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David Gareja Monastery and Sighnaghi Tour

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David Gareja Monastery and Sighnaghi Tour

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Explore David Gareja cave city, a unique site with fantastic semi-desert landscapes. Enjoy a tour of the caves and monasteries, and trek 2-3 hours in the semi-desert. After, explore Sighnaghi, a small town surrounded by an 18th-century defensive wall.

About this activity

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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 12 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Russian
Pickup included
Your accommodation in Tbilisi.
Private group


  • Start the tour at a time convenient for you
  • Visit Signahi, the city of love
  • Enjoy spectacular mountain views along the Alazani Valley
  • Soak up the old-world atmosphere as you explore cave monasteries on foot
  • Enjoy a personalized experience on a private tour
Full description
In the morning, the guide and driver will pick you up from your accommodation in Tbilisi (if you choose the private option), or alternatively meet the tour group at Europe Square. Then, head to 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 monasteries, and enjoy 2-3 hours easy trekking in the semi-desert. 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 wall 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.
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (private tour only)
  • Entrance fees
  • Complimentary wine tasting
  • Bottled water
  • Transport by private vehicle
  • Lunch
  • Gratuities (optional)
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
  • People with back problems
  • Children under 6 years
  • People with mobility impairments
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check
  • You must fill out a travel information form
  • All participants over 12 years old must present one of the following: proof of full vaccination, proof of first vaccination administered at least 22 days ago, proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative PCR test taken no more than 48 hours before the activity starts

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen

Not allowed

  • Pets

Know before you go

  • Since part of the complex is located in Azerbaijan, it is not guaranteed that the border guards will allow you to the caves with frescoes
  • In the winter season, due to limited daylight hours, the tour will not visit the Sighnagi city
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 12 reviews

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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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