A lot of families come to Tbilisi for city breaks in the wintertime. Delighted by this, we prepared a little guide to Tbilisi and Georgia for our guests. Hope that you will enjoy your stay here!
WEATHER, TRANSPORT AND MONEY
Wintertime in Tbilisi is not cold, sub-zero temperatures is a rare phenomenon, but often it is quite windy, so a hat and a scarf are worth being packed in your bag. If you decide to continue your trip to Batumi or Imereti region, expect the air to be more humid - after all, it is a subtropical zone.
In every Georgian airport both official and unofficial taxis will not leave you standing alone with your luggage in the middle of the arrivals hall. In addition to taxi, from the Batumi airport there is a bus to the city; Kutaisi airport cooperates with Georgian Bus company, which makes regular trips to Tbilisi, Batumi and Mestia, and from Tbilisi airport there are regular daytime and night buses to the city center.
In all the shops, hotels and restaurants in Georgia you can only pay with the national currency. Of course, many hotels put prices in dollars on their websites, but they make it rather for convenience, as not the whole world keeps in mind the exchange rate of our small but proud lari. In short, when you arrive at the airport, look for a bank branch or an exchange to pay for a taxi.
PLACES TO SEE IN TBILISI
The historical sights of Tbilisi require a full day walk. Start with a cable car trip to Narikala fortress (VI century), walk down to the Abanotubani (Sulfur Bath District) and Leghvtakhevi Waterfall, continue to the streets of Old Tbilisi, including Shardeni area (a tip: your kids with love Luca Polare ice creams and frozen yogurts!).
Take a walk in Rike Park and get to see a magnificent Sameba (Trinity) Cathedral. Make a break with khachapuri and Laghidze lemonade in the yard of Sameba and walk down again.
After crossing the Dry Bridge with antique market near it, get to the pedestrian part of Aghmashenebeli Street that used to be a part of the German colony. Walk towards Marjanishvili Square, cross the bridge towards Rustaveli Avenue and continue there.
Climb upwards to the lower funicular station (it started operating in 1905!) and go to the top of Mtatsminda mountain. This is the best viewpoint! Your kids will love the amusement park and a ride on a Ferris Wheel.
Don’t forget to check the main museums:
- National Museum with its collection from Dmanisi, where the first European species of Homo were from, with its golden treasury and Museum of Soviet occupation too.
- National Gallery that houses permanent exhibitions of the Georgian painters of different centuries and hosts temporary exhibitions of Georgian and international artists every 2-3 months.
- The Ethnographic Museum and Kus Tba (Turtle Lake) are also a great place to be with kids.
Note down: all museums are closed on Monday.
After you are done with this, go to the famous sulfur baths in the historical Abanotubani district or at Lisi Lake. Your body will be grateful!