Join Brutal Tours on a journey through the ghosts of Georgian’s Soviet past; from the breathtaking Stalin’s cable car roads to the old glory of a Soviet sanatorium. Definitely a “last chance to see” adventure !
Day 1 (Monday) – Tbilisi
Arrival & check in into hostel Fabrika, Tbilisi in the heart of an old Soviet sewing factory.
All day Walking Tour were 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
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
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
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 astrominocal 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).
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
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
All day city Tour where we will explore Tbilisi’s biggest bazaar and the soviet flea market .
Farewell dinner at a traditional Georgian restaurant
– Option to enjoy the georgian traditionnal sulfur baths culture
Day 7 (Sunday) – Tbilisi
End of the tour
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