Explore Chiatura: Katskhi, Cableways & More

From USD 110

Discover the unique history and culture of Chiatura with us on this exciting private tour from Tbilisi. Join us as we take you on a journey to this industrial town with a rich history dating back to the Soviet period. 

The tour starts with a visit to the awe-inspiring Katskhi pillar, a 40-meter-high limestone monolith that towers over the Karshuna River gorge. Atop the pillar sits a church and a monastery, likely built by the Stylite, with only one inhabitant, monk Maxime, who has lived in solitude and silence for years.

Next, we'll take you to Chiatura, where you'll have the opportunity to explore remnants of the town's communist past. Chiatura is known for its manganese mining during the Soviet Union and its unique brutalist architecture, which can still be seen in some of the buildings today. The tour's highlight is a visit to the Chiatura Pioneer Palace, a stunning example of Soviet brutalist architecture.

Chiatura is famous for its cable car system, which consists of 12 passenger lines and a few cargo lines, all totalling over 6,000 meters in length. The cable cars are still in use by locals as a means of transportation and offer breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and gorge.

Discover the urbex history and culture of Chiatura, a destination that is truly off the beaten path. Our friendly guide will meet you at your hotel or place of residence in Tbilisi in the morning and take you on a journey through real Georgia's stunning natural beauty and Soviet-era heritage. At the end of the day, we'll return to Tbilisi and drop you off at your hotel or place of residence, ensuring a seamless and comfortable end to your tour experience. Don't miss this opportunity to discover the unique history and culture of Chiatura with us!
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Duration of the tour around 10 hours Tour suitable for everyone Private tour to Chiatura English
10-12 hours Easy Private Russian


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


  • Lunch
  • Gratuities

  • Please note that old cable cars 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
  • See stunning aerial views of Chiatura and its stunning natural surroundings
  • Private and flexible day tour
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Visit the local bazaar of Chiatura


  1. Pick-up from Tbilisi
  2. Monastery Mgvimevi
  3. Katskhi Pillar
  4. Cableways Chiatura
  5. Pioneers Palace
  6. Drop-off at Tbilisi