Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Destinations in Georgia

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Regions in Georgia

Kartli
The Georgian heartland, the core of East Georgian culture, and the nation’s economic, cultural, and political center; home to the most popular tourist attractions of Tbilisi, Mtskheta, Gori, and Stepantsminda.

Rioni Region
The capital of West Georgia and the ancient kingdom of Colchis, the land of the Golden Fleece; nowadays, it is home to beautiful UNESCO monuments and stunning mountainous landscapes.

Kakheti
Georgia’s lush wine region, rich in churches, monasteries, and vineyards

Southwestern Georgia
The country’s subtropical region, has a significant Muslim population and a few excellent pebble beaches.

Northwestern Georgia
Magnificently gorgeous, hazardous, and politically unpredictable, but worth the risk of a visit to experience Upper Svaneti’s once-in-a-lifetime dream.

Samtskhe-Javakheti
Home to much of Georgia’s Armenian population, Vardzia, and the enchanting Sapara Monastery

Disputed Territories (Abkhazia, South Ossetia)
Georgia’s separatist territories, which are at odds with the national government; Abkhazia is a lovely subtropical beach and volcanic resort, whereas South Ossetia lies high in the Greater Caucasus Mountains, with nothing to offer a visitor other than continuous danger and mountain views.

The absence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia from the regional hierarchy is simply a practical difference, since travel circumstances in these two areas vary significantly from those in the rest of Georgia.

Cities in Georgia

  • Tbilisi is Georgia’s biggest and most cosmopolitan city, as well as its most attractive and fascinating capital.
  • Samtskhe’s tiny capital, Akhaltsikhe Javakheti is close to two stunning tourist destinations: Vardzia and the Sapara Monastery.
  • Batumi is the palm-lined capital city of Ajara on the Black Sea, close to several excellent swimming spots.
  • Borjomi is a beautiful little city with renowned spring water, a national park, and the Russian Romanov dynasty’s vacation home.
  • Gori – Stalin’s birthplace, near to an another cave city.
  • Kutaisi is Georgia’s second largest city and the historic capital of ancient Colchis, including two UNESCO World Heritage sites.
  • Mtskheta is an easy day excursion from Tbilisi and is the ancient former capital of Eastern Georgia, the heart of the Georgian Orthodox Church, and another UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • Telavi, the capital of Kakheti, is an excellent starting place for visiting surrounding vineyards, castles, and monasteries.
  • Ozurgeti, the capital of Guria, is an excellent starting place for visiting surrounding beaches, mountain resorts, and historic monasteries.

Other destinations in Georgia

  • The Georgian Military Highway connects Tbilisi to Vladikavkaz, Russia, passing through breathtaking high mountain landscapes and perilously sharp bends.
  • Wineries in Kakheti, particularly the Tsinandali Estate, which has an ancient Romanov castle, lovely gardens, and some excellent wines.
  • Tsminda Sameba, one of the world’s most beautifully placed monasteries, is located on Mount Kazbeg, one of Europe’s highest mountains.
  • The David Gareja Monastery Complex is a 6th-century cave monastery on a mountain overlooking the Azerbaijani desert, complete with magnificent paintings.
  • Upper Svaneti — Europe’s highest inhabited area, located on Mestia, is home to the enigmatic Svans and a UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • Vardzia is a cave monastery and city from the 12th century that overlooks a huge river valley.
  • Uplistsikhe was a 3,600-year-old Silk Road cave city and a significant regional hub of Caucasian pagan worship.
  • Bakuriani ski slopes — a former Winter Olympics bid and a prominent ski resort in the country’s south.
  • Pasanauri ski slopes — the major ski resort in Georgia’s Greater Caucasus Mountains, located along the Georgian Military Highway leading to Stepantsminda.