Morning pick-up from the hotel. We are heading to the west. First visit the house-museum of Joseph Stalin, located in town Gori. Museum exhibits Stalin’s house – a wooden hut, study room from Kremlin, and various manuscripts, paintings, gifts and other personal belongings.
Afterwards drive to Uplistsikhe cave town. Uplistsikhe translates as “the fortress of Lord”, and is one of the oldest discovered settlements in the region. Uplistsikhe town was an important trading center linking Byzantium, India and China. Nowadays archaeological excavations uncovered several layers dating from Early Iron Age to the late middle ages.
Have a lunch near the sight.
Drive to Kutaisi passing through the Rikoti Pass. Before entering the city, visit Gelati Monastery, the 12th c site. Enjoy the frescoes and mosaic inside the cathedral and the beautiful sunset from the Gelati Academy window.
Arrive in Kutaisi, the ancient capital and third largest city of Georgia. Take a walking tour around the main square and old town streets.
Dinner and overnight in Kutaisi.