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Chiatura: Soviet Cable Cars Full–Day Tour

Product ID: 137909
A private full–day trip to Chiatura, the once promising mining town now known for its macabre rusty cable cars. See the Katskhi pillar and the cave monastery.
About this activity
Duration: 10 hours
Starting time 9:00 AM
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide

Pickup included

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

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  • Take a ride on the old cable cars of Chiatura
  • Visit the hidden cave monastery
  • Get off the beaten track and discover the unusual charm of the abandoned place
  • See the famous Katskhi pillar monastery
Full description
See the other side of Georgia on this full–day trip to Chiatura. Take the alternative route away from the touristic places, leading into the region of Imereti, through Sachkhere, which is famous for its mines.

Chiatura was once the world leader in manganese and the Soviets believed in the bright future of the industrial town - they created a large system of cable cars to connect the mine mountains with the residential areas. Even now, when most mines are closed and people are leaving the town, it holds the world record in the highest number of ropeways for public transportation.

Take a ride in one of the so-called iron coffins, as the locals name the cable cars; see the abandoned houses, the splendid theater with a dedication to Stalin and the severe beauty of a hidden monastery in the cliff.
  • Private transfer
  • Professional guide
  • Bottled water
What’s Not Included
  • Meals and drinks

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Important information
Not allowed
  • Shorts
Know before you go
• This tour starts and ends in Tbilisi
• Some of the cable cars may be closed due to maintenance works
• The monasteries have a dress code - you can find special scarfs for ladies at the entrance to the monastery or you can bring your own
• The monastery of Mgvimevi requires men to wear long trousers to enter. Please wear suitable trousers or bring them with you to change before visiting the monastery
Customer reviews

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This tour was everything I had hope for. The guide was dedicated and super knowledgeable, he made sure everything was amazing. This is definitely an amazing experience!

December 21, 2019

Great - really interesting day!!

Highly recommend this tour!! We had Kakha as our guide and he was very knowledgeable and answered all our questions!!

May 31, 2019

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Product ID: 137909