As one of the world’s oldest Christian nations, and with a storied, complicated history, Georgia wears remnants of these in the form of hilltop churches, Roman fortresses and rock-cave monasteries. The country boasts an exceptional and ancient cultural heritage, and is also well-known for its generous hospitality and cuisine.
A mountainous country, Georgia also features spectacular natural scenery, rolling green valleys, vineyards and Black Sea coastline. Owing to its location, a holiday to Georgia can also be easily combined with Armenia and Turkey.
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Flying time from London 4.5 hours
Official language(s) Georgian and Russian
Time difference +4 GMT
Visa requirements Not required for UK passport holders
Pass through the Greater Caucasus mountains to reach the Gergeti Trinity Church – perched on a hilltop and under the shadow of Mount Kazbegi, it commands spectacular views of the surrounds.
See the birthplace of Stalin
Go to Gori, the birthplace of Joseph Stalin, and visit the Stalin Museum which houses artefacts from his life – including his armour-plated railway carriage.
Explore the Gelati monastery complex
Historically a cultural and intellectual hub, the Gelati monastery is home to numerous manuscripts and murals, dating from the 12th century. A Unesco World Heritage Site, the complex also includes a number of churches where scholars and kings have been buried, notably the King of Georgia – David the Builder – in 1125.
Taste wine in Kakheti
The topography of Georgia is ideal for vineyards, and legend has it that wine was first created in in the country 8,000 years ago. The main area for growing is Kakheti, where wine-tasting is available.
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"I have nothing but praise for this tour. I was travelling with my elderly mother and we both had the most fantastic time. The group gelled very well and we all had similar interests. Our guide (Sami) was superb. His knowledge of the subject was boundless. The coach drivers were both superb especially Hassan who managed to negotiate the roads in an exemplary manner.
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