Georgia is a country in the Caucasus region of Eurasia. It covers a territory of 69,700 square kilometres at the crossroads of Western Asia and Eastern Europe, with a population of almost 5 million. Georgia is bordered to the north by Russia, to the west by the Black Sea, to the south by Turkey and Armenia, and to the southeast by Azerbaijan. The capital and largest city is Tbilisi. Beautiful mountain scenery, interesting old churches, vast green valleys, and very hospital people, await those who visit Georgia.
What to see & do
National Botanical Garden of Georgia - The National Botanical Garden of Georgia, formerly called Tbilisi Botanical Garden, covers an area of 161 hectares in the Tsavkisis-Tskali Gorge. The massive garden contains over 4,500 taxonomic groups and has a history of over three centuries. It was first described in 1671 as royal gardens. The central entrance to the Garden can be found at the foothills of the Narikala Fortress.
Giorgi Chitaia Open Air Museum of Ethnography - The open air museum in Tbilisi features representations of folk architecture and craftwork from Georgia's various regions. The exhibition is set on 52 hectares of land divided into 11 zones, with about 70 buildings and over 8,000 objects. The museum hosts an annual summertime folk culture festival.
Joseph Stalin Museum - Housed in a 1957 building in Gori is the Stalin Museum, dedicated to the life of the leader of the Soviet Union. The museum includes the small wooden hut where Stalin was born in 1878 and where he spent his first four years of life.
Samtavro Transfiguration Orthodox Church - The Orthodox Church and nunnery of St. Nino were built in the 4th century by King Mirian III of Iberia in the city of Mtskheta. The final resting place of famous Georgian monk Gabriel is in the yard of the church.
How to get around within Georgia
The most convenient way to explore Georgia is by riding a taxi. Taxi fares are quite cheap, but drivers tend to have a habit of overcharging tourists. Name your destination and settle on a price (or, in the cases of official taxis, convince them to turn on the metre) before getting in the cab to avoid any trouble. Other means of public travel are the very cheap but slow city buses and there’s also an extensive network of trains.
How to get there
Citizens of selected nations, including Albania, Argentina, Australia, Barbados, Belize, Brazil, Canada, Chile, India, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Panama, Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Switzerland, Thailand, United States, and Uruguay do not require a visa to enter and stay in Georgia for up to 360 days. Others can acquire a visa from a Georgian embassy or consulate. The primary airport serving Georgia is Tbilisi International Airport, formerly Novo Alexeyevka International Airport, located about 17 kilometres southeast of Tbilisi. There are direct flights to the airport from several cities in CIS, Europe, and the Middle East. The following airlines use Tbilisi Airport: Aegean Airlines, Aeroflot, Air Arabia, Air Astana, Air Cairo, airBaltic, Alitalia, Arkia Israel Airlines, Atlasjet, Azerbaijan Airlines, Belavia, Czech Airlines, Dniproavia, Etihad Airways, flydubai, Flyvista, Georgian Airways, Israir Airlines, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Qatar Airways, S7 Airlines, Turkish Airlines, Ukraine International Airlines, Ural Airlines, and Yanair.
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