In the morning, a private guide and driver will meet you at your hotel in Kutaisi and drive to Katskhi Pillar (65 km, 1hr 15min).
Discover Katskhi Pillar (8th century), a monastery perched on a 40-meter-high rock. Monk Maxime has been living in solitude at Katskhi Pillar for 25 years. Soak in the silence and breathtaking views that surround the isolated hermitage.
Continue driving to Chiatura (12km) via Katskhi Monastery (11th century), whose unique architecture and intricate hexagonal form are found nowhere else in Georgia.
Arrive to Chiatura, a small town founded in 1879 which has managed to retain a distinct Soviet aura. Have a look around the city and ride the famous Chiatura Cable Cars that connect nearby mines with the town’s residential areas. Remnants from the communist era, the cable cars display some of the most incredible engineering in the world.
Visit Mghvimevi Monastery (13th century), an active nunnery that is partially embedded in mountain rock and notable for its impressive wood carvings and frescoes.
On the return drive to Kutaisi, stop at Terjola Wine Factory, a tunnel winery which uses traditional and organic processes to produce their wines.
Arrive in Kutaisi. End of Katskhi Pillar and Chiatura Tour.
Tour duration: approximately 6 hours
The tour is private with your personal guide. There will be no other people joining the tour.
Our guides will follow your own pace.
The starting time of the tour is up to you and may vary from 09.00 am to 16.00 pm.
We are happy to offer this tour for air/train passengers too. Our guide will meet you at the arrival station.