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.
Joining a Wild Frontiers tour to Georgia is a wonderful opportunity to delve into the culture of a land where myths and legends seem to spring from every forest, rock and stream. We go out of our way to put together Georgia tours that combine off the beaten track locations with must-see sites, delve deep into its wine and food culture, walk through remote mountain villages, all while meeting some of the friendliest locals you’re likely to find.
Georgia’s snow-covered peaks of the Caucasus Mountains, glittering waters of the Black Sea and picturesque meadows of wild flowers, give it a serious claim to be considered as one of the most beautiful countries in the world. It’s little wonder that the Georgians themselves believe their country to be a gift from God.
It also boasts a cultural heritage that’s able to rival almost anywhere, with its host of captivating churches decorated with colourful frescos, ancient watchtowers and medieval cave cities carved into the mountainside. Its history tells of invasion and conquest from Greeks, Mongols, Ottomans and Russians – and all have left an indelible mark on the Georgia we see today. Its architecture, art, religion and cuisine contain clear influences from these old powers and yet are still uniquely Georgian.
The capital of Tbilisi is a charming city, its old town is full of winding streets lined with quirky shops and chic cafes. On the coast of the Black Sea lies Georgia’s second largest city of Batumi, a former regional commercial hub and now a popular retreat for locals looking to enjoy the area’s warm weather. And then there’s Gori, the birthplace of Stalin and a town where the country’s Soviet past is still clearly visible in its austere architecture.
Whether you visit Georgia to see its scenery, meet the locals, enjoy its cuisine, discover its history, or all of the above, we don’t think you’ll come away disappointed.
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.
Drop in to Peter Naysmith's Prospero bookshop on Rustaveli - you'll find all the travel literature you need and enjoy a great cup of coffee.