Colour and character in country towns contrasts with modern edifices in the vibrant capital; scenic landscapes are dotted with hilltop towers and rural churches; and an intriguingly varied heritage is enriched by Georgia’s culture of hospitality.
From the capital to the Caucasus Mountains and Black Sea coast, a tour of Georgia is a journey through gorgeous scenery and 5,000 years of history. Set at the crossroads of trade and tradition for centuries, its past Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Persian, Ottoman and Russian rule shaped the country’s culture, while spectacular Nature sculpted its peaks and gorges, magical caves, and mineral springs.
In the east, the capital, Tbilisi lines the banks of the Mtkvari River with a vibrant arts scene, Orthodox churches, pavement cafés in picturesque squares, the quaint lanes of the Old Town, and architecture of every era from medieval to Middle Eastern and modernist.
The ancient capital, Mtskheta has been Georgia’s spiritual heart since Christianity was established here in 327AD, with the cupola crowned Svetiskhoveli Cathedral, and 6th-century Jvari Monastery now sacred UNESCO World Heritage sites.
The central, spa-resort town of Borjomi is known for its mineral springs, and acts as a launch pad for Akhaltsikhe’s restored Rabati Castle, revealing its history of cultures and creeds with a synagogue, church, mosque and minaret within its walls.
In western Georgia, Kutaisi is one of the world’s oldest continuously inhabited cities, with one of the largest medieval monasteries, the thousand-year-old Gelati, and the big and beautiful Bagrati Cathedral, seen as the symbol of united Georgia.
To the north of here, Mestia’s Museums of History and Ethnography offer an insight of the region’s unique culture; and, isolated on the slopes of Georgia’s highest peak, Ushguli is almost unchanged in its millennium of history, guarded then by ‘koshki’ stone towers, and now UNESCO protected.
Batumi basks on Georgia’s southwestern Black Sea shore, its Botanical Garden an Eden enclave of flowers and forestry, overlooking the coast; while the nearby ruins of Gonio-Apsaros Roman fortress reveal an intriguing glimpse of ancient times.
On a two-country tour, Jules Verne teams Georgia with neighbouring Armenia to cruise on high-altitude Lake Sevan, take the chairlift ascent of Mount Teghenis; traverse the Selim Pass to a Silk Road caravanserai; and explore the capital, Yerevan, a blend of old and new, east and west.
With variations between the regions, in general Georgia’s spring/summer climate (mid-May to mid-October) is: mild and rainy in the western areas, with temperatures averaging 24° but peaking at 34° in July and August; arid and windy in the eastern and central regions (around 28°), and cool to warm in the various altitudes of the Caucasus Mountains, between 17 and 22°.
Jules Verne journeys are timed for the seasons which offer the best experience for the type and destinations of each tour.
Ancient caves and landmark sites are steeped in myths and legends, medieval cobbled streets brim with old-world character, colourful artwork adorns countless churches, and contemporary life is lived in historic villages and vibrant cities, all against a backdrop of Georgia’s breathtaking scenery; so there is much to enthral and intrigue the curious traveller, keen historian, and enthusiastic sightseer.
With 45 years’ experience and a passion for creating extraordinary adventures, Jules Verne takes you to iconic landmarks and lesser-known sites, with expert tour guides who share their local knowledge, and show you hidden gems. Special experiences on our journeys in Georgia include enjoying lunch in a traditional village, and wine tasting at the Chateau Mukhrani estate; exploring the underground halls of Vardzia Cave Monastery, and sailing on the subterranean lake of Prometheus Caves.
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The Crossroads of Europe & Asia
Surrounded by the spectacular scenery of Georgia and Armenia, explore the capitals, countryside and cultural heritage of the Caucasus. Sandwiched between the Black and Caspian Seas, this is where Asia and Europe seep into each other in a rich tapestry of traditions