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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.

From Tbilisi: Small Group 1-Day Tour to Armenia with Lunch

2. From Tbilisi: Small Group 1-Day Tour to Armenia with Lunch

Visit two of Armenia’s ancient monasteries and the town of Alaverdi on this small group tour from Tbilisi. Cross over the border with your experienced guide who will take you through the highlights of Northern Armenia in just 1 day.   Depart at 9:00 AM sharp for a 1.5-hour trip across the Georgian-Armenian boarder. Almost immediately you’ll start to notice changes in the landscape—the fields will become rocky mountains and the scenery takes on a certain apocalyptic touch, due to the many abandoned Soviet mines and factories. Your first stop is the fortified monastery of Akhtala, where you can marvel at the beautifully preserved frescoes and learn about the thrilling history of this Georgian-Armenian creation.   Then, you’ll reach the UNESCO-listed monastery complex of Haghpat, where you’ll learn about the Armenian stone crosses and the mystical poet Sayat-Nova. The next stop is a small authentic restaurant by the river, where you can try authentic Armenian cuisine. Travel another 30 minutes to the center of the town of Alaverdi, famous for being the hometown of MIG fighter jet engineer Mikoyan, and the 10th century monastery of Sanahin. Arrive back in Tbilisi by around 6:00 PM after a full and fascinating day.

From Tbilisi: Day Trip to the UNESCO Sites of Armenia

3. From Tbilisi: Day Trip to the UNESCO Sites of Armenia

Armenia, with its distinctive culture, its beautiful rocky mountains and ancient history is a must-see when traveling in the Caucasus region. Discover the beauty of Northern Armenia on this day trip from Tbilisi, with your tour starting at 9:00AM, after which you will head for the border. From here the landscape will begin to change, as you drive through the narrow gorges of the Debed River in between the high rocky mountains. The time seems to stand still in this part of the country, with its typical Soviet cars and huge copper factories built in the middle of the mountains, the scenery is full of bizarre beauty. The tour includes several main sightseeing objects of Northern Armenia, such as the historic Lori region, the fortified monastery of Akhtala, a unique example of wonderfully preserved frescoes from the 11th century and the two UNESCO protected monasteries of Sanahin and Haghpat. The history of the two monasteries in Alaverdi is connected by a legend of father and son and you can see many similarities, but also differences in their architecture. Both places are known for their beautiful architecture and the unique hachkars, as well as the stone crosses, a signature of Armenian art. Before heading back to Tbilisi you can taste authentic Armenian food in a traditional restaurant by the river.

Kakheti Wine Region

4. Kakheti Wine Region

Enjoy an excursion to a wine cellar with a free wine tasting. This traditional family-run wine cellar is on the way to the city of love, Signagi. This is an ideal place for those who prefer homemade Georgian wine and chacha prepared according to all traditional standards and recipes. Be greeted by your host who will show the superb ChachaGon and tell a real colloric Georgian toast. Taste the Georgian bread Puri, which is traditionally baked in a deep circular clay oven called tone. Visit Pirosmanashvili Museum. The Niko Pirosmanashvili State Museum was established in Pirosmani’s home village of Mirzaani in 1960 and includes his family house and an exhibition hall displaying some of the artist’s original works and personal belongings. The Monastery of St. Nino in Bodbe was originally was built in the 9th-century. It is one of the major pilgrimage sites in Georgia. It holds the tomb of St. Nino, the Cappadocian maiden who converted Georgian people to Christianity as early as 337 AD. See the breathtaking view of the Alazani valley and snowcapped Caucasus mountains.  See Sighnaghi, the City of Love. It is the prettiest town in Kaheti. Sighnagi originally was developed in the 18th-century by King Erekle II. The defensive walls and 28 towers were built by him against a Lezgian invasion. The city has wonderful views over the Alazani valley to the Caucasus beyond. After a walk, have a traditional dinner with a workshop to learn how to cook traditional meals. You can also taste traditional candies, with grape juice, called Churchkhela and Pelamushi.

