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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, a site with semi-desert landscapes, is located 100 km southeast of Tbilisi and was founded in the 6th Century. The complex of temples stretches for several kilometers in the southeast 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 4 km (2.5 miles). 

Juta: One Day Trip Hiking Towards Chaukhi Mountains

2. Juta: One Day Trip Hiking Towards Chaukhi Mountains

Head to the north-eastern part of Georgia, near the Caucasus mountain range and take the opportunity to drive towards Khevi Region, the small highlander village of Juta. Begin your tour by driving from Tbilisi through the famous Georgian Military Road and the Jvari Pass, afterwards continuing towards the village of Juta - a starting point of hiking, from where path leads towards gorgeous Chaukhi mountains. While there, visit the 16th century Ananuri Church and Fortress, the Georgian-Russian friendship monument, and breathtaking views over beautiful Caucasus snowy mountains. On this trip, escape from Tbilisi and experience something different, full of wild nature and remote places with spectacular landscapes and unforgettable impressions.

From Tbilisi: David Gareja Monastery and Sighnaghi Tour

3. From Tbilisi: David Gareja Monastery and Sighnaghi Tour

In the morning, the guide and driver will pick you up from your accommodation in Tbilisi (if you choose the private option). Then, head to the David Gareja complex via Sagarejo village. Turning from the Eastern main road, drive on a dirt road to the semi-desert. The complex was established in the 6th century AD by one of the 13 Assyrian monks and expanded through the centuries. Here, have a tour of the caves and monastery. On your way to Signagi, you’ll visit the Bodbe monastery. The monastery is one of the major pilgrimage sites in Georgia, due to its association with St. Nino, the 4th-century female evangelist in Georgia. In Sighnaghi, a small town surrounded by 18th-century defensive walls and remnants of fortifications, take a relaxing walk in the town, explore the defensive wall and fortifications, and enjoy the views of Alazani Valley. In the evening, drive back to your place of stay or Europe Square in Tbilisi.

From Tbilisi: Private Tour to Sabaduri Forest

4. From Tbilisi: Private Tour to Sabaduri Forest

Discover Sabaduri Forest with stunning natural scenery. Located near Tbilisi, the area is less than 50km from Tbilisi. During the day, visit various fascinating and hidden places in this city.  En route, pass Tbilisi Water Reservoir and the monument Chronicles of Georgia, known as the Stonehenge of Tbilisi. Sculpted by Zurab Tsereteli, it chronicles Georgian history. The top part of the 30-meter columns features kings, queens, and heroes, and the bottom depicts stories from Christ's life. Sabaduri Forest is impressive year-round. In the summer, the forest is lush and perfect to escape the heat, have a rest in nature, and make a barbeque. During autumn, explore mixed-colored nature. In the winter after fresh snow, admire scenic and untouched landscapes of snow-covered trees and roads.

Kazbegi: Caucasus Mountains Full-Day Tour

5. Kazbegi: Caucasus Mountains Full-Day Tour

The journey takes place in Khevi, a unique region in the Caucasus Mountains, located in the Northeastern part of Georgia. Visit Stepantsminda by crossing the famous Georgian Military Road, Gudauri ski resort, and Jvari Pass. Then, take delight in the panoramic views of the Caucasus Mountains. Visit Ananuri Church and Fortress, which dates back to 16th Century, and stop at the Russia–Georgia Friendship Monument to enjoy breathtaking views. Visit Gergeti Trinity Monastery, built in the 14th Century, located at a height of 2200 meters above sea level. There are two ways to get to the church - approximately three hours of hiking or driving. See and admire one of the highest peaks of Georgia – Kazbegi (5047m). Afterwards you can, of course, taste and enjoy delicious dishes of rich Georgian cuisine.

Borjomi National Park: 2-Day Hike - Lomi Mountain

6. Borjomi National Park: 2-Day Hike - Lomi Mountain

Day 1: Tbilisi, Borjomi, Likani (by car) - Likani Guard Station-Lomisma touristic shelter Walking Distance 15km, 6 hours, starting elevation 930m, maximum 2080, ascent 1150m. Depart to the Borjomi town which is situated in the central part of Georgia. The city is well-known of its mineral waters. You can taste absolutely natural mineral waters from the spring in the central park of Borjomi. The hiking starts at Likani guard station (930 m). Pass by the Likani River valley where you may come across rare species included in the Red List of Georgia. Afterward, head up and reach the tourist shelter of Lomismta. Stay overnight in the wooden cottage. Day 2: Lomi Mountain, Likani, Tbilisi Walking Distance 18km, 7 hours, maximum elevation 2180, ascent 400m, descent 1500m. Visit St George Church, located on Lomismta. Here, in addition to beautiful views, there are flourishing rhododendrons in May and June. After exploring surrounding hills of Lomi Mountain, head back to the Lomismta shelter before setting off back towards Likani, and eventually to Tbilisi.

Tbilisi: Private Uplistsikhe and Borjomi Hot Pools Day-Trip

7. Tbilisi: Private Uplistsikhe and Borjomi Hot Pools Day-Trip

Enjoy a day trip to the most scenic sight of central and southern Georgia, visiting a local family in their countryside house for a traditional dinner. After the pick-up from your hotel at 9:00AM, you will soon reach the ancient cave town of Uplistsikhe. Here you can walk through the ruins and beautiful rock formations and see the remains of formal ancient glory of what used to be once the center of Pagan culture. Right next to Uplistsikhe lies Gori, the town known as the birth place of Stalin, where you can still see the house where he grew up. After about 1.5 hours, you will reach the cozy resort town of Borjomi, surrounded by the largest national park of Georgia. You can wander through the beautiful central park, taste the legendary mineral water of Borjomi directly from the springs and take a bath in the open air thermal pools in the middle of the forest. You can reach the pools by hiking through the forest or taking a ride with a local car operating this route (at own expense). Enjoy a day full of history and nature.

