Tbilisi: what to see
Narikala Fortress: the city’s main citadel, which dates from the 4th Century AD.
Sioni cathedral: of the 6th-7th c. Church of the Virgin. A relic of Christian Georgia, St. Nino’s Cross, is preserved here.
Mount Mtatsminda: (The Holy mountain) architectural and artistic symbol of Tbilisi, with the church of Father David, pantheon of famous writers and public figures, and a funicular on its slope.
Metekhi Church: a 13th-century cross-domed building which is part of the Metekhi Palace complex. It houses the grave of St. Shushanik.
Sulphur baths: a favourite place of Tbilisi citizens and foreign guests.
Anchiskhati: one of the most ancient basilicas, dating from the 6th century.
National Art Museum: a collection of paintings by 19th- and 20th-century Georgian artists including the self-taught Niko Pirosmani.
The State Museum: an impressive historical museum, notable for its treasury.
The Open-Air Folk Museum: collection of traditional houses built in various regional styles. (Don’t be put off by its ugly Soviet title of the “Museum of Ethnography”.) It’s situated in Victory/Vake Park.
Overlooking Tbilisi: re the Television Mast on Mtatsminda mountain and, further south near Narikala Fortress, the white statue of Mother Georgia.
Tours in and around in Tbilisi
Tbilisi: points of arrival
Tbilisi airport will be the point of arrival for most western visitors to the country. By taxi, the journey to and from the airport is difficult to knock down to below 20 Laris. Travel agents can arrange for their own taxis to take you to and from the airport, but you’ll pay a premium for their reliability – a typical charge seems to be $30. Unfortunately many flights arrive late at night or early in the morning, leaving no alternative to getting a taxi. However, if you arrive during the day-time you can fend off offers from the crowd of taxi drivers and get a bus instead – the Number 37 (which starts running around 7:30 am) goes to the central railway station and costs only 50 tetris.
The central railway station, where all long-distance trains arrive, is in the north-west of the city. There’s a smaller station at Samgori in the east of the city, which is worth getting off at if you can as it’s less crowded and is slightly better connected by road to the Rustaveli Avenue area. (which is useful for getting a marshroutka). Both railway stations are on the metro line.
The biggest bus station (for travel to other towns) is at Didube in the north-west of the city. There are smaller bus stations at Samgori and Isani in the east. All these stations are on the metro line.