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A land of endless wonders, unspoilt by modern tourism and still retaining its authentic character – Georgia. Once experienced, it will stay with you forever. Exploring Georgia is a constant pleasure. For walkers and hikers the country is sheer heaven, while botanists and bird-watchers will be simply enthralled and archaeologists can’t decide which of the numerous ancient findings to visit first.

With the towering Caucasus Mountains forming the border between Europe and Asia, Georgia has long been an important contact zone. In this mystical land you will be captivated by a thrilling blend of eastern enigma and western elegance. The traditions of the East and West meet in Georgia to form a culture unlike any other in the world.

 

GENERAL INFORMATION

➪ Area: 69,700 sq.km

➪ Population: 4.6 million, Georgians – 70%, Armenians – 8%, Azeris – 6%, Russians – 5%, Greeks – 2%.

➪ Capital: Tbilisi, pop. 1.1 million

➪ Language: Georgian (state), most people also speak Russian

➪ Religion: Georgian Orthodox (main), Catholic, Muslim, Armenian Gregorian, Jewish

➪ Currency: Lari (GEL), 1 USD = 2.2 GEL, 1 EURO = 2.3 GEL

➪ Time: + 4 hrs GMT

➪ Climate: In West Georgia the dominant subtropical climate features high humidity and heavy precipitation, while East Georgia has a more continental and drier climate. The alpine zone begins at about 2,100 metres; above 3,600 metres snow and ice are present year-round. The average summer temperatures range from 200C to 240C, average winter temperatures range from 20C to 40C.

➪ Airport: 20 km from Tbilisi centre 

➪ Main Towns: Kutaisi (233,000),  Rustavi (150,000), Batumi (130,000), Sokhumi (120,000), Gori (68,000)

➪ Main Rivers: Mtkvari (Kura) 1515km (351km in Georgia), Alazani 407km (390km in Georgia), Rioni (333km).

➪ Museums: Opening hours 11:00 – 16:00 (closed on Monday)

➪ Banks: Opening hours 10:00 – 16:30 (10:00 – 14:00 on Saturday)

➪ Shops: Open daily 10:00 – 18:00

➪ Restaurants: Open daily 11:00 – till midnight

➪ Visa Requirements: 

Nationals of the following countries can travel to Georgia without a visa for up to 90 days: EU members, the UK, Switzerland, Israel, Japan, the USA, Canada, also CIS countries (except Turkmenistan).

 

VisitGeorgia - Why You should Visit Georgia?

 

 

Homeland of the First European

This 1.7-million-year-old skull found during Dmanisi archaeological excavations is the oldest evidence of human habitation in Europe. It proves that there is almost one-million-year gap between Dmanisi and any European early-human site, making Georgia the homeland of the FIRST European.

 This is the face that’s changing a thousand minds. It could be the face of the first human to leave Africa. And it’s not what anyone expected. This 1.75-million-year-old pioneer, found beneath the ruins of a medieval town called Dmanisi in the republic of Georgia, had a tiny brain – not nearly the size scientists thought our ancestors needed to migrate into a new land. And its huge canine teeth and thin brow look too apelike for an advanced hominid, the group that includes modern humans and their ancestors. Along with other fossils and tools found at the site, this skull reopens so many questions about our ancestry that one scientist muttered: “They ought to put it back in the ground.” – National Geographic Magazine

A Silk Road Country

With its favourable geographic location Georgia has always been a connecting link between Europe and Asia, traversed by many routes including the famous Silk Road. This most important pre-modern trade road linking China with the West diverged into northern and southern routes, the northern one passing through Georgia. The traces of ancient caravans are still visible near Uplistsikhe cave town.

Land of the Golden Fleece

The fabulous kingdom of Colchis, mighty King Aeetes, enchanting Medea, legendary Jason and the Argonauts and invaluable Golden Fleece – an ancient Greek myth based in Georgia. Numerous gold artifacts found in the area and Tim Severin’s recreated voyage of 1984 prove that the story of the Golden Fleece could easily be true, especially considering Georgia’s centuries-old tradition of getting gold particles from flowing mountain rivers with the help of the fleece.

