georgia

Overview

Delve into the culture of a land where myths and legends seem to spring from every forest, rock and stream, on one of our Georgia Tours.

Lying at the crossroads of trade and tradition for centuries, Georgia is one of Europe’s best-kept secrets. It’s a country of breath-taking landscapes, a cuisine that is as delicious as it is undiscovered and a rich national story stretching back over 5,000 years.

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Group tours

Travel to Georgia with like-minded people on one of our small group tours (usually max size 12), featuring knowledgeable local guides and an expert tour leader.

TAILOR-MADE HOLIDAYS

Whether you want to travel on one of our award-winning itineraries or build your own journey from scratch, our expert consultants will help create the perfect tour for your tastes and budget. Below are a few suggestions of the kind of trips we can offer, all of which can be tailored to you.

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HIGHLIGHTS OF GEORGIA

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A country of breath-taking landscapes, a cuisine that is as delicious as it is undiscovered and a rich national story stretching back over 5,000 years

Enjoy cooking in a local home

Enjoy cooking in a local home

Savour Georgia’s culinary delights as you take part in an intimate cooking class in a local family’s home. Create and sample traditional dishes and wash them down with some famous local wine or chacha!

Find ancient frescos in a cave town

Find ancient frescos in a cave town

Discover the mysterious cave town of Vardzia, as you explore the remaining 500 caves which are home to stunning 12th century frescos, small churches, living quarters and even wine cellars.

Visit the stunning Gergeti Church

Visit the stunning Gergeti Church

Soak up the spectacular setting of Gergeti Trinity Church, located in the heart of Kazbegi National Park with an unbeatable backdrop of Mount Kazbegi.

Stop by a family-owned winery

Stop by a family-owned winery

Take a wine tour at Chateau Ateni; a family-owned vineyard and winery, located just 15-minutes drive from Gori, offering a relaxed alternative to the busier wineries of Telavi

Explore Stalin's birthplace

Explore Stalin's birthplace

Explore Gori the birthplace of Joseph Stalin, Georgia's most infamous son. Visit Stalin's house and the Stalin Museum which features the famous Stalin statue that was controversially standing in the main square up until June 2010

Hike through remote Georgia

Hike through remote Georgia

With snaking ribbons of river glittering in the Georgian sunlight, high mountain passes and churning waterfalls, soak up the undiscovered and unchanged mountains and villages of Tusheti.

See Mtskheta's UNESCO treasures

See Mtskheta's UNESCO treasures

Travel to the ancient capital of Georgia – Mtskheta and visit the UNESCO world heritage sites of Jvari Monastery and Svetitskhoveli Cathedral.

Discover local culinary delights

Discover local culinary delights

Sample fabulous Georgian cuisine as you explore the streets of Tbilisi, from small local bakeries to the capital’s oldest market, finishing with a delicious tasting at the city’s very first wine bar.

TOP PLACES TO VISIT

Below are a selection of our favourite places to visit. Selet a place to browse things to do and places to stay as well as tours that visit the region.

Gori

This is a strange place that was at one time obviously quite a town, with pretty boulevards and large townhouses. But, like many other places across the former Soviet Union, it has suffered economically ...

Kutaisi

Georgia's second city, Kutaisi, was the capital of the ancient kingdom of Colchis. It was here, according to legend, that Jason and his Argonauts ...

Tbilisi

Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia is a lively, charming city, built along the twisting valley of the river Mtkvari, and was for centuries was one of the greatest multi-cultural trading cities along the ...

Vardzia

This 12th century medieval cave city was originally set up as a fort by King Giorgi III. It was when is daughter, Queen Tamar, built a monastery here that its purpose changed from military to religious,...

Kakheti

Georgia is known for its ancient viticulture roots and no visit to the country would be complete without spending time in the beautiful wine region of Kakheti. Here you can learn how Georgians make ...

Kazbegi National Park

Thanks to its epic mountain scenery and accessible location, Kazbegi National Park is a must for any lover of the outdoors. Located in the Greater Caucasus Mountains, the region takes its name from ...

Svaneti

Situated in the northwestern part of Georgia, the historical province of Svaneti is one of the country's greatest treasures. The stunning landscapes are scattered with picturesque villages, which are ...

Tusheti

Located on the northern slopes of the Greater Caucasus Mountains, Tusheti is one of the most beautiful parts of one of the most beautiful countries in Europe. Bordered by the Russian republics of Chechnya ...

OUR FAVOURITE PLACES TO STAY

Below is a selection of our favourite places to stay. Select a property to find out more.

