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. Georgia is situated at junction of two continents- Europe and Asia. It occupies some 70.000 sq Km and northern boundary is formed by Caucasian Mountain Range, the western by the Black Sea. The country's population of more than five million is made up of people belonging to more than eighty nationalities with Georgians prevailing (66.8%).
. Georgia has a rich variety of natural features: the eternal snows of the Caucasian Range lie guite close to the caresseng warm waves of the Black Sea and to humid subtropics, lush Alpine meadows give place to plains and highlands. The valleys of Georgia sparkle with the emeralds verdure of Kakhetian and Kartlian orchards and vineyards.
. A tourist arriving in Georgia may find himself living in the four seasons of the year simultaneously within a short span of time. Such a diversity of natural conditions in Georgia  is due the mountains. Over 80% of Georgia's area are occupated by mountains and hills protecting Georgia from the cold air inflow from the North. This explains the fact that the climate here is mild.
. The Georgian language is one of the oldest living languages of the world. The Georgian script dates from 4-th-3-rd centuries B.C. (as mentioned Assyrian manuscript ''The Book of Peoples & Countries'';).
. In ancient Myth Georgia is known as land of  Golden Fleece and Argonauts, the princess Medea and rebellious Prometheus. In antique period it was the easternmost pocket of Mediterranean cultural influence. Having adopted Christianity in 337, Georgia became one of the first countries where the new religion was elevated to the rank of State authority.
. Hearing witness to Georgia's ancient culture are architectural monuments, mural paintings and sculpture: the cave of Vardzia, Upliszikhe, David-gareli, the churches Svetitskhoveli, Alaverdi, Jvari, the towers of Svaneti and Kakheti,as well as remarkable works of ecclesiastical and secular literature crowned by Shota Rustaveli's 12-th century poem ''The Man in the Panters's Skin'', which has been translated into all languages of the world.
. The cultural legacy of the past is not only most carefully preserved but is actively used in building of the present and future. Georgia is famous for its tobacco, tea, grapes, citrus fruits and wines.
. The programs of tourist's trips to Georgia are compiled so as to give foreign visitors a convenient opportunity to acquaint themselves with the past and present of the country. In tourist centers ''The first Tourism Company Ltd.''; in Tbilisi organises sightseeing tours to the places of interest, monuments of ancient culture, etc.

TBILISI

. The capital of Georgia is located in the eastern part of the country, in the center of the Caucasian isthmus. The city grew up along both banks of the Mtkvari River in an asymmetrical valley. There are mountains on three sides.
. From ancient times the site of Tbilisi has been a trading point between Europe and India. The Tbilisi valley enjoys a temperate and healthy climate with an average temperature of 13.2*C. July is the hottest month and January the coldest. Autumn in Tbilisi is a rare pleasure. After the first snow appears on the mountains, the mild, warm, sunny weather begins.
. Today Tbilisi has much to offer the travelers. The oldest sections of Tbilisi, The Old Town, have plenty of historical and architectural monuments.

EASTERN GEORGIA

. KAKHETI - leave Tbilisi from the southeast via the Kakheti highway, drive to Gurjaani and then to Telavi, 165 km from Tbilisi.
. TELAVI - a town on the slopes of the Gombori range, an area abundant in plane and mulberry trees, was the capital of the Kingdom of Kakheti from the 16-th to the 18-th centuries.
. 16 km away from Telavi you will come upon the ruins of Gremi - the ancient capital of the Kakhetlan Kingdom, a magnificent sight, perched high on a rocky ledge. The remains of the royal palace and the mayor cathedral, with its ancient murals, stand behind the stronghold.
. 12 km to the north of Telavi is the Cathedral of Alaverdi, built in the 11-th century, a fine example of Georgian medieval architecture.
. GORI- drive 30 km down Highway 16, then turn off onto Highway 117, Gori is 86 km from Tbilisi.
. The ancient town of Gori, founded by king David the Builder in the 12-th c. stands at the confluence of the Mtkvari and Liakhvi rivers. For many centuries Gori was a large and vital trade link between Georgia's east and West provinces.
. 10 km south of Gori you will find the basilica of Atenis Sioni built in the 6-th c. The facade has intricate stone decoration; inside there are frescoes which date from 1080. The cathedrals of Samtavisi (7-th c.), Kvatakhevi (12-th c.) and the 13-th c. Kintsvisi monastery are hidden in deep green valleys.
. BORJOMI is famous for its mineral springs and healthy air. It is situated in an attractive gorge 750 meters above sea level.
. GEORGIAN MILITARY ROAD - a coach or car trip along the Georgian Military Road with stops in Mtskheta, Ananuri, Pasanauri and Kazbegi.
. MTSKHETA - (22 km away from Tbilisi) is one of the most ancient towns in the world. From the 3 - rd c. B. C. to the 5-th c. A. D. Mtskheta was the capital of Iberia (East Georgia).
. SVETITSKHOVELI Cathedral is in the center of the town, surrounded by a crenellated stone wall. In the 1l-th c. it replaced the stone basilica which originally stood on the site and was destroyed in the 10-th c.
. ANANURI (63 km from Tbilisi). There is a castle here which belonged to the lords of Aragvi region the Eristavi. The complex is dated by the 17-th c. Within the sturdy walls there are two churches, a tower, a small belfry, a castle and a bath.
. PASANAURI (8O km from Tbilisi) is a picturesque spot on the bank; of the Aragvi. It offers splendid vistas, invigorating mountain air, lovely waterfalls.
KAZBEGI (150 km from Tbilisi).This is a favourite venue of mountain climbers who pitch their tents high above the village, at the foot of the Kuro range. From there one has an excellent view of the eternally snow-capped Mount Kazbegi (5.033 m.).

WESTERN GEORGIA

. KUTAISI - drive 249 km Highway 16 & 17 to Kutaisi.
. Kutaisi is the second largest city of Georgia. During 10 centuries from mid-8-th up to the 19-th century Kutaisi was the capital of the West Georgian Kingdom. It has always been a busy trading center.
. Tourists can visit the ruins of Bagrati Temple and fortress (11-th c.).,.make a trip to the Gelati Monastery (11 km from Kutaisi), or the reservations on Mt. Sataplia. In the depth of the mountains, which is an extinct volcano, there is a karst cave with stalactites and stalagmites.

. BATUMI - THE BLACK SEA COAST. Batumi is the most southerly of the cities and ports of Georgian Black Sea Coast. The city occupies a narrow strip of the coast, extending along the shore of a deep bay in the southeast part on the Black Sea. This is one of the warmest places on the Black Sea, noted for its humid subtropics climate. The average annual temperature is +14.4*C. The rich trading city of Batus was first mentioned in ancient manuscripts in the 1-st c. B,C. by Plinius. The past and the present of the city are illustrated in the State museum by various exhibits.
. KOBULETI located at the Black Sea Coast at the distance of some 33 km from Batumi is famous for its warm and humid climate, without sharp temperature fluctuation, lush subtropical vegetation, sandy beaches, abundance of sunshine. The climate of Kobuleti is favorable for those suffering from diseases so cardiovascular system and respiratory organs, tuberculosis of bones and joints.
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