Winter in Georgia is a magical time, with plenty of activities for both kids and adults to enjoy. Ski resorts in the Caucasus Mountains offer the perfect opportunity for a winter getaway, with an abundance of powdery snow and stunning views. Gudauri, Bakuriani, and Mestia are just a few of the popular ski destinations in Georgia, offering a variety of runs for skiers and snowboarders of all levels.


Experience the Best of Georgia in Winter 2023

Sabaduri and Jvari half day tour

Sabaduri and Jvari half day tour

Our family-friendly tour takes you on a journey through some of Georgia's most beautiful and interesting sites. You will discover the history, culture, and natural beauty of this fascinating country with a knowledgeable local guide.   Our first stop will be the Monument Chronicle of Georgia, a towering monument that tells the history of the country through intricate carvings and sculptures. This is an excellent opportunity for kids to learn about Georgia's rich cultural heritage and see some amazing works of art. The monument also offers beautiful views of the Tbilisi sea, a man-made lake located in the capital city of Tbilisi.   Next, we'll take a trip to the Sabaduri forest, one of the most beautiful forests in the country. This lush, green paradise is home to an array of flora and fauna and is a great place for kids to explore and discover new things. You will walk through the forest and learn about the different species of trees and plants that grow here and also enjoy the fresh air.   We will also visit the Bear and Dogs Shelter in Tskhvarichamia, where you'll have the chance to see these magnificent animals up close and learn about the important work being done to protect and care for them. The shelter is a non-profit organization that rescues animals from captivity and provides them with the necessary care and rehabilitation.   Our tour also includes a visit to the Jvari Monastery, a stunning medieval church of the 6th century that sits atop a hill overlooking the city of Mtskheta, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. From here, you'll have a breathtaking view of the confluence of the two rivers Mtkvari and Aragvi, making it the perfect place to snap some family photos.   After the tour, we can drop-off you off at one of the traditional Georgian restaurant, where you can taste some of the most delicious Georgian dishes. Overall, this tour is a great way for travellers to experience the beauty and culture of Georgia while having fun and making lasting memories together. With a flexible schedule and personalised attention, it's perfect for families and groups of friends looking for an affordable and unique travel experience. Duration Difficulty Type Language English 5 hours Easy Private Russian Meeting point: Hotel pick-up and drop-off Includes: Private transportation  Air-conditioned vehicle Assistance with taking photos Bottled water Entry/Admission - Bear shelter Exclusions: Lunch Gratuities (optional)   Needs to know: We wanted to remind you that weather can be unpredictable, and nobody cannot be held responsible for any changes in the weather conditions. While we hope for clear skies and snow-covered landscapes, it's important to remember that real life may not always look like the pictures on the internet.
Majestic Kazbegi Full Day private tour

Majestic Kazbegi Full Day private tour

You will depart from Tbilisi early in the morning, in the direction of Kazbegi. On the way, there will be some very interesting places to visit. Ananuri Fortified Castle Ensemble is a sixteenth-century castle complex on the Aragvi River. The fortress stands beside the famous Georgian Military Highway, overlooking the large Jinvali Lake. Its high, turreted stone walls protect two churches, a watchtower, and a reservoir. The main church facade is beautifully carved with animal, floral, and Celtic-style patterns. The next stop on the way is Gudauri, a remarkable ski resort in Georgia. The resort is at an altitude of 7,217 feet (2,200 meters) above sea level. The first lower lift station is at 6528 feet (1,990 meters ) above sea level and the last, or top, station is at a 3,306-meter called summit Sadzele. The resort offers high-quality skiing opportunities, with the ski season lasting from December through April.  From Gudauri, you'll continue your trip to Gergeti Trinity Church. At an altitude of 7,119 feet (2,170 meters), the twelfth or thirteenth-century monument was erected on the southern slopes of Mkinvarcveri. Gergeti Trinity Church is an important temple, remarkable for its beautiful scenery. The Gergeti Trinity Church is set poignantly on a hill directly below the towering white massif of Mount Kazbek, which sits at 5,033 meters.   Duration Difficulty Type Language English 10-12 hours Easy Private Russian Includes: Hotel pickup and drop-off (available from Tbilisi, Mtskheta) Guiding service (of option was selected) Exclusions: Lunch Gratuities 4X4 WD vehicle Gergeti Trinity Church (80 GEL per group of up to 6 people) Cable cars and other activitis (optional) Important information: From December till April road to Stepantsminda (part from Gudauri to Stepantsminda) can be completely close due to reasons beyond our control. There is no other road there.
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Mtskheta - Uplistsikhe - Borjomi: Best of Georgia

