Bodbe Monastery of St. Nino

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  • From Tbilisi: Kakheti Wine Region Full-Day Group Tour

    1. From Tbilisi: Kakheti Wine Region Full-Day Group Tour

    Explore Kakheti, the wine region of Georgia, located in the eastern part of the country. Georgia is the homeland of wine, and the oldest wine was produced here 8,000 years ago. Kakheti wine region is an excellent place to visit beautiful sightseeings, try delicious local food, listen to traditional folk songs, study how Georgian wine is made, and have wine degustation. Your first stop is village Badiauri, where guests are welcome to see a local bakery and taste delicious Georgian bread, cheese, and Chacha (Georgian Vodka). The second stop is Bodbe Convent. According to the legend, it is built on the burial place of Saint Nino. A Saint for Georgians who converted their religion into Christianity. The site is very spiritual and has impressive views for taking beautiful pictures. Then go to Sighnaghi, known as "The City of Love." You will have a walking tour in Sighnaghin and discover " T...

    Flawless tour. Everything was perfect, I've done 4 tours with Gamarjoba and can say they literally look after all details of the tour, route, guide, group and quality. They made my trip to Georgia unforgettable!!

  • Tbilisi: Full-Day Kakheti and Sighnaghi Tour with Lunch

    2. Tbilisi: Full-Day Kakheti and Sighnaghi Tour with Lunch

    Departing from the center of Tbilisi, embark on a full-day tour to visit the sunniest regions of Georgia. The eastern region of Kakheti is Georgia’s premier wine-producing area, where almost everywhere you go you’ll be invited to drink a glass of traditional amber wine. Along the way, make a stop at the village of Badiauri where you can learn how to bake traditional Georgian bread and can even try to do it by yourself. For those that love cheese, there are many cheeses in Georgia which you can try accompanied by hot, fresh, crusty bread. Next up, visit the Bodbe Monastery, one of the most important religious sites in Georgia. Today there is a nunnery where the monastery used to be, and the St. George Cathedral, part of the monastery, which holds the remains of St. Nino. There is also a new cathedral built, using much of the same construction methods used to make the most famous cathedra...

    Although it was a rainy day, we enjoyed our tour with Aleksi...we had some great food, great conversation and a very smooth drive...he provided us with plenty of historic details and stories of all the places we visited and even told us about the Cathedral near our hotel which we had missed to visit earlier...totally recommend the tour!!

  • David Gareja Monastery and Sighnaghi Tour

    3. David Gareja Monastery and Sighnaghi Tour

    In the morning, the guide and driver will pick you up from your accommodation in Tbilisi (if you choose the private option), or alternatively meet the tour group at Europe Square. Then, head to David Gareja complex via Sagarejo village. Turning from the Eastern main road, drive on a dirt road to the semi-desert. The complex was established in the 6th century AD by one of the 13 Assyrian monks and expanded through the centuries. Here, have a tour of the caves and monasteries, and enjoy 2-3 hours easy trekking in the semi-desert. On your way to Signagi, you’ll visit the Bodbe monastery. The monastery is one of the major pilgrimage sites in Georgia, due to its association with St. Nino, the 4th-century female evangelist in Georgia. In Sighnaghi, a small town surrounded by 18th-century defensive wall and remnants of fortifications, take a relaxing walk in the town, explore the defensive wal...

    We had an amazing time on our tour to David Gareja! Our guide Valera was very knowledgeable and we loved every single activity. We learned a lot about Georgian history and culture. The drive was really pleasant too, we always felt safe! I can only highly recommend it.

  • Tbilisi: Kakheti, Signagi, Telavi & Alaverdi Full-Day Tour

    4. Tbilisi: Kakheti, Signagi, Telavi & Alaverdi Full-Day Tour

    After being picked up from your hotel at 8:00AM, your first stop will be the Ujarma fortress. It is believed that in the second half of the 5th century, the famous Vakhtang Gorgasali (founder of Tbilisi) erected numerous buildings in Ujarma and moved his residence there. In the 10th century, Ujarma was destroyed by the Arabian forces of Abul Kassim. Later on in the 13th century, the fortress was restored by King George III, where he arranged treasury. Moving on, your tour will continue through the Gombori Pass, which will see you drive to an altitude of 1,650 meters (5,414 feet). At the top you will discover an observation deck, the perfect place for a photo shoot. After a small stop, you will continue your journey through the magical forest, where you will be able to make a wish. The next stop will be to the Alaverdi Monastery. At a height of over 55 meters, the Alaverdi Cathedral is t...

