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STALIN’S PRIVATE TOUR FROM TBILISI

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STALIN’S PRIVATE TOUR FROM TBILISI

  • 1-4 Days
  • Only You and Your People On Tour
  • Behind-the-scenes Access
  • Experienced English Guide
  • Free rebooking or flexible cancelation
  • Tailored Program, Your Pace, Your Guide, No go places
From 69 €

BRUTAL

Expert knowledge based on facts about one of the biggest tyrants of 20th century Joseph V. Stalin

OFF THE BEATEN PATH

The brutalist side of beautiful Georgia. Abandoned, derelict Soviet places with strong legacy

LOCAL TOUCH

Tour where you meet and talk to the local Georgian people with the help of your guide

BEST OF

Georgia’s most compact Stalin Tour with shocking non-touristic locations

BRUTAL

Expert knowledge based on facts about one of the biggest tyrants of 20th century Joseph V. Stalin

OFF THE BEATEN PATH

The brutalist side of beautiful Georgia. Abandoned, derelict Soviet places with strong legacy

LOCAL TOUCH

Tour where you meet and talk to the local Georgian people with the help of your guide

BEST OF

Georgia’s most compact Stalin Tour with shocking non-touristic locations

What is included in your Stalin's Georgia tour?

THE OTHER FACE OF GEORGIA

  • THE PRICE IS FINAL, NO HIDDEN FEES
  • VISIT TBILISI, CHIATURA, GORI and TSKALTUBO
  • PRIVATE DRIVER, PRIVATE ENGLISH GUIDE
  • ACCESS TO NO GO PLACES
  • HISTORY WITH YOU
  • TOURS IN 2 LANGUAGES (English, Russian)

Different Georgia Tour

MOST WANTED SOVIET TOUR in Georgia

The hidden gem of post-Soviet republics – Georgia. Famous for its breathtaking nature, ancient history and world famous cuisine, it also has its dark side: Stalin. You are now coming to uncover Soviet Georgia and uncover the untold stories behind all myths and legends. With the Stalin’s Georgia Private Tour you spend from 1 to 4 days on your own terms traveling back to the USSR with the narratives, atmosphere and places untouched from Soviet times.

  • Sneak into an abandoned Football stadium…not to play
  • Become a fan of brutalist architecture of Lego-like buildings
  • Walk in the footsteps of Joseph Stalin
  • Sit in the chairs of Stalin’s train where the hardest decisions were made
  • Become a Soviet working class citizen for a day
  • Visit an epic Spa Palace made for Stalin which now became abandoned
  • Explore half-abandoned industrial sites from Soviet era
  • Meet ordinary Georgians who remember Soviet times
WHY TOUR GEORGIA WITH STALIN?

We were shocked how much there is to explore in Georgia, in Stalin’s life, in the non-Russian Soviet era as we designed this tour. The brutalist architecture of Tbilisi will leave you speechless, together with the story of Georgia and its independence. Get a secret access to Stalin’s Underground Printing House Museum, located in the basement of an old private house and meet the director of the museum – a dedicated communist. See the famous rusty Tbilisi skybridge, but we will not let you walk on it as it is in bad shape and in a bad neighborhood. Explore the derelict Architecture Museum of Tbilisi where the only object to see…is the museum itself.

DAY 2

Pick your new car in the old Soviet car museum and maybe you get a chance to drive an old Lada car. However we will take you with an A/C van to the city of Gori, the birthplace of Iosif Dzhugashvili….Wait who? Oh, that’s the real name of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin. Find out how the childhood, abuse, and fear of flying shaped the once most powerful leader of Europe. Visiting his museum is a must, as it has stayed the same since his death in the 1950s, and you will experience a brand new perspective on this tyrant who left at least 5 million Soviet people perished of hunger. We will not bore you to death with the 60 thousand artifacts from Stalin’s life (what a modest work-class life collection), instead let’s escape for a while to the forgotten times by exploring the nearby Uplistsikhe – “Lord’s Fortress” and it’s an abandoned rock-hewn town that is more than 3000 years old.

