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Soviet past - Private day tour to Chiatura, Katskhi pillar and Chronicles

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


Hotel pickup available


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  • What's included :
    • See the old cable cars of Chiatura and explore the abandoned areas in the ghost like town
    • 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 local guide, who knows the best locations.
    • Perfect for photographers
    • WiFi on board
    • Bottled water
    What's excluded :
    • Lunch (we can recommend our favorite spots)
    • Gratuities
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: Cableways Chiatura, Chiatura 5500 Georgia

    Though the old cable cars have been suspended, the rusty cabins and the brutalist stations still make a great sight and photo setting.
    Visit some of the most interesting and unique cable car stations before they get forever destroyed.

    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Katskhi Pillar, Katskhi Georgia

    One of a kind - the monastery that was built on a huge rock pillar. Until today, many legends surround this place and it still attracts pilgrims from all Georgia.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Monastery Mgvimevi, Chiatura Georgia

    An unusual kind of monastery, where nature and architecture become one.
    Built in a cave in the late middle ages, the picturesque monastery looks like an alien among the concrete socialist surroundings.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: The Chronicle Of Georgia, Vanati Street Opposite the Military school, Tbilisi 0177 Georgia

    The must see for any lover of Soviet architecture - the giant monument overlooking the concrete suburbs is a perfect place to finish the tour.

    Duration: 30 minutes

  • 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 as of the moment, all old cable cars have been suspended for safety reasons, but you can still see them
    • Infant seats available
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Face masks provided for travelers
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • 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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