    Very informative and full of history. ALexi my guide is very very knowledgeable of the history of Khakheti. He is very patient and spontaneous in his explanations. The experience from the start to the end was never boring. the programme of the tour ended beautifully in Khareba. From there I learned not only about Georgian wine but also their sweets and traditional bread. I suppose now i understand wine better in the Georgian way. I will never forget this trip. Was all worth it. How the guide showcased the historical sights of Khakheti made the trip so much fun plus yhe comfort accorded to me during the entire journey. what else can i say but big thanks to the friendly.ge team.

  • Kakheti Wine Region

    5. Kakheti Wine Region

    Enjoy an excursion to a wine cellar with a free wine tasting. This traditional family-run wine cellar is on the way to the city of love, Signagi. This is an ideal place for those who prefer homemade Georgian wine and chacha prepared according to all traditional standards and recipes. Be greeted by your host who will show the superb ChachaGon and tell a real colloric Georgian toast. Taste the Georgian bread Puri, which is traditionally baked in a deep circular clay oven called tone. Visit Pirosmanashvili Museum. The Niko Pirosmanashvili State Museum was established in Pirosmani’s home village of Mirzaani in 1960 and includes his family house and an exhibition hall displaying some of the artist’s original works and personal belongings. The Monastery of St. Nino in Bodbe was originally was built in the 9th-century. It is one of the major pilgrimage sites in Georgia. It holds the tomb of St...

    Very interesting tours of bread making and wine making in this region. Great restaurant at the winery! I wished we could spend more time in Signaghi.

  • Full Day Tour of Sighnaghi, Bodbe & Tsinandali From Tbilisi

    6. Full Day Tour of Sighnaghi, Bodbe & Tsinandali From Tbilisi

    Your first destination is Sighnaghi (the city of love) where you can explore the very beautiful renovated town, with its cultural and historical traditions. You can visit the National Museum of Georgia, Niko Firosmani Museum. Enjoy amazing views of Caucasus Mountains and the Alazani Valley. Your next stop will be in Bodbe where you will see the Bodbe Monastery. This monastery is an important holy place as it is where Saint Nino, who brought Christianity to Georgia in the 4th Century, is buried. After the Bodbe Monastery, you will drive to Tsinandali Palace. The Palace was the summer residence for Georgian Prince Aleksandre Chavchavadze. You will see the Museum then walk in the Palace's very beautiful gardens. Familiar with European ways, Chavchavadze built Georgia’s oldest and largest winery where he combined European and centuries long Georgian winemaking traditions. On your way back ...

  • Kakheti: Individual Day Tour To Sighnaghi From Tbilisi

    7. Kakheti: Individual Day Tour To Sighnaghi From Tbilisi

    Departure from Tbilisi early in the morning and head East. On the way make a short stop at Badiauri village. Here you can watch the process of how Georgian bread is baked in special ovens. From Badiauri, continue on towards the Bodbe monastery. Bodbe is considered as one of the most important monasteries in Georgia, as here lies the grave of St. Nino who brought Christianity to Georgia in the middle of the 4th Century. Finally, arrive at the small, charming city of Sighnaghi that promises stunning views of the great Caucasus mountains and of the River Alazani valley. It is a walled town with remnants of 18th-century fortifications. You can climb the watchtowers to get a magnificent view. In Sighnaghi you will enjoy a Georgian wine tasting.

    A great tour! Kakheti is a picturesque region with splendid nature and authentic wines. I must also mention the tour organizers’ proper management, accurate timing and individual approach. Highly recommended!

