Tour Details

To the Northwest of Armenia/8days! Start - 21 Jul 2017 End - 29 Jul 2017

Country:
Armenia
Type:
Sightseeing
Activity level:
Level 2
Airport transfer:
Yes
Hotel type:
B&B
Meal:
Breakfast
Guide:
English,Russian
759 $ per person
adults
0 children
Add 3 guests to get price: 0 $
Summary

This is a special 8 days trip that will open up for you the village life of Armenia. We will tour through the most interesting part of the capital city Yerevan, visit parks, memorials, museums and beyond. We will visit Sardarapat, Zvartnots, and Echmiadzin out of the capital city. We will visit Gyumri, the second largest city fo Armenia, discover its culture and local spirit. We will tour to Dilijan, Sevan, and Garni. Most importantly, you will overnight not only in the city Yerevan, but in other cities we visit as well. That will help you feel the local life of the Armenian villages and enjoy the country to the fullest!

Arrival

Arrival, meeting and transfer to the hotel (preferred arrival times before the tour start day 4pm - 6am). You will be checked in the 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 1
Sardarapat

Etchmiadzin - Sardarapat - Zvartnots - Yerevan - Etchmiadzin

Early in the morning, we start our trip to the Memorial Complex of Sardarapat Battle. The entrance of the area is flanked by huge winged oxen made of red tuff. A flight of steps leads to a square from which a 26-meter- high bell tower is rising. The monument symbolizes the Armenian victory over an invading Turkish army in 1918. After the trip around, we will also visit highly attractive Sardarapat museum.

We will lunch here and continue our road to Zvartnots temple, which is also listed in UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Zvartnots, built as Armenia's main cathedral in 641-661, was to suppress Etchmiadzin Cathedral by its grandeur and extraordinary artistic splendor. The building consisted of three polyhedrons with rich ornamentation of outer walls and capitals. A few years ago only the columns of the first floor were restored.

After Zvartnots, we head to Yerevan. We will have a city tour in the capital city of Armenia. We will visit parks and famous squares, get acquainted with the architecture of the city, interesting spots, and of course, the tasty cuisine. We will have dinner in a traditional Armenian restaurant. Then we will move to Etchmiadzin and overnight there.

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

Sardarapat
Photo by Wandelion
Day 2
Gyumri

Etchmiadzin - Gyumri - Harichavank - Aruch - Etchmiadzin

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 Etchmiadzin.

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. We will drive back to Etchmiadzin and overnight there.

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

Gyumri
Photo by Vahe Asatryan
Day 3
Sanahin

Etchmiadzin - Haghpat  - Sanahin - Odzun - Dilijan

Early in the morning, we move to Lori. We will visit the Monastery Complex of Haghpat. The construction of this monastery is associated with the glory of the Bagratouni Royal Family. The oldest construction of the monastery was built in 977-991 and was called the Holy Cross church. They say, this water has curative qualities for people with poor health. A three-storied bell tower built in 1245 is a part of the complex.

We will continue on to Monastery Complex of Sanahin (UNESCO World Heritage). Sanahin is a monastery complex the most prominent structure of which is the Savor's Church (956-967). The eastern part of the church holds a bas-relief depicting the two princes holding the miniature copy of the actual church. The Sanahin Monastery had many feudal properties, a great number of estates, lands, vineyards, oil-mills and factories.

We will also visit Odzun Chruch constructed around the 5th-7th century in the Odzun village. Return to Dilijan. We will overnight in Dilijan.

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

Sanahin
Photo by Wandelion
Day 4
Lake Parz

Dilijan - Sevan - Haghartsin - Parz Lich - Goshavank - Dilijan

In the morning, after breakfast, we will head to Sevan in the Gegharkunik Province. 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. It was built between the 10th and 14th century.Then we move to 

Then we move to Parz Lake. To reach Parz Lake, we will have to pass through a tunnel. As passing it you will feel how climate changes. Parz Lake is a small lake located in the Dilijan National Park. After visiting Parz Lake, we will continue our trip to Goshavanq, a 12-13th-century Armenian monastery located in the village of Gosh in Tavush Province of Armenia. We will return to Dilijan and overnight there. 

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

Lake Parz
Photo by Wandelion
Day 5
Selim

Dilijan - Noratus - Selim - Noravank - Garni

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 lunch here and then move to Garni. We will have dinner in Garni and the overnight there. 

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

Selim
Photo by Wandelion
Day 6
Khor Virap

Garni - Geghard - Khor Virap - Yerevan - Garni

After the breakfast, we tour 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 drive to Khor Virap Monastery, which is a place of pilgrimage for Armenians all over the world. From here one can enjoy the majestic view of Mount Ararat (where Noah’s ark landed according to the Bible), not far from river Araks. Khor Virap is the closest point to Mount Ararat from Armenia territory, the most convenient place for observing and taking pictures of the biblical mountain. 

We continue our tour to Yerevan. We will have a city walk and a visit to the Vernissage flea market. After a shopping morning and a good lunch and head back to Garni. We have dinner in Garni and will overnight there. 

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

Khor Virap
Photo by Wandelion
Day 7
Departure

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

Departure from Zvartnots International Airport (Armenia)

Overall

Price includes:

Accommodation: 7 nights 8 days in B&B, double/triple room (single rooms are available with extra charge)

  • Meals: 8 breakfasts, 7 lunch, 7 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).