Armenia Essentials Tour4 Days | Yerevan, Garni, Geghard, Etchmiadzin, Khor Virap, Areni village, Noravank Monastery

Private Tour from US$ 495
  • YerevanYerevan
  • Itinerary MapItinerary Map
  • YerevanYerevan
  • YerevanYerevan
  • GarniGarni
  • GeghardGeghard
  • Echmiadzin CathedralEchmiadzin Cathedral
  • Khor VirapKhor Virap
  • NoravankNoravank
  • Yerevan
  • Itinerary Map
  • Yerevan
  • Yerevan
  • Garni
  • Geghard
  • Echmiadzin Cathedral
  • Khor Virap
  • Noravank

Take a trip to Armenia, the country of the oldest temples. You will see pagan temple Mihra (Mitra) built in honor of the God of Sun; visit a monastery of Gegard included in the UNESCO World Heritage List; enjoy a grand view of the Etchmiadzin Cathedral. During the Armenia tour you will also see the monastery of Khor Virap with a wonderful view of the Mount Ararat – the most famous symbol of this country.

Tour itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival in Yerevan
 
Your Armenia tour will start in 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 the city tour with a visit to the 572-step Cascade Monument, which serves as the main symbol of the city. The 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). The beautiful landscape of Geghard is framed with towering cliffs. Decorative art cut into rocks reflects and explains 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 the 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 – Noravank – Yerevan
 
At 09:00 head to Khor-Virap Monastery (“deep pit”). According to the legend, St. Gregory the Illuminator, the patron saint of Armenia, was kept here in the basement for 13 years for the disseminating of Christianity until King Tiridates decided to adopt new religion. The monastery's location allows you to enjoy the best views of the Mount Ararat. Drive to Areni cave complex, where in 2008 the earliest shoe was found. On the way, stop in Areni for a wine degustation at a local winery. Continue to the famous Noravank Complex, situated on the ledge of a deep winding gorge. The Noravank ensemble stands amidst the bizarre-shaped precipitous red cliffs. Return to Yerevan. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 4: Yerevan – departure
 
Check-out from the hotel till noon.
Transfer to Yerevan International Airport. Departure.
  • 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 a 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.

 

Prices per person

 
 
Economy
Comfort
Lux
1 person
US$ 1,170
US$ 1,240
US$ 1,385
2 persons
US$ 665
US$ 720
US$ 830
3 persons
US$ 580
US$ 630
US$ 745
4 persons
US$ 495
US$ 555
US$ 665
Single supplement
US$ 95
US$ 115
US$ 160
Prices are in US$ per person, discounted prices for larger groups are available on request.

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