Luxury holidays in Tbilisi

Georgia's capital city Tbilisi is a vibrant intersection of Eurasian history and culture. Bold architecture ranges from ornate art nouveau and intricate basilicas to steely modernist structures, reflecting the city's complex history, which includes periods of rule by Persia and the Soviet Union. The remains of 4th-century Narikala Fortress looms above the city, Orthodox churches and cathedrals – including the Georgian Orthodox Sioni Cathedral and Anchiskhati Basilica – are scattered throughout, and the winding streets of old town are lined with traditional buildings, newly renovated dwellings and cafés. Stop for a refreshing mint lemonade in the Old Town before wandering across the Peace Bridge, a wavy pedestrians-only glass-and-steel structure, to flower-filled Rike Park. In the evening, hit up the city's buzzing bars and clubs, which have drawn parallels to Berlin's dynamic nightlife.

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When to go

It’s most pleasant from mid May to early July, but tends to get sticky and humid from mid July through August (with temperatures inching towards 40°C). From early September to mid October days are generally sunny and warm enough for outdoors exploration. Give December, January and February a miss unless you particularly enjoy below-freezing temperatures.

Getting there

  • Planes

    Georgia’s hub,Tbilisi International Airport, is 30 minutes from the city centre by car. Catch direct flights from a handful of cities in Europe, including Paris. Contact Smith24 for help with flights and transfers.
  • Trains

    Tbilisi Central Train Station operates services to and from other Georgian cities, including Batumi and Kutaisi.
  • Automobiles

    A car’s not necessary in the city; using public transportation to see the sights will eliminate the hassle of hunting for parking spaces.