|DATE:||June – October|
|LANGUAGE:||English, Russian, Armenian|
|GROUP SIZE:||up to 16 people|
|ACCOMMODATION:||Hotel, Hostel or B&B|
|FOOD:||yes (Non-vegetarian or Vegetarian)|
|TOUR PRICE:||from 900/1100 EUR equivalent AMD/per person|
During this tour you will have a unique opportunity to travel across Armenia and explore natural and cultural heritage, admiring landscapes, animals in wild nature from close distance, meet local people, enjoy the taste and aroma of Armenia. We will explore “Areni-1” cave, which hosts oldest winery and shoe in the world, the longest reverse rope-way, Armenian gulls’ island, wild Bezoar goats, 7500 years old Armenian Stonehenge (Karahunj), lakes, waterfalls, homemade wine, traditional tolma and lavash bread making processes, hiking and zip-line in the natural forests, horse riding, 160-meter long swinging bridge – this tour exposes the ancient soul of Armenian culture and nature. Enjoy your holidays and discover Armenian ancient culture, amazing nature and tasty food.
Yerevan City Tour
Arrival at the International Airport Zvartnots and transfer to the Hotel. Then we will start a city tour. We will visit several museums such as Matenadaran and Ararat Cognac Factory museums. Yerevan Brandy Company is almost as renowned as a symbol of the Armenian capital as Mount Ararat. Immense reserves of precious brandy spirits, many put into barrels as far back as in the 19th century, are stored in its cellars. Next station is Megerian Carpet Factory where we will be able to see carpet-weaving process and taste some traditional Armenian dishes. Megerian Carpet in Yerevan has a spectacular showroom where visitors from foreign countries as well as local residents can make their purchases.
Overnight in Yerevan
Yerevan – Garni – Geghard – Sevan lake – Dilijan
After breakfast, we will visit Garni and Geghard. The enclosed area of the temple complex at Garni is comprised of the main gate and fortification walls of the medieval era, foundational walls of a two-storey royal summer palace built by the ancient Urartians in the 8th century BC, a bath house, the circular foundations of a church built in AD 897, a cemetery and the Hellenistic temple built in the 1st century BC. The temple is one of Armenia’s prized monuments and is a must see.
The astounding Geghard monastery is situated 6 km from the temple at Garni and is revered throughout Armenia as one of the countrys greatest spiritual and cultural centers.
Then we will move to Sevan lake and make there a boating tour (visiting Armenian gull’s island) and will watch Armenian gulls.
Lunch near Lake Sevan.
Then we will move to city Dilijan. After that we will have free time and very delicious dinner in a traditional Armenian style.
Overnight in Dilijan
“Dilijan” National Park – Parz lake – Gosh lake – Yenokavan – Dilijan
After breakfast, moving to “Dilijan” National Park. We will have a hiking trip in the “Dilijan” National Park through the mountain forests of oriental beech to Parz or Gosh Lakes and will enjoy wildlife of natural forests.
Afterwards, moving to Yenokavan zip-line. We will have fun, outdoor adventures and unforgettable experiences. Zip-line has 3 different lines: 135m, 200m, 268m, 375m and 750m. The current speed is 5 m/s, height is approximately 200-300 m.
Dinner in Dilijan. Nestled between mountains ranges, Dilijan is one of Armenia’s most picturesque towns. The lush forests, snow capped mountains, and untamed rivers of the region have earned Dilijan the nickname, “Little Switzerland”.
Overnight in Dilijan
Noratus Khachkars – Selim caravanserai – Yeghegnadzor – Shatin – Horse
After breakfast, moving to Noratus Khachkars. Located in the region of Gegharkunik, Noratus is an ancient Armenian village. The village is famous for its cemetery of cross-stones, the largest one in the territory of Armenia. Many khachkhars in the cemetery of Noratus, date back to the 13-17th centuries, and the oldest one was curved in 10th century. Later on, we will visit Selim caravanserai. The caravanserai of Selim, was built in 1332 by Prince Chesar Orbelian, according to an inscription in Armenian and Arabic. This caravanserai offered hospitality to travelers along the highway crossing the Selim (Sulema) mountains. The best preserved of all medieval caravanserais in Armenia, it comprises a vaulted antechamber and a large hall partitioned into three sections lighted through openings in the ceiling. This building is an excellent example of Armenian secular architecture in the Middle Ages.
