Wine region with a private local guide
The complex of David gareja is located at south-east from Tbilisi was founded in the 6th century by David (St. David Garejeli), one of the thirteen Assyrian monks who arrived in the country from holly land. His disciples Dodo and Luciane expanded the original lavra and founded two other monasteries. The 12th-century Georgian king Demetre I, the author of the famous Georgian hymn Thou Art a Vineyard, even chose David Gareja as a place of his confinement after he abdicated the throne. The main Lavra is the most visited areas of DaviGareja and consists of 3 monasteries (one of them is located at the Azerbaijan side). There are 3 levels of monastic caves, along the main touristic path and amazing views on surrounding area!. . . complete info will be given during a tour :). . .
Start time - 09:30
Tbilisi-David gareja, the main Lavra- hiking along 2 miles long path and visiting "Desert" monastic complex-Sighnaghi- Bodbe, Saint Nino's convent - Tbilisi
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Hotel in Tbilisi
End location: Hotel in Tbilisi
Duration: 9 hours
Natural disaster, sadden vehicle problem, guides illness...but all of the subjective problems are solvable...
4X4 SUV, Mitsubishi, Montero Sport, 2001, 3:0 l
4X4 minivan, Mitsubishi, Delica, 2002 3:0 l
Note: Do not forget - less electronics longer and safer drive in the mountains!
The tour includes: Transportation, guiding and organization.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
50 GEL - 50 GEL per person is needed just for lunch and wine tasting in Sighnaghi...
Personal expenses and admission tickets when visiting attractions where those are required.
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This was my second trip with Koba in Georgia. He's a great guide; knowledgeable in history, culture, nature, and current issues, but also great just to chat with (hint: it's helpful to know plenty of Braveheart movie quotes!). The monastery complex is phenomenal, but physically demanding, and I'm not much of a climber, so he was more than willing to be flexible, and we even got to see a church well off the tourist path!