An Ancient & Modern Garden of Eden

Georgia

The little country of Georgia, where Jason once sought the Golden Fleece, is a gorgeous place boasting fabulous food, music and mountains.  Its warm Mediterranean climate, deep black soil, saw-toothed mountains and Black Sea coast combine to make Georgia a Garden of Eden, overflowing with wine and rich in culinary flair – everything you could wish for in a destination.

Why Travel with MIR to Georgia
  • 30 years of Georgia travel experience
  • MIR’s small group tours Eastern Turkey and Georgia: Legacy of Empire and Georgia & Armenia: Mountains & Monasteries were honored as “Tours of a Lifetime,” by National Geographic Traveler
  • Travel programs such as Tufts and Harvard have chosen MIR to guide them to Georgia
  • Twice named one of National Geographic Adventure’s “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth”
  • MIR’s Georgia travel expertise recommended by Forbes.com
  • On-the-ground support and quality you can trust
  • Personalized travel planning from start to finish
  • Guides and tour managers that clients rave about
Signature Experiences

We regularly garner raves from our travelers for the inspired opportunities we provide to help them get to know the local people.  Below is just a sampling of the Georgia experiences MIR has designed to take our clients far from the familiar.

Ways to Travel to Georgia with MIR

Georgia is a wonderfully enticing paradise offering some of the finest food and wine on earth, as well as some of the most hospitable people. We include Georgia in our travels as often as is humanly possible, and have developed stellar friendships and connections here. We’d love to share them with you.

Take a look at your options, from small group escorted tours to independent trips, from luxury rail journeys to custom and private travel:

Small Group Tours
Treasures of the South Caucasus

Treasures of the South Caucasus

Classic Survey of Azerbaijan, Georgia and Armenia

Travels to: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, South Caucasus

15 Days / Departures in September 2017

Small Group land tour from $7,395

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A Taste of Georgia:  Wine, Cuisine & Culture

A Taste of Georgia: Wine, Cuisine & Culture

An Epicurean Adventure Across Georgia’s Wine Country

Travels to: Georgia, South Caucasus

12 Days / Departures in October 2017

Small Group land tour from $4,995

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Rail Journeys by Private Train
Caspian Odyssey by Private Train: Eastbound

Caspian Odyssey by Private Train: Eastbound

South Caucasus to Central Asia Aboard the Golden Eagle

Travels to: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Central Asia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, South Caucasus, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan

16 Days / Departures in October, September 2017

Rail Journey by Private train land tour from $21,495

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Custom and private travel is our specialty. We’ve been designing unforgettable custom itineraries through the green valleys and steep mountains of Georgia for 30 years; a majority of our guests travel on custom itineraries.

For ideas, peruse one of our Regional Travel Planners, a roundup of the must-sees from our savvy staff.

Take a look at our suggested Private Journeys, Essential Georgia, Essential Caucasus and Essential Georgia & Armenia, or read more about how to design your own trip.  Also, consider this: You can customize our Treasures of the South-Caucasus or other small group South Caucasus tours to match your preferred dates of travel.

Design Your Own Custom Trip

Traveling privately on a custom program means flexibility:

  • You set the dates, the focus and the level of accommodations.
  • You are met on arrival and seen off at the end of your trip.
  • Your in-country transportation is pre-arranged hassle-free.
  • Your own expert local guides ensure that you get the most out of your visit.
  • And the best part? You travel at your own pace on an itinerary exclusive to you.

Check out just a handful of our Georgia signature experiences below and then get in touch with a MIR Private Journey Specialist to craft an itinerary that suits your travel goals, budget and style.  Or get started planning now.

Suggested Itineraries for Private Travel

Whether you’re looking for a compact trip with all the highlights or something a little roomier with some of the extras, MIR offers itineraries that are available on a private departure basis with your choice of dates. They can also serve as inspiration for your own custom itinerary.

Our itinerary, your dates – great for solo travelers, couples or small groups.

