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.
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.
*The site is presently under the renovation works.
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.
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.
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.
- 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;
- 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.