After constant research trips and negotiations, YPT are proud to bring you the ultimate tour to the breakaway state of South Ossetia. Despite being the most difficult to enter out of all four post-Soviet breakaway countries, YPT are able to obtain expedited entry permits for the republic. Only around 500 non Russian tourists have visited South Ossetia since 1993. All that is required for this tour is a double entry Russian visa, YPT will take care of all the breakaway state formalities.
Join us on our tour to one of the world’s newest unrecognised countries! South Ossetia only gained partial independence from Georgia in 2008. This was accepted by Russia and has subsequently also been accepted by Venezuela, Nicaragua and Nauru. Heavily fortified by the Russians, it has its own language, identity, and parliament.
Beginning in the Russian capital of Moscow, we’ll see all the main Soviet sights in the city before beginning an epic train journey through the heart of Southern Russia to Vladikavkaz, the gateway to the Caucasus! Here we’ll see all the local sights, from Soviet monuments to harrowing terrorist attack sites. From here we’ll cross through the Caucasus mountains to South Ossetia to check out the capital city of Tskhinval, take part in their independence day celebrations featuring one of the last Soviet style military parades left in the world and travel to the war-torn city of Leningor checking out Soviet monuments, local culture and ancient history on the way.
Please also note that you will need a double-entry Russian visa to take part in this tour as onward travel from South Ossetia into Georgia is nearly impossible and, frankly, ill-advised.
This tour is a standalone section of a much longer tour, the other parts of which can be seen below:
Thursday 15th September – Moscow
Friday 16th September – Moscow
Saturday 17th September – Train
Sunday 18th September – Vladikavkaz
Monday 19th September – Tskhinvali
Tuesday 20th September – Tskhinvali – Independence Day!
Wednesday 21st September – Tskhinval
Thursday 22nd September
Want to extend your YPT adventure? Join one of our great tour extensions
– Twin-share Accommodation
-All transport to complete the itinerary
-Guides (YPT and local guides)
-Entrance fees (Unless specified otherwise)
-Transport to the beginning and from the end of the tour
-Visa fees (YPT can provide a Russian LOI for €35)
-Single supplement (€200)
-Pre-tour accommodation (€40)
– Lunch and dinner
-Tips for the local guides and drivers
We have expert guides ready to help answer any questions you may have.