Tour Details

Preserves of Armenia Start - 01 Aug 2017 End - 15 Aug 2017

Country:
Armenia
Type:
Adventure / Sports
Activity level:
Level 3
Airport transfer:
Yes
Hotel type:
3 star
Meal:
Half Board
Guide:
English,Russian
1399 $ per person
adults
0 children
Add 3 guests to get price: 0 $
Summary

14 day tour around Armenia is an excellent chance to discover for you the preserves of the country. Starting from city tour in Yerevan you will visit Matenadaran, Tsitsernakaberd, museums, concert complexes, bridges and much more. The tour will continue to preserve of Khosrov where within 3 days you will visit St. Stepanos church, the waterfall of Astghik, Kaqavaberd, Ice Knight Cave. After Khosrov Preserve, you will visit Garni and Geghard, next will come Dilijan with Haghartsin, Lake Parz, Goshavank and Lastiver. Next spots are Etchmiadzin and Zvartnots. One day will be dedicated to visiting Ughtasar in Sisan. Before coming back to Yerevan, you will have another day in Shikahogh in Syunik region with an overnight in camping tents. When back to Yerevan, take your time and enjoy the city mood.

Day 1
Arrival

Arrival, meeting and transfer to the hotel (preferred arrival times before the tour start day 12pm - 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

Arrival at Zvartnots International Airport (Armenia)

Day 2
Yerevan

After check in  at the hotel we have a city tour in the capital. We will visit Matenadaran museum(closed on Monday, Sunday) where the oldest and most valuable collections of manuscripts are presented.City tour including Republic Square, Yerevan State University, Victory Bridge, Tsitsernakaberd (1915 Genocide Memorial), Sports & Concerts complex, Bridge Kievian and so on. We will also visit State Museum of History (closed on Monday) of Armenia, which is one of the world's greatest repositories of Armenian art. Its vast collections, comprising about 400,000 items, represent Armenia's culture from the remote past to the present day. After supper we will admire the beauty of Yerevan night.

Meal in fee: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel Regineh or similar

 

Yerevan
Photo by Anna Karapetyan


Day 3
Lastiver

Early in the morning we start our trip towards Dilijan. First stop is Lastiver. This area seems to be enclosed in woods. The river, high trees and the rocks make the view unforgettable. Lastiver is a marvelous place with waterfalls and mystic caves. Here we will find a two-part cave where people used to live in 13-14 centuries. To reach for the cave people had to build a stair. On the walls of the cave we can see a lot of carved images. Overnight in Lastiver.

Meal in fee: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 
Accommodation: Camping tent

 

waterfall
Photo by Hovhannes Martirosyan


Day 4
Dilijan

Today we visit Haghartsin, Lake Parz and Goshavanq. Dilijan is a famous spa rich in curative mineral springs, some of which are comparable to those at Vichy in France and Davos in Switzerland. The surrounding mountains are covered by forests and Alpine meadows. The climate is rather mild with cool summers and warm, sunny winters. Armenians believe that if there are woods, mountains and mineral springs in paradise, then paradise has to look like Dilijan. We will reach for Goshavank Monastery by a road near Parz Lake which originates in Dilijan. Goshavank was built in the 12th century. The oldest construction of the complex is the  Holy Virgin Church (1196). There are monumental cross-stones (khachkars) next to the main church. In the afternoon we will have the opportunity to taste Armenian national food (lavash, matsun and natural foods) in Gosh village and even take part in baking process of lavash. 

Meal in fee: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel

Dilijan
Photo by Hovhannes Martirosyan


Day 5
Sevan

Today we start our trip to Hayravank Monastery on the shore of Lake Sevan. Lake Sevan is the settlement of Noraduz famous for its big cross-stone field. There are about 900 khachkars(cross-stone) of various styles and epochs there. Here you will find the largest collections of Armenian khachkars. The majority of khachkars of Noraduz cemetery date back to the 13th – 17th centuries.

Meal in fee: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 
Accommodation: Camping tent

 

Sevan
Photo by Anna Karapetyan


Day 6
Sisian

Early in the morning we start our trip to Sisian. Sisian is a small town in the southern Syunik Province of Armenia. Ughtasar is situated 25 km away from Sisian, it’s an important archaeological find, a large petroglyph field on top of Mt. Ughtasar. The way to Ughtasar is rocky and it is hard to reach for it. Here numbers of stones with old ornaments are kept (5th-7th centuries B.C.). They seem to tell us about the history of the people living here thousands of years ago.

