Visiting Georgia is easy, cheap and safe
Nowadays, Georgia and the whole Caucasus region gains more popularity among tourists from all over the world. Ancient history, unique wines and cuisine, stunning mountain landscapes and great hospitality is what Georgia is prospering for, and the best part is that all of it can be experienced in two weeks period.
Before you pack your suitcase, you need to check all the necessary information about getting around the country and pick the best time for travelling. Hence, we are here to help you with your planning:
Thanks to the simple visa exemption system, Georgia is one of the most tourist-friendly destinations in the world. Residents of more than 70 countries (including all Member States of the European Union, the UK, the US, and Australia) do not need a visa to visit Georgia for up to one year period.
Citizens of 60+ countries are eligible for a tourist e-visa that can be obtained simply online at 20-25 USD.
Check visa requirements of Georgia and get more information on visa categories here: GEORGIAN VISA INFORMATION.
Or, visit the Georgia e-visa portal to apply for an electronic visa to Georgia.
Getting to Georgia:
Situated on the crossroad of Asia and Europe, Georgia is super accessible to tourists. Three international airports (Tbilisi, Batumi and Kutaisi) connect the country with direct flights with Europe, Central Asia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, etc.
Kutaisi international airport mainly serves Wizz Air, a Hungarian low-cost airline that flies from Kutaisi to Germany, Italy, Austria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, Greece and the United Arab Emirates.
Tbilisi International Airport is the central hub of the country. It serves major airlines such as Lufthansa, FlyDubai, Turkish Airlines, and Qatar Airways. Another low-cost airline operating in Georgia is Ryanair, which also flies from Tbilisi International Airport. Finally, the national airline Georgian Airways operates flights via Ukraine, Israel and Western Europe.
If you favour travelling by train, convenient direct railway connections are available between the South Caucasus countries. Regular trains from Tbilisi to Yerevan or Baku provide three types of tickets: First class (SV) – a cabin for two people, second class (Compartment) for four people, and third class (Platskart) open-plan sleepers without cabins.
Another way of traveling around the South Caucasus is by bus, vans (Marshrutka), or private taxis. Land borders are open for international visitors.
The best time to visit Georgia:
Georgia is super attractive for tourists at any season of the year. If you are more interested in cultural tours, then April, May, September and October are the best months to pack your bags and visit this beautiful country.
In spring, when the weather gets warmer and wildflowers start to blossom, everything fills with the scent of flowering plants. There is nothing more pleasant than walking around under the mild spring sun.
During the summer period, the weather is quite hot throughout the country, especially in the cities. Black Sea resorts are the best places to cool down, get tanned, and enjoy an active nightlife with friends. Meanwhile, the mountain regions of Georgia are ready to shelter those who seek fresh air and love hiking in nature with spectacular views.
Autumn in Georgia is another high season for travelling with its warm sunny days that lasts until the end of October. It is the season for harvest and winemaking and if you are into local traditional experiences, you should visit the Kakheti region. Furthermore, in October you will have an opportunity to enjoy the scenic nature in amazing colours of autumn.
Winter is the best season for adventure lovers. Winter resorts of Georgia gain more and more popularity each year. Today, Georgia boasts of four ski resorts: Gudauri and Bakuriani in the east part of Georgia, and Svaneti and Goderdzi – in the west part. All of them have a highly developed infrastructure for skiers and snowboarders of all levels.
Georgia is a safe country to travel around alone. Thanks to Georgians impressive hospitality, no one here will feel left alone. People here appreciate their guests, and they will do everything for tourists to feel welcomed and safe while getting around the country. However, as in every country, sometimes tourist scams or petty theft may arise, so it is better to stick to the basic safety recommendations. For example, do not carry large amounts of cash in public places and always ask the price before buying anything from a street vendor or getting into a taxi.
Packing for Georgia does not require much planning and overthinking. The main thing to consider in clothing is that it is better to avoid wearing shorts in religious places. Ladies should cover their shoulders, chest, and head with a scarf when entering churches. Of course, packing comfortable and solid walking shoes is essential. For spring and autumn travels, it is advisable to bring rain jackets and other clothing that can be worn in layers. Do not forget your swimsuit to visit the famous Sulphur baths of Tbilisi.
What else to bring:
– Power adapter: The voltage in the region is a standard European one (220 V / 50 Hz)
– Camera with a spare memory card, charger or batteries
– Medical kit
– Tissues or wet wipes
– Wine bottle protectors
Travel insurance is compulsory for all visitors. It is better to arrange your insurance with a decent insurance company that will cover personal injury, medical expenses, loss of luggage, and expenses correlated with the cancellation of a tour.
Cash and ATM:
Credit cards (Visa and Master Card) are widely accepted in South Caucasus capitals. However, some places outside the cities may accept only cash payments. It is better to bring a small amount of cash (in USD or Euro) for further exchange to local currency. ATMs are available in every town.
Georgia is quite a budget-friendly travel destination, but it does not mean that the quality of service you will receive is low. It is impossible to say that food or accommodation in Georgia is inferior to other European standard countries. The fact is that even the prices of luxury hotels and the best available restaurants are still lower than in most countries.
The approximate daily budget of a tourist varies according to their preferences: for the budget traveller, 25-30 USD a day can be more than enough, the mid-range traveller will spend 35-50 USD per day, and luxury traveller can reach up to 55-100 USD a day.