I’m planning on taking my 17 year old son to Tbilisi for a few days next summer. I know it will be hot them, but unfortunately this is a big year for him for exams so we can only go away in July or August. The heat doesn’t bother us too much- have done Turkey and similar in +40 degree weather and while not ideal, has been manageable.
From Scotland it looks like we either fly via Amsterdam or London. Amsterdam gets us in late afternoon and then it’s pre-crack of dawn flight out. London is an overnight/land in the middle of the night then an evening flight back (BUT we’d miss the last flight to Scotland and would have to overnight in London). I’m leaning towards Amsterdam as although it would be a slightly shorter trip, am not sure of the wisdom of an all nighter at the start of the holiday!
So, assuming KLM/Air Georgia, I’m thinking of the following itinerary...
Day 1: Land late afternoon, dinner and evening in Tbilisi
Day 2: half day trip to Gori by Marshrutka.
Day 3: Trip to Gergeti Trinity Church with stop offs along the way (seems to be loads of tours to choose from)
Day 4: Day in Tbilisi
Day 5: Day Trip to David Gareja Monastary
Day 6: Flight home
So my questions....
1. Accepting that it will be HOT, from the end of June through 22ndish August, is there a relatively less hot time or does it not make a difference and it will just be hot?
2. For the David Gareja Monastary, I see there is a daily marshrutka but that it leaves at 11:00. Given the heat, I was wondering whether it is possible to hire a driver or driver and guide to go very early in the morning to miss the worst of the heat? I was thinking around 7:00AM? Is this possible- I.e. worth my contacting a few companies?
3. I know I need a headscarf and skirt to enter churches. A couple of places have mentioned no shorts for men as well? Is this the case (and so would bring a pair of tracksuit bottoms for my son to slip on).
Any advice would be gratefully received!