5 Things WE Love about Tbilisi, Georgia

I was mesmerized from the first time I have visited Tbilisi, Georgia. Not only me but my kids as well. I remember my son was so in love with scrambled eggs and he said “ I will come back to taste this best egg in the world” lol because all foods are freshly harvested from the farm nearby Tbilisi City.  Tbilisi is the capital of Georgia where I was pleasantly amazed of the architectures, food, wine and hospitality of the people – but I can say 90% of them don’t speak English. Our tour guide name was Tariel and we became a very good friends, we’ve met his wife(Lali) and his only son(Niki). They have a flat in Tbilisi and with a very unique lift like a vendo machine. After inserting a coin then it started to lift us up with no light, noisy and our eyes are popping out and was so scared. It was safe to use it’s just so happen it was our first time to try this old fashioned lift. We went up to the mountain of Molity their ancestors house, we traveled up to the snowy mountain for four hours from Tbilisi.

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From then, we used to travel to Tbilisi at least twice a year. We started up a small Tour Guide business with Tariel and here is our facebook page:

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We are accepting tourist from Dubai and we provide exclusive tour for them. Since I know how tour guide companies charges the tourist so we always recommend exclusive tour with us. When you walk down to the city of Tbilisi, a lot of tour guide people will approach you and give you flyers of their tour packages. Most of them are charging the tourist per location and by bus so it is a waste of time sitting in a bus waiting for the rest of the tourist to be picked up from their hotel. They usually charge 40$ to 60$ per place per person. Unlike with us, we will provide you exclusive tour for you and your family or your group. We provide car & Driver/Tour Guide, you can stop whenever or wherever you want to take a picture and enjoy the view. You can also customize your trip the way you want it if possible to do so. (considering the weather and the distance).

The political and cultural capital of Georgia, a small country set between Eastern Europe and Western Asia, Tbilisi (pronounced “T’buh-leesi”) more than merits a visit (or even a mileage run). Founded in the 5th century, the city offers some fascinating attractions, amazing gastronomic opportunities, gorgeous scenery and beautiful wines. After a few trips here, these are my recommendations for what not to miss in Tbilisi.

1. Wine

For those who know me well, wine of course would be on top of my list :). When you are in Tbilisi, locals will firstly point out how proud they are of their wine. Tariel and the rest of his neighbor are making their own wine in their own backyard. Homemade wine is tasty and really amazing, most of them are growing grapes in their backyard to use for making their own wine, cool isn’t! Georgia has the world’s oldest evidence of grapes being left to ferment and turned into wine dates back in 6000BC.

During you wine tasting tour you will learn a lot of information about wine making.

2. Delicious and very Affordable Foods

I really love Lali’s recipes, the chicken is so soft, a simple bread is so tasty, basically food is one of the reasons why I love to visit Tbilisi.

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Delicious Churchkhela candies hanging for sale at a roadside stand. 

From this plentiful Churchkhela that can be found hanging on every street corner to the delicious Khinkali and heavenly Khachapury., a Georgian cuisine has deservedly earned its reputation as something that is not to be missed out.

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Khinkai! The simple look belies the deliciousness within.

Khinkali, soup dumplings that are filled with meat, cheese or vegetables, and are eaten in a very specific manner. First time I tried it , all broth was scattered in my plate 🙂 Take a small bite of the body of the dumpling, noisily suck out the delicious broth inside, then savour the rest of the dumpling up to the topknot, which you should toss down on the plate, uneaten.

 

 

 

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Gorgeous khachapuri, Georgian specialty bread baked with a cheese filling and sometimes served with an egg or a pat of fresh butter swimming in the middle. Forget about counting calories, this is a very delicious stuff to try!

3. SNOW

Definitely, the initial reason to come to Tbilisi, Georgia is to experience the snow and the ski for my kids. And it was an amazing experience in Gudauri ski resort, it is about three hours away from Tbilisi City. The road was a bit dangerous especially when there is heavy snow. We stayed there overnight and in the morning my kids enjoyed skiing and the rest of outdoor activities available there. The rent for ski equipment is around 50AED for half day.

The most adventurous experienced that we had there was when we went up to Mount Kazbek & Gergeti Trinity Church.

Part of Georgia’s natural charm is its beautiful mountainous scenery. Located in the extreme north of the country near the Georgia/Russia border are the Caucasus Mountains. Mount Kazbek is part of the range and its name means ‘mountain of ice’. The mountain is popular with trekkers and climbers for being one of the highest in the region and for its magnificent summit views.

We used a 4 x 4 truck just to reach there, it is available for hire down the mountain.

