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Georgia welcomes You Georgia – ancient land between two seas, on the gateway of ASA Travel | DMC in Georgia – www.asa.ge Europe to Asia, country full of traditions and gifted with beautiful landscapes. Part of ancient myths, home of first Europeans and cradle of wine with 7000 years of wine making history and more than 500 grape varieties. Delicious food, polyphonic singing, folk dancing and unforgettable sense of being in the middle of Silk Road and in the center of two great worlds. Georgia managed to synthesize both: culture and modernity of Europe and mystic and luxury of ancient Asia.
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Georgia – General Information ASA Travel | DMC in Georgia – www.asa.ge Located between Europe & Asia, between the Black and Caspian Seas, on the Caucasus mountain chain Border countries: Russia, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Armenia 69,700 square km, 315 km of coastline Population (January 2010): 4.4 million Capital city (January 2010): Tbilisi with 1.2 million citizens 2 autonomous republics: Abkhazia, Adjara
Georgia – General Information Religion: Orthodox Christian 83.9% ASA Travel | DMC in Georgia – www.asa.ge Ethnic Groups: Georgian 83.8%, Azeri 6.5%, Armenian 5.7%, Russian 1.5%, other 2.5% GDP 2009: 11,9 billion USD /GDP Growth rate : -3.9% Economic recovery is gaining strength, with real GDP growth of 6.6 percent in the first half of 2010. Monetary unit: Georgian Lari (GEL) 1 GEL = 100 TETRI 1 EUR = 2.45 GEL (22.01.11 by NBG) Time zone: GMT +4
Geography ASA Travel | DMC in Georgia – www.asa.ge Approximately 2/3 of the country is covered by mountains, The northern part of Georgia is formed by the Caucasus mountain range, with the highest peak of Shkhara (5.068 m.), followed by Kazbegi (Mkinvartsveri – 5.047 m.) and Ushba (4.710 m.). At present the total area of Protected Areas is about 7 % of the country’s territory.
Climate ASA Travel | DMC in Georgia – www.asa.ge A comparatively small territory of the country demonstrates almost a complete variety of the climate zones of the planet – from eternal snows and glaciers and high mountain zones of the Caucasus Major - to the humid subtropical climate of the Black Sea coast, and from the climate of tropics – to that of the semi-deserts. o The average temperature in January is about + 3 C in o western Georgia and - 2 C in the eastern part; correspondingly, the o temperature varies in August within the limits of 23 – 26 C.
Regions of Georgia Georgia is divided into two autonomous republics and nine regions. ASA Travel | DMC in Georgia – www.asa.ge The nine regions are Kvemo Kartli, Mtskheta-Mtianeti, Inner Kartli, Racha - Lechkhumi and Kvemo Svaneti, Samegrelo - Zemo Svaneti, Samtskhe - Javakheti, Guria, Imereti, and Kakheti.
Tbilisi - capital of Georgia ASA Travel | DMC in Georgia – www.asa.ge Tbilisi is the capital of Georgia since the V century AD The name Tbilisi comes from the word “Tbili” that means “warm” Located on the crossroads of Europe and Asia, Oriental and European architectural styles can be observed in Tbilisi Today Tbilisi is dynamic city, with well preserved old district, called “Old Tbilisi”, famous Sulfur Bathes, recreational areas, museums, restaurants, cafes, clubs and nightlife
Region of Mtskheta Mtianeti Stretching from the glorious ancient capital Mtskheta in the south to ASA Travel | DMC in Georgia – www.asa.ge the soaring peaks of the Greater Caucasus in the north, the Mtskheta-Mtianeti region is Georgia as it should be. The legendary Georgian Military Highway, one of the world’s most beautiful roads, winds its way up this region, through steep wooded valleys, up ravines and finally over the 2300 meter Cross Pass and down again. Places to visit – Old capital of Georgia Mtskheta, fortress of mediavel ages Ananuri, Village Stefntsminda and Gergeti Trinity church, mount Kazbek5047m, ski resort Gudauri etc
Mtskheta – old capital of Georgia ASA Travel | DMC in Georgia – www.asa.ge Mtskheta, one of the oldest cities of the country of Georgia, is located approximately 20 kilometers north of Tbilisi at the confluence of the Aragvi and Mtkvari rivers. Mtskheta was capital of the early Georgian Kingdom of Iberia during the 3rd century BC – 5th century AD. Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (11th century, see photo) and Jvari Monastery (6th century) in Mtskheta are amongst the most significant monuments of Georgia. Due to its historical significance and numerous ancient monuments, the "Historical Monuments of Mtskheta" became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994.
