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Originally it was planned as a day trip to Dashbashi canyon near Tsalka, but at the end, we reached Buratino lake near Manglisi. Let me explain, the previous week we headed up to Tskneti and further to Kojori, but discovered there is a road connecting Kojori to Algeti national park up from there, and we agreed to spend one Saturday or Sunday...
If there is a good reason to visit Gurjaani in Georgia's region of Kakheti, then tranquility, family-friendly trips, and clean air are the top 3 reasons according to Booking.com Gurjaani is situated in the fertile Alazani Plain, at 415 m above sea level, and 110 km east of Georgia's capital of Tbilisi. It is the center of an important...
This is a round-up post for places we visited and discovered during our latest weekend trip to Batumi and nearby seaside towns at the end of April 2019. During this trip, we stayed at two 5-star hotels (Georgia Palace hotel in Kobuleti and Castello Mare hotel), visited the center of Batumi (did some small shopping there). On our way there and back...
This is a short recap of our travels to the region of Kakheti in September 2017. I've got many times asked this question - what's the best time to visit Georgia? In short - it depends. Among the many reasons to visit Georgia, I would recommend it during the rtveli time (grape harvesting) around September, see: Grape Harvest Rtveli in...
Belek is a popular travel destination in Turkey's Antalya province.  Also, the town is one of the centers of Turkey's tourism industry and is as such home to more than thirty four-star and five-star hotels and other accommodation, services, and entertainment facilities.  In this article, I have listed...
Originally it was planned as a two day trip to Ninotsminda in the region of Samtskhe-Javakheti.  For the first day, it was planned to make stops at Tsalka reservoir, Paravani lake with an overnight in Ninotsminda.  For the second day, there were plans to visit nearby Russian Doukhobor villages of Gorelovka, Orlovka, and probably some...
Shopping, eating ice cream, spending time outdoors or at cool amusement parks. Tbilisi has a lot to offer for both grownups and their offsprings. Keep reading to find more about 17 kid-friendly places in Tbilisi April 1st marks already the eighth anniversary since I've been living in Georgia. It was back on April 1st, 2011 I first put my...
Day trips to Sighnaghi (or any other destination in the region of Kakheti, Georgia) are quite possible, in the past, I have already covered few routes to consider, like Day Trip to Kakheti in Georgia or Day trip to David Gareji monastery complex and Sighnaghi In today's article, I'll share our route details and discoveries from the...
Astana took over the role of the capital city from Almaty (the largest city) in December 1998. Now, it is undergoing a transformation costing billions of dollars, where top international architects assist in trying to make Astana a worthy capital - not only of Kazakhstan but of all Central Asia. Thus, Astana presents an interesting and intriguing...
Tashkent is a very Soviet city that has little remaining from its ancient Central Asian past. The city has a mixture of modern new office buildings, hotels, parks, and crumbling Soviet-style apartment blocks.  Over the last few years, the Uzbek government has embarked on a major reconstruction program in the center of the city. Roads,...
Day trips to Bolnisi and region of Kvemo Kartli are quite possible and easy done from Tbilisi.  In the mid-December, we bought an SUV VW Touareg car and it was just the right time to put it on the test, so we decided to make a day trip to some easy and close place from Tbilisi. \ As we were traveling with our 5-month-old daughter it was...
Borjomi is a popular resort town in Georgia. The most popular recreation season probably here is during the Summer. Local tourists from Georgia and international tourists from Russia, Poland, Israel and lately from the Arab countries make the largest amount of tourists here. In this article have listed top luxury hotels in Borjomi and...
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...