Best Local Experiences In Armenia

Responsible Tour in Armenia

12 days / 11 nights

Armenia OFF-THE-BEATEN PATH & BEST LOCAL EXPERIENCES
An Unforgettable Trip to Warm Your Soul…

An Unforgettable Trip to Warm Your Soul…
Go home with warm memories and stories of who you met and what you learnt… simply a lifetime trip…
Deluxe Private Tour of Armenia covering all 10 regions, with a Local Expert Guide to Iconic and Culturally Significant Destinations peppered with Best Local Experiences
Explore gorgeous Armenia in an intimate setting with an expert guide in comfort.
From majestic private Vayots Dzor Wine Country (oldest wine region) tour covering gems of medieval architecture including the world’s oldest winery, to the most iconic site, Khor Virap 4th century fairy-tale castle-monastery on the Ararat Valley nestled between the slopes of the snow-capped giant mountains of Aragats and Mount Ararat, to the lush green northern region of Tavush, we cover it all.

Tour Highlights - Best Local Experiences in Armenia

  • See Armenia off-the-tourist radar as you explore the authentic Armenian culture through the most unique local experiences which we have hand-picked for you
  • Feel real Armenia as your trip is not limited only by visits to touristic sites but you see and experience it as a local by immersing yourself into the culture, traditions through visits to local homes
  • Visit the most beautiful natural monuments, culturally significant and iconic sites such as the oldest official church in the world, the oldest winery, the only Hellenistic temple in the Caucasus, etc.
  • Forge iron in the historic city of Gyumri also known as the capital of humor, the arts & crafts city…
  • Learn about the most ancient carpet-weaving technique as the craft originated in Armenia…
  • Peruse the colorful local markets, bazaars
  • Cook up traditional recipes
  • Meet a beekeeper and learn about beekeeping, apitherapy and apiculture in Armenia
  • Learn about the lifestyle and traditions of the Russian Molokans (Old believers) living in the fairy-tale alpine village as you enjoy a family-hosted lunch
  • See the largest Yezidi temple in the world, learn about the traditions of the Yezidi people in Armenia
  • Delve into the mystic atmosphere of Karahunj, the world’s oldest observatory, the most enigmatic place in Armenia
  • Learn about the secrets of ancient ceramic-making as you are hosted by a ceramist in a remote mountain village
  • Visit artisan wineries and enjoyed home-cooked food in the most beautiful village homes where you will experience the Armenian hospitality at its best as you are treated as part of the family
  • Sip modern wine in ancient techniques while touring the oldest wine region on our planet after touring the oldest winery (6100 years old)
  • Taste the best brandy in the world as you tour “Ararat” Brandy Factory, the visiting-card of Armenia
Rates & Departures
From To Status Price SGL Supp.*
01-Jul-2024
12-Jul-2024
Guaranteed
3100 USD
650 USD
01-Sep-2024
12-Sep-2024
Guaranteed
3100 USD
650 USD
01-Jun-2025
12-Jun-2025
Guaranteed
3100 USD
650 USD
01-Sep-2025
12-Sep-2025
Guaranteed
3100 USD
650 USD

*Single Supplement is the additional amount applied to the cost of the trip to those who are travelling solo and do not wish to share.
*This tour can be customized as a private tour upon your request and according to your interest

What's Included

Included

  • Accommodation at 4* hotels in DBL/Twin rooms (11 nights)

  • Transportation with a comfortable cars with AC

  • Professional English speaking guide with more than 10 years of experiences

  • 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 and Ararat Valley

  • Lunches during the tours

  • Cooking master class

  • Local experiences as mentioned in the itinerary

  • Airport transfers

  • Local taxes

Not included

  • Flights

  • Travel insurance
  • SGL room supplement

  • Dinners

  • Lunches on the free days

  • Alcohol during the meals

  • Bank transfer fees

Responsible Tourism in Armenia
Detailed Itinerary

Welcome to Armenia! Private transfer (from Zvartnots Airport) to take you to your hotel in Yerevan.
Overnight in Yerevan

