The perfect 2 to 3 weeks itinerary in Georgia

Georgia is an undiscovered gem on the border between Europe and Asia. Whether you are looking for beautiful nature, rich culture or are fond of food, Georgia has it all! We trekked around this amazing country for a month and are now sharing our ideal 2-3 week itinerary. From the bustling capital Tbilisi to the stunning mountainous landscape of the Caucasus and the wine region of Kakheti in the east. The hospitable locals will always make you feel right at home. Get ready for a tour full of discoveries, culinary highlights and unforgettable moments in beautiful Georgia.

Everything you need to know for your itinerary in Georgia

A safe destination

Georgia borders Russia and is still an unknown destination for many. This sometimes gives it the wrong image of not being safe. We can confirm that traveling in Georgia is not dangerous at all! In 1991, Georgia declared its independence from the former Soviet Union and became a sovereign nation. Since then, the country has pursued its own course, with its eyes fixed on Europe.

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The perfect 2 to 3 weeks itinerary in Georgia
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Culinary Georgia

Located between Europe and Asia, a lot of flavors are combined, making Georgian cuisine one of the most underrated cuisines in the world. Something to remember and discover is that the food in the country is amazing! Be sure to try khachapuri, a cheese-filled bread, and khinkali, dumplings filled with meat or vegetables. The country is bursting with cozy restaurants where you can enjoy these flavorful and authentic Georgian dishes.

Georgians also strive to make everything fresh. The many cheeses, vegetables or other ingredients you are served are often home-grown or home-cooked. Short chain, and you can definitely taste that! To complement these traditional dishes, treat yourself to some local wines, an integral part of the culinary experience here. In fact, Georgia is the birthplace of wine and still makes wine in the traditional way of 8,000 years ago. If you are not a wine lover, be sure to try freshly squeezed pomegranate juice. They sell this all over the streets and it is very tasty and healthy!

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Cash is king

In Georgia, payment is made with the Georgian Lari (GEL). One euro is equivalent to 2.9 GEL. In cities, the use of credit cards is becoming more commonplace, but when traveling around local villages, cash is an absolute must. Both your transportation, day tours and overnight stays must often be paid in cash. Keep in mind that there is not an ATM available in every village.

Where to stay and how to get around in Georgia

Depending on your budget, there are several options in terms of accommodation in Georgia. In cities and tourist areas, you will find an array of hotels ranging from five-star hotels to budget-friendly options. Especially in Tbilisi, Batumi and Kutaisi, you have plenty of choices for every budget. Do you prefer small-scale accommodations run by local families? Then guesthouses or homestays offer you this authentic experience. These can therefore be found throughout the country, both in small mountain villages and the larger cities.

Georgia’s cities are not huge and therefore easily walkable. When you combine this with Bolt (an app that offers ride services like Uber), you can smoothly and quickly get anywhere you wish. To get around the country, you can use local transportation: the marhsrutka. These shared minivans take you to just about every corner of the country. Traveling by marshrutka is an experience in itself where you share the ride with the locals. It can get cramped at times, but it is an efficient way to travel and very budget-friendly. Pay in cash, and on average a ride costs between 10 and 20 GEL (€3 to €6). You can also drive yourself in Georgia, such as with a 4×4 where you have the freedom to go wherever you want!

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buildings Tbilisi Georgia
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2-weeks itinerary in Georgia

In Georgia, you will find a good mix of culture, nature and culinary experiences. A minimum of two weeks is therefore necessary to visit the highlights in this country. We also give you the option to extend this trip to three weeks, which we definitely recommend if you have the time!

Day 1 – 3: Tbilisi

You will start your journey in the capital and beating heart of the country, Tbilisi. Thanks to its historic location on the Silk Road, Tbilisi is to this day a vibrant city where traditional charm and modern energy complement each other. A stay of at least three days is recommended to take in this city. Stay at The House Hotel Old Tbilisi that beautifully displays Tbilisi’s cultural heritage with its beautiful balconies. From here you can explore the city’s highlights such as the sulfur baths, Holy Trinity Cathedral and Narikala Fortress within walking distance.

