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.
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.
Georgian lari (GEL)
1 GEL = 0.35 USD
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.
3 full days for Tbilisi; 2 weeks for the highlights; 4-6 weeks to see everything.