Karabakh resemble a kidney bean with the indentation on the east side. It has tall mountain ridges along the northern edge and along the west and mountainous south.
- Arrival at your convenience in Yerevan
- We’ll then start a Soviet Yerevan tour, we’ll see one of the other mother motherland monuments this time overlooking Yerevan and surrounded by military equipment such as tanks, APC’s and missiles.
- Inside is a museum to the Nagorno-Karabakh war which we’ll visit.
- Armenian dinner and overnight in Yerevan
- After breakfast, we will depart for the city of Goris on
Morning departure to; the capital of Nagorno Karabakh, Stephanakert, by private transport which will be taking a scenic route crossing the stunning mountains of Armenia.
- After crossing the Nagorno Karabakh border, we’ll pull over to check out a burnt out tank from the civil war now discarded on a mountain road.
- On the way, we’ll stop at the wacky village of Vank to see Titanic and Seastone hotels, strange places built by a local eccentric billionaire, and a really weird treat of the trip. Nearby is also a Soviet monument surrounded by discarded weapons and mortar from the recent civil war.
- Visit the Gandzasar monastery, one of the oldest monasteries in the world, tracing its roots to 600 AD, it survived multiple bombing attempts by Azerbaijan during the conflict.
- Explore ancient cemetery around the monastery.
- Evening arrival in Stepanakert where we will check into our hotel before heading out for an evening meal.
- Overnight in Stepanakert
- Breakfast at the hotel
- Visit the foreign affairs department and get our Nagorno-Karabakh visas. It is optional to have it in your passport, as this stamp means you cannot enter Azerbaijan on the passport in use.
- We will then do a walking tour of the quirky town of Stepanakert, taking in the parliament, the museum of the republic, Soviet relics and a local weapons shop where, if we’re lucky, we can take photos holding Kalashnikovs and other weapons.
- Visit the extremely disturbing museum to fallen soldiers in battles during the war with Azerbaijan.
- The museum contains a variety of objects and photographs and tells of horror stories about the war.
A stop at the brand new but never properly used Stepanakert airport
- We’ll then drive to the small town of Sushi, decimated in the civil war and ethnically cleansed of Azeris, it’s now an eerie shell of its former self. There are still many Azeri mosques here which are of course abandoned, we can explore these and even climb to the top of the minarets.
- We’ll stop at another destroyed Soviet era tank on the way as well as checking out a bullet riddled Soviet WW2 monument.
- We’ll return to Stephanakert to have dinner at Yureni – a traditional Karabakh restaurant, then visit the local nightclub for some evening drinks in one of the only nightclubs in Nagorno Karabakh.
- Overnight in Stepanakert
- After breakfast, we check out and begin our departure to Yerevan
- On the way, we’ll visit the famous Papik and Tatik monument also known as ‘we are the mountains’, a Soviet era monument reminiscent of something from Easter island which is dedicated to the mountains and the people of this region.
- Stop at the Armenian Stonehenge, twice as old as the English one.
- Roadside lunch on the way to Yerevan.
- Evening arrival in Yerevan and check into a hotel before dinner in a traditional Armenian Restaurant.
- Night in the town in Yerevan. Yerevan is a very young party town and will provide for a great night out!
- Overnight at the hotel.
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