Uncovering ancient capitals and some truly awe-inspiring scenery, we pinpoint some key highlights you need to experience during a visit to Georgia.
Featuring locations that inspire wonder amongst countless travellers that decide to visit this special country we start with the lovely resort town of Borjomi.
Full of postcard-perfect beauty, the popular resort town of Borjomi can be found nestled amongst seemingly endless forest.
Once a favoured holiday spot for the Russian Royal family, the area is celebrated for its sheer natural beauty.
2. Gergeti Trinity Church
A symbol of the country and certainly one of the most photographed locations in Georgia, the dramatic hilltop Gergeti Trinity Church has stood since the Middle Ages.
Close to the Russian border, the church stands an amazing 2000 metres above the village of Kazbegi.
Isolated and once used as a place of refuge, visitors reaching the church will not only be greeted by the sight of the famous landmark but also amazing views of the surrounding valley and towering mountains leading onwards across the border.
Famously the birthplace of Joseph Stalin, once the leader of the Soviet Union, Gori is one of the most fascinating locations in all of Georgia.
Notably, Gori has its own museum dedicated to charting the life of Stalin with one of the key items on display including the death mask of the former leader.
Providing insight into Stalin’s early life, visitors can also take a look at the house where Stalin lived for the first four years of his life.
Found at the point where the rivers Mtkvari and Aragvi meet, Georgia’s former capital Mtskheta is full of UNESCO-listed monuments with perhaps the country’s most sacred religious landmark – Jvari Church – overlooking the town from a prominent hilltop position.
5. Rabati Castle
One of the world’s most striking fortresses, the origins of Rabati Castle can be traced all the way back to the 9th century.
Major reconstruction was undertaken by the lost Ottoman Empire that has given the castle a distinctive character.
Subsequently renovated in recent years, the castle is one of Georgia’s most popular attractions.
Capital of the country, Tbilisi is one of the world’s great ancient capitals.
An extremely beautiful experience first-hand, Tbilisi is best known for its wonderful Old Town packed with cobbled streets.
A key draw and undoubtedly Tbilisi’s key landmark, the ruins of Narikala rise high above the city and have stood there for centuries.
Alternative city locations to admire also include the 6th-century Jvari Monastery and the medieval Svetitskhoveli Cathedral.
The ancient cave city of Vardzia is hard to fathom. Dug into a hillside, this network of different caves remains a working monastery to this day.
Across a series of different levels, Vardzia was originally constructed in the 12th century as a fortress before being repurposed as a religious monastery.
Something of a labyrinth, this fascinating cave city is another of the country’s greatest symbols.