Exploring the best of Tbilisi, with cheap flights from Austin

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If you’re looking for a trending international destination for your next getaway, consider Tbilisi, Georgia. According to Condé Nast Traveler, Tbilisi was one of the best places to visit in 2018. The city lies on the banks of the Kura River, at the crossroads of Europe and Asia. Tbilisi is full of historic architecture, museums, theaters and universities, along with sports enthusiasts, a growing nightlife and a delectable food scene.

Fortunately, there are plenty of relatively inexpensive flights between Austin and Tbilisi on travel site Skyscanner.

Here’s a list of flights, hotels, restaurants and local attractions in Tbilisi to get you started. (Prices and availability are current as of publication and subject to change.)

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Cheapest Tbilisi flights

The cheapest flights between Austin and Tbilisi are if you leave on Nov. 5 and return from Georgia on Nov. 15. Turkish Airlines currently has roundtrip tickets for $829.

There are also deals to be had in January. If you fly out of Austin on Jan. 7 and return from Tbilisi on Jan. 13, Ukraine International can get you there and back for $865 roundtrip.

Top Tbilisi hotels

Regarding where to stay, here are some of Tbilisi’s top-rated hotels, according to Skyscanner, that we selected based on price, proximity to things to do and customer satisfaction.

The Radisson Blu Iveria Hotel, Tbilisi (Rose Revolution Square 1)

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If you're looking for an all-around top recommendation, consider The Radisson Blu Iveria Hotel, Tbilisi. The hotel has a 4.5-star rating on Skyscanner, and rooms are currently available for $239.

Set in the heart of Tbilisi, this hotel is close to Tbilisi Opera and Ballet Theatre, Kashveti Church and Freedom Square.

The Tbilisi Marriott Hotel (Rustaveli Ave. 13)

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If you're looking to treat yourself, there's The Tbilisi Marriott Hotel. Rooms are currently set at $250/night.

Recreational amenities include a sauna, a spa and a fitness facility. 

Rooms Hotel Tbilisi (14 Merab Kostava St.)

A third option is Rooms Hotel Tbilisi. With a five-star rating on Skyscanner, the hotel is one of the most luxurious in the city.

"Gorgeous, industrial chic boutique hotel with amenities that make you feel like royalty. The rooms are spacious and rivaled only by the lounge areas: the outdoor bar, the restaurant and library space. Amazing breakfast!" wrote reviewer Nika.

Top picks for dining and drinking

If you're looking for a popular spot to grab a bite, Tbilisi has plenty of excellent eateries to choose from. Here are a couple from Skyscanner's listings to help you get started.

Machakhela (23 Tumaniani St.)

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If you're looking for a local favorite, head to Machakhela, which has an average of 4.7 stars out of 19 reviews on Skyscanner.

"This is was our first attempt with Georgian food, and it was exquisite," wrote visitor Mitchell. "The khachapuri and khinkali were out of this world! Authentic Georgian cuisine and great saperavi wine by glass."

Coffeesta (Rustaveli Avenue)

Don't forget the essentials: where to get your coffee fix. For a popular option, check out Coffeesta, with 4.4 stars from five reviews.

"The coffee here is great, but what I really love is the location right on Rustaveli Avenue," wrote reviewer Robert. "Try to grab a seat outside if you can, and enjoy the amazing people-watching!"

Featured Tbilisi attractions

To round out your trip, Tbilisi offers plenty of popular attractions worth visiting. Here are some top recommendations, based on Skyscanner's descriptions and reviews.

Clock Tower (13 Ioane Shavteli St.)

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The top-rated visitor attraction in Tbilisi, according to Skyscanner, is the Clock Tower.

"This unique structure near the entrance of Tbilisi's old city sets the tone for the artsy and cute little world of the city's old town," wrote visitor Jenny. "There are cafes and restaurants around the tower so get a seat on a patio and enjoy the view."

National Botanical Garden of Georgia (12 Bambis Rigi St.)

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The National Botanical Garden of Georgia is another popular destination.

"Small but pretty botanical garden in the heart of the old town," wrote visitor Maria. "There is a nice waterfall inside, the garden itself is mostly very natural — just the way it would look like if there was no city around."

The Sioni Cathedral (3 Sioni St.)

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Lastly, consider checking out The Sioni Cathedral.

"Amazingly grand cathedral, beautifully built and with very nice big staircase leading to it, perfect for snapping the best pictures of this fabulously decorated church," wrote visitor Mitchell.

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