May 1 – May 10
Dates
10 days
Duration
up to 16 people
Group size
Hotel, Hostel or B&B
Accommodation
English, Russian, Armenian
Language
DATE: May 1 – May 10
DURATION: 10 days
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 725/935 EUR equivalent AMD/per person

Enjoy your holidays and explore Armenian ancient culture, amazing nature and tasty food. Join to our holiday tour!

 

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Arriving. Pick up from the “Zvartnots” international airport – Yerevan City tour (including museums)

Dinner and carpet tour in “Megeryan Carpets” Restaurants

Overnight in Yerevan

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Yerevan – Garni – Geghard -Yerevan 

Visit to Temple of Garni, a reconstructed classical Hellenistic temple near Garni, Armenia. It is the only Greco-Roman colonnaded building in Armenia and the former Soviet Union.

Arriving to Geghard (meaning “spear”) medieval monastery listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It hes several flors and cave rooms. Part of the church is carved out of the rocky mountain. There is a wellspring in the church coming out from the rocks, which is considered a holy water and people heal their diseases with this water. While the main chapel was built in 1215, the monastery complex was founded in the 4th century by Gregory the Illuminator at the site of a sacred spring inside a cave.

The Garni Gorge is situated 23 km east of  Yerevan, Armenia, just below the village with the same name. On a promontory above the gorge the first-century AD Garni temple may be seen. Along the sides of the gorge are cliff walls of well preserved basalt columns, carved out by the Goght River. This portion of the Garni Gorge is typically referred to as the “Symphony of the Stones.” It is most easily reached via a road that leads left down the gorge just before reaching the temple of Garni. Another road leads to the gorge through the village, down a cobblestone road, and into the valley. Once in the valley, turning right will lead to Garni Gorge, an 11th-century medieval bridge, and the “Symphony of the Stones”. Taking a left will lead along the river past a fish hatchery, up to the “Khosrov Forest” State Reserve, and a little further Havuts Tar Monastery.

Lunch in Garni (Sergei’s house)

Dinner in Yerevan

Overnight in Yerevan

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Yerevan – “Khor Virap” monastery – “Noravank” monastery – Areni – Jermuk

Visit to “Khor Virap” (meaning “deep pit” or “deep well”) monastery located in the Ararat plain. Mountain Ararat not always shows its face to tourists of Armenia, but in case you are lucky and there are no clouds, from here, you will see the holy mountain of Armenians – Ararat, as close as you can see the church near you. Khor Virap is a unique place also because of the wells in the churches: according to the legends, the Gregory Illuminator 12 years was imprisoned in that pit depth of 60 meters. The whole story is impressive but you should know it on place.

Arriving to Noravank Gorge, which is a stunning canyon the power of which will feel through the camera lens as well. There is also a 12th century medieval Armenian monastery Noravank standing out not only with its appearance but also the surrounding marvelous scenery.

Lunch in village Areni.

Moving to city Jermuk. Excursion in city Jermuk.

Jermuk is a mountain spa town in the southern Armenian province of Vayots Dzor province, 53 km east of the provincial capital Yeghegnadzor. It was a popular destination during the Soviet era and nowadays is still famous for its hot springs and mineral water brands bottled in the town. It is attractive for its fresh air, waterfalls, artificial lakes, walking trails, the surrounding forests and mineral water pools. The town is being redeveloped to become a modern centre of tourism and health services. Jermuk is also being set up to become a major Chess centre, with numerous chess international tournaments scheduled in the town.

Dinner in city Jermuk

Overnight in city Jermuk

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Jermuk – “Wings of Tatev” – Tatev monastery – Halidzor – Goris

Visit to Tatev monastery that is a 9th-century Armenian church complex located on a large basalt plateau. The architecture of complex are not the only thing you will enjoy filming. Here you will experience also the world’s longest non-stop reversible aerial tramway called “Wings of Tatev” with a length of 5,752 meters. At its highest point over the gorge, the car travels 320 m above ground level.

Lunch in village Halidzor,

“Moving Devil’s” bridge nature monument, Harsnadzor, Khndzoresk, Goris

Visit Satani Kamurj (Devil’s Bridge) nature monument to see a bridge formed by hot springs in one of the deepest parts of the Vorotan River gorge. The bridge’s spectacularly splashed colors and an impressive array of stalactites are at the end of a 700-800 meter descent from the Tatev plateau to the bottom of the gorge.

Arriving to Khndzoresk village where 160 meter long handmade bridge swings over 63 meters high above the ground. Therefore, you will have chance to experience a little more extreme with your camera on a 14 tons handmade bridge. The bridge connects two banks of old Khndzoresk village, where one can see 4 churches located within this region and the famous “Nine Children” fountain.

Overnight in the Goris city, which is truly called a prince of mountainous Armenia. The rocks surrounding the city are known as “ Stone Forest of Goris ”. They appear as labyrinths of colored columns, pyramids, cones and towers. The city is famous with its homemade vodka and locals like to share it with guests.

