Armenia History & Archaeology Tour (Am-2)5 Days | Yerevan, Garni, Geghard, Etchmiadzin, Khor Virap, Areni village, Tatev Monastery, Oshakan, Amberd fortress


Tour map

Treat yourself to Armenia tour that will introduce you to three thousand years old traditions, unique historical and archaeological sights and beautiful nature. You will look at Yerevan from the height of the Big Cascade – its main sight, gigantic “stairs to the sky” on the mountain slope. You will also visit main holy places of Armenia: Gerard, Hor Virap, Tatev monasteries and the Etchmiadzin Cathedral.

Tour itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival in Yerevan
One of the oldest cities of the world, Yerevan is famous as a pink city and calls visitors with its humble and at the same time splendid landscapes. Start city tour visiting Cascade Monument which was the main symbol of the cities 2780th anniversary with the equivalent number of stairs. Mega scale staircase is 500 meters high and 50 meters wide. A panoramic view from the monument opens up breathtaking city view with Opera House, Mount Ararat, Swan Lake, Republic Square, and Abovyan Avenue, which you will also walk by during the tour. If it is a weekend, visit Vernissage, the biggest souvenir market in Yerevan. Continue to the Armenian Genocide memorial complex on the hill of Tsitsernakaberd. An excellent round-up of the tour will be a visit to the Megeryan carpet factory where you can observe a process of creating famous Armenian rugs. You will see carpets from different regions of Armenia and find out about hidden meanings of elements used in their design. In the evening, enjoy dinner and traditional folklore show. Overnight at hotel.

Day 2: Yerevan – Garni – Geghard – Etchmiadzin – Yerevan
Depart Yerevan and drive to Garni, one of the major villages in Armenia famous for its fortress. The fortress is the only pagan sacred place from the 1st century that survived aggressive introduction of Christianity in the 4th century. Next stop is at the monastery complex Geghard (means a spear in Armenian). A beautiful landscape of Geghard is framed with towering cliffs. Decorative art cut into rocks reflect and explain Medieval Ages development throughout the region. The complex was introduced to the history in the 4th century as a sacred spring inside a cave. Continue to the Holy See of Armenia, Etchmiadzin. Visit Etchmiadzin Cathedral* which is the residence of the head of Armenian Apostolic Church the Catholicos of All Armenians. Drive back to Yerevan. Overnight at the hotel.
* The site is presently under renovation works.

Day 3: Yerevan – Khor Virap – Areni – Tatev – Yerevan
After breakfast, head to Khor-Virap monastery (“deep pit”). According to the legend, St. Gregory the Illuminator, the Baptist of Armenia, had been kept here in the basement during 13 years for the disseminating of Christianity until tsar Tradt decided to adopt new religion. Monastery location allows you to enjoy the best views of the Mt. Ararat. Continue to Areni, a city known for producing famous Armenian wine from pomegranate and apricot. Have a wine degustation in a local winery. Drive to Tatev Monastery (9-13 cent.). Approaching the jewel of medieval Armenian architecture on the longest aerial tramway in the world you will see the monastery, the powerful impregnable stronghold towering on a rock. Such a remote position of it was strategically favorable as the monastery was simultaneously religious and political centre of the region. Standing on the edge of the rock, the monastery takes your breath away: somewhere down below the river flows in the valley and crowded velvet green hills stand in silence… Return to Yerevan. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 4: Yerevan – Oshakan – Amberd fortress – Yerevan
Meet your guide and driver at your hotel. Take the way to Amberd – rare historical site that survived and reached us in a good condition from the 7-th century. Some say that it was built in the 11-13th centuries, attributing it to the near located church. Amberd means ‘fortress in the clouds’; the name is due to its location 2300 meters above sea level. Continue to Oshakan, which is known as a burial place of the father of the Armenian alphabet Saint Mesrop Mashtots. A cathedral named after him houses his grave which was rebuilt by Catholicos George IV in 1875.
Return to Yerevan. Free time. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 5: Yerevan – departure 
Check-out from the hotel till noon. Visiting traditional Armenian market.
Transfer to Yerevan International Airport. End of the tour.

* The site is presently under renovation works.

Accommodation:

Comfort Option

Economy Option

Yerevan - 4 nights

Ani Plaza, Imperial Palace

Silachi, Hrazdan

 

Price includes:

  1. All transfers 1-2 pax by sedan; 3-6 pax by van; 7-15 pax by mini bus;
  2. Accommodation based on double/twin room sharing, breakfasts included;
  3. Sightseeing tour program with local guide;
  4. Entrance fees to sights as per itinerary.

Price does not include:

  1. Full board (lunches and dinners);
  2. Hotel charges for additional services;
  3. Visa support and consular fees for tourist visa;
  4. Personal travel insurance. 

You Might Also EnjoyThese Similar Journeys

Armenia Essentials (Am-1)

You will see pagan temple Mihra (Mitra) built in honor of the God of Sun; visit a monastery of Geghard included in the UNESCO World Heritage List; enjoy a grand view of the Etchmiadzin ...

Details
Grand Armenia Tour (Am-3)

You will meet this “pink city” Yerevan, Gerard monastery complex, residence of all Armenians Catholicos – the monastery of Etchmiadzin and also visit a fortress of Amberd located at a ...

Details