Up-to-date information about getting to the city from Tbilisi Airport, buying a sim card at the airport, airport hotels, and other essentials. Georgia travel guide.

Plan your trip to Georgia and the Caucasus with my new Georgia Travel Guide. I first travelled to Georgia in 2017 and have been obsessed with the region ever since. This page brings together more than 3 years of blogging and research to help you plan your own trip.

There's something
about Georgia.

It’s hard to pick up a travel magazine or scroll through a ‘top destinations’ list these days without hearing mention of Georgia (the country, that is). The Caucasus region, it seems, is having a moment – and Georgia is the centrefold.

Incredible cuisine, an ancient wine culture, unparalleled mountain landscapes, fascinating cities, old-fashioned hospitality. Georgia has it all. Tbilisi, the capital, bristles with creative energy and bubbles with history (quite literally – there’s hot springs right in the centre of town).

In Soviet times, it was said that citizens who lived virtuous lives would be rewarded with an eternity not in heaven, but in Georgia. Nowadays, it’s easier than ever for tourists to visit.

Let me show you how.

“People who had never been there, and who possibly never could go there, spoke of Georgia with a kind of longing and a great admiration. They spoke of Georgians as supermen, as great drinkers, great dancers, great musicians, great workers and lovers.

And they spoke of the country in the Caucasus and around the Black Sea as a kind of second heaven.”

– John Steinbeck

Europe or Asia?

Bordered by Russia and the Republics of Daghestan and Chechnya to the north, the Black Sea coast to the west, and Turkey, Armenia and Azerbaijan to the south, Georgia is right at the crossroads of East and West.

Conquerors, migrants and Silk Road traders alike have all left their stamp on this landscape over the ages. As a result, Georgia is a quixotic mix of Eastern European, Mediterranean, Arabic and Soviet influences.

Honestly, it’s sometimes hard to pin down exactly which continent you’re on.

Capital city

Tbilisi

population

3.7 million

currency

Georgian lari (GEL)
1 GEL = 0.35 USD

languages

Georgian, English + Kartvelian (Svan, Laz, Mingrelian)

Plan your trip to Georgia

when to go

Spring (April/May) or Autumn (September/October) is ideal. In summer (June–September), it can get hot and overcrowded in the cities.

getting there

Fly into Tbilisi, Kutaisi or Batumi, or take the overnight train from Yerevan or Baku.

how long?

3 full days for Tbilisi; 2 weeks for the highlights; 4-6 weeks to see everything.

moving around

Marshrutka minivans, trains & shared taxis. In the city, use a taxi app such as Bolt.

accommodation

how much?

30-60 USD per person/day.

Use my free itineraries to start planning your adventure.

Georgia travel guide

Must have...

Hike

Kazbegi to Gergeti Trinity Church in the Greater Caucasus mountains.

meal

Adjarian khachapuri – boat-shaped bread topped with molten cheese, butter & an egg.

local experience

Shopping for pomegranates at the Dezerter Bazaar.

souvenir

Lurji Supra, traditional blue and white cotton tablecloths.

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