How to Spend 1 Day in Tbilisi
Poised at the crossroads of east and west and dramatically set in the deep valley of the Mtkvari River, Tbilisi is drawing increasing numbers of travelers keen to learn about its fascinating history and check out its thriving cultural scene. Here’s how to make the most of 24 hours in the Georgian capital.
Morning: See the Sights
To see as much as possible in a short amount of time, consider booking a full-day guided tour of the city. Most of these tours are private—that is, it’s just you, your travel partners, and a guide—and typically include a cable car ride to Narikala Fortress and visits to landmarks such as the Holy Trinity Cathedral and Mount Mtatsminda. Some tours also stop by the historic town of Mtskheta. Alternatively, spend the morning on a walk through the capital or on a hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus tour, both of which give you the freedom to explore at your own pace.
Afternoon: Savor the Flavors
Georgia has long been known as the birthplace of wine, and now its distinctive cuisine is also gaining recognition as some of the best in the region. Taste the true flavors of Georgia by spending your afternoon in Tbilisi on a food tour. Options sometimes include cooking lessons taught by locals. Alternatively, go wine touring and tasting.
Night: Check Out the Nightlife
Having long thrown off its repressed past, Tbilisi is emerging as one of the most vibrant nighttime cities in the region. Get a feel for the scene by embarking on a guided pub crawl. Or if you’re up for a late night, book a VIP nightclub experience and skip the entry lines at some of Tbilisi’s hottest clubs. A few drinks are often included in both options. As a more laid-back alternative, hop aboard a cable car for a ride to the Funicular Restaurant Complex, and enjoy panoramic views of the city along with a dinner of traditional Georgian food.