Best 2 Week Georgia Itinerary: See All the Highlights

The Best 2 Week Georgia Itinerary

I’ve said it before and looks like I’m going to say it again… Georgia really is a country that has it all!

As such, my 2 weeks there barely scratched the surface of this beautiful, spirited destination and there’s no question that, from the list of countries I want to return to as soon as possible, Georgia occupies one of those much-coveted hotspots!

But, as always, you have to be thankful for what you have seen, even if you still want to experience more, and for my 2 weeks in Georgia I certainly am grateful.

Because from some epic hiking in the high Caucasus Mountains to wandering the character-filled streets of Tbilisi, plus wine-tasting, monastery musing and eating a lot of great food, I managed to fit a huge amount into my amazing fortnight there and felt it was the perfect taster of a country that only wets your appetite for more.

So here it is, my epic 2 week Georgia itinerary, which follows the exact route I took and will show you the best of this incredible nation…

Georgia, Tbilisi, Kalantarov's House

 


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How Best to Travel to Georgia

Georgia, Kazbegi, Doorway Shot

If you’re travelling by plane from Europe to Georgia, then the cheapest flights are normally those that land in Kutaisi – the second largest city and home to the country’s parliament – because this is the airport used by most budget airlines.

Indeed, Wizz Air flies to Kutaisi from across Europe offering some great deals.

You’ll then have to get yourself from Kutaisi to Tbilisi, the capital, where this itinerary starts, which is simple enough via local bus, but do allow yourself a day of extra time.

The super Dingo Hostel is the best place to stay if you need to spend the night in Kutaisi.

Otherwise, the capital city of Georgia, Tbilisi, has a small, but well-appointed international airport that is an easy taxi, Bolt or bus ride from the city centre.

The cheapest flights generally arrive here from across Europe including Paris, Istanbul & Latvia , so check out Turkish Airlines, Air France and Baltic Air via Skyscanner if you’re looking to score a well-priced ticket.

If you want to compare flights that land in Kutaisi with those that land in Tbilisi, plus find yourself the best deal overall, then again, I highly recommend you use Skyscanner – my go-to site for finding the cheapest plane tickets.

Alternatively, if you’re arriving into Georgia overland from Azerbaijan or Armenia, like I was, then you’ll be pleased to know tons of local bus / minivan services can shuttle you over the border and straight into Tbilisi quickly and easily… sometimes a little too quickly!

 

 

 

Day 1 – Tbilisi

Georgia, Tbilisi, Buildings

Budget Stay: Pushkin 10 Hostel

Mid Range Stay: Mercure Tbilisi Old Town

Luxury Stay: Pullman Tbilisi Axis Towers

On the first day of your Georgia itinerary, it’s a good idea to take it easy and adjust to travel and life in a new country.

As such, I suggest keeping it low-key and simple in Tbilisi on day 1 by exploring the Rustaveli area of the city – which is the modern part with the Parliament building and many museums, including the National Museum of Georgia.

There’s also a great number of cafes and restaurants that line the streets here, as well as plenty of hidden bars that lie down cobbled alleys and, in almost all of them, you can experience your first taste of local Georgian cuisine and quickly learn how important a good local wine is to this culture!

If you still have time on day 1 of your Georgia itinerary, then why not wander across the river, via the fleamarket on Saarbruecken Bridge which runs from 12pm to 5pm, to explore the other side of this city including the enormous Deserter Market and the picturesque Davit Aghmashenebeli Avenue, which is a nice place to enjoy a coffee.

From here head to the Rike Park, then cross back along the Peace Bridge, before heading up to the Mtatsminda Park for the best sunset views in the city.

Set on a hill behind Rustaveli, with the prominent TV Tower at its helm, this park, complete with ferris wheel and rides, is the ceiling of the city, so take the funicular ride up from Daniel Chonqadze Street (the ticket office is here too) and enjoy the views as you quickly ascend this large hill.

