5 Days In Georgia Itinerary List - Make Most Of Your Trip

For the second time I felt as a real tourist in Georgia, let me explain - I have been living in Georgia for more than 5 years, thus for the past two years I'm spending Summer months in Latvia. This year we were absent from Georgia for about 6 months, and when returned - we had no choice but to travel a lot across the country, as the friends of my partner joined us during our journey back home to Tbilisi. 

We booked our flight back to Georgia (Tbilisi) already at start of the August (back then I was still busy with brick and mortar things performing home remodeling works). Friends of my partner planned to visit Georgia for their very first time. Our flight was at the same day, the same plane. Instead of a typical week of doing nothing, after return, we had a very busy first 5 days in Georgia.

Tbilisi airport is airport where my Georgia's experience started more than 3 years ago - when I first landed here. I fou...
Ask anybody in Georgia - what are the must have tourist sites to visit while in Tbilisi. Narikala fortress will be...
Samiktno / Machakhela is a restaurant chain located in Tbilisi, Republic of Georga. One of it's prominent rest...
Abanotubani is one of the most attractive neighborhoods in Tbilisi. It's famous of its public sulfur baths, and very spe...
The other day we were just wandering around Tbilisi sulphur bath (Abanotubani) district doing some cool photography of p...
Jvari monastery is a popular tourist destination in Georgia, and I believe there are two reasons of that - first it's lo...
Green Monastery (The Chitakhevi St. George's Monastery) is located in a picturesque place in the Borjomi valley. People...
Borjomi mineral park which is located in town on Borjomi, some 120 km from nations capital Tbilisi, is a lovely pla...
One of the most interesting attractions in Georgian resort town of Borjomi is a cable car leaving from Mineral Water Par...
Georgia will never end to surprise you (at least - me). Few years ago a major tourist attraction were renovated and ope...
Sergos Duqani is a lovely restaurant in Akhaltsikhe, serving traditional Georgian cuisine. Located just in the...
Vardzia cave town is definitely a must have tourist attraction when traveling to Republic of Georgia, located in region...
Shaurma club on Tamar Mephe street in Tbilisi is among one of the best street food places I have tried in Tbilisi a...
Zhinvali, also Jinvali, is an artificial water reservoir located on the river Aragvi in Georgia. The building of th...
The other day heading home from Gudauri - I insisted to take a brief stop at Ananuri Castle Complex just to make some pi...
In fact I had to open a Wikipedia to learn the name of this place, as I mistakenly thought this is just some cool viewin...
Gergeti Trinity Church is a must have to visit destination in Georgia. The church is located at an elevation of 217...
For many hearing a name of Natakhtari first associations might be related to those tasty Georgian lemonades branded unde...
When traveling to Signagi in region of Kakheti you will most probably be taken to the Bodbe monastery located some 3 km...
Signhaghi (Region of Kakheti, Republic of Georgia) has always been a special place for us to visit. Probably because it'...
The Sighnaghi Museum is located in the charming Sighnagi town, region of Kakheti, Georgia. I have paid many,...
Wine Tunnel owned by a winery Khareba is located close to the town of Kvareli, in region of Kakheti, republic of Georgia...
Right here comes another interesting Georgian Wine House, with a super cool name - JSP Kindzmarauli Corporatio...
Nekresi once was a town in Kakheti, Georgia. Nowadays Nekresi is a monastery complex located high up in the hill of...
Another very interesting tourist attraction in Kakheti close to Kvareli - Meet the Gremi Monastery complex. Feature...
Kafe bari Zodiako, most probably in English would sound as Cafe - bar Zodiako, but I really enjoy the Georgian version....
Oh, I love fresh vegetable markets, especially those located in Georgia. One of my favorite markets in Georgia is locate...
There is a biggest tree in Georgia located in the city center of Telavi (Region of Kakheti). It's not only giant, it is...
Azerbaijani cuisine restaurant Agha is located near Heroes square (access is from the Circus side) in Tbilisi. Afte...
Turtle lake is a direct English translation of Kus Tba (Georgian: კუს ტბა), a small lake at the...
I have spent countless hours at Intelligentsia Coffee Bar near Turtle lake in Tbilisi - this place has been my offsite o...
I would call Rachis Ubani restaurant probably as on of the best restaurants in Tbilisi. This restaurant serves a traditi...
The Bridge of Peace in Tbilisi is a pedestrian bridge and one of the most famous tourist spots in the city. It connects...
Rike park is just recently opened for public a landscaped territory close to Tbilisi Old Town. I first visited this park...
Though I have been living in Georgia for 3 and a half years, I have never talked much about shopping in Georgia or Tbili...

