At YPT, we love autonomous republics, breakaway states and bizarre exclaves, and our latest addition to our range of tours to such far flung places is the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic! Whilst Nakhchivan is an exclave of Azerbaijan, this bizarre republic is geographically separated from the rest of Azerbaijan by its mortal enemy, Armenia, with whom they’re still at war with since the 1990’s. Nakhchivan was one of the first regions of the former USSR to claim independence, shortly after this the Nagorno-Karabakh War between Azerbaijan and Armenia erupted and killed tens of thousands of people. During this war, Nakhchivan was blockaded for a long time. In order to survive, this isolated exclave was forced to become very self-reliant.
Inside this little known, landlocked republic are many incredible sights from ancient mosques and Madrassas and Soviet relics to awe inspiring natural scenery and the tomb of Noah. We’ll begin our tour in the capital of Azerbaijan and explore everything it has to offer from its Soviet remnants and its ancient history and the cult of personality around the long serving president Heydar Aliyev. We’ll then take a charter flight into Nakhchivan, as the border with Armenia is sealed, and begin our tour around the country seeing everything there is to see, meeting local people and trying the local cuisine.
While you’re in the region, why not join up with the tour to Nakhchivan’s neighbouring country of Iran? We’ll be taking a road trip all the way to Tehran and after our time in Iran will be exploring Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh, Georgia and Abkhazia.
As always return Pioneer discounts apply, get in touch to book your spot!
Thursday 17th March – Baku
Friday 18th March – Baku
Saturday 19th March – Baku-Nakhchivan
Sunday 20th March– Nakhchivan-Ordubad
Monday 21st March– Nakhchivan
Tuesday 22nd March – Baku
Want to extend your YPT adventure? Join one of our great tour extensions
• Twin-share accommodation.
• All travel and transportation during the tour (unless otherwise specified in the tour itinerary.)
•Domestic flight in Azerbaijan
• YPT guide and local English-speaking guides
• Entrance fees (unless otherwise specified in the itinerary)
•Visa fees (if applicable)
•Transportation to and from Baku
•Meals & drinks
•Single supplement (€150)
•Tips for the local guides and driver (
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