Check out my article about the 21 top things to do in Tbilisi, Georgia’s buzzing capital for more info, including details about how to use the city’s public transport system.

 

Day 2 – Tbilisi

Georgia, Tbilisi, Old Town

On the second day of your Georgia itinerary, it’s time to hit Tbilisi’s Old Town and the best intro to the rich history of this area, is care of one of the many daily walking tours –  a great beginner guide to the fascinating story of this ancient city.

Usually these operate twice daily during the summer months at 12pm and 5pm and begin from Liberty Square. They can last over 3 hours, so strap in!

Must-see sights within the old city include the plethora of religious buildings, the heritage-laden streets, the wealth of galleries and museums, as well as the great restaurants, cafes and bars.

Don’t miss the sight of the Wonky Clock either!

In the afternoon, ride the cable car from Rike Park on the other side of the river up to Narikala Fortress on the hill above the Old Town, which offers some seriously stunning views.

Wave at Mother Georgia, who stands proudly up here, wander the 4th Century crumbling fortress and check out both the Botanical Gardens and Leghvtakhevi Waterfall as you make your way down the hill on foot.

Finish off the day by relaxing in one of Tbilisi’s fabulous, mineral water, sulphur baths.

There are several different bathhouses, as well as rooms to choose from, but one of the nicest are the private rooms at Orbeliani Baths.

While men have the option of attending public baths here in Georgia, women most book a private room, so if you’re looking for a good budget choice, Gula’s Thermal Spa comes highly recommended.

I’ve personally tied both these bathhouses!

In summer it’s advised you book at least a day in advance and costs start from around 100 Lari, plus 20 Lari for an exfoliating body scrub, which is well worth it.

 

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Days 3 to 5 – Kazbegi

Budget Stay: Camp Kuro

Mid Range Stay: GRAF Kazbegi

Georgia, Kazbegi, Me at Cross

On the third day of your Georgia itinerary, it’s then time to get out of the capital to explore some of the country’s amazing landscapes.

And first up is Kazbegi – an area in the northeast of the country, which is easy to access from Tbilisi in a few hours.

Offering travellers some of Georgia’s most beautiful scenery, if you’re interested in hiking, mountains, or both, then heading here is a must!

The star in the crown is the famous Gergeti Trinity Church, which sits on top of a hill directly in front of the great Mount Kazbegi itself and is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

This is the postcard emblem of Georgia, and seeing it in real life, or even better, walking up to it, is a truly amazing experience.

If you’re feeling brave you cam even continue on up the mountain to the famous glacier.

Many visitors only head up to Kazbegi on a day trip, tick the church off their list and return to Tbilisi.

However, I strongly believe you’re missing out by not allowing yourself at least a few nights here to discover the tons of other accessible hiking trails, stunning valleys and horse riding opportunities that make Kazbegi a traveller favourite.

Base yourself into the main town of Stepantsminda and you’ll find loads to do, including visiting nearby by Juta Valley too.

Add to this the traditional village life, sense of isolation, as well as peace and quiet that can be found here, and Kazbegi makes the perfect place to relax and unwind too.

Check out my complete travel guide to Kazbegi to learn more about this area, where to base yourself and the hikes to do, including a 3 day itinerary that will have you seeing the best of this region in a short timeframe.

 

Day 6 – Return to Tbilisi

Georgia, Tbilisi, Around Rustaveli

After 3 days out hiking in Kazbegi, you’ll likely be glad to return to a bit of city life, warmer temperatures and some time out of your hiking boots.

And with the journey taking around 4 hours, travelling back to Tbilisi from Kazbegi on day 6 of your itinerary can also allow you a lie-in and you’ll still reach in the city in the afternoon!

Spend the evening enjoying any parts of the capital you missed on your first 2 days here and getting ready to head out for a full day of sightseeing tomorrow.

 

Day 7 – Day Trip to Mtskheta, Gori & Uplistsikhe

Georgia, Jvari Monastery, Views

Being such a large country and having only 2 weeks for your Georgia itinerary means that, if you want to see a lot of this country, you are going to have to cram some stuff into day trips.

