Georgia Travel Guide

Georgia, one of the three Caucasus countries, is nestled between Russia, ancient Persia and Turkey. A melting pot of influences, cultures and magnificent landscapes, Georgia is the perfect destination for adventurers seeking the road less traveled.

Find out everything you need to know before you visit Georgia, including trip highlights, travel tips, and road trip guides, with our Georgia travel guide.

Intro to Georgia

Georgia has a multi-cultural influence from Europe, Turkey, Asia and Soviet Russia, alongside it’s own rich history when Georgia was a powerful Georgian kingdom in the middle ages, before being dominated by Turkish and Persian rule, and being annexed by the Russian Empire in the 19th century.

With diverse landscapes which encompass the dramatic Caucasus mountains and sweeping steppe and wine making valleys, every corner of tiny country offers something different and exciting. Whether you’re looking for outdoor adventures, cultural enrichment or gastronimic experiences, Georgia will welcome you with open arms.

Georgia is still a relatively undiscovered travel destination with a developing tourism infrastructure, so temper your expectations and don’t go to Georgia looking for the same standards of civic safety and cleanliness, food hygiene or road maintenance for example, as you would back home.

Guide to Georgia

Best Time to Visit Georgia

You can visit Georgia any time of the year, although trips into the mountains generally cease between October and June due to snow and dangerous road conditions.

Spring and fall are wonderful times to visit Georgia, as the kinder weather means traveling is easy and attractions and hotels are quieter.

July and August are the busiest months in Georgia, which means flights, accomodation and car hire will be more expensive, and attractions will be busier. But, the big Caucasus mountains will be accessible, in all their glory!

Travel in winter to enjoy the lowlands and cities, and their surrounding attractions.

Georgia Travel Tips

  • Georgian is the official and primary language of Georgia. Russian is also spoken widely in Georgia.
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  • To enter Georgia, your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay. You may also need a visa to visit Georgia.
  • Georgia provides state funded universal healthcare to its citizens through mainly private facilities. There is no free healthcare for visitors. Ensure that you have accessible funds to cover upfront fees and adequate travel health insurance.
  • The currency in Georgia is the Georgian Lari GEL and tetri. 
  • ATM’s which accept foreign cards are widely available in all cities and towns, and generally do not charge you to withdraw cash. Take cash for rural areas.
  • Credit cards are widely accepted, with Visa and Mastercard being the most common.
  • Plugs in Turkey are type C and F. The standard voltage is 230 V, and the standard frequency is 50Hz. We recommend using a universal adapter with surge protection like this one.
  • Most hotels and guesthouses provide free wifi. All of Georgia’s cities and towns have excellent 4g coverage. Get info on the best SIM cards for Georgia here.
  • Tipping isn’t mandatory in Georgia, but leaving a 10-15% tip where you’ve had good service is appreciated.
  • Georgia is, for the most part, a safe country to visit although you must avoid the South Ossetia and Abkhazia regions which are controlled by Russia. Georgia’s crime rates are relatively low, but it is advised to remain vigilant at all times and keep your valuables in a safe place. In an emergency, the number for fire, ambulance and police is 112.

Georgia Packing Tips

  • The Eastern Orthodoxy religion of Georgia has a big influence in daily life and tends to err on the conservative side. In the cities of Tbilisi, Kutaisi and Batumi, people dress as they do in Europe. In rural areas, women cover up more and you probably won’t see shorts of short skirts being worn.
  • Women should take long pants or a long dress as well as shorter items, so options are available if you travel outside of the cities.
  • Women are required to cover their hair and be wearing a skirt (a layer over pants is ok) when entering an Orthodox church or a mosque. Headscarves and skirt layers are usually available by the door.
  • Pack layers for shoulder season trips and loose cotton or linen for spring and summer.
  • Sun protection, sunglasses and a cap or hat are a must in summer.
  • Winter visitors should bring a waterproof or showerproof jacket and a few warm layers for colder days, especially if visiting the foothills of mountain areas.
  • Pack walking boots or shoes for mountain hiking, and bring poles if you like a bit of extra stability.
  • Technical gear that washes easily and dries quickly is a great option if you’re road tripping or moving about a lot.
  • Don’t forget an easy to manage day bag, such as a ruck sack or day sack.

Georgia Highlights

Things to Know About Georgia

  • The Georgian language is one of the oldest in the world and has its own alphabet. Georgian Script letters look very different from the Latin alphabet, making signs, which are hard to read in a foreign language anyway, almost impossible to read. Most road signs are in Georgian and Latin, and you can try using on online tool like Translitteration or Lexilogos, which have virtual Georgian keyboards.
  • Georgia has a knack of building its Orthodox Christian monasteries in the most breathtaking of places, and the country has hundreds, possibly thousands, of churches and monasteries of a different eras and architectural styles. You’ll need to pack the hiking boots if you want to get to most of them!
  • Public transport can be challenging – by far the best way to enjoy the glorious landscapes is to hire a car and explore off the beaten path Georgia yourself.
  • Food in Georgia can be heavy on meat and bread, but it’s also a wonderful place for vegetarians to visit, as the use of fresh vegetables and local herbs plays a big part in Georgian cooking.
  • Hosting guests is considered an honour in Georgia, and if you’re lucky enough to be invited into a Georgian home, take a gift, even if it’s small. Beware of cha cha, Georgia’s homemade, very alcoholic, moonshine, which can take your head off!
  • Western backpackers and tourists in Georgia are still in the minority. Many tourists are Russian, so a few words of this language are helpful too.
  • Non-prescription medicines containing codeine are illegal in Georgia, and could cause serious consequences if you’re found trying to enter the country with them. If you take prescription medication containing codeine, keep it in the original packaging and carry the doctor’s prescription with you.
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Georgia Travel Resources

Getting There

Fly into one of 3 international airports in Tbilisi, Kutaisi and Batumi.

Driving

Drive from Europe and Turkey into Georgia or hire a car in the country.

Need a Visa?

Many countries need a visa to visit Georgia – find out if you need one here.

Travel Insurance

Cover medical expenses, delays and lost luggage.

Hotels & Places to Stay

Hotels, guesthouses, AirBnBs, hostels and homestays.

Tours & Activities

Find city guides, ancient sites tours, quad biking, sailing and extreme sports.

Georgia Road Trip

Essential Travel Products for Your Georgia Trip

iBlock Universal Adaptor

Lonely Planet Georgia Guide

Roxy Easy Fit Linen Pants

Foldable UPF50 Straw Hat

Ultra Lightweight Backpack

Cotton Headscarf 17+ colours

Gonex Wheeled Duffel Bag

Djroll 36000mAh Solar Power Bank

Essential Oils Hand Sanitiser

Collapsible Water Bottle

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