Highlights Of Armenia

Highlights of Armenia

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Jorge and your team

We are a team of adventurers that will help you discover the best places in the world. We'll guide you throughout the adventures so you can live unique and life changing experiences.

We are a team of adventurers that will help you discover the best places in the world. We'll guide you throughout the adventures so you can live unique and life changing experiences.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival to Yerevan

Pass By: Yerevan, Yerevan
Arrival to Zvartnots airport, meet with your guide and transfer to your hotel.
Overnight in Yerevan

No meals included on this day.
No accommodation included on this day.

Day 2: Yerevan city tour

Stop At: Yerevan, Yerevan
Today you explore the secrets and hidden gems of Yerevan, the pink “pearl” of Armenia, a beautiful European city mostly built with different shades of local pink stone called "tuf" quarried in Armenia. Founded in 782 B.C. Yerevan is reputedly one of the oldest cities in the world to have been continuously inhabited. We start the exploration with the "Victory Park" and "Mother Armenia" monument offering a "bird's-eye" view of the city with the fantastic view of the majestic snow-capped Mount Ararat (5165 m) dominating the skyline. Continue to the colossal monument of Cascade and Cafesjian Center for the Arts which includes a world-class sculpture garden and indoor modern art museum.

Exploring the Republic Square, Abovyan Street, one of the oldest streets in Yerevan which used to be a part of the Great Silk Road, we walk down the Northern Avenue and arrive at the Freedom Square, the home of the Opera and Ballet Theatre (architect A. Tamanian). A cultural showcase not to be missed is Matenadaran, one of the world’s largest and oldest repositories of Armenian, Greek, Persian manuscripts. Marvel at the illuminated pages of some of those manuscripts within their glass cases.

Tour of "Goom" bazaar of Yerevan, a real museum of food with pyramids of fresh and dried fruits stuffed with different kinds of nuts, honey, cinnamon and other spices, colorful strings of "sweet sujukh", orange beads of dried peaches(“alani”) stuffed with walnuts, piles of "lavash" traditional Armenian bread, many kinds of cheeses some of them aged in clay pots, pickles, beans and other organic products offered by local farmers.

*Lunch in a traditional Armenian restaurant where you sample a big variety of appetizers, salads and meat dishes prepared by old recipes.

Overnight in Yerevan
Tour duration: 7 hours
Duration: 7 hours

Meals included:
• Lunch
No accommodation included on this day.

Day 3: Yerevan - Khor Virap & Noravank monasteries - Areni - Goris

Stop At: Khor Virap, Highway 11 - Near the village of Pokr Vedi Artashat, Lusarat 0612 Armenia
Today is a long but fascinating day! It is dedicated to exploration of Southern Armenia combining the magic of Armenia's finest medieval architecture with stunning landscapes. Our first stop is at Khor Virap Monastery, one of the most popular destinations in Armenia for a number of reasons, primarily because it is where St. Gregory the Illuminator was imprisoned for 13 years before curing King Trdat III of a disease. This caused the conversion of the king and Armenia into the first officially Christian nation in the world in the year 301. Its location, near the closest point to biblical Mount Ararat within Armenian borders, offers a spectacular view of the mountain, the national symbol of Armenia.
Duration: 59 minutes

Stop At: Noravank Monastery, NoravankMonastery Road Amaghu Valley, Areni 3604 Armenia
Our next stop is the Monastery of Noravank, an architectural gemstone nestled among brick-red cliffs, just above a deep gorge. It’s only here where you can see a bas-relief with the representation of Father God with almond-shaped eyes which look far ahead.
Lunch in a local restaurant with stunning views, where you will taste the cuisine of Vayots Dzor region.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Areni, Areni, Vayots Dzor Province
Visit Areni, the village of winemakers. We will tour of the world-class archaeological site, the cave complex Areni-1 to see the oldest winery in the world (6100 years old)!
We drive to the best local winery to taste their blow-your-socks off Areni (a deep, full-bodied red) wines made according to traditional wine making techniques used in Armenia thousands of years ago, including the fermentation in terracotta vessels, called karas in Armenian.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Karahunj, Karahunj, Syunik Province
Afterwards we journey for approx. 3 hours to the small town of Goris where we stay the night.
On our way we visit Karahunj known as the “Armenian Stonehenge”, the oldest observatory in the world which is 7500 years old. There are 223 vertically standing stones 84 of which have holes. The ancients were gazing the stars using them as telescopes.
Duration: 50 minutes

Meals included:
• Lunch
No accommodation included on this day.

Day 4: Goris - Tatev Monastery - Orbelian's Caravanserai - Noratus - Sevan

Stop At: Goris, Goris, Syunik Province
Explore Goris town, one of the most beautiful towns in Armenia. It’s a town in orchards where the houses have the same unique architecture with red tile roof. See old Old Goris cave town from the viewpoint.
Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Tatev Monastery, Highway 45, Tatev 3218 Armenia
Riding the world’s longest aerial tramway (5.7 km) you’ll reach the miraculous Tatev Monastery, a formidable monastic complex founded in the 9th century. It’s the biggest monastery in Armenia located on a rocky peninsula more than 100 meters above the Vorotan River.
Lunch with stunning views of the Vorotan Canyon.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Selim Caravanserai, Vardenyats Pass, Aghnjadzor Armenia
Driving through Vardenyats Mountain Pass famous for its fascinating colorful mountains we reach the Orbelian Caravanserai on the Great Silk Road at the highest point of the pass (2410 m). Here little has changed since the fourteenth century. The Caravanserai offered hospitality to travelers along the highway crossing the Selim mountains.
Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Noratus Cemetery, Noratus Armenia
Visit the Stone Garden - Noratus, the largest field of Armenian exquisite cross-stones in the world.
Duration: 30 minutes

Pass By: Lake Sevan, Lake Sevan, Gegharkunik Province
Proceed to Lake Sevan National Park. We drive to the Lake Sevan, the world’s second largest highest lake at 1900 m above sea level and the most beautiful lake of Armenia taking up 4% of the territory of Armenia.

