We have been organising holidays to Georgia since the mid-90s, but Belinda’s latest visit to Georgia was last year when she was lucky enough to explore some of the remoter regions. Paul has also spent time travelling there and will often suggest combining a holiday to Georgia with Armenia or Azerbaijan.
Why we like Georgia
Georgia is an absolute gem of a country. The food is excellent, music and poetry play an important role for every family and the people are unbelievably hospitable, kind and full of fun. Hotels range from large multinational resorts to simple, clean, family run pensions with all kinds of categories in between. We would recommend to go before it is discovered by the rest of the world.
What to expect on your Georgia holiday
In winter, the jagged alpine peaks are deep in snow and offer miles of virgin heli-skiing (Swiss run) from a comfortable mountain hotel. In spring the slopes become a riot of wild flowers while in summer the high passes remain a vivid green offering some excellent trekking into quite remote valleys where electricity is unknown, cars have never penetrated and an almost medieval atmosphere prevails. Lower down, the terrain and the atmosphere are more Italianesque. The summers are hot, there are huge vineyards, isolated rural communities and yet everywhere there is a sense of history and culture. Many of the Orthodox churches date from the 10th and 11th centuries and it is not unusual to find original unrestored frescoes on the walls. Food and wine are excellent but above all it is the Georgians themselves who are such fun.
Some ideas for a Georgia holiday
- Stroll through Tbilisi’s old streets where colourful 19th century houses with wooden balconies are strangely reminiscent of New Orleans.
- Visit the National Museum in Tbilsi with its collection of pre-Christian gold and silver
- Travel up along the Georgian Military Highway towards Mount Kazbegi
- Visit Svaneti to see its medieval fortified stone towers and stay at Ushguli, the highest inhabited village in Europe.
- Explore the ancient religious cave cities of Vardzia and Uplishtikhe that saved thousands of Christians from persecution.
- Stay with a Georgian family and enjoy home cooked food and Georgian wine