1. You can hike to a glacier – or a church above the clouds
Hikers will be right at home in Georgia, particularly in the Caucasus mountains, where a huge amount of money is being ploughed into improving trails; seven were renovated last year, and a network of hiking routes is in the works to link up the country's national parks.
If you've got a few days to spare, try tackling the 58km Mestia-to-Ushguli route, which takes you through the remote, UNESCO-listed Upper Svaneti region, with its distinctive tower houses – former fortresses that are still lived in today. Got extra energy to burn? Take a few hours' detour to catch sight of the dramatic Chalaadi Glacier.
Over in the Mtskheta-Mtihani area, meanwhile, you can trek from the town of Kazbegi (it's officially called Stepantsminda now, but locals tend to use the old name) to the fourteenth-century Gergeti Trinity Church. Perched on a hilltop at 2170m, it's usually sitting above the clouds, right alongside Mt Kazbek.
Gergeti Trinity church, Georgia © Andrei Bortnikau/Shutterstock
2. It's a great alternative ski destination
You might not think of Georgia as a ski destination, but there are in fact six ski resorts here, the best of which is Gudauri, 120km north of Tbilisi. It has more than 50km of well-groomed pistes for all levels, whether you're a black run addict or strictly stick to the nursery slopes.
Snow is practically guaranteed, and the heaviest snowfall tends to be in January – though with the highest lift reaching 3279m you could be in luck as late as April. Powder hounds can go off piste and try heli-skiing, and there's also the opportunity for night skiing, cross-country and ski-touring.
3. You can go white-water rafting on a city break
There are countless places across the country where you can try your hand at paddling a kayak or raft, whether you're an amateur or a seasoned pro – and you don't have to go far to find them.
Less than an hour from Tbilisi is where the Mtkvari river – which flows through the heart of the capital – meets the Aragvi. Here you can spend a day, or just a few hours, getting your kicks by white-water rafting through beautiful valley scenery, before heading back to the capital for the night.
Venture further upstream to spot sights such as the seventeenth-century Ananuri Fortress from your raft.
4. Paragliding is a year-round pastime
Gudauri is also one of the most spectacular places to try paragliding.
Novices can strap themselves to a qualified instructor for a tandem flight, while the more confident can go it alone. It's available year round – you can even combine it with skiing – but the views over the villages, forests and people below are arguably better in summer.