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משיאי הטיול

  • להסתובב העיר העתיקה של טביליסי וליהנות מהאווירה המיוחדת
  • לבקר במרחצאות הגופרית של אבאנותובני
  • לגלות את כותאיסי, היעד הסופי האגדי של ג’ייסון והארגונאוטים
  • להתפעל מקרחון Chaladi
  • להצטרף למשפחה מקומית ולעזור להם להכין ארוחה מסורתית
  • לגלות את הנוף המדהים הנשקף מראש מגדל השמירה של אושגולי

מסלול הטיול

Day 1: Tbilisi

Welcome to Georgia!
Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6:00pm on Day 1.
Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask the hotel reception where it will take place. If you can’t arrange a flight that will arrive in time, you may wish to arrive a day early so you’re able to attend. We’ll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). If you’re going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We’ll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have all these details to provide to your leader.
This will be followed by an optional group dinner at a local restaurant.
Accommodation
Hotel VIP Tbilisi or similar (1 nt)

Day 2: Tbilisi

After breakfast partake in a sightseeing tour of Tbilisi. The locals like to call their capital the “Balcony of Europe”, deserving placing it on a par with many other of Europe’s graceful old cities.
All the sights of interest in the Old Town are very close to each other, within a few minutes’ walk. We start our visit to Old Tbilisi from Metekhi Church, and then walk to the Synagogue, Sioni Cathedral and Anchiskhati Basilica. Then we walk to Narikala Fortress and the Sulphur Baths, en route enjoying views of the historic and charming Old Town.
Afterwards we visit the stunning treasury of the Museum of Georgia, before taking a stroll along Rustaveli Avenue, the main street in Tbilisi.
The evening is free for you to enjoy, perhaps indulge yourself in Tbilisi’s lively theater scene and witness some of the energetic and acrobatic dance that Georgia is known for.
INCLUDED ACTIVITIES:
Tbilisi – City sightseeing tour (including Metekhi Church, Synagogue, Sioni Cathedral, Anchiskhati Basilica, Narikala Fortress)
Tbilisi – Museum of Georgia
OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES:
Tbilisi – Sulphur Baths (Approx 40-80 GEL)
Tbilisi – Aerial Cable Car (1 GEL)
Tbilisi – Funicular (4 GEL)
Tbilisi – Museum of Fine Arts (3 GEL)
Tbilsi – Nabadi Folklore Theatre (from 35 GEL)
Accommodation
Hotel VIP Tbilisi or similar (1 nt)

Day 3: Kutaisi

Today we drive the 25km (approx 30 min) to visit the ancient capital and religious centre of Georgia – the town of Mtskheta, which is over 3000 years old.
We will visit Mtskheta’s top historical sights: Jvari church (6th century) and Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (11th century), where the Robe of Christ is said to be buried. Both Jvari and Svetitskhoveli are UNESCO World Heritage sites. Afterwards we continue on to the pretty town of Kutaisi, the second largest city in the country (230 km/approx 3 hours).
Kutaisi is an antique town more than 3000 years old, connected to the legend of Jason and the Argonauts, along with his mythical (or is it?) Golden Fleece. Here we visit another significant historical site; Gelati Cathedral (12th century – UNESCO). There may also be time to explore the cobbled streets of the town as we make our way up to the ruins of Bagrati palace and citadel.
Tonight we overnight at a local guesthouse in Kutaisi with private facilities.
INCLUDED ACTIVITIES:
Mtskheka – Jvari Church
Mtskheka – Svetitskoveli Cathedral
Kutaisi – Gelati Cathedral
Accommodation
Beka’s Guesthouse or similar (1 nt)

Day 4: Mestia

In the morning we visit a local farmers market and later a stunning natural grotto with its stalagmites and stalactites.
After lunch we get ready for the next exciting part of your tour: a journey to the remote Svaneti region.
Svaneti is the highest inhabited area in the Caucasus and is divided in two parts: Upper Svaneti and Lower Svaneti. We will arrive in Mestia, which is the centre of Upper Svaneti and surrounded by scenery of lush mountains, medieval-type villages and the disctinct tower-houses. The area is home to the Svans, a proud people with a long history of survival in this isolated part of Europe, who speak an unwritten language unrelated to Georgian.
The famous tower-houses were built to accommodate villagers at times of invasion and violence during the 9th -13th century. Around 175 towers still stand today although many are uninhabited.
The drive from Kutaisi to Mestia is around 200 km and can take anything from 3-6 hours depending on road and weather conditions.
Overnight in a local guesthouse in Mestia with shared facilities.
INCLUDED ACTIVITIES:
Kutaisi – Farmers Market
Accommodation
Lela`s Guesthouse or similar (1 nt)