Tbilisi: Kakheti, Signagi, Telavi & Alaverdi Full-Day Tour

5. Tbilisi: Kakheti, Signagi, Telavi & Alaverdi Full-Day Tour

After being picked up from your hotel at 8:00AM, your first stop will be the Ujarma fortress. It is believed that in the second half of the 5th century, the famous Vakhtang Gorgasali (founder of Tbilisi) erected numerous buildings in Ujarma and moved his residence there. In the 10th century, Ujarma was destroyed by the Arabian forces of Abul Kassim. Later on in the 13th century, the fortress was restored by King George III, where he arranged treasury. Moving on, your tour will continue through the Gombori Pass, which will see you drive to an altitude of 1,650 meters (5,414 feet). At the top you will discover an observation deck, the perfect place for a photo shoot. After a small stop, you will continue your journey through the magical forest, where you will be able to make a wish. The next stop will be to the Alaverdi Monastery. At a height of over 55 meters, the Alaverdi Cathedral is the second tallest religious building in Georgia. You will then visit the city of Telavi, the main city and administrative center of Georgia's eastern province of Kakheti. On the way to Kvareli, you will stop at the Gremi. Standing above the green valley of Alazan, Gremi attracts travelers whose road goes between Telavi and Kvareli. Gloomy and monumental, the castle is one of the most visited tourist points in Georgia. In Kvareli, you will have the opportunity to taste Georgian wines, finding out how they are made. Following your wine tasting, you should find yourself with a new strength. You will then go to the Bodbe Monastery, which is one of the most important religious sites in Georgia. Continuing your trip, you will venture toward Sighnaghi. Its charming cobblestone streets and alleys consist of restored original nouveau woodwork, and detailed facades give the town a romantic mystique. Billed the "City of Love", Sighnaghi is a popular wedding venue. The wedding chapel here was the first to operate around the clock, and put Sighnaghi on the map as a destination. Its marriage chapel now hosts ceremonies which take place at all hours of the day and night.

Kakheti Wine Region: Sighnaghi City of Love Tour

6. Kakheti Wine Region: Sighnaghi City of Love Tour

Start your day of adventure by meeting your fun and friendly guide in Liberty Square in Tbsilisi. After a short meet and greet, you will set-off on your day of discovery.  Your first location of the day will be the beautiful Wine Factory KTW, located in the village of Patardzeuli. Whilst here, take a look around and enjoy the sights and sounds, even get to try a sample of beautiful Georgian wine. After your winery visit, explore some local villages where you can taste some typical Georgian candy such as Churchkheta, made with grape juice and tasty walnuts. You'll even get to enjoy the process of baking Georgian bread in a clay oven.   Continue on your tour to your third location, the convent of Bodbe, a female monastery dating back to the 5th century. This place has fascinating historical importance and in addition to the monastery, you can also see the famous St. Nino shrine. Your last stop will be Sighnaghi, founded in the 18th century. During this tour, follow your guide and discover why this city is called the 'City of Love'. This tour will also allow you to take an arranged walk along the defensive wall and enjoy breathtaking views of the Alazani Valley.

From Tbilisi: Bodbe & Sighnaghi Private Half-Day Tour

7. From Tbilisi: Bodbe & Sighnaghi Private Half-Day Tour

The day begins with pickup from your accommodation in Tbilisi and heads to the first stop of the tour, Bodbe. Upon arrival, visit Bodbe Nunnery, where Saint Nino was buried in the 4th century. From your guide, learn about Saint Nino, who converted Georgian religion to Christianity. Explore this historic location, which is one of the country’s most religious places, and where Georgian’s come for pilgrimage and forgiveness. Continue the tour onto Sighnaghi, also known as the City of Love. Famous for its wedding house where you can get married 24/7, Sighnaghi is bursting with romantic stories and a unique history. The city is also well-known for its Great Wall, which you can learn about from your guide. Before beginning the return journey to Tbilisi, take a moment to admire the view of the impressive Caucasus Mountain Range and snap photos for your vacation album.

Kakheti Wine Region Private Tour

8. Kakheti Wine Region Private Tour

Visit a traditional Georgian wine cellar in Kakheti. Wine and brandy, chacha, is prepared according to the traditional Georgian standards and recipes. Your host will tell a real Georgian toast as you enjoy your drinks. Take a master class in baking Georgian bread, Puri. Learn how to bake it the traditional way, in a deep circular clay oven called a tone.  At Pirosmanashvili Museum, learn the sad story of the world famous Georgian painter, Niko Pirosmanashvili, also known as Pirosmani. The museum was established in Pirosmani’s home village of Mirzaani in 1960 and includes his family home and an exhibition hall displaying some of his original works and personal belongings. Explore the Monastery of St. Nino in Bodbe. it was originally was built in the 9th-Century and is one of the major pilgrimage sites in Georgia. It holds the tomb of ST. Nino, the Cappadocian maiden who converted Georgian people to Christianity as early as 337 AD. It has a breathtaking view of the Alazani valley and snowcapped Caucasus mountains.  Continue to Sighnaghi, the City of Love. It is the prettiest town in Kaheti. Sighnagi was originally developed in the 18th-century by King Erekle II. The defensive walls and 28 towers were built to protect the city against a Lezgian invasion. There are wonderful views over the Alazani valley to the Caucasus beyond. Take a walk then have a traditional dinner with a workshop to learn how to cook traditional meals. Taste traditional candies of Churchkhela and Pelamushi. 

