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YOUR PERFECT 4 DAYS ITINERARY FOR TBILISI, GEORGIA

Updated: Jan 16





Exploring the Charm of Georgia: A 4-Day Itinerary in Tbilisi


Georgia, a captivating blend of history, vibrant nightlife, charming cobbled stone streets, the majestic Caucasus mountains, and serene lakeside and riverside towns, has swiftly emerged as a sought-after tourist destination. It's a mere 3-hour flight from my current residence in Dubai. Despite having heard much about it from my sister, I hadn't delved into any research about this intriguing Asian-European country. This marked a departure from my usual solo travels spanning the past seven years, as I embarked on a journey with my family, a deviation from our last family trip in 2010.


Here's the ideal 4-day itinerary for exploring Tbilisi, Georgia, a destination that left me with a plethora of awe-inspiring memories.


While my adventure was rewarding, there were activities I missed out on due to time constraints. For future travellers, here are essential tips to enhance your Georgian experience:





-Visa Information:

- If you hold a residence visa for any GCC country, you'll receive a visa upon arrival, free of charge, requiring only a stamped passport, a return ticket, and travel insurance.

- Non-GCC residents needing a visa can still enjoy visa-free entry with a valid US visa.

- If neither of these conditions applies, obtaining an e-visa online is a straightforward process, typically processed within five days.

- Transportation Tips:

- Despite warnings in various blogs and TripAdvisor posts against self-driving, I recommend renting a car to explore the countryside. Roads outside Tbilisi are open and traffic is well-organized.

- Opt for the Bolt app, similar to Uber, rather than traditional taxis for airport transfers.

- For those not comfortable driving, private taxi operators offer daily rates, including a car and driver/guide for up to 10 hours.

Tailor your Georgian itinerary to your interests. To ensure a diverse experience, I covered everything from old towns and historical churches to stunning landscapes and tranquil countryside.

Here's my suggested 4-day itinerary, a blueprint for an enriching adventure in Georgia.



Tbilisi Old Town

Day 1: Start your Georgian adventure by immersing yourself in the rich tapestry of Tbilisi, the captivating old capital city. Wander through ancient churches, monasteries, cobbled stone streets, and enchanting architecture that springs to life with vibrant street art, melodic music, inviting cafes, and lively bars. The city's character is further enriched by funky shisha places and the warm hospitality of its people. A delightful fusion of strong Asian influences and European culture creates a unique, dynamic, and fun-filled atmosphere.

While the city undergoes modernization, the heart of Tbilisi resides in the old town. Here, meandering lanes, bustling street markets, colourful houses, and charming al fresco cafes maintain an enduring charisma. The best way to explore this area is on foot, allowing you to encounter numerous historical structures within proximity to one another.

Highlights:

  1. Freedom Square:

  • Located in the center of Tbilisi, Freedom Square boasts a history dating back to the 19th century during the Tsarist Russia era. Initially named Yerevan Square, it underwent a transformation during the Soviet era, being renamed Lenin Square. Following Georgia's independence in 1991, it reclaimed its identity as Freedom Square. The statue of Lenin has given way to the striking St. George's Dragon Slaying Column. To the east lies the old city of Georgia, predating the 19th century. Surrounding the square are structures from Tsarist and Soviet times, including the Tbilisi City Hall, the Georgian National Gallery, and the Marriott Hotel. While numerous hotels and youth hostels are scattered nearby, the renowned hotels and restaurants of Tbilisi can be found in the old town, offering a taste of the city's authentic charm.


Georgian National Museum

Day 2: Explore the Georgian National Museum

  • Opening Hours: Open from Monday to Friday and Sunday, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

  • Ticket Price: 7 GEL (Georgian Lari)

  • Location: 3/10 Shota Rustaveli Ave, Tbilisi 0105, Georgia

Begin your second day with a visit to the Georgian National Museum, officially known as the Simon Janashia National Museum. Established in the 1920s, it retained its original name despite the 2004 reform in Georgia's cultural and museum system, which resulted in the umbrella term "Georgian National Museum" encompassing several national museums. Despite the nomenclature shift, locals and visitors still commonly refer to it by its original name.

