Armenia Classical & Off-Road Tour
11 nights/12 days


Day 1

Arrival to Yerevan. Meeting at the airport. Transfer to the hotel in Yerevan.

Check in. Rest time

OVERNIGHT IN YEREVAN

 

Day 2

Breakfast served

Day 2Your acquaintance with Yerevan will start with a look at the history of its foundation – a visit to Erebouni museum and Fortress founded in 782 BC. After you will take an excursion to the Cathedral of St. Gregory the Illuminator (20th c), the symbol of the 1700th anniversary of the proclamation of Christianity as a state religion in Armenia. The holy relics of St. Gregory were brought from Italy in time for the opening, and Pope John Paul II came to pay an official visit shortly after the consecration. This is one of those unrepeatable structures, the FUTURE built on the PAST.

Tsitsernakaberd memorial and museum to the 1915 Genocide.

Day 2Lunch in Armenian Traditional Restaurant in Yerevan

Visit to “NOY” ARARAT Brandy, Wine Factory“…one does not drink brandy, one derives pleasure from it”. Just let’s do it in one of the oldies factories in “NOY” Yerevan Brandy factory.

OVERNIGHT IN YEREVAN

 

Day 3

Breakfast served

Day 3Visit Aragatsotn Region – this part of Armenia, especially Mt. Aragats, has always attracted the attention of travelers, tourists and geologists due to a tremendous number of historical monuments and beautiful landscapes.

Artashavan – New Complex of Armenian Letters: “It is difficult to express the deep feeling Armenians have for their language, which many regard as the lifeblood of their culture”.

Saghmosavank Monastery perch on the edge of the precipitous gorge of the Kasakh river. Visiting the village of Oshakan, you will see the church which is built over the grave of Mesrop Mashtots, the founder of the Armenian alphabet, and one of Armenia’s greatest benefactors.

Lunch and hospitality with an Armenian Family.

CULTURAL PERFORMANCE: which represents the inimitable characteristics of various events, traditions and customs of different regions, as well as national and traditional dance of both Historical Armenia and present day Armenia.

OVERNIGHT IN YEREVAN

 

Day 4

Breakfast served

The day will start with visiting the Cascade, which is a huge white staircase built on the Yerevan hillside in the 1970s, with water fountains running down the sides, all reminiscent of a natural river or stream cascading. It connects the central Day 4district to Haghtanak Park –“Victory” Park to the center of the city. The structure has escalators so that it is unnecessary to manually ascend the stairs all the way to the top.

You will enjoy a tour of one of the most enigmatic cities, visiting the remarkable Matenadaran Library and Research Institute of Armenia which houses about 17000 rare manuscripts. This is one of the richest depositories of manuscripts and books in the world. The history of the Matenadaran dates back to the creation of the Armenian alphabet in 405.

“MEGERIAN RUGS” Factory & Show Room: Which brings together time-honored traditions and a range of exquisite aesthetics to create objects of art for modern living and  you will become acquainted with the ancient technology of Armenian carpet making. Lunch in the center

OVERNIGHT IN YEREVAN

Day 5

Breakfast served

Day 5We embark on our journey to the land of ancient treasures of Christian history – Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin (UNESCO) the “religious capital” and the seat of the Supreme Patriarch-Catholics of all Armenians. The story holds that the place where Noah made the fire after the flood is the site upon which the main Cathedral, one of the earliest Christian churches, was built. Nowadays, it is located in the lower chamber, underneath the main Altar of the Cathedral.

OPTIONAL: Participation in DIVINE LITURGY (only on Sundays).

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

Lunch is in one of the educational and cultural centers of Etchmiadzin

OVERNIGHT IN YEREVAN

 

Day 6

Breakfast served and check out

Driving through the fertile plains of the Ararat valley, you will reach Khor Virap Monastery – the beginning of the History of Christianity in Armenia, magnificently set against the towering slopes of the Biblical Mount 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 it is a pilgrimage destination for every believer. Furthermore, you will enjoy a guided tour as well as taste some wine at the famous “Areni Winery”. In Armenia, “Wine is Bottled Poetry”.

From here will start our Jeep tour. Throughout the entire journey, we will pass through incredible landscapes and enjoy gorgeous views.

Our next visit is the St. Hovhannes-Karapet monastery complex which was built in 1301. It is a vaulted construction with a rectangular shape. After this we take the path through the narrow gorge, which reveals “Natural and manmade wonders”- Noravank Monastery.

Lunch will be served near Noravank Monastery.

After we will drive through small villages andDay 6  (2) mountainous way to King Smbat’s Fortress located on the top of a mountain and built in X–XI centuries with high and wide (2-3 m) pyramid type fort-walls and protected by the Artabuni River and deep canyons. From the fortress there is an amazing view to Tsakhats Kar Monastery and magic jeep route connecting it with the Citadel and telling us about the local legends about these two historical monuments.

