Indie Travel Guides

Let's keep it simple and short. Indie travel guides featured here are crafted collections of cool travel places I have visited. Get some inspiration for your next trip.Displaying 1 - 30 of 85
Baltezers is a popular recreational village located in Ādaži Municipality some 17 km from Riga city center. The place is popular among tourists from the close neighboring countries like Estonia and Lithuania (because of Via Baltic road) and also for tourists from Scandinavia and Russia. In today's article, I've listed top 3 hotels to...
Weekend trip to Kiev, Ukraine is a short recap of my 32 birthday celebrations back in 2017. In short, we booked a central hotel in the city center, used local taxi's a lot, traveled forth and back to the distant neighborhoods, and tried a lot of great Ukrainian cuisine. Traditions should be respected. For the fourth year in a row, I have been celebrating...
This is a round-up post for our 3 weeks trip to Crete, Grece in June 2017, listing most of the places (tourism objects, hotels, restaurants and more) In short, we fled from Tbilisi via Athens to Chania, see About Tbilisi - Athens - Chania (Greece) flight by Aegean Airlines,  spent some 8 hours in Athens and arrived at Chania...
Rustavi cannot be proud of having top luxury hotels, like the one you can find in Georgian resort towns of Bakuriani, Gudauri, Batumi or the nation's capital Tbilisi. The reason probably is plain simple - the close distance to Tbilisi city. On the other hand, Rustavi is known for it's racing track and huge auto market. Many international...
I first discovered the small Latvian town Kazdanga back in Summer of 2015, since then I've returned here for many times. Kazdanga is located near the motorway P117 some 9 km from the Aizpute and 167 km from Riga. In today's article, I decided to list the top 3 places/things to do once in Kazdanga.
Baku is the capital and largest city of Azerbaijan, as well as the largest city on the Caspian Sea and of the Caucasus region. Baku is located 28 metres (92 ft) below sea level, which makes it the lowest lying national capital in the world and also the largest city in the world located below sea level. It...
Milan is the world' s fashion capital, so there is no surprise seeing high-end hotels located in the city center. I've been once in Milan, back then we chose to stay at a hotel close to the Milan-Malpensa airport and chose Holiday Inn Express Milan-Malpensa Airport Hotel (Case Nuove, Italy),  as we traveled from Milan to Venice then Florence...
As a frequent guest to Liepāja, I decided to list top hotels found in the city. So far I have stayed at two great Liepāja hotels: Hotel Fontaine Royal Review In Liepāja and Europa City Amrita Hotel Review in Liepāja Disclosure: hotels listed below contain links to Booking.com, by clicking on links on this page and by...
Here are the top 3 reasons to visit and stay in Kvareli - health spas, culturally diverse food & beautiful forests. Kvareli is one of the most popular SPA hotel destinations in Georgia, or at least in the region of Kakheti. I've stayed in several hotels in or near the town of Kakheti. With Royal Batoni being my favorite...
Here are the top 3 reasons why visit Mtshekta, an ancient Georgian capital Georgia - old town, history & architecture.  Independent Travel Guide to Mtskheta In 2018, there are no 5-star hotels in Mtsheta (as its really close, think top 5-star hotels in Tbilisi),but there are some 4-star and many decent no-star hotels...
After two great week-long travels to the regions of Catalonia (2014) and Andalusia (2016) in Spain, Madrid is planned as our next destination in Spain. To prepare better I decided to explore what are our options, this time staying in the city center. Planning a Trip to Spain: How to Get a Prepaid SIM Card in Spain Madrid City Center is a great...
Get the celebrity treatment with world-class service at the finest 5-star luxury hotels in Manhattan, New York.  For a luxury stay at one of the 5-star hotels of Manhattan, you should be ready to spend starting ~ $250 per night up to $1,250. From my own experience, I have spent "just" $600 for a 4-night stay at INNSIDE New York NoMad...
Valletta is the capital of the island nation of Malta. A harbor city, Valletta preserves much of its 16th-century architectural heritage built under the Hospitallers. With its large array of shops, catering establishments, entertainment venues, and culture, Malta's capital has what it takes to capture people's imagination. Though, I have never...
There is a common opinion that spring does not exist in Georgia as far as cold March swiftly flows into desperately hot but rainy April. After having celebrated Easter Georgia is getting ready for the most pleasant and long-expected May – the month that plays a role of a small introduction to the long-awaited summer. May welcomes not only tourists but the...
Torremolinos is a municipality in Andalusia, southern Spain, west of Málaga. A poor fishing village before the growth in tourism began in the late 1950s, Torremolinos was the first of the Costa del Sol resorts to be developed and is still the most popular in the region. We have stayed at Torremolinos hotels...