Day 5: Mestia

After breakfast we will visit a local family and witness the making of Georgian cheese. Cheese is found in many Georgian dishes and is a key ingredient in the famous khachapuri, a traditional Georgian dish of cheese-filled bread which you will no doubt eat plenty of during your time here!
We then drive to the village Lakhiri and start our walk (approx walking time 4-5 hours) in the direction of Mestia. After little uphill walking we descend to the beautiful valley full with blooming flowers and enjoy an amazing view of Chalati Glacier (2300m) and of Mestia Valley with its watchtowers. The paths can be steep and the ground uneven so you will need good fitness and appropriate footwear for this walk. Those not wishing to hike can stay in the village or in Mestia.
Back in Mestia we visit the Museum of History and Ethnography, (closed on Mondays). Then we continue on to the home of another local family where we will participate in the preparation of the traditional meal called kubdari, a filled bread dish filled with pork and beef that originates from this region.
Overnight in guesthouse in Mestia with shared facilities.
INCLUDED ACTIVITIES:
Mestia – Georgian cheese making
Mestia – Lakhiri Village hike
Mestia – Museum of History & Ethnography
Mestia – Kubdari making
Accommodation
Lela`s Guesthouse or similar (1 nt)

Day 6: Ushguli

Today we visit the village of Ushguli, a town around 50km southeast of Mestia.
Ushguli has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The village is located at 2200m above sea level, and is claimed to be one of the highest inhabited villages in Europe. Ushguli is most famous for its abundance of watchtowers and this is where we will get the famous view of the towers surrounded by the highest mountain in Georgia, snow capped Mt. Shkhara (5068m).
We will visit the Church of the Virgin Mary (12th century) and walk to Queen Tamar’s tower. Total walking time 2-3 hours, depending on fitness and conditions. Those not wishing to walk may stay and explore the Ushguli, where there are a few small ethnographic museums in watchtowers.
Overnight in a family guesthouse in Ushguli with shared facilities.
INCLUDED ACTIVITIES:
Ushguli – Church of the Virgin Mary
Ushguli – Village hike
Accommodation
Nanuli`s Guesthouse or similar (1 nt)

Day 7: Mestia

Today we start today’s longer walk directly from our guesthouse. Approximate walking time is 5-6 hours. If you do not wish to walk, please discuss options with your leader in advance.
The route takes us to the base of Georgia’s highest mountain, Mt Shkhara (5068m). On our way to the glacier, we will meet small creeks and come across many rock formations and beautiful meadows all while being surrounded by snow capped mountains. Fingers crossed for great weather so we can enjoy the experience as much as possible! The walking trail ends at the Shkhara glacier where the Enguri river originates below.
Return to Mestia this afternoon and overnight in our guesthouse with shared facilities once again.
INCLUDED ACTIVITIES:
Ushguli – Shkhara Glacier hike
Accommodation
Lela`s Guesthouse or similar (1 nt)

Day 8: Mestia - Tbilisi

Today is a long driving day as we journey through the majestic Georgian mountains from Mestia back to Tbilisi (450 km/approx 8-9hrs). We will make some stops along the way for lunch, photos and to stretch our legs. We will have free time tomorrow, so plan how your will spend your last days in Georgia while you watch the countryside go by.
Overnight in our hotel in Tbilisi with private facilities.
Accommodation
Hotel VIP Tbilisi or similar (1 nt)

