Best Places to Visit in Georgia (Country)

10 Beautiful Places to Visit in Georgia [the Country]

I’m so happy to hear you are looking for the best places to visit in Georgia (the country in Europe).

With over 65 countries across the world under my belt, Georgia remains at the top of my list as my absolute favorite country in the world. I’ve traveled extensively in Georgia, even living there in 2019.

You’ll find so many awesome things to do in Georgia. Georgia offers everything a traveler could want: affordable prices, a welcoming culture, excellent and cheap transportation options, incredible mountains, seaside resorts, vibrant city life, and delicious food and drink.

There are so many destinations in Georgia choose from, so this list will help you narrow it down to the 10 top places to visit in Georgia Europe

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10 Best Places to See in Georgia (Europe)

Before you dive into the list of places to visit, be sure to watch this video to see my 10 favorite things to do in Georgia:

Want customized trip planning advice? I get asked by readers a lot, but it’s just not a service I personally provide. However, there is a Georgian local named Levan who does provide this service (remotely) – check him out!

1. Ushguli

Travel Lemming blogger with Georgia Flag looking out over Ushguli Svaneti
Me looking out over the towers of Ushguli

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Ushguli is a tiny collection of villages high in the Caucasian mountain region of Svaneti. After nearly five years of non-stop world travel, I feel confident in saying that Ushguli is one of the most incredible places to visit not just in Georgia but in all of Europe.

Dozens of ancient watchtowers guard the entrance to this surreal UNESCO World Heritage Site, which is hemmed in by jagged and imposing mountains.

It’s still possible to spend a night staying with a Svan family here for a small fee, where you’ll likely be treated to a delicious dinner and copious wine while a fire crackles in the background. I generally shy away from calling anything a “Must See,” but I’ll make an exception here: if you can, Ushguli is a must see in Georgia 🙂

Note you can only access Ushguli via 4×4 on a single dirt road from Mestia, or via a four day trek on foot, but I promise it’s well worth the journey.

👉 Pro Tip: Be sure to bookmark my mega travel guide to Svaneti Georgia to plan your trip – it covers everything you need to know to make the challenging journey to Svaneti.

🛏️ Where To Stay in Ushguli

2. Tbilisi

Old Town Tbilisi, A top Thing to do in Georgia Country Europe
Old Town Tbilisi

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Tbilisi is definitely the top city to visit in Georgia, and probably the first stop on your Georgia itinerary.

Almost every tourist traveling to Georgia will make a visit to Tbilisi at some point, and the city, despite being so popular with the traveler crowd, won’t disappoint. Tblisi contains a charming old town situated on a dramatic cliff-side, which makes for some awesome views.

Tbilisi offers first-class dining options at affordable price, vibrant nightlife, abundant quality accommodation, and tons of great historical sites. There is even a cable car that will whisk you over the Kura River for stunning views of Old Tbilisi on your way to the medieval Narikala Fortress.

Tbilisi’s strategic location also makes it the perfect base for taking day trips to explore the nearby mountain, desert, and wine regions of Georgia. In fact, many tourists to Georgia opt to book a hotel in Tbilisi for their whole stay and take a different day trip or tour each day.

👉 Pro Tip: Here is a good site to compare day trips and tours from Tbilisi.

🛏️ Where To Stay in Tbilisi

3. Batumi

Best Cities to Visit in Georgia Europe: Batumi
The Ali and Nino Statue of Love stands guard over the Black Sea

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Batumi reminds me of what would happen if you mixed Singapore with Atlantic City, shrunk it down ten sizes and plopped in onto the Black Sea’s pebble beaches.

Batumi offers incredible modern architecture – Donald Trump once even had plans to build a skyscraper here before he was elected President. It also has an enormous and gorgeous botanical garden, and a bunch of black pebble beaches (note for Western travelers: you can’t really compare these to sand beaches).

In summer, Russian, Georgian, and international visitors descend on the city, with its beaches crowded by day and its nightclubs throbbing through the night.

🛏️ Where To Stay in Batumi

4. Mestia

Mestia, one of the Best Places to Visit in Georgia
A drone shot I took over Mestia in summer 2019

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Mestia is the main town in the region of Svaneti of the Caucasus mountains. Though not as hard as going all the way to Ushguli, it still isn’t easy to get to (unless you can snag one of the few flights from Tbilisi to Mestia).

