Travel Tips Tbilisi

Where to Go Within the Region

Reaching Georgia, you’d want to make the most of your time in the region. With short travel distances you can discover new cultures, languages and food!

Armenia

This ancient land, although geographically small on modern day maps, is a host to a nation with a colourful past with a depth of history dating back to biblical times. Just some highlights to consider include:

  • Yerevan: A metropolitan capital city, known as one of the 5 oldest capital cities in the world
  • A perfect view of the bibilical Mount Ararat (where Noah’s Arc landed) from every corner of Yerevan
  • Khor Virap the location entwined with the history of Christianity entering Armenia as a national religion in 301 AD at the foothills of Mt Ararat
  • Delicious BBQ meat’ Khorovatz alongside many other national dishes including Dolma (stuffed vine leaves) and Khash
  • Exquisite seasonal fruits! Armenia is famous for its pomegranates, apricots and berries.
  • Armenian Brandy and wide selection of fruit wines unique to Armenia (including peach or pomegranate wines!)
  • Dilijan the ‘mini Switzerland’ of Armenia with lush green forests and wooden laced houses
  • UNESCO listed Haghbat and Sanahin monasteries as well as many other churches perched in stunning locations (such as Noravank, Geghard or Tatev)
  • The serene Sevan lake and surrounds
  • The Head Church ” St Ejmiatzin
  • The ancient Garni temple

Note that Envoy offers a 1 Day Tour to Armenia to visit the Northern sights in Armenia plus a range of Day trips from Yerevan to different sights.

Travel Tips Tbilisi

Travel Tips Tbilisi

Georgian Cuisine

You are certainly in for a treat when it comes to local cuisine. The range is vast and the food is prepared with love, each region having its own specialties. Here’s a few you must try before you head home:

Khinkali | Best described as pasta parcels filled with meat, on steroids! Seriously these are made in large portions so careful how many you order (normally sold by the unit). These dumplings are most commonly made with ground beef but sometimes other fillings are used. They are boiled in water and served with ground pepper. Very delicious, filling and oh so traditional.

If you want to learn how to make them, join us on our Embracing Georgia tour and get hands on experience! Best souvenir you’ll take home.

Khachapuri | Bread filled with different ingredients, is the local version of a pizza pocket. These are made fresh on the spot and are very filling. The classic types are ones filled with cheese, or red beans (Lobiani) and the most impressive looking of all is the Ajarian Khachapuri – a beautiful boat shaped bread, topped with cheese and an egg (try when very hungry so you can finish it!).

Eggplants with Walnuts | A delicious appetizer of grilled eggplant topped with walnut meal and spices.  Sometimes decorated with pomegranate seeds. This is finger licking good!

Grilled Mushrooms | If you love mushrooms the simplicity of this dish will delight you. Organic mushrooms, topped with a bit of local cheese and grilled to perfection. Its a must!

Churchekhla | Hard to pronounce but delicious to eat! This is regional sweet dubbed as the local snickers bar 🙂 Nuts threaded together and dipped in fruit molasses, hung to dry. May look like salami, but trust us, its sweet and a good accompaniment to a nice cup of tea or coffee!