3-day Tour to Armenia from Tbilisi3 Days | Haghpat, Lake Sevan, Sevanavank, Khor-Virap, Noravank, Areni, Garni, Geghard

  • Haghpat MonasteryHaghpat Monastery
  • SevanavankSevanavank
  • Khor Virap MonasteryKhor Virap Monastery
  • Noravank ComplexNoravank Complex
  • GarniGarni
  • GeghardGeghard
  • YerevanYerevan
  • Haghpat Monastery
  • Sevanavank
  • Khor Virap Monastery
  • Noravank Complex
  • Garni
  • Geghard
  • Yerevan

Take an unforgettable 3-day tour from Tbilisi to the heart of Armenia, exploring ancient monasteries, stunning landscapes, and vibrant city life. Discover the UNESCO-listed Haghpat Monastery and the breathtaking beauty of Lake Sevan and its historic Sevanavank Monastery. Journey through the picturesque Noravank Canyon and visit the legendary Khor Virap Monastery, offering unforgettable views of Mount Ararat. End your adventure in the lively city of Yerevan, soaking up its rich history and unique charm.

Tour itinerary:

Day 1: Tbilisi – Armenian border – Haghpat – Lake Sevan – Sevanavank – Yerevan (GEO/ARM)
 
At 09:00, our driver will meet you at your hotel in Tbilisi and transfer to “Sadakhlo-Bagratashen” Georgian-Armenian border point. Cross the border, and meet your Armenian guide and driver to start the journey to the land of ancient traditions and oldest temples.
Drive to Lori region and visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site Haghpat monastery. A stunning example of Armenian traditional architecture was erected in the 10th and 13th centuries. Standing on a hillside, Haghpat beautifully overlooks the Debed River. The location of the monastery was chosen to protect the peace and seclusion of the monks. Drive through Dilijan to the Lake Sevan, “The Jewel of Armenia” and one of the largest high-mountainous fresh water lakes in the world. The coastline of 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 include two temples – Surb Arakelots and Surb Karapet standing among numerous khachkars, and carved cross-stones. The buildings were constructed from black tuff which probably gave the monastery its name Sevanavank – “the Black Monastery”. The place opens up a magnificent view: the mountains surround the lake from all sides and snow tops are seen almost on the entire perimeter and disappear behind the horizon. Continue to Yerevan for overnight.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 9-10 hours
Driving distance: 370 km
Day 2: Yerevan – Khor-Virap – Noravank – Areni – Yerevan
 
After breakfast head to Khor Virap Monastery (“deep pit”). According to the legend, St. Gregory the Illuminator, the Baptist of Armenia, 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 the best views of Mount Ararat. Drive to Noravank Complex situated on a ledge of a deep winding gorge. Noravank stands amidst the bizarrely shaped, precipitous red cliffs. Continue to Areni Cave complex, where in 2008, the earliest shoe in the world was found. Depart back to Yerevan for overnight.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 7-8 hours
Driving distance: 240 km
Day 3: Yerevan – Garni – Geghard – Sadakhlo border – Tbilisi
 
At 08:30, 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 (“spear”). A beautiful landscape of Geghard is framed with towering cliffs. Decorative art cut into rocks reflect and explain 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 for city tour.
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 city tour visiting the Cascade Monument, one of the main symbols of the city. The mega scale staircase is 118 meters high and has 572 steps. A panoramic view from the monument opens breathtaking city view with Opera House, Mount Ararat, Swan Lake, Republic Square, and Abovyan Avenue, which you will also walk by during the tour.
At 14:00 – 15:00, depart to “Bagratashen-Sadakhlo” Armenian-Georgian border point. Cross the border, drive to Tbilisi. Drop-off at hotel in Tbilisi.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 10 - 11 hours
Driving distance: 355km
  • 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.
  • Full board (lunches and dinners);
  • Hotel charges for additional services;
  • Personal travel insurance;
  • Tips are not included, but would be appreciated.

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