Our Difference

TikaTours is a Georgian luxury tour operator for discerning travellers seeking life-changing travel experiences. Established in 2001, we pioneered the concept of luxury travel in Georgia and the Caucasus region. Our luxury properties enable us to create private ultra-luxury holidays at unbeatable value. We were honored to host a famous American football player - Larry Darnell Fitzgerald Jr., an Indonesian celebrity chef - Farah Quinn and a popular American tennis player - Barbara Smith.
17 years later, we remain privately owned and our unmatched experience, expertise, and close relationships allow us to combine experiential service — such as a private journey through the Caucasus with insider-access opportunities unlike any you have experienced before.

Our bespoke journeys range from the lavish to the adventurous - and no TikaTours passage is complete without that pleasant unpredictability, which inevitably makes your travel experience life-changing. We provide attention to the smallest details starting from morning tea preferences to pillow preferences when turning in for the night. TikaTours has been built on a tradition of high quality service and attention to detail established by Tika Svanidze Vancko – founder and president.  

Our Team

We are passionate about what we do. Our team of highly skilled professionals knows what it takes to create a life changing travel experience

Tika Svanidze Vancko 
Founder and President

Tika is founder and president of the TikaTours. She was born and raised in Georgia, before studying, living, working, around the world including the Netherlands, Singapore, Chicago, and Switzerland. Tika studied tourism and law in the Netherlands. With her previous senior roles in the luxury travel industry and destination management, she has amassed a wealth of experience. She strongly believes that travel can change lives, and most importantly builds bridges between people. Tika currently resides in the Netherlands, spending her summers in Georgia. She loves to travel and enjoys skiing, hiking and other outdoors activities. Spending time with her husband and three sons is among her greatest joys.  She speaks English, Dutch, German, Georgian and Russian.


Eka Svanidze
General Manager

With a background in tourism and travel, Eka brings enormous enthusiasm and massive experience to our team. Eka is responsible for the entire Tika Tours operation on a day-to-day basis, ensuring that every member of the TikaTours team is putting the guest at the heart of what they do. Her greatest pleasures are spending time with her husband, children, and friends.  You will always remember Eka because of her genuine love of meeting new people and her desire to make your first travel experience to Georgia a wonderful one.  She Speaks Dutch, English, Georgian and Russian    

George Svanidze
Investment Adviser

George is one of the co-founders of TikaTours. He is responsible for managing and operating investment tours in Georgia. He is a representative of the Benelux chamber of commerce and an honorary council, a chairman of Georgian Diaspora in the Netherlands, a chairman of the Georgian patriarch`s fund  ”Let`s Green Georgia” and an investment adviser in the Georgian government. George is the founder and sponsor of the Georgian ethno–cultural festival “Chveneburebi”. He has been numerously nominated and awarded wining a Gold Wing for the development and prosperity of Georgia, award winner for the best project and also nominated as the best patriot of Georgia.  He speaks English, Dutch, Georgian and Russian.

David Arutinyan
Product Manager

Humorous, curious, and creative with a broad vision and excellent intuition for introducing new products, David assesses and identifies new opportunities, develops and markets them. His broad skills contribute to ensuring complete product success.  He touches many different groups – customers, sales, marketing, finance, operations and web technologies. As a man who is au fait with both luxury and adventure he is perfectly positioned to ensure TikaTours delivers both.  David enjoys active holidays and always blazes new trails. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in tourism marketing and speaks French, English, German, Georgian and Russian.


Joyce Graves
Asia Marketing Manager

Those who know Joyce would say she loves life, and she loves people.  Add to this a natural sense of adventure and passion for Georgia, and you can see why Joyce is an appreciated part of the Tika Tours team.  A Chinese raised in Hong Kong but married to an American (with seven children), Joyce has lived in numerous countries, building bridges of friendship among people from many backgrounds, races, and cultures.  Since one of her love languages is food, she not only enjoys all kinds of cuisine, a visit to Joyce’s kitchen means that you will have the privilege of smelling and tasting dishes from many different parts of the world. Joyce speaks English, Mandarin, and Cantonese, and resides in Singapore from where she frequently travels to destinations around Asia.

Tamar Gzirishvili 
​Product Manager Chinese

Focusing on China, Tamar is passionately committed to providing authentic travel experiences. Tamar`s travels have taken her to China several times, including Shanghai, Beijing, and Hong Kong and all points in between. Her love for this area of the world was sparked when she first visited China to complete her Georgian-Chinese joint degree of Oriental Studies. Equipped with extensive experience as an International Relations Specialist working in the Embassy of the P.R China in Georgia, Tamar decided to start cultivating an emotional connection through her love of travel with Chinese travelers by joining TikaTours. Today Tamar brings many of the coolest vacations for Chinese travelers they have ever dreamed of.  She enjoys reading, spending leisure time with her daughter and traveling to different parts of Georgia and China.