Day Trip to David Gareja
The rock-cut monastery complex from 6th century
The site is known as Udabno of Gareja or Gareja Desert. In the ancient Georgian language Udabno meant both a hermitage-monastery and an unpopulated place. Indeed, no traces of habitation were found throughout the area until the beginning of the 6th century A. D, when so - called Syriac Father David, named Garejeli, established a community of monks. For centuries Gareja monastery has been a significant religious and cultural centre, famous with its school of painting. Many prominent persons have carried out their activities. Out of 13 monasteries spread in these area visitors will see three.
Off road way of Gareja semi - desert leads to Lavra and Udabno monasteries. Visit Lavra complex beneath of the sandstone rock and hike up to the Udabno monastery (2 h hike), located at the edge of the natural border of Georgia and Azerbaijan, important with its frescos from 9th up to 14th centuries. Lunch boxes and tea/coffee will be provided by Explore Georgia staff. On the way back to Tbilisi visit John the Baptist monastery founded later by Holy Father Davids disciple Lukiane.
This isolated and once restricted area is located just 110 km from Tbilisi.
John The Baptist Monastery complex of 6th century with 9th century frescos;
Lavra Monastery of 6th century
Udabno Monastery complex of 6th century with 9-14th centuries frescos
We will explore three isolated group of monasteries in David Gareja semi-desert area: John The Baptist, Lavra and Udabno. We will hike up to the Udabno hill (2 h hike), located at the edge of the natural border of Georgia and Azerbaijan, important with its frescos from 9th up to 14th centuries. Lunch boxes with tea/coffee will be provided by Explore Georgia staff. Duration of this tour is 8 hours and lasts from 10:00 till 18:00.
Transportation - car/minibus/on foot
Meals - Lunch boxes will be prepared by Explore Georgia. Tea/coffee will be supplied.
Explore Leader: English/French/German/Italian speaking
Beverages and items not on the menus.