Itinerary in brief:
Day 1: Arrival - Yerevan city tour
Day 3: Goris - Riding the world's longest aerial tramway visit Tatev Monastery - Armenian Stonehenge - Selim Caravanserai on the Great Silk Road in Selim Mountain Pass - Stone Garden of Armenian ancient cross-stones - Lake Sevan
Day 2: Yerevan - Khor Virap Monastery - Areni village: winery tour & wine tasting - Noravank Monastery - Goris
Day 4: Sevanavank - Old Dilijan town - Goshavank - Tsaghkadzor ski resort town - Yerevan
Day 5: Yerevan - Echmiadzin - Zvartnots - Yerevan
Day 6: Yerevan - Garni Hellenistic Temple - Geghard Monastery carved out of a solid rock - Yerevan
Day 7: Departure
Itinerary in details
Arrival. Transfer to your
hotel in Yerevan. Hotel check in. Rest.
Yerevan City Tour BY EVENING: Yerevan is the pink “pearl” of Armenia, a beautiful European city mostly built with different shades of local pink stone called "tuff" quarried in Armenia. Founded in 782B.C. Yerevan is reputedly one of the oldest cities in the world to have been continuously inhabited.
We start our exploration with the Republic Square with it magnificent buildings enhanced by singing fountains. Walking down the Abovyan Street, one of the oldest streets in Yerevan which used to be a part of the Great Silk Road, Northern Avenue, Opera House. Visiting the colosal Monument of Cascade. A visit to the “GUM" Bazaar, a real museum of food.
Have a fascinating journey through the Armenian glorious history with a visit to the History Museum of Armenia, one of the best museums in the world. The museum represents an integral picture of the history and culture of Armenia from prehistoric times (one million years ago) till our days. Here you can find the world’s oldest leather shoe (5500years old) found only 3years ago!
Get acquainted with the rich spiritual and cultural life of ancient Armenia at Matenadaran, a unique Research Institute and Museum of ancient and medieval illustrated manuscripts. Marvel at the illuminated pages of some of those manuscripts within their glass cases. Overnight in Yerevan.
A day dedicated to exploration of Southern Armenia combining the magic of Armenia's finest medieval architecture with stunning landscapes. The first stop of our trip is Khor Virap, the most sacred pilgrimage destination in Armenia not only because it’s the only place in Armenia where you’ll get the best view of the biblical Mount Ararat within Armenian borders, but this is where St. Gregory the Illuminator was imprisoned for 13 years by the King Tiridates III for preaching Christianity. Guided by the remote majesty of the biblical Mount Ararat, where the Noah’s ark had landed, we explore the site, its underground chambers, elegant chapels and are captivated by the ascetic atmosphere of the site. We continue to the south driving through the agricultural heart of Armenia, Ararat Plain offering a fantastic scenery of fruit orchards, endless vineyards at the foothills of Ararat Mountain. As soon as the we pass the Ararat Plain we can experience the untamed beauty of Southern Armenia - surreal red rocks providing an eerie echo, honey-colored villages sandwiched between them. Our next stop is the Monastery of Noravank, an architectural gemstone nestled among brick-red cliffs, just above a deep gorge. It’s only here where you can see a bas-relief with the representation of Father God with almond-shaped eyes which look far ahead. We’ll drive to Areni village, the cradle of viticulture! This is where world’s oldest winery has been found (6100years old)! Winery tour and wine tasting (about 11 sorts of wine including pomegranate, apricot and cherry wines). Overnight in Goris.
