Georgia as an exotic destination to explore has unfortunately been overlooked many times as tourists prefer to visit its more popular neighbour Turkey instead. Though no official confirmation, this country in the Caucasus claims to be the birthplace of wine with viticulture being practised here for over 6,000 years. Georgia's unique position in the world-map has it on the intersection of Europe, Asia, Russia and the Middle-East with it showcasing its influences from all four.
Start the holiday by first heading into its dynamic capital: Tbilisi. Some of the notable sights worth visiting are: the Sambeda Cathedral./Holy Trinity Cathedral Church - Built in 2002, the largest church in Georgia is one of the most opulent orthodox churches and is 101 meters high; Old Tbilisi - revisit past while stroll around the Old City and walk though the old churches, winding streets and old shops to imagine life back then; Mtatsminda Pantheon - necropolis where numerous esteemed personalties are buried and the Narikala Fortress - though dilapidated state, it offers breathtaking views of the city below.
One of the 'must-see' places in Georgia is the beautiful and the UNESCO World Heritage Site - Svetitskhoveli Cathedral, housed in Mtskheta, a historic town close to Tbilisi. The current 11th century cathdral was re-built from its original 4th century version, and its inner walls features fragments of icons and frescoes, well as adorned stonework. Take a trip into the Georgian mountains to visit Vardzia. This is a 12th-century monastery or cave city, with a labyrinth of tunnels and rooms that stretch for kilometres into Erusheli mountain. The monastery can be reached by a 30 minute steep climb. There are still 300 remaining rooms and halls from the original that was more than 6,000 rooms and 13 storeys.
Spend some time exploring the coastal city of Batumi, on the Black Sea. It is renowned for its excellent weather, modern architecture and an array of beaches. Head over to the Batumi Boulevard that stretches along the sea-shore with formal lawns, picturesque gardens and looming palm trees. It is the central hub of the city's night life during summer. One can go for a relaxing stroll, cycle or shop for some souvenirs. Tourists ought to put Uplisticke in their 'must-visit' list while holidaying in Georgia. This cave fortress near Gori are known for its stunning ancient ruins. It was a town that was literally carved out of rock in the 6th century BC.
Need a getaway? Then trek over to Mount Kazbek. It is part of the rugged Caucasus Mountains, housed in the extreme north of the country, near the Georgia/Russia border. Famed for being popular with trekkers and climbers, Mount Kazbek offers majestic summit views. Spend some quiet time relaxing next to the gorgeous Lake Ritsa. With its deep blue-green waters and fringed by mountains as its backdrop, this natural wonder is the picture-perfect-postcard look. It is one of the top tourist attractions in Abkhazia, north Georgia.
When it comes to shopping, Georgian ceramics, embroidery and jewellery are good finds for souvenirs. As for cuisine, do gorge into some of their dishes such as Khinkhali - Georgian dumpling filled with either meat, potatoes, mushrooms or Kachapuri - Georgian circular bread often packed with cheese.
The stay options in Georgia is abundant with the best luxury hotels, swanky apartments and cheap accommodations available for the tourists to decide which kind to choose depending on their budget.
Georgia experiences a varied climate as it differs from region to region. The best time to visit would be during early-summer (May and June) and early-autumn (September), when temperatures are mild without the humidity.