Gergeti Trinity Church near Mount Kazbegi (Shutterstock)
List Words : Team Wanderlust | 13 November 2019

Best Georgia trips: 8 amazing tours through the heart of the Caucasus

Everybody wants to go to Georgia. Why wouldn't they? Breathtaking mountain scenery, medieval towers, incredible food and wine – it’s got everything. Here are the best trips for enjoying it all...

1. Discover Georgia the Wanderlust way

The colourful Georgian capital, Tbilisi (Shutterstock)

The colourful Georgian capital, Tbilisi (Shutterstock)

Experience the pearl of the Caucasus on this exclusive Wanderlust Journeys tour, run for us by Wild Frontiers, and in the company of previous Wanderlust World Guide Awards winner Dario Ghirlanda.

You’ll explore Georgia’s cosmopolitan capital, Tbilisi, as well as the UNESCO-listed former capital, Mtskheta, the ancient cave town of Vardzia, Gori (the birthplace of Stalin), some of Georgia’s breathtaking monasteries and fortresses, and the vineyards of Kakheti, one of the oldest wine-producing areas in the world.

You will also have the rare chance to travel to the beautiful mountainous region of Tusheti - only accessible for a few snow-free weeks each year and a paradise for walking and soaking up its unique culture. What's more? You'll be in the company of an award-winning guide...

Wanderlust co-founder Lyn Hughes visited in 2019 and said, "I loved everywhere we visited in Georgia, but Tusheti was the undoubted highlight, with its beautiful mountain scenery, and its centuries of intriguing history. It was a privilege to be somewhere so remote and little-known." 

Trip: Discover Georgia with Dario Ghirlanda

Who: Wild Frontiers/Wanderlust Journeys

Type: Small group

When: Jul

How long: 11 days

How much: From £1,895 (exc. flights)

2. Enjoy a totally Georgian adventure

The medieval towers in Mestia in winter (Shutterstock)

The medieval towers in Mestia in winter (Shutterstock)

Georgia is one of the hottest destinations in travel and on this 11-day adventure with Intrepid you’ll discover why: it mixes breathtaking mountains treks and cultural adventures with great food and exceptional wine.

This all-encompassing trip takes you from the medieval towns of Kutaisi to lush green slopes of Mestia Valley, past the Chaladi Glacier, through the ramparts of the Narikala Fortress and into the secret world of Georgian cheese and wine making.

You’ll journey from the Svaneti region, a remote and alluring land of snow-capped mountains, to the streets of Tbilisi, a jumble of eclectic architecture and culture.

You'll also overindulge in khinkali (delicious Georgian dumplings) and the best of Georgian wines. Be warned: one glass is never enough.

Trip: Georgia Adventure

Who: Intrepid

Type: Small group

When: May to Oct

How long: 11 days

How much: From £1.085 (exc. flights)

3. Trek the High Caucasus

Trekking in the wild Svaneti region of Georgia (Shutterstock)

Trekking in the wild Svaneti region of Georgia (Shutterstock)

Venture deep into the heart of Georgia on this classic trek through the mountains and villages of the remote Caucasus Mountains with KE Adventure Travels. 

From the capital Tbilisi, you’ll head north to Mount Kazbek, the starting point for a trek that will see you walk across the Abudelauri, Tsubrovana and Borbalo passes and deep into the remote Khevsureti range.

Crossing open ridges, with far reaching views, you’ll descend through flowery mountain pastures into steep and forested valleys, to the fortified medieval villages Mutso and Shatili.

This is Georgia's most traditional region, so expect animist shrines, friendly villages, hidden churches and impressive stone-built defensive towers. You’ll quickly see why Georgia is one of the most exciting trekking destinations in Europe.

Trip: Trekking In Georgia & The High Caucasus

Who: KE Adventure Travel

Type: Small group

When: Jul & Aug

How long: Nine days

How much: From £1,175 (exc. flights)

4. Discover Georgia by bike

Mountain biking in the highlands of Tusheti (Shutterstock)

Mountain biking in the highlands of Tusheti (Shutterstock)

For a truly immersive Georgian experience, you can’t beat this 10-day cycling trip through its epic landscapes with Explore.

