Armenia Classic Tour is a 6-day itinerary packed with memorable contrasts on each day of your trip: Soviet-era architecture and modern glass buildings in Yerevan; the pagan Temple of Garni and Echmiadzin, the world’s first Christian church; the longest tramway in the world at Tatev and Sisian’s prehistoric Zorats Karer Mausoleum. Uncover the cave village Khndzoresk and take a journey down the Silk Road at Orbelian’s Caravanserai. At every stop, Armenia Classic Tour is filled with excitement, warm hospitality and breathtakingly beautiful nature.
After a short rest, start exploring Yerevan, one of the world’s oldest cities. Yerevan is often referred to as the “Pink City” and impresses visitors with its grand Soviet architecture. Our first stop in Yerevan will be at the Armenian Genocide Memorial Complex on Tsitsernakaberd Hill. Next, we will visit the modern symbol of Yerevan – Cascade Monument, a giant stairway (572 steps) linking downtown Yerevan with Monument neighborhood. From the top of the monument you can capture the best panorama of Yerevan and Mount Ararat. Continue exploring the city with a walk down its beautiful streets, passing Opera House, Republic Square and Abovyan Avenue. Transfer to the hotel before enjoying a welcome dinner at a traditional local restaurant in the evening. Overnight at the hotel.
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Armenia Classic Tour continues with a drive to Noravank Monastery. Located in one of the most gorgeous areas of the country, the monastery outline contrasts beautifully with the sharp red rock cliffs.
Drive to Areni Caves, where researchers found the world’s oldest shoe in 2008, and visit Hin Areni Winery to taste delicious local wines. Continue driving towards Goris, stopping en-route at Karahunj (Carahunge), also known as Zorats Karer. The site was inhabited from prehistoric to medieval times and consists of a prehistoric mausoleum and over two hundred large stone monoliths, eighty of which have distinctive holes bored near their upper edge. The monument is surrounded by beautiful scenery, making it a popular destination with tourists. Arrival in Goris in the evening. Overnight at the hotel.
Continue to Khndzoresk, a historical cave village located on a steep slope and consisting of natural and manmade caves. Since many of the dwellings were carved over and around each other, a complex system of ropes and ladders was required for people to reach many corners of the community. Khndzoresk Cave Village remained the largest village in eastern Armenia right up until the 20th century. Afterward, drive to the mountain spa town of Jermuk. Overnight at the hotel.
Our final stop today is Sevanavank Monastery, which stands on a narrow rocky peninsula near the northwest shore of Lake Sevan, one of the largest freshwater alpine lakes in Eurasia. The road passes along the beautiful coastline of the lake, which attracts many locals and tourists year-round. Afterward, drive to Yerevan. Overnight at the hotel.
- All transfers (1-2 pax by sedan, 3-4 pax by Mercedes Vito or similar, 5-10 pax by Mercedes Sprinter passenger van);
- Accommodation based on double/twin room sharing, breakfasts included;
- Sightseeing tour program in Armenia with local English-speaking guide;
- Entrance tickets to sights as per itinerary;
- Wine tasting at Hin Areni Winery;
- Welcome dinner in Yerevan;
- Bottled drinking water.
- Full board (lunches and dinners);
- Hotel charges for additional services;
- Personal travel insurance;
- Tips are not included, but would be appreciated.
|Yerevan - 3 nights|
|Cascade, Ani Central Inn, Hrazdan or similar||DoubleTree by Hilton Yerevan, Opera Suite, Grand Yerevan, Tufenkian or similar|
|Goris - 1 night|
|Mirhav, MonteBello or similar||Mirhav, MonteBello or similar|
|Jermuk - 1 night|
|Hotel Verona or similar||Grand Resort Jermuk Hotel or similar|