16 days in Georgia Itinerary

16 days in Georgia Itinerary

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16 days in Georgia Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly + Drive:  19​h 45​min
1
Kvareli
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Stepantsminda
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  3​h
3
Mestia
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  4​h
4
Batumi
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
5
Gagra
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Kutaisi
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Aspindza
— 1 night
Taxi + Train:  3​h 15​min
8
Tbilisi
— 3 nights
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Johannesburg

1
day
Kvareli

Kvareli ©
Kvareli is a town in northeastern in Kakheti Province, Georgia. On the 18th (Thu), examine the collection at Ilia Chavchavadze's House & Museum, learn about winemaking at Kindzmarauli Corporation Wine House, examine the collection at Kote Marjanishvili House Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nekresi Monastery Complex, then take an in-depth tour of Gremi, and finally step into the grandiose world of Gremi Citadel and Church of the Archangels.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Kvareli road trip website .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Kvareli is an approximately 20-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Johannesburg to Kvareli. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Johannesburg in April, with highs in Kvareli at 20°C and lows at 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can go by car to Stepantsminda.

Things to do in Kvareli

Museums Historic Sites Wineries

Side Trip

Gremi Citadel and Church of the Archangels
Highlights from your plan
Nekresi Monastery Complex ©
Nekresi Monastery Complex
Gremi ©
Gremi

1
night
Stepantsminda

Stepantsminda ©
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): appreciate the views at Trusso Valley, take in the dramatic scenery at Gveleti Waterfall, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Gergeti Trinity Church.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Stepantsminda trip site .

You can drive from Kvareli to Stepantsminda in 4 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel to Mestia.

Things to do in Stepantsminda

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Gveleti Waterfall ©
Gveleti Waterfall
Gergeti Trinity Church ©
Gergeti Trinity Church
Trusso Valley ©
Trusso Valley

2
nights
Mestia

Mestia ©
Mestia is a highland townlet in northwest Georgia, at an elevation of 1500m in the Caucasus Mountains.General informationMestia is located in the Svaneti region of Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti province, some 128km northeast of the regional capital of Zugdidi. Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): take in the awesome beauty at Mountain Ushba, then examine the collection at Mikheil Khegiani House Museum, then take in panoramic vistas at Love Tower, and finally fly down the slopes at Khatsvali Ski Resort. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Svaneti Museum of History and Ethnography, then get outside with Koruldi Lakes, and then head outdoors with Chaladi Glacier.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Mestia trip planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Stepantsminda to Mestia takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or drive. In April, daily temperatures in Mestia can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Batumi.

Things to do in Mestia

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trip

Love Tower
Highlights from your plan
Koruldi Lakes ©
Koruldi Lakes
Mikheil Khegiani House Museum ©
Mikheil Khegiani House Museum

2
nights
Batumi

Batumi ©
Having invested heavily in tourism since 2010, Batumi is quickly becoming a go-to destination for visitors looking for a bustling nightlife.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): head outdoors with Mtirala National Park, get engrossed in the history at Ethnographic Museum "Borjgalo", then admire the sheer force of Makhuntseti Waterwall, and finally snap pictures at Bridge Mahuntseti. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue): examine the collection at Batumi Archeological Museum, admire the striking features of Holy Mother Virgins Nativity Cathedral, don't miss a visit to Mosque Batumi, then examine the collection at Memed Abashidze Museum, then get to know the fascinating history of Batumi Boulevard, and finally meet the residents at Batumi Dolphinarium.

To see photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Batumi holiday builder website .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Mestia to Batumi in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Mestia in April, you will find days in Batumi are a bit warmer (20°C), and nights are about the same (10°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Gagra.

Things to do in Batumi

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Makhuntseti Waterwall, Mtirala National Park
Highlights from your plan
Batumi Boulevard ©
Batumi Boulevard
Makhuntseti Waterwall ©
Makhuntseti Waterwall
Mtirala National Park ©
Mtirala National Park

2
nights
Gagra

Gagra ©
Once popular as a health resort during Imperial Russian and Soviet times, Gagra today attracts a small contingent of international visitors seeking ideal summer weather and its seaside promenade, which hugs the coastline of the Black Sea.
On the 24th (Wed), take in the dramatic scenery at New Athos Waterfall, get a sense of history and politics at Stalin's Villa, then take in the dramatic scenery at Gegskiy Waterfall, then see the interesting displays at Pitsundsky State Historical and Architectural Reserve Vieliky Pitiunt, and finally admire the sheer force of Waterfall of Lovers. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some photo ops at Monument to the Soldiers Who Died During the Great Patriotic War, admire the sheer force of Waterfall Ptichiy Klyuv, then look for all kinds of wild species at Pitsunda Grove, then take an in-depth tour of House-Museum Khetsuriani, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Inkit Lake.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Gagra driving holiday app .

Getting from Batumi to Gagra by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus. The time zone difference moving from Georgia Time to Moscow Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In April, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to drive to Kutaisi.

Things to do in Gagra

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Pitsunda, New Athos Waterfall, Stalin's Villa
Highlights from your plan
Gegskiy Waterfall ©
Gegskiy Waterfall
Inkit Lake ©
Inkit Lake

1
night
Kutaisi

Kutaisi ©
Kutaisi is the legislative capital of Georgia, and its 3rd most populous city. On the 26th (Fri), contemplate the long history of Bagrati Cathedral, explore the activities along Shaorskoye Reservoir, make a trip to David Agmashenebeli Square, browse the fresh offerings at Kutaisi Market, then make a trip to Motsameta Monastery, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gelati Monastery. On the next day, shop like a local with David Kakabadze Fine Art Gallery, explore the stunning scenery at Okatse Canyon, then Head underground at Prometheus Cave, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Kutaisi Historical Museum.

For maps and other tourist information, use the Kutaisi vacation planning website .

You can drive from Gagra to Kutaisi in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Gagra to Kutaisi, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In April, daily temperatures in Kutaisi can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can drive to Aspindza.

Things to do in Kutaisi

Nature Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Shaorskoye Reservoir, Prometheus Cave
Highlights from your plan
Okatse Canyon ©
Okatse Canyon
Motsameta Monastery ©
Motsameta Monastery
Gelati Monastery ©
Gelati Monastery

1
night
Aspindza

Aspindza ©
Aspindza is a daba in southern Georgia's region of Samtskhe-Javakheti with a population of 2,793, mostly ethnic Georgians. Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): explore the ancient world of Vardzia and then contemplate the long history of Khertvisi Fortress.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Aspindza trip planner .

Traveling by car from Kutaisi to Aspindza takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Tbilisi.

Things to do in Aspindza

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Khertvisi Fortress ©
Khertvisi Fortress
Vardzia ©
Vardzia

3
nights
Tbilisi

Tbilisi ©
On the bank of the Mtkvari River and at the foot of Trialeti mountain range, Tbilisi's location has given the city strategic significance since it was founded in the 5th century.
Narikala Fortress and Svetitskhoveli Cathedral will appeal to history buffs. Explore hidden gems such as The City-Museum Reserve of Mtskheta and Samtavro Church. There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Tsminda Sameba Cathedral, take in the exciting artwork at Fotografia, look for gifts at Chacha Corner, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Tbilisi tour planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and train from Aspindza to Tbilisi in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tbilisi

Historic Sites Tours Shopping

Side Trip

Mtskheta
Highlights from your plan
Samtavro Church ©
Samtavro Church
The City-Museum Reserve of Mtskheta ©
Anchiskhati Basilica ©
Anchiskhati Basilica

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