DAY 3

If you dedicate more than just a weekend to exploring Georgia’s hidden secrets, let’s go somewhere where Joseph Stalin recruited workers into the Communist party. For this you will step into the shoes of the Soviet working class and become a citizen for one day in the industrial mining city of Chiatura. Joseph Stalin felt so sorry for the weary miners who had to scramble up and down the steep cliffs to reach their work and their homes, that when becoming the fearful leader of the USSR, he invested into a special public transportation system. Until today the cable cars are operational. They are not nicknamed “flying coffins” anymore as most of them were renovated, rebuilt, and upgraded. Let’s try a few in order to get to some abandoned and creepy corners of Chiatura where time has stopped. By the way, Stalin did not feel that sorry for all workers as he canceled weekends in the USSR for nearly 11 year.

Hard to understand? Let’s dive even deeper to the times by visiting an abandoned railway station, former pioneer palace or Chiatura’s local mining museum or the local football stadium. If you felt helpless in the Soviet Union, you could escape the reality by finding an isolated place to stay, just like the monks did on Katskhi pillar – one of the most inaccessible and remote places on this planet to live. Breathtaking. 

DAY 4

The maximum Program of your tour includes a stay in a spa. No, we did not turn this tour into a wellness weekend for the weak, but with a HERO package you deserve a full VIP spa access with options for treatments that all Soviet leaders were coming for. The legendary Stalin’s spa is half abandoned with architecture like from a fairy tale.  You peek into Stalin’s private suite and bath and even Stalin’s Dacha (weekend house)! You explore the abandoned or half-abandoned sanatoriums, theaters and hotels with inner gardens, as well as abandoned swimming pools and bathhouses.
Just imagine staying at a cozy spa hotel, which has more space for exploring than hotels in Chernobyl! Tskaltubo is the one in a lifetime experience of the Soviet spa industry for prominent guests. Nowadays, parts of the sanatoriums are inhabited by refugees from the conflict in Georgia’s pro-Russian region of Abkhazia. Get first hand stories of people who were lucky to flee this 2008 conflict.

Whether you choose 1, 2, 3 or the full 4 day programme, you will leave Georgia with goosebumps, not just hundreds of pictures or the new favorite dishes you will try to cook at home. The intense program of Stalin’s Georgia Tour is flexible, non-touristic, breath-taking. And you make it live. You bring life into the derelict places, leaving a footprint in the continuous story of Post-Soviet Georgia. 

“CHRONICLE of GEORGIA” Also known as “The Georgian Stonehenge”

Consists of 16 large columns that reach a height of around 114 feet (35 meters) each. The lower parts portray the life of Jesus and other notable figures throughout the history of Christianity. The higher parts of the pillars contain notable members of royalty and rulers of Georgia.

Nino B., Local tour guide expert

TRELIGORA WATER RESERVOIR

A dome-shaped abandoned water reservoir that supplied several settlements of the capital, was built in the 80ies. Abandoned water reservoir.. Located in an elevated place. After construction it used to supply Digomi and Vashlijvari settlement with fresh water. The approximate build year is 1985.

Nino B., Local tour guide expert

THE HEADQUARTERS OF THE BANK of Georgia

An 18-story building on the outskirts of Georgia’s capital city of Tbilisi. It was opened in 1975 as the Ministry of Highway Construction of the Georgian SSR. The former building of the Ministry of Roads of the Georgian SSR. This tetris-like shaped construct was inspired by nature.

Nino B., Local tour guide expert

Soviet blocks of flats on Nutsubidze plateau, Tbilisi

One of the most unique residential blocks in Tbilisi, each linked via a 14th-floor footbridge connecting back to the upper hillside.

Nino B., Local tour guide expert

Tbilisi Sky-Bridge (complex of residential buildings)

The building is located at one of the highest area of Tbilisi. Due to the complexity of the terrain, architects had to come up with extraordinary ideas which they did successfully – there are bridges that connect 16 buildings standing on uneven terrain and those bridges are mainly used by people living in mountainous plateau in order to get easily to central streets of the city.

