Tskaltubo is a great place to get remembered of the great era of the 20th century when it was a mineral spa epi-center with many sanatoriums and hotels around. You can explore the old buildings and get a feeling for the now gone time.
Marshrutkas 4, 30, 34 and 44 go regularly between Tskaltubo and Kutaisi, taking 20 minutes and two lari—try the western side of the Red Bridge in Kutaisi if you cannot determine a different starting point.
Small enough to explore on foot.
- 1 Former Sanatorium "Iveria". The building is fenced but there are many openings, try the most distant side of the fence.
- 2 Abandoned Sanatorium Medea.
- 3 Chimney. The descent is only possible with a 30-50 m rope.
- 4 Tunnel. Bring a good torch or head lamp
- 5 New Cave.
- 6 [dead link] Prometheus Cave (პრომეთე მღვიმე), located in village Kumistavi (From the central market to the cave take minibus #42, leaves every day except Monday (1 lari, 20 min). Taxis cost 5 lari.). May-Aug 10:00—18:00, Sep-Apr 10:00—17:00. Closed on Mondays and rainy days. Admissions only for groups. One of Georgia’s longest natural caves, with fabulous stalactites and stalagmites and underground lake. Take warm clothes. For an additional fee (15 lari?), there is a short boat ride at the end in an underground river. It is necessary to purchase the boat tour when purchasing the tickets.
Beware, some travellers have complained that it is just an expensive tourist trap. Often you have to go in a large group (30+ people), having to wait for everyone. And also, the tour guide only explains things in Georgian or Russian. If you have seen other caves around the world before, you can probably skip this one. 23 lari.
- 7 Cracked Rock Lake (Gabzaruli cavity) (Just northwest of Prometheus, easy to hike or by car.). For the descent you need ropes longer than 30 m or decent climbing experience. Otherwise, it is a nice view from the top. Free.
- 8 Okatse Canyon. Closed Mondays. Another (beside Prometheus) overhyped tourist destination around Kutaisi. You must climb 700 steps to get there. Generally, the canyon is beautiful and nice to see, but the prices are a little high, considering the other prices in this country. You can go in by 4wd if you have one. If not, there are 4wd "taxis" parked around the visitors center that will take you there. You can also do the 4-km walk, which is quite pleasant. 17.50 lari (parking 10 lari, 4wd transport 70 lari).