1 Educate yourself with the historical sights of Georgia
A crossroads of Asia and Europe, Russia and the Middle East, lies Georgia. And there’s a special Eid trip with Musafir to try next month. Your trip covers hearty breakfasts and gives you the option of taking in the days by yourself or going tours to Kakheti or Mtskheta. But you’ll first be exploring Tbilisi, with its sulphur baths, mosques and Glass Bridge of Peace. The place is full of ancient stone towers and villages, along with medieval-like old buildings and museums. Staying at the Cron Palace hotel, which is well-known for its top spa and outstanding views of the city, you’ll be experiencing Georgia at its best. While it may be rich in culture and history, don’t be fooled by the country’s old style as the city has a modern vibe, too. Food is delicious and wallet-friendly, with Georgia’s signature dish of chicken dumplings along with pimento cheese sure to please. With temperatures going as low as 18°C, you may want to bring a jacket. It may not actually be cold, but it may well be a shock to the system when coming from the searing heat of Dubai.
What to do: Prepare for a jam-packed trip, as you’ll be seeing a load of what the country has to offer. Take it gently on the first day, with some exploration around Tbilisi, including Rustaveli Avenue, Liberty Square and the stunning Glass Bridge of Peace, which stretches 150m across Kura River and is designed to look like a marine animal, to admire. Its then off to Kakheti or Mtskheta (or neither, if you want a day to yourself). The former is a mountainous province you can enjoy nature in, while in Mtskheta, the former capital of Georgia, you can walk along the ancient streets towards the stunning Aragvi river. There is also an ancient fortress just outside the city, too.
Details: Flight time (from Sharjah), three hours, 30 minutes, flights included in package.
Hotel: Dhs2,699 per person (twin room, including flights), Dhs3,299 (single room, including flights). June 14-18. www.musafir.com.