- Duration : 9 days / 8 nights
Day 1/Arrival - Genocide Museum - Garni - Geghard - Yerevan
After breakfast at the hotel start the city tour including Republic Square, Yerevan State University, Victory Bridge, Tsitsernakaberd (1915 Genocide Memorial) and Genocide Museum, Sports & Concerts complex, Kiev Bridge, Parliament, Palace of President, Academy of Sciences, Opera house, State Museum of History of Armenia. Drive to Garni pagan temple which is a wonderful piece of Hellenistic architecture and the only surviving pagan temple in Armenia. It used to be the summer residence of the Armenian kings. Lunch tasting Armenian traditional food and watching lavash baking and barbeque making process in Armenian traditional underground oven “tonir”. Proceed to the magnificent monastic complex Geghard, which is inscribed in UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Return to Yerevan. Dinner and overnight in Yerevan.
Day 2/Yerevan - Khor Virap - Noravank - Areni - Jermuk
After breakfast at the hotel drive to the monastery of Khor Virap, which is famous for its deep dungeon where the first Armenian Catholicos was kept for long 13 years. here you can enjoy the best view to Mt. Ararat. Proceed to the gorgeous Noravank Monastery (13th century) passing through high picturesque rocks. Lunch tasting traditional Armenian dishes in a cave café. After lunch continue to the village of Areni to taste delicate and gentle Armenian wine. Recent archaeological expeditions in this region have unearthed the oldest in the world winery, thus proving that the village is has the oldest traditions of wine production. Continue to the spa town Jermuk famous with its healthy mineral waters. Dinner and overnight in Jermuk.
Day 3/Jermuk - Karahunj - Tatev Monastery and “Wings of Tatev”- Vahanavank - Goris
After breakfast at the hotel drive to Karahunj or also called Zorats Karer. The astronomical observatory in Armenia is older than the Stonehenge in Britain. Drive to the 9th century Tatev Monastery which is considered to be one of Armenia’s wonders. The longest in the world tramway “Wings of Tatev” will help you capture all the magic of the nature in the region of Syunik. Lunch tasting Armenian traditional food. Proceed to the 10th century monastery of Vahanavanklocated in the lush forests of the Armenian snazzy nature. Vahanavank can be outlined against the bright blue sky on the rocky hills. From above you can enjoy the splendid panorama all around, including the Vahanadzor canyon. Drive to the gorgeous town of Goris. Dinner and overnight in Goris.
Day 4/Goris - Khndzoresk - Yeranos - Noratus - Sevan
After breakfast at the hotel drive to the village of Khndzoresk known as a cave village. Decades ago the caves, many of which were carved by men, were used not only as dwellings, but also as a sanctuary. Drive to the beautiful town of Yeranos which hosts a church dating to 1215. Continue the tour to Noratus, an ancient Armenian village famous for its cemetery of cross-stones, the largest one in the territory of Armenia. Many of khachkhars in the cemetery of Noratus date back to the 13-17th centuries, and the oldest one dates back to the 5th century. Lunch tasting traditional Armenian dishes. Dinner and overnight near the Lake Sevan.
Day 5/Sevan – Dilijan (Haghartsin Monastery) – Sanahin – Odzun – Dzoraget
After breakfast at the hotel drive to Dilijan, the gorgeous forested region rich in mineral waters some of which are comparable to those at Vichy in France and Davos in Switzerland. Thanks to its luxurious green nature, Dilijan is often called “Switzerland of Armenia”. Here we will visit Haghartsin Monastery (10-13th c.), nestled in the mountains. Continue the tour driving to the region of Lori to pay a visit to Sanahin Monastery (10th century, UNESCO) and Odzun church (5-7th centuries). Dinner and overnight in Dzoraget.
Day 6/Dzoraget – Dsegh – Gyumri city tour
After breakfast at the hotel drive to a fairy-tale-like village of Dsegh, where we will pay a visit to the house-museum of the renown Armenian writer Hovhannes Tumanyan. The house is a typical example of the life style in the 19-20thcenturies. Drive to the city of Gyumri. Gyumri was once the most pleasant, vivid and wonderful city of Armenia. It was also an education and art center for all Armenians around the world. The first Armenian opera performance was staged in Gyumri in 1912; eleven years later the first theatre hosted the first spectators. Being the center of arts and entertainment, Gyumri was and actually still is the capital of humor. Many great artists originated from this city of warmth and sunshine. Dinner and overnight in Gyumri.
Day 7/Gyumri – Harichavank – Tegher – Oshakan - Yerevan
After breakfast at the hotel drive to the 2nd century BC Мonastery of Harichavank. This famous monastic center was once a well known school and scriptorium. The church was originally built as a martyr’s shrine. The place later became a summer residence for the Catholicos. Proceed to the village of Tegher - a small half desolated village, where only a few dozens of houses can be seen. Besides the semi-ruined houses, the village also hosts the remains of a funerary chapel. The village of Tegher was once famous for its healing herbs, growing in the territory of the village. And the name of the village comes from here, as “degher” in Armenian means “medicine.” Drive to the village of Oshakan where the church of the first teacher and the creator of the Armenian alphabet Mesrop Mashtots is located. Drive to Yerevan. Dinner and overnight in Yerevan.
Day 8/Yerevan - Echmiadzin - Sardarapat - Zvartnots - Yerevan
After breakfast at the hotel start tour to Echmiadzin, the holy city of Armenia. Visit the Holy See of Armenian Catholicos, Echmiadzin with its main Cathedral (4th c.), St. Gayane (7th c.), St. Hripsime (7th c.), St. Shoghakat churches (17th c.). All of them are included in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Continue the tour to Memorial Park of Sardarapat. Drive back to Yerevan with a stop at the ruins of Zvartnots Temple or the Church of the Guardian Angel (7th c.). The latter is also included in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Dinner and overnight in Yerevan.
Day 9/Transfer to the airport. Departure
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|5 - 10||570||738||1210|
|11 - 14||516||684||1197|
|15 + 1||499||680||1156|
|20 + 1||457||634||1140|
|25 + 1||459||634||1133|
|30 + 1||437||612||1106|
|35 + 1||422||595||1087|
|40 + 1||410||583||1072|
The rates include*
- Accommodation at a hotel
- Transfer to/from the airport
- Transfer during the tours in a comfortable air conditioned cars or buses
- 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)
- Medieval vocal concert in Geghard Monastery (lasts 30 minutes) – 150 EUR total
- Opera and Ballet Theatre – starting from 6 EUR per person
- Tonacuyc Theatre – 150 EUR total
- Cooking Master Class – 20 EUR per person
- Dinner (including wine) and big folk show in Ararat Restaurant – 50 EUR per person
- Lavash baking master class – 16 EUR per person
- One full day trip to Mount Aragats for unforgettable views and Armenian style breakfast