Although much can be said about Georgian traditions, we will only give you a few tips on what is appropriate or inappropriate in the country. Since Georgia is at the junction of Europe and Asia , any tradition here is presented in a moderate way. Besides, you can always ask local people about the details you are interested in.

Family is one of the cornerstones of the Georgian life style. Georgian families are usually extended, i.e. often parents and children of three generation live together.

An unusual phenomenon for foreign visitors is the Georgian table, which has a deeper implication than an ordinary meal.

Complicated ritual relationships are manifested in it. The table is led by "tamada", who proposes traditional toasts. Each toast is interpreted by table members before drinking it.

Georgian toasts are numerous but the most important and popular are the toasts to the guests, friends, ladies, family members, relatives, mother land, those, who passed away, etc. You can extend the list yourself.

You never drink wine without toasting In Georgia, which is not applicable to beer. Traditional tables are usually accompanied by singing.

As mentioned above, the table is led by "tamada", who is the one to propose toasts. If you want to leave the table (this especially concerns men), the most appropriate way will be the following: first ask the tamada for permission to propose a toast, then toast to the host family and only after that leave the table.

In restaurants and other places the bill is never split and is paid by one person. Normally, men pay for women.

Anyone is allowed to enter a church, but, in this case it is not recommended to wear a low-necked dress, shorts or bathing suits. Women do not usually enter the church bareheaded.

In high mountainous regions it is not recommended to wear shorts, bathing suits and low-cut dresses.

Use of movie and photo cameras may be prohibited in some areas.

Authorities in Georgia require that tourists do not take photos of airports, railway stations, military installations, borders, museums items and frescos of some churches.

Even while traveling in areas where locals are not used to being photographed and is required to show every respect and courtesy, you have to be sure of being treated as an honored guest.