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Goris – “Zorats karer” (Armenian stonehenge) – Gomk – Shatin – Hermon

Arriving to the most unusual place in Syunik province – Zorats Karer (Armenian Stonehenge) stone formation, possibly the world’s first astrological observatory. 223 giant boulders are described, inevitably, as the Armenian Stonehenge, but which you are free to wander between, touch, and film. The low angle shots can provide powerful effect of human desire the reaching high into the air.

Cross-stone chapel

The cross-stone chapel was built by famous architecture Momik’s two students Mkhitar and Shnorh in 1263. This structure is unique due to the combination of the cross stone and chapel. Cross-stone chapel  is one the best-preserved among such structures. On the right wall of cross-stone chapel a solar clock is placed.

Rock-carved cross-stones

12-15-century rock-carved cross-stones are very unique  monuments, which according to the tradition were built  in the caves, so that enemies could not destroy them. Gevorg Devrikyan and Galust Khachatryan numerated approximately 84 cross-stones in this area.

Lunch in village Gomk.

Moving to Shatin to watch Bezoar goats (Capra aegagrus )

Arriving to Shatin, which is the only village in the Caucasus where man and the Bezoar goats live abreast. Dozens of Bezoar goats can be seen in front on a cliff. So here you can shoot the animals that are not only the Armenian, but also in the globally Red Listed.

Overnight in village Hermon

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Hermon – Karavan saray – Noratus -Gavar – Sevan – Dilijan

Noratus is an ancient site, with numerous Bronze and Iron Age monuments. Today’s village was founded in 1829 but in the Middle Ages Noratus was also mentioned, as a rural town. Some believe that it is the regional fortress-town founded by Gegham Nahapet (patriarch), who called it Noratuns (new home). Middle Age structures at the site date to the 9th-17th centuries.

Arriving to Sevan Peninsula where a panoramic view of the lake will appear. The great blue eye of Lake Sevan is the largest lake in Armenia and the Caucasus region. It is one of the largest freshwater high-altitude lakes in the world. Lake Sevan is situated at the altitude of 1,900 m above sea level. Sailboat visit to the Armenian Galls’ Island where thousands of endemic galls can be seen. Especially the lovers of slow-motion shootings will enjoy this part. Visit to the caravansary of Selim, which was built in 1332 by Prince Chesar Orbelian, according to an inscription in Armenian and Arabic. The best preserved of all medieval caravanserais in Armenia. This building is an excellent example of Armenian secular architecture in the Middle Ages.

Lunch in city Gavar

Excursion on a boat to Galls’ island, moving to semi island, Sevanavank,

Arriving to Sevan Peninsula where a panoramic view of the lake will appear. The great blue eye of Lake Sevan is the largest lake in Armenia and the Caucasus region. It is one of the largest freshwater high-altitude lakes in the world. Lake Sevan is situated at the altitude of 1,900 m above sea level.

Moving to city Dilijan.

Dinner in city Dilijan.

Overnight in city Dilijan.

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Dilijan National Park – Goshavank – Haghardzin – Dilijan

Visit to Parz Lich (Lake “Clear” which is located in “Dilijan” National Park, to the north of the city of Dilijan at the altitude of 1400 meters above sea level. It looks like a yet unpolished diamond surrounded by thick forest.

Lunch near Goshavank – belveder

Moving to village Haghardzin

Visit to Haghartsin- the monastery of the soaring eagle (“Hagh” means a game, “Artsin” a form of “Artsiv” means eagle in Armenian). The name itself promotes the shooting style of the church and its surroundings, even you have no dron with you.

Dinner in city Dilijan

Overnight in city Dilijan.

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Dilijan – Lastiver – Dilijan

At the caves, a marvelous view opens: the waterfalls of Lastiver, which are really considered to be wonders of Nature. Lastiver Cave is hard to access on a cliff face, and the entrance has been partially protected with an ancient wall. There is a pond taking up most of the cave, which water level is supposed never to change – even if you remove water it immediately returns to its previous level.

Lunch in Lastiver

Dinner in city Dilijan

Overnight in city Dilijan

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Old Dilijan – Tsaghkunk – Yerevan

Excursion in Old Dilijan (city tour)

Moving to Tsaghkunk

Tsaghkunk is a village in the Gegharkunik Province of Armeina. It is situated at the right bank of the Hrazdan River, 40 km north-west from the capital city of the Kotayk Province, Hrazdan, 60 km from Yerevan and 7 km north-west of Sevan, Armenia. It is bordered by Ddmashen to the west, Geghamavan to the south,Tsovagyugh to the south-east and Dilijan National Reserve to the north-west. Tsaghkunk is located at the foot of Pambak Mountain’s S. Hovhannes, Abazants, Khachidosh Rocks and Tapidosh Hill.

Lunch in Tsaghkunk

Moving to Hankavan hotsprings

Overnight in Yerevan

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Departure

Price for the tour 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
Accommodation
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:

International airfare
Entrance Visa
Travel insurance

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