Peter's dream trip to Georgia

Peter's dream trip to Georgia

Nathan Key

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Peter's dream trip to Georgia

Start: London
Fly:  8 h
1
Batumi
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
2
Gagra
— 3 nights
Drive:  6 h 45 min
3
Mestia
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
4
Gori
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Signagi
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
6
Kvareli
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
7
Stepantsminda
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
8
Tbilisi
— 6 nights
Fly:  8 h 30 min
End: London

2
nights
Batumi

Batumi ©
Having invested heavily in tourism since 2010, Batumi is quickly becoming a go-to destination for visitors looking for a bustling nightlife.
On the 1st (Sat), make a trip to Monument Ali and Nino, tour the pleasant surroundings at Batumi Boulevard, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Batumi Dolphinarium, then sample the tasty concoctions at Batumi Brewery Batumuri, then admire the masterpieces at Ethnographic Museum "Borjgalo", and finally explore the world behind art at Salon Workshop of Kemal Turmanidze. On the 2nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the sheer force of Tkhilnari Waterfall, admire the sheer force of Makhuntseti Waterwall, then take in the dramatic scenery at Mirveti Waterfall, and finally head outdoors with Mtirala National Park.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Batumi day trip planning app.

London, UK to Batumi is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4 hours traveling from London to Batumi. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from London in August; daily highs in Batumi reach 33°C and lows reach 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Gagra.

Things to do in Batumi

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Mirveti Waterfall, Mtirala National Park, Makhuntseti Waterwall
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Batumi Boulevard ©
Batumi Boulevard
Makhuntseti Waterwall ©
Makhuntseti Waterwall
Mtirala National Park ©
Mtirala National Park

3
nights
Gagra

Gagra ©
Once popular as a health resort during Imperial Russian and Soviet times, Gagra today attracts a small contingent of international visitors seeking ideal summer weather and its seaside promenade, which hugs the coastline of the Black Sea.
Take a break from the city and head to Beach Golden Shore and New Athos Cave. Popular historic sites such as Dormition of the Mother of God Church and Monastery of St. Ion of Zlatoust are in your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Sukhumi (Monument to Muhajirs, Dioskuria Fortress, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Gegskiy Waterfall, admire the striking features of Stalin's Villa, get outside with Goluboye Ozero, and pause for some serene contemplation at Abaata Fortress.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Gagra road trip planning site.

You can drive from Batumi to Gagra in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry, bus, and car; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Georgia Time to Moscow Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In August, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Mestia.

Things to do in Gagra

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Sukhumi, Pitsunda, Stalin's Villa, Beach Golden Shore, Dormition of the Mother of God Church
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Gegskiy Waterfall ©
Gegskiy Waterfall
New Athos Cave ©
New Athos Cave
Dormition of the Mother of God Church ©

2
nights
Mestia

Mestia ©
Mestia is a highland townlet in northwest Georgia, at an elevation of 1500m in the Caucasus Mountains.General informationMestia is located in the Svaneti region of Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti province, some 128km northeast of the regional capital of Zugdidi. Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Nicholas Church, see the interesting displays at Svaneti Museum of History and Ethnography, then get outside with Koruldi Lakes, then get outside with Chaladi Glacier, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mountain Ushba. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Ski Resort Tetnuldi, stroll through Khatsvali Ski Resort, and then examine the collection at Mikheil Khegiani House Museum.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Mestia holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Gagra to Mestia takes 7 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Gagra to Mestia due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Gagra in August: highs in Mestia hover around 31°C, while lows dip to 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel to Gori.

Things to do in Mestia

Outdoors Parks Nature
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Chaladi Glacier ©
Chaladi Glacier
Mountain Ushba ©
Mountain Ushba

2
nights
Gori

Gori ©
Gori is a city in eastern Georgia, which serves as the regional capital of Shida Kartli and the centre of the homonymous administrative district. On the 9th (Sun), explore the ancient world of Gori Castle, examine the collection at Stalin Museum, get a new perspective on nature at Sergi Makalatia Gori Historical and Ethnographical Museum, delve into the distant past at Uplistsiche Cave Town, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin, and finally appreciate the history behind Monument to the Defenders of the Fortress.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Gori trip maker website.