Days 9-10: Tbilisi

Today is our free day in Tbilisi to spend as you wish. Chat to the warmhearted locals, explore more of the ancient or modern side of this dynamic city, fit in the optional activities you didn’t have time for at the start of your trip or eat your final fill of khinkali (Georgian dumplings). There’s a lively cafe scene to wile away the day, or see what finds you can fossick for at the Dry Bridge Bazaar.
Tonight enjoy a final optional dinner and a glass of Georgian wine with your group.
Final night in our hotel in Tbilisi.
The tour concludes in the morning on day 10 and your are free to depart at any time. There are no activities included on this day, however our local partners offer some great day trips for those who are staying longer, including to the Kakheti Wine Region, David Gareja Monastery or along the Georgian Military Highway to Kazbegi. Talk to you leader in advance if you are interested in these activities.
Optional Activities
Wine Tour – Kakheti Region (8-9 hours) – USD155
David Gareja Monastery Complex – Tour (7-8 hours) – USD110
The Great Caucasus Tour – Kazbegi (10 hours) – USD130
Accommodation
Hotel VIP Tbilisi or similar (1 nt)

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חשוב לדעת

Culture shock rating
The comforts of home are more of a rarity. English isn’t common and the food will be quite different to home. It’s important to observe some of the local customs to not cause offence. Many of the locals’ standard of living may be confronting.
Physical rating
This trip will raise your heartbeat. Moderate physical activities are included and a good level of fitness is required.
Spending money
Every traveller is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travellers may drink more than others while other travellers like to purchase more souvenirs than most. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping, participating in optional activities, and tipping. Please also remember the following specific recommendations when planning your trip.
Departure tax
All departure taxes should be included in your international flight ticket.
Important notes
We recommend taking a torch or head torch as there are frequent power cuts and facilities might be outside in some places. There also may be no street lights in the villages.

Please note there is a chance of potential changes to the itinerary due to: heavy rain, flooding and snow at higher altitudes, which often affect roads and bridges making travel difficult or impossible (particularly in remote areas). Landslides are also common.

Please note the 3 lunches that are included on the trip are “Lunch Box” type meals, they are not cafe/restaurant meals.

Please note you should carry a copy of your passport at all times and keep the original in a safe place.

Don’t photograph sensitive sites like military bases and power installations, you maybe charged a photo fee at some places. Be aware of cultural sensitivities when photographing churches and other religious sites.
Some visitors have been prevented from photographing the Presidential Palace in Tbilisi.

Tbilisi is a cosmopolitan city, but more conservative attitudes exist in rural areas. You should dress and behave modestly in these areas and avoid open displays of affection.

Although prices are often quoted in US dollars and Euros, according to Georgian law all goods and services should be paid for in local currency (Georgian Lari). Credit cards are widely used in Tbilisi, but less so in the regions. ATMs can be found in major towns. Travellers’ cheques are not widely accepted.

Group size
Maximum of 12 travellers per group.
Your fellow travellers
As you travel on a group trip you will be exposed to all the pleasures and maybe some of the frustrations of travelling in a group. Your fellow travellers will probably come from all corners of the world and likely a range of age groups too. We ask you to be understanding of the various needs and preferences of your group – patience with your fellow travellers is sometimes required for the benefit of everyone’s travel experience. Remember too that you have responsibilities to the group. If you are requested to be at a place at a certain time, ensure that you don’t keep the rest of the group waiting. We have found time and time again that the very best trips we operate are those where the dynamics within the group work well – this takes just a little effort on your part. Due to privacy reasons we are unable to provide you with contact details and any personal information about your fellow travellers booked on your trip prior to departure.
Single travellers
Our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and don’t involve a compulsory single supplement. Single travellers share with people of the same gender in accommodation ranging from twin to multishare. Some of our itineraries have accommodation booked on a mixed gender share basis and where applicable this will be specified in our Trip Notes. On a selection of our trips, you have the option to pay a single supplement to ensure that you have your own accommodation (where available). Please note that this only applies to accommodation during the tour – pre-trip and post-trip accommodation will be booked on a single room basis.
A single supplement is available on this trip, please refer to your booking agent for further information.
Accommodation
Hotel VIP Tbilisi or similar (4 nts), Lela`s Guesthouse or similar (3 nts), Beka’s Guesthouse or similar (1 nt), Nanuli`s Guesthouse or similar (1 nt)
Meals
8 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 5 Dinners
USD 350.00
Transport
Minibus
Group leader
All Intrepid group trips are accompanied by one of our group leaders. The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. You can expect your Intrepid Food Adventures group leader to be passionate about the local food scene and keen to share their insider knowledge on the best authentic local food and drink experiences throughout your trip.