Returning to the main highway we shall start driving South to Goris.

Hotel accommodation in Goris

DINNER & OVERNIGHT IN GORIS

 

 

Day 7

 

Day 7After Breakfast we leave Goris for Tatev Monastery in the early morning; on the way you will admire a splendid view of the area. The Aerial Tramway of Tatev – spanning 5.7 kilometers across the spectacular Vorotan River Gorge, offer a spectacular journey with breathtaking views of the river gorge below, but most significantly, it will link you to one of the jewels of Armenia’s medieval legacy – Tatev Monastery. Tatev Aerial Tramway – the longest passenger aerial tramway in the world – is poised to be one of southern Armenia’s most popular attractions. It will get you to the picturesque monastery nestled at the top of an impregnable plateau, crowned by the ramparts walls from the upper part of the territory. After you will have time to discover the interior of the monastery which was founded in the 4th century, becoming an important religious and educational center of medieval Armenia in 9-10th cc..

Lunch in the foothills.

On your return, you have a very attractive stop in Khndzoresk, a cave village and exotic rock formations. This village looks like a vertical multi-storied rocky amphitheater.  

Khndzoresk – Prehistoric era. Winding road leads your pleasant ascent.

DINNER & OVERNIGHT IN GORIS

 

Day 8

Breakfast served and CHECK OUT

Day 8 (1)On the way back we’ll visit Karahunge 7000-year-old Observatory: an uncannily similar construction to the English Stonehenge but more ancient.  Clouded in mystery, the ancient stone circle of Karahunge is an amazing feat of engineering and the most important pre-historic site in Armenia, but beyond its archeological significance and possible astronomical role, Karahunge also holds a mystical charm.

Lunch on the way

Next stop: Sevan – which will start via one of the principal routes of the “Great Silk Road” – Selim Pass, linking the southern region of Vayots Dzor to the eastern region of Gegharkunik with its emerald – Lake Sevan.
You have a chance to see the unique inn founded as a transit point of the caravan routes. Armenians say – “The stone is our wealth”. You will realize it visiting Noraduz – the valley of hundreds of stone-crosses -“khachkars”, the typical examples of this unique art of stone-carving. The elegant and beautiful patterns are never repeated or copied. This kind of stone art occurs only in Armenian architecture.
Visit the Lake Sevan – the emerald of Armenia, a beauty under the sky. Lake Sevan is considered  to be one of the largest sweet water lakes in the world, situated at an altitude of 1,897 meters above sea level. The most picturesque view of Lake Sevan is seen from the peninsula atop which Sevan Monastery is nicely nestled dating to the 9th century.

DINNER & OVERNIGHT IN SEVAN/DILIJAN

 

Day 9

Breakfast served and Check out

Day 9Trip to Dilijan: “A Piece of Switzerland in Armenia” – Earth and sky, woods and fields, rivers, mountains become excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn otherwise… The old approach in the new century… “Old Town Dilijan” complete with craftsmen workshops, small shops with traditional Armenian products and crafts, museum, showing typical 19th century living with all its local customs and handmade wood furnishings… Goshavank Monastery (10-13th centuries). 

Lunch in Dilijan

RETURN YEREVAN

OVERNIGHT IN YEREVAN

 

Day 10

FREE DAY IN YEREVAN

USE TO EXPLORE THE CITY BY YOUR SELF!

OVERNIGHT IN YEREVAN

Day 10 in the center

 

Day 11

Breakfast served

Day 11 (1)Today is the day which will best contrast the difference between the pre-Christianity/paganism era and the conversion of Armenia to Christianity. 

This morning you will travel to Garni, the location of the only pre-Christian pagan temple maintained in Armenia.

OFF ROAD TOUR – after tour of Garni we will board special cars and start to drive through off road way to the Canyon of Garni stretching along the river Azat and Goght. You will enjoy the magnificent area, seemingly artificial slopes from the foot to the top of the gorge named “Symphony of Stones”. Havoots TAR

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 singer 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.

Day 11 (2)Lunch with a traditional table/lavash making: “Eat thy bread with joy” in Geghard

Return Yerevan

EVENING: Farewell Dinner in a typical Armenian Restaurant with live Armenian music completing your journey with unforgettable memories.

 OVERNIGHT IN YEREVAN

 

Day 12

Day 12Breakfast served and Check out

TRANSFER TO ZVARTNOTS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT  

HAVE A NICE FLIGHT!!!

 

**Itinerary is subject to change at any time

 

SERVICES:

  1. Full transportation and transfers in Armenia as specified in itinerary
  2. Meals as indicated – Breakfast,  Lunch, Dinner
  3. Entrance fee to all sightseeing destination
  4. Hotel Accommodation in Armenia – 11 nights 
    • 8 nights in Yerevan
    • 2 nights in Goris
    • 1 night in Sevan/Dilijan
  5. English speaking tour guide
  6. Events
  7. A bottle of water

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