• Duration: 9 hours
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Description

Private full-day tour to David Gareja&Sighnaghi includes visiting David Gareja Lavra monastery founded in the 6th century by St. David Garejeli who was one of the thirteen Assyrian monks, Bodbe monastery complex of St. Nino originally built in the 9th century and Signagi – “City of Love” to enjoy breathtaking views of Alazani Valley. 

A private tour is appropriate for people who desire to visit rock-hewn monastery complex David's Lavra and Sighnaghi, the town with Italian-style architecture. 

Tour includes visiting the wine factory to taste the best wines of Georgia. Total drive 325 km (205 miles).

Itinerary

David Gareja Lavra monastery

David Gareja is a rock-hewn Georgian Orthodox monastery complex located on the half-desert slopes of Mount Gareja. The complex includes hundreds of cells, churches, chapels, refect David Gareja Lavra monastery ories, and living quarters hollowed out of the rock face. Part of the complex of David Gareja (Bertubani Monastery) is located on the Azerbaijan–Georgia border and has become subject to a border dispute between the two countries. The area is also home to protected animal species and evidence of some of the oldest human habitations in the region. The complex was founded in the 6th century by David (St. David Garejeli), one of the thirteen Assyrian monks who arrived in the country at the same time. His disciples Dodo and Luciane expanded the original lavra and founded two other monasteries known as Dodo's Rka (literally, "the horn of Dodo") and Natlismtsemeli ("the Baptist"). The monastery saw further development under the guidance of the 9th-century Georgian saint Hilarion the Iberian.

Bodbe Monastery of St. Nino

The Monastery of St. Nino is a Georgian Orthodox monastic complex and the seat of the Bishops of Bodbe. The monastery now functions as a nunnery due to its association with St. Nino, the 4th-century female evangelist of Georgians. The extant church – a three-nave basilica was originally built between the 9th and 11th centuries. Both exterior and interior were restored in the 17th and 19th centuries.

Sighnaghi

Sighnaghi located on a steep hill, overlooks the vast Alazani Valley, with the Caucasus Mountains visible at a distance. Word Sighnaghi in Turkic language means shelter or trench. Signagi as a settlement is first recorded in the early 18th century. In 1762, King Heraclius II of Georgia erected a fortress to defend the area from marauding attacks by Dagestan tribesmen. Signagi is known as the "City of Love" as couples can get married here 24/7.

Signagi City Walls

In 1762, King Heraclius II of Georgia erected the wall around the fortress to defend the area from marauding attacks by Dagestan tribesmen. Guests can enjoy breathtaking views of Alazani Valley.

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What's included

  • Private transportation
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • WiFi onboard
  • Bottled water
  • Stop in Winery for wine degustation 

What's excluded

  • Lunch
  • The entrance fee to Sighnaghi Museum is 3$ per person

What do I need to bring

  • Ladies need to wear headscarves and dresses in Georgian orthodox churches. Short trousers for men are also forbidden. Scarves and dresses can also be found near church entrances for men and women to enter churches.
  • Comfortable shoes are recommended.

Important information

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not stroller accessible
  • Not suitable for pets
  • No public transportation nearby
  • Infants must not sit on laps
  • Infant seats unavailable

Cancellation policy

  • Cancellation fee of 100% if cancelled 1 day or less before departure
  • Cancellation fee of 0% if cancelled 1000 days or less before departure

Categories

  • CULTURAL AND THEME TOURS
  • DAY TRIPS AND EXCURSIONS
  • BUS OR MINIVAN TOUR

Guided Language

  • English

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