Driving distance: 271 km (4h 29 min)
After breakfast at the hotel depart for Kutaisi. The town Gori - the center of the Kartli region is one hour drive from Tbilisi, western highway. Visit medieval fortress Tskhrakara (Nine Gated) and bronze sculptures of Eight Warriors sitting around the memorial of unknown soldiers of World War II (sculptor Giorgi Ochiauri 1985).
Gori is the birthplace of Joseph Stalin, the Soviet dictator. His house - museum will be turned in future to the Stalinism museum. Visit memorial house, exhibition building with tower, and Stalin’s personal train.
After Gori drive to Uplistsikhe Caves. Located on the crossroads of the Great Silk Road, the carved in rocks on the left bank of the river Mtkvari, town had citadel, escape tunnels, places for worship, stables, storage and residential quarters and markets. The wide ancient roads are dating back to 1st millennium BC and goes from the urban settlement to the antique theater. The tour will take approximately 45 minutes.
Moving to the west of Georgia through the Rikoti pass (996 m). Stop at Ubisa Village. The 9th century basilica is hidden in the courtyard of the Ubisa Monastery behind the bell tower. The place is cozy, built of rough field stones, with a naive appearance of early feudal times, but with a brilliant interior, painted by the local artist Damian in the 14th century. These frescoes retain the influence of the Palaeologus style.
Along the pass local farmers sell various food, fruit, honey and handmade pottery.
Arrival in Kutaisi, the center of Imereti region, and former capital of medieval George. Evening sightseeing tour of the city and its surroundings. Visit two well-known monuments from the Georgian Golden Era that are listed as World Heritage Sites by the UNESCO. Bagrati cathedral, ( 11th c.) and Gelati Academy and Monastery ( 12th c.) by the most prominent king in Georgian history David IV - David the Builder Bagrationy Dynasty.
Overnight in Kutaisi.