Your leader will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends. While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the places visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. At Intrepid we aim to support local guides who have specialised knowledge of the regions we visit. If you were interested in delving deeper into the local culture at a specific site or location then your leader can recommend a local guide service in most of the main destinations of your trip.

Joining point
Hotel VIP Tbilisi
31 Leselidze Street
Tbilisi
GEORGIA
Phone: +995 599574207
Joining point instructions
Tbilisi International Airport is the main international airport in Georgia, located 17 km (11 mi) southeast of the capital Tbilisi. If you do not arrange a private transfer with us, you can reach the starting point by the following ways:

Bus – Regular buses stop at the bus station in front of the Arrival Hall, municipality Bus # 37 serves the route (Airport-Tbilisi city). One way fee is 0.50 GEL per person and the bus departs every 11 minutes between the hours of 07:00am – 10:55pm. If you take the bus you should get off at the Freedom Square (Saint George’s statue in the middle), at Pushkini Park. It will take approximately 50 minutes to reach the Square. In Pushkini Park you should take the Metro (underground). When you enter the underground you should turn left and then you will start to walk down Kote Abkhazi street (former Leselidze). The starting hotel “VIP” is located at #31 Kote Apkhazi (Leselidze Street).

Train – A new airport railway station is located 70 metres from the airport arrival hall and it departs twice a day. In the morning at 08:45am and in the evening at 06:05pm (subject to change). A one way fee is 0.50 GEL per person. You can change money at the airport; there are several banks near the exit. This new train connects the Airport to the Tbilisi Central Railway Station. It take approximately 20 minutes to get to Tbilisi central railway station. When you reach the railway station you can follow either stairs to the exit. You will then enter the shopping center and proceed to the first floor where you will be able to catch a taxi to the starting point hotel “VIP” which will cost you around 6-7 GEL.

Taxi – Taxis are located just outside the arrival hall and are available 24 hours a day. Catch a 511 taxi (white Toyota cars) the price is approximately 30 GEL.

Arrival complications
We don’t expect any problems (and nor should you) but if for any reason you are unable to commence your trip as scheduled, please contact your starting point hotel, requesting that you speak to or leave a message for your group leader.

Please also make sure have a copy of the local operator’s emergency phone numbers from our Emergency Contact section of these trip notes.

Finish point
Hotel VIP Tbilisi
31 Leselidze Street
Tbilisi
GEORGIA
Phone: +995 599574207
Emergency contact
In the case of a genuine crisis/emergency, or missed transfer Intrepid’s local partner Visit Georgia can be reached on Tel: +995 593 99 69 68 or on +995 599 55 89 98.
Emergency funds
Please also make sure you have access to an additional US$500, to be used when unforeseen incidents or circumstances outside our control (eg. a natural disaster, civil unrest, strike action or an outbreak of bird flu) necessitate a change to our planned route.
Visas
Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. The visa requirements for your trip vary depending on where you are from and where you are going. As a general rule most countries expect that you will have at least 6 months’ validity on your passport. On arrival visitors may be asked to present return tickets and evidence of means to cover your intended stay.

We keep the following information up to date as much as possible, but rules do change – it’s important that you check for yourself. Residents from other countries must consult the relevant embassies or your travel agent.

GEORGIA:

Most nationalities do not currently require a visa for Georgia, including Australia, New Zealand, Canada, UK, USA & all EU member states. Visa free nationalities can now only stay “visa free’ in Georgia for 30 days. However, all nationalities should check with the nearest embassy for the latest visa information as this may be subject to change at short notice.
For any questions regarding visas or supporting visa documents please get in touch with The Visa Machine on the following contacts:

If you have any trouble with the online form or want to chase up the status of your application for Visa Support Documents please contact The Visa Machine on visasupport@thevisamachine.com or during UK working hours on +44(0) 207 148 6402.
The Australian Visa Machine office can be contacted about actual Visa Applications (not Visa supporting documents) on gday@thevisamachine.com or on +61 (2) 61 452 265.

Please note the Australian office cannot assist with Visa Supporting Documents and or chasers. These must be directed to the UK office.

Citizens and stateless persons permanently residing in the countries listed below may enter Georgia without a visa for short-term visit (Not exceeding 90 calendar days in any 180-day period).

