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Tbilisi: The Urbex and Soviet Tour of Tbilisi

1. Tbilisi: The Urbex and Soviet Tour of Tbilisi

Discover the most striking examples of Socialist architecture, visit some fascinating museums off the touristic path and see how Soviet heritage is still a part of city´s infrastructure and modern life. Tbilisi still has a large number of Soviet buildings, residential and governmental, that are spread throughout the city, away from the touristic historical center. You will see some stunning examples of refurbished concrete giants, as well as decaying Brutalism, among them the former Ministry of Roads, the Skybridge houses, the Chronicle of Georgia monument and many more hidden gems. Two private museums, that are usually overseen by tourists, are waiting for you with their thrilling collections that make you feel like time-traveling. This tour is perfect for urbex lovers, photographers, modern history fans and anyone who wants to see a different, non-touristic part of Tbilisi.

Tbilisi: Soviet Chiatura - Katskhi Column -Mgvimevi Convent

2. Tbilisi: Soviet Chiatura - Katskhi Column -Mgvimevi Convent

If you are interested in Soviet history and architecture, Chiatura is waiting for 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.

Chiatura: Georgian Chernobyl Day Tour

3. Chiatura: Georgian Chernobyl Day Tour

At 8:00AM, your driver and guide will meet you at your hotel/place of residence in Tbilisi. From here you will drive to the Katskhi pillar. Stunning and mysterious, this 40-meter high natural limestone monolith towers over the gorge of the Karshuna River. On top of the pillar, there is a monastery and reconstructed 8th-century church most likely built by the Stylite. There is only one inhabitant, monk Maxime who has been living in the monastery for over 25 years in solitude and silence. You will then continue onward to Chiatura, an industrial town founded in the late 1800s. In Soviet Georgia, the town was a center of manganese mining. Present Chiatura attracts visitors who are interested in Soviet time left-overs and remnants. To grasp a true feeling of the past, you can ride a communism-era cable car still used by the locals as a means of transport. This transport system has a dozen operating ropeway lines for passengers and two cargo lines for transporting manganese. The total length of the cableway exceeds 6,000 meters. Located between steep valleys and deep gorges Chiatura will leave an unforgettable impression on anyone visiting this off-the-beaten-track Georgian destination. At the conclusion of your day, you will be driven back to Tbilisi before being dropped off at your hotel/place of residence.

Kutaisi Ancient City and Prometheus Cave Tour

4. Kutaisi Ancient City and Prometheus Cave Tour

The Kutaisi day tour begins with a walk through old streets of the downtown area, which you will see amazing historical monuments. After an hour of sightseeing, climb aboard a comfortable tour bus and head to villages in the surrounding area of Kutaisi. First, you will stop at the Gelati Monastery, built by the most powerful Georgian King David the Builder. Marvel at this architectural masterpiece from the Middle Ages and the astonishing mosaic fresco. Visit the grave of the King and learn about his last will left for generations. Hear legends and stories about heroes defending their homeland, before venturing to your next stop.  Arrive at Motsameta Monastery, which offers awe-inspiring views of the river and the surrounding countryside. It is named after the brothers Davit and Konstantin Mkheidze, tortured by Arabs for defending Christianity. Bagrati Cathedral will show you its own story and an impressive panoramic view of the city. Discover the unforgettable beauty of Prometheus Cave and feel like a hero of a mysterious adventure when riding a boat across the underground lake. There is also the opportunity for some hiking at the end, for the more resistant and curious, through Sataplia forest reserve with a cave and prehistoric footprints of dinosaurs (optional).

Chiatura: Soviet Cable Cars Full–Day Tour

5. Chiatura: Soviet Cable Cars Full–Day Tour

See the other side of Georgia on this full–day trip to Chiatura. Take the alternative route away from the touristic places, leading into the region of Imereti, through Sachkhere, which is famous for its mines. Chiatura was once the world leader in manganese and the Soviets believed in the bright future of the industrial town - they created a large system of cable cars to connect the mine mountains with the residential areas. Even now, when most mines are closed and people are leaving the town, it holds the world record in the highest number of ropeways for public transportation. Take a ride in one of the so-called iron coffins, as the locals name the cable cars; see the abandoned houses, the splendid theater with a dedication to Stalin and the severe beauty of a hidden monastery in the cliff.

Kutaisi Prometheus and Sataplia Full Day Tour

6. Kutaisi Prometheus and Sataplia Full Day Tour

You will be picked up from your hotel at 07:30 AM and will arrive in Kutaisi at 10:00 AM. First, you will stop at the Gelati Monastery, built by the most powerful Georgian King David the Builder. Marvel at this architectural masterpiece from the Middle Ages. Visit the grave of the king and learn about his last will left for generations. Hear legends and stories about heroes defending their homeland, before venturing to your next stop. After, travel to Motsameta Monastery, which offers awe-inspiring views of the river and the surrounding countryside. It is named after the brothers Davit and Konstantin Mkheidze, tortured by Arabs for defending Christianity.  Next, visit the Bagrati Cathedral which will show you its own story and an impressive panoramic view of the city. Final  discover the unforgettable beauty of Prometheus Cave and feel like a hero of a mysterious adventure when riding a boat across the underground lake. There is also the opportunity for some hiking at the end, for the more resistant and curious, through Sataplia forest reserve with a cave and prehistoric dinosaur footprints. You will be dropped back at your hotel at 09:00 till 10:00 PM. 

