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    Tbilisi – a brief overview

    Since its founding as a settlement in prehistoric times, Georgia’s capital has stood at a crossroads between West and East, making it a magnet for invasion and a melting pot for all sorts of different influences. Today, the end result is a galvanising, often graceful city made up of myriad different flavours.

    Old-world architecture jostles with new-fangled design projects, coffee shops and bathhouses stand side by side, and an eighth-century fortress looms high above town. Georgia is a fascinating country to travel around – and Tbilisi itself makes for the perfect place to begin explorations.

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    Aerial Cable Car

    Rike Park
    Tbilisi
    Georgia
    Tel: +995 32 235 7777
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    Opening times:
    Daily 1200-2400

    Opened in 2012, this new way of crossing the river grants wide scenic panoramas of the Tbilisi skyline. It’s a reasonably priced experience, and well worth factoring into an itinerary.

    Mother Georgia

    Sololaki St
    Tbilisi
    Georgia
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    The iconic Kartlis Deda (Mother Georgia) statue stands on a hill above the city. She has one arm outstretched proffering a bowl of wine to those who come in friendship, and the other clutching a sword as a warning to those who come as foes.

    Abanotubani

    Abano Street
    Tbilisi
    Georgia
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    The bathhouse district is a product of the thermal springs in the local hills – Tbilisi has long had a large number of public baths, some of which are beautiful inside and out. Heading in for a scrub and a massage only costs a few lari, and makes for quite an experience.

    National Botanical Garden of Georgia

    Dzveli Tbilisi
    Tbilisi
    Georgia
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0900-2000

    Dating back more than three centuries, the gardens play home to a collection of more than 4,500 species, making it an attractive prospect for botanists or nature lovers. An elevated location adds to the appeal.

    Narikala Fortress

    Orbiri St.
    Tbilisi
    Georgia
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    Perched on a hill high above the city, the ancient Narikala Fortress was established in the fourth century and provides sweeping views across Tbilisi and the Mtkvari River. It’s possible to walk up to the fortress, or you can take the cable car.

    Georgian National Museum: Museum of Georgia

    3/10 Shota Rustaveli Ave
    Tbilisi
    Georgia
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sun 1000-1800

    A treasure trove of archaeological remains and historical items, the national museum reopened in 2011 after a five-year refurbishment and stands as one of the city’s most rewarding places to visit.

    Old Parliament Building

    8 Shota Rustaveli Ave
    Tbilisi 0118
    Georgia
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    Currently undergoing renovation, the former parliament building can be admired from the outside – it’s played a hugely important role in the city’s past, witnessing revolution, independence and hunger strikes.

    National Gallery

    11 Rustaveli Ave.
    Tbilisi
    Georgia
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sun 1000-1800

    Newly unveiled in 2011, the National Gallery showcases several centuries’ worth of superb Georgian artworks, including a large collection of pieces by the celebrated painter Niko Pirosmani.

    State Silk Museum

    6 Tsabadze Street
    0112 Tbilisi
    Georgia
    Tel: +995 32 340 967
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sun 1100-1700

    Silk production has a long history in Georgia, and this interesting (if a little esoteric) museum gives information on the age-old importance of silk to the region and the methods used to produce the material itself, silkworms and all.

    Old Town

    Erekle's St
    Tbilisi
    Georgia
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    The city’s Old Town is a warren of wonderfully murky churches, traditional wooden balconies and tucked-away courtyards. Some of the area is in bad need of repair, but it still makes for somewhere rich in life and ambiance.

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    Country information

    Country overview

    Formerly the holiday haunt of the privileged elite of the Soviet Union, Georgia is blessed with stunning scenery, a balmy climate and a rich variety of flora and fauna.

    Geography

    Georgia is a mountainous country bordered by the Russian Federation in the north, Turkey in the southeast, Armenia in the south, Azerbaijan in the east and by the Black Sea in the west, which forms a 330km- (206-mile-) long coastline. It includes the two autonomous republics Abkhazia and Ajaria.

    The state is crossed by the ranges of the Greater Caucasus (highest peak: Mt Kazbek, 5,047m/16,554ft). Enclosed high valleys, wide basins, health spas with famous mineral waters, caves and waterfalls combine in this land of varied landscapes and striking beauty.

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    Key facts

    Population: 4942157

    Population Density (per sq km): 71

    Capital: Tbilisi.

    Language

    The official language is Georgian, the only language in the Ibera Caucasian family written in ancient script, with its own unique alphabet. Russian, Armenian, Azeri, Ossetian and Abkhazian are also spoken.

