Martvili Monastery from the 5th century, beautiful canyons
and one of the most beautiful caves in Georgia.
Martvili monastery from the 7th century, picturesque canyons
and one of the most beautiful caves in Georgia:
- Start from Kutaisi around 9:30 am
- Prometheus Cave
- Monaster Martvili-Chkondidi
- Martvili Canyon
- Balda Canyon and Kaghu Waterfall
- Back to Kutaisi
We start the tour in Kutaisi. We will pick you up from the airport/hotel and set off on the tour. Our first destination will be Prometheus Cave. Here we will see impressive stalactites, stalagmites and and fossilized water curtains.As many as 1,060 meters of the cave are open to the public. An English-speaking guide will show you around its fascinating corridors.
We will then drive to the Martvili-Chkondidi Monastery, built in the late 7th century. Chkondidi was previously a pagan religious center. A great oak tree was located here, which was a pagan temple to the goddess of fertility.
Interior of the Martvili Monastery
The first church was built on the site of a felled oak tree and named after Saint Andrew, who preached Christianity in Megrela.
Here is the grave of King Bagrat IV, whose contribution to the cultural and educational development of Georgia was enormous.
The main cathedral has preserved frescoes from the 14th to 17th century. Martvili Monastery complex is located in a geographically strategic place, from which you can admire almost all of West Georgia.
Our next destination will be the scenic Martvili Canyon, which can be admired from specially prepared viewing platforms and from paths along the canyon. There is a possibility of guided rafting through the canyon..
The last destination of the tour will be Balda Canyon with Kaghu Waterfall. If the weather is good, you can swim here. The water is crystal clear. At Balda Canyon we will have a delicious lunch in a form of Georgian picnic.
- In monasteries it is obligatory to wear proper clothing - a headscarf for ladies, covered legs, men - long pants. In most monasteries scarves are available on site.
- Transfer in a comfortable car with a professional driver who knows the area and the program very well.
- Fuel for the whole route
- Lunch in the Georgian picnic style.
Price not included:
- Tickets to:
- Prometheus Cave - 23 GEL
- Okatse Martvili - 17.25 GEL
If you are interested in this tour write to us and book your individual expedition!