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The Hospitality Club is the world's largest hospitality exchange organization. We are thousands of friendly members world wide who offer each other free accommodation when traveling. Membership is free and joining just takes a minute - we would love to have you onboard!

Travel Guide for Georgia

Here you will find travel information and insider tips about Georgia that has been cooperatively contributed by other friendly Hospitality Club members. Please become active as well, and share your vast budget travel and backpacking knowledge with other members and the internet community - it is very easy to edit any information here (more info in the Help File). We hope that these Travel Guides will quickly become a great and fun resource. If you want to print this guide out to take with you, we have prepared this Printer Friendly Travel Guide for you. Enjoy!
For Introduction, Top Things to See and Do, Neighboring Countries, Who is coming?, Want more guests!, Hospitality Club Meetings and the geographic navigation please see the main Georgia Page.

Basic Facts

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Population: 5 million. Capital: Tbilisi. Major languages: Georgian, Russian. Major religion: Christianity. Monetary unit: 1 lari = 100 tetri. Main exports: Scrap metal, wine, fruit. International dialling code: +995.

Attractions and Things to See and Do

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TBILISI: Red-roofed, low-rise and higgledy-piggledy, Tbilisi has a distinctly cosmopolitan feel. With a population of about 1.5 million, it is a major economic and cultural centre. Tbilisi is famous for its historical monuments and gorgeous architecture, which include the Sioni Cathedral Church that dates from the 5th century and the ancient Narikhala fortress . Visitors can also take in the local theatre scene. Three of the city's most famous and long-established theatres are situated in Rusta ... more

Maps

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Here you can include references to maps that are somewhere on the internet. Two conditions apply: they cannot be protected by copyright, (or you have to make sure that we are allowed to use them), and you have to make sure that it is ok if we call them up from here. If that is a problem, you can also send us the image file and we will upload it to our server.

Off the Beaten Path and Insider Tips

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Suggested Itineraries

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Classical route to main sights - 8 days:,

Day 1. Tbilisi & Mzkheta Tour: Saint Trinity Church, Metekhi church, abanotubani (sulphur baths), Narikala fortress, Sioni Cathedral, basilica Anchiskhati, Treasury of Art Museum, historic and architectural complex of Jvari, Svetitskhoveli Cathedral, Samtavro Convent. Day 2. North Georgia - Military Georgian Road across the Caucasus: historical and architectural ensemble Ananuri, alpine ski resort Gudauri, Jvari crossing (2,395 m. alt.), ... more

Transport

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If you choose to rent a car, or a car with driver, you can expect to pay approximately $50 per day plus gasoline. Call car rental company Info-Tbilisi Travel http://www.cars.info-tbilisi.com +9953218-22-44

Accommodation

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1) Western standard four-star hotel in Tbilisi is the Metekhi Palace Hotel: The room rate for an Embassy visitor (minus the VAT) is $164 per night. The regular rate is $204 (plus 18% VAT) per night, including breakfast and full use of the Health Club.
2) Georgian House: 38 Vakhtang VI st, room rates: Single $40, Double $50 including breakfast and VAT. Hotel is owned by travel company EXOTOUR: Tel/fax: (+99532) 791919, e-mail: info@exotour.ge, web: www.exotour.ge. 3) ... more

Food and Drinks and Local Specialties

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Georgian Restaurant TAMADA, with old Tbilisi interior and items of traditional culture: "tone” (bread baker), "factory” for destillating chacha, stone fireplace, traditional drinks and cuisine (khinkali, shashliki, khachapuri, saczivi, phkhali, skmeruli). Furthermore you can order additional Exotic menu, where you can take part in the process of vodka distillation, preparation of churchxela, tasting hot bread from "tone”, tea from cattle with the wine Saperavi. Live music every day: ... more

Money and Costs

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Currency, Exchanging Money, Credit Cards, Tipping, Bargaining, Costs...

Visa and Documents and Embassies

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The visa acquiring process for foreign visitors has been very simplified since the new governmnet came into power. Since attracting as many tourists as possible is our main desire, government made visas available right in teh airport. So the foreign visitors don't need to worry about visas before they come or after they come. Visa can be acquired right in the building of the airport, as soon as you get in the airport. It takes probably several minutes. So wish you all luck and hope to see you i ... more

Borders and Customs

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Post and Communications and Internet

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Post, Telephone, Fax, Internet Access ...

Questions and Answers or Forum

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Here anything goes, you can post questions you have, and other members will answer you. If you do answer, please send the reply directly to the asking member as well, and try to integrate the information into the categories above. If too difficult to do, just answer right here and a volunteer will integrate in the future. Also, you can put thanks notes in here. Add new questions on top so they show up on the Travel Guide page. Please post messages not related to traveling or the aim of the Hospi ... more

Hospitality Club Meetings

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Use this section to add more info if you organize meetings and events (you can add a short note on the main country page). You can also invite other members to parties, sports events, whenever you would like to meet up with someone.

Travelogues

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Have you written a story about a trip to this country? Just paste your text in here and share your experience with other members.

Photos

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Here you can include photos that are hosted somewhere on the internet. As with maps, you have to make sure that it is ok for us to use the photos here (so they should be either your photos, or you should ask the owner), and that it is allright to call them up from here.

Activities and Sports

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Nightlife and Entertainment

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Bars, Cafes, Discos, Cinemas...

Population and People

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Culture and Conduct or Local Customs

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Language and Useful Phrases

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Events and Holidays

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Festivals, Sports, Concerts, Public Holidays...

Climate and When to Go

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Geography

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Environment and Flora and Fauna

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Dangers and Warnings

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Tourist Traps

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Health

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History

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Government and Politics

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Economy

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GDP, GDP per head, Annual growth, inflation, Major Industries, Major trading partners...

Arts

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Music, Literature, Theater, Movies ...

Media

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Newspapers, Radio and TV, Magazines ...

Religion

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Volunteer Opportunities and Work

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Organized Tours

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What to Bring or Packing List

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Shopping

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Books and Further Reading

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Guidebooks, Travel, History and Politics
Please enter Amazon links to the books - we will put info on how to do this here shortly. This way we hope to get a bit of funding for the running of the club, if someone buys the books you recommend.

Other Information

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Could not fit it into any of the categories above? Put it here...:-)

External Links

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Useful web sites about Country profile, Cities, Activities, Tours & Programs, Photos and news:
- http://www.exotour.ge
- http://travel-georgia.blogspot.com
- http://www.tourism.gov.ge
- http://www.concordtravel.ge
- http://georgianholidays.com

Offtopic Messages

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Here you can add messages that are not exactly related to the aims of the Hospitality Club (but related to the country). Do you need a visa invitation? Looking for an internship, job or a flat to rent? Just add this here, and if you are lucky other members will read it and contact you. Remember: do not send messages like this directly to members - after giving you this space here, we will fight spam even more strictly!
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