Explore evacuates Georgia tour group

Explore Worldwide was forced evacuate 20 customers from Georgia following the outbreak of fighting with Russia.

Operations director John Telfer said the group was a week into the £1,386 16-day Land of the Golden Fleece tour when the fighting started on the country’s northern border last Friday.

The group initially sought refuge in the ski resort of Bakuriani before the decision was made to return to Armenia, where the group had come from.

Telfer said: “The question was whether it was safer for the group to stay put or to evacuate them.”

He added that the Foreign Office advises against all travel to Georgia so Explore is currently revising three tours to the region in September and October to feature just Armenia. Customers booked on the tour will be entitled to a full refund should they wish.

Exodus has also cancelled all August tours, with 11 bookings, to Georgia. The operator will continue to monitor FCO advice before deciding whether or not to run its September and October tours.

Meanwhile BMI has cancelled all flights to and from Georgia’s capital Tbilisi until August 18 at the earliest after the airport was bombed by Russian fighter jets.

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