|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 1500/1700 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, meeting florid local people, enjoying the taste and aroma of Armenia. 5,500-year-old shoe discovered in a cave in Armenia, World’s longest reverse rope-way, Gulls’ island, Bezoar goats, 7500 years old Armenian Stonehenge (Karahunj), lakes, waterfalls, winery, homemade wine, traditional tolma and lavash bread making processes, 160-meter long swinging bridge – this tour exposes the ancient soul of Armenian culture and nature. Enjoy your holidays and explore Armenian ancient culture, amazing nature and tasty food.
Yerevan city tour – Yerevan Brandy Company – Megerian Carpet Factory
Arrival at the Zvartnots International Airport and transfer to the Hotel. Then we will start a city tour. We will visit several museums such as the Matenadaran and Ararat Cognac Factory museum. Yerevan Brandy Company is almost as renowned 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 – Ambert (Aragats mountain) – Letter park – Aparan – Dsegh
After breakfast, moving to Amberd fortress. The complex of Amberd derives its great historical importance from its uniqueness, being one of the best and the largest examples of Armenian fortress construction. After Amberd we will visit the Letter park – a park of Armenian alphabet of stone. Will have unforgettable shopping in local bakery «Gntunik» in Aparan. Driving to village Desgh, where we will visit Nature Visitor Center.
Overnight in Dsegh
Dsegh – Dilijan
After breakfast, we will have hiking tour through “Wonders of Lori”. We will have an opportunity to enjoy beautiful nature of the forests of Lori as well as have an unforgetable birdwatching experience.
Overnight in Dilijan
Dilijan – Haghartsin monastery – Goshavank monastery – Gosh lake – Dilijan
We will visit Haghartsin complex then Goshavank monastery. Haghartsin Monastery (XII century) is situated in the gorge of the stream Haghartsin, Aghstev River tributary, in the woods, cut off from civilization. The oldest of the monastery’s churches, St. Gregory, was built in the 10th century.
Goshavank is an example of 12th-13th century architecture. It was founded by Mkhitar Gosh, a medieval Armenian ruler who was both a scholar and a politician.
After that will have a hiking to Gosh lake. There are lots of different hand-made monuments in the territory of the lake: various rock formations, mineral springs etc.
We will also visit Sharamberyan street workshops in Dilijan, where we will face local traditions.
Overnight in Dilijan
Dilijan – Sevan lake – Sevanavank monastery – Tsaghkunk
Then we will move to Sevan lake and make there a boating tour (visiting Armenian gull’s island) where we will watch Armenian gulls. Afterwards we will also visit Sevanavank monastery.
Overnight in Tsaghkunk
Tsaghkunk – Noratus Khachkars – Selim caravanserai – Shatin – Horse
After breakfast we will move to see 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.
Armenian khachkar (meaning cross-stone) is a carved, memorial stele bearing a cross, and often with additional motifs such as rosettes, interlaces, and botanical motifs. Figures of leaves, bunches of grapes, pomegranates and apricots are typical ornaments carved cross-stones. Many khachkhars in the cemetery of Noratus, date back to the 13-17th centuries, and the oldest one was curved in 10th century.
Visiting 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.
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.
Overnight near village Horse
Horse – Sisian – Zorats Karer – Tatev monastery – Tatev
We will drive to Sisian where will visit Zorats Karer (Armenian Stonehange). After that, 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. The 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 centre today.
After we will have a master class of making of Armenian Tolma with locals.
Overnight in Tatev
Tatev – Kapan – Shikahogh
We will move to Kapan and Shikahogh State Resreve. We will have a hiking in the Shikaogh State Reserve and will discover untouched nature of montane forests. We will also see thousand years old natural “Plane Grove”.
Overnight in village Shikahogh
Shikahogh – Jermuk – Gomk
Driving to Jermuk (visiting waterfall and tasting natural mineral water). Jermuk resort city is situated on south-west of Armenia, in the upper river Arpa. Jermuk is a major first-rate hydropathic and climatic resort in Armenia. After Jermuk we will visit Gndevank Monastery and Zaritap-Gomk-Martiros ecotourism trail (rock carved khachkars).
Overnight in Gomk
Gomk – Aghavnadzor – Noravank monastery – Areni – Yerevan
After we move to Aghavnadzor village and will visit a local rural family and study lavash backing, honey squeezing, horse riding, cheese making master-class.
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 nowhere else in Armenia has it shown itself as good as in the village of Areni.
Driving to Yerevan
Overnight in Yerevan
Yerevan – Khosrov – Garni – Geghard – Yerevan
Will have a horse riding tour in “Khosrov Forest” State Reserve. It has been founded by Armenian King Khosrov Kotak (Kotak means small) in 334-338. The reserve is considered one of the oldest protected areas in the world. After we will move to visit Garni hellenistic temple and Geghard monastery.
Overnight in Yerevan
Price for the tour is:
1500 EUR equivalent AMD/per person with accommodation in double room
1700 EUR equivalent AMD/per person with accommodation in 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: