There is a certain kind of traveler who will revel in the unpredictability of Georgia. Exploring this magnificent little country bounded by the Caucasus Mountains and the Black Sea can be awe-inspiring, frustrating, baffling and exhilarating, but it is rarely boring. International-level service has not fully taken hold in Georgia, which means that one guide might arrive in a smart white shirt and black trousers, while another might proudly show you stains on his T-shirt acquired at a birthday party the night before. In a world that is increasingly globalized and standardized, Georgia has not yet been polished smooth, a quality we found refreshing and grew to love.
Wineries are everywhere, as are centuries-old Orthodox churches and hilltop monasteries. An ideal itinerary of 12 to 14 days would include time in the chic, crumbling capital of Tbilisi, the world-class wine region of Kakheti and the breathtaking Caucasus Mountains in Kazbegi.
Nine hours ahead of New York (EST).
To phone hotels and restaurants in Georgia, dial 011 (international access) + 995 (Georgia code) + city code and local numbers in listings.
It’s best to visit in May, June, September and October, avoiding chilly winters and crowded summers.
Lari (GEL). Fluctuating rate valued at GEL2.98 = US$1.00 as of November 2019. Note: Our suggested hotels quote rates in US$.
Tbilisi, Tel. (995) 32-227-7000.