The wait is finally over! Here is Part 2 of “15 delightful places in the country of Georgia that’ll cost you less than 50 AED”. Ready… Set… Go on a pocket friendly vacation!
15 places in Georgia, Europe that will cost you less than 50 AED!
9. Uplistsikhe, Gori
How much: 5 GEL, approximately 6.5 AED
An intriguing archaeological find, Uplistsikhe is an abandoned town with an interesting history. Literally translating to ‘Lord’s Fortress’, Uplistsikhe is one of the oldest urban settlements in Georgia and was an important political, religious and cultural center from the 6th century BC onward until its conquest by the Mongols in the 13th century AD. Spread across approximately 40,000 square meters, this ancient cave city was built on the rocky banks of the Mtkvari River and you should definitely visit this enigmatic tourist attraction in Georgia during your vacation.
10. Chiatura cable car ride, Chiatura
How much: Free most of the times. On rare days, a fee of 1 GEL or 1.25 AED is charged
Feeling brave enough to conquer a unique aspect of Georgia tourism? Then you should head over to the city of Chiatura and ride the (in)famous Chiatura cable car! Also known as the ‘flying coffins of Chiatura’ or the ‘metal coffins of Chiatura’, the cable cars were introduced to the city back in the 1950s as part of the transport system for the miners who would go atop the hills surrounding Chiatura where Manganese mines were situated. And today, years after the mines died down, the rusty old cables cars running on their rusty old cable lines still remain. And you can hop on any of these barely functioning cable cars to have a thrilling experience in Georgia.
11. Statue of Ali and Nino, Batumi
How much: Free
The tragic love story of Ali and Nino has been beautifully captured by Georgian artist Tamara Kvesitadze in his beach-side artwork of ‘Statue of Ali and Nino’. Based on the novel Ali and Nino written by Kurban Said, the story follows the lives of an Azerbaijani boy and a Georgian princess brought together by love but separated by war. The shifting statue of Ali and Nino, standing by the seashore of the Black Sea resort town of Batumi captures the story perfectly; two lovers moving towards each other, embracing each other for a few fleeting minutes and then moving apart. Ali and Nino – never together in life, always together in death…
12. Batumi Botanical Gardens, Batumi
How Much: 8 GEL, approximately 10 AED
The resort city of Batumi in Georgia is full of delightful little places to explore and the Batumi Botanical Gardens is just one of them. This green gem was established in the year 1912 by celebrated botanist and Andrey Krasnov. Having a unique environment, the Batumi Botanical Gardens boast of being home to flora from nine phytogeographic areas, namely, East Asia, New Zealand, Australia, the Mediterranean, Himalayas, North America, South America, Mexico and the Transcaucasian humid subtropics. Divided into several zones, the ones you should definitely check out include the Fruits and Berries department, the Rosarium, the Australian department, the East Asian department, the Exotic collection plants and the seaside park.
13. Zuruldi ridge, Mestia
How much: 20 GEL, approximately 25 AED
Mestia is one of the best places to visit in Georgia, and yet it is so unknown, that not many people visit it. Which is even better if you want to avoid the tourist crowds! Located in the upper Svaneti region, the quaint town of Mestia is situated in the laps of the marvelous Caucasus mountains. The Zuruldi ridge atop this mountain range offers phenomenal views of the Layla, Ushba and Tetnuldi peaks. And while you can hop on the Hatsvali cable car ride to go to the ridge from Mestia (which costs 20 GEL), the best way to reach there is to hike! Super easy and barely 6 kilometers in total, this hike takes 3 to 4 hours to complete and has no entrance fees to pay.
14. Skiing in Gudauri
How much: Ski Pass – single ride – 10 GEL, 3 rides – 25 GEL. Approximately 12.50 and 32 AED
Gudauri in Georgia is a coveted spot for skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing and other winter sports and if you love the feeling of adrenaline pumping through your veins, you should definitely visit this resort town on your next vacation. Click here for everything you need to know about skiing in Gudauri, Georgia. Also, please note that the prices mentioned above are for packages of single rides and 3 rides. A 1-day pass will cost you 50 GEL, approximately 63 AED.
15. Borjomi Mineral Water Park, Borjomi
How much: 0.50 GEL, approximately 0.63 AED!
Located around 160 kilometers from the capital city of Tbilisi, Borjomi is a scenic resort town that is the birthplace of the famous Borjomi bottled water that you’ll find in shops across Europe, United States Of America, Canada, UAE, Japan and several other countries and continents. Situated within this very town is the Borjomi Mineral Water Park. This mineral water park dates back to the 1850s and you can drink as much of the natural Borjomi mineral water as you want, directly for the tap, without having to buy packaged bottles of it! You can also take a dip into the pools filled with healing waters situated within the park. If you plan on visiting Georgia with children, know that this park is also home to a cable car, a Ferris wheel and many other entertaining rides that’ll keep the kids happy.
Ready to explore Georgia on a budget, but wondering why we skipped the famous sulphur baths in Tbilisi? Well, that’s because a sulphur bath in the capital city will cost you around 60-80 GEL i.e. approximately 75 AED onwards. And we strongly recommend you opt for one; it is the most soothing, relaxing and rejuvenating experience you can have in Georgia, Europe.