Nino B., Local tour guide expert

Tbilisi Soivet auto museum

Private collection of cars from soviet times, each sleek car full of history and some have only a few copies left in the world.

Nino B., Local tour guide expert

Tbilisi Soivet auto museum

Private collection of cars from soviet times, each sleek car full of history and some have only a few copies left in the world.

Nino B., Local tour guide expert

TSKALTUBO, an abandoned soviet SPA resort

One of many large-scale sanatoriums from Tskaltubo spa resort, a very popular destination in Soviet times, is now used by refugees, or abandoned and waiting for renovations.

Nino B., Local tour guide expert

TSKALTUBO, the forgotten soviet SPA town

This sanatorium has a cascading structure, 2 buildings connected with a bridge, and overlooks the surroundings of Tskaltubo and Kutaisi. After refugees moved in, they dismantled the entire unused part of the building for metal, leaving it in disrepair.

Nino B., Local tour guide expert

TSKALTUBO, the forgotten soviet SPA town

This sanatorium has a cascading structure, 2 buildings connected with a bridge, and overlooks the surroundings of Tskaltubo and Kutaisi. After refugees moved in, they dismantled the entire unused part of the building for metal, leaving it in disrepair.

Nino B., Local tour guide expert

UPLISTSIKHE - the ancient city carved into the rock

The end of the second - the beginning of the first millennium BC. Archaeologists believe that this is the oldest settlement on the territory of Georgia, once an important political and religious center with a population of 20 000 at its peak before Christianity.

Nino B., Local tour guide expert

JOSEPH STALIN MUSEUM in GORI

Joseph Stalin Museum has saved tiny house where comrade was growing up and private train vagon with which he was traveling during his rule.

Nino B., Local tour guide expert

MINING TOWN of CHIATURA

From the very foundation, Chiatura has been the world leader in manganese mining, in different years it was possible to reach figures from 50 to 70 percent of the total world production. All people in the city are somehow connected with mining / extractive activities - chiatura is a vivid example of a city-forming plant in the USSR.

Nino B., Local tour guide expert

FORMER PIONEER PALACE IN CHIATURA

There used to be a lot of circles, classes, an assembly hall for performances and even a museum in the Pioneers' palace of Chiatura. The building functioned until 2007, after which it was completely abandoned and later looted.

Nino B., Local tour guide expert

THE KATSKHI PILLAR

A giant limestone monolith 40 meters high, located near the town of Chiatura. Before the adoption of Christianity by Georgia, local residents revered it as a symbol of the god of fertility.

Nino B., Local tour guide expert

MGVIMEVI

One of the most unusual monasteries in Georgia. It has been active since the 13th century. The monastery is for women. It is not carved into the rock, does not have a classical rectangular shape, but is located right in a shapeless cave and part of it is occupied by a stalagmite near the altar.

Nino B., Local tour guide expert

SANATORIUM "MEDEA"

One of the 22 Stalinist sanatoriums in the city of Tskaltubo. There were times when the highest ranks of the state came in resort to rest - in particular, Stalin and Beria, and it was not easy for ordinary people to get a ticket to local sanatoriums.

Nino B., Local tour guide expert

“DRY BRIDGE MARKET”

Here you can find anything from Soviet memorabilia to household items to artwork. It’s a vibrant spot to hunt around for a unique souvenir from your travels. Dry bridge gets its name from its location: It is literally a dry bridge. Years ago, an arm of the Kura river created a small island between the east and the west banks. That waterway has since dried up, but the name stuck and the spot now holds one of the most interesting bazaars in Tbilisi.

