David Gareja Tour1 Day | David Gareja, Lavra cave monastery, Ubadno settlement

Day trip to David Gareja semi desert

One-day tour to David Gareja monastery complex is a short but eventful journey to one of the ancient and important religious sites of Georgia. The complex of temples stretches for several kilometers in the south-east of the country and along the border with Azerbaijan. David Gareja monastery is unique due to the fact that many of its buildings are cut in a huge tilted rock and some of its temples still preserve millenary frescos.

Tour itinerary:

The tour starts from Tbilisi. Our guide and driver will meet you at your hotel.  Drive to semi desert of Gareja. On the way stop at supermarket to take some snacks. Arrive in Gareja and start walking up to explore Lavra cave monastery founded in the 6th century. The Lavra monastery is an inhabited complex of caves with a courtyard, church and other buildings. Continue walking up to Udabno* where you can have some rest and enjoy the view to Azerbaijan from Georgian side. Udabno is famous for its wall-paintings dating from the end of the 12th century. Thousand-year-old frescos at Udabno are depicting such scenes from the Bible like “The Last Supper” and “The Exaltation of the Cross”. After some rest, walk down another path. Drive back to Tbilisi.

Duration of sightseeing tour: 7-8 hours
Walking round trip to Udabno monastery complex: 1.5 – 2 hours.

Take to trip: appropriate footwear, water, raincoat, torch, suntan lotion & hat.

Please note that in May snakes become more active and make their reappearance in the semi desert.

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Price includes:

  1. Transport throughout the tour;
  2. Guided sightseeing tour;
  3. Picnic lunch en route (without alcohol).

 

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