Day 1: Kutaisi – Bagrati – Gelati – Motsameta – Kutaisi
Arrive at Tbilisi or Kutaisi International Airport. Meet your guide and drive to Kutaisi. Check-in to the hotel on arrival.
After breakfast start sightseeing in the second biggest city of Georgia – Kutaisi, which according to the legend was the ultimate destination of the Jason and Argonauts searching for the Golden Fleece. Visit Bagrati Cathedral (11th century), one of the best samples of medieval architecture towering over Kutaisi and visible from almost any point in the city. Next stop is the Gelati Academy built by King David the Builder in the 12th century. Gelati was the center of spiritual and scientific life of the Middle Ages, the tomb of Georgian kings and a cult place for pilgrims. It is under UNESCO protection as an object of cultural and historical legacy. Continue to Motsameta Monastery to enjoy fantastic views over the Rioni river gorge. Drive back to Kutaisi to overnight at the hotel.
Day 2: Kutaisi – Prometheus Cave – Mestia
In the morning, drive to the Prometheus cave, where you will walk in a 1.5 km long tunnel and enjoy breath-taking views of stalactites, stalagmites, petrified waterfalls, underground rivers and lakes along the cave. The underground light system is filled with LED lights of all the colours of the rainbow, marvellously highlighting the natural beauty of the Prometheus Cave. In the afternoon, head to mysterious Svaneti passing through the Inguri Gorge. This region is the birthplace of the Svans, a unique ethnic group, who are distinguished by their amazing old culture and traditions. Svaneti is also famous for its original and authentic architecture and is dubbed “the land of thousand towers”. Those towers used to play an important economic and defensive role in the history of Svaneti. There are still dozens of the towers – stone houses from the Middle Ages with fire watchtowers and churches from the 10-14th centuries. In the evening visit the Mestia Ethnographic Museum, with an original Svan house “machubi” and “koshki” tower. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 3: Mestia – Ushguli – Mestia
After the hotel breakfast drive to Ushguli village, the highest standing settlement in Europe (2200 m). The Ushguli architectural complex is a valuable architectural and historical monument, included in the UNESCO World Heritage List for its exclusiveness. There are about 70 families (around 200 people) living in Ushguli. Spend time in Ushguli strolling through the old narrow streets. Visit Lamaria Church complex with impressive 12th century wall frescoes. Locals believe that Queen Tamar was buried under this church. Enjoy picturesque view of the Mount Shkhara. Return to Mestia. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 4: Mestia – Zugdidi – Batumi
After breakfast drive to Batumi. On the way, stop at Zugdidi, the regional centre of two united historical areas of Georgia – Samegrelo and Svaneti. Visit a graceful patrimonial Dadiani palace is the city’s treasure testifying to its former significance. Next step at Petra fortress with green gardens beautifully overlooking the Black Sea. Arrive in Batumi. Free time. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 5: Batumi – Botanical garden – Gonio fortress – Tbilisi
In the morning, visit Batumi Botanical garden located on Green Cape with amazing views on the Black Sea. Established in 1880, the biggest and the oldest botanical garden in South Caucasus houses more than two thousand tree species. Return to Batumi for lunch. In the afternoon, visit Gonio fortress, the oldest citadel in Georgia. According to the legend this was the place where Apsyrtus, King Aet’s son killed by Jason, was buried.
At 17:55, take an evening train to Tbilisi, arrival at 22:50. Transfer to the hotel for overnight.
Day 6: Check-out from the hotel till noon. Transfer to Kutaisi or Tbilisi International Airport. End of the tour.