10-Day Great Armenian Discovery Tour

The comprehensive itinerary of this ten day tour enables participants to get to know the fascinating country of Armenia. Many of the country’s most attractive monasteries feature in the programme, including Khor Virap with its views of Mount Ararat, Sevanavank overlooking beautiful Lake Sevan and Tatev, perched on a hill and reached by the world’s longest cable car.

The tour also includes time in the capital Yerevan, the pretty spa town of Dilijan and some spectacular scenic drives including a crossing of the Selim Pass.

per adult from

$3,302

NZD

Duration

10 days

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Hotel pickup available

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  • What's included :
    • 9x Breakfast
    • 9x Dinner
    • Accommodation included: 9 nights
    • Entry/Admission - Matenadaran - The Museum of Ancient Manuscripts
    • Entry/Admission - The Churches of Echmiatsin and the Archaeological Site of Zvartnots
    • Entry/Admission - Garni Temple
    • Entry/Admission - The Monastery of Geghard
    • Entry/Admission - Khor Virap
    • Entry/Admission - Noravank Monastery
    • Entry/Admission - Areni Wine Factory
    • Entry/Admission - Monastery Sevanavank
    • Entry/Admission - Haghpat Monastery
    • Entry/Admission - Monastery of Sanahin
    • Entry/Admission - Goshavank Monastery
    • Entry/Admission - Noratus Cemetery
    • Entry/Admission - Vardenyats Pass (Selim Pass)
    • Entry/Admission - Old Khndzoresk
    • Entry/Admission - Gladzor University Historical-Cultural Museum-Reservation
    What's excluded :
    • Personal travel insurance
    • Excursions not mentioned in the itinerary. Can be provided on spot, fees apply

  • Day 1: Yerevan

    Pass By: Yerevan, Yerevan
    Today your Armenian adventure begins as you arrive in the capital Yerevan. Transfer to your hotel.

    Meals included:
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight in a hotel. Our packages include 3* and 4* hotel options.

    Day 2: Yerevan - Ejmiatsin - Zvarnots - Yerevan

    Stop At: Yerevan, Yerevan
    You’ll begin by getting to know Armenia’s charming capital, Yerevan. This morning’s tour will encompass the main sights in the city, including the impressive Singing Fountains in Republic Square and the fascinating market stalls of the Vernissage with their mixture of objets d’art, Soviet memorabilia and local crafts.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Matenadaran - The Museum of Ancient Manuscripts, 53 Mesrop Mashots Avenue Kentron District, Yerevan 0009 Armenia
    Also on the programme is a visit to the Matenadaran where ancient manuscripts are housed.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: The Churches of Echmiatsin and the Archaeological Site of Zvartnots, Manushyan St, Vagharshapat Armenia
    Later, you’ll drive out to Echmiadzin where you’ll be able to see Armenia’s oldest cathedral and on to Zvartnots, home to a ruined 7th century cathedral listed by UNESCO. Return to Yerevan in time for dinner. Overnight in Yerevan.
    Duration: 3 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight in a hotel. Our packages include 3* and 4* hotel options.

    Day 3: Yerevan - Garni - Geghard - Yerevan

    Stop At: Garni Temple, Geghard Monastery Road H3, Garni Armenia
    Garni and Geghard are usually combined into one excursion as they are geographically close together; however, in style they couldn’t be more different. Garni is the more unusual, an Ionic Greco-Roman pagan temple initially constructed in the 1st century AD but restored in the 1970s after a 17th century earthquake left it in ruins.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: The Monastery of Geghard, Near Goght Village, Geghard Armenia
    Geghard is a UNESCO-listed monastery which was founded by Gregory the Illuminator in the 4th century. What you see today dates from the early 14th century but the spring that you can visit is the original sacred spring in Gregory’s cave. After our visits, we’ll drive back to the city and the rest of the day is yours to explore on your own.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight in a hotel. Our packages include 3* and 4* hotel options.

    Day 4: Yerevan - Khor Virap - Noravank - Areni - Yerevan

    Stop At: Khor Virap, Highway 11 - Near the village of Pokr Vedi Artashat, Lusarat 0612 Armenia
    Khor Virap’s location is pretty special - located very close to the Turkish border you often have wonderful views of Mount Ararat in the distance. The monastery is photogenic in its own right and fascinating to inspect close up.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Noravank Monastery, NoravankMonastery Road Amaghu Valley, Areni 3604 Armenia
    Noravank Monastery’s location if anything is even more fantastic. Approach along a narrow canyon and this religious complex appears, famed for its carvings of Jesus with Peter and Paul. Steep steps run up the outside of the church above its door and the views from the first floor, if you can handle the ascent, are incredible.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Areni Wine Factory, Areni Armenia
    Last stop today is at Areni, where we’ll taste local wines at a popular winery.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight in a hotel. Our packages include 3* and 4* hotel options.

