Bike and Hike Georgia

DestinationsGeorgia
Tour MeetsTbilisi
Tour EndsTbilisi
Fly in toTbilisi International Airport (TBS)
Fly out ofTbilisi International Airport (TBS)
Group Size4-16 riders
Minimum Age18 (on scheduled departures)
379kmTotal cycling distance
54kmAvg distance / day
1060mAvg climbing / day

Trip Profile

We cycle 379 km in 7 days of biking. We also hike for two full days. This is a tough trip due to the altitude and the terrain. We gain elevation slowly to ease acclimating and never sleep at higher than 3,000 m. Due to the remoteness of the terrain, we’ll be camping for five nights. It is the combination of conditions – altitude, weather, topography, and overall environment – that makes this a challenging tour and a test of sustained riding.

Vehicle support, which allows cyclists the option to get into the truck as needed, is available on all cycling days. During our hikes, we'll be accompanied by horses that can also carry any tired trekkers.

Suitability: This trip is designed for the experienced cyclist with a high level of fitness. The lack of oxygen at the high altitudes we’ll be cycling at, as well as the climbs we’ll be doing, means that this is a tough trip, and you'll enjoy it much more if you have a good level of stamina and fitness. The distances and gradient each day are not extreme, but getting into the best shape possible for the trip will ensure you get the most from your holiday.

Biking Conditions: The road surfaces are a mix of paved and dirt roads, and a few sections of single track. The paths may be rocky in sections and therefore good technical skills on a mountain bike are necessary.

What's Included

  • SpiceRoads jersey
  • Water bottle
  • Support vehicle
  • Guide(s)
  • Meals (as indicated)
  • Snacks and drinks

What's Excluded

  • International flights
  • Domestic flights
  • Airport pick up
  • Airport drop off
  • Visa fees
  • Alcohol
  • Tips

Nuts & Bolts

Bikes

Because some people can't imagine going on a trip without their own beloved bicycle, we do not provide them as part of this tour. However, you can hire bikes locally for the price listed in the tour pricing section. The bikes are well-known makes of mountain bikes with lightweight alloy frames, 24- to 27-speed gearing, v-brakes, and Shimano components and front suspension. If you bring your own bike, please make sure it is a mountain bike, preferably with front suspension, in good mechanical order.

Bike Repairs

Basic spares and tools are carried by the guide and on the support vehicle, though we cannot guarantee having spares for every conceivable problem. Carrying a basic tool kit, a spare tube and a pump while riding is recommended.

Safety

Wearing a helmet is required on all our biking adventures and is non negotiable. If you do not wear a helmet you will not be allowed to cycle. Your tour leader is trained in first aid and emergency rescue, but to a large degree you must be responsible for your own safety while riding. It is therefore compulsory that you take out travel insurance that will cover you for a mountain biking tour.

Guides

You will be led by a local English-speaking guide and if the group is 9 people or more we will add another guide to the tour. All our guides are well informed in the history, culture and religions of the area where you are biking and are skilled at passing that knowledge on to you. Your guide is also medically trained and an experienced cyclist, able to handle most minor repairs en route.

The Nitty Gritty

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.

Health

No vaccinations are needed.

Weather

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.

Food

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.

Drink

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.

Solo Travelers

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.

Extra Expenses

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.

Money

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.

General booking info

Booking

If this is the tour for you here's what you need to do to confirm your place: Read our Booking Conditions

From the tour page click the 'Book Now' link. All departures for this tour will appear, just select the date you'd like to travel. There is a minimum number of participants (usually 2) required to enable the trip to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to Depart'. Once a trip is guaranteed to depart you are free to book your flights and make other travel arrangements. If you are unsure about the trip status, please email us or call our office. For the next steps you'll need to know the names of the people traveling and have either a Visa or a MasterCard. If you wish you can also provide extra details such as passport numbers, height, or you can add that later by logging into Manage My Trip (we'll set up an account for you automatically if you don't already have one). However, if you wish to get a children's discount, please do fill out the date of birth of the riders. If you are having any problems, please send us an email, or give us a call (+66 2 381 7490) and one of our travel specialists will assist you with your booking.

Deposit

For Long Tours (7 days or more) to guarantee your place we require a 30% or 500 USD deposit, whichever is the greater. For Short Tours (6 days or less) we require full payment to guarantee your place. We also require that you take out travel insurance when you book your holiday. Besides covering you during your holiday it will also enable you to claim for any money that you have paid to us, including your deposit, should you have to cancel your trip.

Balance

Full payment must be paid 45 days before the departure date with fees for any bicycle rental(s), single supplement(s) and extra hotel nights. Our confirmation will include personal details you provided us (including your flight information), visa application advice, a packing suggestion list and a detailed tour itinerary. It will also include a checklist to ensure you get everything ready for your holiday.

Cancellation Policy

On the rare occasions when we, SpiceRoads, must cancel a trip, all payments received to date will be 100% refunded, which constitutes full settlement. There will be absolutely no deductions. If you, the client, must cancel your reservation, your cancellation fee will be determined according to when you cancel. For full details, please read our cancellation policy.

Loyalty Riders Club

For those who have been on several long tours with us we reward customer loyalty by offering repeat customers a special discount off the tour price (excludes single supplement and bike rental). If this is your fourth scheduled tour or more you will receive a 5% discount. If this is your eighth scheduled tour or more we will extend a 10% discount. The discount will be reflected in your online booking, but please contact us if any questions. Loyalty discounts can not be used in conjunction with any other offer. Note: Only tours of 7 days or more will be applicable for loyalty discount.

International Flights

International flights, to and from the start and finish points are not included in the tour price. Once your tour is Guaranteed to Depart you can book your flight. Please contact us for advice before arranging flights for the best arrival and departure times. We would only cancel a trip for an extreme circumstance, but in that case, where we cancel your trip, we cannot be liable for losses incurred relating to any flight booking you have made. Please claim any losses from your travel insurance that you acquired when you booked your holiday.

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