Are you looking for incredible things to do in Georgia (the country in Europe – not the US state!)? Well, you’ve come to the right place because these 12 ideas for what to do in Georgia will leave you wanting to come back to this incredible country again and again.
I’ve traveled to over 65+ countries around the world. And, in my mind, none of them beats the incredible country of Georgia. Seriously, not one.
So get pumped for your Caucasian adventure by checking out these incredible things to do in Georgia (country). Oh, if you need more inspiration for what to do in Georgia, be sure to bookmark my list of the best places to visit in the country of Georgia and my complete Georgia travel itinerary.
Oh, and watch this video where I walk through my 10 personal favorite activities in Georgia:
12 Best Things to Do in Georgia (Europe)
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1) Soak Up Tbilisi’s Old Town
📍 Address: Old Town Tbilisi
For most travelers, Georgia’s capital Tbilisi will be the first stop in the country. And with so many incredible things to do in Tbilisi, you could even spend your entire Georgian vacation in this awesome city.
The highlight of any visit to Tbilisi is a stroll through the Old Town. Ancient churches, monuments, and buildings are set against a dramatic hillside. You can climb to the top or zip up via a modern cable car. And if your bones ache from all that walking, you can literally soak in the city at the thermal springs located right in the middle of Tbilisi’s Old Town.
Cross a bridge and on the other side of the Kura river you’ll find incredible modern architecture, which makes for an interesting juxtaposition against Old Town. The best way to take in Tbilisi’s Old Town is to join a free walking tour.
👉 Pro Tip: Tbilisi traffic can be a pain. Make sure you book your hotel in Old Tbilisi or any of the surrounding neighborhoods (like Vake, Sololaki, or Rustaveli). Here’s a map of those areas courtesy of Booking.com. Personally, I think you can’t go wrong with the Rooms Hotel Tbilisi.
2) Attend a Traditional Supra
A supra is basically a traditional Georgian feast. Picture plate after plate of delicious Georgian cuisine served up in a Georgian home, all while copious amounts of homemade wine is poured until late into the evening. It’s a can’t miss experience in Georgia.
When locals attend a supra, its through invites from friends. That’s hard if you don’t speak Georgian, especially given the ongoing health crisis. The easiest way around that is to snag a ticket to the highly-rated Georgian Folk Show and Supra, which is limited to just 10 tickets per show. Or you can still learn how to create the supra experience yourself in a small group cooking class at Nana’s Kitchen.
👉 Pro Tip: Georgia is pretty safe, but any travel during a pandemic is risky. Be sure to get travel insurance that covers Georgia. I use and love World Nomads for my own insurance, but do your own research!
3) Taste Georgian Wine
The secret about Georgian wine, which many locals even make in their home, is officially out. Georgian wine is quickly becoming renowned as some of the highest quality vino in all of Europe. And with good reason: the temperate environmental conditions in Georgia’s province of Kakheti, combined with centuries of experience by the local vintners, make for seriously delicious stuff. The Kakheti wine region is basically “Georgia’s Napa Valley,” and going on a vineyard tour is a must-do in Georgia. You can easily do this via a day tour from Tbilisi to Kakheti (here’s Viator’s top rated tour, and here’s Get Your Guide’s).
4) Visit Svaneti, a Medieval Land
One of the most enchanting places on the planet is locked high in Georgia’s Caucasian mountains. The province of Svaenti is dotted with hundreds of ancient watchtowers, which for years helped the locals keep invaders at bay. Primarily accessible only through a single long and winding road, Svaneti has recently become one of the more popular things to do in Georgia thanks in part to a small Georgia airline that runs flights from Tbilisi. Flights are usually booked up months in advance, but if you can’t snag one you can still get there from Tbilisi via this private tour.
👉 Pro Tip: Be sure to check out my mega Svaneti, Georgia guide for insider tips on how to plan your trip to this top destination in Georgia.
5) Trek in the Caucasian Mountains
📍 Address: Caucasian Mountains
You’ll feel a bit like Marco Polo crossing the famous Silk Road when you set out for your trek through the Georgian countryside. With soaring mountain peaks, expansive farmland, and lush forests broken up by tiny but welcoming villages, Georgia is probably one of the most underrated trekking destinations in the world. One of the more popular routes is the multi-day trek from Mestia to Ushguli, though there are dozens to choose from around the country of Georgia.
🚗 Planning to Rent a Car in Georgia? Check out Discover Cars, which will search dozens of rental agencies for the best deal. Pay attention to the agency’s reviews too, which is something Discover does well and I think is a super cool feature for travelers not familiar with local brands.
6) Eat Khachapuri
I’m not much of a foodie, so if a food captures my heart you know it must be truly magical. And Khachapuri is the stuff of legends.
This traditional Georgian cheese bread can be prepared a number of different ways, but by far my favorite is Acharuli. You’ll have to try it for yourself, but let’s just say that it involves an egg cracked over layers of doughy, cheesy goodness. Just trust me, trying khachapuri is a can’t-miss thing to do in Georgia (country)!
