Passports and Visas
Citizens of EU countries, the US, Canada, Japan, Israel, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, and Liechtenstein do not need a visa to visit Georgia for up to 90 days. If you’re not from one of the above countries, you may obtain a visa from a Georgian embassy or consulate. The standard fee for a 90-day, single-entry ‘ordinary’ visa, which covers tourism, is 60 GEL or its equivalent.
No vaccinations are needed.
The best times to visit Georgia is from May to September, when it is warm and sunny. July and August can be particularly hot and humid in many parts, and temperatures regularly reach 40°C, however, this is an excellent time to be in the mountains, where it is sunny and cool. This is also the peak season on the Black Sea. There is a surprising amount of rain year-round.
Meals are included as per the itinerary where B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner. Regardless of the reason for coming together, the Georgian table and its selection of dishes provides a fascinating insight into a unique culture. Georgian cuisine makes use of animal products in most dishes and is rich in herbs, spices, dairy products, and oils. Most key ingredients are easily recognizable but the methods of preparation, which are the time honored secrets of the Georgian chef, lend a special taste and quality to each particular dish. There is no doubt that, regardless of your dietary preference, there is something to tantalize the taste buds. We shall make sure you sample as much local cuisine as possible. Any special dietary requirements can also be catered for as well, please let us know at the time of booking.
Keeping you completely hydrated is a job we take very seriously. Cold water, some energy-restoring local snacks and are included in the tour price while riding. Soft drinks and other beverages during meals are not included. You may also want to bring electrolyte in powder or tablet form. Alcoholic drinks are available everywhere, but are NOT included in the price.
SpiceRoads does not require you to pay a surcharge for travelling alone. We will arrange for you to share accommodation with another traveller of the same gender and if we can not match you up we will provide a single room at no extra charge. If you prefer not to share a single supplement is payable to guarantee your own room. The cost of the single supplement is listed above.
We recommend that you tuck away a few extra euros for possible incidentals that might arise. It is always wise to have some paper currency in case ATMs are out of order or credit card problems. This will save you a lot of unnecessary worries.
The currency of Georgia is the lari (GEL). One lari is made up of 100 tetri (still referred to by many people as kopecks!). ATMs, generally accept MasterCard, Visa, Cirrus and Maestro cards, are plentiful in cities and most towns. They all issue lari and a few will dispense US dollars as well. There are also plenty of small money-exchange offices in most towns and cities; they usually take US dollars, euros or Russian roubles. It’s useful to have some of these currencies in cash for times when there isn’t a convenient ATM nearby. You can make purchases with credit cards at the better hotels, restaurants and some shops in Tbilisi, but much less frequently outside the capital. Travellers cheques can be exchanged only in some banks.