Join us on a week long journey through the ghosts of Georgia's Soviet past; from the breathtaking Stalin's cable car road to the old glory of a Soviet sanatorium. Definitely a "last chance to see" adventure !!
Departures : Every week
Min Group Size : 4
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Departures : Every week
Day 1 (Monday) – Tbilisi
Arrival & check in into hostel Fabrika, Tbilisi in the heart of an old Soviet sewing factory. All day Walking Tour where we will explore Tbilisi’s most iconic Soviet and brutalist buildings. Dinner at the funicular restaurant with a wonderful view on the city.
Overnight at hostel Fabrika Tbilisi
Day 2 (Tuesday) – Chiatura
Breakfast and early departure to Chiatura. Check in into hostel in Chiatura. Afternoon urban exploration of the mining town of Chiatura and rides on Stalin’s last active cable cars. Dinner in town. Overnight at hostel Chiatura.
Chiatura (Georgian: ჭიათურა) is a mining city in Western Georgia. In 1954 an extensive cable car system was constructed by the Soviet authorities to easily transport workers from the valley up to the manganese mines. Of the original 17 roads, 3 are still in use.
Day 3 (Wednesday) – Chiatura & Tsalkubo
Breakfast and visit to the Katski pillar’s hermitage. Built on the top of an impressive 40 meters tall natural limestone pillar, the Church, which can only be reached by a rusty ladder, is still occupied by a small community of monks. Departure for Tskaltubo. Arrive & check into hostel. Dinner at the old soviet sanatorium
Day 4 (Thursday) – Tskaltubo & Abastumani
Breakfast and urban exploration of the old Tskaltubo Soviet sanatorium and visit to the Museum “Never back in USSR”
Departure for Abstumani. Arrive & check into the once secret Soviet astronomical observatory of Abastumani (dorm).
Night excursion of the still used observatory, possibility to look through the telescope at some objects in the sky (depends on sky conditions). Dinner.
Tskaltubo (Georgian: წყალტუბო) was a busy spa resort during Soviet times and keeps the memory of regular Stalin visits. Nowadays many of the sanatorium complexes have been re-assigned into housing complexes for refugees that have been displaced from their homes because ethnic conflicts in Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
Day 5 (Friday) – Abastumani & Tbilisi
Breakfast departure for Tbilisi. Stop and lunch in the town of Borjormi and visit of the mineral water spring park of Borjormi
Check in into hostel Fabrika Tbilisi. Dinner at a traditional Georgian restaurant.
Day 6 (Saturday) – Tbilisi
Breakfast and all day city Tour where we will explore Tbilisi’s biggest bazaar and the soviet flea market. Farewell dinner at a traditional Georgian restaurant. An option to enjoy the georgian traditionnal sulfur baths culture
Day 7 (Sunday) – Tbilisi
End of the tour
Price includes : private guide, accommodation in half twin or dorm, transport
Price does not include : personal expenses, international air or rail tickets, meals and snacks (about EUR20 per day), visa fees