Touchdown the hottest new tourist destination in Europe, Georgia over a 10 hour flight from Delhi to Tbilisi, Georgia nestled between Black Sea and Caucasus Mountains. Known for its stunning churches, quaint towns, majestic mountains, incredible wines, scrumptious food and friendly locals Georgia has enough to offer all year round!
Tbilisi base for the trip
Tbilisi is the most central part of Georgia and fairly close to most of Georgia’s attractions hence our Travel Engineers recommend making Tbilisi the base for the forthcoming few days and plan day trips to nearby highlights. You could choose to stay in any of the suggested highlights, Travel Engineers have suggested number of days you could plan your stay in these locations.
You will need a minimum of 6-7 nights to cover all of the below, assuming you decide to stay over in one of the locations.
Sulphur Baths, ancient vibe of the city and bustling cafes and nightlife of Tbilisi
First up, your base city Tbilisi itself is one of the largest and most vibrant cities of Georgia. You can spend your free time walking around the beautiful old city admiring the colourful restored balconies and soaking up its ancient vibe! The city is surrounded by hills so you can find some great views Narikala fortress which a walk down from Old town or you could just take a cable car. Tbilisi is known for its sulphur baths, your Georgian trip is incomplete without indulging in one so make sure you save enough spare time to experience this Georgian tradition. The city is brimming with great cafes, wine bars and restaurants and therefore there is lots to explore here.
Highlights of nearby cities from Tbilsi that can be covered over optional Day trips or stay
Now, over the next few days here are top recommended locations and suggested number of days in each incase you decide to stay else you could just plan a day trip to each of these locations and keep your base in Tbilisi.Read More Collapse
Highlights around Tbilisi
Cathedrals and Monasteries of Mtskheta- 40 mins drive from Tbilisi/ 1 day stay recommended – The capital Georgia and one of the oldest city. Admire the UNESCO listed Svetitskhoveli Cathedral dating back 11th century. The complex has clerical residences, castles, bell tower, church and the mantles of Christ and Prophet Elijah both preserved in the cathedral. The other UNESCO Heritage site is the magnificent Jvari Monastery built on a hill opposite Mtshekta with an enormous wooden cross made by King Mirian III and small church beside the holy cross. The town is very small and has a couple of restaurants and some souvenir shops. Visiting Mtshketa is a popular day tour from Tbilisi.
Divine Vineyards and Italian vibe of the quaint town, Signaghi – 2 hours drive from Tbilisi / 2 days stay recommended - This is known as the city of love and lies in the middle of the wine region in the East of the country. A great spot for wine tasting tours. The town is surrounded by old castle walls and there are some beautiful churches, It doesn’t take more than a day to wander the town but there are lots of nice restaurants and wine shops. This place gives a complete Italian vibe with its cobbled streets, great wines , carved balconies and quaint vibe. If you’re looking to get away from the hustle bustle of the city, this is a great place to spend a night or two to completely unwind.
Gergeti Holy Trinity church on Mount Kazbegi in Kazbegi – 3 hour drive from Tbilisi / 3 days stay recommended – You will be awe- struck with the beauty of Mt Kazbegi , as you arrive here hike up for breath-taking views of Mt Kazbegi from the Gergeti Holy Trinity Church located on altitude of 2170 m. For the ones feeling a bit more adventurous Kazbegi is a great place for ice climbing and mountaineering. You can return back to the little mountain town Stepantsminda for a relaxing snack and coffee at a café with great views. This town Is made up of few restaurants and guest houses , an ideal place for mountain lovers!
Churches and elegant town by Rioni River, Kutaisi – 3:30 hr drive from Tbilisi/ 2 days recommended - Elegant, tree lined streets with 19th century houses stretching down to the banks of the Rioni River, along with several attractive parks, make Kutaisi a very beautiful place to stroll around and take in the many sights. In the Jewish Quarter a number of synagogues demonstrate the long history of the Georgian Jewish community. The town’s largest synagogue, built in 1866, can seat 500 worshipers. The magnificent churches of Bagrati and Gelati – both UNESCO world heritages sites – testify to the importance of the region.
Church over a natural limestone pillar in Katskhi Village – 1 hour from Kutaisi – Just 60 kilometres from Kutaisi is the natural wonder of a natural limestone monolith that stands 40 metres tall overlooking the surrounding river valley. Right on top of the pillar is miraculously a small church and clergy house.
Architecture Marvel and relaxed beaches of Batumi- 5 hours from Tbilisi- 3 nights recommended stay – Known as the ‘Pearl of the Black Sea’ , Batumi is situated in South West on the Black Sea coastline in the republic of Adjara on the border of Turkey. The city has remarkable architectural diversity with 20th century modern European architecture complimented with restored ancient architecture of 4 BC in Old Batumi, the oldest cities of Georgia.
Besides Adjara is known for its pristine beaches of Batumi, Sarpia, Kvariati and more usually brimming with tourists during summertime with beach town offering great holiday stay and amazing coastal vibe!
So that the best of Georgia we’ve got for you! That brings you to the end of your Georgian adventure!