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Georgia (Caucasus) Travel Guide

Georgia (Caucasus) — Attractions

Georgia sits on the central and eastern region of Caucasus, extending to the Black Sea coast. Within this verdant and historic land are all kinds of mountainous and seaside attractions, particularly in the areas of Babastumani, Gudauri, Bahmaro, Bakuriani, Kobuleti, Batumi, and Ureki. There are countless health resorts, mud baths and balneotherapeutic destinations in enticing spa towns like Borjomi, Likani and Sairme. Archeological monuments, historic sites and impressive architectural landmarks dot its nature-fringed towns.

Black Sea Coast

Georgia’s Black Sea coast is home to some amazing seaside towns, each with their own unique appeal. Among the best is Batumi, the bustling capital town of the Ajarian Autonomous Republic that has a very unique Turkish flair. It is only 12.5 miles from the border of Turkey, which explains its distinctive character. Besides its subtropical surroundings, verdant tea plantations, citrus groves, and breathtaking mountain and water scenes, this town is best known for its 19th century bath house, old mosque, colorful circus, theater, and the Ajarian Museum, which have an unmatched collection of national costumes.
Address: Black Sea coast, Georgia
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Borjomi

Certain regions in Georgia are rich in mineral springs and mud baths, great for a therapeutic dip or just plain relaxation. The most famous town for spa tours is Borjomi, located about 90 miles from the capital city of Tbilisi. It is right in the Tori region, which offers plenty of places to find natural springs with health benefits. Developed as a spa town by Tsar Nicholas himself back in the 19th century, in addition to bathing, many travelers also hike up the surrounding hills.
Address: Tori region, Georgia
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Caucasus Mountains

If serious trekking is what you’re after, head to the mountainous region of Caucasus. The highest peak here stands at 16,627 ft (Mount Shkora), followed by the Mkinvartsvei (ice top) Mount Kazbegi, which reaches 16,512 ft. The region attracts all kinds of adventurists from climbers to hikers, skiers and snowboarders. The popular Gudauri and Bakuriani resorts are found in the region and get popping when the slopes turn white from December through April.
Address: Caucasus Region, Georgia
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Tbilisi

The Georgian capital is found on the banks of the Mtkvari River and offers all the charms of a modern, cosmopolitan metropolis and an age-old town steeped in history and culture. From its hilly surrounds, you will see panoramic views of its mix of attractions from the monumental Sameba Cathedral to the gorgeous Narikala Fortress and the unbelievable piece of architecture known as the World Bridge. The Sioni Temple is also worth visiting, as well as the Pantheon. Top your visit off with a relaxing bath in the sulfuric puddles of Abanotubani.
Address: Tbilisi, Georgia
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Georgian Military Highway

This former Soviet route kept the Russians in control of their Georgian territories is now a dramatic drive overlooking the superb mountain scenery of the high Caucasus. Some points of interest along the way include the dainty Sameba Church (built in the 14th century) and the Gudauri ski resort.
Address: Caucasus, Georgia
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Gudairi Ski Resort

One of the best ski resorts in the country, Gudauri is found within the Caucasus region, some 75 miles from Tbilisi. During the summer it becomes a strategic starting point for pleasant walks through flowery mountain meadows. In the winter, it is a sprawling snow paradise with some of the nation’s best slopes.
Address: Caucasus, Georgia
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Mtskheta

One of the most important World Heritage sites in Georgia, Mtskheta was the center of Christianity in the country until the 12th century. It is home to the Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (15th century), which stands on what is said to be the holiest place in the country. Legend has it that the church stands right on the spot where the crucifixion robe of Jesus Christ was dropped to the ground, having been brought here from Jerusalem by a local Jew. It is also said that fragments of the original garment are kept inside the cathedral.
Address: Georgia
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Roshka Valley

Georgia is home to a number of natural parks, but if it is challenging wilderness treks you're after, the Roshka Valley is the place to be. Your effort will be rewarded by stark yet impressive mountain scenery and views of wonderful glacier formations. Even lowland walks offer incredible sights and experiences.
Address: Roshka Valley, Georgia
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Tusheti National Park

Tusheti National Park is one of only five national parks in Georgia and offers superb areas to enjoy mountain activities. It is also the best place in the country to see endemic wildlife such as the Caspian Sea wolf and the Caucasian lynx. A number of bird fly over this verdant reserve and the surrounding villages boast historical sites which await discovery.
Address: Georgia
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Kakheti

The wine-growing province of Kakheti is a popular place for vineyard and gastronomic tours. It lies in the far east of the country and teems with sprawling grape fields, wineries and private cellars.
Address: Kakheti Region, Georgia
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