Welcome to our small group tour from Tbilisi to Chiatura, a hidden gem of Soviet Georgia! Join us on this exciting adventure as we explore one of the unique destinations in the country.
Our tour starts at Europe Square next to Rike park, where you will meet your guide and fellow travellers. From there, we will embark on a journey to discover the wonders of Chiatura. This tour offers you the opportunity to experience the best of Chiatura without breaking the bank, as our small group tour is a more budget-friendly option that still allows for flexibility and personalized attention.
The first stop on our journey will be the magnificent Katskhi Pillar, a 40-meter-high natural limestone monolith that towers over the Karshuna River gorge. The pillar is home to the church and a monastery that is still inhabited by one monk, Maxime. Our knowledgeable guide will reveal the fascinating history behind the site, including its connections to the Stylite movement.
As we continue our journey, we will arrive in Chiatura, an industrial town that was once a hub of manganese mining during the Soviet era. Today, Chiatura attracts visitors who are interested in exploring Soviet-time leftovers and remnants. To experience the town in its truest form, we will take a ride on the famous cable car system that is still used by locals for transportation. The cableway has a dozen operating lines for passengers and two cargo lines for transporting manganese, with a total length of over 6,000 meters.
During the tour, our expert guide will share fascinating facts about Chiatura, including its unique location between steep valleys and deep gorges. You will also learn about the town's industrial past, including the role it played in the Soviet Union's manganese mining industry.
At the conclusion of our tour, we will drive you back to Tbilisi, dropping you off at your hotel/place of residence. Join us on this unforgettable journey to discover the secrets of Chiatura and gain a deeper understanding of Georgian history and culture. Book your small group tour today and experience the best of Chiatura with us!
- Hotel pick-up and drop-off
- Please note that some cable lines are closed or under repair and visiting them may not be possible