That said, it’s well worth a visit to this stunning but isolated mountain region – especially if you’re a hiker or trekker (just make sure you have Georgia travel insurance cover if you’re going up in the mountains though!).

There you’ll find a unique but fierce culture that has managed to ward off invaders ranging from the Mongols to the Persians to the Ottomans.

With the government of Georgia heavily promoting tourism to Svaneti, the small town of Mestia is quickly taking off as one of the top tourist destinations in the country of Georgia – and especially is popular as a base for trekkers seeking to explore the stunning natural beauty of the Caucasus mountains.

🛏️ Where To Stay in Mestia

5. Kazbegi

Best places to visit in Georgia Europe Kazbegi

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Perhaps the most recognizable icon of Georgia, the Gergeti Trinity Church stands guard over the Kazbegi region from its perch on a hillside just under Mount Kazbegi.

READ NEXT: Georgia to Armenia (3 Day Itinerary)

You can access Kazbegi as part of a day trip from Tbilisi (here is the best tour to book if doing that). Alternatively, you can opt to drive the route from Tbilisi along the Georgian Military Highway yourself and stay overnight in Stepantsminda town, allowing you get up early to beat the crowds and catch the morning sun glistening off Trinity Church.

You’re sure to work up a hunger during the climb, so be sure to stop over in Stepantsmida on your way back for some delicious Georgian khachapuri to fill you up.

🛏️ Where To Stay in Kazbegi

6. Kakheti

Places to visit in Georgia Europe Kakheti

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Did you know that wine was invented in Georgia?

And even today Georgians really love their wine. Just about every family you’ll meet has some fermenting in their basement. No wonder that Georgia’s Kakheti region is quickly becoming famous for serving up some of best — and most affordable — wine in the world. Not to mention, it’s one of the most beautiful places to visit in Georgia in its own right.

The most popular way to tour Kakheti’s many wineries is as part of an organized day trip from Tbilisi. I suggest this full-day group wine tour, which has over 100 great reviews and is super affordable to boot.

If you have more time, you can can opt to soak in the region’s gorgeous landscapes by spending a few nights exploring the many villages and towns in this large region.

If you’re not a wine lover, you can still visit the 6th century David Gareja monastery complex, one of the more popular places to visit in Georgia Europe.

🛏️ Where To Stay in Kakheti

7. Kutaisi

Places to visit in Georgia Europe Kutaisi

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Even though it is technically one of the largest cities in Georgia, Kutaisi feels incredibly small compared to Tbilisi. Still, Kutaisi is charming and offers enough to do – monasteries, churches, and restaurants – to warrant a visit for a night or two. Plus, Kutaisi is a great base for day trips to nearby wonders like Martvili Canyon.

Kutaisi also may fit into your Georgia itinerary if you arrive or depart on one of the increasing number of flights available from mainland Europe.

🛏️ Where To Stay in Kutaisi

8. Ananuri

Georgia Places to Visit: Ananuri
Ananuri Castle

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About 70 kilometers north of Tbilisi lies the unbelievable Ananuri castle complex – a can’t miss destination in Georgia for many tourists. The 17th-century structure has survived numerous attacks over the centuries, and stands in stunning contrast to the Aragvi River, which it overlooks.

You can visit several different churches within the small complex, or climb one of the watchtowers for a unique view of the surroundings. Ananuri can easily be explored as a day trip from Tbilisi, and is often combined with visits to Kazbegi, allowing you to check off several of the best places in Georgia in a single day.

🛏️ Where To Stay in Ananuri

9. Uplistsikhe Ancient Cave City

The Uplistsikhe Caves, a point of interest on a Georgia Itinerary
The Uplistsikhe Cave dwellings outside Gori

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Just an hour away from Tbilisi, and a few kilometers outside of Gori, you’ll find another important Georgia point of interest: the incredible cave dwellings of Uplistisikhe (sometimes spelled “Uflistsikhe”).

One of the oldest settlements in Georgia, the “cave city” of Uplistiskhe was the capital of the ancient kingdom of Kartli, and fascinating for the fact that it was later a place where Christians and pagans co-lived together.

If you’re traveling to the western part of Georgia, Uplistiskhe makes a great attraction to break up the drive. Or make a Georgia history day trip from Tbilisi by combining Uplistisikhe with a stop in Gori to visit the fortress and the birthplace of Joseph Stalin.

