On day 7 after breakfast at the hotel, we depart to the town of Gori - the center of the Kartli region.
Gori is the birthplace of the Soviet leader Joseph Stalin. Nowadays, his house functions as a museum and consists of the memorial house, exposition building with a tower, as well as Stalin’s study room from Kremlin and various personal belongings.
From Gori we drive to the Uplistsikhe cave complex, dating back to 1st millennium BC. Uplistsikhe is located 14 km away from Gori. Completely carved in rock, it is considered as one of the earliest urban settlements in Georgia.
From Uplistsikhe we return to west Georgia, passing through the Rikoti pass (996 m). It is possible to make several stops along the way at the markets of the local farmers who sell various food, fruit, and handmade goods.
After our arrival in Kutaisi – the center of the Imereti region, we are going to have a full day sightseeing tour of the city and its surroundings.
We will visit two well-known monuments from the Georgian Golden Era that are listed as World Heritage Sites by the UNESCO. First, Bagrati cathedral, built in the 11th c. and located in the city center of Kutaisi, on top of the hill. Second, Gelati Academy and Monastery, built in the 12th c. by the most prominent king in Georgian history David IV (David the Builder).
Overnight at Kutaisi.