You can fly from Mestia to Gori in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Mestia in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Gori, with highs around 38°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Signagi.

Things to do in Gori

Historic Sites Museums
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Uplistsiche Cave Town ©
Uplistsiche Cave Town
Stalin Museum ©
Stalin Museum
Gori Castle ©
Gori Castle

2
nights
Signagi

Signagi ©
Signagi or Sighnaghi is a town in Georgia's easternmost region of Kakheti and the administrative center of the Signagi Municipality. On the 10th (Mon), explore the world behind art at Museum of History and Ethnography, appreciate the history behind Monument to Solomon Dodashvili, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bodbe Monastery of St. Nino, learn about winemaking at Pheasant's Tears Winery, then contemplate the long history of Signagi City Walls, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephan’s Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at St. George’s Church, take in the pleasant sights at House-Museum of Niko Pirosmani, and then explore the striking landscape of Vashlovani National Park.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Signagi trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Gori to Signagi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In August in Signagi, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can go by car to Kvareli.

Things to do in Signagi

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

House-Museum of Niko Pirosmani, Vashlovani National Park
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Bodbe Monastery of St. Nino ©
Bodbe Monastery of St. Nino
Signagi City Walls ©
Signagi City Walls
St. George’s Church ©
St. George’s Church

2
nights
Kvareli

Kvareli ©
Kvareli is a town in northeastern in Kakheti Province, Georgia. On the 12th (Wed), identify plant and animal life at Lagodekhi National Reserve, learn about winemaking at Chubini Wine Cellar, then get engrossed in the history at Gremi, then explore the historical opulence of Gremi Citadel and Church of the Archangels, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nekresi Monastery Complex. On the 13th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: do a tasting at Graneli Winery, do a tasting at Tunnel Winery Khareba's, then examine the collection at Kote Marjanishvili House Museum, then do a tasting at Kindzmarauli Corporation Wine House, and finally examine the collection at Ilia Chavchavadze's House & Museum.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Kvareli online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Signagi to Kvareli takes 1.5 hours. In August in Kvareli, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Stepantsminda.

Things to do in Kvareli

Wineries Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Lagodekhi National Reserve, Gremi Citadel and Church of the Archangels
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Tunnel Winery Khareba's ©
Tunnel Winery Khareba's
Nekresi Monastery Complex ©
Nekresi Monastery Complex

2
nights
Stepantsminda

Stepantsminda ©
Whatever you decide to do on your trip to Stepantsminda, you'll remember it by the unsurpassed beauty of its alpine landscapes.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): take in the awesome beauty at Mt Kazbek, then pause for some serene contemplation at Gergeti Trinity Church, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Elias the Prophet Church. On the 15th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the views at Trusso Valley, appreciate the views at Juta Valley, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Gveleti Waterfall.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Stepantsminda road trip planning website.

You can drive from Kvareli to Stepantsminda in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can drive to Tbilisi.

Things to do in Stepantsminda

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Juta Valley
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Mt Kazbek ©
Mt Kazbek
Gergeti Trinity Church ©
Gergeti Trinity Church
Trusso Valley ©
Trusso Valley

6
nights
Tbilisi

On the bank of the Mtkvari River and at the foot of Trialeti mountain range, Tbilisi's location has given the city strategic significance since it was founded in the 5th century.
Popular historic sites such as Narikala Fortress and Jvari Church are in your itinerary. You'll explore and learn at Museum of Illusions and Open Air Museum of Ethnography. Venture out of the city with trips to Mtskheta (Svetitskhoveli Cathedral & Samtavro Church), Ananuri Fortified Castle Ensemble (in Ananuri) and David Gareja Monastery (in Udabno). Next up on the itinerary: slough off your stress at Turkish baths, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Tsminda Sameba Cathedral, get engrossed in the history at Georgian National Museum, and do a tasting at Karalashvili's Wine Cellar.

For maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Tbilisi online trip planner.

Getting from Stepantsminda to Tbilisi by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Tbilisi can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tbilisi

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Mtskheta, Ananuri Fortified Castle Ensemble, David Gareja Monastery
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Narikala Fortress ©
Narikala Fortress
Jvari Church ©
Jvari Church

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