Georgia is home to Black Sea beaches, mountain villages, and lush green valleys sprawling with vineyards. There is so much to explore and experience, from awe-inspiring vistas, alpine forests and an extensive wine region, to the towns and villages dotted throughout.
With an incredibly rich history of ancient churches, monasteries and castles you will really feel as though you are stepping back in time to the traditions and cultures of the past.
Georgia’s capital and a vibrant city which spreads out on the banks of the Mtkvari River, surrounded on three sides by mountains. Colourful houses, modern restaurants, art galleries and sulfur bathhouses are highlights of the old town.
Set in the Alazani valley filled with beautiful vineyards in the wine region of Georgia, it is a fabulous place to enjoy wine tastings and stay in local guesthouses. The Shuamta Monasteries are set in the forest near Telavi and worth a visit for their architectural simplicity and magical location.
Signagi A city of beautiful architecture, romantic cobbled streets, carved balconies – many travellers feel like they are in Italy in this beautiful town. Set in the Georgia’s wine region it is oozing with charm and a fabulous town to wonder and enjoy the picture postcard scenery.
Kasbegi Set a few miles from the Russian border, Kasbegi is set in the high Caucasus mountains and set amongst stunning highland scenery. The famous Gergeti Trinity Church sits on top of a hill directly in front of Mt Kazberg – the views are simply spectacular!
Georgia is an all year round destination, with a diverse climate thanks to both the Caucasus Mountains and the Black Sea. Spring is mild and sunny, summer is hot, autumn is mild, and it snows in winter mostly everywhere apart from the capital, Tbilisi. The ideal time to visit is May/June or September/October, however summer (July/August) is high season on the Black Sea and is also a great time for hiking in the Caucasus mountains.
Currency Georgian lari
Language Georgian is the official language. English is taught in schools and may become an official language in the near future.
Weather Spring is mild and sunny, summer is hot, autumn is mild, and it snows in winter mostly everywhere apart from the capital, Tbilisi. The ideal time to visit is May/June or September/October, however summer (July/August) is high season on the Black Sea and is also a great time for hiking in the Caucasus mountains.
Social customs and quirks Georgia follows the Julian calendar, which places Christmas on January 7th. On this date, a number of special meals are prepared by locals, including Guruli Gvezeli – a type of khachapuri (Georgian cheese bread) – made with boiled eggs and cheese. Every dinner in Georgia has a Tamada, or “toastmaker”, who is responsible for entertaining the table and keeping conversation flowing.
Festivals and events Tbilisoba marks the founding day of Georgia’s capital, Tbilisi, and celebrates the harvest season with markets, music and dance performances, and more. The annual New Wine festival takes place in late May and includes wine tasting of more than 60 varieties of excellent Georgian wines. If you’re a cheese fan, Tbilisi is also the home of a cheese festival where you can try cheeses from all over Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan.
Health* There are currently no health requirements entering Georgia however some vaccinations may be recommended by your doctor.
Notes *Please be aware that Health information is subject to change at any time and you should always double check these requirements at the time of booking and before travel.