4. Tbilisi Market & Ukay Ukay (used clothes shop)

Of course, I am curious if Ukay-ukay is also available in this country and surprisingly yes!! big time!! A lot of used clothes store underground the Tbilisi market and they are cheap, I bought three pairs of boots for less than 100AED what about that ladies 🙂

5. Beautiful Scenery and Historical Places along the way

Georgian Military Road Ananuri Castle

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Lake Ritsa in Abkhazia

Lake Ritsa is a lake in the Caucasus Mountains, in the northern part of Abkhazia, surrounded by mixed mountain forests and subalpine meadows. Its water is cold and clear. Mountains with heights of 2,200 to 3,500 m surround the lake.

Narikala Castle in Tbilisi

One of Tbilisi’s important ancient sites is the Narikala Fortress. Situated on a hill overlooking the city and Mtkvari River, the fortress was constructed in the 4th century to protect the city from attack. Although some parts were demolished by an earthquake in 1827, walls and battlements from the 16th and 17th centuries still remain lending stunning views of the city.

Aerial Tramway in Tbilisi (1Gel per ride = 1.5AED)

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Svetitskhoveli Cathedral

One of the architecturally significant buildings in Georgia, this medieval stone cathedral is located in Mtskheta, an historic town near Tbilisi. The present 11th century cathedral was rebuilt from it’s original 4th century version, and its inner walls contain fragments of icons and frescoes, as well as decorated stonework. During its long history Svetitskhoveli Cathedral has come under attack from Persians, Arabs and Russians, as well as earthquakes. Not only is it an important place of Christian worship, the cathedral is also listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Ladies require scarves in the Georgian orthodox churches, sometimes skirts too, but they can find some in the entrances. Short trousers are forbidden in the church.

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Freedom Square & Peace Bridge over the river Mtkvari, Tbilisi

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Metekhi Church, Tbilisi

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Jvari Monastery

Jvari Monastery is the most visually dramatic of the UNESCO monuments, perched atop a cliff over looking the entire valley. Built in the 6th century.

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Tbilisi City proper & Rustavelli Avenue

Mtatsminda Park, Funicular & Underground Train

Sighnaghi Great Wall and Kakhetian wine

Due to its special and unique architecture and natural location Sighnaghi, pearl of Kakheti region (110km from Tbilisi), is one of the most beautiful small towns in Georgia. Built 790 meters above the sea level, it overlooks the most beautiful landscape of Alazani Valley and Caucasus Mountains.

Dry Bridge Market where you can find lots and lots of antiques from plates, cameras, mobile, paintings, and many more..

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Compact 4 Days Tour in Tbilisi, Georgia

A land of endless wonders, unspoilt by modern tourism and still retaining its authentic character – Georgia. Once experienced, it will stay with you forever. Exploring Georgia is a constant pleasure. For walkers and hikers the country is sheer heaven, while botanists and bird-watchers will be simply enthralled and archaeologists can’t decide which of the numerous ancient findings to visit first.

With the towering Caucasus Mountains forming the border between Europe and Asia, Georgia has long been an important contact zone. In this mystical land you will be captivated by a thrilling blend of eastern enigma and western elegance. The traditions of the East and West meet in Georgia to form a culture unlike any other in the world.

The following legend adequately describes Georgia’s great natural beauty: When God apportioned the Earth to all the peoples of the world, the Georgians arrived late. The Lord asked them why they were tardy. The Georgians replied that they had stopped on the way to drink and raise their glasses in praise of Him. God was so pleased with their response that He gave the Georgians the part of the Earth that He had been reserving for himself. A visit to Georgia will confirm that this legend is indeed true: Georgia is a natural paradise.

