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  1. Georgia
  2. Tbilisi
  3. Katskhi Pillar

Chiatura: Georgian Chernobyl Day Tour

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
Skip the ticket line
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English, Georgian, Russian

Pick-up service

Pick-up from your nearby accommodation
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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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 (500ml per person per day)
What’s Not Included
  • Lunch
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • People with back problems

Prepare for the activity

Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen
Know before you go
• Please note that some cable lines are closed or under repair and visiting them may not be possible
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From US$ 102.50 US$ 82 per person

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Product ID: 166304