Ararat Summit Hiking & Tours in Armenia
13 nights/14 days

Day 0

 

Day 1

Day 1

Arrival in Yerevan  – Transfer to the Hotel – Check in

OVERNIGHT IN YEREVAN

Day 2

 

Breakfast served and Check out

Day 2The group will depart from Yerevan for the Armenian-Georgian boarder (Bavra), then via Akhaltskha city will reach the Georgian-Turkish border.

Lunch on the way

After passing through Ardahan region, we will leave for Bayazet traveling through Igdir. The group will spend a night in Bayazet.

DINNER AND OVERNIGHT IN BAYAZET

Day 3

 

Climb Mt. Ararat.

Day 3

Day 4

Climb Mt. Ararat.

Day 5

Climb Mt. Ararat.

Day 6

Climb Mt. Ararat.

 

Day 7

 

Day 7The group will depart from Bayazet for Van with a visit to the wonderful waterfalls of Berkri on the way. The first place to visit in Van city will be the Castle of Tushpa (Van Fortress, 9th century BC), where cuneiform inscriptions and mausoleum of kings of Sardar and Argishti are maintained. Afterwards, participants will see the Door of Mher, visit the island of Akhtamar and Holy Cross Church, which is considered as the first of the seven churches of Armenian architecture by its unique architectural solutions, ornaments and sculptures.

Lunch in Van –  tasting tarekh, a fish type specific to lake Van

DINNER AND OVERNIGHT IN VAN

 

Day 8

 

Day 8Breakfast served and Check out

Taking a rest on the beach, the group will depart from Van in the southeast direction, for the monastery of Varaga located on the western slope of the Varaga Mountain (religious and cultural famous center of medieval Armenia).

Lunch  on the way

Back to Bayazet – Kars

DINNER AND OVERNIGHT IN KARS

 

Day 9

 

Breakfast served and Check out

Day 9Visit the Kars Fortress, Bridge of Vardan and St. Arakelots Church, participants will leave for Ani; the city of a thousand and one churches. Having a delightful tour throughout Ani, the group will depart for Yerevan.

Lunch on the way
Return from Turkey to Yerevan

OVERNIGHT IN YEREVAN

 

Day 10

Day 10

 

Breakfast served

FREE DAY IN YEREVAN

OVERNIGHT IN YEREVAN

Day 11

 

Day 11Driving through the fertile plains of the Ararat valley, you will reach Khor Virab Monastery – the beginning of the History of the Christian nation in Armenia, magnificently set against the towering slopes of the Biblical Mountain of Ararat. You have some quite spectacular photo opportunities before a landscape of unparalleled beauty and majesty.

The monastery is the site where St. Gregory the Illuminator was incarcerated and is a pilgrimage destination for all Christian believers, as well as having had a determinate impact on the Armenia people and their history.

On the way to Noravank, you will enjoy a guided tour as well as taste some wine at the famous “Areni Winery.” In Armenia there is a famous saying: “Wine is bottled poetry”.
After this, take the path through the narrow gorge which reveals the wonder of Noravank Monastery, nestled inside the deep red landscape of these tuf stone mountains.

Lunch will be served nearby Noravank Monastery.

Return to Yerevan

OVERNIGHT IN YEREVAN

 

Day 12

 

Breakfast served

Day 12Yerevan – the capital, one of the ancient cities in the world – Erebouni Fortress which was founded in 782 BC. Continuing the city tour, your second stop in Tsitsernakaberd memorial and museum to the 1915 Genocide, one of the most impressive monuments in Yerevan.

Lunch in Armenian Traditional Restaurant
You will enjoy a tour of one of the most enigmatic cities, visiting the remarkable Matenadaran Library and Research Institute of Armenia with close to 17,000 rare manuscripts, one of the richest depositories of manuscripts and books in the world.

OVERNIGHT IN YEREVAN

 

Day 13

 

Breakfast served

Day 13This morning you will travel to Garni, the location of the rare pre-Christian pagan temple maintained in Armenia. Later on, we will reach Geghard, cave monastery (UNESCO) architectural complex (12-13th centuries), carved out of one monolithic rock. Due to the extraordinary acoustics, when the local monk begins to sing in this chamber it is hard to believe a large choir isn’t singing… be aware it is only one man… A visit to Geghard is truly a spiritual experience.

Lunch and LAVASH-making in Armenian traditional way in “tonir” (special pit for making Armenian Traditional Bread: LAVASH). “Eat thy bread with joy” in Geghard

OVERNIGHT IN YEREVAN

 

Day 14

 

Breakfast served

Day 14 We embark on our journey to the land of ancient treasures of Christian history –  At the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin (UNESCO), the “religious capital” and the seat of the Supreme Patriarch-Catholics of all Armenians.
OPTIONAL: Participation in DIVINE LITURGY.

Then, admire the Sts. Hripsime and Gayane Churches (7th c) named after the faithful virgins, these churches are dedicated to the virgins Hripsime and Gayane, 3rd century followers of Christ who were martyred.

Lunch in one of educational and cultural centers of Etchmiadzin

Visit Sardarabad – Memorial Monument and Ethnographic Museum

OVERNIGHT IN YEREVAN

 

Day 15

 

Breakfast served and Check out

Transfer to the Airport

Day 15

Important Notes: During the climb to Mount Ararat, all the items of participants will be transported by horses. Depending on weather conditions, additional one-day overnight stay may be required, for which extra expenditures won’t be required from participants. To help with physical preparedness of participants, before the start of the main tour program, a few preparatory multi-climbing tours will be held to the Mounts of Ara, Hatis and Aragats. The Tour Program doesn’t encompass costs of these multi-programs.

 

Participants must have their own:

  • Ski uniform
  • Mountain climbing boots
  • 2 carrying bags (big and small)
  • Warm sleeping bag
  • Mountain climbing-sunglass
  • Head lantern

 

Services:

  • Hotel accommodation in Bayazet
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • High quality transport
  • Guide services
  • Service of 2-3 climbing escorts
  • Provision of tents, mattresses, hiking sticks, crampons

 

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