Ancient Armenia

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Armenia is the world’s oldest Christian nation with an astounding collection of ancient churches and monasteries which will captivate you. In contrast is the capital Yerevan, a lively and engaging city which embraces modernity yet manages to retain its traditions, and is packed full of some of the best Soviet style architecture to be found anywhere. This is a busy tour with lots of fabulous history, culture and scenery to enjoy. Isn’t it time you learned more about this intriguing region?

Armenia is the world’s oldest Christian nation with an astounding collection of ancient churches and monasteries which will captivate you. In contrast is the capital Yerevan, a lively and engaging city which embraces modernity yet manages to retain its traditions, and is packed full of some of the best Soviet style architecture to be found anywhere. This is a busy tour with lots of fabulous history, culture and scenery to enjoy. Isn’t it time you learned more about this intriguing region?

Highlights
  • Explore incredible Armenian architecture from ancient and medieval times
  • Try your hand at making traditional Armenian flatbread at a Lavash masterclass
  • Marvel at the views of Mt Ararat from Khor Virap Monastery  
  • Breathe in the pristine air at picturesque alpine Lake
  • Explore the second city of Gyumri  
  • Plenty of time to take in the diverse city of Yerevan
  • Visit the spiritual heart of the Armenian Church at Echmiadzin
  • Enjoy the beautiful scenery of Dilijan – known as the little Switzerland of Armenia
  • UNESCO sites such as Haghpat and Geghard monasteries
Destinations
  • Europe
  • Armenia
Tour Types
  • Adventure
  • Cultural
  • History
  • Small Group
  • Active

Day 1 – Arrival

Upon arrival in Armenia, you will be welcomed and transferred to the hotel in central Yerevan. Overnight Royal Plaza Hotel or similar. No meals.  

Day 2 – The sights of Yerevan - (Approximate driving time 2 hours)

Enjoy a city tour of Yerevan, including Victory Park with its high-scale view point over the city, Cascade and the Gafeschian Centre of Art, The North Avenue, the Opera House, Republic Square, and etc. Visit the Genocide Memorial and museum dedicated to the victims of the Great Genocide that took place in 1915 and the memorial with eternal fire. We also have a short visit of Matenadaran - a Museum and Scientific Institute of ancient manuscripts, which houses a unique collection of ancient manuscripts covering such topics as philosophy, law, mathematics, medicine and geography. Later visit the Yerevan Brandy Factory for a guided excursion to the cellars and enjoy a degustation of 2 types of local brandy. End the tour for the day with a visit to a craftsman specialized in khachkars (Armenian cross-stones). Later this afternoon there may be some time for your own exploration. Overnight Royal Plaza Hotel or similar (B)

Day 3 – Yerevan - Lake Sevan – Dilijan – Haghpat (Approximate driving time is 4 hours)

Journey to beautiful Lake Sevan and take the stairs to the top of the peninsula to enjoy breathtaking scenery of the splendid mountain chain surrounding the glittering surface of the lake. Continue to Dilijan, also known as Armenian Switzerland. Stroll through the picturesque old quarter of Dilijan, particularly Sharambeyan Street, renowned for its pottery, carpentry and other artisan shops. Continue to Haghpat and explore the monastery is a masterpiece of medieval Armenian Church architecture. We overnight in a beautiful location near Dedbed Gorge. Overnight Hotel Qefo or similar (BLD) 

Day 4 – Haghpat – Gyumri - ArmAs Winery - Yerevan (Approximate driving time is 4.5 hours)

Travel to Gyumri and attend a ceramics workshop. We explore the streets of the old town on foot to try to understand why since the ancient times Gyumri has been considered the cultural capital of Armenia and the birthplace of arts and crafts. ArmAs Winery Estate is a picturesque display of agricultural achievement, set against the backdrop of the inspiring Mount Ararat. The 180 hectares of previously desolate and disconnected rock-strewn countryside was diligently transformed into a stunning panorama including vineyards, orchards, and a world-class winery. Here you’ll have a guided excursion though the vineyards and distilleries, as well as a degustation of wines. Later we return to Yerevan. Overnight Royal Plaza Hotel or similar (BL)

Day 5 – Yerevan - Khor Virap - Areni - Noravank - Goris (Driving time approximately 4 hours)

Start the day by driving through the fertile Ararat valley to the picture postcard monastery of Khor Virap (4-17c), one of the sanctuaries of the Armenian Apostolic church and an important pilgrimage site. Continue to the monastery of Noravank, surely one of the most majestic monuments of medieval Armenia. We spend time exploring this magnificent place before travelling to Goris for the overnight stay. Overnight in Goris (BLD)

Day 6 – Goris - Khndzoresk/ Tatev Monastery - Yerevan (Driving time approximately 5 hours)

This morning we drive to the cave village of Khndzoresk. The Village of Khndzoresk is a huge complex with interesting caves waiting to be explored and we will spend some time walking around this atmospheric site. Continue to Tatev Monastery which we will visit before returning to Yerevan. Overnight Royal Plaza Hotel or similar (BL)

Day 7 – Yerevan – Echmiadzin - Zvartnots – Yerevan (Driving time approximately 2 hours)

Visit Echmiadzin, the spiritual heart of the Armenian Church including the Mother Cathedral A short distance from here we visit the ruins of Zvartnots dating back to the 7th Century.  Later we enjoy a gastronomic master class of Armenian dishes before finishing the day at the Vernissage flea market, a large open air market for handmade souvenirs, carpets, silver and jewellery. Overnight Royal Plaza Hotel or similar (BL)

Day 8 – Yerevan – Garni - Geghard (UNESCO) - Megeryan Carpet – Yerevan (Driving time approximately 2.5 hours)

Travel to Kotayk province to explore Geghard Monastery, astonishingly partly carved out of a mountain. Continue to Garni. Continue to nearby Garni to visit the pagan temple. Enjoy lunch in the village of Garni in an authentic rural environment with a master-class of baking lavash - traditional Armenian flatbread. Return to Yerevan and visit Megeryan Carpet where we learn about centuries-old traditions of Armenian carpet weaving. Overnight Royal Plaza or similar (BL)

Optional Walk: 1 hour walk in the gorge of the Azat River. The duration of the walk is approximately 1 hour, with no difficult passages. The walk starts from the village of Garni, taking you down to the Azat river gorge and the famous “Symphony of Stones” basalt columns, located at an altitude of about 50 meters above the ground. Difficulty: Easy to Medium.

Day 9 – Yerevan

Spend you last full day in Armenia to discovery Yerevan at your own leisure, perhaps to take in some museums or shop for souvenirs. Overnight Royal Plaza Hotel or similar (B)

Day 10 – Tour Departure

Bid farewell to Armenia as you are transferred to the airport for your onward journey (B)

  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • All accommodation
  • Transportation throughout
  • Services of English-speaking guide / tour leader
  • Meals as listed (B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner)
  • Entrance fees for sites listed as part of the itinerary

You will have the option to book your own flights independently with the operator.

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10-Oct-2020 for 9 Nights Guaranteed Visit Website

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Group Size:2 - 12
Suitable For: 18-70
Accommodation:Comfortable
Difficulty:Moderate
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