Private Tour to Soviet Chiatura and Katskhi Column

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12 Hours

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

15 people



About this tour

Pick-up time: 09:00

End time: 21:00

Chiatura and Katskhi Column in Georgia suit you if you’re a travel enthusiast seeking unique destinations.

They offer history, culture, and breathtaking landscapes.

Chiatura is a mining town with a distinctive cable car system that traverses the region’s dramatic cliffs and deep valleys, offering an opportunity to witness the town’s industrial heritage while enjoying panoramic views.

You cannot see a column anywhere else like Katskhi’s towering limestone monolith, a centuries-old hermitage that has a church at the top of its narrow peak.

Both places offer a unique and awe-inspiring adventure for those seeking a spiritual journey.

The private tour of the Soviet Chiatura and Katskhi Column promises a memorable experience for adventure seekers and a tranquil escape from noisy everyday life.

Meeting point: Tbilisi (The tour includes pick up from a hotel)

Endpoint: Tbilisi (The tour ends back at the pick-up point)

Tour Map


  • Mgvimevi Convent
  • Chiatura (soviet town)
  • Katskhi Column
  • Cable Car in Chiatura


  • Pick up from a hotel
  • Drop off at a hotel
  • A private transportation service
  • A private, certified guide service
  • Cable car ride in Chiatura
  • All the expenses for a driver and a tour guide
  • Food and drink


Your adventure begins when a private driver and a tour guide pick you up from your hotel in Tbilisi.

Duration: 1 hour and 20 minutes
Mghvimevi Convent is in a rock cave on the right bank of the river Kvirila. The monastery complex includes a two-nave basilica of the Savior, a small hall church, a bell tower, and a convent for nuns. The main temple is named after the Savior. The wooden iconostasis is entirely painted, and frescoes are on the church's wall. Unique engraved icons, a magnificent pattern of wood carving, and a vine door are preserved in the Georgian State Museum of Art funds.

Duration: 1 hour and 15 minutes
After Mgvimevi Convent, we will have a delicious lunch at a local place.

Duration: 1 hour
Next, we'll head to the majestic Katskhi Column. It rises approximately 40 meters above the beautiful surrounding landscape. It is often referred to as a stairway to the heaven.

Duration: 1 hour
During our fantastic tour, prepare for an adventure on a cable car in Chiatura! You won't believe your eyes when you see Chiatura's incredible cable car system. With a whopping 12 passenger lines and even cargo lines that stretch over 6,000 meters long, it's truly something to experience.The best part? It isn't only a tourist attraction. The locals in Chiatura still use this extraordinary mode of transportation in their everyday lives. So, get ready to witness a slice of the daily life of the locals.

Duration: 15 minutes
We stop at the shop for a break, where you can get some snacks and have a cup of coffee.

After the tour, we will drop you off at your hotel at 21:00.


12 hours



Frequently asked questions

The city is so much worth exploring. There are a lot of impressive USSR buildings and mosaics. It is beautiful if you're interested in Soviet history and architecture.

Have you ever wondered how the vibrant region of Chiatura came to be? It all began with the discovery of rich manganese deposits in the mountains, which residents had used as a natural dye for their clothes for ages. However, little did they know that this mineral resource would soon catapult their community into a city.In the late 19th century, as the mining and production of manganese started, Chiatura went through a remarkable transformation. Akaki Tsereteli, a famous Georgian writer and public figure, led the establishment of Chiatura City in 1879. This marked the birth of Chiatura as we know it today.

Comfortable shoes.
A scarf or a hat - if you are a woman.
Good mood.

The tour operates in all weather conditions. Therefore, please dress according to the weather.
No one can enter a church in shorts; women must cover their heads.

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