Explore ancient cultural heritage, the glorious countryside and the spectacular scenery of Armenia . Our seven-day trip is a wonderful showcase of the cultural and natural highlights the Caucasus Region has to offer, with a huge helping of beautiful architecture and delicious cuisine to boot. Stroll the streets of Yerevan, tour ancient monasteries, stare down massive mountain ranges, visit with friendly locals, and soak up all the exotic culture of this underexplored region.
Day 1 Arrival-Welcome Dinner
Depart from your country and start a nice journey to Caucasus Region. Our guide will meet you at the airport and transfer to hotel, check – in. Free time to relax
During welcome dinner you are not only served delicious traditional Armenian food, but also enjoy an amazing show with national dances and music. Within 2 hours almost the whole Armenian culture and history is presented to the visitors. This event is organized to make your trip to Armenia even more unforgettable.
Day 2 City Tour Yerevan – Matenadaran (10am-4pm)
A variety of options await to be explored during your Yerevan city tour. The tour begins with a visit to Mother Armenia, a statue which was constructed to replace a monumental statue of Joseph Stalin. Visit Tsitsernakaber and Matenadaran.
Thereafter, you will head to the Cascade, a giant stairway in the capital city which links downtown Kentron area of Yerevan with the Monument neighbourhood. The stairs afford walkers unobstructed views of central Yerevan and Mount Ararat. From the Cascade, you will be heading to the Opera House. A visit to the Republic Square awaits you next. The Square is famous for the dancing water fountains located at the north-eastern end along the National Gallery. The buildings around the Square are made of rose and white Armenian tufa stones and provide a great insight into the architectural heritage of Armenia.
If you are looking for some shopping during your holiday to Armenia, Vernissage (open only on week-ends) is the place to be. Hundreds of vendors selling a variety of crafts and souvenirs will leave you spoilt for choice. Woodcarving items, antiques, and wool carpets can also be bought from here.
All in all, an enjoyable and exhilarating experience awaits you in Armenia – a highly exuberant and endearing country.
Day 3 Yerevan- Echmiadzin- Zvartnots- Ararat Cognac Factory-Yerevan (10am-3pm)
We embark on our journey to the lands of ancient treasures in Christian history, the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin(UNESCO), the religious capital of Armenia, and the seat of the Supreme Patriarch – the Catholics of all Armenians. The story holds that the site upon which the main Cathedral stands today is the place where Noah made the fire after the flood. Where one of the earliest Christian churches, was built. Today, it is located in the lower chamber, underneath the main Altar of the Cathedral.
Zvartnots, a complex of structures erected in the middle of the 7th century near Echmiadzin, is of extreme architectural value. Zvartnots collapsed as the result of an earthquake in 930 and was never restored.
Visit Cognac factory, get acquainted with the legends of ARARAT brandies, learn the 120 years old history of Armenian brandy manufacture, know who has drunk Armenian brandy, and see the oldest Armenian barrels and the medals which decorate the ARARAT legend. Walk around the ageing cellar and see how the brandy spirits are preserved, know who has nominal barrels and enjoy the delicate aroma of the cellar. Spend a lovely and unforgettable time in the tasting hall enjoying the wonderful brandy cognac.
Day 4 Yerevan- Lake Sevan-Tsaghkadzor- Yerevan (10am-4pm)
You will be driven to the North-Western part of Armenia. The first stop is Tsaghkadzor city (Valley of flowers) considered to be one of the most popular winter resorts of Armenia. It is one of the places of the mountainous country, where the beauty of the nature appears with its whole variety. Opportunity to go up to the mountain peaks by rope way, where you will catch an unforgettable gorgeous panoramic view of this part of the world . Moving on, pay a visit to the Kecharis monastery . Dating back to the 11th century, the monastery includes four churches and ruins of the mausoleum of Grigorius Pahlavuni.
The next stop is Lake Sevan that is only 30 minutes’ drive distance from Tsaghkadzor. It is known as a blue gem of the Armenian mountainscape. Lake Sevan is considered to be one of the largest sweet water lakes in the world, situated at an altitide of 1,897 meters above sea level. Climb on peninsula from where the fascinating view on the Lake is open. Visit Sevanavank monastery, built by the princess Mariam to honor the life of her deceased husband in the 9th century. Sevanavank is also home to one of the most beautiful Amenaprkich (all savior) Khachkars of Armenia. This is one of the 13 rarest crosstones depicting Jesus.
Day 5 Yerevan- Garni- Geghard- Megerian Carpet-Yerevan (10am-4pm)
Within our tour we will be in the valley of Azat river where there are many historical and natural monuments. We will go to the Pagan Temple of Garni. The Pagan Temple of Garni is the only non-Christian temple currently standing in ArmeniaThe architectural complex of Garni was Armenia's foremost center of Hellenistic culture and the summer residence of Armenian kings. Drive to the unique caved temple St. Geghard (12th -13th cc.), the name of which means “holy spear” in the honor of the long-preserved spear, the same spear that pierced the body of crucified Christ. At the moment this spear is kept in the museum of Etchmiadzin. Geghard Monastery is included in the UNESCO World Heritage list (2000). Drive back to Yerevan.
Day 6 Khor Virap-Noravank-Areni-Wine Factory-Yerevan (10am-5pm)
We begin the journey by heading to the South from Yerevan – through Ararat Province to Vayots Dzor Province – and will come closer to Ararat's piedmont near Armenian-Turkish border. As we know, the most famous symbol for Armenians – Mount Ararat isn't located on the territory of Republic of Armenia. Nonetheless, Khor Virap offers the best view to admire the mount. And here we will take our first stop.Later we shall visit Noravank meaning “New Monastery” in Armenian.The breathtaking church of the monastery is St. Astvatsatsin, a two-storied building with an open-air church.
A visit to the winery will give you the opportunity to taste 15 sorts of wine, watch a short-length film about the history of the factory, wine-making in Armenia and its historical background. Afterwards you are welcome to have a walk in the cellars of the factory.
Day 7 Departure
TRANSFER to Airport
Have a nice and safe flight!!!
- 6 N accommodation at Double Tree by Hilton Yerevan
- Daily buffet breakfast at hotel
- Return airport transfers
- Tours based on private
- Garni entrance fee
- Zvartnots entrance fee
- Areni winery tour with tasting
- Ararat Cognac Factory tour with tasting
- Matenadaran museum tickets
- 01 welcome dinner at local restaurant with traditional show
- Transportation service in comfortable vehicles
- Professional driver
- On-tour support to the passengers in Armenia
- All local taxes
- Guide service during the tour
- Meals during the tour
- Jeep tour to Azat Canyon
- Travel insurance
- Items of a personal nature
Note! The first and the last days are subject to changes according to the flight.