FEEL THE WARMTH OF THE ARMENIAN WINTER...
Tour dates: January 19 - 26, 2014
Price From €426
The winter months are the perfect time to travel to Armenia. Not only are there fewer crowds and lower travel prices (up to 30% less than peak season!), but you’ll be able to get a glimpse of Armenian culture that you can’t always see during the summer months. Now the vacation of your dreams is within reach—without emptying your wallet.
Discover the timeless beauty of Armenia... its peaceful countryside during this magical season with us and you’ll do more than simply see the sights, you’ll experience them.
* Taste the most delicious dishes of the Armenian cuisine and participate in making the Armenian bread "lavash" in Garni village.
* Spend two unforgettable days in a real Wintery Wonderland - Tsaghkadzor town - Armenia's major ski resort where you can enjoy the nature and ski
* See the most beautiful mountain in the world, the Mount Ararat, where the Noah's ark landed after the Great Flood
* Experience the uncommon hospitality of the Armenian people and get acquainted with their unique culture and fascinating history
Day 1 - January 19
Arrival in Yerevan. Transfer to the hotel. Check-in. Rest.
Yerevan city tour - Today we explore Yerevan, the most dynamic capital in the Caucasus. It's a beautiful European city built mostly by the local pink stone named "tuf". Yerevan as one of the most continuously inhabited cities of the world has a history that dates back 2800 years.
We'll have a panoramic tour of the city starting with the "Victory" Park offering a bird's eye view of the city. We also visit the Cascade which is a colossal white stairwell built on a Yerevan hillside in the 1970s, with water fountains running down the sides, all reminiscent of a natural river or stream cascading. It houses Gerard Cafesjian Art Museum, which is Armenia’s largest repository of modern art with the Sculpture Garden at the base of the Cascade. It's a world class museum, indeed. Welcome dinner with wine at a traditional Armenian restaurant.Overnight in Yerevan.
Day 2 - January 20
Marvel at the mountain scenery on the way to Garni Pagan Temple of the Sun, the only Hellenistic temple currently standing in the former USSR. Gracing the hillside the pagan temple was built in 77A.D. by the Armenian King Trdat I and it was the summer residence of the Armenian kings for centuries. Later we visit Monastery of Geghard (UNESCO), an incredible ancient Armenian monastery, partly carved out of a mountain.
Armenian bread "lavash" making at a local house in Garni village. Drive to Tsaghkadzor ski resort town. Overnight.
Day 3 - January 21
Today we will explore the fascinating Wintery Wonderland - Tsakhkadzor (meaning "Valley of Flowers"), a major ski resort town. Once a pristine hunting grounds for the Armenian dukes now the magnificent beauty of this winter fairy tale tempts winter sport lovers.The snow sparkling in the sun, the mild climate (in January the average temperature is -3°C), the existence of comfortabel hotels make this town a real paradise for the adventure-seekers. The ski season begins and lasts from mid-December to mid-March. Tsakhkadzor is a perfect resort for skiers: heavy snowfalls provide a resistant snow cover, thickness of which reaches 2 meters. On the hillsides of Teghenis (2819m) both hard-headed thrill-seekers and inexperienced beginners can find suitable pistes. Trainings held by professional instructors, hire of ski equipment, snowboards and sleds are at your services.
Overnight in one of the attractive hotels in Tsaghkadzor.
Day 4 - January 22
Today is a relaxing day...Go on top of a mountain by rope-way. Here you can ski or simply enjoy the beautiful view of the forest. Walk in the city and in the square, visit Kecharis Monastery (XIII century).There are excellent conditions for cross country skiing and snowboarding especially on the Teghenis Mountain for which you can use Chair Lift. So just prepare your skis, skate and snowboard clothing: goggles, gloves, warm hats and etc. to enjoy your winter holiday here. By the way you can find all ski, skate and snowboard equipments in the town for rent. In the evening you can visit a host of entrapment places, such as discos; pools & saunas; billiard & table tennis; bowling, etc.
Overnight in Tsaghkadzor.
Day 5 - January 23
After breakfast hotel check out. Get ready to depart for Yerevan. Don't forget to take one last glance at this snow covered forest paradise surrounding this magical town... Arrival in Yerevan. Hotel check in.
Our tour guide will take you to the City Bazaar where you will be introduced to all kinds of Armenian cooking ingredients, spices, desserts.You are greeted by vendors who offer you to sample their products...
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.
Day 6 - January 24
Leave for Echmiadzin, the Holy See of the Armenian Apostolic Church, the Vatican city of Armenia! Visit St. Hripsime Church, a masterpiece of early medieval Armenian architecture. Continue to Echmiadzin Mother Cathedral, one of the oldest churches in the world. On the way back to Yerevan visit the Ruins of Zvartnots Cathedral which used to be one of the world's biggest cathedrals. Even in ruins, it's a majestic sight to visit... Overnight in Yerevan.
Day 7 - January 25
Leave for Khor Virap Monastery, one of the most popular destinations in Armenia for a number of reasons, primarily because it is where Grigor Luisavorich (St. Gregory the Illuminator) was imprisoned for 13 years before curing King Trdat III of a disease. This caused the conversion of the king and Armenia into the first officially Christian nation in the world in the year 301. To this day you can visit the underground chamber he was imprisoned. Its location, near the closest point to Mount Ararat within Armenian borders, offers a spectacular view of the mountain, the national symbol of Armenia.
Back to Yerevan. Visit the Armmenian Genocide Memorial Complex and Museum. Overnight in Yerevan.
Day 8 - January 26 Transfer to airport. Departure. Have a safe flight!
*Itinerary can be altered upon your request.
Rates in EURO per person in DBL room occupancy at 4* hotel:
Number of persons
Price per person
*Other hotels are availabe upon request.
The rates include:
Accommodation ( 4* hotel in Yerevan & Tsakhkadzor)
Multi-lingual professional tourist guide
Breakfast at the hotel
Welcome dinner with wine at a traditional Armenian restaurant
Entrance fee To Garni Temple & Museums in Yerevan
The rates do not include:
Visa to Armenia