Today you reveal the secrets and hidden gems of Yerevan, the pink “pearl” of Armenia, a beautiful European city mostly built with different shades of local pink stone called “tuf” quarried in Armenia. Founded in 782 B.C. Yerevan is reputedly one of the oldest cities in the world to have been continuously inhabited.
We start the exploration with the “Victory Park” and “Mother Armenia” monument offering a “bird’s-eye” view of the city with the fantastic view of the majestic snow-capped Mount Ararat (5165m) dominating the skyline. Continue to the colossal monument of Cascade and Cafesjian Center for the Arts which includes a world-class sculpture garden and indoor modern art museum with works from Botero, Chihuly, Barry Flanegan and many others. 
Later we visit Vernissage Arts & Crafts open air market in Yerevan.
Tour of “Goom” bazaar of Yerevan, a real museum of food with pyramids of fresh and dried fruits stuffed with different kinds of nuts, honey, cinnamon and other spices, colorful strings of “sweet sujukh”, orange beads of dried peaches(“alani”) stuffed with walnuts, piles of “lavash” traditional Armenian bread, many kinds of cheeses some of them aged in clay pots, pickles, beans and other organic products offered by local farmers.
We visit a carpet factory where you experience the thousand-year-old art of handmade rug-knotting using the most ancient technique in the birthplace of this amazing art. The oldest rug in the world is from Armenia and it is 2500 years old and now it is in the Hermitage Museum. You can see its replica. Knotting is a craft that is almost impossible to comprehend from the viewpoint of our frantic and impatient world. A 9’x12′ foot carpet is composed of up to 1.5 million individually hand-tied knots. Who has that kind of patience, let alone the skill? It is difficult to even imagine what it would take to perform that exercise a million times.
Learn about the whole process of carpet-making started from dying of wool, how the natural dyes are obtained from plants, stones and the secrets they stay vibrant for ages.
For lunch, enjoy a delicious traditional Armenian meal.
In the afternoon we’ll visit Ararat Brandy Factory and Museum where you are going to explore 120-year history of one of the world’s most renowned brandy factories, producing the best cognac in the world and see the oldest Armenian barrels. The visit includes a cognac tasting.
Overnight in Yerevan
Tour duration: 7 hours
Meal plan: Breakfast – Lunch

This morning we visit the sunny Armavir region.
Our first stop is at Sardarapat Battle Memorial Complex dedicated to the victory of the Armenian people against the Turkish army in 1918.
Later we stop at the largest Yezidi temple in the world where you learn about the traditions, culture and religion of the Yezidi people living in Armenia.
Later 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 originally built by Saint Gregory the Illuminator in 301-303A.D., when Armenia became the first officially Christian state in the world.
We will visit Treasury Museum to see the most important relics of Holy Echmiadzin.
We stop at St. Hripsime Church, a real masterpiece of the Armenian early medieval architecture. Later we tour the ruins of Zvartnots Cathedral under the gaze of the biblical Mount Ararat.
Cook up traditional Armenian recipes on our master class and lunch in a small Armenian village with our charming hostess! Cook delicious “gata” under the apricot trees, stir-up the ingredients, roll out the dough and cook the sweet bread in a tonir, a traditional oven usually buried in the ground.
Later we are going to have premium wine tasting in one of the best wineries in Armenia, Alluria, a family-owned winery with all-natural wine production. Their wines are produced from Armenian grape varieties with wild indigenous yeasts, spontaneous fermentation. Back to Yerevan.
Overnight in Yerevan
Tour duration: 7-8 hours
Meal plan: Breakfast – Lunch

This morning we drive to the region of Aragatsotsn at the foothills of the highest peak of Armenia, Mount Aragats. We visit the sister monasteries of Ohanavank and Saghmosavank, two medieval gems of Armenian architecture perched dramatically at the edge of the Kasakh River Gorge.
Continue to the quaint and charming town of Ashtarak and visit the 7th century tiny but elegant church of Karmravor with its well-preserved red tile roof.
Lunch in a 19th century heritage house in a charming village. Enchant your taste buds as Grandma Hripsime is going to cook for us today!
Afterwards we visit the impressive Wine History Museum of Armenia, the best in the world.
The development of viticulture and winemaking in the Armenian Highlands is presented in the museum not only by interpreting facts, but also by interactive and innovative solutions. The exhibits related to viticulture and winemaking give the visitor an opportunity to get a certain idea of ​​the centuries-old Armenian culture in general. The main exhibition hall of the museum is located at the level of 8 meters deep underground basalt rocks, where the chronological stages of wine development in the Armenian Nature, as well as the connection of wine with different spheres of Armenian history and culture are presented in detail.
Afterwards we tour Armenia Winery, perhaps the most beautiful winery in Trans-Caucasus. The winery building reminds of a medieval Armenian fortress the facade of which is coated with polished orange tufa stone and national Armenian ornamental art. It’s considered among the most modern equipped winemaking facilities in the former USSR territory. French and Italian specialists work here to produce a super-premium wine.
Back to Yerevan.
Overnight in Yerevan
Tour duration: 7-8 hours
Meal plan: Breakfast – Lunch

