Private guides and guided tours in Georgia
Currency: Lari (GEL)
COMMENTS ABOUT Georgia:
Georgia is a small, mountainous country located where the two continents connect at the crossroads of eastern Europe and western Asia. It has coastlines on the Baltic Sea, and shares borders with Russia, Turkey, Armenia and Azerbaijan. Georgia is also in a spot where climate conditions can be extremely diverse, ranging from humid subtropical in one part of the small country to dry and continental on the other side of the mountains.
Georgia has a culture rich in folklore, religion and music. The Georgian Orthodox Church has been the country’s main church since around the 6th century. The Anchiskhati Basilicia in the capital city of Tbilisi is the country’s oldest existing church and a popular attraction for visitors to Georgia, and two other churches in Tbilisi are also important religious and historical landmarks, the Sameba and the Sioni Cathedrals. The Tbilisi Opera and Ballet provides marvelous musical concerts that feature everything from the country’s ancient polyphony form of folk music to classical symphony.
The capital city of Georgia has other interesting attractions for visitors, such as the St. George Monument in Freedom Square. Tibilisi is also steeped in sports venues, and visitors can always catch a polo match, or wrestling, volleyball, boxing, football or swimming events.
Winemaking is an ancient tradition in Georgia, and archaeological discoveries indicate that the oldest remains (6000 BC) related to winemaking have been found in this country. In fact, the word “wine” is supposed to be derived from the Georgian word, “g’vino.” Tsinandali white wine from the Kakheti region is the most well-known Georgian wine, and the celebration of winemaking in this country includes the harvest holiday of Rtveli.
There are many nature parks in Georgia, making ecotourism an important attraction for outdoor enthusiasts. Wildlife tours are popular here because of the vast diversity of animals and birds that live in this small country. The country is also known for its cave systems, with the world’s deepest cave- Krubera Cave- located in the Gagra Mountain range in Abkhazia. Fishing, boating and other water sports are undertaken in the country’s two largest rivers, the Mtkvari and the Rioni, and along the Baltic coast.