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Depart Gatwick Airport north terminal on Georgian Airways flight:
Direct flight duration: 4 hours 45 minutes.
20 - 27 / May / 2020
3 - 10 / June / 2020
23 - 30 / Sep / 2020
3 - 10 / Oct / 2020
Standard price: GBP £998 per person
Single supplement of £150
Flights not included
WHY SHOULD I TRAVEL TO GEORGIA?
The first and best reason to visit Georgia is because it is an exciting country that has not yet been overrun by tourists. From the lush green hills covered with vineyards that produce delicious top-rated Georgian wines, to the bustling cities that combine historic watchtowers and churches with gleaming steel and glass skyscrapers in cities like Tbilisi and Batumi to the ancient monasteries and silk road sites scattered throughout the spectacular villages nestled at the foot of the Caucasus mountains, Georgia is one of the most beautiful undiscovered countries and a fantastic place for walkers and adventure travelers of every kind.
WHY THIS TOUR?
There are several compelling reasons to join this group. The primary one is that your guide is someone who knows the country, understands the culture and is passionate about taking like-minded people over 50+ years old to explore Georgian culture, food and drinks while engaging in daily health and fitness sessions.
Tony Laliashvili, the tour leader, is the founder of . His goal for this tour is to show you a variety of places and activities that reflect the best of Georgia. The bonus is that as a professional personal trainer, Tony will hold daily 30-minute exercise classes - and one-to-one workout sessions on days with leisure sessions – so this tour broadens your mind and tones your body!
IS THIS GROUP TOUR SUITABLE FOR SOLO TRAVELLERS?
Our group tours are perfect for solo travellers who have the security and companionship by travelling as part of an organised group in a faraway place. There is a small supplemental charge if you want a single occupancy room.
WILL I BE SPENDING ALL DAY ON A BUS?
Another great benefit of joining this tour is that it is small in size – with a maximum of 12 people. That means there can be friendly team interaction with the limited travelling will be in a comfortable tour van – not a big bus. More importantly, the tour is designed so that few van trips are needed and if so, they won’t exceed an hour. The goal is for you to engage with Georgian people and culture – not just view through a bus window.
HOW ACTIVE SHOULD I BE TO ENJOY THIS TOUR?
General overall fitness is required and necessary as both tours include significant walking up some stairs and hills. However, there are two types of tours. The May 20th tour requires good fitness because it includes sports such as cycling and hiking. The June 3rd tour is less physically demanding but also requires walking – but at a leisurely pace. Comfortable walking shoes are a must!
Prior to your officially joining the tour, you will receive a health form that asks some basic questions. Based on your replies, Tony will let you know whether you might potentially face some challenges and if so, what you might do.
WHY AM I REQUIRED TO HAVE TRAVEL INSURANCE THAT INCLUDES MEDICAL COVERAGE AND EXPATRIATION?
On this tour, we will do everything to keep you safe. Every aspect has been checked out in advance. However, accidents can happen and it is best to be prepared. Unlike the UK/EU, there is no free national health service in Georgia, so best to assume the best, but plan for the worst. If you have travel insurance for trips in the EU, most UK travel insurance companies also include coverage for Georgia at no extra cost.
Please check with your insurance company before booking.
WHAT IS THE HOTEL ACCOMMODATION LIKE IN GEORGIA?
Georgian hotels range from cozy boutiques to modern design accommodation. For both tours we will be staying in two different 3 and 4 star hotels with en-suite rooms, free WiFi and security facilities for any valuables.
DO I NEED A VISA TO ENTER GEORGIA?
No visa is needed if you have a valid British passport.
CAN I USE MY ELECTRONIC GADGETS?
Georgia’s electricity is 220 volts with a standard frequency of Hz, like the UK. The power sockets accommodate two round prongs, like the Euro plug travel adaptor is advised.
WILL MY MOBILE WORK?
Georgia has excellent mobile coverage. Your phones will work, but it’s best to check with your provider regarding charges for using it outside your home country. Because WiFi is available, you might want to consider downloading some applications that enable you to talk for free via WiFi.
CAN I USE MY DEBIT AND CREDIT CARDS?
Yes, you can use your regular and contactless credit and debit cards. Just be sure to check in advance with your bank about any fees they might charge for non- £ purchases. There are also ATM machines available everywhere so you can withdraw cash.
THE LOCAL CURRENCY IS GEL - In small traditional shops, you might prefer to use the local currency, called Georgian Lari, written as GEL. The best thing would be to bring some cash and exchange it for local currency. The tour will direct you to the best official currency exchange office. The exchange rate varies slightly, but it is approximately £1 = 3.8 GEL.
WILL THE TRIPS INCLUDE FREQUENT BATHROOM BREAKS?
Frequent coffee & tea and bathroom breaks are built into the itinerary.
WHAT WILL THE WEATHER BE LIKE IN MAY AND JUNE?
Both months are ideal time to visit Georgia, with warm sunny days and cooler nights. Temperatures range between 18.0°C and 27.0°C, and there is low humidity and very little rainfall. It may be advisable, however, to bring a lightweight waterproof jacket as well as sun cream and glasses
WHAT IS THE FOOD LIKE IN GEORGIA?
Georgian food is considered an expression of the culture, so meals are never rushed and good conversation is a key ingredient! Warm, comfort food like khachapuri (cheese-stuffed bread) is complemented with Matsoni (sour yogurt). Herbs like tarragon, flat parsley, dill and coriander combine with walnuts and garlic for rich fillings and sauces. Fresh fruits and vegetables are the norms as is a variety of meat and seafood for the main part of the meal – served with Georgian spring water and delicious, award-winning wines.
IS THE FOOD SUITABLE FOR VEGETARIANS?
Absolutely! There will be food choices for vegetarians.
HOW WILL I COMMUNICATE WHEN THE LANGUAGE IS SO DIFFERENT FROM ENGLISH?
Yes, the Georgian alphabet is different from the English letters, but you will be in a tour led by people fluent in English and Georgian. Also, virtually everybody under the age of 40 speaks fluent English, so even if you are wandering on your own around a city or town, there will be people who can help you.
WHAT TO BRING TO WITH YOU?
Sunglasses and sun protection
Headscarf required for the entry into monasteries for females
Water bottle and a big smile ;)
Cancellation Policy and Refunds:
Please note, that your £148 deposit is non-refundable, under any circumstances. We are not a big tour operator, we do not have funds available to refund monies we have spent in advance. Further down the line, should you need to cancel this trip, then a partial refund can be made. Prior to 90 days before the trip then all monies paid except your deposit can be refunded. Between 90 days and 30 days, 50% of monies paid (not counting your deposit) can be refunded. After 30 days, all monies are forfeit.
Please, don't book your place and pay your deposit until you have double-checked that the dates don't clash with Uncle Trevor's 67th wedding anniversary. Be sure you want to go hiking for a week in the mountains before you book, so that we can be certain you won't change your mind.
Of course, if you have to cancel for some very urgent legitimate reason, such as a broken limb or family bereavement or some other such unavoidable circumstance, you will lose your deposit but otherwise, we will honour payments you have made and make a discounted place available for you on the next trip.