For those with a little extra time, but not a lot, this two-day tour to some of Armenia’s most engaging and unique sights is a perfect opportunity. Start at Haghpat Monastery, a prime example of traditional Armenian architecture perched above a winding river, before continuing on to Lake Sevan, the jewel of Armenia. Explore Sevanavank Monastery, one of the most recognizable sights in Armenia. After an overnight in Yerevan, head out for a sightseeing walk around the city, which will cover some of the most important and picturesque sights in the Armenian capital. Make a final stop at Geghard Monastery, a striking monastery cut into mountain cliffs, before returning back to Tbilisi.
Drive to Lori region and visit Haghpat Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage site. This stunning example of Armenian traditional architecture was erected in the 10-13th 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 Lake Sevan, “The Jewel of Armenia” and one of the largest high-mountain freshwater lakes in the world. The coastline of Lake Sevan is rich with thick woods, bare white 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 Astvatsatsin standing among numerous khachkars - 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 lake from all sides and snow tops are seen almost on the entire perimeter and disappear behind horizon. Continue to Yerevan for overnight.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 9-10 hours
Driving distance: 370 km
One of the oldest cities of the world, Yerevan is famous as a pink city and entrances visitors with its humble and at the same time splendid landscapes. Visit the Cascade Monument, which was the main symbol of the city’s 2780th anniversary and has the equivalent number of stairs. The mega staircase is 500 meters high and 50 meters wide. A panoramic view from the monument opens to a 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 the 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: 355 km
- 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.
- Full board (lunches and dinners);
- Hotel charges for additional services;
- Tips are not included, but would be appreciated;
- Personal travel insurance.
|Yerevan - 1 night|
|Cascade, Silachi or similar||Double Tree by Hilton, Opera Suite or similar|