Our Georgia holidays
Cultural discovery is at the heart of all our Georgia holidays, whether you’re touring wine regions or hiking in the Caucasus Mountains. Local guides unlock Georgian traditions and customs, while making the introductions in remote communities where travelling in small groups means the impact of tourism remains positive. Georgia is often combined with neighbouring Armenia and Azerbaijan for convenient cultural comparisons. Visits to ancient sites help preserve the unique heritage of these countries. And if you want to really tap into local lifestyles, there’s no better way than sharing a glass of Georgian red wine with your hosts in a family-run guesthouse.
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Culture in Georgia
The Caucasus region sits at the crossroads of Asia and Europe. Organised tours – the best way to travel Georgia – are a great introduction to its religious heritage. Guides may recount myths from Slavic folklore as you move around, as well as stories of more recent Soviet history. Georgia’s ancient winemaking traditions are best explored in the Kakheti region. Feasts of comfort food accompanied by copious local wine are a centrepiece of the warm hospitality for which Georgia is known. The best way to appreciate Georgian culture, however, is by comparing it with that of neighbouring Armenia and Azerbaijan on a multi-country Caucasus holiday.
The Georgian Orthodox Church has risen to become practically a state religion. Despite Christianity’s dominance, which is focused on the magnificent UNESCO-listed Svetitskhoveli Cathedral in the holy city of Mtskheta, Georgia is renowned for its religious tolerance. Nowhere is this better demonstrated than in Tbilisi, where small group tours showcase Georgian churches, basilicas and synagogues nestling comfortably together. Elsewhere in Georgia you can appreciate the ancient Vardzia Monastery, still inhabited by monks, and the Gergeti Trinity Church. Its impressive location beneath Mount Kazbegi makes it popular with hikers.
Family holidays in Georgia
Active and adventurous families will love rural Georgia, as well as the generous helpings of food waiting for them after a busy day. You won’t find many kids’ clubs here, but you need have no concerns about keeping your brood entertained. Rafting, mountain biking, horse riding and a spot of R&R along Georgia’s Black Sea coast are all natural adjuncts to hiking in the gorgeous Caucasus Mountains. There are plenty of historic forts, castles and monasteries about, too. What may recommend Georgia to families most of all, however, is the warm welcome you experience everywhere you go.
Walking holidays in Georgia
There aren’t yet any facilities for self guided walking holidays in Georgia, but there’s no shortage of small group and tailor made walking options to help you take advantage of these rugged landscapes. Rustic stone villages and views over the border to Russia are highlights of walking in the imposing Caucasus Mountains, and Lagodekhi National Park boasts lynx, eagles, bears and wolves. You might opt for an easy-going trek to investigate a remote monastery or a challenging multi-day route at high altitude. Camping and homestays are the standard accommodations, with lashings of Georgian hospitality throughout.
Combining Georgia with Armenia and Azerbaijan on multi-country tours makes perfect sense. Organised tours don’t just cut down on paperwork and handle all the logistics – they help you to untangle the cultural characteristics of each Caucasus country as you travel between cities ancient and modern, and across mountainous landscapes. Small group tours match you with a handful of like-minded travellers, while tailor made trips let you set your own agenda and pace. Multi-country tours are typically two to three weeks in length, involving long overland journeys and plenty of opportunities to indulge in regional cuisines, wine tasting and encounters with local people.
Types of tours & holidays in Georgia
Organised tours are the best way to explore the culture of the Caucasus countries, whether focusing on Georgia alone or combining the country with Armenia and Azerbaijan. On sociable small group holidays you’ll quickly bond with a gaggle of enthusiastic fellow travellers as expert local guides illuminate Georgia’s history, from its early Christian roots through invasions, occupations and Soviet annexation. Tailor made holidays in Georgia can be fitted precisely to your own requirements, so while transport, accommodation and guides are all handled on your behalf, the actual route depends entirely on your own interests.
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