In the kingdom of Colchis there ruled the mighty King Aeetes. Alongside with other numerous riches he possessed the Golden Fleece – the skin of a ram with the Golden Fleece, which he kept under the guard of a sleepless dragon. Jason and the Argonauts sailed from Iolcus on the ship “Argo” and tried to take the fleece from Colchis to enable Jason to claim his inheritance. Fortunately for Jason, King’s daughter Medea fell in love with him. Medea had magical powers (the word “medicine” comes from her name), which she used to help Jason complete the assigned tasks and later steal the Golden Fleece.

 The story of the Argonauts is a classic myth written by Apollonius of Rhodes in the 3rd century BC. The Golden Fleece is a symbol of cultural achievements of ancient Georgian tribes and mainly the high level of development of metal processing, gold in particular, although getting particles of gold from flowing mountain rivers was practiced in Georgia till the 20th century.

Cradle of Wine

 

When it comes to wine-making, Georgia is blessed. Grapevine has been cultivated in the fertile valleys of Georgia for about 8000 years. With over 500 varieties of endemic grapes and the world’s first cultivates grapevines, the traditions of viticulture are entwined with the country's national identity. It is also believed that the word “wine” is of Georgian origin (“gvino” in Georgian). 8,000-year-old wine unearthed in Georgia: Scientists have discovered the world's oldest wine – a vintage produced 8,000 years ago. The find pushes back the history of wine by several hundred years. New discoveries show how Neolithic man was busy making red wine in Shulaveri (Georgia). Although no liquid wine from the period has survived, scientists have now found and tested wine residues discovered on the inner surfaces of 8,000-year-old ceramic storage jars. - The Independent, 2003.

  UNESCO World Heritage Sites

1. Ancient Capital of Georgia - Mtskheta

           Svetitskhoveli Cathedral - 11th century

           Jvari Church - 6th century

2. The Town of Kutaisi

           Gelati Monastery - 12th century

           Bagrati Cathedral - 11th century

3. Upper Svaneti


The Great Caucasus – the Highest Mountain Range in Europe

Stretching for about 1200km between the Black and the Caspian seas the Caucasus Mountain system is considered a natural boundary between Europe and Asia. This is where you find summits over 5000m, including Mt. Elbrus (5642m) – the highest in Europe. Georgia has three peaks over 5000m – Mt. Shkhara (5068m), Mt. Janga (5059m) and Mt. Kazbegi (5047m) where according to the Greek myth Prometheus was chained.

A 3000-Year-Old State

Georgia has one of the world’s richest and oldest histories. Archaeological excavations provide clear evidence that Georgian tribes formed their statehood as early as the second millennium BC. The remains of the flourishing Georgian states of Colchis and Iberia can be seen while travelling in the ancient cities of Vani, Kutaisi and Mtskheta.

Unique Language and Script

Georgia’s original and highly developed culture is proved by its unique language and script. Spoken by about 5 million people worldwide, Georgian language has an ancient literary tradition. Georgian alphabet was created in the 3rd century BC and is one of the only 14 existing scripts in the world. Earliest Georgian inscriptions are found in a church near Bethlehem (AD 430) and in Bolnisi Sioni church (AD 495) in the South-East of Georgia. The earliest Georgian novel also dates to the 5th century AD.




 

Testimonials

Couple from USA


My wife and I first heard of Chachava Clinic and Tbilisi Georgia from our fertility specialist Dr. Joe Massey of Atlanta, Georgia.  When Dr. Massey suggesting having a surrogate in Tbilisi Georgia, my fist question was where is this place?  I looked it up and it is next to Russia.  Our second question was do we want to do this? Everything changed when we had a Skype conference call with Tatiana and Dr. Keti.  Something about talking to them gave us the courage and hope to have our baby in Tbilisi.

Tatiana is God sent.  She was in contact with us explaining every question we had until our embryos arrived in Tbilisi from Augusta, GA. Dr. Keti, who implanted our embryo into our surrogate was easily accessible by email.  She explained the whole procedure and kept us informed as to each stage and what was occurring.  She informed us about potential surrogates and their medical conditions.  We were aware of all kinds of test that were done to make sure we had the right surrogate. Our baby was conceived on the second implantation.  Dr. Keti and Tatiana addressed all our concerns.

Dr. Tata, our surrogates OB/GYN is one of a kind.  She sent us monthly medical reports of our baby’s development as well as the condition of the surrogate.  Do not worry, we had our monthly ultrasound pictures also.  Drs. Keti &Tatas well as Tatiana literally held our hands through out the whole process.

