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Private guided round trip - Armenia

Armenia round trip - Following the footsteps of Christianity

Highlights

  • Get to know the cultural highlights of Christian Armenia in 8 days

  • Discover the 2,800 year old city of Yerevan

  • Visit the cave monastery and UNESCO World Heritage Site in Geghard

  • Experience the untouched nature around the largest lake in Caucasus

  • Learn about the 6,000 year old world of Armenian wines

Description

In the Caucasus, between Europe and Asia, lies the historic mountainous country of Armenia — the oldest Christian nation on earth. On a privately guided tour, you’ll visit the lively capital of Yerevan, centuries-old mountain monasteries, and Caucasus’s largest lake, Lake Sevan. You will get to try several Armenian wines, learn about its 6,000 year old history, and participate in a traditional baking class.

Destination

Europe

Yerevan - Garni - Geghard - Khor Virap - Noravank - Tatev - Sevan Lake - Dilijan - Echmiadzin - Zvartnots - Yerevan

The best time to travel to Armenia is from May to early October because of its long, warm days and lots of sun. In winter, it’s very cold and sometimes heavy snowfall in some areas — these conditions could cause delays in your trip.

Welcome to Armenia’s capital. When you arrive at Zvartnots Airport, your guide will pick you up and take you to your first hotel. Use the rest of the day to gather first impressions of the city on your own.

Travel time airport - Yerevan hotel: approx. 30 minutes / approx. 15 km

Overnight stay with breakfast in Yerevan, Armenia

After a hearty breakfast, discover the city’s most beautiful sites. Did you know that Yerevan celebrated its 2800th anniversary in 2018?

On today’s guided tour, visit the Matenadaran Central Archive and see the Ancient Armenian Manuscripts, a UNESCO Heritage Site. Other highlights are Republic Square’s traditional Armenian architecture, the central post office, and the genocide memorial on the Swallow Fortress hill. Climb the great cascade, a gigantic staircase made of limestone, and relish the city's breathtaking views and Mount Ararat.

For the rest of the day, you can choose to do as you wish.

Travel time: approx. 1 hour / approx. 30 km

Overnight stay with breakfast in Yerevan, Armenia

After breakfast, visit a brandy factory and learn about the process of its production — an old Armenian tradition.

Your next stop is at the Charents archway, where you can savor overwhelming views of the Ararat and the Ararat plain. Visit the Geghard cave monastery, formed out of a huge rock and whose walls are decorated with impressive stone carvings. The monastery is one of the most important testimonies of the Armenian Apostolic Church and has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2000.

Nearby is the Garni village, where you will learn how the locals bake the traditional Armenian national bread, Lavash. Of course, you’ll get to try the delicious pastries! Afterward, visit the Garni Sun Temple, a masterpiece of Hellenistic culture. At least as impressive as the temple itself is its location. It lies on a triangular rock plateau directly in front of the 300-meter deep Garni basalt gorge, where the Azat river runs through.

After today’s adventures, your guide will take you back to your Yerevan hotel.

Travel time: approx. 2 hours / approx. 75 km

Overnight stay with breakfast in Yerevan, Armenia

Today you’ll leave Yerevan and head southeast to Goris. Drive past lush orchards and beautiful sceneries. On the way, you’ll stop at some of the trip’s highlights. First is the historical monastery of Khor Virap, which nestles at the Ararat holy mountain's foot. Legends say that this is where Gregory the Illuminator was locked in a cave by a king for 13 years to dissuade him from his Christian faith. This confinement failed, and instead, Gregory healed the king from a disfiguring skin disease, at which point he converted to Christianity in 301. As a result, the Armenians became the first people to adopt Christianity as the state religion.

The journey takes you further into the brick-red gorge of the Amaghu to the Noravank monastery, one of the country’s most beautiful. Nearby is the Areni village, which is best known for its vineyards. In 2010, archaeologists discovered a 6100-year-old wine cellar! Your guide will introduce you to the Armenian wines during a tasting.

Before you reach today’s destination, one last stop awaits you. The Bronze Age observatory Karahunge is in the southeast, one of the world's oldest celestial observatories.

In the evening, you’ll reach Goris and check into your hotel.

Travel time: approx. 4 hours 45 minutes / approx. 275 km

Overnight with breakfast in Goris, Armenia

After breakfast, drive to the nearby village of Halidzor. Hop onto the Wings of Tatev, a 5.7 km cableway between Halidzor and the Tatev monastery in Armenia. It is the longest reversible aerial tramway built in only one section and holds the record for the longest non-stop double-track cable car in the world. Relish the breathtaking views of Worotan Gorge. Once you arrive at the monastery, you will learn about the most important architectural monuments in the country, from where you have an impressive view of your surroundings.