Discover Georgia just in 3 days, taste delicious Georgian cuisine and get acquainted with Georgian traditions and historical heritage. DAY 1 Tbilisi - Mtskheta Airport pick up,  Accommodation to the hotel Sights to visit: Holy Trinity Cathedral, Metekhi Church, Europe Square, Narikala Fortress, Sulfur Baths, ...
April 1st marks already the seventh anniversary since I call Georgia my home. It was back on April 1st, 2011 I first landed in the Tbilisi and since then call it my hometown. No doubts, over the years a lot has changed - the total passengers visiting Georgia via international airports has risen more than threefold, see Number of Passengers served...
Book an individual tour in Georgia now! Day 1 After flight you might be exhausted so it is better not to go far from Tbilisi. Summers in Georgia may be unpredictable but even warm drizzling rain is pleasant so there is nothing to be afraid of. Right after you arrive at hotel and have some rest we can go outside and visit some of the most outstanding...
As of March 2018, there are ten 5-star hotels in Georgia' s resort town Batumi, according to Booking.com. That' s double the luxury stays as if in Tbilisi (see: Top 5-star Luxury / Boutique Hotels in Tbilisi to Book in 2018). For a luxury hotel in Batumi you should be ready to pay about $250 per night, though you could find some value deals even under $150...
Package tour includes 4 nights accommodation at 3-star hotels (upgrade to 4 star or 5 star possible), driver, airport transfers door to door, English speaking guide Does not include international airfare, travel insurance, entrance fees to museums Cultural and historical rich Georgia discovery tour in and around Kutaisi and region of Svaneti...
In this article I will list some of the top places to visit in Georgia during the month of April. Tbilisi - definitely worth to visit at any season of the year, April is very good month to visit Tbilisi, weather is warm and long gone are March winds - go explore Tbilisi old town, climb up to the Narikala fortress, enter ...
Tbilisi and Georgia have been gaining a lot international tourist attention in recent years, without doubts it has helped to boost Georgia's tourism industry, with new hotels popping up all across the country. As of March 2018, there are six 5 - star hotels in Tbilisi, according to the Booking.com. For a luxury stay in Tbilisi you should be ready to pay...
Package tour includes 6 nights accommodation at 3 star hotels (upgrade to 4 star or 5 star possible), driver, airport transfers door to door, English speaking guide Does not include international airfare, travel insurance, entrance fees to museums UNESCO World heritage listing sites Jvari monastery and Vardzia caves Visit of Soviet's...
Daugavpils has been on my travel radar for a very long time, in fact I've been in Daugavpils for couple of times in the past. According to Booking.com there are no 5-star hotels in Daugavpils, but there are a few 4-star and a lot of 3-star hotels located in the city and in the neighboring vicinity.  Disclosure: hotels listed below contain links...
Barcelona is one of the most popular travel destinations in Europe, the city is the desired location for romantic trips, in case you are looking for best honeymoon or just romantic weekend in fabulous Barcelona city, in this article I have listed Top 5 star and luxury hotels in Barcelona, based on actual user reviews on Booking site. Alternatively see...
It was on Friday's morning, which was a public holiday in Georgia, as it turned out, there is a good reason not to visit office today, we started to figure it out, maybe go and visit Batumi by train for a couple of days. On the other hand, we didn't wanted to spend 3 days absent from home and decided to limit our impromptu trip just as an easy day trip,...
At the end of November, my mother visited me again in Georgia. We decided to make a few easy day trips during her stay in Tbilisi. Our first day trip was to David Gareji Monastery complex and Sighnaghi. Although I've been to these places for a dozen of times, I never get bored of them. This time we took a road to David Gareji monastery complex via...
If there is a reason to visit Sighnaghi, then here you go - museums, history, and gourmet food. Sighnaghi has been on my travel list for years, and I keep returning year after year. Great views of the Alazani valley, interesting architecture and city wall are the reasons I keep returning. When looking for 5-star hotels in Sighnahi, seems there is...
Heraklion is probably the most popular tourist destination on the island of Crete, also it turns out Heraklion is the fourth largest city in Greece. Our travels took us to the Heraklion in June 2017, after we had discovered Western part of Island, we decided it's the time to turn to the Eastern side of the island.(For a complete list of my travels in...
Triopetra in Crete, is among the most abandoned places I've traveled lately, if they wouldn't have a sea and a lovely beach, I would compare this place to the remote and almost abandoned desert village in Georgia, Udabno. During our about one month road trip around the island of Crete, we stayed at Triopetra Notos hotel for one night on June 11, 2017...