Tour Details

Armenian Discoveries/8days! Start - 22 Jul 2017 End - 29 Jul 2017

Country:
Armenia
Type:
Sightseeing
Activity level:
Level 3
Airport transfer:
Yes
Hotel type:
3 star
Meal:
Half Board
Guide:
English
599 $ per person
adults
0 children
Add 3 guests to get price: 0 $
Summary

It will be great 8-day discovery around the most impressive places of Armenia - Garni, Geghard, Sevan to Tsaghkadzor. We will discover Dilijan and visit Haghartsin and Goshavank. From Dilijan, we will move to Goris. We will take the longest reversible aerial tramway in Tatev. You will have the chance to visit Gyumri, which is one of the most important sights to visit while visiting Armenia. We will also visit Cathedral of St. Etchmiadzin, which is listed in UNESCO World Heritage Sites. For the last day will take a city tour, climb up the Cascade at Yerevan; enjoy and capture the city view!

Day 1
Arrival

Arrival, meeting and transfer to the hotel (preferred arrival times before the tour start day 4pm - 6am). You will be checked in hotel the time you arrive, your room will be reserved.  There are preferred arrival times as it would be better to have some rest before the start of the tour. In case you have some free time our guide will advise how to spend your time, what to visit, where to eat.   

Meal in fee: Breakfast 
Accommodation: Hotel 

Day 2
Garni

Yerevan - Garni - Geghard - Tsaghkadzor - Yerevan

Garni pagan temple was built in the 1st. century A. D. and consists of dwellings, bath quarters built in the 3rd century in the Roman style. After Armenia converted to Christianity in the 4th century the Armenian kings used the temple as their summer residence. We will have a tour around Garni and also participate in lavash baking process. We will then have a lunch with traditional Armenian food.  

Proceed to Geghard Monastery, which is, by the way, listed in UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The main church, constructed in 1215, is the oldest building in the monastery complex. The monastery has withstood many assaults. It was one of the greatest spiritual and cultural centers in Armenia. Hundreds of khachkars (cross-stones) and caves are carved in the rocks surrounding the Monastery.

Then we will visit Tsaghkadzor. Tsaghkadzor, the cosy mountain resort, is one of these places, which warmly hosts guests during the whole year; though it is famous for being a skiing resort. Talking about sightseeing in Tsaghadzor, the historical complex Kecharis which comprises four monasteries, is a must see place. The 11-13th-century monasteries were badly damaged in an earthquake of 1927, today they are fully restored and most of the time are full of visitors. We will also ride on the cable car and admire the amazing nature from above. After the tour, we will return to Yerevan. 

Meal in fee: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel

Garni
Photo by Vahe Asatryan
Day 3
Sevanavank

Yerevan - Sevanavank - Haghartsin - Goshavank - Yerevan

Gegharkunik region has rich cultural heritage and amazing nature. The first stop of your trip is Lake Sevan peninsula. Here, you will see an IX century monastic complex Sevanavank. A number of IX-XIII centuries particular cross-stones can be seen here. Don’t miss your chance to see one of the most interesting and a unique cross-stone in Armenia which is situated in Holy Apostles church. Continue our way towards Dilijan. After having a lunch, we will visit Haghartsin, which is a 13th-century monastery located near the town of Dilijan and then move to Goshavank, which is a 12th or 13th-century Armenian monastery located in the village of Gosh. Return to Yerevan.

Meal in fee: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel

Sevan Lake
Photo by Wandelion
Day 4
Noravank

Yerevan - Noratus - Selim - Noravak - Goris

Early morning we more towards Sevan to experience history by visiting Noratus Cemetery. Noratus is the largest khachkar (cross-stone) cemetery in the world. Noratus is a village in the Gegharkunik province of Armenia near the town of Gavar. We continue our tour to the Selim Caravanserai, which was built along the Selim Pass (2410 m) in 1332, by Prince Chesare Orbelian. The purpose was to accommodate weary travelers and their animals as they crossed from, or into, Vardenyats (Selim) Mountains. Located on the south side of the Vardenyats (Selim) Pass, in the Vayots Dzor province of Armenia, this is the best-preserved caravanserai in the entire country. After the visit, we move to Noravank, 13th-century Armenian monastery. We will have a lunch here and then move to Goris. We will have dinner in Goris and the overnight here. 

