Few of the world’s small nations can offer the visitor as much as Georgia. Once experienced, this country will stay with you forever. Inexpressibly exotic, views of arresting pared back beauty, a deliciously prolific wine culture, sublime music and an astonishing range of architecture from stone watchtowers and richly frescoed churches to charmingly carved wooden balconies and the grandeur of Art Nouveau.

Georgia is where East meets West and ancient myth meets modern life. It bumps against Russia in the Caucasus Mountains where it boasts some of Europe’s highest peaks. Its elegant capital is reminiscent of Paris. It enjoys beach resorts and a Mediterranean climate on the Black Sea. And inland, green plains and valleys produce everything from apples and avocados to walnuts and wine.

Homeland of the First European

1.7-million-year-old skull found during Dmanisi archaeological excavations is the oldest evidence of human habitation in Europe.

Greek Mythology

In Greek mythology, the Argonauts were a band of heroes who accompanied Jason to the Kingdom of Colchis, now western Georgia, in his quest to find the Golden Fleece.

Cave architecture

Some of Georgia’s most unique architectural examples can be found carved directly into the rock. The ancient town of Uplistsikhe on the historic Silk Road, carved into sandstone hills, Vardzia Cave town, built to defend and save the millennia old heritage.

Birthplace of Wine

Wine-growing has a very long tradition in Georgia. It’s impossible to imagine daily life without it. With over 500 original grape varieties and a strong culture of growing, it’s no surprise that Georgian wine will match any in the world.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Visit Georgia’s most significant heritage sites, recognised by UNESCO for their importance to the world – the Mtskheta Svetitskhoveli Cathedral and Jvari Church, the Kutaisi Gelati Monastery and Bagrati Cathedral, and the medieval-type villages and tower-houses of the Upper Svaneti region.

Folklore, Dance and Music

Georgia has seen its fair share of grim historical times but the people keep weaving it back together, carrying their culture proudly and resolutely through the centuries including the potent vitality of Georgian folklore and dance. When you hear this monumental wall of layered sound, their voices blend with such purity that the hairs on the back of your neck will stand up.