Mtskheta - Uplistsikhe - Borjomi: Best of Georgia

Discover the best of Georgia on this full-day tour from Tbilisi. Explore the ancient cave city of Uplistsikhe, the UNESCO site of Mtskheta and the famous resort Borjomi all in one day. Your local guide will pick you up in the morning and take you on a journey through some of the most fascinating and beautiful regions of Georgia. Start with a visit to Tbilisi sea, a man-made reservoir that offers beautiful views and a chance to relax by the water. Explore the Georgian Stonehenge, officially known as the Chronicle of Georgia, a monument that celebrates 3,000 years of Georgian sovereignty and 2,000 years of Christianity in the country.   Next, take a trip to the 6th-century Jvari Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the oldest monasteries in Georgia. From there, you'll head to the Shida Kartli region and explore the ancient cave town of Uplistsikhe, a site that played a significant role in Georgian history over the course of 3,000 years.   One more stop will be at Borjomi Central Park, home to the most remarkable virtues of Borjomi with its striking nature and unique mineral waters. You'll have the opportunity to taste the natural Borjomi mineral water, relax in a beautiful environment, or try riding the cable car up to the top of the park.   After this tour, your guide can drop you off in Borjomi or Bakuriani, or you can return to your accommodation in Tbilisi. This tour is a unique and exclusive opportunity to experience the best of Georgia's history, culture, and natural beauty in just one day. Don't miss the chance to discover the secrets of this fascinating country with a knowledgeable local guide. Duration Difficulty Type Language English 10 hours Easy Private Russian Meeting point: Hotel pick-up and drop-off Includes: Water Guide service Private tour Exclusions: Admission Borjomi Park (2 GEL per person) Admission Uplistsikhe (15 GEL per person) Lunch
FromUSD 115

Explore Tbilisi's winter markets and festivals. Tbilisi, Georgia's capital city, is a hub of winter activity. The city is home to a number of festive markets and events, including the Christmas and New Year's village on Orbeliani Square. There where you'll find an array of handmade crafts, festive food, and live music. Another popular flea market at the Dry Bridge is where you can browse through a range of vintage and handmade items while sipping on a cup of warm, spiced wine or hot chocolate. Want to know more about Tbilisi?

 

For a truly unique winter adventure, head to the Borjomi or Bakuriani, where you can take a horse-drawn sleigh ride through the snow-covered mountains or go dog-sledging through the forests. Kids will love the opportunity to play in the snow and build snowmen, while adults can enjoy the serene beauty of the winter landscape.

 

No matter what your interests are, Georgia has something to offer in the wintertime. From skiing and snowboarding to exploring charming cities and villages, there are endless ways to make the most of your family vacation in this beautiful country. So, pack your bags and head to Georgia for a winter adventure you'll never forget.


What to take with you to Georgia in Winter

 

