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From Tbilisi: David Gareja Monastery Complex and Signagi

Product ID: 149870
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Art, history, countryside, food, spectacular landscapes: Kakheti has it all. If you only have one day free, book this David Gareja and Signagi day trip from Tbilisi to discover the region’s highlights accompanied by an accomplished local guide.
About this activity
Duration 10 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English, Russian

Pickup included

Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Enjoy spectacular mountains views along the Alazani valley
  • Soak up the old-world atmosphere as you explore cave monasteries on foot
  • Visit the city of love
Full description
Explore caves with monumental paintings in semi-desert Udabno and feast your eyes on colorful landscapes and salt lakes of picturesque region. Then discover the city of love which is located on the top of hills next to Caucasus ridge and Alazani valley wine country.

Your driver and guide will pick-up you from your accommodation place in Tbilisi, and travel into the semi-desert where the Lavra and Udabno sacred monasteries awaits. Settle inside your comfortable seat, where you can relax as your guide shares stories about the region, one of the most remarkable medieval religious and cultural centers in Georgia. The complex was founded in the 6th century by David (St. David Garejeli).

After a short, one-hour drive, you'll begin your hike to the upper part through a semi-desert area to explore sacred David Gareja monastery complex. You'll follow a scenic trail to the Udabno monastery hills which nowadays is a natural borderline of  Georgia and Azerbaijan. Feast your eyes on colorful landscapes as you travel to the sacred monastery and see the monumental paintings inside caves within Udabno monastery. Enjoy the undivided attention of your guide shares stories about the monastery.
Before leaving David Gareja complex your guide will take you to the sacred Lavra monastery to plunge into the Georgia's middle ages history and architecture. From Gareja, travel to the village Badiauri and visit locals bread bakeries and participate in baking Georgian bread.

You will continue your trip to Bodbe monastery with spectacular views, a 9th century three-nave basilica, ring ball tower, and a modern church.

At the final stop of your travel day the captivating "City of love" awaits you. Signagi, a XVIII century town, is with rich history, fortifications and defense walls. Take a guided tour to explore the town’s historic center and wander amid the tiny streets as you learn about their history. Visit to highest tower and tiny streets to admire spectacular views on Alazani valley and Caucasus ridge with staggering rugged mountain peaks.

Or make the most of some free time to set your own pace, roam the streets of old town and perhaps enjoy with Georgian cuisine, wine tasting or a coffee in the sun alongside the locals (own expense). Meet other visitors to the area and indulge in local treats such as Churchkhela, dry fruits, and Tklapi.

Return to Tbilisi in the evening, and finish your tour with a drop-off at the start point.
Includes
  • Qualified art historian guide (Maybe operated by a multilingual guide)
  • Private tour
  • Walking tour (Hike 2 hours)
  • Transport by comfortable vehicle with A/C
  • Fuel surcharge
  • Bottled water
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off from/in Tbilisi
  • All local taxes
  • Travel insurance
  • Live commentary on board
What’s Not Included
  • Gratuity for the guide (Suggested 15-20%) per person, parties of 5 or more traveling together are considered a large party and will have a 15% gratuity charged for the tour guide at the end of the tour
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase) - wine tasting in two wineries costs 25 EURO per person which includes 3 glass of wine

Prepare for the activity

Important information
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.

This charming spot is natural and untouched, so there are no hand rails or safety rails, and paths often cut close to the cliff's edge.

David Garey is a semi-desert, and the summer temperament is very high, more than 39 degrees that's why tour will starts at 7:30 or 08:00 AM.

Not wheelchair accessible.

Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Minimum drinking age is 18 years.
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LTD Taste of Georgia

Product ID: 149870