Where are we going?!
We’re going to Nagorno-Karabakh, a country internationally recognised only by Abkhazia, Transnistria, South Ossetia and a handful of American States. This lack of recognition is not surprising: all cars have Armenian license plates, currency is the Armenian Dram and the Karabakh flag looks suspiciously like the Armenian tricolor coarsely abused with Tipp-Ex.
Even Armenia refrains from labeling Nagorno-Karabakh as an independent country. It means we can easily cross the unrecognised border and will receive our visa as a separate sticker. In Armenia, we search for petroglyphs high in the Caucasus and prepare for a ride aboard the longest cable car in the world.
Why would I want to go there?!
They call it Nagorno for a reason: the landscape of Nagorno-Karabakh is mountainous and with its forests and hot springs, it’s markedly different from the Armenian plateau. In addition to jingalov hats and monuments of a varying degree of subtlety, Nagorno-Karabakh and Armenia boast a surplus of monasteries. Armenia presents itself as the first Christian country in the world, but in reality, the Armenian-Apostolic faith is an eclectic mix of Christianity and much older customs. During holidays like Vardavar, fertility goddess Astghik is worshiped and a 2000 year-old plane tree in Nagorno-Karabakh is decorated with claws and heads of sacrificed roosters.
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- international flight Amsterdam – Vienna – Yerevan
- transport in Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh
- accommodation based on double room, including breakfast (except final morning
- excursions and entrance fees
- travel insurance
- meals (unless stated otherwise)
- personal expenses
- visa Nagorno-Karabakh (approximately € 5)
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Curious about this tour? Complete the contact form to get more information about Unrecognised Stops (III) (in Dutch). If you’d rather chat in English, give us a call at +31 6 81 83 20 58.