16 Delightful Places In The Country Of Georgia That’ll Cost You Less...

16 Delightful Places In The Country Of Georgia That’ll Cost You Less Than 50 AED

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Lying adorably between the Caucasus Mountains and the Black Sea, the European country of Georgia is like a seductive siren calling out to all the souls struck with wanderlust. And if you are wondering whether you can explore this beautiful country on a shoestring budget, the answer is a resounding yes! From economical airlines flying to and fro UAE to pocket friendly hostels and hotels, Georgia on a budget is completely possible. It definitely won't burn a hole in your travel pocket. Besides, it is home to plenty of tourist attractions and pleasant experiences that won't cost you much!

16 places in Georgia, Europe that will cost you less than 50 AED!

1. Old Town, Tbilisi

How much: Free! Nestled under the watchful eyes of the stunning Narikala fortress, Tbilisi’s Old Town is the oldest area in the city. A part of the Tbilisi Historic District, Old Town is home to cobbled pedestrian streets gently sloping up and down its length and breadth, quaint cafes, bustling nightclubs, serene churches, several historical monuments, souvenir shopping opportunities, hidden courtyards, and colourful houses (with their characteristic balconies) that look like they belong to an altogether different era. You might want to check out these pocket-friendly Georgia holiday packages!

2. Mtatsminda Park, Tbilisi

How much: 2 GEL, approximately 2.5 AED {Please note that 2 dirhams covers the entrance fees as well as the various rides and the Ferris wheel. For everything else, you need to pay on the spot, in cash} A popular entertainment destination for locals as well as tourists, the Mtatsminda Park is located atop the Mtatsminda Plateau and offers stunning views of Tbilisi. The park is host to several fun rides, a giant Ferris wheel, video game arcades, dedicated picnic zones, cafes that serve delectable food, live performances and events, souvenir shops, and even a wedding house! For a leisurely day in Georgia, do head over to the Mtatsminda Park.

3. Mother Georgia Statue, Tbilisi

How much: Free! The Mother Georgia Statue, locally known as Kartvlis Deda, is a charming monument located in Georgia’s capital city of Tbilisi. The statue was erected in the year 1958 atop the Sololaki hill to celebrate Tbilisi’s 1500th anniversary. Designed by celebrated Georgian sculptor Elguja Amashukeli, the Mother Georgia Statue is a representation of Georgia’s hospitality; she holds a bowl of wine in one hand to welcome people who desire friendship, and a sword in the other for people who come as enemies. Wondering when's the best time to visit Georgia? Click here!

4. Holy Trinity Cathedral Of Tbilisi

How much: Free! A symbol of the ‘new & free’ Georgia, the Holy Trinity Cathedral, also known as Sameba Cathedral, is the tallest church in Georgia; it is 101 meters high. While the construction of the cathedral began way back in the 1990s, it was completed in 2004, just in time to celebrate the 2000th anniversary of Christianity in the country. And although the architecture of this place of worship is, no doubt, marvelous, the interiors are even more spellbinding. Intricate frescoes and magnificent paintings adore the cathedral’s walls.

5. Leaning Clock Tower, Tbilisi

How much: Free! Another free attraction on this list; budget travel in Georgia looks so easy! A quirky little attraction located in the heart of Tbilisi, the Leaning Clock Tower is an architectural structure that looks like it might fall any minute, but it obviously won’t! The brainchild of renowned Georgian director, painter, playwright and puppeteer Rezo Gabriadze, this absurdly cute clock tower is attached to Mr. Rezo’s puppet theatre. Every hour, on the hour, you will get to see a charming little puppet show of ‘Circle of life’, so make sure you reach the spot before the hour strikes.

6. Narikala Fortress, Tbilisi

How much: Free if you enter on foot (If you take the cable car, it will cost you 2.5 GEL, approximately 3 AED) Dating back to the 4th century, the Narikala Fortress is also known as the Mother Fortress of Tbilisi. Inhabited by first the Arabs and then, the Mongols, the fortress was an important stop on the ancient Silk Route. Unfortunately, it was destroyed in 1827 by an earthquake. Since then, although the structure has not been restored completely, it still stands as a silent witness to the past, present and future of Tbilisi. Your kids will love their Georgian vacation if you follow this itinerary to the T!

7. Stalin's Underground Printing House, Tbilisi

How much: Free! But tip of around 10 to 12 GEL (approximately 12.5 to 15 AED) is appreciated 🙂 A quick history recap - Joseph Stalin was a Soviet politician (and for many, a Georgian revolutionary) who was the General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. But long before Stalin became the General Secretary in the 1920s, he was a youth with an agenda. Back in 1904, when Georgia was a part of Russia and was under the rule of the Tsar, a young Stalin printed pamphlets, propaganda and newspapers that were anti-Tsar. But since he could not do so openly, he and his team put up a small printing machine under this house, inside a dried-out well! And this space is now open for visitors to explore.

8. Vardzia, Erusheti Mountain

How much: 3 GEL, approximately 4 AED An ancient cave city of Georgia, Vardzia is a remarkable palace-cum-monastery in the Erusheti Mountain. Built in the 12th century on the orders of King Tamar (the first woman in Georgia to be crowned as king), this place was developed as an underground sanctuary and a defense mechanism against the invasion of the Mongols. With over 6000 rooms, including a throne room, a church and a meeting room, these caves were accessible only via a hidden tunnel that started somewhere near the Mtkvari River. In 1283 however, a devastating earthquake split open the mountain, exposing the caves in the bargain.

9. Uplistsikhe, Gori

How much: 5 GEL, approximately 6.5 AED Uplistsikhe town, Gori - cheap tourist places in Georgia 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. Click here for a fantastic Georgia holiday package!

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 Chiatura cable car ride - affordable experiences in Georgia, Europe 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. Click here for a complete guide to Georgia visa requirements.

11. Statue of Ali and Nino, Batumi

How much: Free Georgia on a budget 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… Also read: 5 Resort Towns Around The Black Sea, Georgia For That Perfect Summer Vacation!

12. Batumi Botanical Gardens, Batumi

How Much: 8 GEL, approximately 10 AED Batumi Botanical Gardens - Best places to visit in Georgia 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. Click here for some of the best hotels in Georgia!

13. Zuruldi ridge, Mestia

How much: 20 GEL, approximately 25 AED Georgia, Europe travel package 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. A dreamy Georgia, Europe vacation awaits you here!

14. Skiing in Gudauri

How much: Ski Pass - single ride - 10 GEL, 3 rides - 25 GEL. Approximately 12.50 and 32 AED Cost of Skiing in Gudauri ski resorts 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! Things to see in Georgia 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.

16. Chronicle of Georgia, Tbilisi Sea

How much: Free free tourist attractions in Georgia - Chronicles of Georgia Tbilisi The Chronicle of Georgia, locally known as the monument by the sea, is a monument dedicated to the country of Gerogia. The monument is located a quick 15 to 20 minutes’ drive from Tbilisi, on the banks of the Tbilisi Sea (reservoir). Sculpted by Zurab Tsereteli, a famous Georgian sculptor, in the year 1985, the Chronicle of Georgia monument chronicles the history of the country – from its kings and queens to its heroes. The monument also chronicles instances and stories from Jesus Christ’s life. 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. Also read: Best Time To Visit Georgia – Month By Month Explained
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