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Is any area in Georgia called "Saltona" in Georgia - not sure about the name, where it is famous for its hot springs? It was used during Soviet Union to treat the Political Leaders from the Soviet Union and others. I am interested to know if it's possible and how to go there for treatment of my feet and hand fingers... The Appendages...

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I have already, a Schengen Visa valid for 2 years –  Abdul Wahed Oct 20 '13 at 13:50
    
Georgia is not part of Schengen and I wouldn't expect them to be able to join any time soon. Whether you'll need a visa or get one on arrival, and how long it will be good for, will depend on your nationality. –  hippietrail Oct 20 '13 at 17:22
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The two possible ways to spell "Saltona" in Georgian are "სალთონა" and "სალტონა". Neither gets any Google hits. I haven't heard of this place but that doesn't mean it doesn't exist - another possibility is it could be in Abkhazia, which is now de-facto independent of Georgia. –  hippietrail Oct 20 '13 at 17:25
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I'm a big fan of Georgia, having visited twice and lived there for seven months the last time, yet I had not heard of this place.

It's not "Saltona" but "Tskaltubo", "Tsqaltubo", or "Tskhaltubo" (Georgian: წყალტუბო, Russian: Цхалтубо). It's the name of a town and a spa resort in Imereti province in the south-west of the country. It's less than 20km to the northwest of Kutaisi, the second-largest city of Georgia.

I found this via Google using various combinations of keywords, which led me to a recent article on eurasianet.org called Georgia: Seeking to Bring Back the Soviet-Era Spa Experience.

Once I had the correct name, I found there is also a Wikipedia article. I do not know how up-to-date it is, but here's a few things the article has to say:

It is famous for its radon-carbonate mineral springs, whose natural temperature of 33–35 °C (91–95 °F) enables the water to be used without preliminary heating.

The resort's focus is on balneotherapy for circulatory, nervous, musculo-skeletal, gynaecological and skin diseases, but since the 1970s its repertoire has included "speleotherapy", in which the cool dust-free environment of local caves is said to benefit pulmonary diseases.

Currently the spa receives only some 700 visitors a year, and since 1993 many of the sanatorium complexes have been devoted to housing some 9000 refugees, primarily women and children, displaced from their homes by ethnic conflict in Abkhazia.

(I looked but couldn't find any copyright-free photos to include.)

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