A photographer’s paradise, where ancient monasteries and domineering fortresses overlook every hilltop
Situated at the crossroads of East and West, Georgia is a land of contrast. For thousands of years, traders and adventurers have crossed through here on the historic Silk Road, and their legacy remains today through the fascinating culture and ancient monuments.
There is much to see on our Georgia trips, from UNESCO-listed churches and monasteries to dramatic gorges silhouetted in front of snow-capped mountains and lush valleys. History is everywhere you turn, from the ancient cave town of Uplistsikhe to Gori, the birthplace of Joseph Stalin. Georgia is also famous for its viticulture and wine, which has been produced here for almost 10,000 years.
Our Georgia tours offer a genuinely unique and varied experience, giving you the chance to explore Tbilisi, Kutaisi and the wine region of Kakheti, not to mention the attractions on offer in neighbouring Armenia, which include time spent in Yerevan, a visit to the Tatev Monastery and the pagan temple at Garni. Exodus’ Georgia tours are packed full of history and culture, perfect for those who love to immerse themselves in a country’s ancient traditions.
In focus: Sightseeing in Tbilisi
The historic capital dates back to the 4th century AD and a visit is essential on Georgia trips. Meander around the old town, the ancient sulphur baths and the plentiful art galleries and handicraft markets, all accessible on foot. The main church of Tbilisi, Sioni Cathedral, dates from the 17th century, while the beautifully decorated Great Synagogue was built at the beginning of the 20th century. Walk along Rustaveli Avenue, the main artery of Tbilisi, and see the incredible collection of pre-Christian gold artefacts and jewellery in the Treasury at the Georgian National Museum.
Rising over the hill of St Ilya, The Holy Trinity Cathedral, Tsminda Sameba, is said to be the symbol of new Georgia. It’s the highest church in Tbilisi, and its grandiose golden dome can be seen from any point in the city. After strolling around such a concentrated cultural hub, unwind at the Botanical Gardens, former royal pleasure grounds adjoining Fig Gorge, and reward yourself with an aperitif at Cafe Littera in the courtyard garden of the Georgian Writers’ Union.
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