    Currency

    Lari (GEL) = 100 tetri. Notes are in denominations of GEL100, 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1. Coins are in denominations of 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 tetri.

    Electricity

    220 volts AC, 50 Hz. European-type, two-pin plugs are used. The supply of electricity can be intermittent between November and March, and visitors are advised to bring a torch with them.

    General business opening hours

    Government office opening hours are usually 1000-1800. Private sector offices are usually open on Saturdays.

    Public holidays

    Below are listed Public Holidays for the January 2016 – December 2017 period.

    2016

    New Year’s Day: 01. and 02. January 2016
    Orthodox Christmas Day: 07. January 2016
    Orthodox Epiphany: 19. January 2016
    Mother’s Day: 03. March 2016
    International Women’s Day: 08. March 2016
    National Unity Day: 09. April 2016
    Orthodox Easter Sunday: 02. April 2016
    Orthodox Easter Monday: 03. April 2016
    Victory Day: 09. May 2016
    Independence Day: 26. May 2016
    Assumption: 28. August 2016
    Georgian Orthodox Festival): 14. October 2016
    St George’s Day: 23. November 2016

    2017

    New Year’s Day: 01. and 02. January 2017
    Orthodox Christmas Day: 07. January 2017
    Orthodox Epiphany: 19. January 2017
    Mother’s Day: 03. March 2017
    International Women’s Day: 08. March 2017
    National Unity Day: 09. April 2017
    Orthodox Easter Sunday: 16. April 2017
    Orthodox Easter Monday: 17. April 2017
    Victory Day: 09. May 2017
    Independence Day: 26. May 2017
    Assumption: 28. August 2017
    Georgian Orthodox Festival): 14. October 2017
    St George’s Day: 23. November 2017

    All information subject to change.

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    Nightlife in Tbilisi

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    Many experts believe Georgia to be the oldest wine-producing region in the world.

    It certainly produces a lovely drop, and Tbilisi provides a range of settings in which to enjoy a bottle or two, from smart lounges to more party-focused environments.

    Cafe Gallery

    1a Meskhia St
    Tbilisi
    Georgia
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    A cafe-bar-cum-art-space, this venue becomes a drinking spot each evening and has DJs at weekends.

    Divan

    3/15 Galaktion Tabidze St
    Tbilisi
    Georgia
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    A fashionable bar with different areas to suit different moods and occasional live bands.

    The Hangar

    20 Shavteli St
    Tbilisi
    Georgia
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    An Irish pub and grill showing all major sporting events.

    Rustaveli Theatre

    Shota Rustaveli Ave 17
    Tbilisi
    Georgia
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    The grand old state theatre, founded in 1879 and standing proud on Rustaveli Avenue.

    Oxygen Bar

    1 Rose Revolution Square
    Tbilisi
    Georgia
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    Sitting on top of the Radisson Blu Hotel, with great views and a good (if pricey) drinks list.

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    Restaurants in Tbilisi

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    Georgian food is a revelation for many visitors – it stood on a Silk Road spice route for centuries, so offers some exceptional dishes.

    Today, Tbilisi offers a quality range of other European and global cuisines too.

    Filini

    1 Rose Revolution Square
    Tbilisi
    Georgia
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    Price: Expensive

    A strong menu of authentic Italian dishes at this sharp modern restaurant.

    Funicular

    Mtatsminda plateau
    Tbilisi 0114
    Georgia
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    Price: Expensive/Moderate

    One of the most respected addresses in town, with various eateries under one roof.

    Phaeton

    Beliashvili St.
    Tbilisi
    Georgia
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    Price: Moderate

    Serving up traditional Georgian dishes in atmospheric surrounds.

    Organique Josper Bar

    Bambis Rigi 12 (Shardeni corner)
    Tbilisi
    Georgia
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    Price: Moderate

    Focusing entirely on organic Georgian produce, with a great selection of bio wines.

    Ronny’s Pizza

    3 Vazha Pshavela Ave
    Tbilisi
    Georgia
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    Price: Cheap

    A popular bet for classic American pizza at a good price.

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    Calendar of events

    Caucasus Tourism Fair

    14 – 16 April 2016
    Website

    Venue: ExpoGeorgia Exhibition Centre.

    As well as giving trade visitors the chance to mingle and share ideas, this travel exhibition is open to members of the public. It’s a great place to plan your trip around Silk Road countries, with tour operators, hotel groups and attraction representatives all on hand to offer advice.

