Unrecognized Countries Tours

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YPT Unrecognized Countries Group Tours 2017

Name of Tour Start Date End Date Details
Chernobyl & Transnistria Tour April 14th April 16th/April 23rd Part 1 – €450, Part 2 – €340, Combo – €740. Kiev – Chernobyl – Pripyat – Odessa – Tiraspol – Bendery – Chisinau – Bucharest 4/7/11 days
Caucasus Unrecognised Countries Tour May 1st May 8th/May 14th Part 1 – €795, Part 2 – €895, Combo – €1540 Yerevan – Goris – Stepanokert – Yerevan – Tiblisi – Sukhum – Tiblisi 8/6/14 days
Transnistria National Day & Gagauzia Tour August 29th September 5th €495 Bucharest – Chisinau – Tiraspol – Comrat – Bucharest 7 nights, 8 days

YPT ran our first tour to Eastern Europe as part of our Eurasian Adventure Tour 5 years ago. During that time we have added lots of cool and exciting destinations to our scheduled group tours, as well as increasing our network to offer some great destinations for independent travelers.

Our local guides are highly professional westerners, fluent in English, as well as Russian, the lingua-franca of the region. We have listed some example itineraries, and destinations, but if you would like us to tailor make something for you, please get in touch. For those people travelling to the Russian Federation, we can also offer Russian Visa Invitation letters, a prerequisite for getting a visa into the country.

Unrecognised Countries

Transnistria

Transnistria (also called Trans-Dniestr or Transdniestria), or to give it is full title the Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic is breakaway state sandwiched between Moldova (which claims the country), and the Ukraine, largely occupying the east side of the Dniester River. This largelly unrecognized state (3 non UN members recognize it) often called the “last of the Soviet Union”, or “Europe’s Cold War Relic” is one of the most fascinating (and cheapest) places in Europe you can visit, with busts of Lenin, communist symbolism, funny flags and an eerie feel littering the place.

YPT took the first ever group tour into the country back in 2011, and we now offer groups tours throughout the year, such as for national day, the only Soviet style military parade in Europe.

For independent travelers we can offer fully inclusive packages including a western guide, accommodation and transport. Please get in touch for more details.

Abkhazia

Abkhazia, officially known as the Republic of Abkhazia or Apsny is a state with limited recognition (it is recognized by 4 UN members and 3 non UN members), and is officially part of the Republic of Georgia, with whom it faught a war of independence in 1992 a conflict that has periodically reared its ugly head, most recently in 2008 when following skirmishes with Georgian forces, Russia swept through and occupied large parts of Georgia (including Goris the hometown of Stalin).

During Soviet times, Abkhazia, along with Crimea were the jewels in the crown when it came to holidays for the elite, even today Russians swarm to the country during the summer months. YPT took our first group here in 2013, with us currently offering at least 2 group tours per year here.

For independent travelers we can offer fully inclusive packages including a western guide, accommodation and transport. We can also help get your Abkhazian visa, a prerequisite to visit the country. Please get in touch for more details.

Note – Abkhazia is situated in very easy traveling distance from Goris, not only the hometown of Stalin, but also the only place on earth where his statue still flies high.

Nagorno-Karabakh

Nagorno-Karabakh, or as it is officially known Artsakh Republic is landlocked breakaway republic not recognized by any UN member state (it is recognized by 3 non UN members) that is officially part of the Republic of Azerbaijan, but since the on/off civil war finished in 1994 has been a defacto independent state with heavy reliance on Armenia for survival (its population are ethic Armenians).

Armenia was the first state to declare Christianity as its state religion meaning that Nagorno-Karabakh has an extremely rich and interesting history, with some of the oldest churches in the world being situated here. Most fascinatingly though is the town of Agdam, known as Europe’s Hiroshima, a derelict bombed town left over from the war with Azerbaijan. YPT have been offering groups tours here since 2013, and still offer two group tours per year here.

For independent travelers we can offer fully inclusive packages including a western guide, accommodation and transport. Please get in touch for more details.

Note – All tours here can be combined with Armenia, Iran, Georgia and Abkhazia.

South Ossetia

South Ossetia, or as it is officially known the Republic of South Ossetia is a breakaway state with limited recognition (it is recognized by 4 UN members and 3 non UN members), and is officially part of the Republic of Georgia, with whom it faught a war of independence in 1992 a conflict that has periodically reared its ugly head, most recently in 2008 when following skirmishes with Georgian forces, Russia swept through and occupied large parts of Georgia (including Goris the hometown of Stalin).

A beautiful mountainous region which is culturally linked to North Ossetia, a region of the Russian Federation linked to the south by a legendary tunnel. It is generally considered a much more volatile region than Abkhazia and it is not currently possible to visit via Georgia.

YPT took our first research trip into the country in 2014, and have our first group tour planned for 2016.

Due to instability in the region, and a constantly changing it is not always possible to bring independent groups in. Please contact us to check on the current situation.

Media Trips

It is possible for us to arrange media trips to Transnistria, Abkhazia, and Nagorno-Karabakh, although various restrictions do apply.

Other Destinations

From hiring Titos train in Serbia, exploring abandoned factories in Ukraine, or to visiting the grave of Ceausescu, if your interest is Eastern Europe we can design the dream itinerary for you.