Republic of Georgia


This trip begins and ends in the capital city of Tbilisi, Georgia and is serviced by Tbilisi International Airport (TBS). Some airlines flying into TBS include Turkish, Emirates, Qatar, Lufthansa, Air France and Georgian Airlines. You can search routes to Tbilisi from your departure city here:

To get to the hotel, you can prebook a private transfer from the airport using Cars are available 24/7, and the driver will greet you in the arrivals hall. They can take you anywhere in the city (or elsewhere in Georgia) for a fixed price – and they’ll stop off at an ATM on the way if you need it.
Fly Taxi is the official Tbilisi airport taxi company. Do not get into a taxi at the airport without confirming the price first.


The currency in Georgia is the lari (GEL). For the most up-to-date exchange rates check here
In major cities, like Tbilisi, ATMs are everywhere. Outside of the major cities, stock up on cash beforehand, as ATMs are a lot less common in small towns. If you need to find a local ATM, look for one of these banks: TBC Bank, Bank of Georgia, Liberty Bank, Basis Bank. Most major credit cards are accepted.


A valid passport with one page for a stamp is needed to enter Georgia.


For Georgia there are two associated plug types, types C and F. Plug type C is the plug which has two round pins and plug type F is the plug which has two round pins with two earth clips on the side.
Click here to purchase an adapter/converter for your trip and see other travel accessories.


Before your trip, a Happy Ambassador will reach out to you about tipping our local guides. Plan to budget at least $100-$150. Happy Ambassadors are already compensated, the tip money will go to local guides.


Average temperatures in Tbisili in June are 86°/ 65°. The mountains and countryside will be cooler.
You’ll want clothing that layers easily since the high season can go from cool nights to hot days with humid rainstorms in between. In Tbilisi, the women dress pretty chic and casual. We will be hiking so bring appropriate shoes. Shoulders and legs will need to be covered for the monastery. In general, shorts, tights, jeans, t-shirts, long sleeve shirt or light sweater, light jacket and good walking shoes.


We will be staying in 4 star accommodations throughout the tour.


Georgia boasts a storied and varied cuisine. The emphasis is on freshness and the flavor of primary ingredients (though some dishes can be quite spicy). Some of the dishes you might encounter are mtsvadi, or shashlik (lamb shish kebab), chakapuli (lamb, plum and scallion stew), khinkali (meat dumplings with plenty of black pepper), badrijani (tiny eggplants stuffed with hazelnuts) and chanakhi (a stew of lamb, whole tomatoes, eggplant and peppers). Other dishes emphasize chicken, cheese, fruit or bread. We particularly enjoyed khachapuri, a sort of tomatoless pizza.
Georgians love wine, and there are numerous excellent Georgian wines. Some of these are Tsinandali and Gurdzhaani (dry whites), Chkaveri (a semisweet white), Mukuzani (an excellent dry red) and Khvanchkara (a semisweet red, said to have been Stalin’s favorite). Beware chacha, the local firewater (50% or greater alcohol content). Teetotalers can enjoy Borjomi, the regional mineral water.


We will be transported in comfortable vehicles with professional drivers throughout the tour.

We will not be traveling to these regions but be aware or travel to Abkhazia, South Ossetia, and Adjacent Areas: The United States and most other countries consider these regions part of Georgia. However, de facto local authorities claim independence, and Russian troops and border guards occupy both regions. Criminal incidents have occurred in and around the areas. While none of the activity has been anti-American in nature, there is a high risk of travelers finding themselves in a wrong place/wrong time situation.


What Georgia might lack in size it makes up for in personality. Over the millennia, the nation we now call Georgia has been part of empires ruled by Romans, Persians, Turks, and Russians. It has also been its own regional empire and myriad independent kingdoms. It was one of the first nations to officially adopt Christianity as a state religion, and, although ruled by others for centuries, Georgians have kept their own unique languages and alphabet, which is not related to any other language family or alphabet, and their own proud identity. Today, Georgia sees its culture and future as more tied to Europe than any other area. More than anything,

Georgia sees itself as independent and defined by a culture that values good food, wine, and conversation as well as boisterous traditional performance arts. Georgia is bordered by Russia to the north, Azerbaijan to the east, Turkey and Armenia to the south, and the Black Sea to the west. Much of the country is dominated by mountains. The Caucasus Mountains form a natural border with Russia in the north, with the Lesser Caucasus along the border with Turkey to the southwest.
The Likhi Range links them running north-south through the center of the country. West of these mountains, particularly along the Black Sea coast, the climate is moderate, even balmy at times. The area east of the Likhis is colder and drier.