Premium | Hotel

Porta Caucasia, Stepantsminda

Travel through the Caucasus range towards Mount Kazbegi to reach the four-star Porta Caucasia Kazbegi Hotel. Standing 1740 metres above sea level, the hotel has fantastic picturesque mountainous…
Premium | Hotel

Rooms Hotel Kazbegi, Stepantsminda

Surrounding scenery alone would make this beautiful mountain hideaway an unavoidable choice of stay. Sat on the slope of a steep, green mountain high in the Caucasus, adorned by forests of conifers and…
Luxury | Hotel

Rooms Hotel Tbilisi, Tbilisi

Rooms Hotel has been renovated from a former publishing house into an eight-storey hotel with a mixture of rustic and contemporary designs, keeping in line with the bohemic vibes from this part of the…
Superior | Boutique Hotel

Solomon Hotel, Kutaisi

A contemporary and stylish accommodation in Kutaisi, Solomon Hotel brings a 19th century building into the modern era using minimalist décor and natural materials. Set within the historic district, the…
Luxury | Hotel

Stamba Hotel, Tbilisi

Standing on the Kostava Street, around the corner of Rustaveli Avenue, is the Stamba Hotel, a beautifully designed hotel within a former Soviet-era publishing house. Alongside the quirky interiors, the…
Superior | Resort

Vardzia Resort, Vardzia

Opposite the Vardzia cave monastery complex is the unique Vardzia Resort. The lovely garden area has its own cave and small church, as well as a summer bar with private seating around the ponds. Enjoy…

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WHEN TO GO

The weather conditions can be extremely varied (even within the course of a day!). The Greater Caucasus Range moderates local climate by serving as a barrier against cold air from the north and the relatively small territory covers different climatic zones, which are determined by distance from the Black Sea and by altitude. The climatic zones range from humid subtropical to snow and glaciers.

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Georgia has so many highlights and captivates all that visit, but the food and wine must be top of the list! You’ll feast plenty but be sure to try your hand at making some traditional dishes too.

USEFUL INFORMATION

Health and Vaccinations 

There are no mandatory immunisations for travellers to Georgia though you should be up-to-date with Typhoid, Tetanus, Polio and Hepatitis A. Malaria is not usually present in Georgia but we highly recommend you seek advice from your local GP or travel centre as to the correct immunisations and preventative treatments. 

Currency 

In Georgia the official unit of currency is the Lari.   

To check out the latest exchange rate for the places that you are visiting you can go to www.oanda.com

Cultural Sensitivity 

On our tours you will frequently interact with local people, each with their own distinct customs and traditions. We therefore ask you to be considerate and to treat them with respect. Your tour-leaders and guides will always be able to advise you accordingly.  

In Georgia, in churches and cathedrals women should cover their heads with a scarf or hat, while men should take their hats off.  

Language & Religion 

The official language of Georgia is Georgian. South Caucasian groups other than ethnic Georgians often speak their native languages in addition to Georgian.    

Georgia’s Apostolic Autocephalous Orthodox Church was founded in the 1st Century and is one of the world’s most ancient Christian Churches. In Georgia every citizen has the right of religion and nearly 85% of the country practice orthodox Christianity.  Muslims make up the largest of the religious minorities within Georgia.   

Time 

Georgia is 4 hours ahead of GMT.  

A useful website to check the time zone differences is www.worldtimezone.com.  

Food and drink 

Food in the Caucasus is one of the biggest attractions for visitors and is the centrepiece of domestic cultural activity. Here they pride themselves on being the bons viveurs of the former Soviet Union and much of the food and wine – for which Georgia especially is so famous – is simply delicious - do not expect to lose weight!

Each region of Georgia has its unique cuisine with flavours derived from spice combinations, but as a rule, a focus on herbs and garlic predominates and also makes extensive use of walnuts. Vegetarians can be catered for, but for any other dietary requirements please contact the office.   

Georgian wines are regarded as the best quality. The country's unique climate and soil quality have made it a major winemaking region for many thousands of years and Kindzmareuli, a fruity, red wine, is reputed to have been Stalin’s favourite tipple. Akhasheni and Teliavi are two of the more common red wines, fruity and dry respectively. Tsinandali is a dry white wine, as is Gurdzhaani.  

Travelling Solo In Georgia

All of our small group tours are designed to cater for solo travellers: the number of solo travellers will vary from tour to tour, but usually over half will be travelling alone. Get all of the excitement of discovering new places combined with the security of travelling with an organised group, with like minded people.