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Adjara

ADJARA is situated on the South-Western Black Sea coast of Georgia. Its Southern border is shared with Turkey and runs along the Shavsheti Mountain Range. It is a fascinating and unique area, where the sea collides with the mountain range. Adjara is the place for bird-watchers - many come here from around the world to observe rare species. The region brings together the warm sub-tropical climate, the mix of sea and mountain air, revitalizing and healthy sea and spa waters, and some of the best and brightest nightlife on the Black Sea. Vibrant nightlife sometimes may disturb these visitors, who seek more of rest and tranquility, so if you are one of these, be sure to ask about the noise level at the hotel and its surroundings before booking :-). Otherwise, Adjara is a very intriguing region with an interesting history, tasty cuisine and many impressive places to see. 

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Tbilisi

What to do in Tbilisi, Georgia

Tbilisi is a small city famous for its thermal springs. The name of the city means "warm". According to the legend, the king of ancient Iberia, Vakhtang I Gorgasali, hunted in the woods near Georgia's first capital – Mtskheta.  Suddenly, he saw a pheasant and shot the bird down. The king sent his falcon to find the pheasant but after a while, the king lost sight of a falcon. Looking for his bird he came upon the hot spring and saw that both birds were boiled in one of the thermal spring. The temperature of the spring was very hot. Impressed with the place he decided to build a city here. That was a very smart decision taking into account the advantage of its location. Tbilisi is in the valley between beautiful green hills on both sides. 

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Mtskheta Mtianeti

Mtskheta-Mtianeti has a border with Tbilisi in the North and goes up to the Greater Caucasus mountains till the next border with Russia. The regional capital is Mtskheta, located at the junction of two rivers: Aragvi and Kura (Mtkvari in Georgian). Mtskheta takes a very important place in Georgian history - it used to be the capital of Georgia between the 3rd century BC and the 5th century AD. The city is the oldest and continuously inhabited cities in the world. It is the holy place where Christianity was proclaimed as the main religion in 337 AD. The city represents a masterpiece of human creative genius and major stages of earth's history, including the record of life, significant on-going geological processes in the development of landforms. Mtskheta was included in UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1994. Mtskheta was recently renovated. One can have a really nice walk around the town. While Mtskheta is definitely a must-see destination for any visitor, the Mtskheta-Mtianeti region offers much more to see. The picturesque military road of Georgia stretches from Tbilisi to the Russian border and goes through the main ski resort, Gudauri. One can find glaciers, lakes, alpine meadows and unforgettable Greater Caucasus' peaks ascending in the North of the region. The region also offers amazing locations for mountain biking, horse riding, bird watching, paragliding and rafting, all giving stunning views of the landscape.

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Imereti

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Imereti 

Imereti is a region in western Georgia situated along the middle and upper reaches of the Rioni river. You get into it after passing Rikoti Pass (996 m above sea level) that divides Georgia into its eastern and western parts. The capital of Imereti, Kutaisi, is one of the oldest cities in the world - archeological evidence shows it served as the capital of the ancient kingdom of Colchis as early as the 2nd millennium BC. Kutaisi was founded as Aia/Aea and only later it changed its name into Kutaisi, from Persian "Kota", meaning "Fort Aea". In ancient times the region was rich in gold and it is believed that Jason's and the Argonauts' journey of Golden Fleece was accomplished in Georgia (Colchis). Imereti has been a place of highly sophisticated culture at least since the Bronze Age. Archeological digs confirm the presence of a rich and thriving Hellenistic culture in the region. Wine production here dates back over eight thousand years. The region's renaissance of 10-12th centuries was marked by a number of architectural masterpieces including Bagrati Cathedral and Gelati Monastery complex. This area of Georgia is also abundant in canyons, waterfalls, and caves and some of them are a must-see even for short-time visitors.

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Guria

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Guria is the smallest, nevertheless very diverse region of Georgia. It stretches from the beaches of the Black Sea to the mountains of Meskheti Range. The main pillars of the region's economy are farming and tourism. Guria is famous for the mineral water of Nabeghlavi and the health sea resort of Ureki rich in black magnetic sand. During the Soviet Union times, Guria was a tea-growing region. In the course of the '90s, the tea plantations deteriorated and only a few years ago tea production started to flourish again.

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Samtskhe-Javakheti

What to do in Samtskhe-Javakheti

Samtskhe-Javakheti is a region in the southern part of Georgia. It is split by the mountains, so that half of it is in the western, and the other half in the eastern part of the country. The existence of mountains obviously affects the landscape - from the springs of Borjomi to the ancient cave city of Vardzia. The region is very diverse - mountainous, traversed by ravines, springs, and lakes, as well as large and fast rivers.

Samtskhe-Javakheti’s location at the crossroads of three civilizations contributed to the intense development of relations between the ancient cultures of Georgia, Asia Minor, and the Middle East. Archaeological remains show that the area was particularly advanced by the Bronze Age and developed further through the medieval period. Today many monuments still stand to tell they're remarkable stories. (source georgia.travel). Samtskhe-Javakheti is great for horse-riding, mountain biking, rafting, hiking and skiing (cross country and downhill as well as off-piste). Getting to the region from Tbilisi became also easier recently - a new road means one can get there in just about two hours from Tbilisi.

Green Monastery

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Samegrelo and Upper Svaneti

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Samegrelo and Upper Svaneti are completely different regions and the only reason to present them together is that they are united administratively. Because of their dissimilarity however it seems reasonable to split the description into two parts, one describing Samegrelo, and the other Upper Svaneti. A very special region of Georgia, not only because of its diverse climate and landscape but also because of the local people – Megrelians.

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Racha Lechkhumi and Lower Svaneti

What is there to do in Georgia | Racha Lechkhumi and Lower Svaneti

Under Georgia’s current administrative subdivision, Racha is included in the Racha-Lechkhumi and Kvemo (Lower) Svaneti region. Racha is a highland area in western Georgia, located in the upper Rioni river valley and enclosed by Greater Caucasus mountains and rivers.

Racha Lechhumi

Racha is separated from Lechkhumi and Svaneti by the mountains. Racha is known for its unique flora and fauna, the great number of natural mineral waters, semi-sweet red wine Khvanchkara (said to be Stalin's favorite) as well as calmness and patience of the local people. With its mountains and raging rivers, the region is popular with anglers and rafters, as well as mountain bikers and paragliders. Rioni River is full of trout and is a haven for fishing, whitewater rafting, and kayaking.

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Shida and Kvemo Kartli

Kartli is a historic province in eastern Georgia. Today the region is divided into Shida (Inner) Kartli, northwest from Tbilisi and Kvemo(Lower) Kartli in the southeast of Georgia along the border with Armenia and Azerbaijan. Both regions are rich in archeological sites, spectacular views, amazing ancient architecture, and beautiful walking routes.

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Kakheti

 

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Kakheti 

is the most eastern region of Georgia with Telavi being its capital and the biggest city. The city itself is not particularly interesting although thanks to its central location it can be a good jumping-off point for excursions. The region is famous for its wine production - every house has its vineyard and makes its own wine and many local dwellers organize wine tasting feasts for tourists during the harvest season. Kaheti is a very diverse, thus picturesque region - fertile valleys and fields surrounded by sky-high mountains of the Caucasus, next to semi-desert areas of Dedoplistskharo and Sagarejo, side by side with beautifully located ancient churches, monasteries, and fortresses.

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