On day 5 after breakfast we start short morning tour in Mestia and visit Margiani Museum. In this tower-museum visitors can take a look at local dwelling – “Machubi”, and get introduced to the traditional lifestyle of the Svans.
From Mestia we depart for Kutaisi. On the way we will make a stop at Zugdidi – administrative center of Samegrelo region. Major attraction of Zugdidi is Dadiani Palace and its History and Architectural Museum. Dadiani Palace was the residence of the local noble house of Dadiani – Mingrelian dukes. The museum complex includes palaces of the Dadiani, court church, and the botanical garden.
From Zugdidi we return back to Kutaisi to make a sightseeing tour of the city and its surroundings. First, we are going to visit Gelati Monastery and Academy. The monastic complex of Gelati was established in the 12th century by King David IV of Georgia (David the Builder), the most prominent king from Georgian history. From Gelati, we are going to drive to Bagrati cathedral, built in the 11th century. Situated in the center of Kutaisi, cathedral is considered as a symbol of the city. It is worth noting that both Bagrati Cathedral and Gelati monastic complex are recognized as World Heritage Sites by the UNESCO.
Overnight in Kutaisi.