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Tbilisi (Georgia)

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4 / 5 - 4 reviews
How to get there
6hr 15min flight from London
When to go
All year round, though it's more pleasant in summer
Minimum stay
2 to 3 days

Reviews of Tbilisi

Ines Sancelot Seasoned Traveller
24 written opinions

Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia, is in the heart of the Caucasus. It's a must during your holiday in Georgia.

My suggestion:
I suggest you spend at least three days in Tbilisi.
My review

Personally, I really liked this town with its vibrant feel and a host of things to do. It's home to a superb citadel, overlooked by the Motherland Statue, as well as several religious buildings, cultural attractions and delicious food!

I spent five days in the capital, which I believe is what you need to fully explore the city; it's ideal for a long weekend.

It was whilst strolling through the city that I stumbled upon an unusual building. It was a small puppet theatre, which was putting on a show (subtitled in English) on the Battle of Stalingrad that very evening. It's called the Rezo Gabriadze Marionette Theatre and you can consult its programme online. An atypical, cultural visit awaits!

Finally, Tbilisi boasts one of the biggest cathedrals in the Caucasus - the Holy Trinity Cathedral. As Georgia is an orthodox country, women must cover their hair and wear long skirts to enter the cathedral.

Antoine d'Audigier Seasoned Traveller
48 written opinions

A capital city that's both culturally and naturally rich.

My suggestion:
Tbilisi's Orthodox church is a must-see, but don't miss out a walking tour of the rest of the capital.
My review

I can't tell you how much I loved wandering around Georgia's capital! Tbilisi has it all: paved streets, a river crossed by illuminated bridges, a parliament building that sits on a hill and bronze statues depicting age-old legends that are scattered around the town.

I particularly enjoyed the walk up to the Narikala Fortress and along the walls that overlook Tbilisi. The view over my favourite town in the Caucasus is quite something. There are also the baths under a series of domes on the square, the magnificent blue mosaics at the Orbeliani Baths, as well as the old town with its period houses. Even if, during a trip to Georgia, you drive around the capital, do also take the time to walk; it's perfect for touring by foot, whether you're down town or in the greener outskirts.

Timothée D. Seasoned Traveller
271 written opinions

Tbilissi, the capital of Georgia and its largest city, manages to be both a richly historic place and a lively modern metropolis at the same time.

My suggestion:
As with most of the former Soviet Block countries, visiting the national museum is always an interesting experience as it provides an opportunity to gain some insight into the country's history, which can often turn out to be markedly different from that of its neighbours.
My review

Like most of the the other capital cities in the neighbouring countries, Tbilisi is an explosive mixture of the old and the new, of tradition and modernity, and of wealth and poverty, all of it existing in a strongly unfamiliar and exotic setting. The first thing that comes to mind when I think back to Tbilisi is its fortress, which stands guard overlooking the city from its dominant position, much like the thousand-year-old churches perched prominently up on the city's hills, standing out clearly from the rest of the urban landscape.

The cities verdant avenues are lined with fairly run-down but attractive buildings built in the area's traditional architectural style, with balconies and red tiled roofs. Once night falls, Tbilisi's terraces fill up with its trendy young people and the city takes on a fun, lively and energetic atmosphere. It's for these very reasons, this multitude of different influences, architectural styles and people, that I strongly recommend you spend a few days in Tbilisi during your trip to Georgia.

Rémi Manesse Seasoned Traveller
68 written opinions

Part of Tbilisi's charm is that it's divided into different quarters. Each one has its own ambience and places to explore.

My suggestion:
Even if it's easier to just stick to the capital's historic centre, it's worth taking the time to explore all of its neighbourhoods. One quarter that particularly springs to mind is Marjanishvili. 
My review

I'll come straight out with it: I'm a huge fan of Tbilisi. That may seem a weird thing to say about a town that's either little known abroad or has a bad reputation. All the same, the town is enchanting, with its traditional wooden or wrought iron walkways, distinctive churches and dynamic feel. Its ecumenism and setting only add to its pull.

During every holiday in Georgia I spent several days in Tbilisi by choice and never once got bored. Obviously, the main tourist attractions should be seen - the old town, the Narikala Fortress, Rustaveli Avenue, the Holy Trinity Cathedral etc. - but the best experience is wandering around its streets and lanes, which will give you a real feel for life in the city. Another major selling point - Tbilisi is Georgia's culinary capital. So make the most of your time there by sampling some of its dishes!

Tours and travel ideas Tbilisi

  • Highlights
A Culinary Experience
Length 7 days Approx. $910
  • Adventure
Multi-Activity Discovery Tour
Length 8 days Approx. $870
Multi-destination tour
  • Off the beaten track
Rtveli Wine Making Festival
Length 8 days Approx. $1,820
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