cancelled for the safety of everyone which i highly appreciate. We enjoyed the places under the rain, amazed with how Georgians protected the caves and the trees. This trip is ideal for travellers who want to enjoy the beauty of the nature! We recommend David to be your guide, one of the best!

Эти места стоит увидеть. В Мартвили и пещера Прометея отличная туристическая инфраструктура. Каньон Окаце можно пойти пешком по живописной тропе примерно 2 километра. Но если здоровье не позволяет можно добраться на джипе, местные оказывают такой сервис.

It was a wonderful day with our guide Giorgi. Aside from the places listed in the trip's name, we had some time to visit a couple of other breathtaking places.

The 1600 Stairs Excursion! Nevertheless, definitely do it. Beautiful views, impressive.

It was an amazing day. Everything went smoothly. My family and I really enjoyed!