From Tbilisi: 2-Day Tour to East Georgia

9. From Tbilisi: 2-Day Tour to East Georgia

Day 1: Tbilisi - David Gareji - Village Badiauri - Bodbe - Signagi - Telavi (driving distance: 300 kilometers) Start with a pick-up at 09:30 from the hotel of your stay in Tbilisi. Departure from Tbilisi early in the morning, to the direction of David Gareji cave monastery (driving distance 100 kilometers). Davit-Gareji is a rock-hewn Georgian orthodox monastery complex, that was established in the 6th-century by holy father David, one of the thirteen Assyrian monks, who arrived to Georgia and preached the name of Christ. Next destination is village Badiauri where you can see how Georgian bread is baked with great aroma and crispy edges. From Badiauri, continue your way to Bodbe Monastery. Visit one of the most famous monasteries and holy places for Georgian people where St. Nino is buried, who brought Christianity to Georgia in the beginning of 4th-century.  Afterwards, guests will have an opportunity to visit Signagi. Buildings in the city built in the style of southern Italian Classicism with Georgian elements. The city is surrounded with high defending walls, 4 kilometers in length. A few years ago, Signagi was restored and constructed. Since then, many tourists have visited the city to enjoy the stunning panorama, which opens onto Alazani Valley. The town’s architecture is unique with old and the modern components. Today, Signagi has additional status as the 'City of Love.' The last destination of the day is Telavi, the main city of Georgia’s eastern part - Kakheti. Overnight in Telavi. Either in a family type GH or 3-star Hotel “Old Telavi.” Day 2: Alaverdi Cathedral - Napareuli wine cellar - Factory of Eniseli - Gremi Fortress - Kvareli Wine Tunnels - Tsinandali - Schuchman Wine  Cellar - through Gombori Pass to Tbilisi (Driving distance 250 kilometers) In the morning, you first destination will be Alaverdi Cathedral (11th-century) one of the most important orthodox monuments in Georgia. (In the tentative list of UNESCO from 2007). Next, drive to village Napareuli and visit Twins Wine Cellar and Wine Museum, where you can taste 3 different sort of wines. From Napareuli, tour continues to Gremi Fortress that was the main city of the Kakheti region till 16th-century. Nowadays, Gremi is impressive with its wonderful location and surrounding views. On the way to Kvareli, guests can visit the factory of Eniseli and taste local wine there. Afterwards, the trip goes to the small city of Kvareli to Wine Tunnels under the mountains of the Great Caucasus. Total length of the tunnels is 8 kilometers. On the way back to Tbilisi, the guests can choose between either visiting Prince Chavchavadze Palace (19th-century) with a wonderful French park or one more wine tasting with a stop in the beautiful Chateau of Schuchman in the village of Kisiskhevi. At the end of the tour through Gombori Pass, arrive back to Tbilisi and be dropped off at your accommodation in Tbilisi.

Tbilisi: Day Tour to Kakheti: David Gareja and Signagi Town

10. Tbilisi: Day Tour to Kakheti: David Gareja and Signagi Town

Meet your guide at 9:00 AM at the requested place within Tbilisi and begin your adventure with a drive to the Kakheti region.   Itinerary:  Experience David Gareja Lavra Monastery Complex, founded in the 6th century by the Assyrian father David. It soon became one of the most sacred place for Georgians. By the 12th century, several thousand monks lived and worked here. They carved hundreds of cells, churches, chapels, refectories and living quarters out of the rock face. Next, take a 2-hour hike to David Gareja Udabno Monastery Complex, where you can see fascinating frescoes painted on the cave walls from the 10th to 13th centuries, rock-hewn churches, chapels and caves.  Then, continue to the beautiful small town of Signagi, also known as Sighnaghi. Signagi is surrounded by defensive walls where you can walk around and explore the beautiful Alazani Valley. Try local organic Georgian wines and food (at your own expense) before heading back to Tbilisi in the evening.

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Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 51 reviews

Absolutely amazing experience on this tour!!! Firstly, our guide was very clear with communication before we met up at the meeting point, something that is very important to me. He ensured we all knew where to go and for when. Secondly, our guide was knowledgeable, funny, attentive and made sure we were always having a great time. The lunch was very delicious and we had some fun drinks along the way too. Our driver was very good and professional. Though to guests...please ensure you follow the directions on the booking and check if you need a visa for Armenia. One of our guests ignored this detail and was not able to cross into the country, making the situation complicated for the other guests who had to wait for him. Always read the instructions and you will have an amazing time on this tour!!

Irakli is truly passionate and knowledgeable guide. I really recommend The Real Giorgia company (they know about real Armenia too ;))! We've seen not only monasteries, but also (post)Industrial areas and scenic mountains. Lunch was really tasty and I was full, though offer for vegetarians could be more varied. Thank you Irakli for showing me northern Armenia! I'll definitely join other activities next time I'm visiting Giorgia!

We had a great day in Armenia with Irakli. The places we stopped at were very beautiful and unique and we were provided with lots of information on them. The lunch was amazing, so many great Armenia dishes. Would definitely recommend this trip if you want to tick off another country during your stay in Tbilisi.

This tour is a must when you visit Tbilisi and just have a short time to visit Armenia. The sceneries are beautiful and the landscapes are magnificent. The driver (also tour guide) George is very nice and hospitable. I really had a great time with this trip.

Awesome tour! We spent an amazing day wandering around truly remarkable places with an extremely knowledgeable and passionate guide. The tour is definitely a must-do from Tbilisi if you want to safely explore less touristy areas of Georgia.