Private Tour to Katskhi Pillar&Chiatura from Tbilisi (Mghvimevi,Cableways,Ubisa)

Tour in Chiatura includes visiting two-nave church of Mgvimevi built in a natural cave in the 13th century, mining town Chiatura with the oldest Soviet cable cars, Katskhi Monastery with a unique hexagonal design and ornamentation, Katskhi Pillar - a natural limestone monolith with the most sacred churches on top and the medieval monastic complex of Ubisa with some of the best frescoes in Georgia. The tour includes tasting Khachapuri (Georgian Cheese Bread) in the mountain village. Guests will also enjoy great landscapes of Jvari Pass and Rikoti Pass. Total drive 420 km (260 miles).

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  • What's included :
    • Private transportation
    • Air-conditioned vehicle
    • WiFi on board
    • Tasting Khachapuri (Cheese Bread)
    • Bottled water
    What's excluded :
    • Lunch
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: Monastery Mgvimevi, Chiatura Georgia

    Mghvimevi (cave) Mothers' Monastery is a 13th century two-nave basilica, dedicated to the Nativity of the Mother of God partly carved into rock. The complex includes a small hall church, bell-tower, and a circuit wall. Small caves around the monastery served as refuges during wartime. The facade has carvings around the window, monumental crosses, interlocking rhombuses, cornice carvings, etc. Wooden iconostasis depicts the Savior and Twelve Apostles and various scenes from the life of Jesus made in the 18th century.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Chiatura, Chiatura, Imereti Region

    Chiatura is a mining town in a mountain valley of the Qvirila River. In 1879 the Georgian poet Akaki Tsereteli discovered the manganese and as a mining colony, Chiatura quickly became a source for manganese and iron and was declared a city in 1921. Due to the steep sided river valley, workers spent a large amount of time walking up from the town to the mines, thereby reducing productivity. In 1954 cable car system was installed to transport workers. Still utilizing the original infrastructure of the 1950s, today 17 cable car systems still exist. The central hub with 4 lines is being rebuilt with modern cable car technology.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Didi Katskhi, Georgia

    Katskhi Monastery of Nativity of the Savior is a medieval monastery built by the Baguashi family in the period of 988–1014. The church building is noted for a hexagonal design and rich ornamentation. The exterior of the church features three gradually narrowing cylindrical levels. The building was richly ornate, but the decoration of two upper tiers was lost in the process of the 1854 restoration. The relief at the southern vestibule is the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, featuring a cross supported by four angels. The church is surrounded by a pentagonal wall with a free-standing bell tower added in the 17th or 18th centuries.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Katskhi Pillar, Katskhi Georgia

    The Katskhi pillar is 40 meters high natural limestone monolith that overlooks the small river valley of Katskhura dating from the 9th-10th century. The Katskhi pillar complex consists of a church of Maximus the Confessor, a burial vault, three hermit cells, a wine cellar, and a curtain wall on the top of the column. At the base of the pillar are the newly built church of Simeon Stylites, ruins of an old wall and belfry and a Bolnisi cross relief. A number of local legends surround the pillar. One of the legend is that the top of the rock was connected by a long iron chain to the dome of the Katskhi church, located 1.5 km away.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Ubisa Monastery, Ubisa Georgia

    Ubisa is a medieval monastic complex founded by Grigol Khandzteli in the 9th century. It was later renewed by Simon Chkondideli in 1141. In the 14th century, during the reign of George the Magnificent, the main temple of the monastery was decorated with unique frescoes. The "Last Supper" of Ubisa Monastery is a new style of the 14th century Georgian artist Damian and his student Gerasim. This fresco proves that Georgia had its courage towards the Renaissance earlier in the Middle Ages. Before the great Italian Leonardo da Vinca (painted in 1495 to 1498), a fish appears on the table of Ubisa's "Last Supper" and human gestures and facial expressions in the faces of saints.

    Duration: 30 minutes

  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offeredAirports
    • Shota Rustaveli Tbilisi International Airport, Tbilisi Georgia
    Departure Time :
    8:00 AM
    Return Detail :
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Most travelers can participate
    • Ladies need to wear head scarves and dresses in Georgian orthodox churches. Short trousers for men are also forbidden. Scarves and dresses can also be found near church entrances for men and women to enter churches.
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Face masks provided for travelers
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
    • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
    • To prevent the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), tour will be provided according to recommendations and guidelines of Ministry of Health of Georgia and World Tourism Organization.
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.



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Organised by SelectGeorgia - For Holiday

Activity ID: V-123892P16

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