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Oslo
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Hi,

any suggestions for things to do if we arrive in Tbilisi and depart from Tbilisi and have a week? In the 1980ies it took almost a day to travel between Tbilisi and Kutaisi. Has transportation improved and gotten faster? Are there reliable internal flights these days? All feedback is highly appreciated, thank you!

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Hi PINELights,

The roads are being gradually restored, and quite a few main cities are very well connected now. The air and rail (train) connection allows moving faster, too. But then the country is so small, that you can easily see good half of it in a week even travelling by road.

Care to share what your interests are so that we could suggest you something suitable for your interests?

Also, would you prefer to see places out of Tbilisi or move around? Finally, what season are you travelling in?

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Hi, and thanks alot for a quick response. We are talking end of March. Could that be a time when mountain passes are still in deep snow?

We have broad interests - wine making in kvevri would be interesting to see and we would like to sample some wines. Svaneti seems interesting (is it easily done or is it affected by Russian invasion?). Is Mayakovski museum still around and is it easily accesible/ worth a visit? Is Batumi easy to get to and is it worth spending time traveling from Tbilisi as compared to closer venues? Mountains, valleys - everything just to get the feel of what Georgia is really about is what we are looking for. We do not drive and depend on public transport and that is probably an issue that may limit us. On the other hand one of us speaks some russian (is it ok to use it nowadays?) which may assist out of Tbilisi.

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Hi,

I don’t think at end-March the snow on the passes will still be deep. The mountain peaks will be covered with snow, though.

Can’t tell anything about Svaneti - I’m keeping it my (yet another) return trip. But if you only have one week in Georgia, you might not have enough time to pay tribute to it. In my understanding, several days are required for the area.

Sadly, I have not been to Mayakovskiy House-Museum in Bagdati since my early childhood (that is, decades ago). But it must be still open as I’ve seen the media coverage of his birthday’s celebration there this summer. I wonder if these details are still correct and valid: www.georgianmuseums.ge/…

Batumi is easy to get to from Tbilisi; Georgian airlines will take you there within some 35min. There’s also train you could take. Lots of money had been invested into Batumi to make it kinda Georgian Vegas. So whether it’s worth spending your time there depends if clubbing/casinos are among your travel interests, and also on whether you’d like to add a day or two on the Black Sea shore to your trip.

In my amateur opinion, there’s nothing better than Alazani valley in Georgia for wines. So for wine-making/tasting, research Kakheti area and its wineries. Some wine-yards and maranis are more touristy these days (say, those in Signaghi), the others more authentic.

For the mountains, nothing beats the scenery of the Georgian military road in my eyes. Can be done by public transport (please, search this forum; it was mentioned by other members).

Also, if you have never experienced them - one of the cave cities or monasteries is recommended. Uplistsikhe and David Garedja will be the closest and perhaps the easiest to visit from Tbilisi by public transport.

Russian is still fine to use in Georgia. But I found Russian is less spoken these days, especially among the younger people. But with a combination of English and Russian, you are going to be just fine.

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