The Best Things to See and Do in Georgia in Spring 2022

Spring of the perfect time to visit Tbilisi or Kutaisi! It is too early for the sweltering heat, the comfortable temperature in the city is from 18 to 25 degrees Celsius. You can take an informative walk through the old city or have a picnic in the Botanical Garden, discovering the diversity of Georgia's flora. Visit the Ethnographic Museum of Tbilisi near Turtle lake to learn more about the way of life in the old times.

On the way to the Kartli region for an excursion to Gori or Uplistsikhe or Borjomi, it is impossible not to make a stop for gorgeous photos among the poppy fields. And only in May, you can see the blooming rainbow desert in the Kakheti region. Here is the best area for birdwatching and light hiking too. It will be the gem of your trip! You can use our promo code SAQARTVELO to get a 10% discount on all our tours from Tbilisi.

And spring is the season of new-harvest amber wine. Hundreds of winemakers from all regions of Georgia come to Tbilisi to present their works at the wine festival, which will be held this year on May 14 in Mtatsminda Park. 

Don't forget to try seasonal dishes like chakapuli, spring herb pkhali, green lobio, and wild leek. 

Let's meet spring together!

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Chiatura: Georgian Chernobyl Day Tour from Tbilisi

In the morning your friendly guide will meet you at your hotel/place of residence in Tbilisi. From here you will drive to the Katskhi pillar. Stunning and mysterious, this 40-meter high natural limestone monolith towers over the gorge of the Karshuna River. On top of the pillar, there is a monastery and reconstructed 8th-century church most likely built by the Stylite. There is only one inhabitant, monk Maxime who has been living in the monastery for over 25 years in solitude and silence. You will then continue onward to Chiatura, an industrial town founded in the late 1800s. In Soviet Georgia, the town was a center of manganese mining. Present Chiatura attracts visitors who are interested in Soviet time left-overs and remnants. To grasp a true feeling of the past, you can ride a communist-era cable car still used by the locals as a means of transport. This transport system has a dozen operating ropeway lines for passengers and two cargo lines for transporting manganese. The total length of the cableway exceeds 6,000 meters. Located between steep valleys and deep gorges Chiatura will leave an unforgettable impression on anyone visiting this off-the-beaten-track Georgian destination. At the conclusion of your day, you will be driven back to Tbilisi before being dropped off at your hotel/place of residence. Duration Difficulty Type Language English German 10-12 hours Easy Private French Spanish Russian Includes: Hotel pickup and drop-off (available from Tbilisi, Mtskheta) Exclusions: Lunch Gratuities Please note that some cable lines are closed or under repair and visiting them may not be possible The possible drop-off in Kutaisi OR pick up from Kutaisi and drop-off in Tbilisi

Private Tour First capital – Stalin Museum – Cave town

Start your tour from your accommodation in Tbilisi where your driver/guide will be waiting to meet you. After a short meet and greet you will set-off to your first location, starting your sightseeing adventure for the day! After a short and scenic drive, your first stop will be Jvari Church (6th -7th cc), the most important religious center and an architectural masterpiece of medieval Georgia. Enjoy the breathtaking view from the church that towers over the city of Mtskheta. Continue on to Svetitskhoveli Cathedral, known as the burial site of Christ's robe and the second-largest church building in the country. The Cathedral has long been the principal Georgian church and remains one of the most venerated places of worship to this day. Take an excursion to Uplistsikhe Cave Town, an ancient cave town and one of the oldest urban settlements in Georgia. The town represents a complex of various structures dating from the 12th-century BC to the 17th-century. AD. Finish your tour at the Stalin Museum in Gori, dedicated to the life of Joseph Stalin. This museum is the perfect location for any Stalin or political enthusiasts. End your day in comfort with a relaxing car ride back to your accommodation in Tbilisi.  Duration Difficulty Type Language English 10 hours Normal Private Russian Metting point: Hotel-pick up Includes: Guide Water Exclusions: Lunch Wine tasting (15 GEL per person optional) Entry to Stalin Museum (15 GEL per person optional) Entry to Uplistsikhe (15 GEL per person) Gratuities (recommended)

Group tour to David Gareja Monastery and Rainbow Mountains

Go on a one-day tour to the David Gareja Monastery complex. This short but eventful journey will allow you to explore one of the most ancient and important religious sites in Georgia. Davit-Gareja cave city, an extraordinary site with fantastic semi-desert landscapes, is located 100km southeast from Tbilisi, and it was founded in the 6th Century by David (St. David Garejeli). The complex of temples stretches for several kilometres in the southeast of the country and along the border with Azerbaijan. The David Gareja Monastery is unique due to the fact that many of its buildings are cut into a huge tilted rock and some of its temples still preserve millenary frescos. Be ready to walk and climb on uneven ground. The walking route lasts approximately 4 km (2.5 miles). On the way back, you will stop at a nice cosy house for lunch (not included) and for a wine tasting. Duration Difficulty Type Language English 10 hours Moderate Small group (up to 6 people) Russian Know before booking: On foot, you will cover about 4 km (2.5 miles). Be sure that you are ready for this and that you have the right shoes (not open) The ambient temperature may be over 30ºC (86F) from May till October Altitude same as in Tbilisi 350 m (1150 ft)   Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level Includes: 1 bottled water Guide's services Transportation service Entrance fees Complimentary Wine tasting Exclusions: Hotel pick-up Lunch Gratuities (optional) Meeting point: Parking on the Europe Square
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Kakheti and Sighnaghi Full-Day Private tour