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Day 4 – 5: Kazbegi (Stepantsminda)

On Day 4 of your trip in Georgia, you will travel on to Kazbegi (now called Stepantsminda) via the Georgian Military Highway. The Georgian Military Road is the historical name of an important road through the Caucasus from Georgia toward Russia. Some even dare to call this one of the most beautiful mountain roads in the world. Consequently, the mountain views are spectacular along this route. Departing from Tbilisi, you pass the Ananuri forts, with stunning views of Lake Zhinvali. You will then travel on to the Gudauri ski resort, where you can find the Friendship Monument. Through the Jvari Pass, you eventually reach Kazbegi.

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Friendship Memorial Georgian Military Highway Georgia
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In Kazbegi, the Gergeti Trinity Church is the absolute highlight. Located on a hill surrounded by snow-capped peaks, it’s like looking at a schillerij. You can reach this church by car, while walking or by horseback ride. If you stay overnight in Kazbegi, choose the cozy Eco Cottage Kazbegi. These tiny houses are very cozy and give you incredible views of the Caucasus Mountains. In Kazbegi, there are a lot of hikes that you can certainly enjoy for two or three days. In addition to the walk to Trinity Church, the Truso Valley is also recommended. Talk to a local cab driver in the village who will take you to the start of the hike.

If you don’t have much time, you can also do an organized day tour from Tbilisi towards Kazbegi. This way you will also see the highlights along the military highway and Trinity Church. We went to Kazbegi via this tour, but then stayed overnight there. With the day tour, you can also return to Tbilisi the same day, but keep in mind that you will be on the bus for a long time because of the longer distances.

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Day 6 – 7: Kakheti

Today you will travel on to the Kakheti region or the wine region of Georgia. For this, you must first travel back to Tbilisi and then head toward the east of the country. The cheapest (and also quick) way to get around is to use the marshrutkas. From Tbilisi, you will choose whether to travel on toward Telavi or Sighnaghi, two towns that are both good bases for exploring the wine region. If you have less time, you can also take a day tour here toward the Kakheti region.

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Sighnaghi is the most touristy part of Kakheti. Also known as “The City of Love,” it attracts many day tourists and couples. Telavi is known as the cultural heart of the region and is somewhat more centrally located in the region. During your stay in the wine region, be sure to do some wine tasting. The most intimate experiences are usually found in family-run wineries, where production is on a small scale and knowledge is passed down from generation to generation. In Telavi, we recommend Sesikeli Winery and Rostomaant Marani.Had enough of wine for a while? Then visit one of the many beautiful monasteries in the region. Highlights include Alaverdi, Ikalto and Dzveli Shuamta. This trio of monasteries are among the most important in the country.

TRAVEL TIP: If you wish to combine wine tasting with the rich history of the country, you can talk to a local guide in Sighnagi or Telavi, who will show you the region for a day for a reasonable price. We paid 180 GEL (~€65) for a full-day private tour for two people.

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Day 8 – 10: Kutaisi

At the beginning of Day 8, a 300-km trip is scheduled where you will again pass by Tbilisi. From the Kakheti region, you can travel towards Kutaisi by various marshrutkas. In doing so, you transfer in Tbilis and spend 6 to 8 hours on the road. Alternatively, you can change trains in Tbilisi to Kutaisi. It leaves daily at 8:45 a.m. and arrives in Kutaisi around 2:30 p.m. Tickets are best bought online in advance.

Kutaisi is the second largest city in the country and an ideal base for some excursions in the area. Kutaisi has a long history and is not yet so discovered by traveler. Here you can go daily to the Green Bazaar, a local market where locals buy and sell local produce. In addition, in and around Kutaisi you will find some monuments that have been recognized as UNESCO World Heritage Sites and are well worth a visit. The Gelati Monastery, Motsameta Monastery and Bagrati Cathedral are some of those monuments

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If you fancy more nature, you can plan a day trip towards Okatse and Martvili canyon. From Kutaisi you can book day trips that often combine this with an exploration of the Prometheus Cave. If you have time to spare, stop by Tskaltubo as well. 10 km from Kutaisi, this was once a popular spa during the Soviet era. Today, sanatoriums and bathhouses stand abandoned. Tskaltubo was a popular destination because Stalin stayed here in 1931. End your day in Kutaisi with a delicious local dinner at Palaty, one of the best restaurants in Georgia.