Meals included:
• Lunch
No accommodation included on this day.

Day 5: Lake Sevan - Dilijan - Haghartsin - Tsakhkadzor - Yerevan

Stop At: Monastery Sevanavank, next the Holy Mother of God Church, Sevan Armenia
Marvel at stunning turquoise waters of the Lake Sevan and dramatic mountain scenery after climbing up the peninsula hill where we visit the 9th century Sevanavank Monastery (optional, over 240 steps to get there).
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Dilijan, Dilijan, Tavush Province
Drive to Dilijan spa town in Dilijan National Park, a protected area renowned for its serene lakes, picturesque hill trails and peaceful villages. Words alone can’t describe the natural beauty of Dilijan. Many poets used to say, "If there are woods, mountains, streams and mineral waters in paradise, it must be like Dilijan”. Due to its forested mountains and mild climate, Dilijan is named "Armenia's Little Switzerland". Take a stroll in Old Dilijan Complex on historic Sharambeyan street.
Lunch in an authentic restaurant where we sample Armenian dishes prepared by 450 year-old recipes.
Duration: 40 minutes

Stop At: Haghartsin Monastery, Dilijan Armenia
Then we continue our journey to Haghartsin, a fairy-tale medieval monastery nestled in the middle of the forest.
Duration: 40 minutes

Stop At: Tsakhkadzor, Tsakhkadzor, Kotayk Province
On the way to Yerevan we’ll visit the town of Tsaghkadzor, the biggest ski resort of Armenia with forests. In the summertime, people go there to get away from the city life of Yerevan, and the heat, for the fresh air in the mountains. In the winter, the town is completely overtaken by skiers and people who just want to relax and enjoy the snow and scenery. The modern rope-way will take you to the top of Teghenis Mountain, where the greens of land and the blue of the sky get in fusion.
Duration: 50 minutes

Meals included:
• Lunch
No accommodation included on this day.

Day 6: Yerevan – Echmiadzin – Zvartnots – Armenia Genocide Memorial Complex & museum – Yerevan

Stop At: Echmiadzin Monastery Complex, Vagharshapat 1101 Armenia
Today we embark on our journey to the lands of ancient treasures of Christian history…Vatican City of Armenia, Holy Echmiadzin with its world’s earliest Christian churches included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Visit Echmiadzin Mother Cathedral originally built by Saint Gregory the Illuminator in 301-303A.D., when Armenia became the first officially Christian state in the world. Continue to St. Hripsime Church built in 7th century, a masterpiece of early medieval Armenian architecture.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Zvartnots Temple, Yerevan-Vagharshapat Highway Near the Echmiadzin Monastery Complex, Vagharshapat 1101 Armenia
Also visit the Ruins of Zvartnots Cathedral, a majestic cathedral dedicated to St. Gregory. The remnants of Zvartnots, even in ruins, are a majestic sight...
Duration: 40 minutes

Stop At: Armenian Genocide Museum, 8/8 Tsitsernakaberd Highway Kentron District, Yerevan 0028 Armenia
Drive back to Yerevan to visit the Armenian Genocide Museum and Memorial COmplex
Duration: 50 minutes

Meals included:
• Lunch
No accommodation included on this day.

Day 7: Garni Temple - Geghard Monastery

Stop At: Garni Temple, Geghard Monastery Road H3, Garni Armenia
We drive to Garni Fortress, the royal summer residence of the Armenian kings and visit Garni Temple of the Sun, the only standing Hellenistic temple in the Caucasus and the former USSR. It resembles Parthenon in Greece but its dimensions are smaller as it was built only for the Armenian royal family to worship the Sun God.
Duration: 50 minutes

Stop At: The Monastery of Geghard, Near Goght Village, Geghard Armenia
We continue to Geghard Monastery (UNESCO), the most beautiful rock-cut medieval monastery in the world with its fascinating natural setting and decorative art carved inside the solid rock. It is the only place in Armenia where you can see a large number of the Armenian exquisite lace-type cross-stones carved on the rocks. Lunch in a local house in Garni village where you sample local dishes.
Duration: 50 minutes

Stop At: Garni Gorge, Route Below the Garni Temple, Garni 2215 Armenia
After a hearty lunch we will explore the most surreal site in Armenia, the stunning Garni Gorge where you can marvel at basalt rock formations - columns looking like honeycombs or pencils. The site stretches for a kilometer along the river...
Duration: 40 minutes

No meals included on this day.
No accommodation included on this day.

Day 8: Departure

Pass By: Yerevan, Yerevan
Transfer to airport, Departure

No meals included on this day.
No accommodation included on this day.

$1,600.00 Per Person