More countries are listed on the official Ministry of Foreign Affairs website – https://www.geoconsul.gov.ge/en/visaInformation

Canada
Australia
Germany
France
Japan
Norway
Netherlands
New Zealand
South Africa
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
United States of America

Issues on your trip
While we always endeavour to provide the best possible holiday experience, due to the nature of travel and the areas we visit sometimes things can and do go wrong. Should any issue occur while you are on your trip, it is imperative that you discuss this with your group leader or our local representative straight away so that they can do their best to rectify the problem and save any potential negative impact on the rest of your trip.

We recognise that there may be times when your group leader/local partner may not be able to resolve a situation to your satisfaction – if this is the case, please ask the leader to speak to their direct manager.

You may also choose to provide details in your online feedback, which we ask you to complete within 30 days of the end of your trip. But we do ask you to be aware that it is very difficult for us to provide any practical help after the trip is complete.

What to take
What you need to bring will vary according to the trip style you have chosen, the countries you are visiting and when you are travelling. Generally speaking you should pack as lightly as possible. On the vast majority of our trips you are expected to carry your own luggage, although you won’t be required to walk long distances with it (max 30 minutes).

Most travellers carry their luggage in a backpack, although an overnight bag with a shoulder strap would suffice if you travel lightly. Smaller bags or backpacks with wheels are convenient although we recommend your bag has carry straps. You’ll also need a day pack/bag to carry water and a camera etc for day trips.

You can find Intrepid’s Ultimate Packing List on our website. It should be used as a guide only and isn’t intended to be a complete packing list.

We recommend taking a torch or head torch as there are frequent power cuts and facilities might be outside in some places. There also may be no street lights in the villages.
Health
All Intrepid travellers need to be in good physical health in order to participate fully on this trip. When selecting your trip please make sure you have read through the itinerary carefully and assess your ability to cope with our style of travel. Please note that if, in the opinion of our group leader or local guide, any traveller is unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group, Intrepid reserves the right to exclude them from all or part of a trip without refund.

You should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information or for any necessary vaccinations and anti-malarial requirements before departure. We recommend that you carry a first aid kit as well as any personal medical requirements (including a spare pair of glasses) as they may not easily be obtained at the locations on this trip. For legal reasons our leaders and guides are prohibited from administering any type of drugs including headache tablets and antibiotics. Please ensure that you are adequately prepared.

DRINKING WATER:
As a rule we recommend you don’t drink tap water, even in hotels, as it contains much higher levels of different minerals than the water you may have at home. For local people this is not a problem as their bodies are used to this and can cope, but for visitors drinking the tap water can result in illness. Generally this isn’t serious, an upset stomach being the only symptom, but it’s enough to spoil a day or two of your holiday. Bottled water is widely available and your leader can recommend safe alternatives when available. Water consumption should be about 3 litres a day. Rehydration salts, motion sickness tablets, and diarrhoea blockers are available from many pharmacies.
ALTITUDE SICKNESS:
Parts of your trip go above 2800 metres / 9200 feet where it is common for travellers to experience some adverse health effects due to the altitude – regardless of your age, gender and fitness. It even happened to Sir Edmund Hillary!

Before your trip:
Some pre-existing medical conditions are known to severely worsen at high altitude and be difficult to adequately treat on the ground, leading to more serious consequences. It is imperative that you discuss your pre-existing medical condition/s with your doctor. We understand certain medications are reported to aid acclimatizing to high altitude. Please discuss these options with your doctor.

During your trip.
While our leaders have basic first aid training and are aware of the closest medical facilities, it is very important that you are aware of the cause and effects of travelling at altitude, monitor your health and seek assistance accordingly.

Please read the following document carefully and, during your trip, utilise the table on the back daily to record your own perspective of your general health and any symptoms you may experience:

http://d3oxn90f3yphmd.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/file_attach/52735_product_altitude-sickness.pdf

Safety
Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government’s advice for their latest travel information before departure and ensure that your travel insurance covers you for all areas your itinerary covers. Please refer to our website’s safety page for links to major travel advisories and updates on safety issues affecting our trip.

We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe-keeping of your passport, air tickets, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewellery at home – you won’t need it while travelling. Many of our hotels have safety deposit boxes, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage.

