To savour one of the most unforgettable journeys of your life, travel to the magical land of Georgia, a promising country wedged between the Black Sea and the soaring Caucasus Mountains. Bursting with lush mountains, quaint towns, sublime churches and monasteries, incredible wine, delicious food, and locals known world-over for their hospitability, Georgia is one of the most amazing lands that you’ll ever set foot on. Here are a few experiences you need to soak in while visiting Georgia.
Get lost in the streets of Tbilisi
Georgia’s capital and largest city, Tbilisi, sports an eclectic mishmash of different cultures backed by a diverse history. Sitting coy along the banks of the Mtkvari River, Tbilisi is reminiscent of a quaint European town, brimming with medieval churches, ancient fortresses, narrow cobblestone alleys, charming courtyards and balconies, and old, rustic houses. There couldn’t be a more rewarding experience than taking a stroll along the cute, charming alleys of old Tbilisi, while soaking in the local lifestyle and journeying through the timeless history of Caucasia.
Hike up to the Trinity Church
You sure might have visited many churches in your life, but Georgia’s Trinity Church is unlike anything you’ve ever seen before! Perched dramatically on a hilltop below Mt Kazbegi, the Gergeti Trinity Church boasts of an enviable location 2160 meters above sea level, against the soaring Caucasus Mountains rising in the backdrop! Dating back to the 14th century, the Trinity church can be accessed via a 3-hour steep climb, or a 30-minute jeep ride through the rough mountain terrain.
Explore Mtskheta, one of the oldest towns of Georgia
Immerse yourself into the near-mystical charm of Mtskheta, the spiritual heart of Georgia and also one of its oldest towns. Declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, Mtskheta is home to some of the oldest and most significant churches of Georgia. Nestled at the confluence point of the Aragvi and Mtkvari Rivers, the laidback Mtskheta town boasts of some extraordinary historical landmarks including Svetitskhoveli Cathedral, Jvari Monastery, St. Nino Monastery, Armazi Fortress, and more.
Savour the authentic, world class Georgian Wine
Whether you are a wine connoisseur or not, going all the way to Georgia and not sipping the country’s delicious wine is like going to Italy and not sampling authentic pizza! No, thou shalt not commit this mistake. Forget France and Italy – when it comes to wine, Georgia is the mother of all. There is evidence that Georgia has a wine producing history of over 8,000 years, which makes it one of the oldest wine regions in the world! Tour any of Georgia’s wine cellars and savour heavenly wines like Saperavi or Pirosmani.
Enjoy a shopping spree at the local markets
The tiny, bustling local markets; you’ll find them scattered wherever you go. Throbbing with life, colour, and vigour, you’ll find these vibrant local markets selling anything and everything, ranging from fruits to vegetable, to breads, meat, textiles, handmade jewellery, paintings, accessories, and much more! Brush your haggling skills and let yourself lose amidst the sweet chaos of these buzzing markets.
Feast on heavenly Georgian food
The Georgians seems to take their food pretty seriously – a fact evident by how insanely delicious Georgian cuisine is! Relatively unknown across the rest of the world, Georgian cuisine is conjured by a unique blend of Middle Eastern and European influences. Inundate yourself with food as you devour authentic Georgian delicacies like khachapuri (cheese-stuffed bread), khinkali (meat dumplings), tjamsandali (mixed vegetable broth), and more!
Get entranced by the spellbinding scenery of the Caucasus Mountains
The majestic Caucasus Mountains with their regal snow-capped peaks, make Georgia one of the most breath-taking lands you’ll ever set foot on. Stretching all the way from the Black Sea to the Caspian Sea, the Caucasus are home to some spellbinding summits such as Mount Kazbegi, Mkinvartsveri, and Mount Shkora. Besides offering intoxicating views, the Caucasus are a hotspot for skiing and other snow sports.
Soak in the charm of Batumi and Black Sea Coast
The seaside resort and port city of Batumi, and the idyllic Black Sea Coast that it is located on, are two gems that will make your Georgia experience feel complete. Revel in a leisure day-out at the quaint Batumi town that is peppered with a handful of architectural wonders, shops, restaurants, seaside bars, and a promenade. If you need someplace quiet, take a stroll along Batumi’s unique, pebbled beach.
Interact with Georgian locals – some of the friendliest people on the planet
Amongst other great things, there is one more reason why you must absolutely visit Georgia – the friendly locals. For Georgians, a guest is considered as a gift from God, making them go out of their way to offer help. Wherever you travel in Georgia, you will be welcomed by friendly, hospitable locals – an experience that will leave you touched and amazed (which also includes often being treated to delicious meals!).
Discover the natural caves in Uplistsikhe
Bet you didn’t know this one! Georgia has some of the most extraordinary cave cities in Europe. Yes, feel like a modern-day Indiana Jones as you make your way to Uplitstsikhe, the country’s oldest complex of natural caves. Translating into ‘Fortress of God’, Uplistsikhe was known to be Georgia’s most significant political and religious centres between the 6th Century BC and 11th Century AD. Marvel at these fascinating rock-hewn structures that include dwellings, places of sacrifice, cellars, tunnels, as well as other functional buildings.