1. Georgia
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  3. David Gareja Monastery

Tbilisi: David Gareja Monastery, Rainbow Hills & Signagi

Product ID: 149870
Art, history, countryside, food, spectacular landscapes: Kakheti has it all. Book this David Gareja, Rainbow Hills, and Signagi day trip from Tbilisi to discover the region’s highlights accompanied by an accomplished local guide.
About this activity
Duration: 10 hours
Starting time 8:00 AM
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
  • Hike at coloful, rainbow-like hills
Full description
Start with pickup from Tbilisi and travel into the semi-desert area of Kakheti in southeastern Georgia with your driver and guide. Go offroad in a 4x4 jeep to discover the main David Gareja monastery complexes of Natlismcemeli and Lavra. Relax as your guide shares stories about the region and its significance as a historical and cultural center of Georgia. First, visit the Monastery of Ioane Natlismtsemeli (John the Baptist). Founded in the 6th century by St. David Gareja, discover more about the ascetic lifestyle of these secluded monasteries. See a dazzling variety of paintings, grand cave structures, and spectacular landscapes.

Then, make your way to the Lavra Monastery where you will learn more about Georgia's history and architecture through the Middle Ages. See the tomb of St. David Garjea, which makes the monastery a spiritual center for Georgian Orthodox followers. Enjoy a 40-minute hike in the beautiful Rainbow Hills nearby and discover this colorful landscape formed by volcanic rock and a variety of mineral deposits. 

Travel to the village of Badiauri, where you can visit some local bakeries and purchase some traditional Georgian bread. Continue your trip with a visit to the 9th century Bodbe Monastery. The monastery functions as a nunnery and is one of the major pilgrimage sites in Georgia. From its viewpoint, enjoy spectacular views of the Alazani Valley, the main wine-producing area of Kakheti Wine Country.

Arrive in the town of Sighnaghi, the administrative center of the region. Discover its charming narrow streets and organic wineries which have led to it being called Georgia's "city of love." Learn about the rich history of Sighnaghi and admire its fortifications on an optional guided tour. Alternatively, use your free time to roam the streets at your own pace and enjoy a bite to eat at a traditional Georgian restaurant. After some time in the town, return to Tbilisi to complete the tour.
Includes
  • Art historian guide (Maybe operated by a multilingual guide)
  • Private tour
  • 30-minute hike in Semi-Desert at Rainbow Hills
  • Transport in 4x4 vehicle and Jeep with air-conditioning
  • Fuel surcharge
  • Bottled water
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off from/in Tbilisi
  • All local taxes
  • 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
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • Wheelchair users

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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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Thank you for the wonderful day out to David Gareja and Signagi

Wonderful day out to David Gareja, Dodbe, and Signagi accompanied by a professional guide who was willing to explain to us about history and culture of Georgia with professional knowledge of art history. It was more than hiking and was hard climbing up to the caves, but forgot all the hard part when we reached the top and saw beautiful frescoes in ruins and breathtaking views looking down the valley. Very interesting to talk with our guide Zura throughout the day, and also thanks to Ucha the driver for safe driving. And for letting us stop to take photographs on the road.

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May 7, 2019

Wir können diesen Tagestour nur weiterempfehlen. Wir wurden pünktlich abgeholt. Unser Fahrer Soso ist sehr sicher und umsichtig gefahren. Der Guide Zura war sehr freundlich und hilfsbereit und ist auf alle Fragen und Wünsche eingegangen. Er hat uns sehr informativ von der Geschichte des Klosters, aber auch von Land und Leute in Georgien erzählt. Neben dem kulturellen Erlebnis, konnten wir noch viel von der Natur Georgiens sehen. Vielen Dank für diesen informativen und schönen Tag

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June 12, 2019

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Product ID: 149870