Alternative Georgia: Day Trip to Chiatura from Tbilisi

From

45 EUR

Step off the beaten track and discover a different side of Georgia on a day trip to Chiatura – a former mining city full of forgotten wonders.

Duration: 10 hours
    Available in
  • English,
  • German,
  • Russian
Tour by Maria
Local Guru

Hello, I’m Maria, a private travel guide in Georgia. Tbilisi became my home 4 years ago and ever since then I’ve been exploring every corner of the country, taking the craziest routes and making unforgettable memories.

I became a guide not because I had to, but because I really wanted to share my passion for Georgia with visitors. It’s still my dream job! Travelling has taught me that we’re all different, and that’s why I create tailor-made tours for each of my guests.

I love showing visitors another side of Tbilisi, the one that you won’t find in the guidebooks. For example, I know the city’s socialist architecture well, from grand buildings and monuments to abandoned cable car stations, and am always finding beauty in decay.

I also love introducing people to the food scene beyond the fancy restaurants: typical diners where office workers eat, a small fast food spot that all local kids love, and an old restaurant that’s still popular today.

Read more

Highlights

  • Take a ride in Chiatura’s cable cars aka ‘flying coffins’
  • Visit a hidden cave monastery
  • See the incredible Katskhi pillar
  • Admire brutalist architecture
  • Discover forgotten places

Check availability of the tour:

Description

Once a splendid Soviet industrial city, Chiatura is now almost abandoned. The rusty cable cars run through the gorge, connecting residential areas with the mines.

The apocalyptic atmosphere of Chiatura, with its concrete brutalist architecture and panoramic views from the hills, creates a unique morbid charm that captivates anyone who visits. It’s no wonder the BBC and National Geographic have covered this special place!

During our tour we’ll take a ride in Chiatura’s ‘flying coffins’, enjoy the city’s Stalinist architecture, visit a hidden cave monastery, and see the Katskhi pillar – an unusual stone pillar with a small church on top.

Read more

What’s included & not included

  • Private transfers
  • Local guide
  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Lunch
  • Souvenirs

Meeting point

Liberty Square

Reviews from travellers (2)

5.0/5

Great tour!
Great day tour from Tbilisi! A unique glimpse back in time with some great Soviet architecture.
BLADE RUNNER MEETS SOVIET UTOPIA - WITH EXTRAS
What an extraordinary window into the mid 20th century, and a (then) futuristic industrial- residential complex that must confirmed in many Soviet citizens the inevitable victory of socialism was just around the corner. The extraordinary 3 dimensional public transport system, linking disconnected suburbs with mine sites, industrial plants, mine sites and the civic centre, in a setting of near-total dilapidation - yet somehow still clinging to some kind of “normal” life, has weirdly science-fictional feeling to it. Standing on one of the ruined hilltop “suburbs”, where even now a few shattered Soviet era flats are still occupied, one can see see the remaining operational cable cars, industrial and public transport, Criss crossing the valley and imagine how advanced the whole setup must have looked back in the early 1950s.
I approached the cable car ride with some trepidation, but it all worked fine. I would not have missed this for anything. Added extras included a very worthwhile visit to what would have been the cultural centre for the city, a performing arts theatre in a rather sophisticated style that linked bauhaus with art moderne. Although it is also worn down to the bone, the theatre continues to host intermittent musical & theatrical performances.
Bookends to the tour, the remarkable cave monastery and the Katskhi pillar, round out a very full, and fulfilling day.
All this is hosted by lively, whip-smart and very knowledgeable Maria, whose energy and passion for Georgia, and perhaps especially this aspect of its past, present and future, make this unusual tour one out of the box.
Don’t miss it,

This operator has 47 reviews for other tours

4.9/5

Amazing Day!
It’s certainly a long and tiring trip, but very memorable and we highly recommend that you take this tour with Maria.
We have been on many tours, but with Maria as our guide, this was the best of them. We only wish we had taken all our tours with her as her knowledge is unparalleled.
She is an awesome guide. Warm, kind, patient and friendly. Above all, she is extremely knowledgeable and you will finish your day feeling like you know so much about Georgia and it’s history.
A tour with Maria is an absolute must!
Great day spent in Old Town!
Maria is very knowledgeable about the history and sights of Old Town! Also very patient. Our large group of thirteen with six adults and seven children all had a wonderful time. Her recommendations for food and extra activities were spot on! Thanks!
A Great day with great company
I want to thank our wonderful guide Levan and safe driver Datho, they made our day memorable and outsandingly fun. We wanted to make some changes on the program itenary due to bad weather, and it was not a problem to Maria who organized the day. Thank you Maria 🙏
I’m half Georgian and had been there before, but Levan and Datho showed us new places I had never stopped at on the way. This here, is the reason to invest to good local guides and skilled drives, you get to see places and know things about places you would have not seen without them.
Thank you all, we had a great day, I recommed this trip to everyone strongly 🙏😊
Book from 
45 EUR
  • Full refund if you cancel up to 72 hours before the tour
  • No booking fees
  • Pay by credit card or PayPal