Get in
 By plane
A new airport in Mestia - Queen Tamar Airport - has recently opened, and flights between Mestia and Tbilisi are now available 5 times a week for 75 lari each way. Reserve tickets at least a week in advance.
In the summertime a plane flown by the Georgian military will give you a ride between Kutaisi and Mestia. The plane only operates on "perfect" days. This is a very fun experience! The cost is free to the locals, or ~$15 USD for foreigners. It will take off from a grassy field in Mestia, and land in Kutasi in less than an hour! This will reduce travel time to the capital by about 6-8 hours! The plane flies on Saturdays and leaves Kutasi at 9. The pilot's name is Leri - 877-199-689 (Info from 2010).
 By train
From Tbilisi to Zugdidi by night train, then take a marshrutka (minibus) from Zugdidi train station to Mestia. Ticket price 15 Gel. Duration 3-4 hours.
 By bus
Tbilisi - Mestia marshrutkas (mini buses) go every day from "Vagzali" bus station. Number of seats 16, ticket price 30 Gel per person. Departure time : 5:00 am. Duration 10-11 hours (depends on the weather conditions).
Only one (maximum 2) marshrutka goes to Zuigidi at 6 a.m.
 By car
A new highway from Zugdidi to Mestia has been opened and the trip has become safe and comfortable by public or private transport. (Drive off-road cars with high attention if you are not an experienced driver).
 Get around
[add listing] See
Svaneti Historical-Ethnographic Museum, which has one of the oldest New Testament manuscripts in Georgian on display.
House and Museum of the world-famous alpinist Mikhail Hergiani.
[add listing] Do
Hiking, supported by the Mountain Tourist Centre of Svaneti, Pereulok Stalina No. 7, 200 m from the main square in Mestia.
Mestia is also the embarkation point for a trip to Ushguli, the highest altitude inhabited point in Europe. There is another small Ethnographic Museum there, containing 12th century religious artwork.
[add listing] Buy
Beautiful works of Folk art can be bought at the Mountain Tourist Centre.
[add listing] Eat
Mestia has only very few options for eating out. On the main street there are two restaurants that both serve very nice food. The nicer looking of the two, near the center, is slightly more expensive, but still very cheap. Meat-filled dumpling - 0.60 per one. Beef stew - 5 Lari, salad - 5 Lari. Tea - 2 Lari.
There is a small market for fruit and vegetables and a number of shops.
[add listing] Drink
Lots of interesting mineral water. And of course, as anywhere in Georgia, marvellous Georgian wine and Raki!
[add listing] Sleep
Several people rent rooms in their houses as well:
As of August 2011, massive construction works are in progress at Mestia. Therefore the place might not look so scenic.
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