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Armenia - Nagorno-Karabakh Combined Tours

  • Duration : Duration 13 days / 12 nights
from 500 EUR
 

Map of Armenia - Nagorno-Karabakh tour

Day 1/Arrival - City Tour

Arrival, meet and transfer to the hotel. After breakfast at the hotel start the tour driving along Abovyan Avenue. Visit Erebuni Museum. Erebuni fortress was built on top of a hill as a strategic military center and a royal residence in 782BC. Now it houses a museum which was a present for the 2750th anniversary of the foundation of Yerevan. Proceed to the depository of ancient manuscripts Matenadaran preserving numerous ancient items. Lunchtime tasting Armenian traditional food. Later proceed to Tsitsernakaberd Memorial Park visiting the Genocide Museum. Visit Cafesjian Center for the Arts, enjoying the marvelous collection of glass, painting, sculpture, print and drawing. Proceed to Opera House visiting the roundabouts: State Conservatory, the Monument “Men” in the famous Armenian painter Martiros Saryan Park. The monument is devoted to a renowned Armenian film called “Men”, then visit Lake Swan, Monument ofAram Khachatryan, William Saroyan, Arno Babajanyan, Hovhannes Tumanyan. Dinner and overnight in Yerevan.

Day 2/Yerevan - Khor Virap - Noravank - Jermuk

After breakfast at the hotel start the tour to the 17th century Khor Virap monastery, which is famous for the deep dungeon where Gregory the Illuminator was kept for 13 years. The most beautiful view of the Mount Ararat opens from the monastery. Drive to the 13th century monastery Noravank with a magnificent panorama. The view from above the rocks is really astonishing. Lunch tasting traditional Armenian dishes in a cave café. Watch the baking process of the Armenian traditional bread “lavash” in the underground oven called “tonir”. Continue the tour to the Armenian spa town of Jermuk famous for its rich nature and mineral water springs. It even has a gallery of mineral water springs. Dinner and overnight in Jermuk.

Day 3/Jermuk - Sisian - Khndzoresk - Goris

After breakfast at the hotel start the tour to Sisian town visiting the gorgeous waterfall of Shaki. Lunch tasting traditional Armenian dishes. Continue the tour to the village of Khndzoresk, which is famous as a cave village. Drive to Goris. Dinner and overnight in Goris.

Day 4/Goris - Stepanakert

After breakfast at the hotel drive to Stepanakert with a stop at the monument "We and Our Mountains”. Lunch tasting traditional Armenian dishes. Stepanakert city tour. The high mountains and gorgeous forests surrounding the capital city make this spot a real paradise. Visit the central square with Presidential Palace, Government Houses and the Youth Palace. Visit the Alley of Lovers with a staircase decorated with lamps in the shape of a statue of a bride and a bridegroom. Another haunt of the local people as well as foreigners is the beautiful park called “Pitachok” (translated as “patch”). Dinner and overnight in Stepanakert.

Day 5/Stepanakert - Askeran - Tigranakert - Gandzasar - Shoushi - Stepanakert

After breakfast at the hotel drive to Askeran, a town in Karabakh visiting the Askeran fortress. The latter was built as a defensive construction for Shushi town. Drive to the recently unearthed town of Tigranakert built in the 1st century BC. Now it is a castle-museum and a must-see attraction in Artsakh. Lunch tasting traditional Armenian dishes. Drive back to Shushi visiting St. Ghazanchetsots church. Drive to Stepanakert. Dinner and overnight in Stepanakert.

Day 6/Stepanakert - Devil’s Bridge - Tatev - Goris

After breakfast at the hotel start the tour to the 9th century Tatev monastery perched atop the Azat River Gorge. The site is inscribed in UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will experience the longest in the world cable way called “Wings of Tatev”, situated in this region. On the way stop at the magical Devil’s Bridge located at the bottom of the Vorotan Canyon. Lunch tasting traditional Armenian dishes. Drive back to Goris. Free time. Dinner and overnight in Goris or Sisian.

Day 7/Goris - Karahunj (Zorats Karer) - Areni - Yerevan

After breakfast at the hotel start the tour Karahunj, Armenian Stonehenge older than the British Stonehenge. The stones date back to the second millennium BC. Drive to Areni and visit Areni Wine Factory for wine degustation. Areni is the place where the oldest in the world winery was recently found. The village is famous for its wine producing culture till our days. Lunch tasting Armenian traditional food. Drive to Yerevan. Dinner and overnight in Yerevan.

