Georgia Attractions

Tourist Attractions in Georgia

1. Tbilisi City Tour

Tbilisi city tour takes you through some fascinating places. The Holy Trinity Cathedral in Tbilisi (commonly known as Sameba), is the third tallest Eastern Orthodox cathedral in the world and one of the largest religious buildings in the world by total area. Then you get to see the Bridge of Peace which stretches 150 metres over the Kura River. It provides a unique view of Metekhi Church, Narikala Fortress and statue of city's founder Vakhtang Gorgasali on one side, and Baratashvili Bridge and Presidential Office on the other. You also see the Narikala Fortress which was expanded by the Umayyads in the 7th century and later, by king David the Builder (1089–1125). In 1827, parts of the fortress were damaged by an earthquake and demolished.

Tbilisi City Tour

2. Aerial Tramway, Tbilisi

Aerial Tramway is a fast and great experiential way to reach from a place on ground to the top of a hill where a significant travel sight is located. In this regard, Tbilisi Aerial Tramway connects Rike Park or popularly known as Europe Square to the fortress of Narikala. This aerial cable care smoothens your journey from Rike Park to fortress of Narikala. But apart from smooth experience it offers you great 360 degree view from top. This cable care was built in recent years and was opened in 2012 for public. Before this tramway the only way to get to Narikala was by climbing the hill which might have been troublesome for many. After the aerial tramway, it has become super easy for any one to reach from ground to top of Narikala. Three tourist sights at the top of the tramway to explore are fortress of Narikla, the 300 year old botanical garden and Kartlis Deda.

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Aerial Tramway Tbilisi

3. Narikala Fortress, Tbilisi

Narikala is an ancient fortress overlooking Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia, and the Kura River. The fortress consists of two walled sections on a steep hill between the sulphur baths and the botanical gardens of Tbilisi. On the lower court there is the recently restored St Nicholas church. Narikala Fortress is one of the most beautiful and important site among visitors. This ancient fortress overlooks the city of Tbilisi. The fortress belongs to 4th century when it was built to protect the city from external attacks. At night when lights are on, this place is mesmerizing and demands a place in your camera. This fortress is also called Mother Fortress of Tbilisi. Today, your Tbilisi tour is not complete at all without you visiting this beautiful and ancient Narikala Fortress.

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Narikala Fortress Tbilisi

4. Tbilisi Funicular and Dry Bridge

Tbilisi Funicular is one of the finest examples of cable railways in the world. The railway leads to a beautiful leisure and amusement park Mtatsminda, which overlooks the entire city. The Funicular Complex restaurant building has a couple of great places to eat or drink. It's also usually several degrees cooler up here than in the city below, which can be very welcome in the heat of summer. To ride the funicular you need a 2 GEL plastic card (sold at the ticket office) on which you then add credit for your rides (and any rides in the Mtatsminda amusement park). The funicular cliff train price is 2 GEL from 09:00 till midnight, but after 00:00 price of the ride will be 3 GEL. The Dry Bridge is well-known for its flea market, where you can find art exhibitions, and antique items for sale.

Tbilisi Funicular

5. Gabriadze Theater, Tbilisi

Founded in 1981, it became the first Georgian puppet theatre. The building is decorated with a magnificent clock tower, which once a day, at 12:00 features a performance of figurines. Though modest in size, The Gabriadze Theater is among the world’s preeminent cultural institutions. Presenting mature puppet performances full of depth and meaning, it has gained the respect and recognition of international audiences and critics alike. The Gabriadze Theater stands in the heart of Tbilisi’s historic Old Town. This beautiful building of the unique marionette theatre was designed by Gabriadze himself.