Kutaisi: Culinary Masterclass

7. Kutaisi: Culinary Masterclass

After being collected from your Kutaisi accommodation, you will venture towards your kitchen where you will receive an introduction to Georgian cuisine. You will be able to choose from two of these following three options: Khinkali Khinkali is made by twisting knobs of dough stuffed with meat and spices, and is considered to be one of the most popular national dishes. Different regions of Georgia make khinkali with different fillings. The most popular filling is a mixture of pork and beef. In the mountains, khinkali is often made with a lamb filling. Churchkhela Churchkhela is a traditional candy made by repeatedly dipping a long string of nuts in tatara, a mixture of flour, sugar, and Badagi (fresh grape juice). Georgians usually make Churchkhela in autumn when grapes and nuts are harvested. Churchkhela can also be made with dried fruit such as peach, apple, or plum and pumpkin seeds. Khachapuri Khachapuri, is Georgian cheese pie consisting of bread stuffed with melted cheese, often served sliced like a double-crust pizza. Different regions of Georgia have their own type of khachapuri. The most common is Imeretian khachapuri, from the region of Imereti, which is circular.

Kutaisi: Regional Wine Tour

8. Kutaisi: Regional Wine Tour

Your wine tour takes place at a typical Imeretian village, about 30-40 minutes' drive from Kutaisi. On your way you will pass green valleys and amazing vineyards, before stopping at a private winery. Travelers can taste different wines produced according to traditional Georgian technology of wine making in a qvevri. A qvevri is a clay vessel buried in the ground which provides the best conditions for fermenting juice, and can be as small as 50 liters, or as large as 1,500 liters in volume. The vessel provides stable temperature conditions for fermenting purposes, and preserves its flavor and aromas all year around. Your host will introduce step by step the process of making wine, as well as the equipment used to produce this amazing drink. The tour duration is flexible, and can be easily planned according to your schedule.

Svaneti Towers Private Tour to Mestia, Hatsvali, Ushguli

9. Svaneti Towers Private Tour to Mestia, Hatsvali, Ushguli

Explore the secluded region of Svaneti on a private four days trip to West Caucasus. On the first day you will visit the regions of Imereti and Samegrelo with stops at the beautiful Dadiani palace and the legendary Prometheus cave. On the second day travel from Zugdidi, high into Caucasus, stopping in at small villages. Watch the rocky mountains on the journey and see the worlds second highest dam, the Enguri dam. After reaching Mestia, the administrative center of Svaneti, you will be able to explore the town. Then join your guide for a dinner at the legendary cafe with best local food and live performance, see the best of Georgian songs and dances. A day is reserved for a day trip to Ushguli. Discover what changes when settling a township so high in the mountains. Enjoy an authentic and mysterious place perfect for nature lovers. Not to be missed, is the Tower of Love and the Lamaria church. On day 4 you will head back to Tbilisi and to make this long road easier and more interesting, there will be a stop at Martvili or Okatse canyons to see more of Georgia's natural sites. Make sure to pick up some souvenirs along the way. 

From Tbilisi: 2-Day Guided Tour of the Racha Region

10. From Tbilisi: 2-Day Guided Tour of the Racha Region

Visit 4 of the most beautiful locations in the Racha region of western Georgia over a 2-day trip. Explore hidden villages, admire the spectacular Georgian countryside and finish your trip with wine tasting. Start your tour at Shovi, one of the most beautiful villages in the region with panoramic views of the mountains. See the many historical churches, caves, and castles in Racha as you explore this quaint area. As you stroll, your guide will tell you facts and anecdotes about the town. Continue to Nikortsminda and see the famous Nikortsminda Cathedral. Head just outside the village and marvel at the centuries-old ice caves up to 20 meters deep. Next, visit the serene Shaori Lake with breathtaking views of the distant mountains and forests. Finish your tour with some local wine tasting and experience the flavors of Georgia as you sample the traditional cuisine.

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based on 8 reviews

⭐Perfect tour to see chiatura and kutaisi⭐ I know a lot of travelers come to see ️Georgia's nature, and of course it's worth it. But I would strongly argue that this tour should also go. This tour gave me a deep understanding of Georgia's history and why Georgians have such a good and passionate disposition. Guide sally and driver george are so perfect they have a warm heart and passion☺️ I toured chiatura and got to know more about the history of Georgia and I think their independence and struggle is really cool and should be respected Katskhi Pillar is amazing how can you build a church on that high⛰️ i'm not a christian but i almost cried in kutaisi Without this tour, it would be difficult to appreciate the amazing of chiatura and kutaisi and it would have been difficult to go. but thanks god I met this tour

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.

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..

Georgi è stato un’ottimo autista e una buona guida. Sempre prodigo di spiegazioni e sempre con il sorriso.

Very much enjoyed the tour, Data was a great guide and did an excellent job. Highly recommend