When is the best period to visit Georgia?
Best timing to visit Georgia is from April to November, though tourist season continues from December to February, as winter resorts with excellent skiing facilities (including heli-skiing) and comfortable hotels for relaxing are especially popular. Thanks to the buffer of the Caucasus Mountains which protects the country from the icy northern winds, Georgia rarely freezes.
Does GPS navigation operate in Georgia?
Yes, it does, though we would recommend Not to rely solely on GPS navigation in Georgia, not all the routs are accurate and precisely set yet (especially the routs in the mountain regions). It’s always good idea to apply to guide assistance, or at least ask locals.
Which guide book would you recommend to prepare myself better for the trip?
Editions of Lonely Planet provide readers with precise and interesting information about Georgia (also about Armenia and Azerbaijan as neighboring countries). Also, “Walking in the Caucasus” by Peter Nasmyth is an excellent guide, sharing experience, cultural information and useful tips.
Working hours of banks, shops, pharmacy?
Generally banks and shops work from Monday to Friday from 10:00am to 18:00pm. On Saturday banks have short working day and on Sunday they’re closed. Most of the shops work on weekends and most of the pharmacies work 24 hours, 7 days a week.
What about communication means like access to internet, international post service, calling codes etc?
Telephone: IDD is available. Country code: +995. Tbilisi code +995 322
Outgoing international codes: 0-07 or 0-10, 0-18
Mobile telephone: GSM 900 and 1800 networks. Main operators are Geocell Ltd www.geocell.ge, Magti Com www.magtigsm.com and Beeline www.beeline.ru. Fax and Internet facilities are available as at the central post office and at Internet cafes as well; there are also cafes and few public places with WI-FI in Capital City. Internet e-mail local ISPs includes Sanet, Geonet, Georgia Online, Caucasus Network and others. International Express postal services are provided by DHL, UPS, TNT, FedEx and Air Express. Telecommunications might be relatively difficult in countryside.
What currency will I have to use while being in Georgia, where can I withdraw and exchange money?
The currency of Georgia is Lari (GEL). It’s relatively steady, and was valued at 1.65 dollars and 2.13 Euro in 2012. ATMs, generally accepting MasterCard, Visa, Cirrus and Maestro cards, are plentiful in Capital city, also in most towns in the regions. 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. Travelers’ cheques can be exchanged only in some banks.
What about medicaments and is it worth taking a traveler’s first aid kit with me?
Yes. Regardless the fact that our guides are equipped with first aid kits, taking one for yourself is always a good idea, especially if you have need for special medical treatment, or are allergenic to certain medicaments. Medical facilities in Tbilisi are available but can be expensive. Outside of Tbilisi, medical facilities are limited.
Can I drink water from the tap or do I have to buy bottled one?
Water from the tap all around Georgia is drinkable, though many tourists prefer to stick to bottled mineral waters (Georgia) to avoid possible difficulties with digestion and temporarily health problems such as diarrhea.
What do I need to bring with me?
Good mood and desire for memorable experience is a “must bring”. Upon booking we will send you a fact file containing information about the region plus an equipment list, recommended clothing list and any items that might prove to be useful during your journey.
Is it possible to extend our holiday?
Yes, it is. Besides fixed program that you’ll choose as your tour, additional extensions will be available to prolong your holiday and visit destinations that initially weren’t included in your program.
What is single supplement?
A single supplement is a charge paid by a solo traveler to compensate generally hotel losses incurred because only one person is using a room. However, we’re trying to keep our single supplement rates as low as possible and protect interests, as well as pocket of our individual travelers.