Racha: 6-Day Trekking Tour

8. Racha: 6-Day Trekking Tour

Day 1: Tbilisi - Shaori - Shovi Start your 6-day journey by departing for the mountainous region of Racha, located 340 km from Tbilisi, and 140 km from Kutaisi in North-West of Georgia. Enjoy a stop at Nikortsminda Church which was built in the 11th century and repaired in the 17th century. The Cathedral is on the Tentative List of UNESCO World Heritage Sites and a true sight to behold. The total driving distance for the day is 340 km (7-hours). Day 2: Glola - Shovi – Buba Glacier - Glola After an evening of well earned rest, you will start your trekk to Buba glacier. The trail starts at the Shovi resort and goes along the gorge of the river Bubastskhali. After the slope, the route passes Shepherds’ Summer hut and ascends the ridge. From here you will enjoy an impressive panorama of the Buba Glacier and the surrounding vicinity. From the glacier, passing the same way, the trail returns back to Shovi. The walking distance during the day is 12 km (6-hours). The starting elevation is 1566-meters, maximum elevation 2505-meters, 1010-meters up and down. Day 3: Glola - Shovi - Udziro Lake Start your day with a hike through the forest before continuing into the alpine meadows of the picturesque Chkauri valley. Afterward, you will follow the upstream river and have lunch in the alpine meadows just below the massive mountain peaks. From here, enjoy the hike up the steepest section of this trek: to the Geske pass (3076-meters). At the top, you can see Udziro lake and the surrounding mountain of Katitsvera. Afterwards, you and your group will descend towards the lake and spend the overnight on the banks of the lake. The walking distance for the day is 11 km (9-hours). The starting elevation is 1346-meters, maximum 3077-meters.  Day 4: Udziro Lake – Glola Day 4 will provide the group with a well needed rest, on a day that is relatively less active than the others. You will be treated to majestic views and witness the sunset into the Great Caucasus mountains. You'll also get to look at one of the highest peaks of the Caucasus from the lake. The trail is quite steep and requires several hours to reach Glola village. The walking distance of the day is 8 km (6-hours in duration). The starting elevation is 2800 and ends at 1330-meters. Day 5: Glola - Ghebi - Gona - Lagura Huts - Oni The last part of your Racha trekking adventure starts on Day 5. You will hike toward the Shoda-Kedela mountain range. The views for today are nothing short of breathtaking; the Greater Caucasus Mountains, small villages, glaciers, and snow-peaked mountains are amongst some of the highlights of the day. After you reach Lagura huts, the residence of local shepherds, you will hike back to Ghebi village, and drive to Oni. The walking distance for the day is 14 km. The starting elevation of the day is 1284-meters, maximum elevation 2000-meters. Day 6: Oni - Ambrolauri - Tbilisi In the morning, start your final steps of your Racha adventure. Travel to Khvanchkara village where you will taste the famous wine of Racha at the Khvanchkara wine factory. Khvanchkara is a single estate semi-sweet Georgian red wine made from unique aboriginal varietals “Aleksandrouli” and “Mujuretuli” produced at Khvanchkara Winery according to the ancient traditions. Afterward, travel back to Tbilisi or Kutaisi. The driving distance for the day is 310 km (duration 7-hours).

Hiking in Georgia: Snowshoeing Trail

9. Hiking in Georgia: Snowshoeing Trail

Day 1: Tbilisi-Borjomi-Likani to Chitakhevi Ranger Station Walking Distance 8 kilometers, duration 7 hours Visit the Borjomi mineral park where the first mineral water was bottled in Georgia, drink its mineral water from the spring or bottle it yourself. First, you will walk into Likani gorge, and start ascending to the mountains to Chitakhevi Ranger Station. At the shelter, make a fire and rest from a day of beautiful natural sights. Day 2: Chitakhevi Ranger Station to Likani-Tbilisi Walking Distance 8 kilometers, duration 6 hours In the morning, you’ll wake up and start exploring the Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park, located in the central part of Georgia and the eastern part of the Lesser Caucasus Mountains. In total, the mountain range makes up more than one percent of Georgian territory. This day trail goes along panoramic views through coniferous forest and runs down to the settlement of Likani.

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What people are saying about Tbilisi

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based on 7 reviews

This is a very informative tour in a small group with great guides! The rainbow mountains are soooo unique!!! We were the only people there (Tuesday). David Gareja was okay, unfortunately we were only allowed to have a look at one church from the inside. We weren't allowed to go to the caves. But we visited another smaller monester before, and this was an even better experience. Not touristic, really really wonderful! The wine tasting afterwards was great to deliver more variety during the whole day. Fazit: well organized, great crew, unique spots! I definetly recommend and would do this tour again.

One of the most amazing tours we had in Georgia! Our guides were fun, very friendly and easy going. They took us to places where we didn't bump into any other tourists, it was just our little group! I definitely recommend them, you will visit places you couldn't visit by yourself, because it's really really off-road and no other tour operators are organising trips there! Note: if you are car sick, do prepare with some pills, I did get a bit dizzy and uncomfortable towards the end (but I always do in cars/buses) but it does wort it, trust me!! :D

Amazing landscapes; off the beaten track. A wonderful first glimpse of the outskirts of Tbilisi. The visit to the monasteries makes a good balance with the nice views. History, religion, culture and nature. Alex was great. Thanks!

Really great day. some good exploring in the south of Georgia and got to some places off the beaten track. guide really looked after us and excellent driver, felt very safe at all times.

Fantastic experience. Alex, our guide was very knowledgable, the sites were unique and memorable. Definitely recommend this tour!