Chiatura: Georgian Chernobyl Day Tour from Tbilisi

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In the morning your friendly 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 Union, the town was a centre of manganese mining. Present Chiatura attracts visitors who are interested in Soviet-time leftovers and remnants. To grasp a true feeling of the past, you can ride a communist-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.

Duration

Difficulty

Type

Language

English
10-12 hours Easy Private Russian

Includes:

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (available from Tbilisi, Mtskheta)

Exclusions:

  • Lunch
  • Gratuities

  • Please note that some cable lines are closed or under repair and visiting them may not be possible

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  • Monastery Mgvimevi in a cave
  • Katskhi Pillar
  • Cableways Chiatura
  • Chiatura Pioneer Palace
  • Chiatura Market
  • Enjoy fantastic aerial views of the city
  • Private and flexible day tour
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Visit the local bazaar of Chiatura

Route

  1. Tbilisi
  2. Monastery Mgvimevi
  3. Katskhi Pillar
  4. Cableways Chiatura
  5. Pioneers Palace