This mountainous country sits on the boundary between Europe and Asia, and for most of the 20th century was part of the Soviet Union. It's a place where you can get away from the crowds often experienced in more popular walking areas, but there are also few routes specifically for hikers. You'll find yourself following routes used by herders and traders, who don't usually try to avoid the summits of the mountains!
For a first visit therefore, it may be best to go with an organised hiking group, and this article by Kate Eshelby from the Observer of 2 November 2008 describes one such walking holiday in the region of Svaneti, staying at people's homes in villages along the way. Sounds like a great way to get beneath the surface of a region. Kate hears people's views on the recent conflict with Russia over the breakaway region of South Ossetia. There's also helpful advice on visiting the country.
If you've visited Georgia on a walking holiday, please let us know!
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