Driving distance: 246 km (5 h 40 min)
After breakfast at the hotel check out and start the tour to Caucasus mountains.
Tskaltubo town is next to Kutaisi, visit Prometheus Cave. Discovered in 1984, Prometheus Cave is one of the biggest and beautiful karst caves in Georgia. Take a walk along the 1.2 km long underground trail that is open for visitors and enjoy the look of stalagmites, stalactites and colorful curtains of pre-historic times. At the very end of the caves there is an optional boat trip, which operates if the underground river level is good for navigation.
Continue the tour to Nokalakevi village Senaki Municipality, famous for its archaeological findings - the remnants of 4-6th c.c. fortress. Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti region of Georgia starts here - after crossing Abasha river. Visit Nokalakevi museum-reserve, which includes a citadel of the Late Neolithic /Early Middle Ages, the remains of the palaces of the kings of Egrisi (IV-VI centuries), a gate and a secret tunnel, as well as royal and civil baths, a reservoir, a church (IV-VI) XVI-XVIII centuries. Electric car is available on site.
Drive to the north-west and make a stop near the Enguri hydroelectric dam, one of the tallest concrete arch dams in the world with a height of 271.5 m.
Follow Enguri river upward stream to Zemo (upper) Svaneti. The mountain road is attractive, roaring waterfalls, panoramic views, narrow canyons – take time and make several photo stops.
Arrive in town Mestia – the administrative center of Svaneti.
Dinner and overnight in Mestia (two overnights).
NOTE: Prometheus Cave is not open for visitors on Mondays. The best supplement on Mondays is Sataplia reserve and caves