The museum, with its captivating underground remnants, holds significant ornamental value. As you explore, take some time to browse the souvenir shop near the museum's ticket gate, offering postcards and unique mementos.

Notably, the Tbilisi tourist information office, once housed in the original city hall's first floor, has now relocated to the entrance of the National Museum's first floor. Here, you can access a wealth of tourist information and materials about Georgia, ensuring a comprehensive understanding of the country's rich cultural heritage.



The Bridge of Peace

Day 3: Explore Modern Marvels and Spiritual Sanctuaries

The Bridge of Peace


Begin your day with a stroll across the iconic Peace Bridge, a pedestrian bridge spanning the Kura River in downtown Tbilisi. A true landmark, the bridge elegantly connects the new and old towns, showcasing a modern aesthetic in a city rich with history. Stretching 150 meters, this architectural gem was envisioned by Italian architect Michele Delucchi. Its structure, a harmonious blend of steel and glass, reaches a height of 150 meters, offering not just a crossing but a visual delight.

The bridge boasts an interactive light display system, featuring 30,000 LED lights and 240 sensors. Every hour, these lights respond to special signals, with the two parapets flashing in sequence, reminiscent of Morse code. This symbolic display represents the chemical elements of the human body, intertwining with themes of human life and peace.





Holy Trinity Cathedral of Tbilisi

Holy Trinity Cathedral of Tbilisi

Next, venture to the Holy Trinity Cathedral of Tbilisi, situated on Ilya Hill on the left bank of the Mtkvari River. Erected between 1995 and 2004, this splendid structure stands as the pinnacle of the Georgian Orthodox Church. A dominant presence in the cityscape, the cathedral houses various points of interest. In the northeast corner, discover a mosaic statue of the Virgin, while the southeast corner holds a cross and a display case featuring the manuscript "Bible." The northwest corner boasts a meticulous mica model showcasing the Holy City of Jerusalem.

Outside the northwest corner, a small Armenian cemetery adds a touch of history. Serving as the Pantheon of Armenians in Tbilisi, this resting place is the final home to numerous Armenian literary and political luminaries. Immerse yourself in the spiritual ambiance and rich cultural heritage encapsulated within the Holy Trinity Cathedral.



Mtskehta

Day 4: Explore the Historic Charm of Mtskheta

Begin a short 20-minute drive from Tbilisi to Mtskheta, the ancient capital of Georgia. Steeped in history, this city holds the honour of being the birthplace of Christianity in Georgia. Marvel at the stunning cathedrals adorned with medieval architecture, meander through touristy cobbled-stone streets adorned with shops and food stalls, and visit a monastery majestically perched atop a hill, providing a breathtaking backdrop against the confluence of the Mtkvari and Aragvi rivers.


The tourist market, encircling the renowned Svetitskhoveli Cathedral, emerged as one of my favourite spots during this trip. Winding lanes and stone houses evoke a sense of timelessness, making it an ideal place to purchase souvenirs and capture photos with an ancient ambiance. The Svetitskhoveli Cathedral, centrally located in the market, boasts grandeur dating back to the 11th century and is believed to possess magical healing powers. It also serves as the burial place for numerous monarchs. Allocate around 1.5 to 2 hours to fully immerse yourself in the rich history and captivating architecture of this site.

If time allows, consider extending your exploration to a Gori caves and indulge in a Borjomi sulfur bath experience.


Your four-day Georgia itinerary now encompasses nature, culture, religious sites, and historical landmarks. While Georgia offers even more gems in Batumi, Kutaisi, Mestia, and Ushguli regions, these would require additional days due to their distance from Tbilisi. To fully enjoy these locations, consider allocating 10 to 12 days for an immersive Georgian experience.

Thank you for reading :)

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