Lunch in Yeghegnadzor
Afterwards we will drive to the village Shatin where will be possible to have wildlife watching of the Red Listed Bezoar goats. Than moving to Horse village, where we will stay in the guesthouse situated between the mountains and will explore untouched natural beauty of the area.
Dinner and overnight near village Horse
Horse – Sisian – Zorats Karer – Goris – Khndzoresk – Tatev monastery – Tatev
After breakfast, we will drive to Sisian where will visit Zorats Karer (Armenian Stonehange).
Lunch in Goris
Afterwards, we will visit Khndzoresk Cave Dwelling and Swinging Bridge. The amazing thing about the bridge is that it was constructed by the residents of the village, with their own hands and no machinery was used for the construction, and even for the transportation of materials (they used horses). The aim was perhaps to preserve the natural and historical heritage of their hometown, as the new bridge can help you see, feel, hear, learn and experience many things about ancient times.
We will take the Aerial Ropeway to Tatev village and Visit Tatev Monastery. Tatev monastery in Syunik, Southern Armenia, is an exception։ to reach it you have to travel on the world’s longest cable car called the Wings of Tatev. This is not some public relations claim with no substance, it has been verified by the Guinness Book of Records. It takes you over 5km from Halidzor village to Tatev, flying over the Vorotan gorge in less than fifteen minutes. The Tatev monastery was the location of the biggest university in medieval Armenia. Built on virtually inaccessible rocks it survived the invasion of Tamerlane in the 14th century and is still a working religious center today.
After we will have a master class of Armenian Tolma making with locals
Overnight in Tatev
Tatev – Jermuk – Gomk – Yeghegnadzor
After breakfast, we will drive to Jermuk (visiting waterfall and tasting natural mineral water). Jermuk resort city is situated on south-west of Armenia, in the upper river Arpa. It is 173 km far from Yerevan. The area is at an altitude of 1980-2080 meters above sea level. Jermuk is a major first-rate hydropathic and climatic resort in Armenia, which has regional importance and is one of the unique places in the world due to its medicinal effects.
Lunch in village Gomk
We will have a horse riding tour in the area of the Gomk village. After we will move to Aghavnadzor village and will visit a local rural family and observe lavash backing, honey squeezing, horse riding, cheese making master-classes.
Overnight in Yeghegnadzor
Yeghegnadzor – Noravank monastery – Areni – Yerevan
After breakfast, we will visit Noravank monastery. Noravank monastery is situated deep in the Noravank canyon, and from a distance appears to be perched high on the flat surface of a rock, nestled into a majestic mountain.
Later on, we will visit the “Areni-1” cave. The cave is the location of the world’s oldest known winery and where the world’s oldest known shoe has been found. Dated to c. 4100 BC, the site contained a wine press, fermentation vats, jars, and cups.
Afterwards we will take a part in wine tasting in village Areni. Owing to the unique dry climate the valuable grapes of Areni have been ciltivated here, and no where else in Armenia has it shown itself as good as in the village of Areni.
Driving to Yerevan
Overnight in Yerevan
Price for the tour (without air ticket) is:
900 EUR equivalent AMD/per person with accommodation in a double room
1100 EUR equivalent AMD/per person with accommodation in a single room
Tour price includes:
Airport pick up
Transportation during the all duration of the tour
An English speaking professional guide
Meal including lunch, dinner and breakfast during the tour with hot tea/coffee
All the entry fees to the Nature Specially Protected Areas and historical places etc.
City tour in Yerevan
Tour price excludes: