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When I stayed in Tbilisi a few years ago I met quite a few people from African countries and Americans of African descent. In the circles I moved in they were all accepted 100% the same as the people of other skin colours in Georgia. Now my circle was the kind of people that owned and ran backpacker hostels and student bars, so might not be representative. ...


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When I was in Borjomi last month, I met a couple who had hired a taxi to go from Akhaltsikhe to Batumi via the mountain road. Unfortunately I cannot remember how much they paid, but it is certainly realistic to do so. They got the tourist office in Borjomi to find the taxi for them; you can probably do the same at the Batumi tourist office. It is no more ...


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While I'm not in Tbilisi myself, my wife and children are at present in Georgia, having been in Tbilisi during the flood and the following week, although they now went to the summer house in the mountains. I have been speaking with them almost daily - so this is almost a first person account. Severe flooding did occur a couple of weeks ago in Tbilisi, ...


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Kars has quite a harsh climate. In November and December the driving conditions are not the best in that area. Moreover, if you don't want to freeze your balls off, think twice before considering options that involve walking, hitchhiking or waiting for buses or taxis in the middle of nowhere. From Kars there is a bus to Hopa, on the shores of the Black ...


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Georgia’s Reforms Associates website called FactCheck researched this very topic in 2014: Conclusion Our research has established that in Georgia certain professions have nationality restrictions due to national and public interests. In order to bring in a verdict, we must also take international experience into consideration. Both strict and ...


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I drove this route in a Lada Niva. It's not dangerous at all and not so mountainous as you might think. The biggest part of the road from Batumi to Akhaltsikhe is not asphalted but is wide enough to allow cars to drive in both directions without any risks and can be done with any kind of car / bus. The part from Akhaltsikhe to Borjomi is in very good ...


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I am Georgian and simply we love tourists, anyone outside our country who wants to visit anything related to Georgia we appreciate it alot. This country is very hiddend from the media and only shown wars back when there was Stalin and most people think its part of Russia. Hospitality is a massive thing in Georgia, if you were black ,green or any colour ...


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Despite the picture you may get from the media, the area is quite safe. My mother lives in Crimea and I visit her every once in a while. Life didn't change much after the peninsula changed flags. A few things to keep in mind are the laws of Ukraine in Georgia: You will be refused to enter Ukraine by land from Crimea if you don't hold a Ukrainian passport ...


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I have not been able to find any restrictions on the border crossing by foreigners on the Kartsakhi. Actually the most news on the subject I was able to find on Russian and Azeri news sites specifically with respect to the high speed rail project Baku-Tbilisi-Kars (Russian) where Kartsakhi would be the border crossing station for rail traffic on the line. ...


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You can download Garmin Openstreetmap. In the drop-down list, just select Europe -> Georgia (they classifiy Georgia as Europe, even though it's mostly Asia). Note that it does not cover topographic information, so it is not enough for hiking.


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I just took the train a first class sleeper from Yerevan to Batumi and enjoyed it. The car was about 1/3 full so it was quite and comfortable. The train trip is a little longer but you can us the internet service as far as either the Georgia country line or Tblishi. It worked very well and customs was a breeze. Just answer a few questions provided your ...


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This is absolutely untrue. The ONLY legal way to enter occupied territories is to enter Georgia first through official checkpoint, and then visit Abkhazia or, God forbid, South Ossetia through, again, official Georgian temporary checkpoint. My Czech friend did this last year and had no problems whatsoever. But if you have Abkhazian stamp from Psou or any ...


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With Pakistani passport, you do need a visa to visit Georgia. Unfortunately, I'm having hard time finding anything useful on the website of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia and, hence I'm not able to confirm whether visa on arrival is an option for you (it is for citizens of many countries).1 You can try calling the border control in Tbilisi Airport ...


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No, you don't: if you've used your USA visa at least once, you can enter Georgia visa-free for 90 days. Foreign nationals who have a multiple entry US, EU or Schengen member states visas, which have validity for one year or more and had been used once at least, can enter or stay on the territory of Georgia without visa up to 90 days, within the validity ...


