Georgia is a country located at the intersection of Asia and Europe. It is wedged between Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Russia. Its capital is Tbilisi.

It has a population of 3.7 million people.

The country has a rich history and fascinating culture. The country has a long history of wine production.

Georgians are warm, generous, and welcoming.

The currency of the country is the Georgia Lari.

The official language of the country is Georgian.

Travel Tips for First-Time Visitors

When to Visit

The best months to visit are between April to May and September to October.

The high season is from June to August. Temperatures often reach 40° C and above during summer. It is often crowded and prices are significantly higher.

The best time for skiers and snowboarders is in the winter. There are four ski resorts for winter sports enthusiasts.

What to Wear

It is very hot during the summer, light clothes are the best option. If you are traveling to the mountains, you need warm clothes.

The country is mostly Christian and therefore a conservative dress code is advised.

Food

Georgian cuisine is flavorful. The food is cheap and delicious. The most popular dishes are Khachapuri is bread filled with melted cheese. Khinkali are dumplings filled with broth. Lobia is a pie filled with bean (lobia) paste.

Wine is the drink of choice during meal times. It can be found everywhere at very affordable prices.

If you are on a budget, cooking your own meals is a cheaper option.

Transport

The easiest way to get around in Georgia is by minivans. The bus system is not efficiently organized.

Taxis are more convenient for shorter trips, however, they are more expensive.

For long distances, the best option is the train.

Accommodation

Georgia is an amazing backpacker’s destination. A bed in a hostel costs around 15-20 Georgian Lari. A private room costs around 50-80 Georgian Lari. Free Wi-Fi is available.

Airbnb is available and rooms start at around 45 Georgian Lari per night.

Camping is an option around the country.

Things to do in Georgia

Wander the Old Town Tbilisi

Tbilisi’s eclectic Old Town is Bohemian yet modern. There are ancient cobbled streets, leaning clock towers, and bazaars. Trip Advisor has a lot of great suggestions on exploring Tbilisi.

Explore the Tusheti region

It is a beautiful and panoramic region located in the northeast of Georgia on the northern slopes of the Caucasus Mountains. It is an amazing place for hiking. You can choose to explore the Omalo Loop Trek or Ghele to Parma.

Visit the Stalin Museum

Stalin’s birthplace of Gori houses a museum dedicated to the life of the former USSR leader.

See Katskhi Pillar

It is a 40-meter tall limestone monolith. The site was used between the 9th and the 13th centuries by early Christian monks referred to as the “pillar monks.”

Visit Vardzia Cave Monastery

It is a fascinating monastery built on the side of Erusheli mountain during the 11th to the 13th century (Georgian Golden Age). It was a fortress built to protect Queen Tamar the Great against invaders. It has 6,000 apartments, a throne room, 25 wine cellars, a church, and a bakery.

Go Skiing

If you enjoy skiing or snowboarding you will love Georgia. The most popular ski resorts are Mestia, Gudauri, and Bakuriani.

Visit the Georgian National Museum

It is one of the most amazing museums in Tbilisi. It is made up of several museums. Admission to the museum costs 20 Georgian Lari.

Explore Kazbegi

It is an amazing place for outdoor activities such as hiking, walking, horse riding, biking, and water rafting. Hiking the dramatic Gergeti Trinity Church is a must for hikers.

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