Georgia

by Tim Burford

Georgia

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About this book

This new edition of Bradt's Georgia, the only dedicated guide to the country, has been thoroughly updated throughout, with greatly expanded coverage of Batumi, Adjara and Svaneti. The capital, Tbilisi, has seen huge changes in the past decade with some conspicuous new projects such as the Peace Bridge, the Opera House and Saakashvili's Presidential Palace. Much of the country can be visited in day-trips from the luxury hotels of Tbilisi and Batumi; the remotest areas such as Svaneti and the Pankisi Valley can also now be visited. Mestia, the capital of Svaneti, now has an airport and a ski resort. The Georgian wine industry is covered, as is the Black Sea resort of Batumi, near the Turkish border.

About the author

Tim Burford spent five years in publishing before writing hiking and ecotourism guides for Bradt. He is also the author of Bradt's Chile, Dresden and Uruguay.

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Contents

Contents

Introduction

PART ONE GENERAL INFORMATION

Chapter 1 Background Information
Geography, Climate, Natural history and conservation, History, Politics, Economy, People, Language , Religion, Culture

Chapter 2 Practical Information
When to visit (and why), Tourist information, Tour operators, Red tape, Getting there and away, Health, Safety, What to take, Money and banking, Getting around, Accommodation, Eating and drinking, Public holidays and festivals, Shopping, Media and communications, Other practicalities, Business, Cultural etiquette, Giving something back

PART TWO THE GUIDE

Chapter 3 Tbilisi
History, Getting there and away, Getting around, Tourist information, Where to stay, Where to eat and drink, Entertainment, Other practicalities, Shopping , A day's tour of Tbilisi, What to see and do

Chapter 4 Shida (Inner) Kartli
Mtskheta, The road west from Mtskheta, Gori, Around Gori, West of Gori

Chapter 5 The Georgian Military Highway
North of Mtskheta, Stepantsminda (Kazbegi), North of Stepantsminda, Khevsureti

Chapter 6 Samtskhe-Javakheti
Nedsvi , Borjomi , Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park, Bakuriani, Southwest from Borjomi, Vardzia, Ninotsminda and beyond

Chapter 7 Imereti, Racha, Mingrelia and Guria
Imereti , Kutaisi, Racha, Mingrelia, Poti, Guria, Abkhazia

Chapter 8 Svaneti
Culture and history, Getting there and away, From Zugdidi to Mestia, Mestia, Ushguli , Backpacking and climbing in Svaneti

Chapter 9 Adjara
Kobuleti, Batumi

Chapter 10 Kakheti
Eastwards from Tbilisi, Ninotsminda and Tsinandali, Telavi, Tusheti, East of Telavi - from Gremi to Kvareli and Lagodekhi, Southeast of Telavi, Davit-Gareja

Chapter 11 Kvemo (Lower) Kartli
Marneuli and Bolnisi, Betania and Manglisi

Appendix 1 Language

Appendix 2 Further Information

Index

Index of advertisers