Soviet Past - Day Trip To Chiatura Mine Town With Stalins Rope Roads And Hidden Cliff Monasteries - Tbilisi

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Discover the non-touristic Georgia on our private day trip to Chiatura, the macabre town of Soviet cableways, also known the the "flying coffins" of StalinDare to take a ride in the rusty cable cars, overlooking the the old factories and see how the locals live in Chiatura.. Visit a hidden monastery in a small cave. Enjoy the charm of abandoned Soviet architecture combined with picturesque natural scenery on the way. See one of the local wonders - a monastery built on a stone pillar, the Katskhi pillar.


  • Enjoy fantastic aerial views
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience
  • Small-group tour

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Begin your tour at 9:30am. On the way to Chiatura, you will have a chance to stop to try the famous Nazuki bread in Surami village which is baked only there. While traveling, you will also enjoy the beautiful landscapes of Imereti region.

From there you will proceed to Chiatura, the mine town located in a beautiful gorge. Here you will see many abandoned industrial buildings, some of the factories are still working. We encourage you to take a ride in one of the cableways of Chiatura. It is a thrilling and definetely a once in a lifetime experience. From the top of the hill you will have a perfect view over Chiatura and mines.

Your next stop is the Mgvimevi monastery which is not easy to find, as it is hidden in a rock. From there we will visit another hidden gem of Georgia - the Katkskhi pillar, a monastery around a stone pillar, on which stands a small church.
Driving along the scenic Chiatura-Zestaponi road our last stop will be the town of Zestaponi. Here there still exists a the biggest working factory in Georgia.

You are invited to try a local legendary food (not included) - penovani khachapuri pies- something only locals know about and that are baked in a cafe which looks like it never left the Soviet era.

Inclusions for Soviet Past - Day Trip To Chiatura Mine Town With Stalins Rope Roads And Hidden Cliff Monasteries

  • Ride in the old cable cars of Chiatura and explore the abandoned areas
  • Visit the Mgvimevi monastery - the only one where the church is built inside a natural cave
  • Katskhi sveti - a natural stone pilar with a church on top
  • Private tour with professional guide
  • Perfect for photographers

Exclusions for Soviet Past - Day Trip To Chiatura Mine Town With Stalins Rope Roads And Hidden Cliff Monasteries

  • Food and drinks

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Children must be accompanied by an adult

May be operated by a multi-lingual guide

Not wheelchair accessible

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

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2 Traveler Reviews

  • It’s has definitely been one of a kind experience that allows me to see different sides of Georgia. My guide Maria is very knowledgeable and helpful. Almost feel like travelling with friends. Highly recommended especially for who want a more cultural experience or avoid the beaten path!

  • I found this tour to be interesting and I enjoyed it very much. The cable cars were a thrill to say the least! The guide was personable and she was a wealth of information. I would call it a great day overall, If you are are looking for some great photo ops or something a little out of the ordinary you have found it.

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