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From Tbilisi : Guided Group Tour to David Gareji Monastery

Activity provider: Local Guide Guram

From Tbilisi : Guided Group Tour to David Gareji Monastery

Activity provider: Local Guide Guram

Discover David Gareji Monastery in the South East of Georgia, surrounded by semi-desert fields. Explore the caves, climb amongst the rocky mountains, visit the lavra and hike up to the Church of Saint David. Benefit from round-trip minivan transfers

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Duration 6 hours
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Small group
Limited to 7 participants


  • Stop in the village of Udabno and see the local inhabitants
  • Visit David Gareji Monastery, the main lavra of the complex
  • Hike up to Saint David's church and see where he was buried
  • Benefit from convenient minivan transfers from Tbilisi
Full description
Start your tour by arriving at the meeting place at Liberty Square in central Tbilisi where you will meet your guide and board a comfortable minivan. Set off on a 2.5-hour drive towards David Gareji monastery located 70km away in the Kakheti region of the south-eastern part of the country.  On the way, stop in the village of Udabno and see the few inhabitants who live there having resettled from the mountainous region of Svaneti. Then, continue on to David Gareji. When you arrive, first explore the old caves and the monastery which is still active even today. Soak up the peaceful atmosphere of this isolated place away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Learn about how this building is known as the 'Lavra', which means the principal monastery amongst the religious complex. Then, hike up to the first dwelling of Saint David, the founder of the monastery. See the main church where he is buried and admire the exceptional views. Finally, return to the minibus and begin your return transfer back to Tbilisi where the tour concludes.
  • Minivan transportation
  • Guide
  • Fuel surcharge
  • Food and drinks
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

I will meet you at Pushkin Square near Main fountain at Tourism Information center Holding Small Banner written LOCAL GUIDE

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Know before you go

  •  This tour is not recommended for people with limited mobility
Customer reviews

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The monastery is magnificent. However, the 2 stops before the visit (a 30-minute stop after a 40-minute drive to have a coffee and a 1 hour stop after a 2-hour drive to eat) are superfluous. It is better to go directly to the site, make the visit and then take the meal break afterwards.

August 16, 2022

Product ID: 383292