On day 3 after breakfast at the hotel we drive to Mtskheta to visit its two major monuments included in the list of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Jvari Monastery, constructed in the 6th c., and Svetitskhoveli Cathedral, built in the 11th c. From Mtskheta, we drive to Gori town, which lies at the center of Kartli region, to visit the museum of Joseph Stalin. Museum and memorial house keeps collection of Stalin’s personal items, gifts and private train. From Gori we visit Uplistsikhe cave complex, 12 km from Gori, to look at the oldest urban settlement on the territory of Georgia dating back to Early Iron Age. The town is cut in rock; some residential halls design reflects imitation of the wooden structure on the celling. The secret tunnels and passes connecting ancient chambers and halls run towards the river and park.
From Uplistsikhe we drive to the west Georgia and after crossing Rikoti Pass – the natural watershed between East and West, we arrive in the center of Imereti region – Kutaisi. We are going to visit two UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kutaisi: Bagrati cathedral, built in the 11th c., located in the center of the city on top of the hill, and Gelati Academy and Monastery, founded in the 12th c., with beautiful mosaics and frescoes inside the main church.
Dinner and overnight in Kutaisi.