Nino B., Local tour guide expert
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“CHRONICLE of GEORGIA” Also known as “The Georgian Stonehenge”

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TRELIGORA WATER RESERVOIR

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THE HEADQUARTERS OF THE BANK of Georgia

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Soviet blocks of flats on Nutsubidze plateau, Tbilisi

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Tbilisi Sky-Bridge (complex of residential buildings)

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Tbilisi Soivet auto museum

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Tbilisi Soivet auto museum

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TSKALTUBO, an abandoned soviet SPA resort

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TSKALTUBO, the forgotten soviet SPA town

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TSKALTUBO, the forgotten soviet SPA town

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UPLISTSIKHE - the ancient city carved into the rock

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JOSEPH STALIN MUSEUM in GORI

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MINING TOWN of CHIATURA

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FORMER PIONEER PALACE IN CHIATURA

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THE KATSKHI PILLAR

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MGVIMEVI

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SANATORIUM "MEDEA"

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“DRY BRIDGE MARKET”

You are all covered for the Trip of your lifetime

PRICE INCLUDES

  • Full adventurous programme during your stay in Georgia
  • Professional English Guide
  • Pick up and drop off at your address in Tbilisi
  • Exploring safe and hidden places, abandoned buildings or locations
  • Tickets to museums
  • Access to non-touristic sites
  • Hotel accommodation
  • Ride on Stalin's cable cars (Hero package)
  • VIP Stalin's Spa Package (Only 4 day tour Hero package)
  • Meet up with Locals with sip of wine, Cha-Cha drink and local traditional Georgian bread
  • Comfortable transportation with A/C and Wi-Fi
  • VIP tour spots for other X destinations: Fukushima, North Korea, Baikonur….

STALIN'S GEORGIA PRIVATE TOUR

Frequently Asked questions

Visiting all spots in Georgia is risk-free, although some places don’t have entrances and are thus visited at your own risk. We made exploration as safe as possible, however, always watch your safety with proper clothing, shoes and protective gear.

During the Corona pandemic, we have ensured the absolute safety of you and your fellow travelers by an airline-level of disinfection and precautionary measurements: antibacterial gel, disinfected buses and cars, option to agree for all travelers, travel guides and drivers to wear masks. Together we can make sure you come back home safe and thrilled.

Due to actual constraints in some locations of Georgia, ChernobylX keeps the right to change the program of the itinerary, informing you about any constraints.

IS IT SAFE TO VISIT Georgia ?

Georgia is a very safe country with low criminality, especially in the cities. Our tour guide takes care of your safety and helps you to watch your belongings. Most of the itinerary and program is risk-free. As for political risks, Georgia has had a frozen conflict with pro-Russian territories of Abkhazia and South Ossetia from 2008. This conflict will not affect the safety of the tour. In case of change or escalation, we will inform you or manage changes to your tour plan.

We love things fast, however immersing ourselves into the Soviet era really takes time and visiting non-touristic spots, abandoned evidence of brutalism, Stalin’s Palaces or his hometown, one needs to dive deep to uncover the truth. With a 1 or 2 day tour you visit Tbilisi and its surroundings (Gori) that gives you a feel of the Stalin era, however with 3 and 4 day tours you really see the rough life of a Soviet worker, or now Georgia citizens or refugees. The costs for more day tours are just a bit higher, but the experience is exponentially better.

HERE is the list of the countries whose citizens have the right to enter and stay in Georgia without a visa, for 1 full year. 

The fastest and easiest way to check whether you need a visa to enter and/or stay in Georgia, or transit the territory of Georgia is to click on the DO I NEED VISA  button and process step by step with a simple online application.

Citizens of the European Union member states can benefit from visa-free travel opportunities to Georgia and travel with their national identity cards.

Short-term single entry VISA enables the travel visitor to travel to Georgia once for a maximum of 30 days in line with the indicated travel dates. Foreigners may plan their trips to Georgia through the online platform where a complete list of non-European countries whose citizens are part of the visa-free regime are indicated. Additionally, the citizens of countries who are eligible to apply on the e-Visa portal can reach all information.

From March 1, 2022, citizens of all countries, traveling by air, land, or sea from any country may enter Georgia if they present the document confirming the full course of any COVID-19 vaccination OR present a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours (96 hours for visitors traveling from the U.S) before their arrival. 

We recommend booking your Stalin’s Georgia tour in advance, last minute bookings might not be accepted or may not have access to all visited sites, especially those where entry needs to be booked in advance. You are free to move the date of your tour without any penalties up to 48h before the tour. If you want to cancel your tour, a 20% non-refundable fee is charged to you in case you cancel 60 days or less before the tour date.

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