David Gareja Monastery Complex Tours

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David Gareja Monastery Complex
Few destinations in the hills of Mount Gareja are as picturesque, historical or significant as David Gareja Monastery Complex. This Georgian Orthodox center was founded in the 6th century by one of the 13 Assyrian monks. The stunning religious architectural specimen is home to 13 unique monasteries, towering churches, quiet chapels for worship, living quarters for studying monks and hundreds of cells carved from the mountain rock.  

Travelers who make their way to the semi-desert landscapes where David Gareja Monastery Complex rests—between the border of Georgia and Azerbaijan—will find sheer rock faces slanting into the green foliage of rugged mountains where quiet rooms for worship were carved out. The area known as Lavra still houses studying monks and visitors say the lush grounds thatched with quiet walking trails are worth exploring.

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The monastery is located in the Kakheti region in Eastern Georgia and is located about 65 kilometers southeast of the capital city of Tbilisi. Visitors can hire a private taxi from Tbilisi or Sagarejo, but it’s also possible to travel by mini-bus from Liberty Square. It departs daily at 11 a.m. and take approximately one hour. Tickets are 25GEL per person.
Address: Kakheti, Georgia, Georgia
Admission: 25GEL
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Best of Kakheti Private Full-Day Tour from Tbilisi

Discover Georgia’s scenic southern Kakheti province on this private full-day trip from Tbilisi. Venture into Kakheti’s semi-desert landscapes and visit the David Gareja Monastery, set on the Georgia-Azerbaijan border and home to 6th-century monastic caves. Then, visit the medieval Bodbe Monastery near the hilltop town of Signagi. Admire the Alazani valley from Signagi’s watchtowers and enjoy a Kakhetian lunch (own expense) and optional wine tasting (additional cost). Your tour includes Tbilisi hotel pickup and drop-off.
  • Duration: 9 to 11 hours
  • Duration: 9 to 11 hours
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$45.00 USD
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Full-Day Private Tour to David Gareji and Sighnaghi from Tbilisi

Explore the David Gareja monastery complex and Sighnaghi on this private full-day tour from Tbilisi. Visit the 6th-century David Gareja monastery complex — widely considered among Eastern Georgia’s top historic attractions — with a private guide and learn of the site’s deep rich religious significance. See how Georgian bread is baked in the village of Badiauri, then visit Bodbe Monastery — where St Nino lies buried. Finish with a walking tour of Sighnaghi and enjoy fine views over the Alazani Valley from the 18th-century fortifications and defence walls.
  • Duration: 9 hours
  • Duration: 9 hours
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$69.00 USD
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Full Day Private Tour in David Gareja Monastery from Tbilisi

Discover the rock-cut Davit-Gareja Orthodox Monastery complex on this full-day private tour from Tbilisi. Benefit from the ability to travel at your own pace and the personalized attention that comes with booking a private tour. Learn about the Assyrian monks who founded the monastery in the 6th century as you explore and listen to your guide's insightful commentary.
  • Duration: 9 hours
  • Duration: 9 hours
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$90.00 USD
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One Day Trip from Tbilisi to David Gareja Monastery Complex and Signagi

Kakheti is known for its landscape and culture, but accessing its dispersed highlights can be tricky on a self-led tour. Travel the distance with ease on a full-day tour from Tbilisi, and explore attractions including the David Gareja monastery complex, Signagi town, and the region’s mountainous trails. Save time finding a meeting point with hotel pickup and drop-off included, and gain intimate insight into the region from your personal guide.
  • Duration: 9 to 11 hours
  • Duration: 9 to 11 hours
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Explore Kakheti - David Gareja Monastery And Sighnaghi

The Davit Gareja Cave Monastery and the historic town of Sighnaghi are two of the highlights of Georgia’s Kakheti region, which lies east of Tbilisi. Visit both in one day on this tour and travel in the comfort of a private vehicle. Spend the morning exploring the monastery complex, which dates back to the 6th century, then continue to the walled city of Signagi, where a guided walking tour will reveal all the most impressive monuments.
  • Duration: 12 hours
  • Duration: 12 hours
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Full-Day Private Tour to David Gareja Complex from Tbilisi

