Half day trip to Semi-Desert area
In the morning meet the guide and driver. Drive towards David Gareji area. Drive though picturesque, neverending steppes of semi desert wilderness. Followed by couple of hours traveling we will arrive to the sight. David Gareji is overall name for over 19 monasteries. Hundreds of cells, churches, refectories and living quarters have been hewn into the rock face at the steep slopes of Mount Gareja. Saint David, an Assyrian Monk, founded the monastic complex in the 6th century and it was steadily expanded during the following centuries.
The monastery complex has been an important center of religious and cultural activity for hundreds of years and this reached its height between the 11th and 13th centuries. Upon arrival visit Lavra monastery, founded by St David. Visit the 9th c church of Transfiguration and explore the area where the monks live in the same caves carved in 6th c. Walk towards Udabno Monastery. The walk uplill will take from 30 minutes to 1 hour. Once you climb the hill you will be granted spectacular views of the vicinity. Conitnue walk along a narrow path. In a short time the visitors will see halls carved in rock, decorated with beaufiful frescoes from 10-14th cc. This is Udabno – uninhabited monastery from 9th c. Explore the area. Walk back to the vehicle and drive back to the hotel. En route enjoy lunch at the local cafe with refreshment drinks and delicious meal. Return to the hotel.
The price per person 125 USD
- Transportation as per itinerary
- Guide services
- Sights as per itinerary
- 1 lunch
- Mineral water
- Local taxes
NOTE: The walk will take in total 3 hours and requires good physical shape and comforatbe footwear.
Duration of the tour: 6 hours
*The tour will operate in case of minimum 2 persons