Armenia 7-Day Tour7 Days | Yerevan, Garni, Geghard, Khor Virap, Sevan, Dilijan, Sanahin, Gyumri, Amberd Fortress, Oshakan etc.

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7-day Armenia Tour offers you a captivating week in the world’s first Christian country, where every day holds a new adventure: Enjoy the view of Mount Ararat from Yerevan’s giant Cascade stairway, visit the pagan temple Garni and the first Christian Cathedral Etchmiadzin, explore the ancient Haghartsin and Goshavank monasteries, relax in nature at the famous Dilijan Resort and witness the glory of the medieval period from the Amberd Fortress. Get ready for a memorable week on this private tour in the land of diversity and beautiful nature, ancient pagan temples and centuries-old Christian cathedrals, delicious food and bewitching wine.

Tour itinerary:

Day 1: Yerevan – arrival – city tour
 
Arrival in Yerevan. Meet your driver at the airport. Transfer to the Hotel. Check in at noon.
After short rest, start exploring Yerevan, one of the world’s oldest cities. Yerevan is often referred to as a “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. The Cascade is a giant stairway (572 steps) linking the downtown area of Yerevan with the Monument neighborhood. From the top of the monument you can capture the best panorama of Yerevan and the mountain Ararat. Continue exploring the city by walking along the beautiful streets, past Opera House, Republic Square, and Abovyan Avenue. Transfer to the hotel. In the evening enjoy a welcome dinner at a traditional local restaurant. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2: Yerevan – Garni – Geghard – Echmiadzin – Yerevan
 
Depart Yerevan and drive to Garni, the only pagan temple in Armenia that survived Christianization of Armenia in the 4th century. The next stop is Geghard Monastery (meaning "spear" in Armenian). The monastery complex was founded in the 4th century by Gregory the Illuminator at the site of a sacred spring inside a cave. Continue to Etchmiadzin*. According to many scholars it was the first cathedral built in ancient Armenia. We will visit the main Cathedral (it is the residence of the Catholicos, the supreme head of the Armenian Apostolic Church) and the museum of Christian relics. Drive back to Yerevan. Overnight at the hotel.
*The site is presently under the renovation works.
Day 3: Yerevan – Khor Virap – Areni – Noravank – Yerevan
 
At 08:00 head to Khor Virap Monastery. According to the legend, Gregory the Illuminator was imprisoned here for 14 years by King Tiridates III of Armenia. Saint Gregory subsequently became the king's religious mentor. In 301 Armenia was the first country to adopt Christianity as an official religion. The monastery’s location allows you to enjoy superb views of Mount Ararat.
Drive to the Noravank complex. The monastery offers one of the most beautiful surrounding areas in Armenia. The spare lines of the church contrast beautifully with the sharp red rock cliffs.
Continue to Areni Caves. In 2008 researchers found here the world’s oldest shoe. Visit Hin Areni winery to taste delicious local wines. Arrive in Yerevan at around 18:00. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 4: Yerevan – Sevan – Sevanavank – Haghartsin – Goshavank – Dilijan
 
After breakfast, depart Yerevan and drive towards Lake Sevan, one of the largest freshwater alpine lakes in Eurasia. The road passes through the coastline of the lake, surrounded by beautiful nature.
Lake Sevan is referred to as the “Jewel of Armenia”. Visit Sevanavank Monastery. It stands on a narrow rocky peninsula, in the northwest part of the Lake. The complex includes two churches – Surb Arakelots and Surb Karapet, surrounded by numerous limestone khachkars, stone blocks with intricate designs carved into them. Continue towards Haghartsin Monastery complex. The complex consists of four churches, courtyards, prayer halls and a famous refectory, one of the brightest masterpieces of Armenian architecture. It was built in 12th century, like the most parts of the complex. Next to the refectory are unique chapels dating back to 5th and 7th centuries. Continue to Goshavank Monastery. It served as an educational establishment during the middle ages. The complex includes churches, a bookstore/library with a chapel and school building. The sight is surrounded by the houses and it gives you the opportunity to learn more about the lifestyle in the villages of Armenia. Drive to Dilijan for overnight.
Day 5: Dilijan – Haghpat – Sanahin – Gyumri
 
After breakfast start exploring northern part of Armenia – the region of Lori.
Today you will visit two UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the monasteries of Sanahin and Haghpat.
Dating from 10th to 13th centuries, both monasteries were important centers of learning. Sanahin was famous for its school of illuminators and calligraphers. The monasteries of Sanahin and Haghpat combine elements of Byzantine Church architecture and traditional building styles of the region. Drive to Gyumri, the second largest city in Armenia, located at the central part of the Shirak plateau. Overnight in at the hotel.
Day 6: Gyumri – Amberd Fortress – Oshakan – Yerevan
 
After breakfast at the hotel drive towards Amberd, the 7th century fortress on the southern slopes of the Mount Aragats, far away from the hectic cities. The name Amberd is translated as “fortress in the clouds". Most of the parts of the fortress were ruined during the invasions of Seljuks and Mongols in 11th and 13th centuries. Nevertheless, it attracts many visitors from all over the world. Next stop is the village Oshakan, well known as the site of the grave of Mesrop Mashtots, the inventor of the Armenian alphabet. Drive back to Yerevan. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 7: Yerevan – departure
 
Check out from the hotel till noon. Transfer to Yerevan International Airport. Departure. End of the tour.
  • 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;
  • 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.

Accommodation:

Economy Option
Comfort Option
Yerevan - 4 nights
Cascade, Silachi, Hrazdan or similarDoubleTree by Hilton, Opera Suite, Grand Hotel Yerevan, Tufenkian Hotel or similar
Dilijan - 1 night
Toon Armeni or similarBest Western Paradise, Turfenkian Old Dilijan Complex, Dilijan resort or similar
Gyumri - 1 night
Hotel Villa Kars, Berlin Hotel or similarHotel Nane or similar

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