I.e. foreigners travelling with a tour agency based in Georgia. In their quotations they mention explcitely that the quote does not include tips for the drivers.

How much is it customary to pay? i.e. not by locals but by foreigners.

  • @hippietrail would likely know this one
    – Mark Mayo
    Dec 17 '19 at 23:02

While I've never been to georgia, when I was touring eastern europe with friends, we usually tipped all our drivers 5% - 10%. Depending on where you're travelling from, if you can afford to let go of a few coins then whether it's customary or not, it's a good idea.

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    What about not tiping? Is that too bad? i.e. why do not the tour operators include the tips in the salaries?
    – Traveller
    Dec 18 '19 at 10:16
  • Not tipping can be passable (that's not to say it's a good idea), but often if a tourist isn't tipping, in my experience people don't view it as "bad", they often just assume the tourist isn't aware of the customs - that's not to say, also, that they won't be disappointed. When I'm talking about drivers, I mean for taxis we took ourselves, not the tour bus drivers Dec 18 '19 at 10:49

I got an answer from the tour operator:

Though we pay a good salary to our staff, clients usually tip them for their good job. Generally on a tour for 2  persons they tip minimum US$ 20 - $25 total per day for the guide and about $15 - $20 total per day for the driver. However, it is upon you to add more or pay less.

It is nevertheless quite unclear.

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