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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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Full-Day Private Tour to David Gareja Complex from TbilisiDay Trips

Full-Day Private Tour to David Gareja Complex from Tbilisi

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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.
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  • 6 hours
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  • 6 hours
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Jeep tour to David Gareja Monastery and Rainbow MountainsDay Trips

Jeep tour to David Gareja Monastery and Rainbow Mountains

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More than you can imagine! Martian landscapes right on Earth! The extraordinary site with fantastic semi-desert landscapes – Davit-Gareja cave monastery, located 100km south-east from Tbilisi, was founded in the 6th century by David (St. David Garejeli). You can do a one-day trip from Tbilisi to the Georgian desert and see rainbow mountains.
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  • 10 to 14 hours
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  • 10 to 14 hours
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David Gareja, Kakheti and Signagi city of love One Day TourFull-day Tours

David Gareja, Kakheti and Signagi city of love One Day Tour

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David Gareja, Lavra cave monastery Bodbe Monastery and Signaghi City of love Tour itinerary: The tour starts from Tbilisi. Our guide and driver will meet you at your hotel. Drive to semi-desert area near Gareja. On the way stop at a local supermarket to take some snacks. Arrive in David Gareja Monastery and start walking up to explore the Lavra Cave Monastery, founded in the 6th century.Then go on a lovely trip to Signagi, one of the most beautiful towns in the area, with unusually peculiar architecture, charming houses, cobblestone streets, defensive walls, and spectacular views of the Caucasus range. Sighnaghi was nicknamed ‘the city of love’ for all the weddings it hosts. Sighnaghi is an incredibly romantic little town to explore on foot. Just 2 km from Signaghi, you will find Bodbe Monastery. The area around the monastery is covered by wonderful flowers, bushes, and vineyards. Duration of sightseeing tour: 7-9 hours
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  • 7 hours
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David Gareja Desert & Monastery ComplexNature and Wildlife

David Gareja Desert & Monastery Complex

This half desert was chosen by father David in 6th century when he came here with his disciples from Syria. Georgian tradition names Assyrian Monks as founders of ascetic life in Georgia. After their arrival, monastic life was spread through whole Gareja desert and their number at some time reached 22. Even now, some monasteries are still functional. Major monastery is St. David's Lavra. Two other monasteries (Horn of Dodo and The John the Baptist were founded by Lucian and Dodo, disciples of St. David). St David's Lavra is the major site where most travelers go. Unfortunately, because of dispute between Azerbaijan and Georgia, historic part of monastery complex, around 50 caves are now under Azerbaijan border guards control, so at the moment we don't have access to those caves and we can't do hike up to the hill as we did before.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours
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Full one day tour to Colorful desert, David-Gareja monastery complex with picnicCity Packages

Full one day tour to Colorful desert, David-Gareja monastery complex with picnic

Tour starts at 9:00 AM from Tbilisi. On the way to First stop David-Gareja monastery complex we will stop at "tone" - Georgian bread making clay oven. You can taste Georgian hot bread with some cheese. After monastery the real off-road starts till the Natlismtsemeli monastery. Next stop is the hidden gem of Georgia. These are the colorful deserts of Udabno. Even not every Georgian know about this spectacular place. The mounts are really colorful ( whole year, unless it is covered with snow ;) ) Once you are on the top of the mount, there is another spectacular view of Mravaltskaro reservoir. Right here, next to the reservoir, we will have picnic. Timing is flexible.
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  • 9 to 10 hours
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  • 9 to 10 hours
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Explore Kakheti - David Gareja Monastery And SighnaghiDay Trips

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Explore Kakheti - David Gareja Monastery And Sighnaghi

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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.
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  • 12 hours
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  • 12 hours
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Private Full Day David GarejaNature and Wildlife

Private Full Day David Gareja

This tour will take you to David Gareja, one of the most important landmarks of Georgia. This site is characterised by a unique combination of historic architecture, prehistoric archaeological sites while enjoying its dramatic landscape.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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Return to the USSR in half an hour + visit David Gareja monasteryCity Packages

Return to the USSR in half an hour + visit David Gareja monastery

This is special tour just for our company. No any other companies are offering the same or even the similar as well. Rustavi is real Soviet city. All factories and apartments, which we will see they are still operating and the people are still living there.This is an awesome place for photographers. Just click and you have a great pictures. This tour is absolutely unic with places in Rustavi, with sceneries on the way and incredible beauty of David Gareja
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  • 5 to 7 hours
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  • 5 to 7 hours
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David Gareja Private Tour with Picnic in DesertBus Tours

David Gareja Private Tour with Picnic in 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
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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David Gareja Complex, Sighnaghi and Bodbe Monastery from Tbilisi : Private TourBus Tours

