Private tour

Chiatura: Georgian Chernobyl Day Tour

Private tour

Chiatura: Georgian Chernobyl Day Tour

From US$ 105 per person

A tour to experience some lesser known Georgian sites, as you delve deep into the mining town of Chiatura. Built in the 1950s, this town may be dilapidated, but still oozes character and offers unique and wonderful views.

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Duration 10 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Russian
Pickup optional
Your accommodation in Tbilisi or Gori
Private or small groups available


  • Discover the stunning Katskhi Pillar
  • Learn about Georgia's mining history and the importance of manganese!
  • Admire the breathtaking views of steep valleys and deep gorges!
  • Enjoy a flexible and private tour tailored to your interests and needs!
  • Ride the cable cars and experience the past of Soviet Georgia!
Full description
Join us for a fascinating journey into Georgia's Soviet past with our one-day tour to Chiatura and the Katskhi pillar from Tbilisi. Your adventure begins at morning when your driver and guide meet you at your hotel/residence. First, you will visit the Katskhi pillar, a breathtaking 40 meter ( 130 ft) natural limestone monolith towering over the Karshuna River gorge. On top of the pillar, you will find a reconstructed 8th-century church and a small monastery where the only inhabitant is a monk named Maxime. He has lived in solitude and silence here for over 25 years. Next, you will journey to Chiatura, an industrial town founded in the late 1800s, which played a vital role in Georgia's Soviet history as a centre of manganese mining. The town offers a glimpse into a bygone era with its Soviet-era cable car system still in use by locals. This transport system has over a dozen operating ropeway lines for passengers and two cargo lines for transporting manganese. The total length of the cableway exceeds 6,000 meters. As you explore the town, you will discover fascinating examples of Soviet brutalism and architecture. Chiatura is situated between steep valleys and deep gorges, offering a unique and unforgettable experience for visitors to this off-the-beaten-path destination. At the conclusion of your day, you will be driven back to Tbilisi and dropped off at your hotel/residence. Don't miss the chance to explore this hidden gem of real Georgian history and industry.
  • All transfers as per itinerary
  • Sightseeing tour program with English-speaking guide
  • Cable car ride
  • Mineral water
  • Lunch
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • People with back problems
  • Wheelchair users
  • People under 3 ft 9 in (120 cm)

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Meeting point

Europe Square, T'bilisi, Georgia

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Alcohol and drugs
  • Baby carriages
  • Electric wheelchairs

Know before you go

  • Please note that some cable lines are closed or under repair and visiting them may not be possible
Customer reviews

Overall rating

5 /5

based on 7 reviews

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It was really a great experience and I enjoyed the trip to the maximum. The tour guid Alex was super kind, experienced and had great knowledge about the region and history. It was really a memorable day and I would definitely recommend this trip again.

April 1, 2023

Chiatura was an incredible Soviet place. If you interested in seeing something different and step back into Soviet times this is the tour for you. Also see other things churches also. My driver/tour guide was great. Not afraid to get dirty and explore. Great day trip!

April 1, 2023

Our guide Alex and our driver David were really great. It was an awesome day for us - It was a perfect tour, the whole day was well organized and Alex gave us some hints and told us how to find some hidden gems on our further trip. They also asked us about our wishes (picknick, unusual foto-stops, coffee-breaks, ...) during the day and fitted everything possible in our plans for the day. They really know how to do such kind of tours!

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April 1, 2023

Product ID: 166304