Day 8/Yerevan - Aruch - Yereruyk - Harichavank - Marmashen - Gyumri

After breakfast at the hotel start the tour to Aruch. In the 7th century the place was the residence of Armenian rulers. The village is now most famous for its 7th century St. Gregory church. Continue the tour to the 5th century wonderful basilica church called Yereruyk. Though in ruins the structure is of great archeological importance. Lunch tasting traditional Armenian dishes. Drive to Harichavank, a 7th century monastery well known as one of Armenia’s most famous monastic centers. Drive to Marmashen. The monastery is situated on the left bank of the Akhuryan River surrounded by fruitful trees, a stream and a nice waterfall. Drive to Gyumri. Dinner and overnight in Gyumri.

Day 9/Gyumri City Tour - Saghmossavank - Hovhanavank - Oshakan - Yerevan

After breakfast at the hotel start Gyumri city tour visiting the Town Square, Mother Armenia statue, Hill of Honor, Alley of Heroes, St. Nshan church, Freedom Square, St. Astvatsatsin church, Alley of Khachkars. Proceed to Saghmosavank Monastery, surrounded by Mount Aragats, Mount Ara, and the deep Kasakh Gorge. Lunch tasting traditional Armenian dishes. Drive to Hovhannavank architectural complex. Drive to Oshakan to visit St. Mesrop Mashtots church, where the inventor of the Armenian alphabet is buried. Drive to Yerevan. Dinner and overnight in Yerevan.

Day 10/Yerevan - Echmiadzin - Zvartnots - Yerevan

After breakfast at the hotel drive to Echmiadzin, which is the holy city of all Armenians and the seat of the Catholicos. Visit the main Cathedral, churches of St. Gayane, St. Hripsime, St. Shoghakat. All of them are inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Lunch tasting Armenian traditional dishes. Drive back to Yerevan with a stop at the 7th century Zvartnots ruins. This site is also inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Dinner and overnight in Yerevan.

Day 11/Yerevan - Garni - Geghard - Yerevan

After breakfast at the hotel proceed to Garni pagan temple which is a wonderful piece of Hellenistic architecture and the only surviving pagan temple in the whole territory of Caucasus. Lunch tasting Armenian traditional food. Proceed to the magnificent Monastic Complex of Geghard, which is inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Enjoy the medieval vocal concert in the monastery. Return to Yerevan with a stop in the Vernissage with arts and crafts and paintings of Armenian culture. Dinner and overnight in Yerevan.

Day 12/Yerevan Brandy Factory

After breakfast at the hotel drive to the Brandy Factory for an excursion for tasting delicate Armenian wine and brandy and for learning about the techniques of brandy making. Leisure time for shopping. Dinner and overnight in Yerevan.

Day 13/Transfer to the airport. Departure

NUMBER OF PAXHotel 3*
EUR
Hotel 4*
EUR
Hotel 5*
EUR
2 - 5 1075 1295 1889
6 - 10 759 979 1573
11 - 14 692 912 1506
15 + 1 681 919 1574
20 + 1 633 866 1506
25 + 1 631 862 1493
30 + 1 607 836 1461
35 + 1 590 818 1438
40 + 1 577 804 1421
SGL suppl. 110 330 1144
HB suppl. 154
FB suppl. 264

The rates include*

  • Accommodation at a hotel
  • Transfer to. from the airport
  • Transfer during the tours in a comfortable air conditioned car or bus
  • Guide and driver services
  • Meals (BB): Breakfast at the hotel
  • Entrance tickets to all museums and attractions
  • A bottle of water per person per day
  • Company presents
  • Porterage at the hotels 24 hour service
  • Maps of Armenia and Yerevan

The rates do not include*

  • Air tickets
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals except described
  • Armenia visa fee 3000 dram (~6 EUR)
  • Tips

Optional activities*

  1. Medieval vocal concert in Geghard Monastery (lasts 30 minutes) – 150 EUR total
  2. Opera and Ballet Theatre – starting from 6 EUR per person
  3. Tonacuyc Theatre – 150 EUR total
  4. Cooking Master Class – 20 EUR per person
  5. Dinner (including wine) and big folk show in Ararat Restaurant – 50 EUR per person
  6. Lavash baking master class – 16 EUR per person
  7. One full day trip to Mount Aragats for unforgettable views and Armenian style breakfast
  8. Balloon flight - starting from 145 EUR

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