We visit a small family-owned cheese farm in an alpine village near Lake Sevan producing premium cheese aged in wine, brandy, vine leaves.
Later we visit the 9th century Hayravank Monastery on the shores of Lake Sevan, one of the most beautiful alpine lakes in the world at 1900m above sea level.
It’s a huge mountain lake which takes up 5% of Armenia’s surface area. Marvel at stunning turquoise waters of Lake Sevan and dramatic mountain scenery after climbing up the peninsula hill where we visit the 9th century Sevanavank Monastery.
We continue north to discover the marvels of Dilijan National Park, a protected area renowned for its serene lakes, picturesque hill trails and peaceful villages often called “Armenia’s Switzerland”. 
We reveal the hidden sites in the forests as we drive to a beautiful lake named Parz, where you can relax or take a peddle-boat, or if you feel adventurous you can try the zipline over the lake!
We drive to the depth of the forest and tour the fairy-tale Haghartsin medieval Monastery tucked away on a hidden remote glade. 
We drive to a stunning exotic village out of a fairy-tale with the community of the Old-Believers and enjoy a real Samovar tea, wild raspberry jam, home-made cheese, bread, piroshki with potatoes and cabbage & carrot pickles… so yummy! Learn about the lifestyle and traditions of the Russian Molokans living in the fairy-tale alpine village since 1835.
Overnight in Dilijan
Tour duration: 9-10 hours
Meal plan: Breakfast – Lunch

Drive to one of the most beautiful regions of Armenia, “emerald” Lori with sweeping panoramas of its bottomless gorges and the impressive Debed Canyon.
Our first stop is in Vanadzor, the 3rd largest city in Armenia. We are going to visit an amazing stone-cross carver in his workshop where he continues the centuries-old tradition of khachkar art (cross-stone carving) together with his students in his workshop. You can observe Bogdan’s creativity in the workshop or even try your own hand at stone carving, as well as purchase the works on display.
Later we drive to a lovely local village house to enjoy our fabulous home-cooked Armenian lunch where we also visit a honey farm, meet and chat with a local beekeeper, learn about the secrets of beekeeping, apitherapy, apiculture in Armenia.
Later we visit the gems of the Armenian medieval architecture – Haghpat & Sanahin (UNESCO) large monastic complexes. Haghpat is a perfect example of medieval Armenian architecture. Being astonishingly well preserved with its elegant buildings, “lace” stone-crosses, inscriptions, frescoes and bas-relieves it became the first Armenian architectural monument to be included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. 
And Sanahin is another marvel famous for its beautiful medieval library and 12th century “Tutevordi” “embroidered-lace” stone-cross
Overnight in Gyumri
Tour duration: 9-10 hours
Meal plan: Breakfast – Lunch

After breakfast we will explore to the second city of Armenia, Gyumri, a vivid town with a distinct urban fabric and friendly locals, famous for their indelible sense of humor and over 100 crafts used to flourish here in the past. It is Armenia’s arts & crafts city, the birthplace of many talented poets, artists, musicians and actors.
We walk and explore Old Kumayri historic district with over 1000 old buildings dating back to the 18-19th centuries. Here you can feel the atmosphere of the 19th century Gyumri, the outpost of the Russian Empire in the Southern Caucasus. The buildings are quite interesting with many stories and jokes associated with them.
The city has preserved unique specimens of the culture of Armenian urbanization, marvelous architectural complexes, whole traditional quarters, streets, public and commercial buildings, fortifications. We’ll take a stroll in Kumayri Reserve.
Tour of the stunning mansion of Dzitoghtsonts family which now serves as Gyumri Museum of National Architecture and Urban Life.
In the artistic city of Gyumri, we visit the Irankyuni Forge to learn to create a wrought-iron souvenir with the expert guidance of a master blacksmith. Heat the iron in the hot fire and then hammer, with sparks flying, to gradually bend the metal. Historic blacksmithing tools can be seen in the Dzitoghtsyan Mansion Museum of National Architecture and Urban Life, and ironwork can still be found with the black and red tuff stone architecture around this centuries-old “city of arts and crafts.” We will top off our visit to the forge with a delicious dinner next door at the blacksmiths’ family-owned restaurant.  
Another wonderful experience awaits us today. We visit Aslamazyan sisters’ Gallery to marvel at one thousand and one shades…
Mariam and Eranuhi Aslamazyan sisters have been very prominent artists and painters in Armenia during the Soviet era. The sisters are best known for their colorful and expressive still life and portrait paintings, prints, and drawings, as well as their work in ceramics.  They are also compared greatly with world famous painter Frida Calo, as her works have been their greatest inspirations and their paintings are very much impressed by her.
Back to Yerevan.
Overnight in Yerevan
Tour duration: 9-10 hours
Meal plan: Breakfast – Lunch

