Georgia and Armenia - Caucasus Discovery
Georgia and Armenia - Caucasus Discovery
Foreign Government Travel Warnings
We constantly monitor the advice posted by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). In particular we will always advise clients of any travel warnings. At this time there are no warnings in place for areas we travel to on our small group tour to Georgia and Armenia. It should be noted that this information applies to British citizens. Other nationals are asked to check the current position of their respective government.
Accommodation and Meals
At Undiscovered Destinations we know our travellers prefer to stay in comfortable accommodation. On our Georgia and Armenia you can expect private bathrooms throughout the trip. Where necessary air conditioning will be available but not in the family run guesthouses. Most hotels will have a restaurant and bar but a bar is not usually available in the family run guesthouses.
We welcome solo travellers and single rooms will be allocated subject to the applicable tour supplement. Please note that on occasions you may not always be allocated a double or twin room, as some hotels have designated single rooms. These may be smaller in size. However, the supplement payable takes this into consideration.
Food & Drink
The daily meal basis is shown in the tour itinerary; breakfast (B), lunch and dinner (D). Please note that on occasion lunch may be a picnic. Drinks are not included and will be payable locally in cash.
If you have any special dietary requirements you must notify us at the time of booking. While we will make every effort to cater for you, we cannot guarantee that this will be possible.
Budgeting for your Tour
You will need some extra money to cover meals and drinks not included in the tour price, any optional sightseeing, souvenirs and items of a personal nature such as laundry.
The costs for meals may vary depending upon location, type of restaurant and number of courses eaten and so the prices given are an average guide. Local restaurants located off the beaten track may be less expensive, whereas an upmarket restaurant located in the centre of a major city may charge more.
Dinner £10 -£15
Lunch - £5
Dinner - £7
The prices for drinks can vary greatly depending upon location and the prices detailed below are an average guide. In general you would expect that drinks purchased in a supermarket or local bar to be less expensive, whilst drinks in an upmarket bar or restaurant may be more expensive.
Bottle of Beer £2 - £3
Bottle of Water £0.5 - £1
Bottle of Beer £1 - £2
Bottle of Water £0.30 - £0.50
Tipping – Guide and Drivers
Tipping is commonly recognised as a way of rewarding guides and drivers for good service. A reasonable amount to bring for tips would be around $50-60, split between the guides and drivers, if you are travelling on a group tour. For private tours, you should allow more.
Waiters and bar staff in the region are generally low paid and it is common practice to leave a small tip – around 10% of the bill.
ATM Availability: Yerevan and Tbilisi are larger towns are well equipped with ATMs for obtaining money
Credit and Debit Card Acceptance: Cards are widely accepted in the main cities in larger restaurants and hotels
Local Currency: Georgia – Lari (GEL)
Armenia – Dram (AMD)
Recommended Currency for Exchange: US Dollar
Where to Exchange: Your guide will advise you
Joining your Tour
Our advertised prices do not include the cost of international flights. Please contact us if you would like a quotation to book a ‘flight inclusive’ package. Your flight inclusive package will be fully protected by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) ATOL protection scheme.
Joining Tour Abroad
Customers booked on the ‘Land Only’ arrangements will receive a free airport transfer, both on arrival and departure. In order that the transfer can be arranged please ensure that you advise us of your flight information once available. Please advise the date, time and flight number for your arrival/departure. If we have not been advised of this information at least 2 weeks before travel, then you will be required to make your own way to the hotel on Day 1 of your tour.
It is a condition of booking with Undiscovered Destinations that you have adequate valid travel insurance, the cost of which is not included in the price of the tour. It is your responsibility to arrange appropriate travel insurance and ensure you have read and understood the full terms and conditions of your travel insurance policy to ensure that you are covered for all activities you intend to undertake whilst on the tour, including all optional activities. Your Insurance Policy must fully cover you for medical expenses and emergency repatriation to your home country. Please ensure your policy includes medical emergency helicopter evacuation in the event of illness or injury and covers the entire duration of your holiday. If you are trekking at altitude please ensure that there is no upper altitude limit which may limit or exclude cover for your trip.
UK, EU and US visitors do not require a visa for entry to Georgia. UK passport holders do not need a visa for Armenia but many other nationalities do, although this often obtained as an e-visa online. We recommend that you check with your nearest embassy for the most up to date details.
It is your responsibility to ensure that you are in possession of a full passport, valid for at least six months after the date of return to the UK.
We strongly advise that your passport contains a minimum of two blank pages for each country, as this may be a requirement of the local immigration authorities. In addition certain countries will stipulate that the two blank pages are opposite each other. If you are unable to meet these requirements you may be refused boarding by your airline or denied entry by the immigration authorities.
For specific information about the requirements for your destination please check with the country’s embassy or consulate. Alternatively UK citizens can visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice
Vaccinations & Protection
There are no compulsory vaccinations required for travel to Georgia or Armenia. However we recommend that you speak with your doctor for the most up to date advice regarding any vaccinations that may be recommended.
Travelling with medicines in Georgia
You should carry a doctor’s prescription if you intend to travel with prescription medicine and declare the items on your Customs Declaration Form. Possession of these items, even with a doctor’s prescription could, if not declared, or if the quantity held exceeds legal limits, lead to administrative or even criminal proceedings. Check legal quantities of medicines before you travel with the Georgian Embassy London.
Preparing for your tour
Generally speaking, the best time to visit the Caucasus region is between May to October. It can get very hot in the middle of summer at lower altitudes in places like Tbilisi and Yerevan. Temperatures in the mountainous regions of Svaneti and Kazbegi are somewhat cooler and at night it can be quite cold. Rain showers can be expected at any time of year. Spring is a lovely time for wildflowers. September and October tend to be the busiest time for tourists but also is generally the driest time of the year with pleasant temperatures.
When it comes to clothing it is usually recommended that lighter clothes are worn through the day, and warmer ones at night. A hat is also advised to be worn through the day to protect from the sun, along with at least one piece of waterproof clothing for any days that the weather may be wet or windy. Please note that it can get quite cool in the mountains in the evening and first thing in the morning.
The first thing on your list should be a first aid kit. Whilst there is no undue cause for alarm, travellers are best advised to travel well-prepared: adequately immunized, with sufficient supplies of prescription drugs, along with a medical kit. Suncream/sunblock is a must. Insect repellent, including a bite spray will also be useful to have. It is usually advisable to bring a torch/head torch in case of any electricity outages.
Footwear is a main priority on this tour. Comfortable walking shoes/boots are recommended. When we are travelling between places sandals or other comfortable footwear is fine.
Luggage on tour
Your luggage should not exceed 20kgs (44lbs). One large suitcase/rucksack, and one small hand luggage rucksack is acceptable.
Electric Supply & Plugs
Electrical supply is 220V/50 Hz and plugs have two round pins.
Tour Itinerary Versions
Please ensure that you have an up-to-date copy of these tour notes immediately before you travel, as from time to time our itineraries may be amended, either for operational reasons or in response to feedback from customers. You will be informed of any major changes to your tour but small changes may just be added to these tour notes. These tour notes were prepared on 10/05/16