Best time to visit Georgia

Easter in Georgia brings cultural and religious celebrations within the valleys, while snow remains commonplace on higher grounds.
For a relatively small country, Georgia’s climate is quite diverse, with the Caucasus Mountains and the Black Sea both playing a part in the differing conditions. In general, it’s drier yet colder in the east, and wetter but warmer in the west. The best time to visit Georgia is May, June or September, especially in the lowlands around Tbilisi, as you’ll avoid the summer heat and humidity as well as the freezing winter. Autumn harvest time is well worth a mention, especially around the vineyards of Kakheti. You’ll need to pack quick drying and waterproof gear no matter when you visit as weather can change in an instant.

Georgia Weather Chart

 
MIN °C
MAX °C
RAIN (mm)
JAN
-3
5
23
FEB
-2
6
29
MAR
2
11
36
APR
7
18
58
MAY
11
23
89
JUN
15
27
89
JUL
18
30
57
AUG
17
29
53
SEP
14
25
42
OCT
8
18
43
NOV
3
12
37
DEC
-1
7
26

Georgia month by month

July and August are the peak holiday months for Georgians, when tourist accommodation is crowded, and Tbilisi and the lowlands can get uncomfortably hot. This is a pleasant time in the mountain areas, though, and the only time you can guarantee snow free hiking in the Caucasus. Snow starts to fall as early as September in the mountains, though September and early October offer the most pleasant temperatures in the lowlands. November to April is the low season, with freezing temperatures setting in in December, January and February and sometimes into March. This is also winter sports season, when ski lodges are full and there are plenty of public festivities. Wintry weather often lasts into April, but May is rainy and mild, with wildflowers carpeting the landscape and walking trails in the mountains accessible once again. June is an excellent time to visit Georgia – before the summer rush but with warm temperatures.

What happens when in Georgia

Jonny Bealby, from our supplier Wild Frontiers, shares his best time to visit Georgia:
“The European summer, from May to early October, is the best time to visit Georgia. If you want to go up into the Caucasus mountains this is really the only time – unless skiing is your thing. And my favourite months are June, when the wild flowers are in full bloom, and September when the autumn colours are starting to form. The heat at these times is also not as extreme.”
Mark Huggins, from our supplier Undiscovered Destinations:
“Early June is fabulous in the High Caucasus region of Svaneti and Tusheti due to the amazing wildflowers that carpet the meadows. For trekking, July and August is good at higher elevations but it is excruciatingly hot in places like Tbilisi. September and October are all round good months to travel as well where rainfall is usually quite low but still unpredictable in the mountains.”

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Festivals & events in Georgia

Georgian Easter

Eastern Orthodox Easter can happen up to five weeks after the Western one. Churches across the country hold special services and last supper ceremonies on Passion Thursday and Good Friday. The service at Mtskheta’s Svetitskhoveli Cathedral is particularly worth seeing.
Tushetoba

Tushetoba

This glorious mountain festival is held in early August in the Tusheti region. There’s plenty of folk music and dancing, as well as traditional sports such as archery and horse racing – plus you may even be able to take part in some sheep shearing.
Written by Nana Luckham
Photo credits: [Page banner: Creative Travel Projects] [Wildflowers - mountains: Rusudan Beridze] [Tent - Caucasus: Dominik Jirovský] [Caucasus Mountains - church: Sylwia Bartyzel] [Tbilisi - Cathedral: Manu Bravo] [Tusheti: Andrzej Wójtowicz]
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