Georgia is fun, the sun, amazing Caucasian culture, a lot of attractions and affordable prices. Rest in Georgia will be remembered by beautiful nature, abundance of bright colors of clear sky, clean and warm water of the Black Sea, and high-quality service of European level.
Abanotubani is a Tbilisi district, the main attraction of which is a bath complex (sulfur sources). Attention of tourists deserve the Queen’s Bath (consists of one women’s and two men’s rooms), Bath Fantasy (15 rooms for guests), the bath of King Irakli (it includes 4 inexpensive rooms), Bath VIP (is the number where there is a hot sulfur pool, sauna and other amenities), Bathhouse No. 5 (it is equipped with halls for women and men, several rooms with different functionality), Tsar’s Bath (there are 5 separate rooms here), Variegated bathhouse (the adornment of its facade is blue tiles, entrance to the common hall costs $ 1.5, and massage – about $ 6), bathhouse “Bakhmaro” (one of the 5 rooms is elite and luxurious with modern decoration).
Attention of travelers deserve Singing fountains: enjoying the evening enjoying beautiful music, bizarre patterns and bright lights, there is an illusory feeling that in front of them fountains that perform the “dance of water.”
Another interesting object is the Chachi Fountain: it represents a special 25-meter bowl (it is surrounded by 4 pools), from which at 7 pm, Georgian vodka is poured out at 7 pm a week (a tasting of a strong drink is possible thanks to the available special devices, spilling the chacha).
The house of Mirza-Riza-khan
The house of Mirza-Riza-khan is a symbol of Borjomi and an architectural monument of the late 19th century. The color of the main stone building of the 5-coal form surrounded by the annexes is blue, and the decoration of the inner part of the central balcony is the patterns, for the creation of which multicolored stones and mirror elements were used. Today the hotel Golden Tulip Borjomi is located with 16 rooms (2 of them are classified as “Suite”), a restaurant, a sauna, a fitness room, a swimming pool, a massage room and procedures that use Borjomi mineral waters.
The Narikala fortress in Tbilisi was built in the 4th century, and in the 7th century it was completed by the Arabs, and in the 11th – by the Mongols. Because of the earthquake of 1827, the fortress was partially destroyed, but the interest of tourists to its surviving towers has not died down to this day. Special attention should be paid to the church of St. Nicholas, built in the 11th century and restored in the 90s, inside which there are frescoes depicting biblical scenes and Georgian history. Tip: it’s better to get to the fortress by cable car from Ricke Park (an alternative is a walk from Europe Square).
Likan Palace is a villa (Moorish style), which was built in the 1890s for Prince Nikolai Mikhailovich on the banks of the Kura in Likani. In order to have electricity in the yard, the 1st Russian hydropower plant was built here. Today the Likan Palace is the summer residence of the president of Georgia, but despite the fact that you can not get inside, you can see it from the outside, and most of his former furnishings and photographic cards are seen in the State Museum of Georgia. You can get to the Likan Palace from the center of Borjomi (there goes a regular bus).
Monastery of Jvari
The monastery of Jvari (it was built on the site of a wooden cross, built in the 4th century by Saint Nino in honor of the victory of the Christian faith over the pagan) is located not far from Mtskheta at the top of the mountain (beautiful views of the rivers and Mtskheta are emerging from the confluence of Aragvi and Kura). At the entrance you can buy flowers to bring them to the icons located in the monastery, and at the exit – crosses and handmade fish from boxwood. The southern and eastern sides of the temple are decorated with sculptural reliefs and ornaments, and the altar apse – 3 reliefs on which are depicted ktitor. Not far from the Jvari Monastery is the Tree of Wishes – there tourists who want to hang hang tapes.
Kazbek Mountain is a 5000-meter extinct stratovolcano, and its slope from the Darial Gorge is occupied by a non-working meteorological station (part of it was converted into a shelter for climbers). To the noteworthy objects of Kazbek include the monastery Betlemi, Trinity Church, Dragon Rocks (represent a kilometer horseshoe at an altitude of 4800 m). Ascent to Kazbek takes 5-7 hours, so it is advisable to get poisoned on the way at three o’clock in the morning.
The Mahuntseti waterfall is 30 km away from Batumi: its water stream, which has a rejuvenating effect, falls from a height of 20 m. A healing invigorating bath can be taken in a stone bowl under a waterfall, and you can satisfy the hunger with Georgian dishes – in a cafe nearby. The Mahuntseti waterfall will be reached via the bridge of the same name across the Acharistkali River, which is 28 m in length (the bridge is 6 m high).