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Day 1 Tbilisi Highlights Arrive in Tbilisi, meet in the airport and transfer to a hotel. This day can be used to make the first outing to the streets of Tbilisi, to experiment with original dishes of the famous Georgian cuisine and see the life of the capital of Georgia. The old town still holds a unique identity, remaining a symbol of tolerance, multi-ethnicity and symbiosis of different cultures. Cobblestone-paved streets will lead you to a district of sulfur baths famous for their healing properties. Passing along colorful houses with carved balconies you come to where urban life has been in full swing for a century and half now, we will take ropeway to Narikala fortress that once presented a single complex with walls and towers encircling the city. We will continue visiting the open air ethnographic museum and Turtle Lake near Tbilisi.
Day 2 Tbilisi/ Mtskheta/ Ananuri/ Gudauri/ Tbilisi Today we will climb above the clouds. You will enjoy the Greater Caucasus and a trip to mountainous Georgia. You will make your first interesting images in Mtskheta, which was the capital of Georgia before establishment of Tbilisi. Mtskheta is approximately 2,500 years-old and because of the abundance of ancient monuments – which are included in the UNESCO Heritage List. Next stop is on the bank of the Zhinvali reservoir and we will visit stands Ananuri castle. At the end we will visit in famous ski resort of Gudauri and stay here overnight.
Day 3 Gudauri/ Signagi/ Tsinandali/ Velistsikhe Veranda/ Tbilisi Morning enjoy skiing and vast range of alternative outdoor activities. Skiers of all levels can enjoy the resort and an opportunity to indulge in extreme challenge in the world famous heli-skiing. Then going down to most ecological region of the country! Kakheti and famous vineyards of the Alazani fertile valley are waiting for us. The first destination of this trip will be the city of love – Signagi. It is surrounded by a fortress wall with towers which offers a magnificent view of the Alazani valley and mountains of the Greater Caucasus. Next stop will be in place where members of the Russian imperial family Romanovs holidayed. The Tsinandali estate is well known for its beauty. The manor is surrounded by a lush garden, where the story of the tragic love of Nino Chavchavadze and the great Russian poet Alexander Griboyedov began. Drive down to Tbilisi and stay there for the night.
Day 4 Tbilisi Market / Souvenir and or remaining places from Day 3 Experience the extra ordinary flea market, there are mesmerising assortment of antiques, jewellery and clothes. The Dry Bridge is where hard-up citizens of Tbilisi would come to sell their possessions in order to make a little cash. You will discover that many items are extremely beautiful and are handmade, perfectly representing the identity of Georgia, which is exactly what you need as a souvenir. Rustaveli Avenue this busy street, a stroll will take you pass the Moorish style opera house and the theatre, the Russian Viceroy’s palace and the Parliament building, not to mention the dozens of cafes, restaurants and shops you can find along the way.  After exploring the beauty of Georgia, we will drop you to Tbilisi Airport bringing with you the once in a lifetime experience with Travel with us.

Tour details

Best period for this trip: from October to May

Best time for ski: December to April

Total Duration: 4 days and 3 nights

NIGHT LIFE CAN BE ADDED for an extra cost

Trip inclusions:

  1.      Breakfast, accommodation and entertainment
  2.      Tour guide
  3. Exclusive vehicle with Tour guide/Driver
  4.      Pick up from and drop off to the airport
  5. Entry fees in any of the visits

Trip Exclusions:

  1.      Ski Equipment and other leisure activities
  2.      Shopping and additional expenditures
  3.      Air ticket
  4.      visa (if needed)
  5.      Travel tax (if any)

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Ladies require scarves in the Georgian orthodox churches, sometimes skirts too, but they can find some in the entrances.

Short trousers are forbidden in the church.

You can bring along: sun cream, hat, rain – and wind coats, etc.

For some program points comfortable shoes are needed.

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CUSTOMIZE TOUR IN TBILISI,GEORGIA – Plan your Trip with US – ONE DAY TRIPS

Here we are going to give you all the places that you could visit in Tbilisi, Georgia. All the information will be provided so you can choose and plan your trip. Just pick the tour that you want and we will guide you all the way to your trip.

ONE DAY TRIP

OLD TBILISI TOUR 

You will take a glance to the history of the city from early centuries to nowadays by walking in narrow streets of the city and will explore the religious and secular architecture. Here you will find churches, synagogues, mosque as well as famous 19th century houses with wooden balconies. Visit the sulphur baths and enjoy the superb panoramic views of the Old city.

3 Hours Walking Tour.

DATES

Whole Year

ITINERARIES

Metekhi Church ( 13th Century)

Breathtaking Views of the Old Town

Sioni Cathedral (6th-7th Century)

Anchiskhati Church (6th Century)

Narikala Fortress (4th Century)

Sulfur Bath

Georgian Historical Museum

Rustaveli Avenue

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TBILISI TRADITIONS

The capital of Georgia – Tbilisi, is the ancient multicultural city. Here you will be captivated by a thrilling blend of eastern enigma and western elegance. The traditions of the East and West meet here to form a culture unlike any other in the world. During the tour we take you to the places that will show you old city. You can take a glance to the history of the city from early centuries to nowadays by walking in narrow streets of the city and exploring the religious and secular architecture. Here you find different religious buildings – churches, synagogues, mosques, as well as famous 19th century houses with wooden multi-colored balconies.

You will visit underground small wine-cellar and try famous Georgian wines-as Georgia has 8000 year old wine history and is considered to be the homeland of wine. Afterwards we have a lunch with Georgian cuisine at a local café.

Tour is operated together with Urban Adventures.

Trip Duration – 4 hours

DATES

Whole Year

ITINERARIES

Metekhi Church ( 13th Century)

Breathtaking Views of the Old Town

Sioni Cathedral (6th-7th Century)

Anchiskhati Church (6th Century)

Narikala Fortress (4th Century)

Sulfur Bath

Great Synagogue

Underground Winery

Freedom Square

GALLERY

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MTSKHETA – RELIGIOUS CENTRE OF GEORGIA

Visit the ancient capital and religious centre of Georgia – Mtskheta (3000 years old) and see UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Jvari church (6th c.) and Svetiskhoveli Cathedral (11th c.) where the Robe of Christ is buried. Today we’ll also visit antique ruins of Mtskheta city.