David Gareja Complex, Sighnaghi and Bodbe Monastery from Tbilisi : Private Tour

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.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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Private tour: David Gareja Complex and Sighnaghi from TbilisiDay Trips

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.
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  • 10 hours
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  • 10 hours
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Day Tour to David GarejaHiking

Day Tour to David Gareja

We cross the semi-desert of South-Eastern Georgia, stopping off at the anomaly of Udabno village, before reaching the contested borderlands with Azerbaijan. Today’s tour is as epic as the legends portrayed on the 12th century cave walls... and as dazzling as a desert mirage.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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One day tour David Gareji monastery !Day Trips

One day tour David Gareji monastery !

if you are interested to see old historical church which is made in 6th century hundreds of cells, churches, and chapels just join us to take look David Gareji Monastery complex!!
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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Full day tour to Kakheti: David Gareja and Signagi TownDay Trips

Full day tour to Kakheti: David Gareja and Signagi Town

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Maximize time in Georgia with a full-day tour to Kakheti from Tbilisi. Discover the 6th century David Gareja cave complex and explore the town of Signagi, known for its wine and defensive walls. Taste traditional Georgian wine and catch a glimpse of local life with a stroll through the narrow streets of Signagi.
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  • 10 hours
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  • 10 hours
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Tbilisi, Mtskheta & David Gareja Full Day Private TripDay Trips

Tbilisi, Mtskheta & David Gareja Full Day Private Trip

Join a fun and exciting day of exploring in Georgia! See Tbilisi's old town, Mtskheta, and get spectacular views over both these cities!
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours
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Full-Day Private Tour to David Gareji and Sighnaghi from TbilisiFull-day Tours

Full-Day Private Tour to David Gareji and Sighnaghi from Tbilisi

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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.
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  • 9 hours
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 Private Tour to Davit Gareji Monastery from Tbilisi and Wine DegustationDining Experiences

Private Tour to Davit Gareji Monastery from Tbilisi and Wine Degustation

Udabno (desert) medieval monastery in the Davitgareji complex. The cave monastery encompasses many cell-churches. The main structure of the ensemble is the Church of the Virgin Mary. In the monastery there is a painting preserved, in which the life cycle of David Garedjeli was recorded for the first time. The oldest layer of the main temple painting dates from the second half of the 10th century. To once again see the amazing synthesis created by man and nature, to make a pilgrimage to the holy land existing in Georgia and to the monastic complex, to enjoy the nature around the monastery and to be recharged with unforgettable impressions.
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  • 9 to 11 hours
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  • 9 to 11 hours
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Udabno ToursHiking

Udabno Tours

Udabno has beautiful landscapes, and churches. The food is unique and the atmosphere is so different from the rest of Georgia. We provide an experience you can enjoy.
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  • 3 hours to 1 day
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  • 3 hours to 1 day
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Best of Kakheti Private Full-Day Tour from TbilisiDay Trips

Best of Kakheti Private Full-Day Tour from Tbilisi

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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.
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  • 9 to 11 hours
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  • 9 to 11 hours
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Hiking tour to Georgian Rainbow Mountains including lunch & wine tasting Day Trips

Hiking tour to Georgian Rainbow Mountains including lunch & wine tasting

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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.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours
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Full-Day Private to Davit Gareji from TbilisiFull-day Tours

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.
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  • 7 hours
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1 Full Day Kakheti Private tourDay Trips

1 Full Day Kakheti Private tour

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1 Full Day Kakheti Private tour gives you a opportunity to explore Kakheti just in 1 day. and visit few places with private driver, pleasantly.
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  • 8 hours
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Kakheti region - special Day Trips

Kakheti region - special

This is not a standard tour to Kakheti. It is quite unique and not as popular as regular wine tours to Kakheti. Upon request we can add wine tasting on the way.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
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  • 8 to 10 hours
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Three day hiking tour to Kakheti region with two overnight stays in Sighnaghi Multi-day Tours

Three day hiking tour to Kakheti region with two overnight stays in Sighnaghi

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  The three day adventure tour to Kakheti region offers unforgettable hikes with some breathtaking views of the Caucasus. The first day of the tour is reserved for a hike in David Gareja area, overlooking the beautiful Georgian Rainbow mountains. The path during the hike leads to the Udabno monastery & Azerbaijani border. The second day of the tour is dedicated to Vashlovani National Park. The park is famous for its rare wildlife including Caucasus’ leopards & antilopes. The views & landscapes are truly one of the most beautiful in the country, with various hikes available for different levels of expertise. The third day of tour takes us to the Lagodekhi National Park, where the hike one way takes two hours to reach. The final destination opens out onto a stunning view of the the 20-meter high waterfall where guests can swim as well. At the end of the hike, the guests will be able to return to Tbilisi directly from the National park.
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  • 3 days
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  • 3 days
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