Gabriadze Theater Tbilisi

6. Rustaveli Avenue, Tbilisi

Rustaveli Avenue is in capital city Tbilisi, Georgia. Formerly known as Golovin street, Rustaveli avenue is cultural hub of tourist attractions in Tbilisi. The avenue is most considered one in Tbilisi because a large number of government, cultural, public and business buildings are located here which includes The National Gallery, National Museum, Georgian academy of sciences, Opera and Ballet, State Theatre, Kashveti Church and Parliament. This site in the past has seen anti government protests also. The Rustaveli Avenue is accessible via metro and bus quite easily. The avenue is 1.5 km long and starts with Rustaveli cinema. So you are guaranteed to have a great time here with Tbilisi opera house and Rustaveli theatre both being on the Rustaveli avenue.

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Rustaveli Avenue Tbilisi

7. Gudauri Ski Resort, Georgia

Gudauri is a Ski resort in South facing plateau of the Caucasus mountain range, situated in Stepantsminda district in Kazbegi region, Georgia. This wonderful ski resort sits at an altitude of 2196 m ( approximately 7200 feet) and is 120 KM to the north of the capital city Tbilisi. Gudauri offers quite an opportunity to the Skiers. Gudauri has routes for beginners in skiing as well as for pro riders. It has 50 KM of marked and well prepared route. Skiing here is considered safe and is best for free riders as  the slopes are above tree lines. Gudauri is also most popular for speed riding and Paragliding.

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Gudauri Ski Resort Georgia

8. Sighnaghi City Tour

The administrative center of the Sighnaghi Municipality, one of the country's smallest towns, busy with the production of wine, traditional carpets and Georgian traditional food Mcvadi. City is located in the Kakheti region of Georgia, settled since the Paleolithic period. Signagi as a settlement is first recorded in the early 18th century. In 1762, King Heraclius II of Georgia sponsored the construction of the town and erected a fortress to defend the area from marauding attacks by Dagestan tribesmen. Its a two hours drive from Tbilisi.

Sighnaghi City Tour

9. Mtskheta Old City & Jvari Monastery

Mtskheta is one of the oldest cities of Georgia, at the confluence of the Aragvi and Kura rivers. Mtskheta is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. Due to its historical significance and several cultural monuments, the "Historical Monuments of Mtskheta" became a UNESCO World Heritage Site. As the birthplace and one of the most vibrant centers of Christianity in Georgia, Mtskheta was declared as the "Holy City" by the Georgian Orthodox Church in 2014. Jvari Monastery stands on the rocky mountaintop overlooking the town of Mtskheta, which was formerly the capital of the Kingdom of Iberia. A small church called "Small Church of Jvari" was built at the site of a cross and draws pilgrims from all over Caucasus.

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Mtskheta Old City & Jvari Monastery, Georgia

10. Armazi Fortress

Armazi is a locale in Georgia, 4 km southwest of Mtskheta and 22 km northwest of Tbilisi. A part of historical Greater Mtskheta, it is a place where the ancient city of the same name and the original capital of the early Georgian kingdom of Kartli or Iberia was located. Considering its scale and antiquity - Armazi is one of the most important fortresses in the country. Currently, remains of the fortress occupy 30 hectares. The fortress used to block the road to the bordering countries beyond the Caucasus.

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Armazi Fortress

11. Uplistsikhe Cave Town

Uplistsikhe is an old rock-hewn town in eastern Georgia. It is just 10 KM away from the town of Gori, which is also a tourist attraction and only 80-85 KM away from the capital city Tbilisi. Uplistsikhe is built on the left bank of river Mtkvari and here in town you can see numerous structures which dates back to early Iron Age to the late middle ages. These structures show the coexistence of Pagan and Christian culture. Before the 4th century, Uplistsikhe emerged as a major political and religious center of the country under the kingdom of Kartil. However when Christianity arrived in 4th century in Kartil, Uplistsikhe went on decline loosing its importance and lost its position to new Christianity centers Mtskheta and Tbilisi later on.

