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Georgia, covering a territory of 69,700 square kilometers, offers a wide range of sightseeing to its visitors. It has nine regions, all of which have unique traditions, cuisine, and customs. One week to see most of the country is surely not enough but if you are short on time, here are the most important places to visit.
Georgia’s capital Tbilisi is a vibrant city offering a mixture of old and new architecture, natural hot springs and diverse cafe landscapes.
Start your day at Rustaveli Avenue, the central street of the city and walk down towards the Liberty Square. Admire decades old, but newly-renovated buildings along the way, such as Opera House, Rustaveli Theater, and Parliament building. And once you get to the Liberty Square, look up towards the statue of St. George right at the middle of the square.
From here, continue your way to Kote Abkhazi street leading to the Old Town. Spend most of your time here wandering through the narrow cobblestone lanes and admiring the old residential houses with carved wooden balconies. Later on, take a ropeway towards the Narika Fortress and Mother of Georgia and enjoy the panoramic views over the city.
If you’d like to try out natural hot springs, pay a visit to one of the ‘Georgian spas’ at Abanotubani and when you feel hungry, don’t forget to eat Khinkali, the must-try dish.
The David Gareji monastery complex is located in Kakheti region, bordering Azerbaijan. The complex was founded in 6th-century by one of the 13 Assyrian Fathers who spread Christianity in Georgia.
Sighnaghi sits on the hilltop and offers spectacular architecture from 18th and 19th-centuries. It’s considered one of the most charming towns in Georgia due to the splendid views over Alazani Valey, colorful red-roofed timber houses with the background of Caucasus mountains and cobblestone streets.
Mtskheta is a former capital of Georgia located a 30-minute drive from Tbilisi. The city itself is small, so you won’t need more than an hour to see the main attraction – Svetitskhoveli Cathedral. From here, you can continue towards Gori and Uplistsikhe.
Gori is the birthplace of Joseph Stalin, where you can visit his house-museum, while Uplistsikhe is a monolith cave-town scattered across eight hectares of land.
Another small town very popular among the visitors is Stepantsminda. The town itself has nothing much to offer, and the main reason why so many tourists flock here is the Gergeti Trinity Church, seag at the elevation of 2,170 meters right below the Mount Kazbegi.
Kutaisi is another former capital of Georgia offering UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bagrati Cathedral – an 11-century-old masterpiece of the medieval Georgian architecture. Other essential landmarks for you to see include Gelati and Motsameta monasteries and Sataplia Nature Reserve.
The former president Saakashvili moved Parliament in Kutaisi and built a new modern building for it. This six-floor big glass bubble was opened in 2012, but since many MPs were unsatisfied with the decision and the new force came into power in 2013, the Parliament sessions were moved back to Tbilisi.
One of the central coastal cities of Georgia, Batumi is a popular summer destination for many locals. The newly-renovated city offers a wide range of activities to its visitors. Main attractions are within walking distance scattered along the Boulevard. Among the landmarks to see are the statue of Ali and Nino, Alphabetic Tower, Piazza Square and Europe Square.