David Gareja & Sighnaghi tour

Gareja desert was chosen by father David in 6th century when he came here with his disciples from Syria. Georgian tradition names Assyrian Monks as founders of ascetic life in Georgia. After their arrival, monastic life was spread through whole Gareja desert and their number at some time reached 22. Even now, some monasteries are still functional. Major monastery is St. David's Lavra. Two other monasteries (Horn of Dodo and The John the Baptist were founded by Lucian and Dodo, disciples of St. David). St David's Lavra is the major site where most travelers go. Unfortunately, because of dispute between Azerbaijan and Georgia, historic part of monastery complex, around 50 caves are now under Azerbaijan border guards control, so at the moment we don't have access to those caves and we can't do hike up to the hill as we did before.

After Gareja we will drive to Bodbe monastery. This place dates back to 9th-11th centure and then several times was modified and changed. Current moment here is the St. Nino's convent. By the legend St. Nino was buried here.

End of our route will be fascinating town Sighnaghi which overlooks Alazani valley from mountain top. Sighnaghi was founded by king Irakli in 18th century. At this time longest defensive wall was built against intruders from North Caucasus. Length of wall is about 4km. Town was totally renovated years ago and brought to past charm. It's a calm small town, favorite place for newlyweds and for the people who want enjoy calm, relaxing day and beauty of Alazani valley and surrounding Caucasus mountains. Here is interesting museum Ethnography, also some painting of famous Georgian artist Niko Pirosmani can be seen here.


Included:
Private tour, Transportation by comfortable 4x4 Suv, Guiding in English or Russian
Excluded: Museum tickets, meals
Restrictions: No shorts are allowed in Orthodox churches, women must wear long dress, Most churches provide wrap on cloth at the entrance.
Price up to 4 pax: 190$
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Drive to Gareja monastery, Gareja desert

 
12:00 - 2.00 PM

Guided tour at the site

 
2.00 PM - 2:30 PM

lunch

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3.00 PM — 4.00 PM

Bodbe monastery

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4.00 PM — 6.00 PM

Drive to sighnaghi, walking tour through the town, museum, wine tasting

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6.00PM — 8.00 PM

Drive back to Tbilisi

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