Georgia: A colorful adventure

From its green valleys spread with vineyards to its old churches and watchtowers perched in fantastic mountain scenery, Georgia is one of the most beautiful countries on earth and a marvelous canvas for walkers, horse riders, cyclists, skiers, rafters and travelers of every kind. It is the birthplace of wine and a country where guests are considered blessings and hospitality is the very stuff of life.

A deeply complicated history has given Georgia a wonderful heritage of architecture and arts, from cave cities to ancient cathedrals to the inimitable canvases of Pirosmani. Tbilisi, the capital, is still redolent of an age-old Eurasian crossroads. But this is also a country moving forward in the 21st century, with spectacular contemporary buildings, a minimal crime rate and ever-improving facilities for the visitors who are a growing part of its future.



Three days in Georgia

Focus on Tbilisi, the fascinating capital. Go wander the Old Town’s meandering streets. Winding lazily downhill from Freedom Square, Tbilisi’s atmospheric Old Town is characterized by wooden structures with carved verandas and narrow shopfronts filled with cafes, wine bars and art galleries. Revitalize at sulfur baths. Go on an outing to Mtskheta the other day and a make day trip to the spectacular Davit Gareja cave monastery.

One week 

Starting with Tbilisi, you have time to visit the mountains and another region too. Opt for two or three nights in either Kazbegi or Svaneti (to fit Svaneti into this schedule you’ll have to fly at least one-way). Have a couple of nights in the eastern wine-growing region of Kakheti (including a visit to Davit Gareja), or head to the cave city Vardzia via Borjomi and maybe have a day walking through Rabati Palace in Akhaltsikhe.

Two weeks

You can fit in all the destinations of the one-week itinerary, plus the Okatse Canyon and the Black Sea resort of Batumi.