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Given the designation of the train it is unlikely that Georgian Railway system will give you anything different than the Azerbaijan's Railway booking system so there are no other stops between Rustavi and Tbilisi. As far as Tbilisi-Uzl is concerned it actually is short for "Тбилиси Узловая" (Tbilisi Hub for lack of better translation) which is a name for a ...


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Yes! It opened in October 2015: Official Georgian announcement. I learned of this and borrowed the image from a post on Quora about interesting border crossings.


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I would suggest going back to the source Azerbaijan Railways LTD timetable for local trains: There is a daily train from Baku to Tbilisi daily leaving Baku @20:30 local time. There is also an express train from Ganja to Baku leaving every other day (English version is incorrect) @9:00. I can't find information about the stops of the fast train to Tbilisi. ...


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Here also a big fan of Georgia ánd of hot springs. I never heard of 'Tskaltubo' before but I'll take it into consideration to visit when I'll be there again. However, I do know about a hot spring close to Vardzia. It's run by an older woman and her family. I don't think it's often visited by tourists but for me it was one of the highlights of my journey ...


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It's called Tskaltubo and they've built/restored couple of new spas there recently (one of their websites). Pretty cheap even by Georgian standards.


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The scheme for Iranians to visit Georgia visa-free was cancelled on the 2nd July 2013. Unless they qualify for an exemption, Iranian citizens now need a visa (which can be obtained online). This arose from two issues: First, the USA suggesting to Georgia that they should not let Iranians come into the country so easily; and second, Georgia's long-term desire ...


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I've done this at least twice and there's a new way now since I was last there. Basically there were two border crossings between Turkey and Georgia, but a third one has now opened too. The only problem is how adventurous you are. Because there is only public transport across the major cross on the Black Sea. I've crossed from Georgia to Turkey twice from ...


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I would not dismiss flying entirely. It is not necessarily more expensive than overland travel and you will save a lot of time that you can spend elsewhere. Travel overland from Istanbul to Georgia and then to Armenia. Travel back from Armenia to Tbilissi. Then fly back to Istanbul. For a departure in one week from now (1st of July 2015) the prices for a ...


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Metro Turizm runs two direct buses a day. Lüks Karadeniz runs one bus a day. It seems like both leave from the central Ortachala bus station. It's helpful to know Tbilisi (Gerogria) = Tiflis (Gürcistan) in Turkish for their search fields.


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I doubt that you'd have problems, provided you don't do anything suspicious. I've lived in Georgia all my life and have yet to hear of anyone, especially a tourist, being caught for that. Having said that, you should definitely be on your guard in Abkhazia. Although a place of untold beauty and definitely worth a visit, it's a militarized territory with ...


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This is not rocket science: It's ample for getting from one end to the other. It's not if you have to use public transport and also want to be a tourist. But, it's easily doable. Long distance bus transport is very good in Turkey.


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I've traveled in Eastern Turkey last summer and also entered Turkey from Georgia. In Batumi you need to take the mini bus at Tbilisi Square. (https://goo.gl/maps/igPYhibW1xP2) You need to find the bus that goes to Sarpi (the border town). You 'll be dropped at the border office. Go through the border control. On the other side taxis will take you to ...


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If you consider not the shortest route you can look at Rome2Rio there is a multi-hop bus route to Batumi. And if it's not particularly urgent: look at the Kartsakhi crossing answers


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Yes, you will need a visa. Turkey doesn't seem to care about your status in Georgia. Just in case you happen to have a visa from a Schengen country or an OECD country, you can use their e-Visa system which seems to be a quicker way to go about it. India: Diplomatic passport holders are exempt from visa for their travels to Turkey up to 90 days. ...


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Each country has 3 mobile operators and all of them offer mobile internet (though not all offer 4G). They also all operate on the same frequency meaning you can use the same phone everywhere (make sure your phone is operator unlocked though !) According to their respective Wikipedia pages, coverage seems to be quite good: 98% of populated territory (2010) ...


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The Garmen GPS maps do not show detail in the regions such as Mtskheta where Kazbegi is located. I used and still use the free app maps.me in Mtskheta, Kakheti, Shida Kartli, Samtskhe-Javakheti, Imereti, Guria, and Adjara. To get this, you have to first download the app to your iPhone, then the Georgia specific map. It works offline, shows your location, ...



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