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From Tbilisi: Rainbow Mountain & David Gareja Monastery Trip

1. From Tbilisi: Rainbow Mountain & David Gareja Monastery Trip

It is a tour where lovers of history, politics, nature, and photography meet each other. In just 7 hours, you explore Georgian Sahara, Rainbow Mountains, David Gareji Lavra, and Lake. After all, you return to Tbilisi and finish the tour at 5 pm. The first place where you will stop is a shop to buy snacks. Since the area doesn't have good restaurants and we do not have a lunch stop, you should get some snacks not to feel too hungry and uncomfortable. The second stop is at a salty lake, where you have an outstanding possibility to take some nice pictures. After the lake, we continue driving through Udabno Village, translated as a desert. The area where you will be traveling is the only semidesert Georgia has, and it's more than amazing to see how diverse Georgian nature is. You will start walking toward the famous Rainbow Mountains at the end of the driving. The most impressive feature of the landscape is the mineral-rich sedimentary rock, which looks like it’s been painted with brightly colored stripes. It’s possible to hike through the Rainbow Mountains, which astonish visitors with their colors. You will walk through the Rainbow Mountains, take many mesmerizing pictures, and prepare for the David Gareji Lavra historical tour. David Gareji Monastery Complex is one of the most spiritual places in the country. You will hear the stories of the monastery, do a bit of hiking and see a Georgian soldier at the border of Georgia and Azerbaijan. It’s believed that St. David chose this isolated location because he wanted his Disciples to lead a life of holiness independent from the rest of society. After David Gareji Lavra, you will return to Tbilisi and finish the tour at 5 pm.

Off-road Tour to David Gareja Monastery and Rainbow Mountain

2. Off-road Tour to David Gareja Monastery and Rainbow Mountain

Explore the rainbow-like mountains of Georgia on this 4WD safari tour. Feel like Indiana Jones as you speed through the colorful mountains and visit the David Gareja Lavr monastery, as well as the St. John the Baptist cave monastery. Departing from Tbilisi, start your journey with a low-difficulty 1-hour walk among the colorful hills around the lake. This is one of the best places in Georgia for bird watching, and specialists from all over the world come here during the season. If you don't want to hike, you can just enjoy the beauty of the area and snap some great photos. Next, head to the monastery of St. John the Baptist, a cave monastery founded in the 6th century in the desert. Get acquainted with the lives of the monks who live here and visit the church and tower which are built in the cave. You can even see the border with Azerbaijan from the tower. Finally, head to the oldest monastery in the desert, David Gareja Lavra. On the way back to Tbilisi, stop for lunch at a desert restaurant and enjoy a tasting of Georgian wine.

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.

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What people are saying about Kakheti

The tour and the guide named Koba were amazing. We didn’t see any other tourists until after noon probably due to the bad conditions of the roads. However, we always felt save and learned a lot from Koba. Only the wine tasting missed expectations. The lady from the winery was not that enthusiastic, but apparently that always differs depending on the person there. Still highly recommended.

Excellent tour. Very exclusive experience at the Rainbow Mountains, we were the only group in the expansive mountain scape. Guide Koba was really helpful and took care of the group very well.

Excellent tour! The itinerary is very well balanced! Magnificent Rainbow (Bacon) mountains and interesting monasteries! The guide ( Koba) and driver were great!

Beautiful walking trip in rainbow mountains, monks monasteries. Guide and driver were professionals and well educated. Georgian nature is amazing

It was an eventful day in a wonderful landscape. Guide Alex and the driver were super competent and friendly. We recommend!!!