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Backpacking Georgia Itinerary 5 Days With Map

Author Carina Klein
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Efficient Georgia backpacking itinerary: From Batumi to Tbilisi in 5 days!

Let us start with some real talk, shall we? Normally, we only write about things we have done ourselves. This itinerary is a bit different. When we went to Georgia, we didn’t manage to travel as efficiently as we would have liked to for two main reasons:

  1. Travelling in winter is not easy.
  2. We severely underestimated the times for public transport.

As 5 days is the bare minimum you need in Georgia, we used the power of hindsight to craft a super-efficient itinerary that brings you from Batumi to Tbilisi in 5 days without a rental car!

Note: The most time-efficient way to explore Georgia is by guided tours which are very inexpensive!

5 Days in Georgia Itinerary

Day 1 – Kutaisi

As Kutaisi is the Wizz Air and hence the budget airport of the country, this is where we started our trip and hence this is where our itinerary starts as well.

To make the most of your day, begin with a half day trip to Gelati Monastery, Motsameta Monastery and Bagrati Cathedral. Gelati Monastery is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the 11th-century Bagrati Cathedral boasts amazing views over Kutaisi.

In the afternoon, explore the city of Kutaisi.

Bucketlist2life tip: We recommend you to go with Budget Georgia as their tour runs from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. They start their Kutaisi Walking Tour which we can recommend first hand at noon.
This way, you will have super convenient access to all the major sights of Kutaisi.
Picture of View from Bagrati Cathedral Kutaisi
View from Bagrati Cathedral Kutaisi

Day 2 – Batumi Day Trip

In summer or if you have more time, it makes sense to spend some time in Batumi on the Black Sea coast. For all other occasions, a day trip is your most efficient option.

On the Budget Georgia tour, you’ll visit Batumi as well as Mtirala National Park.

Day 3 – Sightseeing Transfer from Kutaisi to Tbilisi via Chiatura

Chiatura is the cable car capital of Georgia.

If you know us, you know that we love a good sightseeing transfer to be efficient.

On the day we wanted to go on this tour, the road was blocked due to snow so unfortunately it was cancelled. Let’s hope you’re more lucky:

Day 4 – Tbilisi

If you’re efficient, you can see all the major sights of Tbilisi within one day.

Start your day in the Georgian capital with a free walking tour to get an overview of the old town.

Afterwards, take the cable car up the hill for amazing views, Nariqala Fortress, and the Mother of Georgia.

If you have the time and energy, here are some other things you can do if you have 1 day in Tbilisi:

  • Relax in a sulphur bath (it only takes 1-2 hours).
  • Visit Sameba Cathedral, the second-tallest orthodox church in the world.
  • Stroll down Rustaveli Avenue and/or David Agmashenebeli Avenue.
  • Check out street food and hipster cafes at Fabrika.
Picture of Looking down at Tbilisi Georgia
Looking down at Tbilisi Georgia

Day 5 – Day Trip From Tbilisi

We have done a ton of day trips from Tbilisi and loved them all. Here are our three favourites:

  1. Kazbegi and the Caucasus Mountains for history and mountain panoramas.
  2. Mtskheta, Gori, and Uplistsikhe for more monasteries, caves, and Stalin.
  3. Signagi and the Kakheti wine region for villages and wine.
Picture of Drinking Georgian wine
Drinking Georgian wine
Bucketlist2life tip: Both Georgian Bus and Omnibus have direct buses from central Tbilisi to Kutaisi airport for every departure.

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