This 9-day package is one of our best tours. It combines vacation and leisure while admiring Armenia’s nature and sights. During the tour, you will see most of the must-see sights in Armenia, enjoy the variety of landskapes and cultures, and spend 5 nights in Yerevan, 1 night in Goris, 1 night in Yeghegnadzor, 1 night in Dilijan. It is perfect for people who do not want to miss anything important while visiting Armenia.
duration: 9 days / 8 nights
best season: spring / fall
start / end point: yerevan
meals: welcome dinner
family friendly: yes
fitness level: easy
After your arrival we will meet you at the airport and transfer to your hotel in Yerevan. Your trip starts with a city-tour around Yerevan. First of all, you will be able to enjoy an amazing view to Yerevan and Mount Ararat from the observation area in the Victory Park. The excursion will continue to the Cascade – the favorite place of Yerevan residents. The Cascade is a huge staircase that connects the city center with the residential area. Downstairs, you will see the unique sculptures, belonging to the world famous foreign sculptors. Next, you will pass through the main street of the city. Here you see the building of the Opera and Ballet Theatre, several central streets, and the Republic Square – the “heart” of the capital and more. Later that day you will have a nice welcome dinner in a restaurant with national dishes and drinks. Overnight in Yerevan
Day begins, as always with a breakfast at the hotel. It is followed by a trip to the ‘Armenian Vatican’, the religious center of all Armenians and the oldest state built cathedral in the world – st. Etchmidzin (4th c.). You also attend the Etchmiadzin museum where many holy relics are kept. Moreover, you visit surrounding early medieval churches Gayane and Hripsime. Next is a drive to the ruins of Zvartnots. It is another UNESCO world heritage site along with Etchmiadzin. Returning to Yerevan you visit the pride of armenia – the cognac (brandy) factory. Here you have an excursion and taste couple of varieties of famous Armenian Brandy. The day ends at the Republic Square, where locals and guests of capital gather to enjoy the .singing fountains’. Overnight in Yerevan
This trip to the highest mountain in Armenia - Aragats, will start with visiting Saghmosavank monastery. It is located just above the deep gorge of Qasagh river, which provides additional beauty and charm to the monastery. Next stop is at the Armenian Alphabet Monument. Letters are unique and was invented in 5th century. Afterwards, you visit the Fortress of Amberd -“fortress in the clouds”. Currently, it’s a ruined fortress that used to be one of the primary military-defensive points of the Armenian kingdom. The entire territory around the castle is being covered with numerous flowers making the fortress castle appear full of life and spirits, especially in late spring and early summer. Next is a stop at a village house in Byurakan. You can see life of locals as well as taste local fruits and hot drinks from local herbs that you collected. Overnight in Yerevan
Day 4 begins with a trip through the Ararat Valley to the monastery of Khor Virap. Its history is related to the adoption of Christianity in Armenia. It offers the most spectacular view of Mount Ararat. The tour continues at the masterpiece of medieval Armenian architecture - the Monastery of Noravank. It is surrounded by picturesque red cliffs and beautiful landscapes. Next, you visit the nearby areni wine region, where you participate in tasting local wines and have an excursion at a wine factory. you also visit the world famous cave, where during the excavations the oldest shoe and winery in the world were found. They date back over 5500 years. From here you drive to the southern town of Goris and spend a night there. Overnight in Goris
After the breakfat, the first stop is in Old Kndzoresk village. Here you cross the popular hanging bridge towards the cave village, where Armenians used to live until 1950s and where population used to hide and defend itself from enemies. Next is hHalidzor, by the ropeway station. The ride on the Guinness record-breaker ropeway Wings of Tatev (longest in the world with 5750m distance and 320m above the gorge) takes you to Tatev monastic complex, located high in the mountains. In the middle ages it served as a major religious, educational and administrative center in the regions. Arguably it is the most beloved touristic destination in the country. Then, you visit the megalithic complex "Zorats-Karer" (another name is Karaunj). This is a prehistoric complex located not far from the city of Sisian. This famous megalithic structure consists of hundreds of vertically arranged two-meter stones or menhirs that are stretched from the south to the north. Armenians call this the "Armenian Stonehenge". In the evening you drive to Yeghegandzor in Vayots Dzor province and spend a night there. Overnight in Yeghegnadzor
After the breakfast the road takes you through the picturesque Selim Pass. First stop - the remainings of ancient caravanserai that used to serve as a shelter on the famous Silk Road. Next you visit the largest cemetery of khachkars (cross stones). Khachkars are the signature of Armenian Christianity and none of them is similar to another. After that, you visit Lake Sevan. It is a pearl of this mountainous country and one of the largest freshwater high-altitude lakes in Eurasia. It contains fresh cold water and is located 1900 meters above sea level. Hence, swimming in the lake is recommended only during the summer. You will also visit Sevanavank, a monastery complex on Sevan peninsula. You will then see Dilijan, otherwise referred to as 'Armenian Switzerland' for its fantastic natural forests. The town is a part of Dilijan National Park, as well as a developing financial and educational center. Overnight in Dilijan
the first stop of the day is in Haghartsin. It is a 10th century monastery located in the impressive forests of Dilijan National Park. It has been recently renovated by donation of sheikh dr. Sultan bin Mohammad al Qassimi, the ruler of Sharjah, who was impressed by the monastery when visited it. This trip to northern Armenia allows you to visit two of the UNESCO world heritage sights. Haghpat and Sanahin, are from the period of prosperity during the Kiurikian dynasty (10th to 13th century). They were important centers of learning. Sanahin was renowned for its school of illuminators and calligraphers. The two monastic complexes represent the highest flowering of Armenian religious architecture. The unique style developed from a blending of elements of Byzantine ecclesiastical architecture and the traditional vernacular architecture of the Caucasian region. In the evening you return to Yerevan. Overnight in Yerevan
The day starts with a visit to Garni Pagan Temple located not far from Yerevan. It was dedicated to the sun god mitra (mihr) and was the summer residence of Armenian kings. Next is a UNESCO heritage sight Monastery of Geghard. It is known for its peerless sculptures and cave church. Founded in the 3rd centurym, its name translates as spear, dedicated to the Holy Lance, which used to be kept here. Later, upon returning to the capital, you pay a visit to the Armenian Genocide Memorial and the museum. This tragic event is defining in the History of Armenian nation as during the world war I 1.5 million Armenians and other Christians were massacred by Ottoman Turks and lost their homeland. Overnight in Yerevan
warm farewell, pick up at the hotel, transfer to the airport and departure.