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    Tbilisi, Georgia

    Tbilisi, Georgia

    Like its fellow Caucasian countries, Georgia is not the best known travel destination in the Easternmost reaches of Europe, and like its neighbors it is also wonderfully undiscovered by tourists.

    Political tensions after the fall of the Soviet Union have kept most travelers away from Georgia for decades, but now there’s nothing to stop curious travelers from exploring every nook and corner of this country rich in history and culture.

    Georgia’s incredible mountain scenery, and its towns and cities dotted with old buildings and narrow stairways will make sure that this small country in the Caucasus will get the attention it deserves in the future. If you’re up for an adventure, visit a few of the 5 traveler gems in Georgia, Caucasus.

    Kutaisi

    Since ancient times, Kutaisi has been the capital of western Georgia, and even now there’s a good-natured rivalry going on between this city and Georgia’s capital, Tbilisi. Kutaisi has been undergoing extensive restoration work in recent years, so the city is pleasant and clean, and while you’ll want to spend some time wandering the streets the real draw of Kutaisi are its museums, and two world heritage sites: Gelati Monastery and Bagrati Catheral.

    Tsinandali Winery, Kahketi Region

    Svaneti, photo by Gogi Bedenashvili

    Georgian wine has been highly regarded for millennia, and many of the best wines in the country are produced in the Kakheti region. Tsinandali Winery belongs to a former president of Georgia, but that’s not what makes it interesting.

    The vast estate produces some of the best white wine in Georgia, using European and age-old Georgian methods. The estate park, the village and the vineyards of Tsindali are worth a visit, especially if you like wine.

    Svaneti

    The entire Svaneti region is a UNESCO heritage site, and it’s easier to see why: this is the most stunning piece of mountain area in the Caucasus. The landscape is made up of craggy cliffs, snow-capped cliffs, green valleys and small towns and villages. Svaneti is home to the Svans, and ancient people whop have preserved their culture and language. The best way to get around Svaneti is to hike from town to town, but it is possible to get around by bus or taxi too.

    Tbilisi

    Kutaisi, photo by Vladimer Shioshvili

    The picturesque capital of Georgia is the country’s largest tourist hub, and home to dozens of fascinating attractions. The old town is the undeniable gems of the city, having survived mostly intact even though Tbilisi has been destroyed over twenty times throughout history. The winding streets, old churches and balconies perched on art nouveau buildings are a joy to explore.

    Mtskheta

    Mtskheta hold a place of huge importance in Georgian history and culture. It is very old (it has been the capital of the region from the 3rd century BC to the 5th century AD), and it was the place where Christianity was introduced to Georgia. Understandably, many of the religious sites scattered around Mtskheta  displays some of the best examples of early Christian architecture found in Eastern Europe.

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