This relatively small country encompasses beautiful mountains, wetlands, semi desert landscapes and open steppes. Peppered with ancient cities, monasteries, castles and churches, many of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Not quite Europe and not quite Asia but a wonderfully exotic mixture of both, this accessible destination is rewarding in all seasons.

1. Georgia in Spring

Spring in Georgia offers lovely warm temperatures and is a wonderful destination for lovers of wildlife. Few people know that Georgia is home to one of the most important migratory corridors for birds, in particular raptors. As such it is a superb place for keen ornithologists or for those who just enjoy the sight of some wonderful bird life. Spring flowers carpet the hillsides below snow-capped peaks.

2. Georgia in Summer

The mountains of Georgia are snow covered for most of the year but during the summer months from June to September the snow melts and often impassable routes become accessible. Trek through alpine meadows beneath towering mountains passing Glacier Rivers and ancient churches.

3. Georgia in Autumn

Georgia produces some superb wines, much of which is still made using traditional techniques and today over 175,000 acres of the country are planted with vines. Wine is significant to the psyche of the Georgian people and the vine symbolises regeneration and wealth. During the months of September and October the harvest or rtveli takes place and is an important time of the year with much celebrating, singing, music and wine tasting!

September is also the month our small, expert led group tour departs for Georgia. Led by Ian Colvin this trip includes the highlights of this culturally rich country.

4. Georgia in Winter

Fast gaining a reputation as the Switzerland of the Caucasus, Georgia is a great destination for winter sports with some excellent skiing available amidst some of the country’s 16,000 ft pristine mountain peaks. Alternatively the cobbled streets of Tbilisi makes a wonderful long weekend with the chance to visit sulphur baths and museums, take in a puppet theatre performance and drink a glass of wine or two in the XVIII – XIX century’s cellars. Winter is not a sleepy season. Winter is a season of fun and relaxation!

5. The People & cuisine of Georgia

The people of Georgia are known for their hospitality and whatever time of year you visit the country, expect a warm welcome and some of the most delicious food and drink in Europe.

Thanks for reading

Kate Burnell, Swedish Lapland

Author: Kate Burnell