How to get there? At the bus station of Batumi, you need to take bus number 77 (on the way it will take about 40 minutes) and get off near the bridge, from where to the waterfall a couple of minutes walk.
The monastery of Gelati, distant from Kutaisi for 2 km, was built in 1106 by David Agmashenebeli (he also is his burial vault). The main treasures of the monastery are the best mosaics in Transcaucasia (note the mosaic depicting Our Lady and Child between the two Archangels) and murals in the form of portraits of crowned persons. In addition, the complex consists of the three-tier belfry built in the 13th century, the churches of Saints George and Nicholas. Gelati stands on a hill, from where everyone will be able to admire the district and Racha-Lechkhum mountains.
The reserve Sataplia is the place of growth of boxwood, oak, fig, chestnut, colchis holly, hornbeam and other trees. Visitors will be able to admire the architectural monuments, inspect the traces left by the dinosaurs (a path is laid over the place with prints in the limestone rock for easy viewing and photographing, and copies of the tracks can be bought in the workshop where they are cast), touch and be photographed against the realistic sculptures of dinosaurs in the forest, visit the karst cave (sightseers can explore 300 m of underground space with colored lamps and stalactite and stalagmite outgrowths) and a viewing platform with a transparent polo m (visitors are asked to wear special slippers), from where you can see Kutaisi with its surroundings.
Wine tunnel Kvareli
The tunnel with two entrances (one intended for tourists and the other for the needs of the company “Hareba Winery”), about 7.5 km long, is the vault of vintage wines, the most “ancient” of which was produced in 1840. Those who visit this place will listen to the excursion, take part in wine tasting and if they wish they will get a bottle of the kind they like (Saperavi, Tsolikauri, krahuna, Kindzmarauli, rkatsiteli, tsitska, usahelauri, mukuzani). A high-speed elevator, moving from the tunnel, will deliver everyone on the rock with an upscale restaurant working there. Tourists should not overlook the fountain above it, the waterfall and the observation deck, which can also be reached by an elevator.
The cave of Prometheus found shelter in the vicinity of the city of Tskhaltubo. From 11 km of the total length of the cave tourists can visit 1060 m. The cave (air temperature + 15-17˚C, as adornment of the cave canal are flowing) is famous for 15 excursion zones, which are equipped with dynamic lighting (illumination of areas between zones is provided for account of static light). Near the entrance, everyone will be able to be photographed against the background of a monument to a local resident who has guarded the cave for vandals for many years.
Useful information: buy a ticket, worth $ 3 (child ticket will cost $ 1.5), you can at the entrance to the cave; wishing to be offered to ride along the cave lake by boat (+ $ 3 more); operating mode: daily, except Monday, from 10 am to 5-6 pm.
Uplistsikhe is an ancient cave city: it is located 12 km from Gori. Of the 700 caves and cave structures to our time, only 150 have survived (they are connected to each other by way of junction paths). Here you can see the North-Western, the Great and North-Eastern gates, the Three-Walled chapel, the Maklavani complex, the Long temple, the Uplistsuli church, the temple with the caissons, the Round temple with the ritual well, the two-columned temple (the hall of Queen Tamara) and other objects.
The entrance will cost $ 1.25, and the services of the guide will be at $ 6, but you can visit Uplistsikhe from 11:00 to 18:00 (from the bus station in Gori to the village of Kovahvreli, it takes about 20 minutes by bus, and from there to Uplistsikhe only 2 km on foot).
In Sighnaghi, nicknamed the city of love (one version relates to the song “A Million Crimson Roses” about the love of the artist for the actress, which happened in Sighnaghi, the enamored artist – Georgians Nino Pirosmani), will be able to marry in the local registry office without first submitting documents, to visit a park named after April 9, to see the exhibits of the Museum of Local Lore, houses with traditional carved balconies, a fountain in the square of Irakli II, St. Stephen’s Church and St. George’s Church, admire the beautiful views of the Alazani Valley from the watchtowers, and kzhe acquire a local wine in the store “Tears of Pheasant”, which opened a cafe, where all are invited to wine tasting.
Bridge of peace
156-meter Bridge of Peace – a landmark of the Georgian capital: a wave-like steel-glass structure is represented in the form of a fishing net, thrown over the river Kura. In the evening, the bridge is illuminated by 30000 bulbs and LEDs, which are hourly portrayed on the two parapets of the bridge on one of the chemical elements of the periodic table present in the body of each person (the purpose of this installation is to show the unity of all people). In addition, from the bridge you can admire the fortress of Narikala, the Tbilisi Embankments, the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, the residence of the Georgian president.