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 11 ideas for what to do in Georgia that will leave you wanting to come back to this incredible country again and again.
How am I so sure?
Well, 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).
And be sure to watch this video where I walk through my 10 personal favorite things to do in Georgia:
Last Updated: August 2019
11 Amazing Things to Do in Georgia (Country in Europe)
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1) Soak Up Tbilisi’s Old Town
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 itself, you’d be for giving in to the temptation to 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? Join a free walking tour!
2) Attend a Traditional Supra
What’s a “Supra” you ask?
Well, it’s 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 served up until late into the evening.
So how do you go about attending a supra?
Well, frankly, usually you need an invite from some Georgian friends. So you’re first option is to get friendly with the locals and maybe you’ll be just lucky enough to score an invite.
But scoring an invite to a supra is going to be a serious challenge, especially if you’re only in town for a few days.
I have a couple friends who are working to start a “supra for travelers” in Tbilisi, but unfortunately that won’t be operational until 2020.
So, until then, the only viable option I’ve found for travelers at this point is to sign up for a “dinner with a local” through a very cool company called Eat With which connects travelers with locals to eat in their homes.
Oh, and if you use that link plus the code AWIN2018, you’ll get $10 off your first dinner experience!
3) Taste Georgian Wine
The secret about Georgian wine 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 Khatkhati, combined with centuries of experience by the local vintners, make for seriously delicious stuff.
You can taste Georgian wine just about anywhere (many locals even make their own at home), but serious oenophiles won’t want to miss a tour of the many vineyards in Khatkhati.
4) Visit 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 that for years helped the local communities keep invaders at bay.
Previously inaccessible except through a single long and winding road, Svaneti has recently begun to accept a flood of visitors, thanks in part to government-subsidized flights from Tbilisi.
But, despite the increasing tourist numbers, visiting Svaneti remains one of the top things to do in Georgia the country.
*Pro Tip*: Be sure to check out my Ultimate Travel Guide to Svaneti Georgia for insider tips on how to plan your trip to this top destination in Georgia.
5) Trek in the 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.
6) Eat Khachapuri. Lots and lots of 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.
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. Or you can combine with a trip to Kazbegi to really take in the best of northern Georgia.
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. You also have the option to hike up the nearby hill for some 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.
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.
11) Relax on the Beach in Batumi
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.
FAQs About Travel to Georgia
Is Georgia a safe country?
Yes, Georgia is 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, so click here to compare and buy travel insurance for Georgia.
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:
- Best Places to Visit in the Country of Georgia (Europe
- The Ultimate Georgia Travel Itinerary and Guide
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!
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