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Off-road Tour to David Gareja Monastery and Rainbow Mountain

1. Off-road Tour to David Gareja Monastery and Rainbow Mountain

Go on a one-day tour to the David Gareja Monastery complex. This short but eventful journey will allow you to explore one of the most ancient and important religious sites in Georgia. Davit-Gareja cave city, an extraordinary site with fantastic semi-desert landscapes, is located 100km south-east from Tbilisi, and it was founded in the 6th Century by David (St. David Garejeli). The complex of temples stretches for several kilometers in the south-east of the country and along the border with Azerbaijan. The David Gareja Monastery is unique due to the fact that many of its buildings are cut into a huge tilted rock and some of its temples still preserve millenary frescos. Be ready to walk and climb on uneven ground. The walking route last approximately 8 km (5 miles). On the way back, you will stop at a nice cozy house for lunch (not included) and for a wine tasting.

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From Tbilisi: David Gareji Monastery Where Time Stands Still

2. From Tbilisi: David Gareji Monastery Where Time Stands Still

The Davit Gareji Monastery complex was founded in the first half of the 6th century by one of the holy Assyrian fathers - David. The settlement of David in one of the caves was the beginning of the foundation of that religious and cultural center, which numbered 12 monasteries once. The complex of Davit Gareji carved into the rock is one of the largest among such carved complexes. The monastery of Bertubani is one of the cave monasteries in the Davit Gareji complex, the painting of which arouses the interest among visitors. The monastery of St. John the Baptist is also located in the Davit Gareji complex, 12 kilometers west from the lavra of David, is a single complex carved into the rock. It was founded in the 6th and 7th centuries by a disciple of David Garedjeli, Lucian. Then, visit the medieval Udabno (desert) Monastery in the Davit Gareji 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.    

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Sighnaghi: The of Best Sighnaghi Walking Tour

3. Sighnaghi: The of Best Sighnaghi Walking Tour

For those planning a trip to Georgia, discover why Sighnaghi is famous as a holiday destination. You will find the most popular  sightseeing places, with theis magical town offering a long collection of historic buildings, markets, and top attractions that you must visit once in a life.   Downtown is just the beginning of the city's charms. The vibrant and contrasting city offers you the chance to discover some of the richest examples of Caucasian history. You will be presented with the chance to attend a unique wine-tasting experience, with your tour including the opportunity to taste two different Georgian wines, an experience to remember. Get ready to experience Georgia from a different perspective. A local charismatic guide will reveal the secrets and interesting facts about one of the last secluded European cities.

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What people are saying about Kakheti

Great experience. Alex, the tour guide, has an amazing knowledge about the history and Georgian culture and you can tell he is passionate about organizing those trips. The trip was very relaxing, Alex gave us a lot of space to make decisions about where we want to go and what we want to see. The David Gareja destination is one of the kind, off-the beat. If you're looking for a hidden gem in Georgia, this is it! Nobody knows about this place, but locals. Enormous landscape with colorful mountains, you take a hike there away from any civilization and you feel like on another planet. On our way back we stopped by an amazing winery with delicious food.

Awesome tour! We visited Mars, namely in the desert part of Kakheti. We visited non-tourist places, namely temples, which are closed from prying eyes. The tour ended at a family-style winery. It was my spouse's birthday, Alex made sure that the cake was served and the whole day went by as if in one breath. Our guide Alex and driver Andro are sincere, attentive people with whom it is very pleasant to talk about the traditions and history of Georgia. I recommend this tour to everyone! You will see Georgia from a completely different side.

10/10 Amazing experience! Very different from the other tours from Tbilisi. Very unique and very recommended. Aleksi was very nice and very passionate about the tour. The view of the mountains and the whole area was so breathtaking and so worth it. i would definitely try it again if i come back to Georgia. Recommending good shoes as there is a little bit of hiking. Thank you very much Aleksi for an amazing tour!

Beautiful tour... Full of adventure.. Aleksi was a spectacular guide. Full of information. He was extremely attentive to our needs....allowed us to enjoy the tour at our pace. I highly recommend this tour and more importantly Aleksi as a guide.

Alex was a great guide, he has extensive knowledge and makes the trip very entertaining. The hike in the Rainbow Mountains was unique. The overall design of De Trips was just perfect. 100% recommendable