Georgia

Georgia is a country located at the intersection of Europe and Asia, to the south of the Caucasian Mountains range and between the Black and Caspian seas. Nearly 3.7 million people reside here. Tbilisi, with around 1.2 million inhabitants, is the capital and the largest city, followed by Batumi and Kutaisi, both having international airports. Georgia is bordered by the Black Sea to the west, Russia to the north, Turkey, and Armenia to the south, and Azerbaijan to the east.

Georgia has a rich cultural heritage that dates back to 1.8 million years ago, as evidenced by the excavations of Dmanisi in the southeastern part of the country. This is the oldest evidence of human occupation outside Africa. Georgia also has a long history of medicine and other sciences. According to Greek legend, the word “medicine” comes from Medea, a Georgian princess and well-known healer who married Jason, the leader of the Argonauts around 1300 BC. Georgian language has a unique script and was used to write the first books at the beginning of the first millennium. Georgians are renowned for their remarkable hospitality and consider “any guest to be a messenger of God.” Georgia is also considered to be a cradle of winemaking, with a history of over 8000 years.

Why visit Georgia

Food

Influenced by national cuisines from the Mediterranean to India, Georgian cuisine has a distinct character. The importance of gatherings and feasts reflects the Georgian love of family and friends. Dishes feature organically grown greens, vegetables, fruits, and meats like beef, pork, lamb, and poultry. Georgian cuisine's variety is due to its location on the Silk Road, where travelers have also influenced it.

Safety

Georgia is ranked thirteenth on Usebounce's list of safest countries for solo travelers in January 2022, alongside Italy. See.place, a travel website, considers Georgia to be among the world's top ten safest countries due to its low crime rate, ranking after Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, South Korea, the United Arab Emirates, Malta, and Luxembourg.

Travel / Visa

Citizens from the USA, Europe, and Eastern countries do not require visas to enter Georgia. Direct flights to Tbilisi, Batumi, and Kutaisi are available from several European capitals, including London, Paris, Rome, Berlin, and Prague. The easiest ways to fly to Tbilisi and Batumi from other countries are via Istanbul (Turkish Airlines) or Munich (Lufthansa).