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This is the Kalantarov's house from the early 20th century. The exact address is 27 Lado Asatiani Street , in the Sololaki district, just under Sololaki mountain where Narikhala stands. The closest underground station is Tavisuplebis Moedani. It was designed by architect K.A. Sarkisyan and built in 1908 for Michail Kalantarov, a rich merchant living in ...


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Good thing you ask, because I searched for it before going to the Caucasus last year and couldn't find much. Fortunately, I have the answer to your question. I did Tbilisi–Yerevan back and forth by minibus/marshrutka. Minibuses are great, I recommend them. They're quite fast, cheap, and it's how the locals do it. Plus, the scenery between the two cities, ...


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My boyfriend and I (female) were able to rent a private room at the Blue Baths in September '10. Okay, here's the Long Answer: At any one of the baths, it is possible to rent a private room, exclusive of massage and kisa (skin scrub). From my personal experience, The Royal Baths have the single best/nicest room (gorgeous blue paneled "dressing room" with ...


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Take the train to Makhinjauri (also transcribed Makhindjauri) - that's the closest passenger station to Batumi. (Though you can just as well ask for a ticket to Batumi.) There's currently one night train every day, which departs Tbilisi at 22.45 and arrives at 7.25 (the one from Batumi to Tbilisi leaves at 22:25). So the travel time is 8h 40min. The train ...


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Typically there is very little amount of snow in Tbilisi which usually melts in a day or two in most parts of the city but it can also pile up and go icy (in 2008 we had snow for about three weeks). Wind and rain is more common. I'm not sure what you mean by 'special winter clothes' but a sweater and a coat should be enough most of the time. You will also ...


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During the Soviet period, some scientific research center was established in this building (don't remember the profile of them, any more). In the late 1990s the building was granted by Georgia to the Greek state as a residence for the Greek ambassador in Tbilisi. The building still is uninhabited and looks "as is" now.


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Damn, I wanted to wait for 2 days with answer for this question, and now it had activity :) All I could find is quite uncertain, but it is better than nothing. During the war for independence between Greece and Turkey in 19th century, many Greeks migrated to the Russian Empire, in Georgia. Most of them lived in Tsalka, but many of them had some property in ...


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Unfortunately not likely the current price but may be of interest. From Greg R on TripAdvisor: 4. Re: Coin locker or left luggage in Tbilisi anywhere 29 July 2013, 19:30 Yes, the one in Tbilisi charges 4 lari per bag, for 24 hours I think. I used it about a month ago. The station itself doesn't provide a left luggage service, so this gap in the ...


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Several Instagram accounts use this picture (you can do a reverse image search on Google) but I found none that indicates a precise location other than Tblisi Old Town. A russian-language site geo-locates the picture here, but I can not verify that. The translation of the description reads: Several buildings from XIX-XX centuries have been preserved in ...


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Apparently TAV Georgia is the sole ground handling agent at Tbilisi airport. Regarding the actual issue: I called Qatar Airways's central hotline and explained my situation, whereby they put a note in the system "IN TRANSIT TO LONDON HOLDING A NATIONAL ID CARD. OK TO BOARD". Despite having checked in online and printed my boarding pass, I went to the check-...


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My wife, native of Tbilisi, suggests that all buses and marshrutkas from Tbilisi to Baku leave from Ortachala. Search around Russian language sites seems to confirm it. (Note: all links below are to Russian language sites.) This site talks about actually buses, not marshrutkas, that go from Ortachala to Baku. This site specifically talks about marshrutkas ...


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Well, I did the trip today. Here goes: There are indeed minibusses scheduled from Sheki to Balakan at 1010 and 1400. I took the 1010 minibus. This minibus that was supposed to go to Balakan (as told by the clerk at the bus station and agreed to by the driver) actually only went as far sa Zaqatala. Here, I was bundled into another minibus, that did go to ...


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If such exists, they are a well kept secret. You'll likely have to do this in stages. The most attractive option I could find (excluding flights) would be to take trains as far as Istanbul and then there is a bus from Istanbul to Tbilisi. The train segment is about 50 hours (including three nights where you could opt for comfortable sleeping compartments ...


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From the official timetable of Georgian Railways. There is a train #202/201 Tbilisi - Yerevan which leaves at 8:20pm and arrives 7am. This train leaves Tbilisi on odd dates such as was yesterday and when you have 31 days in a month skips the 1st. This train will go back the next day such today leaving Yerevan at 10 pm and arriving to Tbilisi at 9 am EDITED ...


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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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If you are really really curious I may suggest to ask the question directly to the Greek embassy officials in Tbilisi www.greekembassy.ge or maybe contact to tbilisiguide.ge The building is located at the "Sololaki Alley".


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There is a train from Bucharest to Istanbul every day at 12:20 pm, it merges with the train from Sofia in Eastern Bulgaria and arrives in Istanbul at 7:30 the next morning. One source mentions 36 Euros as the price. There are also buses going directly from Bucharest to Istanbul taking 18 hours. I am not sure about the prices but I travelled on trains and ...


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Following my own advice from my answer to Is there an equivalent to “The Man in Seat Sixty-One” for bus travel?, I looked on the Lonely Planet page for Tbilisi: A minifleet of four or five buses run by different companies departs at noon for Istanbul (US$40, 27 hours) via the border at Sarpi, Hopa, Rize They leave from the second bus terminal: ...


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About security: it's become very safe to travel! As I understand nature of georgians even drunk they don't cause trouble even they will like to invite you to share their drinking. About mini-buses: there is a lot of mini-buses waiting for costumers just outside train station. It is cheap but not comfortable. But you can see a lot during travel. Since ...


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Yes, there are plans to reopen at least two of them. The cable car mentioned in Karlson's answer has been completed and operating for roughly a year now, but is a new route with new stations in new locations that did not previously have any of the older cable cars in Tbilisi. But I only just discovered today by chance an answer on a Georgian website called ...


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According to this website they are building a new cable car system which is supposed to be completed in 2012.


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Buses are leaving from the Ortachala bus station 4 buses a week 20 Lari from Tbilisi to Baku Source: OnTheStreet For times and confirmation of the service, I would still go over to the bus station. The Lonely Planet page for Tbilisi also mentions buses from Marneuli (30km south of Tbilisi) to Baku.


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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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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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So, from a few sites I was able to get the following information. This one is the most detailed and includes maps and images, this is also a good source. It has been said to be the cheapest and easiest way, tickets seem to be around 35 GEL but I haven't seen that anywhere official, as you just pay the driver on the bus. (In comparison a flight is more ...


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A Dutch travel site called hansrossel.com has a page on Telavi including how to get there from Tbilisi: Travel by public transport : Bus Tbilisi - Telavi, since 2002 there are brand new buses running 5 times per day (last bus departs around 17:00) from Samgori station (reachable by metro), about 2 hours traveling. (From Didube station there are no buses.)...


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It turns out that Ortachala and Didube are not the only places to catch a bus or marshrutka in Tbilisi. It's easier to find the departure times on the Internet when you know the names of the others. Here is the full info compiled from the official government published Tbilisi Guide tourist information handbook: By bus Ortachala (ორთაჭალა) a.k.a Tbilisi ...


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How's your russian? If good take a look at the discussion on batumionline.net If not I will attempt to translate: Marshrutkas are leaving from multiple places for Batumi. From the Railway Station starting at 8 in the morning and leaving every hour or if full. There those leaving from the Sports Palace starting at 9 and then every hour. From Didube but ...


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Wikitravel's article on Sheki (aka Shaki) seems to make it at least somewhat clear: (Balakan is the border town, about 12km from the crossing with Georgia.) By taxi: A taxi is also a fine, if more expensive, way to get to Georgia, and you should have no trouble finding a taxi, bus, or marshrutka onward from the border at Lagodekhi to Tbilisi. By Minibus (...


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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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