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Tbilisi: David Gareja Monastery Full-Day Tour

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Visit the historic Davit-Gareja Monastery Complex and city of Sighnaghi in the Kakheti Region of Georgia on a full-day tour from Tbilisi, and marvel at the scenic beauty of the mountains and semi-arid desert. Learn how Georgian bread is made, and more.
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  • Explore the Davit-Gareja Monastery Complex in the desert of Kakheti
  • Go to the rock-hewn Lavra Monastery
  • See a bread making demonstration in the village of Badiauri
  • Tour the holy Bodbe Monastery of St. Nino
  • Get panoramic views of the Alazani Valley and Greater Caucasus Mountains
  • Wander the compact streets of Sighnaghi
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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, stopping en route at the village of Badiauri to see a demonstration of how Georgian bread is baked.

Upon arrival in Sighnaghi, visit the holy Bodbe Monastery, where St. Nino is buried. Learn how she brought Christianity to Georgia in the 4th century, and the legend of her healing properties. Nestled among cypress trees, the monastery affords stunning views of the Alazani Valley.

End your tour by exploring the city of Sighnaghi, founded by King Erekle II in 1772. You will see buildings in the style of southern Italian Classicism, with Georgian elements. Known as the “City of Love,” Sighnaghi is one of Georgia’s most compact towns, with delightful red-roof tiles and panoramic views of the Greater Caucasus Mountains.

Transfer back to Tbilisi for the end of your tour services.
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Guide
  • Transportation by modern air-conditioned coach
  • A bottle of water per traveler
What’s Not Included
  • Food and drinks
  • Travel insurance

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  • Comfortable shoes
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  • Pets
  • Luggage or large bags
Know before you go
• Please provide the name and address of you hotel in order for the local supplier to arrange pick-up at your hotel.

• Please note that the David Gareja Monastery is located in a semi-desert area, and in July-August temperatures in the daytime can reach 40 degrees Celsius. During this period it is better to start the tour early in the morning

From US$ 129.62 per person

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Product ID: 38417