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Gareja Desert Hike and Drive

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From: 54 €

Davit-Gareji caves, semi-desert lanscape

Sabereebi frescoes

Sabereebi frescoes

Sabreebi Caves

Sabreebi Caves

Hike Above Mravaltskaro

Hike Above Mravaltskaro

Mravaltskaro Reservoir

Mravaltskaro Reservoir

Colorful Hills Of Mravaltskaro

Colorful Hills Of Mravaltskaro

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Gareja Desert Hike and Drive 

Full Day Trip (approx. 8 hours)

Pick-up from: Tbilisi/Sagarejo

Season: April-October

Hiking Difficulty: Easy

This private cross-country driving and hiking tour takes you to David Gareji semi-desert, Sabereebi caves, famous Lavra Monastery and colorful hills around Mravaltskaro reservoir. The route will lead you through an abundance of sandstone colors, extraordinary medieval frescoes, birdlife and semi-desert wildlife, the picturesque landscape and rock carved-out water channels near the entrance of the monks’ residence.

Watch aerial footage of Mravaltskaro:

Sights to Visit


Day to day

Morning pick-up from the hotel. First, we will drive towards Kakheti (Wine region of Eastern Georgia), until reaching village Iormughanlo, which is nowadays mostly populated by Ethnic Azerbaijani people. After passing through the village we will enter the semi-desert area and this is where our offroad adventure begins. 

Take a hike to abandoned Sabereebi caves

This old monastery complex dating back to 9-10 cc. is stretched along the ridge in the middle of David Gareja semi-desert, consisting of hand-carved caves, decorated with colorful ancient Orthodox frescoes. We will pass along the ridge and take a couple of short hikes to some of the well-preserved areas of the monastery, that nowadays rarely gets any visitors.

Visit David Gareja Lavra Monastery

Our next stop will be at the nowadays active David Gareja Lavra Monastery, which is still inhabited by the monks who maintain the ascetic lifestyle of their predecessors. Here you take a glimpse of what the monastic life used to in the whole area centuries ago and if you are lucky, listen to the polyphonic Orthodox chants that are being sung during the liturgy.

Take a hike around Mravaltskaro Reservoir

This old soviet reservoir (now abandoned) is located in a rarely visited area of David Gareja desert and can be a nice hideaway from otherwise busy and touristic Lavra and Udabno monasteries. 

To get the best views, here you can take a short hike on top of the hill just above the lake or go around and walk among the colorful hills of Mravaltskaro.

At the end of the day, we will return to Tbilisi passing by industrial city of Rustavi and old abandoned soviet military base "Pobeda".




  • Private Transportation
  • Private Guide & Driver service
  • 1 x Picnic Lunch
  • 2 x 0.5 l. bottle of mineral water per person
  • All taxes


  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Personal expenses



Group size Price per adult
Solo € 198 
2 people € 107
3-5 people € 82 
6-15 people € 54 
Online booking deposit*:  € 30



1 person from the group will be FREE of charge if 10 and more adults are traveling together

Child Policy
0-1 years - Free
2-6 years - 27 €
7 years and over - Adult





*This deposit will be deducted from the total tour price. As for the remaining sum, you can pay it with one of the following methods:

  • Bank transfer - in foreign currency (Euro/USD), two weeks before the tour starts;
  • VISA/Mastercard - via POS terminal in local currency (GEL), at the beginning of the tour directly with your guide  (additional card service fee + 2%).
  • Cash - directly to the nearest TBC Bank office at the begging of the tour. 

For a larger group or custom itinerary please contact us at travel [at ]

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Make sure you wear comfortable hiking shoes, long pants, a hat and bring sun-screen for this itinerary. 

Cancellation is free of charge prior 7 days of the starting day.
-    The booking deposit 30 Euro is non-refundable in case of cancellation of the tour after booking has been confirmed. The fee is kept as a deposit on the Tourist’s account for future booking.
If Tourist cancels the booked tour for some reasons not depending on Tour Operator, the following sums are kept back as a fine:
-    10% of total cost of tourist product in case of cancellation 7 days prior to the tour;
-    50% of total cost of tourist product in case of tour cancellation 7-3 days prior to the tour;
-    90% of total cost of tourist product in case of tour cancellation 2 and fewer days prior to the tour;
-    99% of total cost of tourist product due to the Tourist's failure to appear at the airport no more than 2 hours prior to departure or non-admission on the flight owing to circumstances beyond the Tour Operator's controls.



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