Region of Inner Kartli Inner Kartli is Georgia’s heartland in many ways. The region is filled ASA Travel | DMC in Georgia – www.asa.ge with hidden valleys and secret cultural treasures. Spreading out both sides of the Mtkvari valley, Inner Kartli takes in the foothills of the Greater Caucasus, covered in fruit orchards, as well as the forested Trialeti Range. The region’s capital is Gori, famous as the birthplace of soviet tyrant Joseph Stalin, or as he was known here, Soso Jugashvili. Places to visit –Town Gori (Stalin’s housemuseum); Uplistsikhe cave town
Region of kakheti Kakheti is the main wine producing province of Georgia. Many ASA Travel | DMC in Georgia – www.asa.ge villages and small towns huddle along the beautiful Alazani valley. Kakheti has a rich history and hundreds of historical and architectural monuments. Kakheti is also rich in wine factories. Places to visit – Vashlovani National Park in the South, monasteries of David Gareja, set in an unforgettable semi-desert landscape. In the north of the region lies the Great Caucasus range, and the hidden world of Tusheti - an almost medieval landscape of castles, watchtowers and shrines. Small town Signaghi, etc.
Signaghi - Town of Love ASA Travel | DMC in Georgia – www.asa.ge Picturesque town with the environment of XIX century, surrounded with 4,5 km fortress wall. Here one can enjoy degustation of Georgian wine, enjoy panoramic view on the valley Alazani (about 60% of grapes grow here) and, if you are lucky, you will see Georgian wedding: Signangi is the only place in Georgia where couple can get married any time of the day and year. This is why Signagi is called: The town of Love
Autonomous Republic of Adjara Adjara is located on the south-eastern coast of the Black Sea and ASA Travel | DMC in Georgia – www.asa.ge extends into the wooded foothills and mountains of the Lesser Caucasus. Boasting ancient monuments, world famous botanical gardens and the best nightlife on the Black Sea, Adjara has something for everybody. Places to visit – The subtropical Adjaran Mountains; Orange, tangerine and lemon groves, beautiful orchards, forests, mountain streams and waterfalls; botanical garden, fortress Gonio
Sea Resort – Batumi ASA Travel | DMC in Georgia – www.asa.ge Batumi is the city which easily makes visitors fall in love with it. This small, white city possesses a certain unique charm. The part of the city called “Old Batumi” is nearly 150 years old. Here you can see a coffee-device workshops. Coffee ritual generally takes an important place in Batumi lifestyle. There are a lot of open cafes here where city dwellers gather according to the ages and interest and have aromatic hot black coffee prepared on the heated sand.
Region of Imereti A western Georgian region, where the witty and optimistic people, ASA Travel | DMC in Georgia – www.asa.ge the Imeretians, live. The principle and oldest city of Imereti is Kutaisi. Places to visit – Kutaisi, Imereti’s main town, is Georgia’s second city after Tbilisi. Old Kutaisi is a very attractive place to stroll around. The magnificent churches of Bagratis and Gelati - both UNESCO world heritages sites;
Region of Samegrelo -Svaneti Svaneti is the highest inhabited area in Europe. Four of the 10 ASA Travel | DMC in Georgia – www.asa.ge highest peaks of the Caucasus are located in the region. The highest mountain in Georgia, Mount Shkhara at 5,201 meters (17,059 feet), is located in the province.
