Located between Western Asia and Eastern Europe, Georgia is a must-visit country to add to your travel bucket list. This former Soviet republic is home to the highest mountain range in Europe (the Caucasus Mountain), as well as some of the most beautiful vineyards and churches you’ll ever lay eyes on. Georgia certainly has it all including superb hotel discounts with ENTERTAINER getaways and if you’ve been thinking of planning a trip but you’re still not sure where to go, check out this list of 7 beautiful cities you should explore in Georgia:
The capital of Georgia has come a long way since its revolution back in 2003 and this city will charm you with its vibrant arts and culture scene in a heartbeat. Dramatically set on a cliff-side in a deep valley on the Mtkvari River, this city is full of surprises – from its unique architecture and inviting cafes, to museums, art galleries and fascinating hilltop fortresses. Tbilisi is a pure blend of European and Asian influence, with an exciting contrast between history and contemporary culture.
Emerging as one of the Black Sea’s most popular resort locations, Batumi is Georgia’s ultimate summer getaway spot and worth a visit. With its relaxing vibes and resort accommodations, it’s no wonder that plenty of tourists flock to Batumi’s pebbled shores in the summer months. Not to mention a buzzing nightlife and party scene when the sun goes down!
Surrounded by picturesque villages, snow-capped peaks and alpine meadows, Svaneti is an ancient and remote city located in the Caucasian Mountains. During the many invasions of Georgia, plenty of valuable items were brought to Svaneti for safe keeping and many still remain in private homes. Make sure you check out the Ushguli village while you’re there to see some of them. You can get to Ushguli via a single dirt road from Mestia or a four-day hike by foot. While the journey up there can be a mission, it’s well worth it.
Nestled between the Caucasus Mountains, Tusheti is a popular destination only accessible by a four-wheel drive. This city is nothing short of spectacular, with its river valleys, gorges, tiny villages and steep grassy hillsides. If you like to get active, you might find yourself going hiking or horse riding here. There’s no better way to get fit than being rewarded with panoramic views of Tusheti’s pristine mountain tops when you’re done!
Stepantsminda (Kazbegi Region)
Stepantsminda is a small settlement located in the northern part of Georgia, at the foot of Mount Kazbek. For about 100 years until 2007, Stepantsminda was always known as “Kazbegi”. The highlight of Stepantsminda is its iconic Gergeti Trinity Church. A trip to the Gergeti Trinity Church is considered a top-rated activity here and you can visit this famous spot as part of a day trip from Tbilisi. Even better – you can spend a night in Stepantsminda and hike up the steep mountains to revel in tranquillity before crowds of tourists arrive.
Perched on the edge of a cliff is the fascinating cave city of Vardzia (another fantastic day trip from Tbilisi). Originally established as a monastery, monks are still inhabiting the caves in the town of Vardzia to this day. How intriguing is that? As a means of protecting their privacy, these caves are not accessible to the public – but don’t be too upset, because you can still book a tour, as tour guides have access to the caves and passages.
Welcome to Kakheti, Georgia’s wine region. If you don’t mind getting invited for a glass of wine everywhere you go, Kakheti is your ultimate vacation! This city is rich in history: here you’ll discover the iconic monastery complex of Davit Gareja, the hilltop town of Sighnaghi and a variety of beautiful castles, churches and mansions throughout the central city of Telavi.
Isn’t Georgia just lovely? From lush green landscapes to old towns and vast vineyards, this country sure lives life to the fullest! So, it’s time to make the most of these beautiful destinations we’ve listed above and start planning your Georgian escapade. Just remember to use your ENTERTAINER App so you can get up to 60% off your hotel stay with ENTERTAINER getaways!