Davit Gareja Monastery Complex

Explore the oldest orthodox monastery complex in the desert of Gareji.

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Tour Plan and Activities

We will pick you up from your hotel in the morning and start our tour by visiting Davit Gareja Monastery Complex and it's historical monuments that are on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. First stop is Davit Gareja Lavra VI c. After that, we will drive you on the hill to see the horn of Dodo's Monastery which overlooks the desert of Gareja and beautiful views. Then we are travelling to John the Baptist Monastery, with the biggest orthodox church inside the caves. After having a short excursion, the driver will drive you to the city Sagarejo where we can enjoy the lunch in local Kakhetian restaurant, try local traditional meals, vine and fresh bread. After we will drive you back to Tbilisi, nearby to your hotel, where the trip ends.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
Whats included in this tour Items that are covered in the cost of tour price.

  • Transportation
  • All Entry Ticket Fees
  • Bottle of Water
  • Hotel Pick-Up
  • Hotel Drop-off
  • Fun and Joy
  • Welcome Package
  • Cultural Expedition
  • Tour Guiding
  • Lunch at the local Restaurant
  • All Taxes
  • Food Degustation
Whats not included in this tour Items that are covered in the cost of tour price.

  • Additional Services
  • Extra Alcohol
  1. Departure Your Hotel

    We will depart at 10:00 AM from Tbilisi.

  2. Davit Gareja Short History

    The complex was founded in the 6th century by David (St. David Garejeli), one of the thirteen Assyrian monks who arrived in the country at the same time. His disciples Dodo and Luciane expanded the original lavra and founded two other monasteries known as Dodo's Rka (literally, "the horn of Dodo") and Natlismtsemeli ("the Baptist"). The monastery saw further development under the guidance of the 9th-century Georgian saint Ilarion. The convent was particularly patronized by the Georgian royal and noble families. The 12th-century Georgian king Demetre I, the author of the famous Georgian hymn Thou Art a Vineyard, even chose David Gareja as a place of his confinement after he abdicated the throne. Despite the harsh environment, the monastery remained an important centre of religious and cultural activity for many centuries; at certain periods the monasteries owned extensive agricultural lands and many villages. The renaissance of fresco painting chronologically coincides with the general development of the life in the David Gareja monasteries. The high artistic skill of David Gareja frescoes made them an indispensable part of world treasure. From the late 11th to the early 13th centuries, the economic and cultural development of David Gareja reached its highest phase, reflecting the general prosperity of the medieval Kingdom of Georgia. New monasteries Udabno, Bertubani and Chichkhituri were built, the old ones were enlarged and re-organized. The monastery remains active today and serves as a popular destination of tourism and pilgrimage.

  3. Return Your Hotel

    We will be back in Tbilisi at 08:00 PM.


Location

Where tour will take place

Davit Gareja Monastery

Davit Gareja Monastery

Transport and Meeting Point

Price includes transportation, type and capacity of transportation depends on the number of tourists. Our drivers are experienced and professionals. Wish you a comfortable stay and a safe trip. Hotel pick-up is offered for this tour. Note: if you are booking within 24 hours of the tour/activity departure time, we cannot guarantee hotel pick-up. Once your purchase is complete, we will send you complete contact information (phone number, email address, etc.) for our local operator to organize pick-up arrangements.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
Bus For Medium and Big Groups
Bus For Medium and Big Groups
Mini Bus For Medium Groups
Mini Bus For Medium Groups
Minivan For Small Groups
Minivan  For Small Groups
Delica/Jeep For Vip Group
Delica/Jeep For Vip Group

Yes you can, it is not required.

We suggest that you bring along with you anti mosquito cream.

We recommend to bring comfortable shoes

We suggest that you bring along with you hiking shoes.

We suggest that you bring along with you Sun burn cream.

10-14 Hours.

We ensure you in safety if you follow all instructions.

Yes, in local restaurant on your back way.

Yes. We provide lunch boxes and soft drinks/water.

In case of questions, please contact your tour manager.

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