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Georgia Tours

Travel to Georgia to experience a fascinatingly diverse history and culture, reflecting the nation’s strategic position between East and West, its fine museums, powerful fortresses, exquisite churches and isolated villages and monasteries in awesome Caucasus Mountain scenery.

Georgia forms a major part of the land bridge between the Black Sea and the Caspian and is sandwiched between the awesome Greater Caucasus mountain range to the north and the Lesser Caucasus to the south. It has always occupied strategic position. To its south and west have been Greece and Rome, Byzantium, Armenia and Ottoman Turkey. Russia lies to its north and the Persian world to its east. Its key location is reflected in its turbulent history and amazing cultural diversity. Extremely diverse also is Georgia’s environment. Fertile plains produce some of the world’s best wine. In the high mountains  nestle isolated monasteries and, in the Svaneti region, medieval mountain villages with distinctive koshki (defensive stone towers) framed by high peaks.

Georgia’s sophisticated capital, Tbilisi, displays exquisite gold treasures from antiquity in its rich Simon Janashia Museum. Of note are the Metekhi Church, Mosque, Orbeliani Baths, Synagogue and 19th-century caravanserais. The Anchiskhati Basilica of St Mary and Sioni Cathedral of the Dormition are important Christian monuments. The city’s fine domestic architecture reflects past wealth from trade and industry. Ancient Mksheta has the grand Svetitskhoveli Cathedral and at Kutaisi, Gelati Monastery has magnificent architecture, mosaics, wall paintings, enamel and metalwork. Vardzia is a fascinating 12th-century cave monastery with many cells carved into the side of Erusheti Mountain. It has sumptuous frescoes and royal portraits. A highlight of the country is a fine mountain lodge in the Greater Caucasus Mountains. It offers views of Gergeti Trinity Church framed by high Caucasus peaks. You can visit the church and also Dariali Gorge with a powerful waterfall.

Georgia’s strategically crucial, greatly contested location is reflected in the forbidding fortresses like Gremi, Ananuri and Khertvisi. Its Soviet history is best revealed in Gori, the city of Stalin’s childhood, with a museum devoted to the dictator, his tiny restored house and his train carriage. On a far lighter note, Georgia’s unique cuisine and famous wine provide unexpected culinary delights.