This highly-rated tour is a great option if you want to knock out Uplistsikhe plus a lot of other important historical sites in one day. The tour also stops in Gori, the Stalin Museum, the old town in Mtskheta, and the Jvari monastery. Whew, that’s an action-packed day!

🛏️ Where To Stay Near Uplistsikhe

10. Tusheti

Tusheti in the country of Georgia in Europe
Tusheti, Georgia

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If you thought Ushguli was hard to get to, just wait until you hear about Tusheti National Park.

This super remote mountainous region is actually closed off for most of the year, impassable by snow and occupied by only a handful of border guards. But in the summer, Georgian herders bring their sheep in and inhabit Tusheti for the summer.

It’s quickly becoming one of the most talked-about destinations in Georgia and is high on my own travel list as one of the few Georgian tourist destinations I’ve yet to visit.

🛏️ Where To Stay in Tusheti


That’s it for this list of where to go in Georgia. With so many points of interest, destinations, and unique places to visit, you’ve got some big decisions ahead.

Want some help planning your trip to Georgia? Check out all our Georgia travel guides:

Lastly, if you’re the budget travel type be sure to check out our mega-guide to Backpacking Europe.

And, as always, feel free to ask questions – or let me know your thoughts – in the comments!

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  1. What’s up, all is going fine here and ofcourese every one is sharing facts,
    that’s in fact excellent, keep up writing.

  2. Good information, Nate. Keep it up. I am visiting Georgia for 8 days and would like to cover as much as possible. I plan to self drive around the country. Can you tell what would be the ideal places to cover given the duration in hand? I land and take off from Tbilisi.


    1. Hey Pravin! That sounds amazing. I would suggest doing a loop from Tbilisi over to Batumi for a day, up to Mestia and Ushguli (the latter of which your car probably won’t handle so you’ll need to get a ride in a 4×4), then back down for a long drive over to Kazbegi or Kakheti before returning to Tbilisi. That’s a little busy for an itinerary, but it takes in the highlights. And there are a lot of different options – that’s not the only one!

      Check out my Georgia Travel Itinerary article for more suggestions:

  3. HI Nate I’m planning a trip to Europe in Oct,first visit, where would you suggest I book in Europe in order to visit Georgia I love pictures. Also my plans and hope is to reside somewhere in Europe in 5 years

    1. Hey Julie! That’s so exciting. I remember my first time in Europe – it’s such an incredible experience. Georgia is beautiful and you should definitely go. It is a bit on the far side of the continent, which means you’ll probably need to catch a plane to get there. There are direct flights to Tbilisi from Warsaw (LOT) and Munich (Lufthansa), or you can connect through Moscow or Istanbul on a bunch of flights. Wizz Air also offers a bunch of flights around Europe from Kutaisi!

      Let me know if I can be of help as you get closer to your trip. And I hope you enjoy beautiful Georgia!


  4. Hey there,
    I would like to send my son for his university’s study in Georgia.
    Is there any one can guide me and support or give any information in this regard?

    1. Hi Soheil,

      I’m not familiar with the university process in Georgia. It is a beautiful country and I think he would have a great time studying there. I’m sorry I don’t have more specific information though!


  5. Hi Nate,
    It was a good read and you have touched the far flung areas as well. We will be travelling with a toddler and was wondering if you could advise some areas that we can visit and go. We like to walk and hike, perhaps we can do when our toddler is big grown. Having said that we do want to see green areas and walk within cities. Could you help me on this.

    Best regards,

    1. Hi Basu,

      You’ll love Georgia! There are lots of places a short drive from Tbilisi, Batumi, and Kutaisi that check those boxes, so if you base yourself there you should have lots of opportunities. I’d suggest either renting a car or hiring a driver (not that expensive in Georgia). If you’re based in Tbilisi, Kazbegi is a gorgeous mountain area only a couple hours away (with lots of stops along the way). You could also get a hotel up in Kakheti. While there aren’t really mountains, there is a ton of greenery and lots of beautiful guest houses to stay in. If you’re based in Kutaisi, you’ll have a ton of choices for green space even within or right next to the city. The Martvili Canyon is gorgeous and I think could be managed with a toddler. In Batumi there are also great garden, plus of course the beach, and then you still take day trips to the greener areas on the eastern side of Georgia.

      If it were me, I might consider Kutaisi with a toddler, as it’s a little more tranquil city and it’s very central for exploring the outdoors. But you can’t go wrong with any of those places!

      Hope that helps!

