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  • Off-road Tour to David Gareja Monastery and Rainbow Mountain

    1. Off-road Tour to David Gareja Monastery and Rainbow Mountain

    Go on a one-day tour to the David Gareja Monastery complex. This short but eventful journey will allow you to explore one of the most ancient and important religious sites in Georgia. Davit-Gareja cave city, an extraordinary site with fantastic semi-desert landscapes, is located 100km south-east from Tbilisi, and it was founded in the 6th Century by David (St. David Garejeli). The complex of temples stretches for several kilometers in the south-east of the country and along the border with Azerbaijan. The David Gareja Monastery is unique due to the fact that many of its buildings are cut into a huge tilted rock and some of its temples still preserve millenary frescos. Be ready to walk and climb on uneven ground. The walking route last approximately 8 km (5 miles). On the way back, you will stop at a nice cozy house for lunch (not included) and for a wine tasting.

    The tour is excellently organised, takes you to some really little known places, even better than Davit Gareja itself. Alex is a great guide, very friendly, speaks excellent English and native Russian, even helped with tips for the following days of my trip.

  • David Gareja Monastery and Sighnaghi Tour

    2. 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.

  • David Gareji Monastery and Signagi Wine Tasting Private Tour

    3. 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: Rainbow Mountain Day-Tour with Lunch & Wine Tasting

    4. Tbilisi: Rainbow Mountain Day-Tour with Lunch & Wine Tasting

    This day tour to David Gareja is an ideal tour for people who have a combined interest in culture, but also for those that are willing to do a short hike to experience it. This tour allows guests the opportunity to visit one of the largest monastery complexes in Georgia, located 90 kilometers outside of Tbilisi on the border with Azerbaijan. The monastery stands on top of a hill and offers sweeping landscapes that somewhat resemble that of an African plain, although without the lions or hyenas. At the beginning of the tour you will have the opportunity to enjoy a stunning drive to David Gareja. At first you will visit Lavra Monastery, which can easily be reached by a four wheel drive. In order to get to Udabno Monastery however, it is necessary to hike for just under an hour. Upon finishing the hike, the tour will continue to a local winery where you will have the chance to try wine an...

    Rainbow mountains are really beautiful and the monastery is a very special place. There is a stunning spirituality coming out of this place. The wine testing including in the tour is located at the dugladze winery family house which is a cute location in the kakheti region. The wine you can taste there reveal all the flavour of Georgia that you can imagine accompagnied by tasty food. The guide gave us a lot of information on Georgia past and nowadays life including usefull tips for restaurants in Tbilisi.

  • Tbilisi: David Gareja Monastery Full-Day Tour

    5. 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.

  • From Tbilisi: David Gareji Monastery Where Time Stands Still

    6. From Tbilisi: David Gareji Monastery Where Time Stands Still

    The Davit Gareji Monastery complex was founded in the first half of the 6th century by one of the holy Assyrian fathers - David. The settlement of David in one of the caves was the beginning of the foundation of that religious and cultural center, which numbered 12 monasteries once. The complex of Davit Gareji carved into the rock is one of the largest among such carved complexes. The monastery of Bertubani is one of the cave monasteries in the Davit Gareji complex, the painting of which arouses the interest among visitors. The monastery of St. John the Baptist is also located in the Davit Gareji complex, 12 kilometers west from the lavra of David, is a single complex carved into the rock. It was founded in the 6th and 7th centuries by a disciple of David Garedjeli, Lucian. Then, visit the medieval Udabno (desert) Monastery in the Davit Gareji complex. The cave monastery encompasses ma...

  • Tbilisi: Day Tour to Kakheti: David Gareja and Signagi Town

    7. Tbilisi: Day Tour to Kakheti: David Gareja and Signagi Town

    Meet your guide at 9:00 AM at the requested place within Tbilisi and begin your adventure with a drive to the Kakheti region.   Itinerary:  Experience David Gareja Lavra Monastery Complex, founded in the 6th century by the Assyrian father David. It soon became one of the most sacred place for Georgians. By the 12th century, several thousand monks lived and worked here. They carved hundreds of cells, churches, chapels, refectories and living quarters out of the rock face. Next, take a 2-hour hike to David Gareja Udabno Monastery Complex, where you can see fascinating frescoes painted on the cave walls from the 10th to 13th centuries, rock-hewn churches, chapels and caves.  Then, continue to the beautiful small town of Signagi, also known as Sighnaghi. Signagi is surrounded by defensive walls where you can walk around and explore the beautiful Alazani Valley. Try local ...

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What people are saying about David Gareja Monastery

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4.9 / 5

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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.

The tour is excellently organised, takes you to some really little known places, even better than Davit Gareja itself. Alex is a great guide, very friendly, speaks excellent English and native Russian, even helped with tips for the following days of my trip.

Very nice tour. The mountain looked much better than expected, the monastery in the middle of nowhere was also very interesting. More an active tour with a lot of walking and hiking which I liked. Recommended!

We fell in love with the bacon mountains. A very enjoyable trip and a unique program. It is worth seeing because of the proximity to Tbilisi.

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