Georgia has been through numerous incarnations since the collapse of the Soviet Union. We track its progress from Communism to the Rose Revolution, from Michael Saakashvili’s controversial presidency to the ill-fated conflict with Russia. To this day not one but two Russian satellite states sit within its borders. How does it cope?
Stunning scenery, legendary hospitality – guided by the former Moscow BBC correspondent and Georgia resident, Robert Parsons.
|DATES||Saturday 5th – Monday 14th October, 2019|
Led by Robert Parsons
Single supplement: £500.00
Veteran correspondent Robert Parsons is leading our new tour to Georgia in October 2019.
We are creating an new itinerary on the website once the outcome of the Presidential Elections are known (28 October 2018). The tour will trace the changes that have taken place since the Rose Revolution and the rise and fall of Mikheil Saakashvili to the current day. We look at the 2008 conflict with Russia, and prospects for the region today. There will also be plenty of opportunity to see the country’s stunning scenery, eat great food and taste its wines.
Please contact us if you would like to reserve a place.
The tour is scheduled to include Tbilisi, Gori (the birthplace of Stalin) Kutaisi, Khaheti (the wine region) and Svaneti.
Dates: Saturday, 5 – Monday 14 October 2019
Cost: £4900 Single supplement: £500.00
Details of the tour are still to be confirmed but will take in Tbilisi, Batumi, Svaneti, Kakheti
All of your accommodation and meals with water are included, as well as local transport (except during your free time). Flights are not included in the price and need to be arranged by customers themselves or with an agent.
Following the news
Like all our tours the itinerary is focused on current affairs. Events on the ground may change and the final schedule may be adjusted accordingly.
As on all our expert-led tours the groups are deliberately small and will not exceed 14 people. Frequently we travel with 10-12 people. Limited spaces are available.
Travellers from most countries do not need a visa to visit Georgia, these include the EU States, Australia, New Zealand and USA. To check whether or not you need to obtain a visa, visit: https://geoconsul.gov.ge/en/visaInformation?process=2
FCO Website – Travel Advice
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office publishes regularly updated travel information on its website www.fco.gov.uk/knowbeforeyougo which you are recommended to consult before booking and in good time before departure. Where it considers it appropriate to do so, the FCO may advise against all travel or all but essential travel to particular countries or parts of particular countries. Similarly, the FCO may withdraw any such previously given advice. Where the FCO issues such advice, we may as a result cancel your tour or make changes so as to avoid the area concerned (see clause 10). Alternatively, we may ask you to sign a form confirming you wish to proceed with the tour notwithstanding the FCO advice. It is in the nature of the itineraries we offer that the FCO may have issued such advice in relation to the country or parts of the country we are intending to visit prior to confirmation of your booking. In this case, you will be asked to sign the above form before we confirm your booking.
Advice on health requirements may be obtained from your GP, or alternatively from the Department of Health leaflet Advice on Health for Travelers, or the Department of Health in the UK. For further information on vaccination requirements, health outbreaks and general disease protection and prevention you should visit http://www.fitfortravel.scot.nhs.uk/destinations.aspx
It is also useful to travel with medications for traveller’s tummy – like imodium, probiotics and rehydration sachets.
We suggest you visit your own doctor or local travel clinic who will have the most up-to-date travel advice, and be able to recommend any vaccinations prior to travel based on your medical history.
Local currency is the Georgian Lari. ATMs can be found in major towns. Travellers’ cheques are not widely accepted.
Daytime temperatures in October will range from low to mid 20s Centigrade (C) (60-70 Fahrenheit (F)), with overnight temperatures dropping by around 8-10 C (43-54 F)..
There is no particular dress code for Georgia.
Men: Will need a jacket and tie for some of the meetings.
Women: You will need some smarter attire for one or two meetings.
Electricity supply is 220 volts, 2 round pin European plugs.
Wifi is available in all hotels, as well as many coffee shops and restaurants.
International Passenger Protection Insurance (IPP)
All our travel arrangements are covered by the UK’s package tour regulations and are financially guaranteed. We are a land-only tour operator and flights are not included.
Robert Parsons has a doctorate from the University of Glasgow on the origins of Georgian nationalism. He was a BBC Moscow correspondent from 1993-2002 and a director of the Georgian Service at Radio Liberty from 2003-2005.
He is now international affairs editor at the English service of France24 TV and speaks fluent Georgian and Russian.
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