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Tbilisi: Chiatura and Katskhi Soviet Tour

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Visit the famous cable car town on a small group tour from Tbilisi. You can explore abandoned Soviet architecture, take a ride in a rusty cable car, and see Katskhi, the unique stone pillar turned into a monastery.
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Duration 9 hours
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  • Explore Chiatura, one of the strangest industrial towns in the world
  • Take a ride in a Stalin-era cable car
  • Visit the convent of Mghvimevi, hidden in a cliff
  • See the Katskhi Pillar, a rock column with a small church on top
Full description
Chiatura is one of the strangest and most niche destinations in the Caucasus. It was once a booming industrial town, and was even the first place in the USSR to have cable cars. Even today when most apartments and Soviet buildings are abandoned, the cable cars serve as commuters for mine workers and their families.

In Chiatura, you will also visit the convent of Mgvimevi. It is perfectly hidden in one of the many rocky cliffs around the town. Following a brief stop for lunch in one of the traditional and delicious local restaurants, you will travel to the nearby village of Katskhi to see one of the most unusual formations in the region: a natural rock column with a small church on top, known as Katskhi Pillar. Your tour will later conclude at around 7:00PM, at which point you will reach Tbilisi.

  • Central meeting point
  • Private transfer in a comfortable car or minivan
  • English-speaking guide
What’s Not Included
  • Food and drinks (there will be a stop for lunch)
  • Gratuities

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Please meet your guide in front of the Big Bicycle monument on Rose Revolution square.

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Important information
Know before you go
• Shorts and short skirts or dresses are not permitted in the monasteries