7 Days 6 Nights
Description: Take our one-week tour of Armenia and discover every nook and cranny of the country. Starting from a city tour, you will learn everything there is to know about Armenia’s history, culture and traditions, meet local people, sample their wine and cuisine and mainly, enjoy the views of historical architectural monuments hidden between breathtaking canyons and diverse natural landscapes.
Arrival at Yerevan. Pick up from the airport and transfer to your hotel.
Begin your sightseeing tour of Yerevan with the city's main symbol, the Cascade monument. A massive limestone stairway that provides breathtaking views of Yerevan and Mount Ararat. Wander around Yerevan's pink streets and see the Swan Lake, Republic Square, the Opera and Ballet Theater, the Northern Avenue, and so on. Continue to Matenadaran, the Institute of Ancient Manuscripts, which houses over 17,000 ancient and medieval manuscripts. Drive to the Armenian Genocide Memorial Complex on Tsitsernakaberd Hill. Optional: Visit to Megeryan Carpet factory or Yerevan Brandy Company.
In the morning, drive to Lake Sevan, also known as the "Pearl of Armenia". Located at an elevation of 1900 meters above sea level, Lake Sevan is one of the largest freshwater lakes in the world. Visit the Sevanavank monastery complex, which is located on a peninsula on Lake Sevan's northwestern shore. Enjoy breathtaking panoramic views from the complex. Continue to the charming town of Dilijan by passing through luscious green fields bursting with thriving flowers. Visit the Haghartsin monastery, hidden in the wooden area. The complex was constructed between the tenth and thirteenth centuries and represents the amazing harmony of architecture and nature. Drive back to Yerevan. Drop-off at your hotel.
In the morning, drive to the Geghard monastery, one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Armenia. The monastery complex is surrounded by towering cliffs and contains several churches and tombs, the majority of which are carved deep into the rock. It was the first monastery built in Armenia following the adoption of Christianity as the state religion in the early fourth century AD. Continue the tour to Garni Temple, Armenia's only remaining pagan temple from the first century AD. It was dedicated to Mitra, the Armenian Sun God. It is now symbolized as pre-Christian Armenia. Drive to the next UNESCO World Heritage Site in Armenia, the Cathedral and Churches of Echmiatsin (Echmiadzin) and the Zvartnots Archaeological Site. Echmiadzin is recognised as the spiritual heart of the Armenian people. Constructed in the VI century, it became one of the first official Christian Churches in the world. On the way back to Yerevan, visit the ruins of the VII-century Zvartnots temple, which was destroyed by an earthquake in the X century. Drop off at the hotel.
In the morning, drive to Khor Virap monastery, which is famous for its breathtaking views of Armenia's symbol, the majestic Mount Ararat. The name "Khor Virap" means "deep dungeon," and legend has it that St. Gregory the Illuminator, the patron saint of Armenia, was imprisoned here for 13 years. Drive through a narrow canyon to reach the Areni cave, one of Armenia's most important archaeological sites, where the oldest shoe, winery, and straw skirt have been discovered. Visit the Areni winery near the cave, where you will be able to sample a local Areni wine. Continue to Tatev Monastery, which was once Armenia's educational and spiritual center. The IX Century monastery is situated on a high plateau in the Vorotan River Canyon, which can be reached by the world's longest cable car, inscribed in the Guinness Book of Records in 2010. The monastery is surrounded by breathtaking mountains and dense forests, creating a spectacular scene that is worth seeing. Drive to Goris for overnight.
In the morning, depart to Yerevan. On the way, stop at Noravank Monastery, a 13th-century monastery perched on a hill with scenic views. The brick-red cliffs that surround the area are the best part of the sight. The monastery is well-known for its Surb Astvatsatsin (Holy Mother of God) church, which has a narrow stone staircase leading to the second floor and is one of the earliest examples of cantilever architecture. Drop-off at the hotel.
Transfer to the airport. Departure.