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

 

Ughtasar
Photo by Hovhannes Martirosyan


Day 7
Shikahogh

The reserve of Shikahogh is situated in Syunik region near the Khustup Mountain, Tsav and Shikahogh rivers. Together with its two sanctuaries, Zangezur and Plane Grove, they make up 29,569 hectares spread over the mountains of southern Armenia. 1100 plants species can be found here 70 of them are mentioned in the Red Book. There you can see a number of small rivers. You may happen to see bears here, which are also mentioned in the Red Book.

Meal in fee: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 
Accommodation: Camping tent

 

camping
Photo by Hovhannes Martirosyan


Day 8
Yerevan

Free day to have a little rest before visiting the next preserves of Armenia. The guide will advise how to spend your time, where to find places of interest and the best places for trying out Armenia food.

Meal in fee: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel Regineh or similar



Day 9
Khosrov

Early in the morning we move from Yerevan to Khosrov. During these 3 days we will have the opportunity to visit St. Stepanos church, the waterfall of Astghik, Kaqavaberd, Ice Knight Cave. St. Stepanos church was founded in the 19th century and it is the religious center of the region. We will continue on to waterfall of Astghik, which is situated in the depth of Khosrov reserve. The water coming from above and forms a wonderful lake beneath.

Meal in fee: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 
Accommodation: Camping tent

Azat reservoir
Photo by Hovhannes Martirosyan
Day 10
Kakavaberd

Kaqavaberd is a fortress also known as also known as Geghi Berd, Keghi Berd or Kegh. It was built in the 9th-10th centuries and it is still standing. It is located upon a ridge overlooking the Azat River gorge at the Khosrov Reserve. Kakavaberd is situated at an altitude of 1516 meters.

Meal in fee: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 
Accommodation: Camping tent

Kakavaberd
Photo by Hovhannes Martirosyan
Day 11
Ice Knight Cave

Our third destination is Ice Knight Cave, which is situated near Azat River. In 1600 it was inhabited by Armenians and we can find some hand-made anthropogenic buildings there.

Meal in fee: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 
Accommodation: Camping tent

ice knight cave
Photo by Hovhannes Martirosyan
Day 12
Garni

After breakfast we have a trip to Garni Pagan Temple and Geghard Monastery. This pagan temple of Garni was built in 1st. century A.D. and was devoted to one of the god of the Sun-Mitra. After Armenia adopted  Christianity in the 4th century the kings of Armenia used the temple as their summer residence. King Khosrov stayed there often as the area was his favorite hunting ground.
Proceed to Geghard Monastery (UNESCO World Heritage Site): Geghard was initially known simply as Ayrivank (Cave Monastery). The main church, constructed in 1215, is the oldest building in the monastery complex. Avazan church, 1283, is carved right into the solid rock and is an incomparable work of art. Hundreds of khachkars (cross-stones) and caves are built in the rocks surrounding the Monastery. Return to Yerevan. Agricultural produce market and Vernissage (souvenirs, arts and crafts market). Overnight in Yerevan.

Meal in fee: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel Regineh or similar.

Garni
Photo by Hovhannes Martrirosyan
Day 13
Etchmiadzin

In the morning we will drive to St. Etchmiadzin, which is located in the city of Vagharshapat, Armenia. It is the Mother Cathedral of the Armenian Apostolic Church. Remnants of very old constructions were discovered under the temple in 1959 while the temple was being restored.
We continue  to Zvartnots temple, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The building consisted of three polyhedrons. On the outer walls you can see rich ornamentation. Located at the edge of the city of Etchmiadzin in Armavir Province of Armenia, Zvartnots collapsed as the result of an earthquake in 930 and it has never been thoroughly restored. Only in the 20th century the columns of the first floor were restored. After the half day tour, we return to Yerevan. The rest of the day is free for attending cultural events, centers etc. O|vernight in Yerevan

Meal in fee: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel Regineh or similar

Day 14
Departure

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

Departure from Zvartnots International Airport (Armenia)

Overall

Price includes   

  • Accommodation: 8 days in the hotel, 5 days of camping
  • Meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 full board
  • Transport: transfers
  • Entrance fees
  • English speaking tour guide

  Price excludes

  • Airtickets
  • Insurance
  • Visa