1 day – David Gareji

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1 day – David Gareji complex (14 monastic ensembles) and Udabno monastery

A one-day tour to the David Gareji monastery complex is a short but intense journey to the significant ancient religious sites of Georgia.

The complex of temples stretches for several kilometers in the south-east of the country along the border with Azerbaijan.

The David Gareji complex includes hundreds of premises carved into the rocks – temples, cells, warehouses, rooms, etc.

Tour program:

Guide and driver will meet you in the hotel lobby. Drive to the semi-desert slopes of the Gareji Ridge.

We will have a walk through the monastery complex upon arrival.

In total 14 monastic ensembles are located  here that were built at different times – David Lavra, Mohatuli, Tsamebuli, Natlis-Mtzemeli, Dodos Rka and others.

In the XI century, a terraced courtyard was constructed at David’s Lavra, and new cells, refectory and church were built. Shortly after there were created a pool, canals and tanks. The greatest heyday of David Gareji reaches in the XI-XIII centuries.

You will have a walk to the monastery of Udabno, near which you can enjoy a spacious view of Azerbaijan from the Georgian side.

In Udabno are magnificent frescoes, reflecting religious subjects, made in a special technique and color.

Some of the frescoes are portraits of historical figures – David the Builder (in Natlis-Mtzemeli), Queen Tamara (in Bertubani), as well as biblical events (the Last Supper, the Ascent to the Cross).  After a short rest we will go down the path.  Return to Tbilisi.

The ascent and walk to the monastery of Udabno takes 1.5-2 hours.

Duration: 7-8 hours

The cost of the tour for 1 person is 2990 rubles / 49 dollars

Excursion is designed for 2-person (+ child under 6 years free!)

Cost for 3 people and more is calculated separately!

Cost includes:

Transportation service;

Excursion service according to the program with the Russian-speaking guide;

Mineral water (0.5l per person).

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