    Day 5: Yerevan - Sevan - Dilijan

    Stop At: Monastery Sevanavank, next the Holy Mother of God Church, Sevan Armenia
    We’ll take an excursion out of Yerevan to visit Armenia’s most beautiful lake. Sevanavank Monastery is located on a hilltop and from it there are breathtaking panoramic views of the lake. In the churchyard, take a look at the intricately carved stones, known as khatchkhars.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Dilijan, Dilijan, Tavush Province
    We’ll drive to the nearby spa town of Dilijan, where we can visit the Geological Museum and Art Gallery which displays archaeological pieces and works of art. There are also plenty of craft workshops in town where you can pick up a souvenir or two.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight in a hotel. Our packages include 3* and 4* hotel options.

    Day 6: Dilijan - Haghpat - Sanahin - Lermontovo - Goshavank - Dilijan

    Stop At: Haghpat Monastery, next to Saint Nshan Church, Haghpat 1722 Armenia
    Haghpat is a mediaeval complex largely completed in the 9th century. Grey stone is topped with terracotta roof tiles, but it’s the floor that’s most interesting - the holes in it were originally designed to keep wine cool.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Monastery of Sanahin, Alaverdi 1705 Armenia
    Sanahin is Haghpat’s twin; its name means “older than that one”. The floor of the cavernous interior is covered with tombstones, though it’s considered good luck to step on them as it’s thought doing so will free the dead of their sins.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Lermontovo, Lermontovo, Lori Province
    We’ll head to the village of Lermontovo, named after the Russian poet Mikhail Lermontov, who’s often called "the poet of the Caucasus".
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Goshavank Monastery, 15 km of Dilijan, Gosh Armenia
    Our final stop is at the 12th century monastery of Goshavank before we return to Dilijan for dinner.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight in a hotel. Our packages include 3* and 4* hotel options.

    Day 7: Dilijan - Noratus - Selim Pass - Jermuk

    Stop At: Noratus Cemetery, Noratus Armenia
    It’s time to depart Dilijan this morning and our first stop is at Noratus Cemetery. This mediaeval graveyard has the largest concentration of khatchkhars in the entire country. Large and small, embellished with carvings of crosses and weathered with moss and lichen, they are fascinating to explore. Legend has it that when Tamerlane planned an attack, locals placed helmets on top and propped swords up to make them appear like soldiers from a distance.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Vardenyats Pass (Selim Pass), M10 Highway, Geghhovit Armenia
    We will cross the Selim Pass, calling in at the 14th century Orbelian's Caravanserai and head for Jermuk.
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Pass By: Jermuk, Jermuk, Vayots Dzor Province
    This attractive mountain spa town is our base for the next two nights.

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight in a hotel. Our packages include 3* and 4* hotel options.

    Day 8: Jermuk - Tatev - Goris - Khndzoresk Caves - Jermuk

    Stop At: Tatev, Tatev, Syunik Province
    Continuing on, Tatev is our destination today. This hilltop monastery is reached via a flight on the Wings of Tatev, the world’s longest cable car. The journey across the valley is spectacular and the monastery’s remoteness is reinforced as you approach. In the complex itself, seek out a column tucked away in one of the courtyards which historically has helped to predict earthquakes and approaching enemy armies.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Goris, Goris, Syunik Province
    Departing Tatev, we’ll soon reach the town of Goris from where we visit the nearby Khndzoresk Caves. Until relatively recently, these caves were inhabited. Once we’ve had a good look we’ll set off back to Jermuk.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Old Khndzoresk, Khndzoresk, Near Goris Armenia
    Departing Tatev, we’ll soon reach the town of Goris from where we visit the nearby Khndzoresk Caves. Until relatively recently, these caves were inhabited. Once we’ve had a good look we’ll set off back to Jermuk. Overnight in Jermuk.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight in a hotel. Our packages include 3* and 4* hotel options.

    Day 9: Jermuk - Gladzor - Yerevan

    Stop At: Gladzor University Historical-Cultural Museum-Reservation, Vernashen Village, Vernashen Armenia
    We’ll make a stop at the church of St Jacob in a village called Vernashen. Inside there’s a small museum whose exhibits are devoted to education, art, mediaeval science and the history of the ancient Gladzor University which it’s thought was located at Tanahat Monastery about three miles away. It was also an important centre for calligraphy and hundreds of manuscripts were created there.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Pass By: Yerevan, Yerevan
    Free time in Yerevan.

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight in a hotel. Our packages include 3* and 4* hotel options.

    Day 10: Yerevan

    Pass By: Yerevan, Yerevan
    Today’s departure day and it’s time to return to the airport in good time to catch your flight home.

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    No accommodation included on this day.
  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    We provide pick-up transfer from airport, railway station, accommodation in Yerevan. Our driver will pick you up at the specified time, he will hold a sign-board.Airports
    • Zvartnots International Airport, Yerevan, Armenia
    Departure Time :
    Suppliers and travelers coordinate start times within the given time periods. 7/17/2020 - 11/21/2020
    Thursday:12:00 AM - 11:30 PM
    3/18/2021 - 11/20/2021
    Thursday:12:00 AM - 11:30 PM
    Return Detail :
    -
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Infant seats available
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • We operate only small groups.
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
    If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
    If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

Language

English - Guide

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

10

Organised by Best of Caucasus Travel Company

Activity ID: V-272822P7

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