Essential Georgia & Armenia

Essential Georgia & Armenia

An Overland Expedition from Yerevan to the Black Sea Coast

Travels to: Armenia, Georgia, South Caucasus

Departures in May, June, July, August, September, October 2017

This itinerary available as a private journey

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Essential Georgia

Essential Georgia

From Wine Country to High Country

Travels to: Georgia, South Caucasus

Departures in May, June, July, August, September, October 2017

This itinerary available as a private journey

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Essential Caucasus

Essential Caucasus

Highlights of Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan

Travels to: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, South Caucasus

Departures in May, June, July, August, September, October 2017

This itinerary available as a private journey

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Our Favorite Places in Georgia
Georgia

Tbilisi

Georgia’s strip of central lowlands has long been an important link between East and West. Tbilisi is set at the mouth of this passageway, in the Mtkvari River valley, and has changed hands many times. Most notably, the city was ruled by the Arabs for 400 years before King David the Builder defeated them in 1121 and moved his capital here from Kutaisi. The Georgian king fostered tolerance for Tbilisi’s Arab population, and the city still has a multiethnic atmosphere.

The red-roofed Old Town, its houses sporting carved wooden balconies, sits beneath the Narikala Fortress on the hill above. Tbilisi was last razed in 1795 by Aga Khan, and most of the current buildings date from that time. The domed sulfur baths and the stone Anchiskhati Church were all that survived. One of Georgia’s most sacred the sites, the David Gareja Monastery is an easy day trip from the city.

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Mtskheta

Mtskheta was the capital of the eastern Georgian kingdom of Iberia from the 3rd century BC until the 5th century AD. Because of its location at the confluence of the Kura and Aragvi rivers, it was an important market town. As the center of the Iberian civilization, Mtskheta was also significant spiritually and culturally. Georgia's conversion to Christianity took place here in 337 AD, and the Orthodox churches built during this period are considered among the finest in the country. Mtskheta is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Georgian Military Highway/Gudauri

Embark on an exploration of the hidden treasures along the Georgian Military Highway, completed by Czar Alexander I in 1817. The czar’s engineers simply enlarged a track that had been used since at least 150 BC – the only north-south route through the Greater Caucasus from Russia to Georgia. The spectacular highway runs from Tbilisi through rolling green hills and steep arid mountains dotted with ancient stone defensive towers, then over the Krestovy Pass at almost 8,000 feet. Along the way, herds of sheep may spill across the road and old fortress-like churches watch over the alpine villages.

The highest village on the Georgian Military Highway in the foothills of the Caucasus Mountains, Gudauri is home to a ski resort built by Austrians. In summer the great views and alpine air combine to make the spot a marvelous break from hot city streets.

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Vardzia

In Southern Georgia near the Armenian border, at 10,200 feet above sea level, 3,000 caves were carved out of the soft tuff and occupied under King Giorgi III (1156–84) as a stronghold against the Turks. Vardzia was completed, however, by Giorgi’s daughter, Queen Tamara, who transformed the complex into a monastic center. Over time, earthquakes have altered the layout of the 3,000 caves and corridors that existed in Tamara’s time. In the 559 caves that remain, frescoes can be found that represent the pinnacle of the Golden Age of Georgian painting; among these are portraits of King Giorgi and Queen Tamara. A tour includes hiking through the rock-cut town.

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Kakheti

Kakheti is wine country. Georgians were originally sun worshippers and believed that the sun’s chosen plant was the grape vine. St. Nino, who brought Christianity to Georgia, was said to have made a cross of grape vines and bound it together with her hair, symbolizing the sun’s rays. The winding characters of the Georgian alphabet resemble the trailing growth of the vine, and this motif is found in Georgian architecture throughout the country.

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Borjomi

Borjomi is a resort town in the beautiful Borjomi Gorge. Nearby is the Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park, a protected area that began as the hunting reserve of Czar Alexander II’s neph­ew, Mikhail. Borjomi is celebrated for its mineral water, which is still bottled and sold throughout the region. Believed by Georgians to have enormous health benefits, Borjomi’s mineral springs were popular both for drinking and for bathing. After the revolution, Soviet vacationers replaced 19th century royalty at the spas and sanitoria in the region.

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When to Travel to Georgia

St. George’s Day, throughout Georgia (May, November)

Georgian flagsSaint George’s Day, known as Giorgoba in Georgia, is a national holiday celebrated to honor Saint George, the country’s patron saint. While the day of St. George’s death is celebrated in many other countries as well, it is a very special day for Georgians, who celebrate by feasting and attending church services.

Art Gene festival, Tbilisi (June/July)

Art Gene is an annual folklore festival that includes concerts in various parts of Georgia, with a final performance held in Tbilisi at the open-air museum. The festival includes crafts markets and exhibitions, with a wide variety of traditional arts and crafts for sale. There is always room for spontaneous, unplanned events and musical get-togethers