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From Tbilisi: David Gareja Monastery and Sighnaghi Tour

From Tbilisi: David Gareja Monastery and Sighnaghi Tour

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Explore David Gareja's cave monastery, Bodbe monastery and see the rainbow mountains of Georgia. Visit Sighnaghi, a small town surrounded by an 18th-century defensive wall.

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Duration 12 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Russian
Pickup included
Your accommodation in Tbilisi.
Private group

Experience

Highlights
  • Start the tour at your convenience
  • Visit Sighnaghi, the city of love
  • Enjoy spectacular views of the colorful mountains
  • Soak up the old-world atmosphere
  • Explore cave monasteries on foot
Full description

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 desert where the main complex David Gareja lavra is located via the Kakhetian highway.

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 rainbow mountains and monastery.

On your way to Sighnaghi, 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.

Includes
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (private tour only)
  • Bottled water
  • Transport by private vehicle
  • Lunch
  • Gratuities (optional)
Not suitable for
  • Children under 6 years
  • People with back problems
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen

Not allowed

  • Pets

Know before you go

  • Please note: since part of the complex is located in Azerbaijan, it is not guaranteed that the border guards will allow you to go to Tetri Udabno monastery
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 15 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.9/5
  • Transportation
    4.8/5
  • Value for money
    4.6/5
  • Safety
    5/5

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I really enjoyed and had fun on this tour. Alexi was very knowledgeable and really make sure you are comfortable, getting the experience you want and more of the tour. I know more about Georgia, past and present. I highly recommend Friendly Tours and you will not regret it! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

July 21, 2021

Great trip

Alex and our driver Giorgi are very knowledgable and made the trip very comfortable. Although the part of the monastery with the frescoes was closed due to politic situation we visited other cave monasteries in the area which are not so popular but really magnificent. The restaurant in Sighnahi was really great, the offered also home-made wine tasting and it was really aweasome.

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September 24, 2019

September 24, 2021

Product ID: 177993