Region of Guria and Racha 340 km from Tbilisi Guria is a province in western Georgia. the ASA Travel | DMC in Georgia – www.asa.ge etymology of the name of Guria, some say that the root of the word refers to restlessness and the word should mean “the land of the restless” A historic province in Georgia, in the mountainous northwestern part of the country. It is bordered by the mountain-range of Greater Caucasus to the north and east
Heritage ASA Travel | DMC in Georgia – www.asa.ge Fortresses and churches dating from VI century Gergety Trinity church 2 400 m above sea level, the highest height for church in Europe Village Mestia: part of UNESCO world heritage 3 Cave Towns dating from II-I century BC to XII century AD
Ski Resorts Gudauri ASA Travel | DMC in Georgia – www.asa.ge Location: 2000 m above sea level, 110 km from Tbilisi Target: Armature skiers, professionals Accommodation: One 4* hotel and 8 small sized hotels Bakuriani Location: 1700 m above sea level, 175 km from Tbilisi Target: Families Accommodation: Number of good hotels Season lasts from December to April
Tourism in Georgia Georgia s Tourism sector is a robust and rapidly growing industry. In 2009, ASA Travel | DMC in Georgia – www.asa.ge more than 1.5 million people visited Georgia, representing an increase of 16% compared to 2008. 64.3% of these visitors live in CIS countries. Tourism export earnings more than doubled from USD 126 million in 2003 to USD 312 million in 2006, representing is almost 10% of total exports. International Tourists Arrivals 2500000 2000000 1500000 International Tourists Arrivals 1000000 500000 0 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
Travel InformationHow to get to Georgia Geographically well situated in the Southern Caucasus, Georgia can ASA Travel | DMC in Georgia – www.asa.ge be reached easily from most major European, Central Asian and Middle Eastern cities. Direct flights are available from: Amsterdam; Athens; Baku; Dubai; Frankfurt; Istanbul; Kharkov; Kiev; London; Minsk; Moscow; Munich; Paris; Prague; Riga; Tehran; Tel Aviv; Vienna; Warsaw; Yerevan; International airline companies, present in Georgia are: Lufthansa, BMI; Turkish Airlines, Czech Airlines, Baltic Airlines, Aerosvit, Ukrainian International Airlines, Georgian Airlines, Lot Polish Airlines, Azerbaijan Airlines, Armavia; Siberia airlines Sea ports of Batumi and Poti International railway connects Baku, Azerbaijan and Erevan, Armenia to Tbilisi, Georgia
Travel Information – Visa to Georgia Citizens of the following countries do not need a visa to enter and ASA Travel | DMC in Georgia – www.asa.ge stay in Georgia for 360 days Citizens of Russia can get Georgian visa at the airport / land borders, price is 30$ European Union - All Kingdom of Bahrain Saudi Arabia Antigua and Barbuda Lichtenstein Seychelles Argentina Malaysia Singapore Australia Mauritius South Africa Barbados Mexico South Korea Belize Monaco State of Kuwait Botswana New Zealand State of Qatar Brazil Norway Switzerland Brunei Oman Thailand Canada Monaco The Bahamas Chile Panama The Holy See Costa Rica Principality of Andorra Trinidad and Tobago Croatia Republic of Iceland United Arab Emirates Israel Saint Kitts and Nevis United States of America Japan San-Marino CIS countries except Russia
Cuisine & Wine ASA Travel | DMC in Georgia – www.asa.ge Georgia is said to be the birthplace of wine, and the word "wine" has been traced to Georgian word gvino, which has been in use for far longer than most modern languages have existed. Here you can taste variety of delicious wines and doubtfully find the one you like the most… And if you ask Georgian, which is the best wine in the world, he will reply: “the wine I make in my cellar” Georgia is famous not only for wine, but also for delicious food and tradition of feast and toastmaster.
Restaurants Traditional Georgian restaurants, with old Georgian environment ASA Travel | DMC in Georgia – www.asa.ge and performance Variety of Georgian cuisine Variety of Georgian Wine Georgian polyphonic songs Georgian traditional dances
Accommodation in Tbilisi ASA Travel | DMC in Georgia – www.asa.ge TBILISI MARRIOTT RADDISSON IVERIA SHERATON METECHI PALACECOURTYARD BY MARRIOTT HOLIDAY INN AMBASADORI
Accommodation outside Tbilisi ASA Travel | DMC in Georgia – www.asa.geSHERATON BATUMI HOTEL GUDAURI GEORGIAN PALACEVILLA IN KACHRETI VILLA IN LOPOTA TETNULDI
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