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getting around Georgia

It’s possible to travel in the regions of the country by public transport: buses, minibuses and trains are all inexpensive and relatively easy to use. There are a few scheduled minibuses that provide transportation to almost all the large and middle size villages. However to reach some mountainous areas, such as Tusheti, Svaneti, Racha–Lechkhumi, 4WD vehicles are recommended.

 

Climate

Climatic zones range from the heat of the subtropics to the eternal snow peaks of the mountains, from a moderately humid Mediterranean-type climate to a dry continental climate. In the lowlands, the summers are hot and winters are moderate.

The most comfortable seasons for visiting Georgia are spring and autumn. However, summer is the best time to travel to the mountainous highlands.

Time zone:

GMT + 4:00

Language

The official language is Georgian, which has its own alphabet. The Georgian alphabet is one of the 14 existing alphabets of the world. All signs and makers along the main roads are written in both Georgian and Latin letters.

 

Religion

The majority of Georgians belong to the Georgian Orthodox Church: Georgia was one of the first countries to adopt Christianity, which became the official religion in the 4th century AD. However the country is also known for its tolerance for other religions; other faiths practiced in Georgia include Roman Catholicism, Armenian Gregorian, Protestantism, Judaism and Islam.


Currency:

On the territory of Georgia payments can be made only in Georgian Lari (GEL).

1 Lari (GEL) = 100 tetri. Most payments are made in cash. Foreign currency can be changed at currency exchange points and banks available in large cities and small towns.

1 EURO is roughly 2,2 GEL; 1 USD is 1,65 Gel. (Date 01/2012). Plastic cards are not commonly accepted outside of Tbilisi and can only be used in a few places in some large towns.

 

Power Supply

220 volts AC, 50 Hz. European-type, two-pin plugs are used.


Communication

Country code for Georgia is 995; area code for Tbilisi is 32.

Many hotels/guesthouses provide international communication facilities. There are public phones located at the airports, post offices, city centers and on the main streets.

Mobile telephone: GSM 900 and 1800 network. Coverage extends throughout most of the country, with the notable exception of some high mountain regions.

Useful telephone numbers: Ambulance 133; Police 122; Information service 118 09. Always ask for an operator who speaks English.

Emergencies

We hope you will have safe and enjoyable vacation in Georgia. However, it is comforting to know that if you run into problems, help is not far away. In case of an emergency, host families will contact the nearest ambulance service or medical care centers.

National and international clinic 31 Makashvili Str. Tbilisi. 0108 Tel: (+995 32) 292-09-28 / 292-16-70; Ghudushauri National Medical Center (NMC) at 18/20 Lubliana Str. in Tbilisi; Tel: (+995 32) 251-58-74


Water

Tap water is safe to drink in most areas, but it is better to drink the common bottled waters, both still and sparkling. Bottled carbonated mineral water “Borjomi”, “Nabeglavi”, “Likani” or still water are good alternatives to tap water, and are widely available in shops everywhere.

Shopping and Souvenirs

Shops are usually open from 10:00 to 18:00, Monday to Saturday. Some are open on Sunday. Some of the larger food chains or supermarkets are open 24 hours everyday.

Georgian jewellery, ceramics and embroidery are distinctive. These may be bought in art salons or special tourist shops. The most popular gifts in the region are local products like wine, honey, cheese and traditional homemade sweets and handicrafts which can be purchased from local farmers.


Accommodation

For accommodation all around the country we have chosen guesthouses owned by Elkana member families, located in villages and small towns throughout Georgia. In each house there are 2-7 rooms for guests, as well as basic facilities. Farms sometimes represent centuries old traditions and traditional methodologies for producing and storing local products. Elkana rural accommodation service quality standards.


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