7) Hike to the Gergeti Trinity Church
High in the mountains of the Kazbegi region of Georgia lies the Gergeti Trinity Church. If you’ve seen one photo of the country of Georgia, it’s probably of this iconic building set against the backdrop of majestic Mount Kazbegi. And, given the gorgeous scene, it’s no wonder why visiting the Trinity Church is one of the most popular things to do in Georgia.
While it is possible to visit the church as part of day trip from Tbilisi, an even better thing to do in Georgia is to spend a night in the nearby town of Stepantsminda, then wake up early for a steep climb that will reward you with peaceful time at the iconic church before the tour buses roll in.
👉 How to Get to Kazbegi: You could rent a car through Discover Car Hire and drive your self. Or you could just take a tour from Tbilisi and let others handle the logistics. This tour from Viator conveniently combines Kazbegi with a trip to our next attraction:
8) Marvel at Ananuri Castle
Technically two castles joined by a wall, the Ananuri complex is an impressive work of ancient architecture made all the more fascinating by its stunning setting against the backdrop of the Aragvi river. Located a mere 90 minutes or so north of Tbilisi, a visit to Ananuri is an easy day trip.
👉 Pro Tip: you can combine Ananuri with a trip to Kazbegi via this Viator tour I mentioned above. It’s an awesome way to really take in the best of northern Georgia and knock out two of the best sites in Georgia on the same day!
9) Tour the Caves of Gareji
In the southeast of the country of Georgia, near the boarder with Azerbaijan, lies the David Gareji monastery complex. This Georgian Orthodox complex is set against a rocky hillside, the complex includes hundreds of dwellings, churches, chapels and more. There is also a hill you can hike for incredible views. It’s possible to visit the David Gareji complex as part of a day trip from Tbilisi, taking in the gorgeous Georgian countryside along the way on this tour that won Viator’s “Badge of Excellence.”
10) Or the Remarkable Caves of Uplistsikhe
Alternatively, you can visit another set of ancient cave homes at Uplistsike. These ones are much easier to reach, as they are located just outside of Gori and only a 1 to 1.5 hour trip away from Tbilisi. This 5,000 year old complex is seriously impressive. It’s set on a cliff-side overlooking a river, meaning you’ll get some incredible views of the Georgian countryside.
How to Get to Uplistsikhe: Drive yourself if you have a car, haggle to hire a driver for the day in Tbilisi, or just take this affordable tour from Tbilisi.
11) Relax on the Beach in Batumi
📍 Address: 1/2 Gogebashvili St, Batumi, Georgia | Hours: 24 Hours daily |
There’s no sand to be found here, but don’t tell that to the hoards of Georgian and Russian sun-seekers who pack the pebble beaches of Batumi each year. The top thing to do in Georgia during the summer is clear: chill out (or get your party on) in Batumi.
Georgia’s Black Sea resort town Batumi feels like it belongs in a different country altogether, as the modern architecture reminds one more of Singapore or Dubai. But, for all its modern facade, Batumi remains a uniquely Georgian experience.
So if you need a break from all those stunning mountains, do what the locals do and head to Batumi for some summer fun. It’s definitely one of the most unique places in the country of Georgia.
12) Martivili Canyon
Located in the western part of Georgia, the Martivili Canyon is a gorgeous formation carved by the teal waters of the Okatse River. There are suspension bridges that make it easy to walk around and get different view points of the dramatic waterfalls. And you can also take a small trip on a raft, which I thought was fun when I did it a couple years ago.
For a special treat, combine a visit to Martivili Canyon with a trip to the nearby famous Prometheus Cave, which you can do taking this highly-rated tour from Tbilisi.
FAQs About Travel to Georgia
Is Georgia a safe country?
Georgia is generally a very safe country for travel. Despite having had an armed conflict in 2008, the majority of the country is perfectly safe for travel. Travelers to the breakaway provinces of Abkhazia and South Ossetia should exercise caution, however. It is still a good idea to purchase travel insurance for Georgia though.
What is the best time to visit Georgia?
The best time to visit Georgia is generally from May through August, when the mountains are warmer and the temperature is better for exploring all that the country has to offer. Tbilisi can technically be explored year round (although it may be a bit chilly), and winter tourism is slowly growing in Georgia as more Europeans discover the benefits of Georgia’s ski slopes.
How expensive is Georgia?
Georgia is an inexpensive country for travel. Your exact costs will depend upon your style of travel, but as a general matter costs are comparable or even more affordable than most destinations in Eastern Europe.
There are so many things to do in Georgia the country, that it’s really not possible to list them all here. So for further inspiration for your trip to the country of Georgia, be sure to check out:
Those posts are packed with more suggestions and information to help you figure out what to do in Georgia and to make the most of your trip.
And if you have any comments or want to share your experience traveling in Georgia, just scroll down and tell me about it in the comments!
Safe travels in Georgia!