  • David Gareji Monastery and Signagi Wine Tasting Private Tour

    8. David Gareji Monastery and Signagi Wine Tasting Private Tour

    Depart Tbilisi and travel to a dry desert region surrounded by hills and only inhabited by a few shepherds. Arrive at the historic David Gareji Monastery complex, founded by hermits who chose a secluded life in the early Middle Ages. Take an optional hike to the top of the hill separating Georgia and Azerbaijan, and get stunning views of the surroundings as you look for more of the abandoned caves. Continue to the small town of Signagi overlooking the Alazani Valley and Caucasian Mountains. Stroll the narrow streets to buy souvenirs and enjoy lunch at leisure. Sample the local Marani wine and an authentic chacha (brandy) at a traditional winery and learn the history of wine making in Georgia. Visit the nearby convent at Bodbe, famed as an important site of pilgrimage for Orthodox Christians. Return to Tbilisi via a village that makes the local churchkhela candies to t...

    Incredible day with a very friendly and funny Irakli! He literally made my day! He was telling me all about the history and culture of Georgia. Impressive knowledge! The entire ride was enjoyable, he was telling me all about the places we were passing and stopping for pictures. He talked about the Monastery in a very interesting way. Moreover he stopped at the local Kachapuri place where I could witness the traditional way of making it. Unforgettable! Wine tasting...ladies were very knowledgeable and professional. Safe driving and beautiful views!

  • Tbilisi: David Gareja Monastery Full-Day Tour

    9. Tbilisi: David Gareja Monastery Full-Day Tour

    Discover some of the most important sites of the historic Kakheti region in eastern Georgia, home to the rock-hewn Davit-Gareja Monastery Complex and the beautiful Alazani Valley. Following an early morning departure from Tbilisi, drive to the Gareja Desert, a distance of approximately 60 miles (100 kilometers). Here, you will discover the rock-cut Davit-Gareja Orthodox Monastery complex, established in the 6th century by David, one of the 13 Assyrian monks that preached the name of Christ. Located in a semi-desert, the complex consists of 19 religious buildings, the oldest being the Lavra Monastery, where St. David is buried. Learn how Mongol invaders destroyed and looted the complex in the 13th century, and how it was later restored by the Georgian kings. Marvel at the hundreds of cells, chapels, refectories, and living quarters hollowed out of the rocks. Then, continue to Sighnaghi...

    Wonderful day with an excellent guide and driver. Friendly, professional and knowledgeable making for a memorable day. Natalia and Soso (Josef) were a pleasure to spend the day with.

  • Caucasus Wine Trip from Azerbaijan to Georgia

    10. Caucasus Wine Trip from Azerbaijan to Georgia

    Day 1: Arrival and transfer to hotel in Baku You will be met by your driver and transferred to your hotel. This is a free day. Day 2: Baku - Aghsu - Ismayilli Your journey will start with Azgranata where you will have exciting pomegranate wine. The Az-Granata winery was built with the establishment of one of the largest fruit juice producers in the South Caucasus region of Az-Granata LLC, established in 2011. The plant located in Aghsu was built on a plot of 5.5 hectares. The area of the main covered part of the plant is 20,500 m2. The plant operates shops for the reception and primary processing of fruit, the production of alcohol, the production and bottling of wine and other spirits. The plant is equipped with equipment from Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Bulgaria and France. Az-Granata has grape and pomegranate gardens of 450 and 400 hectares, respectively. Pomegranate gardens are org...

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Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 222 reviews

From start to finish we had a blast. George our guide was so dedicated. He genuinely wanted our group to enjoy our time together. The tour company was very professional and organized. They began communication immediately after we paid for the tour. I highly recommend the experience. You will not be disappointed.

Flawless tour. Everything was perfect, I've done 4 tours with Gamarjoba and can say they literally look after all details of the tour, route, guide, group and quality. They made my trip to Georgia unforgettable!!

Great guide and a terrific group vibe. The trip never dragged and was excellent value.

The tour guide was very friendly and knowledgeable about the sites.

Awesome tour! Janika was super cool. It was a super fun time!