Georgia Travel Guide: How to plan your trip!

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Georgia is one of the latest trends in travel destinations. The country in the Caucasus has done quite well in recent years! To outdoor and hiking enthusiasts, Georgia’s landscape is a dream, but city hoppers will also enjoy a trip to the Georgian capital Tbilisi. So why not take a trip to Georgia? In my Travel Guide for the country of Georgia, I’ll give you helpful advice for your vacation!

➜ Read more about Georgia’s impressive capital Tbilisi in my big Tbilisi Travel Guide!

Planning your trip to Georgia

So if you are looking for an exciting destination that is (still) off the beaten track and offers some surprises, this is the place to be! In this article you will find travel tips and helpful information for Georgia!

COVID-19 Info: Please note the current information the official website of the Georgian Government on the fight against the Coronavirus. Currently, it looks quite good that tourists will be able to travel to Georgia again in Summer 2020.

Best time to visit Georgia

The winter in the mountains is hard and very cold, in the capital Tbilisi the temperatures are more pleasant. In summer, it can get really hot in Tiflis as well as in the rest of the country, so a beach holiday at the Black Sea is more suitable.

How to get to Georgia

Tblisi has a big airport outside of the city with several international flights.

From Germany, Lufthansa and Georgian Airways fly directly to Tbilisi, soon to be joined by Ryanair. There are good connections via Istanbul with Turkish Airlines. Georgian Airways offers direct connections from several German airports. The flight duration is about 4 hours.

Tbilisi Airport
With Georgian Airways to Tbilisi

Transport within Tbilisi and to other places in Georgia

In Georgia you can get from one place to another by bus, train or so-called Marshrutkas (minibuses). You can also hire a private guide! For more information see ➜ Language & Understanding.
Within Tbilisi, there are buses and a metro network that is easy for tourists to use, even without a basic knowledge of Georgian.

Read also my Tbilisi Travel Guide!

Money

The currency in Georgia is the Georgian Lari. 1 Euro corresponds to about 3.25 Lari. 1 Lari is divided into 100 Tetri.

The price level is somewhat lower than in Germany, with mainly eating out and local food being very inexpensive.

I’m using my credit card from the German DKB to withdraw money without any additional charges.

You should save some money for typical souvenirs, e.g. carpets or other handicrafts

Accomodation

Especially in the capital Tbilisi there are now really chic small boutique hotels with a very good price/quality ratio. For example, I can recommend the Museum Hotel Orbeliani or the Fabrika Hostel for a smaller budget.

Food & Drinks

Georgian cuisine

Georgia is famous for its varied cuisine. Eating out is very cheap. However, the Georgian cuisine is very meat-heavy, so vegetarians may be limited. Vegan cuisine is not very common or even known.

Dishes are often shared at the table

Georgian wine

Besides the numerous specialties such as Khachapuri and Chinkali, Georgia is also known for its wines. Georgia is one of the first countries in the world where wine was cultivated. Due to the special maturation in underground amphoras made of clay, the traditional Georgian wine gets its special bouquet.

Language & Communication

English is not very common in Georgia. Even in the capital Tbilisi it is sometimes difficult to communicate. The Georgian language is one of the South Caucasian languages and even uses its own script, which makes it even more difficult to get the basics right.

With language skills you have better access to the country and culture in many places. Many Georgians with knowledge of foreign languages offer themselves to tourists as tour guides for the entire trip. So if there is still some space in your budget, I can only recommend it!

Georgian script is hard to read but beautiful

In Tiflis, for example, we were on the road with Irina, who travels through the country in addition to tours of Tiflis. Irina even speaks German. I have recommended her many times and received very positive feedback. So if you need a tour guide, write to me under Contact and I will forward you her details (she doesn’t have her own website etc., so it’s a real first-hand insider tip).

Safety

Petty crime and road traffic

I felt safer in Tbilisi than in many large European cities. However, the usual caution should be exercised here as well.
Basically, I thought that the road traffic in Tbilisi was much more dangerous, both as a pedestrian and as a passenger: Georgians have a very speedy way of driving!

Unsafe regions in Georgia

Many will perhaps be thinking of unstable political situations in the Caucasus and the dangers that could result from them, but I didn’t notice any of that in Tbilisi. According to our Georgian companions, the situation is the same in other tourist areas such as Batumi or Svantyria.

Travel to the regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia however is not recommended.

Travelling alone as a woman in Georgia

Although I was not travelling alone, I would have no hesitation in travelling to Georgia alone. I have also not heard of any major problems for women travelling alone.

Vaccines & Health

Georgia may still be an exotic destination, but you are safe from tropical diseases. Special caution is advised when having contact with the many street dogs and hygiene in simpler restaurants.
Medical care often does not meet European standards. A private travel health insurance is recommended, also in case of a possible return transport for better care!

Street dogs in Tbilisi
however, street dogs are well cared of by the community

Internet & WiFi

Free WLAN is offered in many restaurants and cafés. In Tbilisi there is also a public network of the city with several hotspots in the centre. The network quality in Tbilisi is very good in general.

In restaurants and cafés in Tbilisi you will find Wi-Fi everywhere

Tbilisi in particular is developing as an international hotspot for digital nomads, especially due to the low cost of living. Co-working spaces like the Fabrika are a good place to go.

My favourite guide book for Georgia:

It’s hard to find good travel books on Georgia, but I can recommend this one:
Stefan Loose Georgien*

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