|DATE:||May – October|
|LANGUAGE:||English, Russian, Armenian|
|GROUP SIZE:||up to – people|
|ACCOMMODATION:||Hotel, Hostel or B&B|
|FOOD:||yes (Non-vegetarian or Vegetarian)|
|TOUR PRICE:||from 500 EUR equivalent AMD/per person|
On this tour you will get a general impression on floristic richness and landscape diversity of Armenia. The main focus of the trip is not only tree and shrub species diversity, but also remarkable trees and groves – carriers of not only botanical, but also spiritual, historical and cultural heritage. Botanical gardens and dendroparks, especially protected natural areas, a number of species and ecosystems of national, regional and global conservation importance will be visited during the tour. The tour will also include major important historical sights and cultural destinations.
Arrival – Yerevan city tour
Overnight in Yerevan.
Stepanavan dendropark – Vanadzor – Dilijan
Driving north to Gjulaqarak village near Stepanavan to visit dendropark “Sochut”, which was established to protect pine forest formed with Pinus kochiana. A half an hour stop by the way will let you see meadow flora. A lunch/picnic in the forest. Then driving to Dilijan via Vanadzor (visit to the Vanadzor Botanical Garden is optional). About 30min. stop by the way to explore the flora of wet meadows with Anemone fasciculata. Visit to the “King of Forest” tree in Dilijan.
Overnight in Dilijan.
“Dilijan” National Park – Goshavank – Ijevan dendropark – Dilijan
The day will begin with an excursion towards the relict yew grove (Taxus baccata), which is an area of a special protection on the territory of “Dilijan” National Park, the trip will include about 2,5 hours of walking in the beech forest and the grove followed by a picnic lunch on a glade. Then the program will continue with a visit to Goshavank monastery to see also the ancient walnut tree of the monastery. Further drive to the north will bring us to Ijevan dendropark – 8 hectares by the right bank of Agstev river with rich collection of coniferous and evergreen broadleaved forms (requires 1-1,5 hours). We will also visit the fallen oak of Vardan Mamikonyan protected by the locals in memory of the famous commander as a symbol of his strength. An interesting pine forest called “Drunken Forest” – natural phenomenon caused by the landslides will be observed in the Dilijan area on return.
Overnight in Dilijan.
“Sevan” Botanical garden – Sisyan
The day starts with about an hour walk in the Sevan Botanical Garden, then – an excursion to the “Sevan” National Park’s museum (optional), which is in Sevan town. Driving towards Selim Pass with a couple of short stops by the way to Selim pass to see historical sites and monuments. Then continuing the way over Selim Pass (a couple of short stops for botanizing) to medieval caravanserai and afterwards to explore subalpine meadows and steppe bushes.
Overnight in Sisyan.
Tatev Monastery – Kapan
The day will begin with a trip towards village Tatev, which will give an opportunity to see two remarkable pear trees and to study forest flora: Quercus iberica, Carpinus orientalis, C. betulus, Mespilus germanica and other. Lunch in Kapan. After lunch – a trip to “Shikahogh” State Reserve established for the forests protection. Our last destination in this way – the relict Plane Grove (Platanus orientalis) – a site of special conservation concern, which is a state sanctuary under the management of the reserve’s administration. About an hour of walking down the road leading to the grove will let to see a number of representatives of Armenian flora, such as Colutea cilicica, Pyrus zangezura (endemic), Punica granatum, Celtis caucasica, Ficus carica, Cotynus coggygria and others. The Plane Grove and surrounding areas will require about 3 hours.
Overnight in Kapan.
Kapan – Goris – Noravank Monastery – Yerevan
Driving back to Yerevan. On the way back from Kapan to Goris it will be possible to make a couple of stops to see Christ’s thorn spiny bushes (Paliurus spina-christi) and an oak-hornbeam forest. A visit of Noravank Monastery in Vayots Dzor will be accompanied with a botanical investigation of the area where Acer iberica, Celtis glabrata, Amygdalus fenzliana, Rosa hemisphaerica and other plant species are found. A couple of other short stops will let to see beautiful cushion shrub bushes (Onobrychis cornuta) in bloom and another amazing and rare cushion plant species – Gypsophila aretioides.
Overnight in Yerevan.
Yerevan Botanical Garden
Price for the tour is:
with accommodation in hostel or B&B is from 500 EUR equivalent AMD/per person(excluding international flight).
with accommodation in hotel is from 700 EUR equivalent AMD/per person.
Tour price includes:
Airport pick up
Transportation during the all duration of the tour
An English speaking professional guide (botanist)
Accommodation in Hotel, Hostel or B&B
Three meals including lunch, dinner and breakfast during the tour with hot tea/coffee
All the entry fees to the Nature Specially Protected Areas, Botanical Garden and historical places.
One day city tour in Yerevan
Tour price excludes: