A week in Georgia
Maxime T., a milesopedia community member, shared his one-week itinerary in Georgia.
Tbilisi - 2 nights
Maxime chose to stay at the Tbilisi Courtyard.
Very nice, polite service, beautiful gym to recover from the jet-lag and especially very well located! Everything is at a distance. Several good restaurants and wine bars around.Maxime T.
The Courtyard Tbilisi Hotel is classified as a Category 3. To get a free night, it costs between 15,000 and 20,000 Marriott Bonvoy points per night.
We stayed there 2 nights with a full day of sightseeing to see the Mother of Georgia, the city center and experience local food.Maxime T.
Tbilisi - Kazbegi
After two nights in Tbilisi, Maxime rented a car using the services of City Car Rental.
Cars are old and the roads are not smooth, but it did the job. Make sure you have a 4X4 no matter what you’re told, and take the insurance (apparently, our credit cards aren’t very well-received there, and the payment is cash anyway).Maxime T.
They took the Military Road north and the Russian border.
Other recommended stops:
- Russia-Georgia Friendship Monument
We finished the drive to Kazbegi in the north, to the Rooms Hotel Kazbegi, the most beautiful hotel in the area: 25,000 Marriott Bonvoy points/night that were worth it!Maxime T.
This hotel is under the Brand Design Hotels of Marriott Bonvoy.
It is classified as a Category 4: to get a free night, it costs between 20,000 and 30,000 Marriott Bonvoy points per night.
Stunning hotel with pool, gym and stunning views! A stone’s throw from the village and with an excellent restaurant (brunch is particularly famous).Maxime T.
We took advantage of the sunrise to visit the cathedral. Although it is possible to walk there, we went by car: no need for a 4×4 here, but it helps. And the parking remains a good 10-15 minutes walk from the top. Get there before the tourists, it’s beautiful!Maxime T.
Kazbegi - Kakheti - Sighnaghi
After their stay in Kazbegi, they decided to go to the wine region to Kakheti.
Big advice: go back by the Mtskheta road and don’t cut to take the “shortcut” to Annanuri, it’s hardly a road and clearly the worst road I’ve taken in more than 20 countries…!Maxime T.
In the Kakheti region, to discover a slice of the history of the country, it is advisable to visit:
In these monasteries there is no tasting: choose the vineyards you want to visit!Maxime T.
The night will be spent in Sighnaghi at the Three Gracia guest house.
We got our night at $38. The village has some recommended hotels and very decent guesthouses as Three Gracia. But above all a splendid view and the excellent restaurant of Pheaseant’s Tears, a pioneer vineyard of organic wines in Georgia.Maxime T.
Back to Tbilisi
Then Maxime T. took the road back to the David Gareja Monastery.
Oldest monastery in the country however, you have to undergo a 10 kms “war zone” level road to get there and apparently it may sometimes be blocked because at the border of Azerbaijan. Honestly, the place is beautiful and full of history, but as Georgia is full of Monasteries, I don’t know if the road is worth it, it’s up to you to judge.Maxime T.
In the evening, Maxime T. decided to return to the Tbilisi Courtyard for his night. Thanks to his Platinum status at Marriott Bonvoy, he was able to benefit the next day from a late departure, very convenient for his evening flight.
So he took the opportunity to visit the Cathedral and the rest of the city.
A very nice itinerary of a few days in Georgia proposed here by Maxime!
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