    Independence Day

    26 May 2016

    Venue: Freedom Square and city centre streets.

    Georgians commemorate the country’s independence from the Russian empire in 1917 with a national holiday full of festivities. Tbilisi’s central streets are closed off for military parades, marching bands and displays of tanks and other military equipment. The day finishes with dazzling fireworks and rousing renditions of the national anthem.

    Art-Gene Festival

    17 – 24 July 2016
    Website

    Venue: Ethnographic Museum.

    Taking a new theme each year, from family to ecology to language, this folk festival kicks off with a series of events outside the capital and finishes off with a week-long programme in Tbilisi’s Ethnographic Museum. Traditional arts, crafts, skills and music are celebrated through concerts and displays.

    Tbilisi International Festival of Theatre

    20 September – 10 October 2016
    Website

    Venue: Various Venues

    An innovative programme of performing arts kicks off with the international component, two weeks of cutting-edge theatre featuring companies from across the globe. Next up is the Georgian part of the festival, an enticing mix of professional, amateur and student groups presenting captivating drama and dance shows.

    Tbilisoba

    14 – 16 October 2016
    Website

    Venue: City centre.

    The city centre’s main streets close to traffic as thousands of Georgians descend on Tbilisi for this annual cultural celebration. Traders from across the country set up stalls selling local crafts and edible goodies. Entertainment ranges from folk music and dancing to puppet shows and chess tournaments.

    CinéDOC-Tbilisi

    21 – 25 October 2016
    Website

    Venue: Rustaveli and Amirani Cinemas

    After a successful inaugural edition in 2013, CinéDOC-Tbilisi is already a popular fixture on the city’s cultural calendar. Dedicated to documentaries, the festival’s main focus is its international competition, but it also screens films produced in or about the Caucasus as well as films relating to children and children’s issues.

    Tbilisi Wind Festival

    26 November – 3 December 2016
    Website

    Venue: Tbilisi Conservatory

    Wind instruments are the stars of this classical music festival. The main aims of the festival are to promote the playing of wind instruments throughout Georgia and to inspire young wind musicians. Audiences are treated to superb concerts featuring international soloists, with masterclasses allowing young performers to work with professionals.

    Tbilisi International Film Festival

    28 November – 4 December 2016
    Website

    Venue: Various Venues

    With an overarching aim of developing Georgian cinema and encouraging young Georgian filmmakers, this exciting cinematic celebration encompasses screenings of new local and international films, retrospectives, workshops and masterclasses. The competition element is open to full-length feature films from first- or second-time European directors.

    All information subject to change. Please check the dates on the relevant event organizer’s website.

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    Hotels in Tbilisi

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    The last decade has seen something of a surge in accommodation options in Tbilisi, and you can now find a

    number of international brands alongside characterful homestays, a few hostels and some long-standing city hotel alternatives.

    Tbilisi Marriott

    Rustaveli Avenue 13
    Tbilisi 0108
    Georgia
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    Category: Expensive

    A plum setting on Rustaveli Avenue is complemented by a grand atrium and corporate 5-star amenities.

    Radisson Blu Iveria Hotel

    1 Rose Revolution Square
    0108 Tbilisi
    Georgia
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    Category: Expensive

    A modern tower hotel with 249 rooms, a spa and a sky-top bar.

    Cruise Hotel

    75 Beliashvili Street Mtkvari Right Emba
    Tbilisi 0159
    Georgia
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    Category: Moderate

    A curious maritime-themed hotel in the shape of a ship – rooms (or cabins?) are compact yet comfy.

    Best Western Tbilisi

    A.Apakidze St
    Tbilisi 0171
    Georgia
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    Category: Moderate

    Smart rooms with breakfast included and all the amenities you’d expect from a Best Western hotel.

    Kartli

    32 Vasil Barnov St
    Tbilisi 0108
    Georgia
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    Category: Cheap

    Small, family-run hotel with simple, but clean rooms and a lovely terrace where you can grab a pizza.

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    Climate & best time to visit Georgia

    Georgia has hot summers with mild winters, particularly in the southwest. Low temperatures are common in alpine areas. Heavist rainfall exists in the subtropical southwest.

    The best time to visit Georgia is in early-summer (May and June) and early-autumn (September), when temperatures are mild without the humidity and heat associated with July and August.