And one of the best one is a budget-friendly option that runs from Tbilisi to explore several important sights in the east of the country.

Yup, this great day trip from the capital takes in several key destinations including…

  • Uplistsikhe – an incredible ancient rock-hewn town
  • Mtskheta – another of Georgia’s former capitals and home to Svetitskhoveli Cathedral
  • Jvari Monastery – an Orthodox church of deep significnace
  • Gori Fortress

Way to tick off that bucket list!

This is a full day activity that will have you seeing a lot in a short timeframe, including – bit of a strange one! – the birthplace of Joseph Stalin, the Soviet dictator, in Gori.

Top of the list of “attractions” (note the inverted commas) in Gori is the Stalin Museum, where English language tours are available. Go with a critical and discerning approach and it’s quite the eye-opener!

I’m not suggesting you take a trip here to honour the man who led millions to their death, but rather because a trip here adds another level to the fascinating historical patchwork puzzle that is Georgia.

 

Day 8 – Kakheti Wine Region

Unique Stay: Sighnaghi Glamping

Mid Range Stay: Hotel History

 

Georgia, Telavi, Town

On day 7, it’s another early start as I suggest you again leave Tbilisi first thing and head west out of the city to the wine region and the charming small town of Sighnaghi in the Kakheti region, which is famous for it swine.

Lying to the east of Tbilisi, this quiet, quaint town is picture postcard perfect, and is delightful across all 4 seasons thank to its stunning views, historic feel and atmospheric charm.

You’ll then have the afternoon free to wandering round this town, including visiting its museum, wandering its ancient walls and fort and enjoying some wine tasting and traditional Georgian food.

Yup a wine-tasting tour is a must on your Georgia itinerary and the best place to head for is probably the Shumi Winery.

Don’t miss the Alaverdi Cathedral next to nearby town of Telavi either if you have time.

 

Days 9 to 11 – Tusheti

Stay: Shio’s Stonehouse or Guesthouse Shina

Georgia, Tusheti, Mountains

And today will again be an early start, as it’s likely the 4wd transport with private driver you have arranged for your trip to Tusheti will depart in the morning from the Kakheti towns of Telavi or Alvani.

Heading to Georgia’s (if not Europe’s) most remote area is a long drive!

This means you’ll want to allow at least 5 hours for this off the beaten track, mountain “road” up to Georgia’s phenomenal Tusheti region.

Situated in the high Caucasus Mountains in the northeast of the country, this whole region is only accessible during the months of June through September, after which it gets cut off again by snow and residents must either stay separated from the outside world the whole winter or move down to Telavi and away from their home and lands

It might not surprise you to know that as soon as I heard about this place I knew I had to go there… and trust me, it really was special as it sounds…  you should definitely dedicate at least 3 nights of your Georgia itinerary to it too.

For when you reach this untouched land, where time ceases to exist and the pace of life is like something from a lost era, you won’t want to leave.

I’d suggest basing yourself in the main Tusheti “town” of Omalo when you visit, as from here you can easily enjoy day hikes, epic drives and even horse rides to surrounding villages and ruins.

Most accommodation can arrange these trips for you, and you’re like to receive a truly unique experience that feels like a privilege few get to enjoy.

As the style here is very much either home stays or cute guesthouses, often with the best staff, cooked breakfasts, gorgeous views and traditional decor.

Learn more in my complete guide to visiting Tusheti here – but needless to say, I absolutely loved it – def one of the best places I’ve ever travelled!

 

Day 12 – Return to Tbilisi

Georgia, Tbilisi, Cheese

It will probably be a struggle, but on day 12 of your Georgian itinerary, you’ll have to pull yourself away from the peace and isolation of Tusheti and head back to Tbilisi!

