Georgia is a relatively new entrant in the tourism market. Up until recently, this country was less explored and limited to the curious and adventurous few, but now the country has transformed into a tourist hub with huge amounts of tourists trickling in from all over the world, specially from the Middle East.
We did two trips and 12 days in hot pursuit of the top fun things to do in Georgia. Be sure to add these places to your itinerary.
Also Read: Your Complete 10 Day Itinerary Of Georgia
Top 10 Fun Things To Do In Georgia
TAKE A STROLL THROUGH TBILISI
Tbilisi is known for its narrow cobble stoned pathways, quaint little cafe’s, loud bars and street artists. Walking through the gorgeous city centre and old town is one of the most relaxing & fun things to do in Georgia. Ensure you spend at least 2 days in this spirited city and WALK.
FREE SELF GUIDED TBILISI WALK
- Old Town
- Freedom Square
- Bridge of Peace
- Sulphur baths
- Narikala Fortress
- Mamadaviti Church
Tbilisi Free Walking Tours is another fun way of experiencing the city and understanding its history.
VISIT THE WINE CELLARS OF KAKHETI
WINE should be on top of your ‘things to do in Georgia’ list. Georgia is one of the oldest wine regions in the world and hence wine tour is a must. Kakheti produces some of the best wines in the region and there are many vineyards that offer tours. The popular vineyard in the area is that of Winery Khareba. Be sure to try our favorite Kindzmarauli wine
TREK UP TO THE GERGETI TRINITY CHURCH, KAZBEGI
This is a fun activity for those who love to walk. This church is at an elevation of 2170 m, under the glorious Mount Kazbegi. There are two options to reach the top- 1) By a beat up old Lada taxi 2) OR hike up. It takes about 3-4 hours to hike to the top. The view that awaits you makes the entire hike worth it.
HIKE IN THE KHEVSURETI REGION
Do you want to get lost in nature? If so, the sparsely populated Khevsureti, bordering the former Chechnya(Russia) is highly recommended. In case you are a first timer at this, you need not worry as this is deemed one of the easiest hiking routes. Clearly we love walking and with such fantastic views, hiking is a MUST thing to do in Georgia.
Find more hiking options in the region from beginner to advanced levels here.
CAMP IN JUTA VILLAGE KAZBEGI
At an altitude of 2250 m, this village is considered one of the highest settlements in the region and offers fantastic views of the snow capped mountain ranges and the river Bakurkhevi. Camp overnight at the Zeta Camping
WHITE WATER RAFTING AT ARAGVI RIVER
River rafting season starts when the weather is warm enough to melt the snow and boost the water levels. Typically the season starts from mid April and continues till the month of October. You can choose from the various options depending on the difficulty level/grade. Rafting on Aragvi falls under the 2-3 level. Ensure that you book with a renowned tour company. You can book your rafting experience here
PARAGLIDE IN GUDAURI
Paragliding anywhere is a fun thing to do, add the stunning landscapes of Georgia into this equation, and you have a clear winner. This experience will definitely leave you awestruck. Though weather dependent, paragliding is offered year round and lasts about 60 minutes.
EXPLORE THE COASTAL TOWN OF BATUMI
An 8 hour drive from the capital city, Batumi is a seaside city by the Black Sea coast, not as frequented by tourists as the capital city. This is also the gambling haven of Georgia. The main attractions here includes a cruise along the Black Sea, Batumi Boulevard and the exciting night life.
LEARN TO SKI ON THE SLOPES OF GUDAURI
Skiing here is considered most affordable as compared to Europe, hence its popularity. Winter in Georgia starts roughly around November and lasts till the month of March. Snow fall in the mountains vary year to year and it is best to check the webcams on the Gudauri website for live updates. The slopes of Bukuriani & Mestia also attract many skiers.
INDULGE IN THE LOCAL GEORGIAN DELICACIES
Food is always #1 when you visit a new country! Georgian cuisine, though very unique, is a mix of European & Middle Eastern cuisines. Be sure to gorge on the many varieties of cheese filled breads called Khachapuri, meat stuffed dumplings called Kinkali, the sausage shaped candy called Churchkela and wash it all down with their fantastic selection of local wines.