Georgia - Worlds Historical Crossroad
From its green valleys spread with vineyards to its old churches and watchtowers perched in fantastic mountain scenery, Georgia (Saqartvelo, საქართველო) is one of the most beautiful countries on earth with a marvelous canvas for walkers, horse riders, cyclists, skiers, rafters and travellers of every kind. Equally special are its proud, high-spirited, cultured people: Georgia claims to be the birthplace of wine, and this is a place where guests are considered as blessings, thus hospitality is the very stuff of life.
Complicated history has given Georgia a wonderful heritage of architecture and arts, from cave cities to ancient cathedrals to the inimitable canvases of Pirosmani. Tbilisi, the capital, is still redolent of an age-old Eurasian crossroads. But this is also a modern and rapidly developing country, with spectacular contemporary buildings, a minimal crime rate and ever-improving facilities for the visitors who are a growing part of its future.
Georgia is one of the world’s oldest wine-producing regions. Wine history began in the Neolithic Period and evidences (such as grape seeds and earthenware fragments dating from 6th century BC) point to Georgia as the cradle of wine production. Scientific analysis has confirmed that they contained acid calcium salt, which means that it could only contain either wine or grape juice.
There are 520 endemic Georgian grape varieties along with unique winemaking technique, which is the oldest in the world and has had an enormous relevance in Georgian culture for thousands of years.
During our convention guests will be able to taste Georgian wines, become part of Georgian culture and traditions that have made Georgian wine industry universally famous. Here you will find wine cellars, small and large factories, and even churches which were specialized in wine production! As you can see, Georgia and wine culture are inextricably linked, and it is more than interesting to explore this small country with big heart on the world’s crossroad!
Convention program will be focused on sharing of unique experiences between guides from different countries.
Citizens of more than 90 countries and territories, listed at www.geoconsul.gov.ge, can enter Georgia without a visa for stays of up to one year.
Citizens of EU countries may enter Georgia with a national identity card instead of a passport; other nationalities must carry their passport.
Non-visa-free nationalities must obtain a visa in advance. For 'short-term' visits (up to 30 days), this is easiest done through the e-Visa Portal You receive the visa by email within five working days.
Short-term visas can also be – and longer-term visas must be – applied for at a Georgian consular office in your country of citizenship or residence. See more.
Entering Abkhazia or South Ossetia from Russia is considered a crime under Georgian law, punishable by a heavy fine or possible imprisonment. If you do this, don’t try to continue into undisputed Georgia from either of the breakaway enclaves.
The official currency in Georgia is the Georgian Lari usually indicated as GEL.One lari is divided into 100 tetri. Lari is the only legal means of payment on the entire territory of Georgia.
Banknotes come in denominations of one, two, five, 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200 lari; coins run from one tetri to two lari.
ATMs, generally accepting MasterCard, Visa, Cirrus and Maestro cards, are plentiful in cities and towns.
There are also plenty of banks and small money-exchange offices in most towns and cities, where you can exchange US dollars, euros and sometimes sterling and the currencies of Georgia's neighbouring countries.
You can make purchases with credit cards at many hotels, restaurants and shops, though less frequently outside Tbilisi.
Shota Rustaveli Tbilisi International Airport – 25 km from Tbilisi Center
David the Builder Kutaisi International Airport – 25 km from Kutaisi Center
Alexander Kartveli Batumi International Airport – 10 km from Batumi Center
There are direct flights from: Amsterdam, Athens, Aktau, Baku, Cologne, Dubai, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Hanover, Istanbul, Kiev, Minsk, London, Munich, Paris, Prague, Riga, Tel Aviv, Vienna, Yerevan to Tbilisi and others.
Currently to Georgia there are: Emirates flights, Ukraine International flights, Gulf Air flights, Turkish Airlines flights, S7 Airlines flights, Atlasglobal flights, Qatar Airways flights, LOT flights, Air France flights, Lufthansa flights, Azerbaijan Airlines flights, airBaltic flights, KLM flights, Aegean Airlines flights, Air Astana flights, Aeroflot flights, EL AL Israel Airlines flights, Belavia flights, Czech Airlines, Georgian Airways, Pegasus Airlines flights, Scat.
The time of flights to European countries is between 4 and 4.5 hours and to North America is about 12 hours.
A Travellers to Tbilisi must fill in a customs declaration upon arrival that has to be presented to customs officials when departing the country. Failure to declare currency and items of value can result in fines or other penalties.
Passengers have a possibility to reserve seats on flights of airlines ahead of time. This can be done either the city office of airline or airline tickets agency. Besides there is a 24-hour operating counter making reservations and sales on all international and domestic flights at the airport.