Benefit from personalized attention from a private guide on this full-day tour of the David Gareja Lavra Monastery and the Udabno Caves. Enjoy traveling at your own pace as you trek through the arid landscape and snap photos of the multicolored sandstone landscape. Learn about the history of the Assyrian Holy Fathers, dating back to the 6th century, through your dedicated guide's commentary.
  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Duration: 6 hours
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Private tour: David Gareja Complex and Sighnaghi from Tbilisi

Discover historic treasures in Georgia’s Kakheti region on this private 8-hour David Gareja monastery complex and Sighnaghi tour from Tbilisi. Travel through Sagarejo village to the 6th-century David Gareja monastery complex — considered by many to be Eastern Georgia’s top attraction — with a private guide. Explore the caves and caverns, then take a gentle hike into the rugged hills. Following a picnic lunch, visit Bodbe Monastery on route to Sighnaghi. On arrival, explore 18th-century fortifications and defence walls during your walking tour, and admire breathtaking views over the Alazani Valley.
  • Duration: 10 hours
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Full-Day Private to Davit Gareji from Tbilisi

Explore the David Gareja monastery complex on this private full-day tour from Tbilisi. Follow a private guide through the 6th-century David Gareja monastery complex — widely considered among Eastern Georgia’s top historic attractions — and gain insight into the monastery’s rich religious significance. Along the way, learn of Georgia’s Orthodox religious principles and explore the sacred sites for which the David Gareja monastery complex is famous.
  • Duration: 7 hours
  • Duration: 7 hours
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$84.51 USD
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8-Day Private Tour around Georgia

One of the ancient countries with thousands of years of cultural traditions and heritages offers visitors an unique experience and adventure. Georgia has been the silk road country and the fact that it is located on the edge of the Europe and Asia means that Georgian culture, cousine and everything else is the best blend of several civilizations with local, indigenous culture. Our roundtrip Georgia tour starts in the capital city, continues in the oldest winemaking region – Kakheti. After degustation of Georgian wines, you will travel to Mtskheta, an ancient capital of Georgia, and then to mountainous town Kazbegi. After mountains, travel to the 1st Millenia BC and explore carved caves of Uplistsikhe. You will also take a tour in Western Georgia, visit Kutaisi and UNESCO World heritage monuments as well as Martvili and Okatse Canyons. The roundtrip tour’s last destination region is Samtskhe-Javakheti where you will enjoy with medieval fortresses, castles and cave monasteries.
  • Duration: 8 days
  • Duration: 8 days
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$980.00 USD
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Hiking tour to Georgian Rainbow Mountains including lunch & wine tasting

The day tour from Tbilisi to David Gareja area offers a drive and a hike with awesome views as well as Georgian food & wine tasting (lunch). This tour gives guests the opportunity to enjoy the views of Georgian Rainbow Mountains and to hike to Udabno Monastery carved in rock many centuries ago. This an adventure tour with some cultural immersion. The hike is considered fairly easy(depending on fitness level of course) with several opportunities for photos where you can pose in front of the Georgian Rainbow Mountains. The nature and the picturesque surroundings make it worth totally two hours of physical effort. Once the hike is completed, at the top of the hill, on the border of Georgia and Azerbaijan is Udabno monastery with very beautiful ancient frescoes. On finishing the hike, the tour will continue to a local winery where you will have a chance to try one of our famous Georgian wines and food specialties. This will be the perfect end of the tour before coming back to Tbilisi.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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David Gareja Private Tour-Cave Frescoes in the Desert

Majestic semi-desert landscapes,uneven,rugged paths heading to heavenly beautiful mountain panoramic views,mysterious vertical caves carved in sand-store massive some 1500 years ago.ancient wall paintings-speechless witnesses of glorious past of the deserted altars and refectories and diverse desert flowers hanging over yellow rock edges-this is not a full list of what David Gareja can offer. Equally interesting for those loving both nature and culture/history David Gareja is a real sanctuary of man-made art and nature-made landscapes. Highlighted spots to visit-Breathtaking views across David Gareja desert-Lavra monastery and seven-storeyed cave-city-Udabno monastery walk-Fascinating frescoes in the refectories and cells of the complex-Wild desert flowers
  • Duration: 7 to 8 hours
  • Duration: 7 to 8 hours
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