Driving distance: 76.4 km (1h 40min)
Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning make a tour around: visit Barakoni - an Orthodox Church of the Mother of God built in 1753, one of the last important monuments representing late feudal time Georgian architecture. The church is located near the town of Ambrolauri, in the Tsesi village on top of a steep cliff and overlooks Rioni River which joins the Lukhuni River just below the mountain.
Visit local Museum of Fine Arts, which houses over 550 paintings of Georgian artists of early 20th c (Ucha Japaridze, Lado Gudiashvili, Elene Akhvlediani, Kakabadze, Varazi, and others).
Drive to Kutaisi. On the way make a short stop at Nikortsminda Cathedral (1010-1014), real masterpiece of stone-carved ornaments and ancient frescoes (tentative UNESCO site).
Next stop at Shaori Lake for pictures.
Kutaisi city, former capital of Georgian kingdom Imereti -is famous for its hospitality, delicious cuisine and very popular cheese pie called as Imeretian Khachapuri. Visit farmer’s market and UNESCO world heritage site Bagrati Cathedral (11th c).
The ruins of the residence of the royal dynasty of Bagrationi (11th c) have been preserved. Several archaeological layers are revived under the 3rd, 8th and 11th centuries. The complex is located in the city center on a hilltop and surrounded by a first century Roman citadel.
Cross the White Bridge, connecting 2 banks of Rioni River, ride up via cable car to Gora Park, located on the top of the Ukimerioni Hill and enjoy panoramic views of the city.
Overnight in Kutaisi.