Hello, Alanya! Winter express tour of Ossetia

A short, but very bright and memorable winter tour to Ossetia! Ancient legends, iconic places and the centuries-old history of the Ossetian people will be revealed to you on this pleasant weekend trip.

Visit the Dargava necropolis, which is popularly called the "City of the Dead", consisting of more than 90 crypt structures of original shape, and watchtowers of the 16th and 17th centuries. On the way to the Tsey Gorge, you will see the cave and the sanctuary of Sau Baraga (the Black Horseman). The place and the very image of the Black Horseman are shrouded in many legends and beliefs that you will have to learn.

Location

Vladikavkaz
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US$ 162
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Duration
3 Days
2 Nights
Departures
  • Group departures
    • 6 – 8 Dec
    • 13 – 15 Dec
    • 27 – 29 Dec
    • 28 – 30 Dec
    • 29 – 31 Dec
or
Accommodation
  • Hotel
    2 nights
Comfort
  • Midscale
  • Upscale
Difficulty
Moderate
Low physical intensity for amateurs and non-experienced travelers
Group
Up to 40 people
Minimum age
7 years old
Group meet at
Vladikavkaz
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Weekdays: 8am - 8pm
Weekends: 8am - 7pm (GMT +3)
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Tour highlights

Three famous gorges of mountainous Ossetia
We will see the battle towers and cave fortifications of the Kurtatinsky gorge, the Dargava necropolis and the infamous Karmadon gorge
Traditional Ossetian feast
If desired, we can visit the show program in the ethno-national style with dinner and tasting
Hospitable Vladikavkaz
We will see iconic places and get acquainted with the centuries-old history of the city

Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Arrival. Sightseeing tour of Vladikavkaz

    Arrival in Vladikavkaz.

    Accommodation in hotels.

    16:00 Sightseeing tour of Vladikavkaz — iconic places and the centuries-old history of the city.

    19:30-21:30 Alan evening show program in ethno-national style with dinner and tasting (extra charge) on Fridays.

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  • Day 2 - Three gorges: Kurtatinsky — Karmadonskoye — Dargavs
  • Day 3 - Alagir gorge — Tsey — aul Nar
Difficulty
Low physical intensity for amateurs and non-experienced travelers

Accommodation

Accommodation
  • Hotel
    2 nights
Comfort
  • Midscale
  • Upscale

The tour includes accommodation in hotels in Vladikavkaz.

The cost of the tour per room, depending on the accommodation from 04.12.2023-03.04.2024:

PlacementRoom category

Dbl

Two-month

Twin

Two-month

Single

One

Triple*

The third

DBL+CH

2bz+1b

QUAD

Fourteen.

Breakfast

Breakfast

Kadgaron Hotel 3*standard284802848019360413104029053040Sw. table
Vladikavkaz 3 Hotel*standard3094030940219304641045390-Sw. table
comfort3502035020248204896047940-Sw. table
Planeta Lux 3 Hotel*standard3094030940203804437041310-Sw. table
Junior Suite3230032300238004641043350-Sw. table
DoubleTree by Hilton 4*standard5066050660370606528062220-Sw. table
Olympus Plaza 3+standard350203502025500489604794053040Sw. table
Grand Hotel Alexandrovsky 4*standard5542055420411407191066300-Sw. table

Twin— double room (has two separate beds).

Double (DBL) — double room (one double bed).

Singlesingle room.

Triple — for triple accommodation, hotels/camp sites along the route provide DBL/TWN + additional. a bed or sofa, or three separate beds (depending on the hotel's facilities).

DBL+CH — room for two adults and a child, from 7 to 12 years old inclusive.

Possible accommodation options are indicated. The specified accommodation facilities can be replaced with similar ones by the decision of the tour operator.

The Kadgaron Hotel or Vladikavkaz Hotel 3* or 2 nights
The Kadgaron Hotel

It is located in the center of Vladikavkaz. It offers a restaurant, free breakfast and free Wi-Fi. At Kadgaron Hotel you will find a 24-hour front desk, a terrace, a bar, a nightclub, meeting facilities and a ticket office. The city Park and the Terek River embankment are a 15-minute walk away.

In the room: cable TV and a refrigerator, some rooms have a seating area with a sofa, a flat-screen TV and a minibar. The rooms offer mountain views.

Another option
Vladikavkaz Hotel 3*

It is located in the center of Vladikavkaz, a 2-minute walk from the Terek River and the Kosta Khetagurov Park. It offers free Wi-Fi. The hotel's restaurant serves European and Caucasian cuisine. Local cafes, bars and restaurants are a 10-minute walk away. Vladikavkaz Train Station is 3 km away, and Vladikavkaz Airport is 25 km away.