Trip Duration – 4 Hours

DATES

Whole Year

ITINERARIES

Jvari Church

Svetiskhoveli Cathedral

Antique Ruins of Mtskheta City

GALLERY

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ALONG THE GREAT SILK ROAD

Visit the ancient capital and religious centre of Georgia – Mtskheta. Visit Stalin museum and Uplistsikhe cave town (1st millennium BC) one of the oldest archeological sites in the world, the place where the Great Silk Road used to pass.

Trip Duration – 7 Hours

DATES

Whole Year

ITINERARIES

Jvari Church

Svetiskhoveli Cathedral

Stalin Museum

Uplistsikhe Cave Town

GALLERY

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GEORGIAN WINE & DINE

Georgia has 8000 year old wine history and only here you can meet more than 500 species of vines. We drive to Eastern Georgia, which is famous for its wine production. First we’ll visit a farmer who will show us how “Qvevri” is made. “Qvevri” is used to keep wine under the ground. Then we visit Gremi Architectural complex and see the Royal citadel, museum (closed on Mondays) and church of archangels.
Feeling hungry? Now we will take you to another farmer’s house where you will see how traditional bread is baked and famous Georgian “Mtsvadi” is made. The delicious lunch will be accompanied by homemade wine and brandy; honey will be served as desert. Here we get acquainted to Georgian tradition of Toast Mastering “Tamada”, as our table will be led by him. Continue and visit old unique winery, where you will find out more about Georgian the Georgian “Qvevri” way of wine making method (inscribed in UNESCO intangible cultural heritage), quite different from the European one. You will drink typical Georgian wine straight from the clay jars by the oldest traditional vessel for drinking. Now you are ready to relax and enjoy walking in romantic town Sighnaghi. It is a museum town from 18th century with multicolored wooden balconies and offers visitors stunning views of the surrounding Caucasus Mountains. Return to Tbilisi.

Tour is operated together with Urban Adventures.

Trip Duration – 11 hours

DATES

Whole Year

ITINERARIES

Learn about “qvevri” wine-making method

Gremi Architectural Complex

Assist Traditional Bread & Georgian “mtsvadi” making

Visit Old Unique Winery

Town Sighnaghi

Return to Tbilisi

HOMELAND OF WINE – KAKHETI

We travel to Kakheti, the famous wine-growing region, acknowledge traditions and culture, taste wines and delicious food. We visit Gremi Complex (16th c.) with stunning background of the Great Caucasus. Drive to Kvareli to visit winery and taste Georgian wines. For lunch we stop at a nice restaurant with marvelous views; Continue to a local village to see a unique wine-cellar and taste home-made wine.

Trip Duration – 8 Hours

DATES

Whole Year

ITINERARIES

Gremi Architectural Complex

Winery in Kvareli

Wine Cellar

WINE & CULTURE OF KAKHETI

The cradle of wine – Kakheti is famous for its traditions, culture and marvelous valleys topped by the Great Caucasus Mountains. Visit Georgian Duke’s (19th c.) estate – Tsinandali and try a glass of wine. Continue to a local family for lunch with home-made dishes & wine. Visit local wine-cellar and drink typical Georgian wine straight from the clay jars buried in the ground. Discover a romantic town of Sighnaghi (18th c.).

Trip Duration – 9 Hours

DATES

Whole Year

ITINERARIES

Visit Georgian Duke’s (19th Century) estate in Tsinandali

Visit of Local Wine-Cellar

Town Sighnaghi

Return to Tbilisi

GALLERY

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THE GREAT CAUCASUS

Travel to the virgin nature of the highest mountain chain in the Europe. Pass famous Military Highway, visit Ananuri architectural complex (17th c., features one of the best carvings of the Christian art) and arrive at Stepantsminda. You’ll see Gergeti Trinity church (14th c.) located at 2170m in front of one of the highest and most beautiful mountain of the Caucasus range Mt. Kazbegi (5047m).

Trip Duration – 10 Hours

DATES

Best period for this trip: from April till November.

ITINERARIES

Ananuri Architectural Complex

Stepantsminda Town

Gergeti Trinity Church

GALLERY

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 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Ladies require scarves in the Georgian orthodox churches, sometimes skirts too, but they can find some in the entrances.

Short trousers are forbidden in the church.

You can bring along: sun cream, hat, rain – and wind coats, etc.

For some program points comfortable shoes are needed.

For more information please visit :

https://www.facebook.com/guidetotbilisigeorgia/