The 5-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 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.
Participants need to be in good health, be able to walk on average 4-6 hours every day at moderate speed, climb stairs and low hills.
Day 1, Th
: Yerevan – arrival
Arrival in Yerevan
. Private transfer to your hotel will be arranged. Check-in at 14:00. Free time.
Driving distance: 10 km
Day 2, Fr
: Yerevan – Echmiadzin – Yerevan
After breakfast, drive out of the city to the Holy See of Armenia, Etchmiadzin
, where we’ll visit Etchmiadzin Cathedral* (the residence of the Catholicos, the supreme head of the Armenian Apostolic Church
) and the museum of Christian relics. Return to explore Yerevan, one of the world’s oldest cities. Yerevan is also nicknamed 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, visit the Cascade Monument
, a 500-metre high, 50-metre wide limestone staircase with no less than 572 steps. From the top of the monument, enjoy a breathtaking city view that includes the Opera House
, Mount Ararat
, Swan Lake, Republic Square
, and Abovyan Avenue, all of which we’ll see as we walk the streets of Yerevan (~2 km walking). Then transfer to the hotel. Free evening. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 6-7 hours
*The site is currently under conservation works. Observation of the Cathedral is possible from the outside.
Driving distance: 50 km
Day 3, Sa
: Yerevan – Khor Virap – Noravank – Areni Cave – Yerevan
Breakfast. At 08:00, head to Khor Virap Monastery
. According to the legend, St. Gregory the Illuminator (who is credited with converting Armenia to Christianity) had been kept in the basement here for 13 years for disseminating of Christianity, until King Tradt decided to adopt the new religion. The monastery’s location allows you to enjoy superb views of Mount Ararat. Drive to the Noravank
complex, which is situated on a ledge of a deep, winding gorge. Noravank stands among bizarrely shaped, precipitous red cliffs. Visit the Areni Cave
complex where, in 2008, the world’s oldest leather shoe was found. On the way back to Yerevan, stop at Areni winery
to taste wines
made from local grape varieties. Arrive in Yerevan at around 18:00. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 9-10 hours
Driving distance: 240 km
Day 4, Su
: Yerevan – Garni – Geghard – Yerevan
Breakfast. Depart Yerevan and drive to Garni
, the only pagan temple in Armenia that survived the introduction of Christianity in the 4th century. The next stop is the Geghard
("spear") monastery complex. The beautiful landscape surrounding Geghard is framed by towering cliffs. Decorative art cut into the rocks reflects and explains Medieval development in this region. The complex was established in the 4th century around the sacred spring inside the cave.
Return to Yerevan, which you’ll have a free afternoon to explore. Here are some possible places to visit:
Meet in the evening for a farewell dinner at a traditional local restaurant. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 4-5 hours
Driving distance: 80 km
Day 5, Mo
: Yerevan – departure
Breakfast, followed by hotel check out (by 12:00). Free time until your transfer to Yerevan International Airport. Departure. End of the tour.
Driving distance: 10 km
- All transfers, incl. airport;
- Accommodation in 4* hotels with breakfasts included;
- English-speaking tour guide;
- Entrance tickets to sights as per itinerary;
- Farewell dinner with folk show;
- Wine tasting at Areni winery;
- Bottled drinking water.
- Surcharge for staying in a single room;
- Full board (lunches and dinners);
- Hotel charges for additional services;
- Personal travel insurance.
Dates & Prices
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Single supplement: US$ 290
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100% guaranteed departures – even if there is only 1 traveler.
Group size: 1-16 persons
Please note that itinerary and prices are subject to change due to airline and train schedule changes, currency fluctuations and other unforeseeable events.
We strongly recommend NOT to purchase airline tickets for 2024 tours without discussing it with your travel consultant.
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