Tatiana was and is our ambassador to Tbilisi.  She explained everything from contracting, monthly payment to surrogate and what to expect when we arrived in Tbilisi.  Tatiana made the administrative portion of this whole process very painless.  Tatiana assured us our hotel accommodation was taken care off and a driver will be waiting for us at Tbilisi International Airport when we arrived.  

Our daughter was born four weeks premature through a caesarian section. Dr. Tata connected us with the head of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit of the hospital our daughter was in.  Tatiana sent us pictures.  We called the head of Neonatal ICU for progress until we finally arrived in Tbilisi.

A driver met us at the airport as expected and drove us to our hotel.  Tatiana showed up at noon at our hotel room and took us to see our daughter.  Tatiana is a very nice, caring and professional person.  She helped me purchased a SIM card and even changed the SIM card in my phone for me.

Dealing with the U.S Embassy was easy and straight forward.  If we must do this whole process again with Drs. Keti, Tata as well as Tatiana, we will do it in a heartbeat. Keep up the excellent, professional and kindly service you give to couples like my wife and me.  Take you God bless.

COUPLE FROM ISRAEL


My husband and i contacted Chachava clinic in our journey for our surrogacy baby.

We had so many questions and so little knowledge, as well as no confidence in nobody.
The clinic coordinator Tatiana was very nice, helpful and gave us all the answers.
During our stay in Tbilisi she took care for all our needs. The main doctor (Dr. Katy)
is always there with a smile and great knowledge.
The clinic facilities are very professional and clean and our surrogate mom was outstanding
woman. overall we had a very good experience (we also love Tbilisi and travel Georgia)
and if we will do it again, we will do it there! 

 

 

Couple From Philippines


As husband and wife, we have been trying to have our own child from the moment we got married, and it has taken over 11 years.  Today we have Chachava Clinic and its professional, helpful and friendly staff to thank for it.

Since we learned that it would be very difficult for us to naturally have our own children, we have tried many different methods to achieve our dream of having a child over the years.  We have checked different methods and markets and agencies.  Even within Georgia itself, we have acquainted ourselves with nearly all the agencies that offer surrogacy programs.  Prior to our work with Chachava Clinic, we had also attempted surrogacy in another country.  Of all the programs we saw, we realized that Chachava Clinic had the most comprehensive program for its clients.  We began our work with the clinic positively, but we also appreciate that the clinic was candid and honest with us with the progress of the program and kept our expectations realistic.  A big positive for the Chachava Clinic program is that it is part of a larger maternity hospital system.  We saw the good quality of staff and facilities when we first met them, and these have been maintained throughout our whole program.  It was very beneficial and convenient for us who have to take care of a newborn for the first time to be able to stay within the hospital itself, in their spacious and well-appointed hotel room within the hospital.  We have access to their nursery and maternity staff, and their invaluable lessons and help have significantly reduced the anxiety we had.  During the pregnancy of the surrogate, the OB GYN doctor responsible for tracking the progress of our child was communicating regularly with us, providing the information we needed to know about the health and condition of both our child and the surrogate.

 

The Chachava clinic is located centrally in the city of Tbilisi, and along a main road, so travelling to and from the clinic to other places in the city is convenient.  The friendly staff helped us with our translation needs when we needed it, as they do speak good English.  The necessary documentation for the child such as recognition documents, birth and hospital health certificates, official translations and notarizations are all straightforward and done expediently, and the program staff all provide excellent support and assistance to be able to accomplish these.

 

If you do wish to undertake a surrogacy attempt, we recommend that you contact the Chachava Clinic surrogacy program.  We believe they have many good things to offer you.  We wish everyone who wishes to go through surrogacy the best!

Couple from Australia


"Thanks to Dr Keti, Tatiana and all the staff at Chachava Clinic in Tbilisi, Georgia we got pregnant after trying for years.  The Chachava Clinic and all the staff have first class customer service and standards, the apartment was stunning as well.  We also enjoyed the beautiful city, Tbilisi.  Everyone was very friendly, helpful and could not do enough for us.  We also got a much better quality, efficient, professional and personalised service than we got in Australia and would highly recommend Dr Keti, Tatiana and the Chachava Clinic to others.  We hope to visit again soon."

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