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Uplistsikhe Cave Town

12. Vardzia Cave Monastery

Vardzia Monastery is a cave monastery in southern Georgia,  excavated from the slopes of the Erusheti Mountain on the left bank of the Kura River, thirty kilometres from Aspindza. Vardzia is centuries old monastery, now part of state heritage reserve. The space around the monastery looks beautiful. You will have a great time here walking in and around Vardiza Monastery in Georgia. The caves entice you to look inside. This cave palace monastery built by Georgians in the Caucasus for their fabled queen Tamar seems to be taken directly from a Hollywood movie in its appearance.

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Vardzia Cave Monastery

13. Simon Janashia Museum of Georgia

The Simon Janashia Museum of Georgia, formerly known as the State Museum of History of Georgia, is one of the main history museums in Tbilisi, Georgia, which displays the country’s principal archaeological findings. The origins of the Museum date back to the 19th century. Today, the Museum exhibits Georgia’s principal archaeological findings and thousands of artefacts of immense historical significance; animal remains datingback 40 million years, archaeological and ethnographic collections from the Paleolithic, Neolithic, Bronze, Iron and Middle Ages.

Simon Janashia Museum of Georgia

14. Gori Fortress, Gori, Georgia

Gori Fortress is a medieval citadel in Georgia, standing above the city of Gori on a rocky hill. The fortress first appears in the 13th century records but archaeological evidence shows that the area had already been fortified in the last centuries BC. Within the historic manuscripts the fortress is first mentioned in the XIII century as “Gori Prison”. The fortress controlled major strategic and economic routes and accommodated a large garrison.

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Gori Fortress Georgia

15. State Museum of Joseph Stalin

Soviet leader Joseph Stalin’s Museum was founded in 1937 and holds around 60,000 exhibits. The premise of the museum includes a memorial house, where Stalin was born; an exhibition building and Stalin’s personal train wagon, in which he traveled to Tehran, Yalta and Potsdam. The museum also houses Stalin’s personal belongings.

State Museum of Joseph Stalin

16. Batumi

The sunny and modern Batumi personifies all the charm of a southern city and a sea resort with high-class luxury hotels. It is located on the Black Sea coast and is exquisitely framed by exotic subtropical flora. Palm trees, cypresses, magnolias, oleanders, bamboo trees, laurels, lemon and orange trees delight the eye everywhere. The romantic picture of ships departure from the harbor is better seen from Batumi Quay. Batumi citizens name this place Seaside Park-Boulevard. It surrounds the city along its sea border for 8 km. It is at all times very crowded. This is the most popular place for both locals and visitors of the capital. There you can enjoy Ali and Nino monument, Batumi Archaeological Museum, Botanical Garden, Churches of Batumi, Gonio Fortress etc.

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Batumi, Georgia

17. Mount Kazbek, Georgia

Mount Kazbek, is a dormant stratovolcano and one of the major mountains of the Caucasus located on the border of Georgia's Kazbegi District and Russia's Republic of North Ossetia-Alania. It is the third-highest peak in Georgia after Mount Shkhara and Janga and the seventh-highest summit in the Caucasus Mountains. If you are looking for Mountaineering, hiking and trekking in Georgia then go for Mount Kazbek. Because it is one of the highest and most beautiful mountains of Caucasus. The area around Mount Kazbek was designated a nature reserve by the Soviet Government in 1979, and it includes beech forests, sub-alpine forests and alpine meadows. Many of the plants and animals in the reserve are endemic to the Caucasus region. Mount Kazbek comes under the natural beauty category when it comes to must visit places in Georgia. One of the major mountains of Caucasus, Mount Kazak is located in Kazbegi district of Georgia.

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Mount Kazbek Georgia

18. Lake Ritsa, Georgia

Lake Ritsa is a lake in the Caucasus Mountains, in the north-western part of Abkhazia, Georgia, surrounded by mixed mountain forests and subalpine meadows. Its water is cold and clear. Mountains with heights of 2,200 to 3,500 m surround the lake. The temperature here is low during the full year with around 8 degree Celsius being the average annual temperature. Highest temperature doesn’t go beyond 18 degree Celsius and minimum temperature goes below -1 degree Celsius. Lake Ritsa is also one if the deepest lake in Georgia with depth of 116 m and is rich in trout. Lake Ritsa is very famous among tourists as one of the nature’s miracle in Abkhazia, Georgia.

