Georgia - Armenia

Discussion in 'EMEA' started by EuBiker, Nov 19, 2013.

  1. EuBiker

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    Planning next summer with my GS1150 a trip to Georgia and Armenia.... needed some advices and tips of any sort. Also, anyone visited Omalo in Caucasus, high elevation village which reports say that the road leading there is quite tough etc etc.

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  2. khpossum

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    I went thru Georgia and Armenia in 2011 on my Dakar. Travel is pretty easy, although Georgia is more developed and a bit easier. I am a US citizen, so I got my Georgia visa at the border and I got my Armenia one before I left. Keep in mind that an Armenian visa in your passport will make Azerbaijan off-limits to you. They asked me at the border if I wanted it pasted into my passport for that reason. Check their respective embassy site for current information for your nationality. Ditto for current information for what areas are off limits in Georgia to travelers.

    From Armenia I visited Nagorno-Karabakh. You are very limited to where you can go, but it was interesting to see a country that not that long ago was in process of being destroyed.

    For GPS maps go to garmin.openstreetmap.nl

    Lots of interesting places to visit in both countries.

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  3. EuBiker

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    knew the issue with the visas, EU citizen so same rues apply for me. Will get the maps from your link.

    Thanks a lot KP
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  4. beebeer54

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    I visited Georgia and Armenia this year. I’m a UK citizen, so no need for a visa for Georgia or Armenia. If you’re from the EU the same should apply, I think? They don’t offer bike insurance at the border of Georgia because you can travel in the country without insurance. I did enquire about buying some insurance in Batumi but the minimum period was a month and it was too expensive, so I didn’t bother. You can get cheap bike insurance for Armenia at the border.
    Heading home I got a ferry from Batumi to Odessa, which should have taken 3-4 days but ended up taking a week after anchoring for 2.5 days waiting to refuel off Russia! They obviously knew this was going to happen but it wasn’t in their interest to let us know!
    I had a great time and they are very hospitable people, it will be even better when they learn to drive!


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  5. randel

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    We did the same trip this summer, going from Estonia through Russia to Georgia and Armenia. No problems with visas and to get real taste of these countties, definately choose routes away from main roads!
    I will write a trip report soon, but it will take some time before I can find time to start this.
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  6. EuBiker

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    Yes, EU citizen as well. Copied all your notes which are helpful of course. Will be at that time in Cyprus travelling and then enter Turkey, i know it would be far better to the black sea routing. From what i saw on your map, you just paased by Georgia and Armenia so you dont have any further advices for places of interest or any other tips. Basically i need more info about the area/village Omalo on the Caucasian range which the info i got its a very high altitude place with a very bad road leading up there and seems really tough to ride to.
    Anyhow, much appreciated your notes beebeer54

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  7. EuBiker

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    Thanks for your info given...always when travelling secondary roads are used so as you said you get the best out of each country.
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  8. EuBiker

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    Got the maps KP, really helpful your suggestion otheriwse was thinking spending 200 euros or more for those. Had some issues setting them on basemap but finally all went well.

    Great advice
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  9. randel

    randel Been here awhile

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    For Georgia - you can see my previous trip report to find information about Omalo http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=728911 (from my signature)
    Basically, no difficulties to get to Omalo, even regular car can do that. Only problems could be if you are afraid of heights, because there's no roadside barriers of any kind.

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  10. EuBiker

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    Thanks randel for the info, will check your link for sure

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