Departing from the center of Tbilisi, embark on a full-day tour to visit the sunniest regions of Georgia. The eastern region of Kakheti is Georgia’s premier wine-producing area, where almost everywhere you go you’ll be invited to drink a glass of traditional amber wine. Along the way, make a stop at the village of Badiauri where you can learn how to bake traditional Georgian bread and can even try to do it by yourself. For those that love cheese, there are many kinds of cheese in Georgia which you can try accompanied by hot, fresh, crusty bread. Next up, visit the Bodbe Monastery, one of the most important religious sites in Georgia. Today there is a nunnery where the monastery used to be, and the St. George Cathedral, part of the monastery, which holds the remains of St. Nino. There is also a new cathedral built, using much of the same construction methods used to make the most famous cathedrals in Georgia centuries ago. You'll then arrive at Sighnaghi, known as the town of love. There your guide will tell the legend that happened in this city many centuries ago as you walk along the cobbled streets of the city, climb the fortress wall, and visit one of the towers. There is also a local market where you can try and buy Georgian spices, sweets, sauces, and much more. Finally, it's time to go to a winery to taste Georgian wine. There are so many different wines, and you are bound to find something that you like. Your local guide will also tell you the secrets of making wine and how to drink it. Duration Difficulty Type Language English 10 hours Easy Private Russian Includes: Hotel pick-up and drop-off 1 bottled water Guide's services Transportation service Entrance fees Wine tasting Exclusions: Gratuities Lunch

Grand tour to Kakheti: Alaverdi-Telavi-Kvareli-Sighnaghi

After being picked up from your hotel in the morning, your first stop will be the Ujarma fortress. It is believed that in the second half of the 5th century, the famous Vakhtang Gorgasali (founder of Tbilisi) erected numerous buildings in Ujarma and moved his residence there. In the 10th century, Ujarma was destroyed by the Arabian forces of Abul Kassim. Later on, in the 13th century, the fortress was restored by King George III, who arranged a treasury. Moving on, your tour will continue through the Gombori Pass, which will see you drive to an altitude of 1,650 meters (5,414 feet). At the top, you will discover an observation deck, the perfect place for a photoshoot. After a small stop, you will continue your journey through the magical forest, where you will be able to make a wish. The next stop will be the Alaverdi Monastery. At a height of over 55 meters, the Alaverdi Cathedral is the second tallest religious building in Georgia. You will then visit the city of Telavi, the main city and administrative centre of Georgia's eastern province of Kakheti. On the way to Kvareli, you will stop at the Gremi. Standing above the green valley of Alazan, Gremi attracts travellers whose road goes between Telavi and Kvareli. Gloomy and monumental, the castle is one of the most visited tourist points in Georgia. In Kvareli, you will have the opportunity to taste Georgian wines and find out how they are made. Following your wine tasting, you should find yourself with new strength. You will then go to the Bodbe Monastery, which is one of the most important religious sites in Georgia. Continuing your trip, you will venture toward Sighnaghi. Its charming cobblestone streets and alleys consist of restored original nouveau woodwork, and detailed facades give the town a romantic mystique. Billed the "City of Love", Sighnaghi is a popular wedding venue. The wedding chapel here was the first to operate around the clock and put Sighnaghi on the map as a destination. Its marriage chapel now hosts ceremonies that take place at all hours of the day and night. Duration Difficulty Type Language English 12 hours Easy Private Russian Includes: Hotel pick-up and drop-off 1 bottled water Guide's services Transportation service Exclusions: Gratuities Entrance fees Lunch Wine tasting (from 15 GEL)
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Mtskheta Uplistsikhe Borjomi in one day tour