As you continue your adventure north, stop at the Orbelian Caravanserai, a well-preserved caravanserai from medieval Armenia. Caravanserais were walled hostels on caravan routes where travelers could safely sleep with their animals and merchandise.

The last stage of the day takes you along Lake Sevan, the largest lake in Armenia. On the way, you will stop at the Noratus burial ground, where approximately 900 Khachkars (cross-stones) are set up. It’s the largest of its kind in the world and offers magnificent views at sunset. Enjoy the unique atmosphere and turquoise waters.

Travel time: approx. 5 hours 15 minutes / approx. 295 km

Overnight with breakfast in Sevan, Armenia

In the morning, you’ll visit the 9th-century Sevanavank Monastery on the peninsula. Your journey takes you further north to the picturesque spa town of Dillidschan, also known as the “Armenian Switzerland.“ It sits at an altitude of 1500 meters, surrounded by majestic mountains, stunning landscapes, and traditional wooden houses.

Afterward, visit the Haghartsin Monastery in the Dilijan National Park, which nestles in a hidden side valley surrounded by lush beech forests.

Before heading back to Yerevan, visit the small Fioletovo village, home to the Molokans (translated means “milk drinkers” because they only drink milk on fasting days). They are a small branch of spiritual Christianity. Over a cup of tea, you will learn exciting things about the community's customs and traditions.

After this unique experience, head back to the capital. On the way, you’ll pass large rocks made of shiny black volcanic glass.

Travel time: approx. 3 hours 45 minutes / approx. 190 km

Overnight stay with breakfast in Yerevan, Armenia

Today you’ll drive to the nearby city of Echmiadzin, the spiritual and religious center of Armenia. Visit the city’s two UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the impressive 303 AD cathedral (the oldest official Christian church in the country) and the Hripsime Church.

You will stop at the Zvartnots Cathedral’s imposing ruins from the 7th century on your way back to Yerevan. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the tallest cathedrals (45 meters) in the Caucasus. You will also visit the famous Vernissage art and flea market, where Armenian artists and craftspeople sell their work.

As the evening hours slowly drift away, reflect on all of the memories from the past week.

Travel time: approx. 1 hour 15 minutes / approx. 55 km

Overnight stay with breakfast in Yerevan, Armenia

Today you will head to the airport to embark on your flight home.

Travel time: approx. 30 minutes / approx. 15 km

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Apricot Hotel Yerevan****, Yerevan, Armenia (5 nights)

The boutique hotel boasts modern amenities and stunning views of Mount Ararat from its roof terrace. Its central location makes it the perfect starting point for adventures to the city’s major sights. In the 27 Armenian-style rooms, you can look forward to air conditioning, free WiFi, a private bathroom, a hairdryer, and various toiletries.

Hotel Mirhav***, Goris, Armenia (1 night)

The quaint and stylish hotel has 31 rooms, each equipped with free WiFi, cable TV, a telephone, and a private bathroom. Enjoy Armenian and European cuisine at the in-house restaurant.

Hotel Lavash***, Sevan, Armenia (1 night)

This hotel nestles directly on Lake Sevan, offering beautiful sun terraces and uninterrupted views of the lake and mountains. The nicely furnished rooms come equipped with free WiFi (throughout the hotel), a kettle, fridge, private bathroom, hairdryer, and slippers. At the hotel’s restaurant, you can enjoy regional and international dishes.

Closest city: Yerevan

Closest airport: Zvartnots International Airport

Duration of the trip: 8 days / 7 nights

Minimum number of participants: 2

Including

  • Private guide during the tour

  • 7 nights in the mentioned hotels

  • Catering according to the program

  • All transfers & entrance fees during the tour

  • Wine tasting in Areni

  • Traditional baking course in Garni

  • Tea tasting in Fioletovo

  • Local taxes and fees

Excluding

  • International flights

  • Meals and drinks that are not mentioned in the scope of services

  • Personal expenses, such as minibar and tips

  • Insurance

Notes

  • German citizens need a passport to enter the country, which must be valid for five months after the trip.

  • The national currency is the dram (AMD). You may exchange US dollars and euros. Businesses and service providers are not officially permitted to accept foreign currencies, so you must make payments in dram.

  • Most restaurants, shops, and hotels, for high demands, accept major credit cards, with an increasing number doing so outside Yerevan's capital city.

  • There are numerous ATMs in the Yerevan city center where cash can be withdrawn with debit and credit cards.

  • Outside Yerevan, cash is not widely available through ATMs; ATMs are available in the provincial capitals.

  • Travel outside the capital only with sufficient cash in hand.

  • Avoid traveling to the Nagorno-Karabakh region.

  • It is not possible to cross the border between Armenia and Azerbaijan or between Armenia and Turkey.

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