In the room: a minibar, a private bathroom with a bathtub, free toiletries and towels. Some rooms have a view of the river. Other facilities include a desk.

The standard rooms are only on the 3rd floor. These are rooms without a balcony.

Comfort rooms with balconies from the 4th floor and above.

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Another option
Planeta Lux Hotel 3*

It is located in a historic building in the center of Vladikavkaz, a 5-minute walk from Spartak Stadium and Komsomolsky Park. Free Wi-Fi is available. There is a restaurant on site. Vladikavkaz Train Station is a 10-minute walk from Planeta Lux Hotel. Vladikavkaz Airport is a 30-minute drive away.

The room has a refrigerator and a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. Free toiletries are provided in the bathroom.

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Another option
DoubleTree by Hilton 4*

The DoubleTree by Hilton Vladikavkaz Hotel is located in Vladikavkaz. This hotel is located 1 km from the city center.

You can pass the evening or have a nice time before going to bed in a cozy atmosphere in the lobby bar. There are also two restaurants on site. Do you want to stay in touch? The hotel has free Wi-Fi. Parking is organized especially for car travelers.

Also for guests at the hotel: massage room, sauna, solarium and hammam. Specially for guests who do not miss the opportunity to do sports, there is a fitness center, gym and yoga. Karaoke is one of the on—site entertainment options. Take your pet with you. The hotel can accommodate a pet for an additional fee.

The hotel staff can arrange a shuttle service upon request. Accessible environment: the elevator is working. Extras: laundry, ATM and ironing services. The hotel staff will support the conversation in English and Russian.

The room is comfortably furnished and equipped with everything you need to relax after a long and busy day. There is a TV, a minibar on request and a bathrobe. The listed services are not available in all rooms.

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Grand Hotel Alexandrovsky 4*

The Grand Alexandrovsky Hotel is located in Vladikavkaz. Cleaning is done every day. You can book a transfer to any place. The reception is open 24 hours a day.

All rooms have everything you need for your comfortable stay. The bathroom has bathrobes and a set of towels.

You can order a special diet menu. You can enjoy a variety of refreshing drinks at the bar. There is a restaurant.

The airport is 20 km away and the train station is 1 km away.

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Tour conditions

Group
up to 40 tourists
Minimum age
7 years old
Duration
3 days 2 nights
Group meets at
Vladikavkaz

Included in price

  • group transfers from Vladikavkaz airport and railway station to hotels on the first day of the tour to all flights/trains upon arrival before 14:00;
  • group transfer to Vladikavkaz airport and railway station upon departure on the final day of the tour for flights/trains later than 18:00;
  • accommodation in hotels / tourist complexes according to the tour program in Vladikavkaz;
  • guided tours with professional guides and qualified drivers;
  • meals: breakfast at the hotel + 2 lunches/picnics along the tour route;
  • entrance tickets to the objects of visits according to the excursion program, environmental fees of nature reserves.

Paid extra

  • air and railway tickets to Vladikavkaz and back;
  • meals not specified in the program;
  • ticket for the chairlift in the Tseysky gorge - 400 rubles.;
  • excursions, entertainment and entrance tickets to facilities not included in the tour program;
  • individual transfers from / to the airport and railway station of Vladikavkaz, as well as any individual transport service.

Book in advance, the number of seats is limited:

  • Alan evening show program in ethno-national style with dinner and tasting:
    • adult — 1,950 rubles.;
    • a child under 16 years of age — 1,600 rubles.;
    • children's menu, up to 8 years old — 700 rubles.

It's important to know

Personal equipment you need for the tour

Travel clothes should be, first of all, comfortable. Please take with you what you usually wear for hiking and recreation. When planning a visit to protected areas and mountain gorges, sneakers with durable and non-slippery soles are best suited.

Regardless of the predicted weather conditions, it is necessary to take several warm clothes, several pairs of replacement shoes, and rain clothes on the trip; they will be useful in case of a cold snap. 

Sun hats, cream, sunglasses. Sunglasses are a must-have attribute in the mountains regardless when you travel in winter or summer. Clothing that covers the shoulders and arms during the daytime hours of active sun.

When visiting shrines, you will need appropriate clothing. In the mosque, women need to wear clothes that will cover the whole body, only the face and hands remain open, trousers are also not allowed. It is enough for men to wear trousers and a shirt with sleeves to visit the mosque.

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Dates and Prices

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  • from US$ 162
    6 – 8 Dec 3 days 2 nights
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  • from US$ 162
    13 – 15 Dec 3 days 2 nights
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  • from US$ 162
    27 – 29 Dec 3 days 2 nights
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  • from US$ 162
    28 – 30 Dec 3 days 2 nights
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  • from US$ 162
    29 – 31 Dec 3 days 2 nights
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