Our story starts at Tbilisi airport, I had called before to my driver and asked him to pick us at airport, but as it might happen in Georgia, he was late for some 30 minutes, and I had chance to listen to almost all  taxi drivers tempting offers, promising to take us to the city center starting 50 GEL (TIP: the normal fare to pay for a taxi drive from airport to city center is about 30 GEL).

Day 1: Arriving to Tbilisi

We have a nice apartment in Tbilisi, we kept it renting even during our absence, the chances are, if you are newcomer to Georgia, you will need to find a hotel/hostel, I'm not a hotel export regarding Tbilisi, but take a look on following listings: Top 10 Boutique / Luxury Hotels in Tbilisi (Georgia)

We bought some eggs and sausages at local Avlabari night shop, during our ride from airport, and prepared fresh breakfasts at 5:00 AM, gosh, it was good to be home again. After breakfast we had a sleep for a few hours as we agreed to spend first day in Tbilisi.

The first sightseeing started at Tbilisi Old Town and of course Narikala fortress. From fortress amazing pictures can be taken, so we spent here some time, later climbed down for a lunch, which we had at, probably most touristic place in the city -  Samikitno / Machakhela Restaurant on Meidan Square. I took our guests to another great Chebureki place, run by a lady from Belarus in Abanotubani district - Sachebureke Abanotubanshi (Cheburek Cafe on Abanotubani)

A must have activity during our trip to the Old to was to visit famous Tbilisi Sulphur bathes, so we agreed to visit them just shortly our lunch. One hour at bathhouses will cost you about 30 GEL, and most probably will be enough. (I sometimes prefer to take 2 hours, but it depends).

Now, after bathing at healthy Tbilisi sulfur waters we took a street taxi and headed back to apartment, to have some rest, as tomorrow promises to be a really long day! Oh, almost forgot - the tasty shaurma on Tamar Mephe street was a dot on i, for this evening.

Day 2: Borjomi, Akhaltsikhe and Vardzia

​Now, let me be clear - this trip is possible in one day, but it's recommended to plan at least two  or even three days for this trip.

​Our driver arrived early in the morning and we left for Borjomi, making a stop a Jvari monastery. It was planned to visit Mtskheta also, but since we had a lot to drive today, we agreed to visit Mtskheta in the evening (we didn't make it after all).

Next stop Green monastery (skulls and bones). From here on a short visit to Borjomi Mineral water park and a drive with cable car.

Next stop Akhaltsikhe town and visit to the Rabati fortress (entrance fee 5GEL). Plan a few hours here, as there is a lot to see. Prior to Rabati, we ordered shaslik at nearby roadside cafeteria - Sergo Duqani (trust me..the best shashlik across the country). The owners are simple and friendly people. If you will talk to them a little bit Sergo will make you a little chacha tasting tour, for sure.

In about one hour drive from Akhaltsikhe town there is a Vardzia Cave Town - The caves stretch along the cliff for some five hundred metres and in up to nineteen tiers. The Church of the Dormition, dating to the 1180s during the golden ageof Tamar and Rustaveli, has an important series of wall paintings. The site was largely abandoned after the Ottoman takeover in the sixteenth century. 

It was dark already, we ordered a few bottles of Georgian wine at local restaurant near Vardzia (they have ridiculously cheap wine 15 GEL per bottle) and the funniest part of the trip started. We were back to Tbilisi around 2:00 AM, drunk and hungry. The best place to have a meal I insisted was restaurant Tiflisi (Saarbrucken square). I have no clue how much we paid here, but we ate a lot, and our guests even started making Georgian tosts. Gaumarjos Sakartvelo!

Day 3: Mount Kazbegi and Gergeti Church

This morning started just as the previous (except a really little hangover) - our driver was at our place around 8:00 AM and we left for Gergeti Church, driving Georgian military road, making stops at Zhinvali Water Reservoir, Ananuri castle complex and pretty impressive Russia - Georgia friendship monument. At the evening we had a nice Georgian style supra at a very good roadside restaurant near Natakhtari - see Chashnagiri Restaurant Review in Natakhtari.

