Georgia is a country in the Caucasus. Sandwiched between Russia in the north and Turkey in the south, it sits on the coast of the Black Sea.
Georgia is a rather mountainous country, home to some of Europe’s highest mountain peaks. It also presents a large mix of other landscapes and micro-climates, ranging from dry wine-growing valleys in the east, to lush Black Sea resorts in the west. Georgia is known for cities with narrow side streets, mangled and twisted stairways, and majestic old churches, some of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. To get to the more remote regions of Georgia without a tour company, you can rely on buses and taxis up to a certain point, where it becomes necessary to hike, catch a ride on a goods-transporting truck, or hire a jeep. Catching a lorry requires that you are flexible in your travel plans. Hiring a jeep can actually be quite expensive because of the high cost of gas, especially in remote areas. To find out about either option, ask around at the bus station or central market of the last town on the bus or marshrutka line.
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