Note: The information presented here is an abbreviated version of our formal General Information for this tour. Its purpose is solely to give readers a sense of what might be involved if they take this tour. Although we do our best to make sure what follows here is completely accurate, it should not be used as a replacement for the formal document which will be sent to all tour registrants, and whose contents supersedes any information contained here.
ENTERING GEORGIA: US Citizens need a passport valid on the date of arrival and containing at least one blank page for an entry stamp. A visa is not required for stays of 90 days or fewer.
Citizens of other countries may need a visa and should check their Georgian embassy.
COUNTRY INFORMATION: You can review the U.S. Department of State Country Specific Travel Information for Georgia at http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/country/georgia.html, and the CIA World Factbook background notes on Georgia at https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/gg.html .
PACE OF TOUR: We spend most of the tour in a mountainous region (see Elevation, under “HEALTH” below), some uphill walking is inevitable. How much we need to do will depend a lot on the weather conditions and the snow line and the effect that has on the birds we are looking for. None of the walks are in any way dangerous but we may find ourselves looking out across dramatic vistas from a great height. Some participants might find a lightweight metal walking pole useful.
This tour requires some physical effort and participants should have a reasonable degree of fitness and be prepared for some occasional discomfort.
We could find ourselves walking over snow at some point although this will usually be small patches - we do not expect to spend long periods trekking across snow fields. On all walks there will be no rush and there will be plenty of time for breaks.
Updated: August 2015