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.
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!
Excursion service according to the program with the Russian-speaking guide;
Mineral water (0.5l per person).