Set on the coast of the Black Sea, the modestly-sized country has a remarkably diverse mix of landscapes, with rugged mountains perched beside vineyard-rich valleys and coastal forests. A heavy dose of culture is applied by Georgia’s charming cities, with age-old churches flanked by contemporary architecture. Tbilisi is Georgia’s capital and its cultural core. Aside from its wealth of museums, art galleries and religious architecture, it’s home to a charming old town filled with mazey streets and quirky shops. A youthful energy is injected into the city by its trendy cafés and clubs, modern transport system and chic restaurants. Away from the city, you can explore the highlights of Georgia’s wild side. At 4,000 metres above sea level, the Upper Svaneti is Europe’s highest inhabited region and home to locals known as Svans. The area is a paradise for hikers, covered with picturesque villages, rolling meadows and snow-capped mountains. Georgia is also well known for its wine, and local tours are a great way to learn about the history and process behind the production. Most accommodation can be found in Tbilisi and Batumi, but smaller towns like Bakuriani, Gudauri and Kutaisi also offer a wide range of choices.