Meal in fee: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel

Noravank
Photo by Wandelion
Day 5
Tatev

Goris - Tatev - Zorats Karer - Areni - Yerevan

 We move to see the Tatev. In Tatev there is a cable railway over the spectacular gorge of Vorotan near Halidzor. Wings of Tatev is a 5.7 km (3.5 mi) cableway between Halidzor and Tatev Monastery. It is the longest reversible aerial tramway built in one section only. Taking the aerial tram called the Wings of Tatev, you will "fly" above the gorge of Vorotan river. You will see the nature of the amazing mountainous region of Syunik from the birds-eye view. We ill have a lunch here.

Then we will head to Zorats Karer. We move to see the Zorats Karer. Also known as Carahunge and acclaimed as the Stonehenge of Armenia, Zorats Karer is an ancient astronomical observatory that occupies seven hectares of land and sits on a high plateau near the town of Sisian in the Syunik Province of Armenia.

Then we will move to Areni Wine factory, visit the winery, which is the village of Areni in Vayots Dzor Province of Armenia. After the tour here, we will return to Yerevan and have a traditional Armenian dinner in a restaurant.

Meal in fee: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel

Tatev
Photo by Vahe Asatryan
Day 6
Gyumri

Yerevan - Harichavank - Gyumri - Aruch - Yerevan

We go to discover Gyumri. On our way to Gyumri, we will find out the miracle of Harichavank. This XIII Complex with Theological College used to be the summer residence of the Catholicos (Patriarch) of all Armenians. We will discover the places where the monks could hide during the invasions. Moving on to Gyumri. Gyumri is one of the most important sights to visit while visiting Armenia. There is much more one can experience in Gyumri: very hospitable and smiley people despite the experienced hardships over time, lots of spotless culture and traditions. You will sure come back impressed with the city and of course with a bag of anecdotes told by the locals. We will then move to Aruch, where will visit Aruchavank (or the Cathedral of Aruch). It is situated on a rocky plateau at the western foot of Mount Aragats in the village of Aruch in the Aragatsotn Province of Armenia. Drive back to Yerevan.

Meal in fee: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel

Gyumri
Photo by Wandelion
Day 7
Echmiadzin

Yerevan (Vernissage) - Etchmiadzin - Yerevan

We will start out trip from a city walk and a visit to the Vernissage flea market. After a shopping morning and a good lunch after, we will move to discover St. Etchmiadzin. On our way, we will also visit Saint Hripsime Church. This is a masterpiece of architecture and a marvelous example of cross-cupola architecture of the 7th century. Then we will reach for Cathedral of St. Etchmiadzin, which is listed in UNESCO World Heritage Sites. This oldest Christian temple was founded in 301 and is one of the first churches in the Christian World. It is an architectural monument of early Christianity. We return to Yerevan. The evening is free to have a walk in the city center.

Meal in fee: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel

Echmiadzin
Photo by Wandelion
Day 8
Depature

Breakfast. Apartment check out (12pm-2pm). Transfer to the airport. Departure. 

Departure from Zvartnots International Airport (Armenia)

Overall

Price includes:

  • Accommodation: 7 nights 8 days in hotel, double/triple room (single rooms are available with extra charge)
  • Meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunch, 2 dinner
  • Transport: all transfers
  • Entrance fees
  • English speaking tour guide service
  • Travel map of Yerevan
  • Sweets and bottles of water on the road 

Price excludes:

  • Air tickets 
  • Insurance
  • Visa

Notes:

  • This is a group tour and you will be traveling with the rest of the members who have joined the group (maximum 16 people in a group).
  • You will either have a driving guide or both a driver and a guide. It depends on how many people will join the tour besides you (-5 people: driving guide, 5+ people: driver and guide).