Your leader will accompany you on all included activities, however during your trip you’ll have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy or explore at your leisure. While your leader will assist you with the available options in a given location, please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your Intrepid itinerary, and Intrepid makes no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your own good judgement when selecting an activity in your free time. Please also note that your Leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it’s deemed necessary due to safety concerns.

For more details on the type of conditions and safety standards you can expect on your trip, please refer to Intrepid’s operational safety policy on our website. We recommend that you take a moment to read through this information before travelling, and would appreciate any feedback on how well it’s being implemented in the field:

FIRE PRECAUTIONS:
Please be aware that local laws governing tourism facilities in this region differ from those in your home country and not all the accommodation which we use has a fire exit, fire extinguishers or smoke alarms.
PETTY THEFT AND PERSONAL SAFETY:
While travelling there is always the risk of pick-pocketing and petty theft, particularly in the more touristy cities. We recommend that you exercise caution when walking alone at night and encourage you to walk together and only on main, well-lit thoroughfares. Be particularly vigilant on public transport. Simple measures like carrying your day pack on your front, not hanging your bag over the back of your chair or on the floor and wearing a money belt will reduce any chance that your valuables should go missing.
SEAT BELTS:
Please be aware that local laws governing transportation safety may differ from those in your home country and not all the transport which we use is able to provide seat belts.
WATER SAFETY:
Please take care when taking part in any activities in the ocean, river or open water, where waves and currents can be unpredictable. It’s expected that anyone taking part in water activities is able to swim and have experience in open water. All swimmers should seek local advice before entering the water.
Travel insurance
Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.

When travelling on a trip, you won’t be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance and the insurance company’s 24 hour emergency contact number has been seen by your leader.

If you have credit card insurance your group leader will require details of the participating insurer/underwriter, the level of coverage, policy number and emergency contact number rather than the bank’s name and credit card details. Please contact your bank for these details prior to arriving in-country.

Please go to our website for links to various travel insurance providers:

Responsible Travel
We believe strongly in low impact or rather positive impact tourism. Broadly speaking this means that we try to minimise the negative aspects of tourism on the local cultures and environments that we visit and highlight the positive aspects. Please visit our website for further details and suggestions on how you can be a responsible traveller:
A couple of rules
Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on our trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land, but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for Intrepid travellers. Intrepid’s philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter and in particular, the local people who make our destinations such special places. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our group leader has the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.

Everyone has the right to feel safe and secure on their trip. We don’t tolerate any form of sexual harassment at Intrepid, either between passengers or involving our leaders or local operators. Sexual relationships (consensual or otherwise) between a leader and a passenger are unacceptable. If you ever feel another person is behaving inappropriately please inform us immediately by contacting the emergency contact number detailed in these trip notes.

The Intrepid Foundation
Since Intrepid Travel commenced operating in 1989 we’ve been committed to giving something back to the communities we visit. One way has been through our support for local humanitarian, development and conservation projects. Many of our travellers want to contribute something too. Whilst it is often tempting to give hand-outs to those less fortunate, this has the potential to promote a culture of begging and dependency. Handouts are not a sustainable way for individuals or communities to live. That’s why we established The Intrepid Foundation – to make it easier for travellers wishing to give back to communities in an effective and meaningful way.

The Intrepid Foundation is a not-for-profit fund offering a selection of excellent grassroots organisations which you can contribute to. All donations to The Intrepid Foundation will be matched by Intrepid Travel dollar for dollar (up to AU$5,000 per donor and a total of AU$400,000 for all donors in each financial year). And every cent gets there as Intrepid Travel pays for all the administration costs. Donating is simple and secure. Please ask your leader for information on the projects we support through The Intrepid Foundation or go to our website:

כלול

המחיר כולל:

  • ארוחות: 8 ארוחות בוקר, 3 ארוחות צהריים, 5 ארוחות ערב
  • תחבורה: מיניבוס
  • לינה: 5 לילות בגסט האוס, 4 לילות במלון

המחיר אינו כולל:

  • טיסות בינ”ל
  • ויזות
  • הוצאות אישיות
  • ביטוח
  • כל מה שאינו כלול בתוכנית הטיול ובסעיף “המחיר כולל”

תאריך יציאה מחיר לאדם בחדר זוגי ב-$US
12.7.16 1,450$
16.8.16 1,450$
11.7.17 1,450$
15.8.17 1,450$

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