Take a stroll in Goris town, one of the most beautiful towns in Armenia. It’s a town in orchards where the houses have the same unique architecture with red tile roofs and arched windows. The town is beautifully planned by a German architect in the 19th century. Riding the world’s longest aerial tramway (5.7km) you’ll reach the miraculous Tatev Monastery, the most formidable monastic complex founded in the 9th century located on a rocky peninsula more than 100 meters above the Vorotan River. According to tradition the relics of the Apostles, Sts. Peter and Paul, were placed under the dome's supporting pillars. Continue to Karahundj (Armenia’s Stonehenge). This stone circle, now shown to be a prehistoric observatory, long predates Stonehenge in England. Ancient inscriptions found here may mark the birthplace of the Zodiac – and of Western Civilization itself. Possibly it was the world's first astronomical observatory founded 7500 years ago. Driving through Vardenyats Mountain Pass famous for its fascinating colorful mountains we reach the Orbelian Caravanserai along the Great Silk Road where you’ll see some remains of the real old road, small medieval bridges, hundreds of fresh water springs gushing from the rocks. Here little has changed since the fourteenth century. The caravanserai offered hospitality to travelers along the highway crossing the Vardenyats mountains. Visit the Stone Garden - Noraduz, the largest field of Armenian exquisite cross-stones in the world. Proceed to Lake Sevan National Park. Overnight in Sevan.
After breakfast we’ll have a tour around the Lake Sevan, the world’s second largest high altitude lake at 1900m above sea level. It’s a huge mountainous lake which takes up 5% of Armenia's surface area. Climb up to Sevanavank Monastery (more than 220steps) to marvel at the beautiful view of the Lake Sevan, the “blue-eyed” bride of Armenia. Continue to Dilijan spa town in Dilijan National Park, a protected area renowned for its serene lakes, picturesque hill trails and peaceful villages. Words alone can’t describe the natural beauty of Dilijan. Many poets used to say, "If there are woods, mountains, streams and mineral waters in paradise, it must be like Dilijan”. Due to its forested mountains and mild climate, Dilijan is named "Armenia's Little Switzerland". Take a stroll in Old Dilijan Complex on historic Sharambeyan street. Then we continue our journey to Goshavank, a fairy-tale monastery set amidst flower-filled meadows. On the way to Yerevan we’ll visit the town of Tsaghkadzor, the biggest ski resort of Armenia with forests. In the summertime, people go there to get away from the city life of Yerevan, and the heat, for the fresh air in the mountains. In the winter, the town is completely overtaken by skiers and people who just want to relax and enjoy the snow and scenery. The modern rope-way will take you to the top of Teghenis Mountain, where the greens of land and the blue of the sky get in fusion. Overnight in Yerevan.
Today we embark on our journey to the lands of ancient treasures of Christian history…Vatican city of Armenia, Holy Echmiadzin with its world’s earliest Christian churches included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Visit Echmiadzin Mother Cathedral. It was originally built by Saint Gregory the Illuminator in 301-303A.D., when Armenia became the first officially Christian state in the world. Continue to St. Hripsime Church built in 7th century, a masterpieces of early medieval Armenian architecture. On the way back to Yerevan visit the Ruins of Zvartnots Cathedral, a majestic cathedral dedicated to St. Gregory. The remnants of Zvartnots, even in ruins, are a majestic sight... All the sites visited during this tour are inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Visit the Armenian Genocide Memorial and Museum in Yerevan.
Overnight in Yerevan.
Leaving the frantic pace of the city we are heading towards Garni Pagan Temple, the only Hellenistic Temple in the Caucasus and the former USSR. Gracing the hillside the pagan temple was dedicated to the God of Sun, Mithra. It was built in 77A.D. by the Armenian King Tiridates I. Proceed to Geghard Monastery, an incredible ancient Armenian monastery, partly carved out of a mountain. It is said that the Holy Lance that pierced the body of Christ was kept here. The architectural forms and the decoration of Geghard's rock premises show that Armenian builders could not only create superb works of architecture out of stone, but also hew them in solid rock. It is included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Hotel check out. Transfer to airport. Departure.
The rates include:
Accommodation at 3* hotels (6 nights)
Transportation with a comfortable touristic class car
Multi-lingual professional tourist guide
Breakfast at the hotel
Entrance fees to all visited places
Armenian bread Lavash making in a local house in Garni village
Wine tasting in Areni village
Tatev Cable car
The rates do not include:
Visa to Armenia
Single room supplement
*Itinerary is subject to change at any time upon your request.