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Day Tour in David Gareji

David Gareji Monastery, Udabno, Georgia


9 hours

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

12 people




Our Day Tour in David Gareji Monastery takes place in the south part of the region Kakheti, east Georgia. First, we will drive through the Gareji semi-desert, the only semi-desert in Georgia. The most beautiful time of year here is spring, especially in April when the grass is still green and covered with thousands of different colors of flowers. The first destination of the excursion is the David Gareji monastery complex (founded in the VI century). In the Middle Ages, this used to be an important religious and cultural center. The complex consists of 20 monasteries spread throughout the Gareji desert, but the tourist route only leads to – Lavra.

The Lavra Monastery is the central and largest of the 20 monastic enclaves at David Gareji. What makes this site truly exceptional are the remarkable frescoes that adorn its cave walls. These frescoes, created by devout monks in the 9th century, depict religious scenes and saints with astonishing precision and vividness. The caves provide an insight into the artistic and spiritual expressions of the medieval era.

After enjoying a day tour of David Gareji landscapes, you might consider visiting Sighnaghi, a charming town known for its well-preserved city walls and stunning views of the Alazani Valley. You also can visit some of the wineries, such as Giauaani or Vellino winery.

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A day tour in David Gareji, located in Georgia, is a fantastic way to explore the stunning landscapes, historical sites, and cultural heritage of the region. Here's a suggested itinerary for a day tour in David Gareji:

Starting Point: Any Place in Tbilisi

Visit the Lavra Monastery: The Lavra Monastery is one of the most famous monastic complexes in David Gareji. Explore the ancient cave cells, frescoes, and the Church of St. George. Take in the breathtaking panoramic views from this location.

Lunch Break: You can either pack a picnic lunch to enjoy in this scenic setting or head back to a nearby village Udabno for a traditional Georgian meal. Georgian cuisine is renowned for its delicious flavors.

Sightseeing in the Desert: Take some time to explore the semi-desert landscape around David Gareji. The unique terrain and rock formations make for great photo opportunities.

Return to Tbilisi: Depending on the time of day and your energy levels, you can choose to return to Tbilisi in the evening. The drive will take you through the picturesque Georgian countryside.

Optional Stop: On your way back, you might consider visiting Sighnaghi, a charming town known for its well-preserved city walls and stunning views of the Alazani Valley. We also can visit some of the wineries, such as: Giuaani or Vellino Winery.

This day tour will give you a glimpse of the natural beauty and rich history of David Gareji, making it a memorable experience in Georgia.


  • Transportation with an English or Russian-speaking driver 
  • Professional guide
  • Price for souvenirs
  • Price for other additional costs

Tour's Location

David Gareji Monastery, Udabno, Georgia


How long does the tour last?
The tour needs at least 6-8 hours. But it depends on you. This tour is flexible. So, you can manage the time up to your needs.
What kind of clothes do we need?
We visit the monastery complex during the tour. For women it is necessary to have a headscarf.
Is the meal included in the price of the tour?
No, but if you need to have some breakfast during the tour, we can stop in village Udabno and have a good meal there. Also there is an opportunity to order the meal in winery.
What about payment?
An invoice, will be sent to you after the tour is confirmed. You pay a 20% commission upfront to our PayPal or Wise account. The fee is refunded, only if the tour is canceled for our reasons or due to natural disasters. Otherwise, the commission is not refundable.
You pay the remaining 80% at the start of the tour.


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