Again making the 4wd drive back to Telavi, or the nearby village of Alvani will take around 4-5 hours, and then a bus back to Tbilisi from there will take another 2-3 hours, meaning when you reach the capital after all this travel time, you’ll probably be pretty ready to chill out!

 

Day 13 – Day Trip to David Gareja

Georgia, David Gareja, Monastery View

And you can save packing your whole bag again, because on day 13 it’s time to take another great day trip from Tbilisi – one that will allow you to see yet another type of landscape within Georgia’s border.

Essentially an ancient monastery complex spread over a remote semidesert area close to the Azerbaijani border, monks still inhabit some of the monasteries at David Gareja, which are originally thought to have been constructed in the 6th century by Syrian Christians travelling from the Middle East.

Very affordable, daily tours depart around 10am from Tbilisi during the summer months, and usually include a visit to Georgia’s nearby Rainbow Mountain too.

I made this trip in January, so was the only tourist there!, but the stunning landscape and view of Azerbaijani soldiers patrolling the border was still pretty cool!

 

Day 14 – Depart Georgia

Georgia, Tbilisi, Scooter

Sadly you’ve come to the end of your 2 week Georgia itinerary and now it’s time to return home or continue the adventure elsewhere.

Head to Tbilisi airport or across to Kutaisi today via local bus if your flight leaves from there.

Or why not continue your travels and head into the small country of Armenia next door?

It’s another great, affordable and off the beaten track destination I really enjoyed.

Learn more here.

 

More Time for Your Georgia Itinerary?

Georgia, Svaneti, Mestia

If you have more than 2 weeks for your Georgia itinerary, then don’t miss these amazing places too…

  • Chiatura – the town of quirky cable cars
  • Tskaltubo – spa town with abandoned Soviet Sanatorium
  • Batumi – Black Sea coast resort with a pebbly beach and plenty of party! Some popel live it and some people hate, depends if you’re the partying sort. If not, but you still want a slice of Georgia’s coastline, then there are other smaller beaches to the north and south of t that are quieter. You’ll just need to rent a car to get to them.
  • Svaneti – a mountain-lovers and hiking paradise in the northwest of Georgia, this is another unique region. A but like Tusheti, it has its own culture and community, because it used to be so isolated during the winter months. The Svan Stone towers here are a classic feature of the region, as is Ushguli – Europe’s highest permanently inhabited town. From winter skiing to summer hiking, this enchanting region deserves at least 4-5 days on your Georgian itinerary. Learn more in this travel guide I wrote.
  • Kutaisi – home to Georgia’s parliament & the UNESCO-listed Bagrati Cathedral, this is the country’s second largest city and buzzes with a youthful vibrance. A great stop on the way to Svaneti, I recommend a night here which will allow you to see most of the city’s attractions and break up your journey to the mountains.

 

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When to Visit Georgia?

Winters in Georgia can be fiercely cold with snow and freezing temperatures not uncommon across the country, especially in the mountainous areas such as Tusheti. At this time, many roads become impassable and travelling difficult.

However if you’re looking for winter sports and epic snow views – it’s a great time to travel! My second trip to Georgia was in January and February and it was truly magical, with hardly any international tourists around.

Alternatively, Georgia is also fab during their summer months, when the climate is wonderfully warm and the skies are almost always blue.

I first visited Georgia in early June and the weather was perfect with warm and clear days, loads of wildflowers around and perfect hiking conditions.

The summer high season here runs roughly from May to September, however July and August can be super hot in Tbilisi and other lower areas (like 40 degrees hot), so do bear this in mind if you’re not a fan of the heat and want to enjoy some hiking.

Learn more in the post about the 21 things you need to know before you travel Georgia.

 

How Long to Spend There?

I’d suggest at least 2 weeks in Georgia to ensure you have the chance to tick enjoy most of the itinerary highlights.

 

How to Get Around?

Public transportation wise, local marshrutka (shared minivans) are the way to go for budget and adventurous travellers.

Otherwise I recommend, day tours or hiring a rental car if you’re travelling as a group or couple.

