Year Visited: 2018 – June
I visited Georgia during my five plus months backpacking trip through Central and Eastern Europe. After spending a week in Azerbaijan, I took an overnight train from Baku to Tbilisi, this was my first time to ride in a Soviet built train. It took more than 14 hours to travel 550 KM (342 miles), yes the train was slow, but had an interesting journey.
Georgia is a former Soviet Republic lying in the Caucasus region of Eurasia at the crossroads of Eastern Europe and Western Asia. Georgia presents a remarkable mix of landscapes and climates, ranging from some of Europe’s highest mountain peaks to lush Black Sea resorts and the vast wine-growing valleys.
For centuries, Georgians have been embroiled in power struggles against the world’s biggest empires (Roman, Mongol, Byzantine, Persian, Ottoman and Russian), but they nevertheless managed to preserve their identity.
Georgia is a developing but rapidly improving country with very low levels of both crime and corruption. Georgia’s tourist infrastructure has expanded substantially after it’s independence. This is the only country in the world I know of, that allows 365 days VISA free entry to the citizens of most Western countries.
Joseph Stalin, a soviet politician who led the Soviet Union from the mid-1920s until 1953, was born in Gori in 1878 when Georgia was part of Russian Empire.
Below are some places I explored during my 2 weeks in Georgia. Click on any City to view my travel photos and stories.