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Okatse canyon Georgia
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Day 11 – 14: Svaneti

The literal highlight of your tour of Georgia can be found in Svaneti. This remote region in the northwest of the country is known for its majestic mountains, nature and ancient traditions that people still manage to preserve. From Kutaisi you can reach the village of Mestia in the Svaneti region in 6 hours by marhsrutka. Mestia is the “capital” of the area, which is a relative term. It is a village with the most catering facilities, a central hub for the public transport network and also the only place where you can withdraw cash in the region. Throughout the region, everything is still paid in cash, so be sure to have plenty of cash with you at all times.

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Actually, Svaneti is one big attraction, as the entire region is included on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. This is because of the many defense towers or “Svan” towers you see in the mountain villages in Svaneti. It is also a real hiking paradise and an extensive hiking network can be found there. From Mestia you can start several day hikes or multi-day treks. The most popular day trips are those to Koruldi Lakes (7 hours) and Chalaadi Glacier (3 hours).

Svaneti is also home to what is considered the highest permanently inhabited village in Europe: Ushguli. In one day you can take a 4WD cab back and forth, which is well worth the effort.

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Day 15: Return home

This itinerary in Georgia ends in the capital. From Tbilisi you can easily fly back home. Do keep in mind the distance you still have to travel from Svaneti towards the capital. A marshrutka will take you about 8 hours. Batumi and Kutaisi also have international airports from which you can return home.

Three weeks round trip Georgia

If you have three weeks of time, we definitely recommend using it to tour Georgia. It gives you the opportunity to do a multi-day hike to Europe’s highest village, and you have time for some additional stops in the country. Below you can find our suggestions to extend your trip:

Cave dwellings in Georgia

In Georgia, you can find cave dwellings in several places. From Tbilisi or Kutaisi, then, you can also take a day trip to the Vardzia cave complex or Uplistshike. Vardzia’s 13-story complex consisted of some 6,000 apartments, a church and a throne room. It’s a short drive, but well worth it. Often these tours are combined with a visit to Borjomi, an atmospheric village known for its thermal baths and Georgia’s most famous potable spring water.

TRAVEL TIP : Did you know that the tap water in Georgia is drinkable from the tap everywhere? So be sure to take your reusable water bottle with you when you travel.

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Multi-day hike to Europe’s highest village

From Mestia, you can reach Europe’s highest village, Usghuli, via a multi-day trek through the Caucasus. In total, you will be on the road for 4 days hiking from mountain village to mountain village.

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Batumi

Anyone who thought you can’t lie on the beach in Georgia is wrong! Located on the Black Sea, Batumi is a popular seaside resort. Unlike the other cities and towns, Batumi feels very modern with its many skyscrapers and impressive works of art. Go for a day at the beach or stroll the streets and be surprised by the many street art in Batumi.

How to get to Georgia

Georgia is a country that is the gateway between Asia and Europe, located against the Caucasus Mountains. The fastest and most common way to travel here is by plane. Direct flights are available from Schiphol Airport to Tbilisi International Airport, the capital of Georgia. From Brussels you still fly via a transfer. To travel to Georgia, you do not need a visa. However, you do need a passport that must be valid for at least 6 months at the time you leave Georgia.

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Best time to visit Georgia

The best time to visit Georgia is from May to October. In late spring (May-June) and early fall (September-October) you can discover nature in full bloom in a mild climate. If you like hiking in the mountains, summer is the best travel time because in spring not all trails are open yet. For this reason, we did not include the Tusheti area in our itinerary. This is a pristine and impressive hiking area, but given the snowfall, it is only accessible for 2 months of the year, which is in the summer.

Have you visited this beautiful country yet? Let us know in the comments what you thought of it! Still have questions about Georgia or looking for more information for your next trip? Please do not hesitate to contact us contact or send an email to snoezelsontheroad@gmail.com

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