  6. Hi Nate,
    Me and my family plan to travel to Georgia at the end of august. Thing is i am traveling with 7 and a 5 yr old. Any tips on how to make most of it with a family. Any family friendly places that you might consider must. Please let us know.
    Thanks in advance!

    1. Hi Ridah,

      You’ll love Georgia. The Mtatsminda Amusement Park in Tbilisi, assuming it’s open (I’m not sure), is usually a hit with kids. There are also play areas in Rike park which might be nice, and Batumi is pretty family friendly.

      Hope you enjoy your trip to Georgia!

  7. Hi Nate,
    I am planning to be in Georgia, 2nd week of October. But I will be travelling by myself.
    Appreciate if you can give me any advise on how can I maximize my stay in Georgia. Planning to be there for a week.
    By the way, your blog is a good read. thanks for sharing!


    1. Hi Amor,

      I hope you have a wonderful trip in Georgia. My advice is to spend a few days in Tbilisi, then get up into the mountains if you can. Kazbegi might make sense for one week. Let me know if you have any specific questions and check out all my Georgia guides for more info!


  8. Hi Nate,
    I am traveling to Georgia in May with my 8yr old son and 5 Yr daughter. Can you advise on weather and best options to visit. I will prefer to visit snow and mountains if possible this time and my flights to & from Kutaisi

    1. Hi Varun – May is a bit late for snow. There will still be some higher on the mountains in Svaneti, but if you want enough snow for skiing I’d suggest visiting Georgia during an earlier month.

  9. Hi all,
    I am planning a trip to Georgia from 3rd to 7th May , how would the weather be at this time ?



    1. Early May should be warm with a chance of rain in Tbilisi. It will be colder in the mountains of Georgia. Check the local weather forecast before your trip to Georgia for specifics. Enjoy Georgia!

  10. Hi,
    I’m going to Georgia in July with my 2 daughters who love horse ridding. The saw some youtube movies about horse ridding and they loved the scenery and the horses.
    Would you know what would be best place to go to find a small horse farm in a scenic surrounding 🙂 ?

    1. That sounds like a lot of fun! I don’t know of any places to ride horses in Georgia unfortunately, but maybe a knowledgeable reader will chime in.

  11. Good Morning,
    Article is interesting. Please let me know and how many days required to visit the above 10 places,

    Awaiting for your comments.

  12. hi nate, where can i get a good price for a 4×4 car? also can u send a link for things to do in a 12 day stay including motor sports too.

    1. I’ve used a variety of ways over the years to get around Georgia – including cars, marshrutkas, guided tours, and the train to Batumi. If you’re comfortable with mountain driving, it’s certainly the easiest way, but not for everyone.

  13. Hi Nate ,

    I am planning to visit Georgia with my family include 9 yrs and 5 yrs kids in the month of January fist week could you please suggest me this is the best time? can we get the snow fallow at that time? which places are good for visit my entire trip is 7 to 8 days.
    Thank you very much for sharing much information

  14. Hi Nate,
    I’m planning to visit Georgia with my husband on new years holiday. We’re gonna stay for one week and we want to do paragliding, skiing and exploring Tbilisi and other touristic places. Do you suggest some places for such activities? and what’s the best way i can plan this trip?
    I read online that roads are usually closed at this time of year. Do you think this would be a show stopper or something to just be generally worry about?

  15. Hey Nate,
    Great post! I’ll be heading to Georgia for 9 days on Saturday.
    Gonna land in Kutaisi then take a 4×4 and drive to Gudauri where we are going to stay and snowboard. Will stay a night in KUT and plan to go to Borjomi and Martvili Canyon.
    Do you have any recommendations for cool places around the Gudauri area?


    1. Sounds like a fun trip! I don’t have any Gudauri recommendations unfortunately, but it’s on my list. Quick favor to ask: if you find some good things to do, can you come back here and leave a comment with them for future readers?

      1. Will do good sir. I’ll report back if I find any exciting things.
        First experience was finding a good looking place to stay in. Most hotels and airbnbs are to be blunt too soviet looking. I can’t say me and the wife are super posh but the level of the hotel rooms (hotel common areas might look great) is super poor. Same goes for airbnbs. After scouring for like and hour and half found a modern looking airbnb for a reasonable price (super high for Georgia of course) of about $100 night at Gudauri.

        Anyway, excited to fly tomorrow, will keep you updated.

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