  • Definitely warm clothing: Georgian can get quite cold in the winter, so it's important to pack warm clothes such as coats, hats, gloves, and scarves. Layering is also a good idea to stay warm in fluctuating temperatures.
  • Comfortable shoes: Georgia is a country with lots of hills, stairs, and uneven surfaces, so comfortable shoes are a must. Make sure to pack sturdy, waterproof shoes that will keep your feet warm and dry in the winter weather.
  • Waterproof gear: Georgia can be prone to rain and snow in the winter, so it's a good idea to bring a waterproof coat or umbrella to keep you dry.
  • Entertainment for kids: If you're travelling with children, it's a good idea to bring along some small toys or activities to keep them entertained during the trip. This can be especially helpful during long car rides or if you find yourself stuck indoors due to bad weather.
  • Snacks: Georgia is known for its delicious cuisine, but it's always a good idea to bring some snacks with you in case you get hungry between meals. Pack some non-perishable treats such as nuts, granola bars, or dried fruit to keep you sustained during your trip.
  • Cash: It's a good idea to have some local currency (Georgian Lari) on hand for small purchases or in case you need to pay for something in cash. Make sure to have some small denominations as well, as it can be difficult to break larger bills in smaller towns or villages.
  • Travel insurance: It's always a good idea to have travel insurance, especially when travelling to a foreign country. This can provide peace of mind and financial protection in case of any unexpected events such as illness, accidents, or lost luggage.
  • A good map: Georgia can be a bit tricky to navigate, especially if you don't speak the language. Make sure to bring a good map (either physical or digital) to help you find your way around.
  • A travel adapter: Georgia uses European-style plugs, so if you're coming from a country with a different plug type, you'll need a travel adapter. Make sure to bring one with you to ensure that you can charge your electronic devices.

European-style plug

 

Weather in winter

During the winter months, the temperature in Georgia can vary widely depending on the location. In the low-lying areas, such as the capital city of Tbilisi, the average temperature in December, January and February is around 0°C (32°F), but can drop to -10°C (14°F) at night.

The temperature in the mountainous regions, such as Kazbegi and Svaneti, tends to be much colder, with an average temperature around -10°C (14°F) and can drop as low as -20°C (-4°F) or lower, with strong winds and snowfall.

When it comes to winter in Georgia, it's not just the temperature you need to be aware of. The higher elevations in the country can experience significant snowfall and icy conditions, which can make travelling on the roads a challenge. In fact, many roads in mountainous regions may be closed or impassable due to the snow and ice. So, if you're planning on hitting the road during the winter months, it's important to exercise caution and be prepared for potential disruptions.

What to eat in Georgia:

Georgian cuisine is known for its combination of Greek and Mediterranean flavours, as well as influences from Turkey and Persia

  • Khinkali - Georgian dumplings filled with meat, cheese or vegetables, suitable for vegetarians and non-vegetarians
  • Pkhali - a vegan dish made with finely chopped vegetables and walnuts, mixed with spices and pomegranate seeds
  • Lobio - a thick bean soup, suitable for vegetarians and vegans. Perfect for the cold weather
  • Khachapuri - a Georgian cheese bread, suitable for vegetarians but not vegans
  • Eggplant with walnuts and pomegranate seeds - a vegan dish made with roasted eggplant and a paste of walnuts and pomegranate seeds

Georgian food

  • Kebabs - grilled minced meat with spices, suitable for non-vegetarians and those following halal diets
  • Churchkhela - a traditional Georgian candy made with nuts and fruit juice, suitable for vegetarians and those following halal diets
  • Kharcho - a hearty soup made with beef, rice, and vegetables, suitable for non-vegetarians and those following halal diets
  • Acharuli Khachapuri - a Georgian cheese bread with an egg in the middle, suitable for vegetarians and non-vegetarians

 

Facts about Georgia:

  • Georgia is a safe and welcoming country for travellers, with friendly and hospitable people.
  • The official language of Georgia is Georgian. So try to learn a few words of Georgian. While many people in Tbilisi speak English, it's always appreciated when tourists make an effort to learn a few words of the local language.
  • Georgia is a predominantly Christian country, with the majority of the population belonging to the Georgian Orthodox Church.
  • Lari (GEL) is the currency of Georgia
  • Credit and debit cards are widely used in Tbilisi, but less so in the regions. ATMs can be found in major towns. Travellers’ cheques are rarely accepted. Make sure you have sufficient cash in local currency if travelling to rural or remote areas.
  • Don't be afraid to try new things. Georgia is a country with a lot to offer, from adventure sports to cultural experiences. Don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and try new things.