1. Georgia
  2. Tbilisi
  3. Katskhi Pillar

Chiatura: 1-Day Tour from Tbilisi

Product ID: 166304
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A tour to experience some lesser known Georgian sites, as you delve deep into the mining town of Chiatura. Built in the 1950s, this town may be dilapidated, but still oozes character and offers unique and wonderful views.
About this activity
Duration 10 hours
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Live tour guide
English, French, Georgian, German, Russian

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Pick-up from your nearby accommodation
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Experience

Highlights
  • Enjoy fantastic aerial views
  • Be picked up and dropped off from your accommodation
  • Learn from an informative, friendly and professional guide
Full description
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.
Includes
  • All transfers as per itinerary
  • Sightseeing tour program with English-speaking guide
  • Cable car ride
  • Mineral water (0.5 liters per person per day)
What’s Not Included
  • Lunch
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From US$ 50 US$ 40 per person