Georgia is a mix of diverse cultures, wondrous landscapes and ancient history on the edge of Europe and Asia. For tourism info see www.georgia.travel and www.gnta.ge Best times to visit spring, July and August can be searing.; autumn is pleasant, when wine festivals held.
From Dublin with Turkish Airlines (www.turkishairlines.com) one stop in Istanbul from €262 return; Lufthansa (www. lufthansa.com)via Frankfurt from €230 ; Tour operators specialised in Georgia www. traveltheunknown.com; www. cityescapes.ie.
WHERE TO STAY
Isabel stayed in Georgian owned boutique hotels, Rooms hotel in Tbilisi and Rooms hotel Kazbegi (www.roomshotels.com) An average spend: Dinner for two with a bottle of wine in Tbilisi around €18 ,Three star hotels from €50 double; glass of wine €2, beer €1; coffee €1.20.