 

Recommended Tours in Georgia

Check out these fantastic tours of Georgia, which will help you see the best of this country with a guide and a group.

 

3 Packing Essentials for Georgia

#1 Good Camera – From the mountain landscapes to the village life, you’ll want a good travel camera to capture the best of Georgia and the Sony A6000 mirrorless ticks my box every time!

#2 Hiking Shoes – No trip to Georgia would be complete without spending at least a day or two hiking in this country’s untouched rural landscape. Coming prepared with a pair of good walking shoes is essential therefore and Keen Targhee’s II always get my vote!

#3 Rain Jacket – I first visited Georgia in June, technically the start of summer and the high season, but was amazed how storms suddenly blew in across this high altitude country. Having my North Face lightweight, windproof and waterproof jacket therefore saved my life!

Learn more in this complete packing guide to Georgia I wrote.

 

Travel Insurance for Georgia

World Nomads offers simple and flexible travel insurance. Buy at home or while travelling and claim online from anywhere in the world.

Alternatively, if you’re a long-term traveller, digital nomad or frequent remote worker seeking travel health cover, check out Safetywing’s Nomad Insurance policies.

 

Travel Money in Georgia

The currency used in Georgia is the Lari (GEL), which is hard to get hold of outside the country,

As such, when it comes to paying for things in Georgia, it’s great to know that accommodation and tours can generally be paid for by card.

ATMs are also available in most major towns.

Whether you use ATMs or pay by card, you’ll want to ensure you’re not being charged overseas transaction fees or getting poor exchange rates, which is why I always take my Wise card away with me wherever I travel.

The easy way to spend abroad with real exchange rates, no markups and no sneaky transaction fees, I used my Wise card just like a debit card in Georgia and loved it! Get yours here.

 

eSIM for Georgia

The 2nd time I travelled to Georgia. I used an eSIM, which was a game changer, especially for getting a Bolt from Tbilisi’s airport to my hotel in the middle of the night!

I was visiting with some other bloggers, whose eSIMS didn’t work as well as mine, so I definitely recommend aloSIM for great connectivity across this country, including in Svaneti.

 

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And there it is folks, the best 2 week Georgia itinerary, the perfect tool when it comes to planning your time in this amazing country.

Are you looking to travel to Georgia soon?

Let me know any questions you may have in the comments below…

 


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6 thoughts on “Best 2 Week Georgia Itinerary: See All the Highlights

    • Steph says:

      Pleasure Ravin and hope you enjoy Georgia! There’s other posts about this country on the blog too, including the best things to do in the capital and what my trip costs. Check them out and hope they help you on your travels too 🙂

  1. Nabaraj Mahanta says:

    Hey, It’s a wonderful itinerary. Great work. I just wanted to know if Georgia is safe and economical enough for a solo traveller. And are the locals comfortable with English?

    • Steph says:

      Hi Nabaraj, thanks for your comment. I’ve actually written a whole post about solo travel in Georgia (as a female) following my time doing just that. If you search all the Georgia content on my blog you will find it and there’s tons of info and helpful tips there. In short, yes Georgia is both safe and affordable for solo travellers. It’s amazing and I know you’re going to love it! Glad you enjoyed the itinerary and happy travel planning. Steph 🙂

  2. Eva says:

    Hi Steph, thanks so much for this itinerary! I’m looking to travel next year from Australia and can’t wait to get there. Luckily I’ve got an old friend who lives there and I can visit him as well. I’ve been travelling for 40 years as a single female by myself throughout the world (and for some time with my son) and have only got positive memories and experiences. It’s about expecting the very best and being ‘withit’. Looking forward to reading more about your adventures!

    • Steph says:

      Hi Eva, and wow I couldn’t agree more! Solo female travel for 40 years is incredible and so happy to hear you will head to Georgia next year… I know you’re going to love it! Keep expecting the best and travelling brilliantly… I know you will! Take care, Steph 🙂

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