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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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What people are saying about Saint John Monastery

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 25 reviews

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