Georgia Travel Guide
Georgia is a country located in Asia with name that begins with letter G. The Middle East state of Georgia covers an area roughly the size of Bavaria and has a population of almost 4.3 million. The former Soviet republic, which has been independent since 1991, offers a great wealth of natural beauties and diverse landscapes. The mountain range of the Caucasus with peaks over 5,000 m forms the northern border with Russia. In the mountainous regions of Svaneti, Tusheti and Chewsureti there are numerous remote villages with medieval defense towers – a hiking and trekking paradise that is still largely undiscovered. Check Countryaah to find more countries that begin with letter G.
Entrants from EU countries as well as Swiss nationals only need a passport for a stay of up to 90 days, which is valid for at least three months after departure.
While a subtropical, humid climate prevails on the Black Sea coast, a temperate continental climate with pronounced seasons and corresponding temperature fluctuations dominates inland. In the mountainous regions of the Caucasus, however, it can also get very cold in midsummer – temperatures around freezing point are not uncommon here, especially in the morning hours.
Food and drink
Georgian cuisine is hearty and very close to the people and draws on a variety of ingredients in which influences from the Orient and Occident meet. It is considered to be one of the most varied kitchens in the world; In addition, good food is very important in Georgian society. The specialties include aubergines with walnut filling, shashlik and mutton stew, as well as various fruit and vegetable sauces and fresh khachaburi: flat bread with a juicy cheese topping. Viticulture and wine enjoyment, with which many customs and sophisticated toasts are closely connected, are also traditionally anchored. By the way: when you have had enough to drink at a party, simply leave the full glass standing. This is not considered a bad habit.
The tap water is not suitable for drinking. You should also not eat unpeeled or unwashed fruit or vegetables.
No vaccinations are required to stay in Georgia. However, medical care does not meet European standards. A personal pharmacy with your own medicines is therefore strongly recommended; it makes it easier to act in the event of illness.
In the parts of Georgia we have traveled to, it is very safe to move around, and tourists are welcomed in an unobtrusive but friendly manner. In large cities like Tbilisi, the usual precautionary measures are sufficient when handling one’s belongings. The European authorities also recommend avoiding demonstrations and crowds.
The Georgians are an open, friendly and proud people. When visiting a church or other religious location, dress in decent clothing and a headscarf or scarf is recommended for women.
One thing to keep in mind: Local information on walking and driving times is not to be taken too precisely.
Climate and travel time
Continental climate, with temperatures and seasons like in southern Central Europe. So it can get very hot in summer – especially in Tbilisi. However, the additional “horizontal” climate in the mountainous regions of the Caucasus should be considered. At higher altitudes and also in the area of influence of glaciers, it can get very cold even in midsummer. Frosty temperatures down to 0 degrees are possible on some days in the mountains even in summer – especially in the morning hours. So stick to the “onion principle” when equipping your equipment: many layers to put on and take off again. Sufficient sun protection should not be missing in your equipment.
All about money
Georgian Lari (GEL)
There are numerous ATMs and exchange offices in the cities.
Tipping is a sensitive issue. The tip is actually already included in the tour price, but our tour guides usually receive an additional 10 to 15 euros per day from medium-sized groups (up to 12 participants).
Other essential information
Time difference to CET in Georgia is + 2h (summer time)
Central European Summer Time does not apply in Georgia. The time difference is plus two hours in the summer months and plus three hours in the winter months.
Electricity in Georgia
The electricity in Georgia is 220 volts / 50 Hz. Our two-pole plugs are also used in Georgia.