Today we will explore the country’s largest and most fertile region-Kakheti(East Georgia). Our first destination is the cave city of David-Gareja out in the semi-desert. Such a stark, remote, steppe-like environment has always attracted hermits to seek solitude and spiritual peace here.
Out of the 19 ruins and caves of the once glorious monastery first we visit Lavra and its seven-storey cave and church of the Transfiguration where David was buried, then we take a 3 hr walk up to the Udabno caves and visit the great frescoes that have been etched on the top of the cliff side and from where we have dramatic views over Azerbaijan.
Trekking time -4 hrs
In the evening we drive back to Tbilisi. Dinner is at a traditional restaurant with a folk show.