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Chiatura: Soviet Cable Cars Full–Day Tour

Chiatura: Soviet Cable Cars Full–Day Tour

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From £96.98 £82.43 per person

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.

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Duration 10 hours
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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
  • Meals and drinks
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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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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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!

23 September 2021

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

10 July 2021

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!

21 December 2019

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