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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

Long live Chachava! - Couple from Turkey


As we write this our precious baby is one month old, sleeping in her bed and each and every day we think to ourselves how we are blessed to have found Chachava Clinic to help us through our journey to this happy end.

After many failed attempts of IVF and a frustrating miscarriage (my wife had intrauterine adhesions) we were at the edge of giving up completely. I was 45 and my wife was 43.  In the beginning, we were  just like you, confused and desperate, the only fact that we knew was that surrogacy was legal in Georgia, which obviously made this country so noble and and ahead of its time before our eyes. Apparently, Georgia was our last chance. 
Thanks to the Internet, we made a quick research, found a few contacts and flew to Tbilisi in a short time. Tbilisi was an elegant city, full of history and had a spirit. People were warm and friendly, transportation was cheap. We took a taxi and the driver took us to wherever we want the whole day for a very reasonable price. My wife and I went to our first two appointments in the morning, however, our first impression was not satisfactory with those centers.
Then in the afternoon we found ourselves in Chachava. Just like the city, the facility was very impressive with the historical architecture and the ambience was very inspiring. As a medical professional, while I was strolling the hospital I noticed the facility was clean, well-organized and the equipment they used were hi-tech.
We met Keti and Tatiana, who we will never forget and will always be obliged to. They informed us about their approach and pathway thoroughly. Our trust to the foundation doubled. We instantly knew we were in the right place. We learned about the expenses, the legal procedures, the technical issues, the risks, and everything. By that evening, we were ready to go already.
We failed in the first ET attempt with our surrogate. But our trust to the staff was full, and their self confidence was full too. In the second attempt the surrogate got pregnant. Once again we were so impressed by their professionalism.
The pregnancy went so smooth, the expenses and payments were just like they were planned, nothing extra happened in an unexpected way. We always keep in touch with Keti and Tatiana, they answered our questions instantly and kept us relaxed us all the time.
Our daughter came 3 weeks earlier than planned, however she was healthy and beautiful, thanks to God. The neonatal department staff were so professional as very caring and love-giving. Big thanks to them once again.
We stayed in the hospital in one of the  hotel rooms of the facility, which was a blessing as well. We spent our days in a five-star hotel comfort. The whole staff was so supportive. We also made new friends from other parents whose stories were just like ours.
One warning here should be given: Each country has its regulations for the travel documents of the newborn babies. The paperwork may take from at least 2-3 weeks to 6 months to travel back to your country with your baby (babies). Your country may not even have a consulate in Tbilisi which renders the procedure harder and longer than you think.
Just two weeks after the delivery we were able to fly back to our country. Hope everything goes smooth with you my friend and our prayers are with you. I call this “the fellowship of Chachava”.  Long live Chachava!

Couple from European Union


In our hearts…

We had lost hope on having children. It seemed there was no solution, no open door. But then, we found Georgia, a country where friendship and solidarity are everywhere, every day.

And then we found Chachava Clinic. There was hope. From the first moment we could see great facilities where every single step of our dream happened, instead of jumping from place to place. Even fantastic indoors apartments are available, so we always felt at home. But also, there was a wonderful staff, always smiling, supporting us, almost being our family when our emotions went up and down like a rollercoaster. Their high technical expertise is the final piece of the puzzle.

It was not an easy journey, there were ups and downs. Specially Tatiana and Keti stood there with us and for us…

And now… We are holding our two healthy babies with great joy and happiness!

We can´t thank enough Chachava Clinic: the impossible dream came true!

We have Chachava Clinic and Georgia in our hearts.

 

Couple from Turkey


I just wanted to thank you all team of Chachava Clinic for giving us hope and support they always extend kindness to us, also very professional. First of all I want to write special thanks to Keti and Tatiana fabulous Embryologists and of course our surrogate mother. We are truly grateful. Now we are waiting for our baby. Hope to meet our little angel soon!Greatful for everthing. Couple from Turkey.

Thank you for giving me hope and meaning in life


Reproductive Health Center has created an extraordinarily warm and friendly atmosphere.  After several years of inadequate treatment, I was almost disappointed.  When I arrived at the Reproductive Health Center of Chachava Clinic I got convinced from the very first moment that infertility was not a verdict for me. With everybody’s effort, patience, attention and professionalism and Lord’s mercy now in my body at the age of 46, new life grows.

 My doctors lead me though all stages of pregnancy, at any time of the day ready to give me a competent answer to any question and calm me down.

Many thanks on Reproductive Health Center team, Especially Keti and Tamta! Thank you for giving me hope and meaning in life@

M.O.

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