Exploring the best of Tbilisi, with cheap flights from Tampa

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By Hoodline - Published on July 25, 2019.

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 Tampa and Tbilisi on travel site Skyscanner.

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

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Flight deals to Tbilisi

Currently, the cheapest flights between Tampa and Tbilisi are if you leave on Nov. 7 and return from Georgia on Nov. 14. Turkish Airlines currently has roundtrip tickets for $785.

There are also deals to be had in October. If you fly out of Tampa on Oct. 1 and return from Tbilisi on Oct. 8, jetBlue can get you there and back for $835 roundtrip.

Top Tbilisi hotels

To plan your stay, here are some of Tbilisi’s top-rated hotels, that we selected from Skyscanner's listings based on price and customer satisfaction.

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

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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 the Tbilisi Opera and Ballet Theatre. Additional attractions include Freedom Square.

The Tbilisi Marriott Hotel (Rustaveli Avenue 13)

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If you're looking to splurge on top quality, there's The Tbilisi Marriott Hotel, which has rooms for $250/night. It checks in with 4.4 stars. Recreational amenities include a sauna, a spa and a fitness facility. 

Rooms Hotel Tbilisi (14 Merab Kostava Street Entrance From Chovelidze St.)

A third option is the 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.

Featured Tbilisi restaurants

Tbilisi has plenty of top-notch dining options. Here are two of the most popular, according to Skyscanner.

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 experience with Georgian food and it was exquisite," wrote visitor Mitchell. 

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. Try to grab a seat outside if you can and enjoy the amazing people watching," wrote reviewer Robert. 

What to see and do in Tbilisi

Not sure what to do in Tbilisi, besides eat and drink? Here are a few recommendations, provided by Skyscanner.

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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Then, there's the National Botanical Garden of Georgia. It boasts five stars from five reviews on Skyscanner.

"This is a small but pretty botanical garden in the heart of Old Town," wrote visitor Maria.  

The Sioni Cathedral (3 Sioni St.)

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Lastly, spend some time at The Sioni Cathedral. It has 4.9 stars from 16 reviews.

"Amazingly grand cathedral, beautifully built and with a 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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