Travelling by bus and bike, you’ll explore ancient Silk Road cave towns, castles and the wine producing region of Kakhet. Along the way you'll visit local farms and vineyards and try the delicious cuisine.

From the saddle, you’ll encounter the sights and sounds of this unique country more intensely, and experience first hand the incredible hospitality it is renowned for.

Trip: Cycling In Georgia

Who: Explore

Type: Small group

When: May to Sep

How long: 10 days

How much: From £1,399

5. Treat your tastebuds to a Georgian feast

A selection of Georgian treats (Shutterstock)

A selection of Georgian treats (Shutterstock)

Discover the best of Georgia through your tastebuds on this mouth-watering tour through its extraordinary cuisine with TravelLocal.

Georgia is the ultimate destination for culinary connoisseurs, a place where delicious food is an integral part of every day life. Over seven days, you'll be taken right to its foodie heart – exploring rural villages and their surrounding sights, and being introduced to its hearty cuisine.

Cooking lessons and wine tastings will give you a real insight into Georgia's foodie culture and give you some skills to take home with you. Learning to make the perfect khinkali (Georgian dumplings) is the gift that keeps on giving.

Trip: Georgia's Foodie Highlights

Who: TravelLocal

Type: Tailor-made

When: Flexible departures throughout the year

How long: Seven days

How much: From £1,020 (exc. flights)

6. Get *really* active in Georgia

Horse riding near Ushguli (Shutterstock)

Horse riding near Ushguli (Shutterstock)

Experience Georgia’s nature, culture and history in all kinds of ways as you horseride, cycle and quad bike your way around the country with Evaneos.

This multi-activity discovery tour is designed to introduce you to Georgia’s breathtaking scenery, historical monuments, churches and medieval cities in totally unique ways.

Paintball in Tbilisi, whitewater raft in the shadow of ancient caves, horseride to medieval monasteries – this is a Georgian adventure you’ll never forget.

Trip: Georgia: Multi-Activity Discovery Tour

Who: Evaneos

Type: Tailor-made

When: Flexible departures throughout the year

How long: Eight days

How much: From £690 (exc. flights)

7. Hike the Svaneti Highlands

Koruldi Lake near Mestia (Shutterstock)

Koruldi Lake near Mestia (Shutterstock)

With its epic valley and medieval stone forts, the Svaneti region is one of the most beautiful – and untouched – areas in Georgia. This eight-day trek with TravelLocal will show you all the highlights and take you to its hidden corners as well.

You’ll hike from Mestia to the Shkhara Glacier, encountering Svaneti’s beauty, vastness and sense of untouched seclusion up close. You will pass through flower-covered valleys and deep gorges, all in view of the ice-topped Caucasus.

Highlights include a visit Kutaisi farmer's market, learning how to make the regional special kubdari (meat pie), of course, the breathtaking scenery. 

Trip: Hiking The Svaneti Highlands

Who: TravelLocal

Type: Tailor-made

When: Flexible departures throughout the year

How long: Eight days

How much: From £1,160 (exc. flights)

8. Experience a Rtveli Wine Making Festival

A tray full of traditional Georgian food heading to a Rtveli Wine Making Festival (Shutterstock)

A tray full of traditional Georgian food heading to a Rtveli Wine Making Festival (Shutterstock)

Georgia is rightly famous for its wines. So, what better way to experience the country than by attending an annual Rtveli Wine Making Festival?

Rtveli is a traditional wine making celebration held in villages throughout Georgia’s Kakheti region. Every family in the village takes part, helping with the harvest and producing the wine. Following traditions from ancient times, the process is accompanied by folk songs and tables full of local delicacies.

This tour will give you extraordinary chance to take part in this traditional culture, get to know wine making traditions in Kakheti, and sample a glass or three of the wares. 

Trip: Georgia: Rtveli Wine Making Festival

Who: Evaneos

Type: Private Tour

When: Oct

How long: 8 days

How much: From £1,450 (exc. flights)

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