In the evening before arriving to apartment we made a stop at Tbilisi Mall to buy some ingredients for breakfast.

The head picture of this article are taken in the footsteps of mount Kazbegi, near Gergeti Church - let's name it - A walk in the clouds!

​Day 4: Kakheti trip, Sighnaghi, Wine tasting and more

Today was pretty cloudy day, and we didn't had a chance to see the true beauty of Kakheti (Alazani valley), but still we had a route to do. I have crafted this route separately, see Day Trip to Kakheti in Georgia, we did basically the same route with some minor changes.

We took a lovely breakfast at some of the roadside cafeteria somewhere near Sagarejo, after which visited Bodbe monastery near Sighnaghi (bought some souvenirs here). The town of Sighnaghi was covered in mist, and we actually didn't see anything form the beauty of Sighnaghi, I bought a bottle of Georgian brandy and offered to visit at least Sighnaghi museum (Pirosmani works are exhibited here). After few sips of 10 year old Georgian brandy - I discovered I really like this guy and his naive painting style.

Next stop - impressive wine tunnel near Kvareli, see: Wine Tunnel Near Kvareli in Georgia (Winery Khareba),  It features not only exotic manmade tunnel built in the rocks, but it also has a large territory offering interesting attractions related to Georgian heritage. Guests can book a wine tasting tour here and will be provided with best selection wines from winery Khareba. We took the guided tour for 7 Lari without wine tasting here. As we will taste wine in another winery - Kindzmarauli Corporation Wine House in Kvareli, Georgia (here for 8 lari is offered both wine tasting and a short excursion to the winery).

At this point it felt, it's too much impressions already and let's leave back for Tbilisi, but my good old friend - driver insisted let's go to the Nekresi monastery and after to Gremi Church (we had no option, but to agree). Thus we skipped Nekresi, as it was already getting late, and we got scammed a little bit after bought tickets for a minivan (there is a minivan service taking tourists to Nekresi) - we had to wait in the line for more than one hour - the weather wasn't the best, we were just too tired..and we just skipped Nekresi (don't be like us were, take Nekresi - it is one of the most beautiful monastery complex in Georgia). 

From Gremi we headed to Telavi, making stop at local khinkali place Cafe Bari - Zodiako, just khinkali and bear served here. Cheap and tasty. A little bit neglected as well. Paid a short visit to Telavi market (really good market) and returned back home to Tbilisi. Driver was kind of pity we didn't visited Nekresi and wanted to show us something more (but trust me, our batteries were off - and all I could think about was getting back to Tbilisi and have some sleep), and then he proposed - would you love to see the tree? No!, we instantly replied. Driver lowered his shoulders, and did what a real Georgian man does - he took us to the Giant Plane tree in Telavi. Amazing.

Late in the evening we went to the delicious Azerbaijani restaurant Agha near circus in Tbilisi.

Day 5: Last evening in Tbilisi

In was actually planed to have a fishing tour today, but since our guests had flight back home tonight, we canceled fishing tour and decided to have a calm day in Tbilisi. For a fishing trip it was planed go to Jandari lake.

On that day preparations for Tbilisi city festival Tbilisoba started. 

In the morning we left for Turtle lake, enjoying morning coffee at Intelligentsia Coffee Bar, after some time we left to another great Tbilisi restaurant - Racha, enjoying finest quality wines and mcvadi (grilled meat). From here on we catch a street taxi, returned to apartment, had some rest and in the evening made the last sightseeings around Tbilisi Old Town. 

The bridge of Piece, Rike Park, are just a few to name.

So here you go - 36 amazing places to visit in Georgia in just 5 days. See All about Georgia for more cool attractions or take a look, why Georgia is the most beautiful country in the World

The Bottom Line: 

I would name this trip - Georgia on steroids, as instead we visited a lot in just 5 days, and frankly speaking it was pretty good pace for me (as I'm pretty familiar with Georgia already), but speaking of first time visitors, it might be an overkill. Here is my suggestion - enjoy Georgia slowly! But as it's said - it's possible to squeeze most of the three Georgian regions in just 5 days.

The budget? It depends. You should expect spending about 200 GEL per day, excluding your hotel (drivers, restaurants an so on)

About Reinis Fischer

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