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Lake Ritsa Georgia

19. Kutaisi, Georgia

Second largest city of Georgia, Kutaisi looks beautiful. Though smaller in size than Tbilisi, Kutaisi has been on run to become capital city of Georgia. The city lies at an elevation of 125–300 metres above sea level. The beauty of the city is that it is surrounded by forests and in the centre of city has lush green gardens and streets here are full of high and leafy trees. Apart from having natural beauty Kutaisi has other cultural epitome museums to see as well. To name a few are Kutaisi state historical museum, Gelati Monastery, Motsameta Monastery, Kutaisi museum of sport, Kutaisi museum of Martial art, Museum of Zakaria Paliashvili and some more.

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Kutaisi Georgia

20. Svaneti, Georgia

Highest inhabited area in Caucasus region. There is upper Svaneti and there is lower Svaneti. Apart from geography Svaneti is a historical place in Georgia  too. Svans which is a sub-ethnic group in Georgia inhabit Svaneti. Svaneti is termed as mysterious, wild, naturally beautiful and dangerous as well. Though infrastructure for tourism here is not too great but that does not take away the fact from Svaneti that this a place to go in Georgia. Svaneti offers you landscapes dominated by mountains which are separated by deep gorges. The city is covered by forests too. So altogether it is easy to say that Svaneti is nature’s delight.

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Svaneti Georgia

21. Gveleti Waterfall, Georgia

Gveleti Waterfall is located 7 kilometres from the town of Stepantsminda in the Gveleti village. The best view comes in late morning when the sun shines. The both ends of forked Gveleti valley make it a major tourist attraction. Gveleti means “places of snakes” to keep an eye out for local wildlife.

Gveleti Waterfall, Georgia

22. David Gareja Monastery, Georgia

David Gareja Monastery is a rock hewn Georgian Orthodox monastery complex located in the Kakheti region of eastern Georgia, on the half-desert slopes of Mount Gareja. It is located 60-70km southeast of Georgian’s capital Tbilisi. You can visit most of the monastery; the rooms not allowed to tourists are clearly marked with “no entrance” signs, in both English and Georgian. See the tomb of the first monk to have lived there (St. David Garejeli). Then, you can follow the path starting right behind the church shop, that goes on the top of the small mountain.

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David Gareja Monastery, Georgia

23. New Athos Waterfall, Georgia

New Athos Waterfall is manmade artificial waterfall created by a hydro electric dam. Behind the dam there is an abandoned railway station where one can reach by climbing up the steps at the side of the waterfall.

New Athos Waterfall, Georgia

24. Sioni Cathedral Church, Georgia

Sioni Cathedral Church is situated in the capital city of Georgia, Tbilisi. The cathedral is named in the honor of Jerusalem Zion. Its architectural style reminds strict Catholic structure of a religious cult lacking any elements of decor. The only ornament of the cathedral is the high tower with the peak steeped dome towering over the central part of Sioni.

Sioni Cathedral Church, Georgia

25. Georgian Wineries

Georgia is one of the oldest wine regions in the world. The fertile valleys of the South Caucasus house the source of the world's first cultivated grapevines and Neolithic wine production, from over 8,000 years ago. Due to the many millennia of wine in Georgian history, and its key economic role, the traditions of its viticulture are entwined and inseparable with the country's national identity.

Georgian Wineries

26. Monastery Bodbe

This beautiful monastery is one of the most important places for Georgians, because St. Nino, who brought Christianity to Georgia, is buried there.

Monastery Bodbe, Georgia

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Content Source: Dook Dossier 2017-18


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