Day 4 : Stepantsminda- Gergeti church of Trinity –Kutaisi (335km)

In the morning we take a 4 WD to  drive to Gergety Trinity church perched on the top of the mountain from where open out spectacular views of different snow-capped glaciers and canyons and then continue our way  to West Georgia via Rikoti Pass which is said to be the borderline between Europe and Asia. We head to the town of Kutaisi which is believed to have been the capital of the Dazzling Empire of the sun -Colchis around 3000 years ago  where, according to Apollonius of Rhodes and Euripides, a group of the Greek heroes led by Jason arrived in search of the Golden Fleece.

First, we make our way to the 12th century Gelati Academy-one of the country’s most treasured religious and cultural landmarks. Built by the famous king of Georgia, David the Builder, as great memorial of his victory over the Turks, the academy was one of the first institutions of higher education founded in the Middle Ages. This UNESCO World Heritage Site of Georgia is renowned for its Academy building and several churches with beautiful mosaics and rich frescos.

Overnight in a hotel in Kutaisi.

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