Chiatura

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  • Chiatura: Georgian Chernobyl Day Tour

    1. Chiatura: Georgian Chernobyl Day Tour

    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 op...

    We had a super guide called Aleksi he was charming, informative and nothing was to much bother which my husband used extensively as he kept getting him to stop for photos!

  • From Tbilisi: 3-Day Tour to Racha

    2. From Tbilisi: 3-Day Tour to Racha

    Starting at 8:00AM from Tbilisi, you will take the highway past Mtskheta, Gori and Uplistsikhe. Visit the industrial city of Chiatura, which has more than 20 cable cars, some of them more than 60 years old, and they still function! From there through the Nakerala Pass you will go to the Shaori reservoir, where the Nikortsminda church built in the 11th century is located. You will stay overnight in the city of Ablolauri, which is considered the birthplace of Hvanchkara wine. Ambrolauri is found in historical records from the XVII century. This place was also the residence of the monarch, and you will also find here a tower built for the royal family and a church preserved in ruins. The following morning after a delicious breakfast, you will venture further into the mountains to the resort village of Shovi. The village sits at a height of 1,600 meters, and has a population of only 80 peo...

  • Chiatura: Soviet Cable Cars Full–Day Tour

    3. Chiatura: Soviet Cable Cars Full–Day Tour

    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.

    What an awesome place! I loved how it was still stuck in time. Giorgi was an awesome guide and it was a really fun experience!

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What people are saying about Chiatura

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 4 reviews

We had a super guide called Aleksi he was charming, informative and nothing was to much bother which my husband used extensively as he kept getting him to stop for photos!

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!

What an awesome place! I loved how it was still stuck in time. Giorgi was an awesome guide and it was a really fun experience!

Great - really interesting day!!

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

We enjoyed our day, off the beaten path. Great information and interesting Soviet-era sites and monasteries