Day trip

Tbilisi: Private Tour to Soviet Chiatura & Katskhi Column

4.9 / 5

13 reviews

Activity provider: Gamarjoba Georgia Tours
Day trip

Tbilisi: Private Tour to Soviet Chiatura & Katskhi Column

Activity provider: Gamarjoba Georgia Tours
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Travel to the heart of Soviet Georgia, Chiatura, explore Mgvimevi Convent, take beautiful pictures at Katskhi Column, take a cable car to the Former Pioneer Palace, and feel the soviet spirit.

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Duration 12 hours
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  • Step back in time and experience Chiatura's classic Soviet-style architecture
  • Marvel at the Katskhi Pillar and the daring heights that monks climb every day
  • Explore Mgvimevi Convent
  • Travel like the Georgians of the Cold War with a cable car ride through Chiatura
  • Learn about the city's longstanding history, as well as its more recent Soviet legacy
Full description
If you are interested in Soviet history and architecture, Chiatura awaits you. Known for its extensive network of Soviet-era cable cars, Soviet-style apartment blocks dominate Chiatura. Visit ghosts of the past in the Cable Car City of Georgia. You arrive in Chiatura at 12:10 and explore mesmerizing Mgvimevi Convent, a working nunnery and church embedded in the side of a rocky cliff. There are beautiful stone engravings, a glass box displaying three human skulls and other relics, and a small chapel with beautiful frescoes and a wooden iconoclast. It takes around 15 minutes to scale the stairs. After Mgvimevi Convent, you will go to a local place where you will have a delicious lunch. The next place is Katskhi Column. The great church where daring monks climb closer to God. Katskhi Column (Katskhi Pillar) is a more than 40-meter-tall limestone pillar with an Orthodox monastery perched on top, built in the 6th to 8th centuries. And the last destination for this tour is a cable car. You will take a cable car to an old Soviet Pioneer Palace, enjoy the stunning views, and feel the soviet spirit. After exploring all the historical places, you will return to Tbilisi and finish the tour at 21:00.
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off.
  • Private transportation service.
  • Private guide's service.
  • A bottle of water.
  • Cable car ride in Chiatura.
  • Food and drink.
  • Gratuities.
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • Wheelchair users

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Your guide will pick you up at 09:00 from your hotel. After making a reservation, please send us the address where you are staying.

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Hat

Not allowed

  • Pets

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  • The tour operates in all weather conditions. Therefore, please dress according to the weather.
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Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 13 reviews

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This was a fun tour! Our guide, Nino, was nice, informative and helped us take good pictures! Unlike other tours, Nino didn't rush us at all—and let us take our time to explore and take photos at each site, which I really appreciated. The abandoned Soviet gymnasium was cool. The homemade lunch by a family in Chiatura was fantastic (I loved the experience in the home, and it was the best Georgian food I had during my trip). However, I wish there were more stops at Soviet sites; it would've been great if we could've explored a Soviet apartment block or abandoned factory, for instance. The 2 monasteries were interesting, but not what I wanted to spend a lot of time on during a 'Soviet' tour.

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March 31, 2023

Sally was wonderful!! As soon as she picked us up she enquirer as to what would interest us the most and what we really would like to see and get out of the tour. Sally made sure that we got to see sights that we would never have been able to find on our own and was a pleasure to spend a day with. She is full of lots of interesting stories and history. Chiatura was exactly what we were expecting and it is really worth the visit!! Thanks for the great day..

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March 31, 2023

the day we had chosen to take the trip there were just 2 travelers, my friend and me, so we were given a ride in a brand new and spacious private car. Sally, the enthusiast guide and Georgi, the discreet and careful driver were the best one could get. Sally who spoke fluent english, had been in chiatura many times before and she was quite knowledgeable of the history and the city details. I think that Chiatura constitutes a typical representation of a soviet era mining town, though semi-abandoned today, after the mining operations have been reduced to a minimum. Its characteristics are the numerous cable cars that crisscross the sky connecting different neighborhoods, kind of flying taxis. Apart from the moody atmosphere, the town is set in a very picturesque landscape, inside a valley with a river crossing it.

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March 31, 2023

Product ID: 415799