Experience the real Georgia on our urbex tours

Here, you'll find a selection of tours that take you to some of the most interesting and off-the-beaten-path locations in Georgia. From the rundown city of Chiatura, with its eerie Soviet-era cable cars, to the enchanting town of Tskaltubo, once a popular resort, our urbex tours offer a fascinating glimpse into Georgia's complicated history under Soviet rule.


 

Exploring Chiatura: Katskhi, Cableways & More

Exploring Chiatura: Katskhi, Cableways & More

Join us on an exciting tour to Chiatura, an industrial town with a rich history dating back to the Soviet period. 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. First, we'll visit the Katskhi pillar, a 40-meter-high limestone monolith that towers over the Karshuna River gorge. Atop the pillar sits a monastery and an 8th-century church, likely built by the Stylite. The monastery was home to only one inhabitant, monk Maxime, who has lived in solitude and silence for years. Next, we'll travel to Chiatura, an industrial town known for its manganese mining during the Soviet Union. Today, visitors come to Chiatura to see remnants of the town's communist past and see the communist-era cable cars that are still in use by locals as a means of transportation. The cable car system consists of 12 passenger lines and a few cargo lines, all totalling over 6,000 meters in length. Nestled between steep valleys and deep gorges, Chiatura will leave a lasting impression on anyone who visits this off-the-beaten-path Georgian destination. At the end of the day, we'll return to Tbilisi and drop you off at your hotel or place of residence. Don't miss this opportunity to discover the urbex history and culture of Chiatura with us! Discover hidden gems of Georgian Brutalism with our urbex tours from Tbilisi. Explore the unique architecture and uncover the history behind each location. Check out other our tours! 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
Brutal Tbilisi Urban Exploration

Brutal Tbilisi Urban Exploration

Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia, holds a wealth of fascinating and lesser-known locations that are waiting to be explored. Join our brutal Tbilisi tour and delve into the city's rich and complex history with an expert guide who will take you to the hidden corners of the city. Our tour showcases the striking Soviet Brutalist architecture, showcasing the former Ministry of Highways as one of the main highlights. This building, with its bold and imposing design, symbolizes the city's post-Soviet past and serves as a stark reminder of the city's history.   But our tour is not just limited to historical sites, we also visit the unique sky bridges, which are connected by bridges at a height of 70 meters above the ground. This breathtaking urban view will give you an insight into the daily lives of the people who call Tbilisi home. Additionally, we will also take you to the Maghlivi Bridge, which holds a tragic history that you won't want to miss.   Furthermore, we will also visit the mysterious Georgian Stonehenge and the abandoned Museum of Archaeology, showcasing the rich cultural heritage of the city. Our tour provides a glimpse into the city's post-Soviet present, giving you an in-depth understanding of the lives and experiences of the people who call Tbilisi home.   Join us on this journey of discovery as we uncover the hidden corners of Tbilisi and reveal its secrets. Explore the city in a whole new way and learn about its rich history, culture, and architecture. Book your Brutal Tbilisi tour today and don't miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Before booking our unique Brutal Tbilisi tour, we highly recommend joining our classic tour for a deeper understanding of the city's past and present. More Want to see all sides of Tbilisi? Ready for unique and offbeat explorations? Join our alternative walking tour and discover hidden gems and lesser-known neighbourhoods in Tbilisi. Explore the city beyond the usual tourist hotspots and immerse yourself in the local culture and history. Duration Difficulty Type Language English Around 4 hours Aventurier Private Russian Meeting point: Hotel pick-up and drop-off Includes: Water Local guide Exclusions: Lunch Gratuities (optional)
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2-Day Tour Chiatura & Tskaltubo: Urban Discovering

2-Day Tour Chiatura & Tskaltubo: Urban Discovering

Embark on a journey through Georgia's Soviet past with our two-day urbex tour to Chiatura and Tskaltubo. This unique combination of destinations offers a rare opportunity to get to know some of Georgia's lesser-known, but equally fascinating, locations. Our tour begins from Tbilisi and first, we will visit Joseph Stalin's birthplace, the town of Gori, where we will stop at the Stalin Museum and see Stalin's personal train coach. From there, we will head to Chiatura, a mining town known for its extensive network of Soviet-era cable cars. As we explore Chiatura's abandoned factories and industrial sites, we will uncover a piece of Georgia's industrial history and marvel at the mosaics that adorn many of the town's buildings. After our time in Chiatura, we will make our way to Tskaltubo, a once-popular Soviet resort town now semi-abandoned and bursting with history. Our overnight stay in Tskaltubo will give us a chance to fully immerse ourselves in the town's Soviet past, with the option to stay in a guest house or one of the restored Tskaltubo sanatoriums (accommodation is paid for separately). Everyone who booked this tour can also take a soak in one of the resort's radon baths, just as Soviet citizens once did. On the second day of our tour, we will continue our exploration of Tskaltubo and its abandoned sanatoriums and bathhouses, before making our way to the bustling Green Bazaar in Kutaisi. Here, we will find a wide selection of local and exotic products, including fresh produce, natural dairy products, and traditional Georgian sweets. Experience real Tbilisi's on an enlightening urbex tour. Book the Brutal Tbilisi tour now! This tour is a must for anyone interested in Georgia's Soviet past and is led by expert guides with a deep knowledge of the country's history and architecture. We also offer a personalized approach, so if you have a specific location or route in mind, just let us know and we can create a tailor-made tour just for you. Included: Transportation in a comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle Professional, knowledgeable tour guide Tickets to the cable-car   Not included: Entrance fees to the Stalin Museum Personal expenses  Accommodation in Tskaltubo (guests have the option to stay in a guest house or in one of the restored Tskaltubo sanatoriums) Treatment rooms at the Tskaltubo sanatoriums (optional and paid for separately) Tips for the guide and driver (optional) Need to know: Please keep in mind that access to certain locations may be restricted for any reason beyond our control. However, we will do our best to ensure that you have a memorable and enjoyable tour experience.
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Brutalism as it is

But it's not all nostalgia and rose-coloured glasses - we also delve into the darker aspects of Georgia's Soviet past, including the repression and suffering many Georgians experienced during this time. However, our urbex tours also touch on the post-Soviet era and the modern-day developments in Georgia, offering a well-rounded and comprehensive look at the country's history and culture.

 

Why book with us? Not only are our tours led by expert guides with a deep knowledge of Georgia's history and architecture, but we also offer a personalized approach. If you have a specific location or route in mind, just let us know and we can create a unique, tailor-made tour just for you.

 

So if you're looking for something different and exciting, look no further! Book an experience with us and discover the hidden corners of Georgia - both the good and the bad - that most tourists never get to see.