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Soviet past - Day trip to Chiatura cable cars town and Katskhi pillar

Discover the non-touristic Georgia on this full day trip to the macabre town of Chiatura - once a modern mining town with highest number of cable cars, it resembles a ghost town today with its abandoned mines, empty apartments and decaying Soviet architecture.

The time seems to stand still here and so you can take a ride in one of the last rusty cable cars, overlooking the factories, enjoy the panorama view from the half-abandoned concrete settlements on the hills and see a morbide dedication to Stalin here and there.

On our tour we also visit the country side of Imereti region, that builds a contrast to industrial Chiatura - the ancient holy pillar of Katskhi with a tiny church on top or the rock hew Mgvimevi convent with frescoes from XIV century.

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9 to 11 hours


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  • What's included :
    • Ride in the old cable cars of Chiatura and explore the abandoned areas
    • Visit the Mgvimevi monastery - the only one where the church is built inside a natural cave
    • Katskhi sveti - a natural stone pilar with a church on top
    • Private tour with professional guide
    • Perfect for photographers
    • Entry/Admission - Cableways Chiatura
    What's excluded :
    • Food and drinks
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: Cableways Chiatura, Chiatura 5500 Georgia

    Take a ride in some of the oldest cable cars on territory of former Soviet Union.

    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Katskhi Pillar, Katskhi Georgia

    A monastery built on top of a strange shaped rock in the middle of green Imereti.

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Monastery Mgvimevi, Chiatura Georgia

    Rock hewn convent in the town of Chiatura

    Duration: 1 hour

  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    We will pick you up from your hotel or vacation rental in Tbilisi. Please share your accommodation location after the booking.
    Departure Time :
    9:00 AM
    Return Detail :
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Please note that in Chiatura temporary power outage is possible
    • Infant seats available
    • The ride in the cable cars is not recommended for travelers who are scared of heights
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.



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Organised by Real Georgia Tours

Activity ID: V-33227P4

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