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From Tbilisi: Rainbow Mountain & David Gareja Monastery Trip

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Activity provider: Gamarjoba Georgia Tours

From Tbilisi: Rainbow Mountain & David Gareja Monastery Trip

Activity provider: Gamarjoba Georgia Tours
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Explore the beautiful geological formations of Georgia on a day trip from Tbilisi. Enjoy picturesque views of the brightly colored Rainbow Mountains and enter the David Gareja Monastery.

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Duration 7 hours
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English, Russian


  • Semidesert, Rainbow Mountains, Lake and Monastery Complex
  • Visit Georgian Sahara
  • Explore Rainbow Mountains
  • Discover Spiritual David Gareji Lavra
  • Take Mesmerising Pictures
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Immerse yourself in Georgian history and culture on a guided day trip from Tbilisi. Visit the impressive David Gareja Monastery and Rainbow Mountains. Explore the mountainous region and visit a stunning salt lake. The first place where you can stop to stock up on snacks for the trip. The second stop is at a salty lake, where you have an outstanding possibility to take some nice pictures. After the lake, we continue driving through Udabno Village, which translated as a desert. The area where you will be traveling is the only semidesert Georgia has, and it's more than amazing to see how diverse Georgian nature is. You will start walking toward the famous Rainbow Mountains at the end of the drive. The most impressive feature of the landscape is the mineral-rich sedimentary rock, which looks like it’s been painted with brightly colored stripes.

It’s possible to hike through the Rainbow Mountains, which astonish visitors with their colors. You will walk through the Rainbow Mountains, take many mesmerizing pictures, and prepare for the David Gareji Lavra historical tour. David Gareji Monastery Complex is one of the most spiritual places in the country. You will hear the stories of the monastery, do a bit of hiking and see a Georgian soldier at the border of Georgia and Azerbaijan. It’s believed that St. David chose this isolated location because he wanted his Disciples to lead a life of holiness independent from the rest of society. After David Gareji Lavra, you will return to Tbilisi and finish the tour at 5 pm.

  • A professional guide service
  • A bottle of water
  • Transportation service
  • Food and drinks
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

The local activity provider will meet you at 9:30 AM in front of Avlabari Metro Station with a branded orange flag.

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What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Hat
  • Snacks
  • Sunscreen

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  • Tour operates in all weather conditions.
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Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 19 reviews

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DO NOT MISS THIS. Such an incredible, accommodating, and well-priced trip. Unbelievable guide and an exceptional driver. The route is unique and awe-inspiring. The mountains must be seen to be believed (even my phone pictures are breathtaking). The monastery is simply not to be missed (take a look at the 2020 Nemkovich book). The incredible history of the place is made only more poignant by current border disputes with AZ. I have been traveling to the region for several decades, and only supremely sorry this was my first trip to both sites. Overall, an amazing tour by an excellent company, THANK YOU. Now..... how about another trip to the Svani village we passed on the way? I'll sign up in a heartbeat!

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October 10, 2022

Nice guide, but short stay at the monastery itself. Long drive. Would have preferred to have a more in-depth tour at the monastery. Now we only saw the church. The guide gave a lot of info, which was super. The staff at get your guide are very helpful and easy to communicate.

October 3, 2022

What a great day and the best way to visit this region due to lack of infrastructure. Beko our guide was extremely informative, knowledgeable and gave us time to soak up this stunning scenery. Definitely visit this area soon as we virtually had the place to ourselves - a rarity indeed.

September 30, 2022

Product ID: 429245