Armenia Small Group Tour 2018-20197 Days | Yerevan, Hayravank, Noratus, Sevanavank, Etchmiadzin, Khor Virap, Noravank, Goris, Tatev, Areni, Garni, Geghard

Tour map

Group size: 1 - 16 persons

Please note that itinerary and price on 2019 tour are subject to change due to airline and train schedule changes, currency fluctuations and other unforeseeable events.

The 7-day Armenia small group tour will open up the country that was first to accept Christianity in the world and has a rich culture intertwined with the religion. You will see its evidence at the Holy Echmiadzin, beautiful monasteries of Tatev, Khor Virap, Sevanavank, Hayravank, Geghard and many more. You will drive along Sevan Lake often called ‘the Jewel of Armenia’, climb the great Cascade in Yerevan, make a photo of the Mountains of Ararat, learn Roman style architecture of Garni and enjoy delicious Caucasus cuisine with like-minded people from all over the world.

 

Tour itinerary:

Day 1, We: Yerevan – arrival
 
Arrival in Yerevan. The driver will meet and transfer you to the hotel. Check-in at 14:00. Free time.
Driving distance: 15 km
Day 2, Th: Yerevan – Hayravank – Noratus – Sevanavank – Yerevan
 
At 09:00, meet your guide and driver and head to Hayravank Monastery (9-12th centuries). Continue to Noratuz, a village famous for its big khachkar (carved cross-stones) cemetery, where you can see about 900 khachkars of various styles and epochs. Drive to the Lake Sevan, “The Jewel of Armenia”, one of the largest high-mountainous fresh water lakes in the world. The coastline of the Lake Sevan is rich with thick woods, white bare steep rocks, mountain steppes and Alpine meadows. Stop at Sevanavank to visit the remnants of the monastery that includes two temples – Surb Arakelots and Surb Astvatsatsin standing among numerous khachkars. The buildings were constructed from black tuff which probably gave the monastery its name Sevanavank translated as “the Black Monastery”. The place opens up a magnificent view: the mountains surround lake from all sides and snow tops are seen almost on the entire perimeter and disappear behind horizon. Return to Yerevan. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 8-9 hours
Driving distance: 220 km
Day 3, Fr: Yerevan – Echmiadzin
 
At 10:00, start city tour 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. Visit the Cascade Monument, which was the main symbol of the city’s 2780th anniversary with the equivalent number of stairs. The mega scale staircase is 500 meters high and 50 meters wide. On the top of the monument you will enjoy breathtaking city view with Opera House, Mount Ararat, Swan Lake, Republic Square, and Abovyan Avenue, which you will walk by during the tour. Visit the Armenian Genocide memorial complex on the hill of Tsitsernakaberd. Continue to the Holy See of Armenia, Echmiadzin. Echmiadzin Cathedral, which is the residence of the head of the Armenian Apostolic Church, the Catholicos of All Armenians. Return to Yerevan for overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 6-7 hours
Driving distance: 50 km
Day 4, Sa: Yerevan – Khor Virap – Areni cave – Noravank – Goris
 
At 09:00 head to Khor Virap Monastery (“deep pit”). According to the legend, Saint Gregory the Illuminator, the patron saint of Armenia, was kept here in the basement for 13 years for disseminating of Christianity until King Tiridates decided to adopt the new religion. The monastery's location allows you to enjoy the best views of the Mount Ararat. Drive to Areni cave complex, where in 2010 the earliest shoe was found. Continue to the famous Noravank Complex, situated on the ledge of a deep winding gorge. Noravank stands amidst the bizarre-shaped precipitous red cliffs.
Arrival in Goris at around 18:00. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 9 hours
Driving distance: 260 km
Day 5, Su: Goris – Tatev – Areni – Yerevan
 
After breakfast at 09:00 check out from the hotel.
Drive to Tatev Monastery (9-13th centuries). 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. The remote location of the monastery was strategically favorable as it played the role of religious and political center of the region.
Depart back to Yerevan. On the way, stop in Areni, a town known for producing wine from pomegranate, apricots, and a variety of berries. Have a wine tasting at a local winery. Arrive in Yerevan at around 18:00. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 9 hours
Driving distance: 290 km
Day 6, Mo: Yerevan – Garni – Geghard – Yerevan
 
At 09:00 start journey 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. The next sight is the monastery complex Geghard (“spear”). The beautiful landscape of Geghard is framed with towering cliffs. Decorative art cut into rocks reflects and explains Medieval Ages development in this part of the world. The complex appeared in the 4th century as a sacred spring inside the cave. Return to Yerevan. Free time.
At 19:00, enjoy farewell dinner at the traditional restaurant with folklore show program. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 5-6 hours
Driving distance: 80 km
Day 7, Tu: Yerevan – departure
 
Check-out from the hotel till noon. Free time till transfer to Yerevan International Airport. End of the tour.
Driving distance: 15 km

Accommodation:

City

Hotels

Nights

Yerevan

DoubleTree by Hilton, Tufenkian Historic

5

Goris

Mirhav, Mina

1

 

  • All transfers;
  • Accommodation based on double/twin room sharing, breakfasts included;
  • Sightseeing tour program in each country with local English-speaking guides;
  • Entrance tickets to sights as per itinerary;
  • Farewell dinner in Yerevan (day 6);
  • Wine tasting at Areni wine factory.
  • Full board (lunches and dinners);
  • Hotel charges for additional services;
  • Personal travel insurance;
  • E-visa to Armenia.

More similar tours toArmenia Small Group Tour 2018-2019

Georgia and Armenia Small Group Tour 2018-2019

Book your cultural and gastronomical 13 day holidays in Georgia and Armenia with fixed dates and join a group of like-minded people. South Caucasus welcomes you with breathtaking nature, ...

Details
$ 1980 per person
Caucasus Small Group Tour 2018-2019

Discover Azerbaijan, Georgia and Armenia with 16-day small group Caucasus tour with scheduled dates. Visit the most interesting sights and touristy spots of three countries of the South ...

Details
$ 2980 per person