How I spent my holiday in Georgia

It has been almost a year now since I traveled to Georgia, yet it’s never too late to share my experiences with you. A special request granted for my good friend as she is planning to visit Georgia soon.

I’m grateful to God that I’ve completed my first employment contract at that time and I decided to reward myself with a unique, unforgettable and cherishable experience.

One of the most fascinating countries a traveler must visit. Why? Aside from the fact that all the streets in Tbilisi are  instagrammable, the beauty of the glorious Georgia will leave you speechless. Not to mention that this country is a budget friendly, very rich in culture, historical heritages and where you can find the most kind-hearted people.

Θ VISA

One of the great advantage of having a UAE residence visa  is that I can get a visa upon arrival at Georgia for free.

Θ TRAVEL DURATION

It was a 3 nights and 4 days trip. It was my first time to travel alone out of Dubai. After a month or two of searching for tips and guides about the country, I finally flee to Georgia on the month of November.

Θ AIRLINE

There you go, so I booked my flight for 1135 Dhs round-trip with Azerbaijan airlines. It was not a direct flight. Travel time from Dubai to Baku, capital of  Azerbaijan is 3 hours, stop over for few hours then 1 hour flight from Baku to Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia.

I know I would’ve saved more time if I booked with Air Arabia, which is a 3 hours direct flight to Tbilisi coming from Sharjah, however, it’s not convenient to go to Sharjah which will take another hour from Dubai.

Anyhow, my choice of flying with Azerbaijan airlines made my trip extra special and memorable. The food was simply amazing and their kind of service is outstanding!

Θ WEATHER 

Upon setting my foot outside the airport, I could literally see the smoke coming out of my mouth as I was negotiating with the taxi driver. Yes, I constantly checked the weather  (between 6-12 C) before going there but surprisingly exceeds my expectation. It was freezing cold!

Θ HOTEL 

Thankfully reached my hotel safe and sound! I stayed at a 3 star hotel named Queroli. The hotel is situated at the old town of Tbilisi, its location is one of the major reason why I picked the hotel.

Θ BUS TOUR

I think the safest move to make for a solo traveler is to go for a bus tour. Decided to purchase a city tour ticket with City Siteseeing. Luckily, their office is only 15 minutes walk away from my hotel. I booked from their international site, however it was not advised for some reason. The manager told me to book the ticket on the Tbilisi website itself. Link below.

http://cstbilisi.com/

Sharing with you my itinerary and the photos I compiled in my 3N/4D trip.

◊ First day: City Tour -Tbilisi

Started my day with a healthy breakfast at my hotel and headed to the City Siteseeing office at 10:30. Hop in to the bus and started the city tour at 11am. Kindly scroll down at the bottom page for the route.

 

@Freedom Square

 

◊ Second Day: Out of Town – Ananuri, Gudauri & Kazbegi

Went out of the city on the second day to see the Caucasian mountains where there is heavy snow.

Good thing City Siteseeing bus tour also offers trip packages outside of the city. We left the city at 10am. Travel time from the city to Kazbegi is 3-4hours. Unfortunately, the road going to the church on top of the mountain were too slippery because of the heavy snow so we decided not to proceed for our own safety.

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@Guduari

 

◊ Third Day: Real Time Adventure

Went around the city once again since the city exploration was not completed on the first day. Headed to the nearest church for my first stop, known as one of the tallest Eastern Orthodox cathedrals in the world, the Trinity Cathedral . From there, I took a taxi going to Funicular to experience the cable railway which leads to Mtatsminda where you can find the amusement park overlooking the entire city. Ended my day at the famous restaurant where you can find the “I love Tbilisi” sign just across the City Siteseeing office.

 

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While searching for a good restaurant

@Narikala Fortress

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The Giant Bike @Rustaveli Avenue

@European Square

Entrance of City Siteseeing Office

@Guduari

@Ananuri

 



 

 

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Inside the airport. What a creative architecture!

 

Truly enjoyed and astounded by the wonders of Georgia and will definitely come back with my sisters if God willing.

How about you? Have you traveled and mesmerized to the beauty of Georgia? Share in your comments below.

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