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    absolute maxabsolute minØ absolute minØ absolute minrelative humidityØ precipitationdays with deposit > 1mmsunshine duration
    Jan20 °C-23 °C5 °C-2 °C72 %19 mm43.2 h
    Feb22 °C-15 °C7 °C-1 °C67 %26 mm53.6 h
    Mar29 °C-13 °C11 °C2 °C65 %30 mm64.6 h
    Apr32 °C-4 °C17 °C7 °C64 %51 mm85.7 h
    May35 °C1 °C23 °C12 °C61 %78 mm106.9 h
    Jun38 °C6 °C27 °C15 °C61 %76 mm98.3 h
    Jul40 °C9 °C30 °C18 °C61 %45 mm68.3 h
    Aug40 °C9 °C30 °C18 °C60 %48 mm68.0 h
    Sep38 °C1 °C25 °C14 °C67 %36 mm56.9 h
    Oct33 °C-5 °C19 °C9 °C71 %38 mm65.3 h
    Nov26 °C-7 °C12 °C3 °C76 %30 mm43.4 h
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    year40 °C-23 °C18 °C8 °C67 %498 mm735.6 h
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    Phone calls & Internet

    Telephone/Mobile Telephone

    Dialing code: +995

    Mobile Telephone

    Roaming agreements exist with international mobile phone companies. It is possible to hire mobile hand-sets from Geocell Ltd (www.geocell.com.ge). Coverage is good throughout the country, but there is limited coverage in the north west.

    Internet

    There are some Internet cafés in Tbilisi.

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    Shopping in Tbilisi

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    Key Areas

    You can find souvenir shops dotted around town, giving plenty of opportunity to pick up classic Georgian keepsakes, from traditional drinking horns to handmade crafts. Key retail areas include Rustaveli Avenue and the area around Freedom Square. Elsewhere in town, the Vake district is renowned for its high-end stores.

    Markets

    The open-air Dry Bridge Market (9 Martis Park) takes place seven days a week and presents a plethora of interesting finds for those with an eye for antiques and other curios. There are usually more vendors over the weekend. Over on the left bank, Bazroba is a large market selling everything from clothes to fresh produce.

    Shopping Centres

    Tbilisi Mall Shopping Centre (David Aghmashenebeli Alley) is the largest of its kind in Georgia, playing home to a slick range of local and international brands. It stays open well into the evening each day and has parking for 2,000 cars.

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    Traveller etiquette

    Social Conventions

    Georgians pride themselves on their reputation for gregariousness and hospitality. Visitors sitting in restaurants are likely to be offered drinks by complete strangers. They will then be invited to raise (and empty) their glasses in response to an endless string of elaborate toasts, preferably interpolating a few suitably enthusiastic toasts of their own into the sequence. Smoking is widespread. Visitors may also be entertained in private homes. On such occasions, gifts such as chocolates, flowers or alcohol are well received.

    On social occasions foreign women will find themselves the object of immense flattery.

    Those finding such attentions oppressive should avoid giving any hint of encouragement. Appropriate clothing should be worn when entering a church; visitors should ensure they are not wearing shorts and women should cover their heads.

    Visitors should also be aware that street crime is far from uncommon. Anyone travelling in the republic should be cautious when venturing out after dark, carry as few valuables as possible, and beware of the risk of being robbed and possibly attacked.

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    Health

    Food & Drink

    All water should be regarded as being a potential health risk. Boiled water is readily available and should be used. Milk is pasteurised and dairy products are safe for consumption. Only eat well-cooked meat and fish. Vegetables should be cooked and fruit peeled.

    Other Risks

    Immunisation against Hepatitis B should be considered. Rabies is present. For those at high risk, vaccination before arrival should be considered. If you are bitten, seek medical advice without delay. Travellers staying for more than one month must present a medical certificate proving they are HIV negative. If not holding the required documentation, they will be subject to a compulsory HIV test on arrival.

    Contractual physician of Lufthansa

    Dr. Mgaloblishvili, Ioseb
    Geo Hospitals
    45 Vazha-Phshavela
    0160 Tbilisi
    Georgia
    Tel. +995-3225-05222

    Please note that Lufthansa accepts no responsibility for the treatment nor will it bear the cost of any treatment.
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    Visa & Immigration

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    The IATA Travel Centre delivers accurate passport, visa and health requirement information at a glance. It is a trusted, centralized source for the latest international travel requirements. The IATA Travel Centre is the most accurate source available because it is based on a comprehensive database used by virtually every airline, and information is gathered from official sources worldwide, such as immigration and police authorities.

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