Explore Yerevan on your own.
Overnight in Yerevan
Meal plan: Breakfast

This morning we visit Tushpa Wine Cellar, a traditional Armenian winery, both family-owned and managed. The winery is located in the heart of the Ararat Valley, opposite the Biblical Mount Ararat. TUSHPA was founded in 1992 by the winemaker Mihran Manasserian who creates remarkable wines through winemaking traditions that his ancestors had passed down to him. Together with his son Abraham they combine these traditions with modern technologies to create the unforgettable essence of Armenian wines.
We also visit Khor Virap Monastery, a 4th century castle-like fairy-tale monastery, the most iconic site in Armenia and one of the most important Christian sites in the world. Its location, near the closest point to biblical Mount Ararat within Armenian borders, offers a spectacular view of the snow-capped mountain, the national symbol of Armenia.
We drive through the agricultural heartland of Armenia, Ararat Plain offering an amazing panorama of endlessly stretching apricot orchards and vineyards guarded by the remote majesty of the mysterious twin peaks of Mount Ararat.
We continue driving to the south marveling at the untamed beauty of Southern Armenia – surreal red rocks providing an eerie echo, honey-colored villages sandwiched between them.
Our next stop is Areni village, where world’s oldest wine making facility has been found (6100years old) in an incredibly well-preserved condition due to the wonderful microclimate of the Cave Areni-1, the site it was found!
Lunch in Areni village at a local winemaker’s place.
Later we visit Noravank, the jewel of the crown among all the medieval sites in South Caucasus. The monastery is nestled among giant red rocks and mountains, just above a deep gorge.
Later we have winery tour and wine tasting in Trinity Canyon winery led by three wine enthusiasts since 2009, including one who has literally written the book on the history of Armenian wine.
“Trinity’s main focus,” the founders say, “is to reveal the potential of Armenian indigenous grape varieties by drawing on the best organic viticulture practices.”  Using the Areni grape, the winery produces a wine that has been described as “silky, powerful, with refreshing acidity.”  
The Voskehat, another prominent grape endemic to Armenia, is used for their ancestral line of wines made in karases (ancient Armenian terracotta vessels). The resulting varieties range in style – from light and crisp to “bold, skin-macerated orange wines.” 
Drive to Jermuk, Armenia’s 1st class spa town famous for its hot springs.
Overnight in Jermuk
Tour duration: 9-10 hours
Meal plan: Breakfast – Lunch

Hotel check-out. Visit Mermaid’s Hair Waterfall in Jermuk. Later we drive to Syuniq, the southernmost region of Armenia. We have a relaxing ride on the “Wings of Tatev” aerial tramway which holds the World Guinness Record as the longest reversable cable-car (5,7km/3.5mi). The ropeway provides a scenic view of the Vorotan River Canyon with skyscraping snow-capped mountains, waterfalls, green forest glades as well as the 9th century castle-monastery of Tatev perched on the edge of a giant cliff. We get off the tram to explore the miraculous monastic complex which boasts having one of the oldest universities in medieval Europe. Marvel at the gorgeous architecture of the elegant churches, exquisitely carved stone-crosses and enjoy the ascetic atmosphere of the site.
Fabulous lunch in a local house where you taste the typical dishes of Syuniq region. Later we will have a ceramic-making master class, out host will tell you about the secrets of ancient ceramic-making and he will help you to make your own cup/plate.
Afterwards we visit Karahunj known as the “Armenian Stonehenge”, the oldest observatory in the world which is 7500 years old. There are 223 vertically standing stones 84 of which have holes. The ancients were gazing the stars using them as telescopes.
Drive to Yerevan.
Overnight in Yerevan
Tour duration: 10-11 hours
Meal plan: Breakfast – Lunch

We drive to Garni Fortress, the most beloved summer residence of the Armenian royal dynasties. Travel 2000 years back in time as your guide is showing you around the impressive 1st century Hellenistic Temple (the only one in the former USSR), the royal Roman Baths with a colorful mosaic, the palace ruins.
We visit a local villager’s house for a traditional Armenian meal. Our table is set amid the blooming apricot orchard. Roll your sleeves up and join our hosts who will bake the traditional Armenian bread “lavash” in “tonir” oven. Freshly baked lavash must be the most delicious bread on earth!
After a hearty lunch continue to Geghard (UNESCO site), a surreal monastery carved inside a huge rock in a magical setting surrounded by incredible rock formations. Your guide will reveal all the secrets and stories behind the marvelous site.
The highlight of your trip will be a walk in the Azat River Gorge to marvel at one of the most beautiful geological wonders of our planet called “Symphony of Stones” – giant hexagonal basalt columns stretching along the river for several kilometers. Your guide will show you how to take the most creative photos of the place.
Back to Yerevan.
Overnight in Yerevan
Tour duration: 6-7 hours
Meal plan: Breakfast – Lunch

Transfer to Zvartnots Airport. Your pleasant and memorable Armenia tour ends today. Fly home with cherished memories 😊

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