Things to do in Tbilisi
Georgia is an eclectic mash of different cultures and a diverse history. There are so many popular tourist attractions in Tbilisi that exploring them all in two days might just not be possible. So to make things easier, we’ve made our own Tbilisi tourist map that’ll help you see the best of this colourful city in just two days.
Your first day will start at Freedom Square or Rustaveli Square, located in the heart of the city centre. Explore Rustaveli Avenue on feet, which is dotted with quaint restaurants, bars and upmarket shops. On your way, you’ll come across Tbilisi Opera and Ballet Theatre House on your right, and on the next block, is the 19th century Kashveti Church – a classic example of a Georgian Orthodox church. Right opposite Kashveti Church is the old Georgian Parliament building (Georgian Parliament is presently based in Kutaisi, the legislative capital of Georgia, as well as its second largest city).
Make a stopover at Georgian Museum of History and the Soviet Occupation Museum (both of which are located in the same building), and learn all about Georgia’s rich and diverse history. You’ll also find the local tourist office here, from where you’ll be able to get city maps and information. Head on to the cobblestoned Kote Afkhasi Street, which will in turn lead you to Old Tbilisi. Revel in the beauty of its lovely two and three-storey balconied houses before you can check out Tbilisi’s largest synagogue – Jvaris Mama Church or the Church of Saint George.
Relish some traditional local cuisine in Tbilisi Meydan before climbing up the steep hill to Narikhala Fortress and Saint Nicholas Church. Next to the fortress is the 20 metre-tall-statue of Kartvlis Deda or Mother Georgia, overlooking the city. Built in 1958, the statue has become a symbol of Tbilisi.
From here, you can either take the cable car, or walk back downhill through Tsavkisis-Tskali Gorge, and enjoy a stroll in its Botanical Gardens. Abanotubani, the Bath District, is Tbilisi’s oldest neighbourhood. Venture into one of the many bath houses located here, and go for a relaxing sulphur bath.
Finish off your first day of Georgia’s Tbilisi tourism tour by enjoying a local delicacy at one of many traditional Georgian restaurants nearby.
You can start your second day of travelling to Tbilisi by exploring the local market on the eastern side of Kura River. Located near Station Square metro station, the Tbilisi market is a fascinating place to be in. You’ll see locals engaging in their everyday grocery shopping, especially fresh fruits.
After your Tbilisi market shopping, you could leave for the posh Marjanishvili area, just a kilometre away. Marjanishvili is dotted with quaint cafes and cosy restaurants, and is the perfect place to have breakfast to kick-start your day.
Visit the Marjanishvili Theatre, one of the two most important theatres in Tbilisi. Take a private transfer to the Holy Trinity Cathedral of Tbilisi (also called Sameba Cathedral), Georgia’s largest church and one of the most impressive orthodox churches you’ll ever come across. Next, take a look at the Tbilisi Presidential Palace, Ejmiatsin Armenian Church, and the beautiful Metekhi Church, which is also a popular wedding venue.
As you leave Metekhi, you’ll find plenty of lovely local restaurants for lunch. After your meal, leave for Tbilisi Europe Square and wander around this unusual yet interesting place for a while. Near the Europe Square is the Peace Bridge, a brainchild of Italian architect Michele de Lucchi, which especially looks magical at night when its lights flash in a dance-like rhythm.
End your holiday in Tbilisi with drinks and dinner at one of the many restaurants in Tblisi Old Town. Hemingway Cafe, located on Chardin Street, is one good suggestion by our holiday experts.
Romantic weekend getaways in Georgia
If your idea of romance is to relax and enjoy your vacation at a leisurely pace, then you must visit the sulphur baths of Tbilisi to unwind and rejuvenate your body and your tired souls. You can check out the Kakhetian wine spa at the Kakhetian lake resorts or simply relax by immersing your body in the famous Georgian mineral waters at one of the spa hotels in Borjomi.
History admirers will enjoy a lot, a country which has a timeless look and feel. Georgia is dotted with historic churches, medieval ruins of castles and towers and UNESCO World Heritage sites. History geeks will feel like steeping back into the bygone era as they explore the cave town of Vardzia or Rabato Fortress. Legendary cathedrals of Gelati and Svetitskhoveli have inspiring frescoes in Georgian designs. There are several monuments to enjoy and admire and don’t forget to try the Georgian national costumes for a more picture friendly moment with your beloved. History lovers will have a great time while reveling in romance in Georgia.
Georgia in Europe is a perfect romantic destination boasting of a mix of stunning natural beauty, amazing range of adventure and fun activities, great food and wine, friendly people and plenty of space to rekindle romance. For your honeymoon, anniversary, couple’s trip or any romantic getaway, it offers the ultimate in romance, from special dinners, beautiful views, romantic suites, adventure and more. Georgia, Europe is also an amazing honeymoon destination for the newlyweds as it offers range of activities to ensure you have a memorable vacation with your beloved. An offbeat and lesser-known destination nestled amidst the lap of the soaring Caucasus Mountains