Mountains higher than the Alps, sub-tropical forests along its Black Sea coast and even a patch of semi-desert on the south-east border … for a country a little smaller than Ireland, Georgia packs in a serious amount of geography. Add interesting cuisine, the world’s oldest wine-making industry and the fascinating cultural and architectural baggage created by a history of invasions, and you have a destination for a huge range of appetites. It’s cheap, too, compared with western Europe or the US – though no longer undiscovered. But get out of the capital, Tbilisi, and you can easily leave the tourists behind. Highlights include the view of Mount Ushba, known as the Matterhorn of the Caucasus, and the bulk of Mount Kazbegi, an extinct volcano.
A backpacker’s guide to Georgia: one-month itinerary