Your guide will pick you up in the morning in a comfortable car and head first to the Tbilisi sea. You might be surprised by the existence of a sea in the Georgian capital, but in fact, the Tbilisi sea is the unofficial name of the reservoir created in 1952 to serve the city with water. The Tbilisi reservoir is located at a height of more than 500m above sea level and it is a pleasure to spend time here during the summer heat. Here, you’ll also visit a monument that amazes with its size. Known as the Georgian Stonehenge, the monument has officially titled the Chronicle of Georgia and was created by the Georgian-Russian painter, sculptor, and architect Zurab Tsereteli. The memorial was erected in order to celebrate 3,000 years of Georgian sovereignty and 2,000 years of Christianity in Georgia. The next stop will be the Jvari Monastery, the 6th-century Georgian Orthodox monastery built on a hill opposite Mtskheta at the confluence of the Aragvi and Mtkvari rivers. Jvari Monastery is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Continue to the Shida Kartli region where you’ll visit Uplistsikhe, an ancient cave town and one of the oldest urban settlements in Georgia. Uplistsikhe — literally “Fortress of God" — is an ancient town that played a significant role in Georgian history over a period of approximately 3,000 years. Archaeological excavations have revealed extraordinary artifacts dating from the Late Bronze Age all the way up to the late Middle Ages. The next stop will be at Borjomi Central Park, home to the most remarkable virtues of Borjomi with its striking nature and unique mineral waters. One of the best places to experience this is Mineral Water Park. The park itself dates back to the 1850s and is an attractive destination throughout the year. Here you can taste the natural Borjomi mineral water and relax in a beautiful environment, or you can try riding the cable car up to the top of the park. After this last stop, your guide will drop you off in Borjomi or Bakuriani, or you can return to your accommodation in Tbilisi. Duration Difficulty Type Language English German 10 hours Easy Private French Spanish Russian Metting point: Hotel pick-up and drop-off Includes: Water Exclusions: Admission Borjomi Park (2 GEL per person) Admission Uplistsikhe (15 GEL per person) Lunch

From Tbilisi: Vardzia, Rabati, and Borjomi Private Tour

From Tbilisi, transfer to Borjomi and visit the Balneological health resort, situated in the southeast of Georgia in the Agura river gorge. Discover this picturesque place and its large-leaved and coniferous forests surrounded by the majestic Caucasian mountains. Borjomi is well known for its mineral waters, the source of which is situated in Borjomi Central Park, where those who wish may sample it.  Then, head towards Akhaltsikhe which is cosily situated on both banks of the small river, Potskhovi. Take a tour of this ancient city and visit Rabati Castle, a complex consisting of many historical castles, towers, and churches. Pay special attention to the halls and marvel at the ancient Georgian architecture. In the lower part of the fortress, you will find a tourist information centre, a restaurant, a café, and gift shops which you may visit as you please.  Next, visit Vardzia, a cave monastery site that delves into the rock half a kilometre and rises up thirteen tiers, which are connected to each other with a complex system of tunnels. Here, see the preserved large reception hall, living quarters, book depository, wineries, water, and spring water baths. Visit the Church of the Dormition, the central spiritual and monumental focus of the site. On the same north wall are ancient portraits of the royal founders, King Giorgi III and his daughter Queen Tamar. Then, return to Tbilisi. Duration Difficulty Type Language English 12 hours Normal Private Russian Meeting point: Hotel pick-up and drop-off Includes: Water Exclusions: Entrance fee to Vardzia (15 GEL per person) Entrance fee to Rabati castle (19 GEL per person) Entrance fee to Borjomi park (5 GEL per person) Lunch Gratuities (optional)
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Dashbashi canyon and Didgori Mount

Dashbashi Canyon(Tsalka canyon) is located at an altitude of 1100-1500 meters and is 8 km in length. The canyon occupies 669 hectares and is full of spectacular waterfalls and caves. In 2016, Dashbashi Canyon was recognized as a Natural Monument in Georgia. Canyons of Tsalka or Dashbashi canyons is one of the most impressive natural monuments of Georgia, green and beautiful all year long. The vegetation cover of the surrounding ecosystem is rather sparse, whereas the plants on the steep slopes of the canyon and astounding waterfalls create absolutely different micro-landscape, with characteristic micro-climate, specific fauna, etc. It is nice and chilly in summer (but beware of hogweeds this season), it is also exotically green and warmer than Tsalka and Dashbashi village areas in winter, beautiful with its dozens of frozen waterfalls which you will find even more if you follow the canyon up from the main tourist site. A glass bridge 240 meters long was built over the canyon. The cafe located in the center of the bridge offers an incredible view of the Dashbashi canyon. This can be a great location for your special day - proposal or celebration of the anniversary. In addition, you will see a real German village in Georgia! Elisabethtal was one of the first colonies of Germans emigrants in the South Caucasus. Founded in 1817 by 65 families from Wurttemberg, Germany it was situated near forests and was known for its viniculture. Before returning to Tbilisi, we will make a stop in Didgori to see Didgori Monument. An impressive monument was erected at the site of the battle, consisting of dozens of massive swords pushed into the ground and posing as crosses, and colossal sculptures of dismembered bodies of warriors scattered in the meadows. It is dedicated to one of the most important and famous battles in the history of Georgia – the Battle of Didgori.   Duration Difficulty Type Language English 10-12 hours Easy Private Russian Includes: Hotel pickup and drop-off (available from Tbilisi, Mtskheta) Entrance tickets Exclusions: Lunch Gratuities 4x4 car to the bottom of canyon
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