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Off-road Tour to David Gareja Monastery and Rainbow Mountain

Off-road Tour to David Gareja Monastery and Rainbow Mountain

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Discover martian landscapes with this off-road tour from Tbilisi. Visit David Gareji monastery and get off the beaten track to explore lesser-known locations in the Kakheti region.

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Duration 10 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Russian
Pickup optional
Your accommodation in Tbilisi
Private or small groups available

Experience

Highlights
  • Take in the views of this unique and striking landscape
  • Explore the orange and yellow hues of the Caucasus Mountains
  • Spot the many species of colorful Eastern Georgian birds
  • Learn all about the David Gareja Lavr monastery complex
  • After a day in nature, savor tastings of local Georgian wine
Full description

Explore the rainbow-like mountains of Georgia on this guided 4-wheel drive safari and walking tour. Feel like Indiana Jones as you speed through the colorful mountains and visit the David Gareja Lavr monastery complex, 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 Mravaltskaro 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 an oasis club restaurant and enjoy a tasting of various Georgian wines.

Includes
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (if private option selected)
  • 4WD transportation
  • Wine tasting
  • Bottled water
  • Lunch
  • Tips for the guide and driver
Not suitable for
  • Children under 10 years
  • People with back problems
  • People with mobility impairments

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Date

Meeting point

Meet your guide at Europe Square.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sun hat
  • Hiking shoes
  • Sunscreen
  • Weather-appropriate clothing
  • Closed-toe shoes
  • Motion sickness prevention

Not allowed

  • Sandals or flip flops
  • Pets
  • Oversize luggage
  • Smoking in the vehicle
  • Open-toed shoes

Know before you go

  • On foot, you will cover about 4 km (2.5 miles). Be sure that you are ready for this and that you have the right shoes
  • Ambient temperature may be over 30ºC (86F)
  • Altitude same as in Tbilisi 350 m (1150 ft)
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Nobody is responsible for the change in weather conditions (please choose the best day of departure based on research)
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 83 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.9/5
  • Transportation
    4.9/5
  • Value for money
    4.9/5

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It was a wonderful day, I was lucky enough to join the group trip that only has two people, so it feels like a private tour. The weather was beautiful that makes a fun day. Though the lunch was not included in the fee, I really like the restaurant arranged on the way, it’s one of the best I’ve visited in Georgia.

November 22, 2022

This was a great tour with our guide Koba! I would highly recommend it! I personally enjoyed the 'off-roading' and seeing the Rainbow Mountains. Koba was funny, friendly and even took us to a 'secret' viewpoint and an ancient cave monastery that's not frequented by many tourists. He let us take our time exploring the sites and taking photos. I found the van to be fine (6 travellers in total), but for taller people it might be a little less comfortable :) But overall great tour and day.

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October 23, 2022

Cannot stress enough the importance of a good guide in these terrains. We were unfortunate and went on a day after it rained and the mountains were muddy and clay-ey. A lot of us struggled to take even 5 steps in a food deep mud. Koba was extremely helpful and asked us to take pictures and spend the day rather in the monastery. We had to cut the trip short but it was an adventurous journey with the off-roading, getting on top of the watch tower at the monastery, excellent food ta the lunch place. All in all amazing experience

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October 17, 2022

Product ID: 265557