South Ossetia is a very mountainous region located in the Caucasus at the juncture of Asia and Europe. It occupies the southern slopes of the Greater Caucasus mountain range and its foothills which are part of the Iberia Plain, a geographic plateau that is roughly in the center of South Ossetia.
Independent Travel to South Ossetia
Alongside the Luhansk and Donetsk People’s Republics, South Ossetia is amongst the youngest breakaway states in the world. In 2008, the region was the site of a brutal 5 day war between Russia and Georgia known as the Russo-Georgia war. Since then, the border with Georgia is sealed and the only way to enter is through the Caucasus mountains on the Russian border. South Ossetia is a paradise for adventure travellers being one of the least visited republics on earth due to the difficulty of entering. Luckily, Soviet Wastelands can guarantee entry into the republic and obtain permits fast.
South Ossetia has found a place in the hearts of Soviet Wastelands, as the countries of the South Caucasus region are slowly being enveloped by mainstream tourism, South Ossetia is a bastion of how the Caucasus used to be, with ancient traditions, beautiful food and warm, hospitable locals.
Tour guides in South Ossetia
Our team in South Ossetia are highly connected through the country and can arrange anything with ease. Our team knows all of the hidden sights from war ravaged ghost towns to forgotten ancient monasteries and pagan sites nestled deep in the Caucasus mountains. You will be picked up in jeeps bearing government plates and will be taken care of throughout your trip.
Hotels in South Ossetia
In the capital city of Tskhinvali there are only two hotels, the original Soviet Intourist hotel which is only 30% reconstructed since the war raged right past it in 2008 and tanks were blown up outside it. The rooms are of a Soviet comfort level provided you don’t mind the odd bullet hole or power cut. The other option is the official accommodation for the national football team with more luxury rooms and breakfast.
Specialist Private Tours to South Ossetia
For those with a specialist interest in breakaway states and the Republic of South Ossetia, we can arrange private independent tours throughout the year for any length of time. The tour can begin in Moscow or Vladikavkaz and can also include trips to other parts of the North Caucasus such as Ingushetia, Chechnya and Dagestan. You will be joined by a Soviet Wastelands representative and accompanied by our local team in South Ossetia focusing on specific areas of your interest. We can arrange trips across the entire country and in the past have arranged specialist trips focusing on ancient monasteries, war history, political history, cultural trips and Paganistic history.
Join a Group Tour to South Ossetia
Each year, Soviet Wastelands operate one South Ossetia group tour at an unbeatable price. The first as part of our all breakaway states tour and the second is our annual South Ossetia National Day tour taking in the awe inspiring military parade and independence celebrations. Beginning in Moscow or Vladikavkaz and taking in all the main sights of the republic including many hidden spots, meeting locals and getting an in depth view of this fascinating breakaway country.
Read more here about our experiences of travel in South Ossetia
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