Best of Armenia - 8 days (AM-02)

This eight day tour offers the chance to travel to many of Armenia’s most important cultural sites. You’ll tour many of the countries captivating monasteries – each has a spectacular setting and you won’t tire of such a varied programme. As well as the monasteries of Geghard, Sevanavank, Noravank, Khor Virap, Sanahin and Haghpat, you’ll get the chance to explore Armenia’s delightful capital Yerevan, taste local wine in Areni and also to visit the spa town of Dilijan.
Yerevan
Sanahin
Dilijan
Sevan
Zvarnots
Echmiatsin
Noravank
Tatev
Goris
Areni
Khor Virap
Geghard
Garni
Haghpat

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Day 1. Yerevani
We’ll meet you at the airport and transfer you to your centrally located hotel. Overnight in Yerevan.
Day 2. Yerevan - Ejmiatsin - Zvarnots - Yerevan
This morning’s city tour will show you the major highlights of Yerevan including the ancient manuscripts of the Matenadaran. This afternoon’s programme takes us to the oldest cathedral in the country at Echmiadzin and also to the 7th century Zvartnots Cathedral. Overnight in Yerevan. Driving distance: 55 km / 34 ml.
Day 3. Yerevan - Garni - Geghard - Yerevan
Today we will visit the Temple of Garni & Geghard Monastery. 1st century Garni is an Ionic pagan temple built in Greco-Roman style. Nearby Geghard Monastery is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. From there, we’ll head back to Yerevan. Overnight in Yerevan. Driving distance: 75 km / 47 ml.
Day 4. Yerevan - Khor Virap - Noravank - Areni - Yerevan 
In the morning, the snow-capped peak of Mount Ararat across the border in Turkey looms large on the horizon. It’s just one of the reasons why a visit to Khor Virap Monastery is so rewarding. Noravank Monastery’s location if anything is even more fantastic. Last stop today is at Areni, where we’ll taste local wines at a popular winery. Overnight in Yerevan. Driving distance: 245 km / 153 ml.
Day 5. Yerevan - Sevan - Dilijan 
We’ll take an excursion out of Yerevan to visit Armenia’s most beautiful lake & Sevanavank Monastery. From Sevan, we’ll drive to the nearby spa town of Dilijan, where you will enjoy a city tour. Overnight in Dilijan. Driving distance: 98 km / 61 ml.
Day 6.  Dilijan - Haghpat - Sanahin - Lermontovo - Goshavank - Dilijan
We'll visit the twin monasteries of Haghpat and Sanahin. From there, we’ll head to the village of Lermontovo, named after the Russian poet Mikhail Lermontov - "the poet of the Caucasus". Our final stop is at the 12th century monastery of Goshavank before we return to Dilijan. Overnight in Dilijan. Driving distance: 238 km / 149 ml.
Day 7. Dilijan - Yerevan
Today, we’ll retrace our steps and return to Yerevan. Overnight in Yerevan. Driving distance: 96 km / 60 ml.
Day 8. Yerevan
It’s time to return to the airport in good time to catch your flight home.
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Quick Facts
  • Season: Four Seasons
  • Starts: Yerevan
  • Ends: Yerevan
  • Departs: Thursday
  • Duration: 8 days
  • Group Size: 2-10
  • Tour Grade:   Gentle

Areni Areni
Archaeological excavations at Areni-1 in 2007 uncovered several interesting finds, notably three pots containing human skulls. Inside one was what’s thought to be the oldest ... Read more
Dilijan Dilijan
Little Switzerland as it’s dubbed is a pretty resort and spa town located in the Dilijan National Park. Surrounded by the forested hills and Alpine meadows of the Lesser Cauc... Read more
Echmiatsin Echmiatsin
Renamed Vagharshapat a couple of decades ago, this is Armenia’s fourth largest city. The base of the Armenian Catholicos, it’s packed full of churches and has not one b... Read more
Garni Garni
One of Armenia’s must-see sights, the archaeological site of Garni features the remains of the temple and Roman-style baths built in 76 AD on the foundation of stone walls co... Read more
Geghard Geghard
North east of Garni, higher up the Azat Gorge, sits the Geghard Monastery. Its cathedral was constructed in 1215 though the monastery had been around for hundreds of years before t... Read more
Haghpat Haghpat
Along with nearby Sanahin Monastery, the Haghpat Monastery shares a place on UNESCO’s World Heritage list. This mediaeval monastery was founded by Queen Khosrovanuysh around ... Read more
Khor Virap Khor Virap
Khor Virap has immense significance to Armenian history. It was there that Grigor Lusavorich, or St Gregory the Illuminator as he later became, was imprisoned. Whilst behind bars, ... Read more
Noravank Noravank
With its backdrop of the terracotta cliffs of the Amaghu River gorge, this monastery must have one of the most picturesque settings in all of Armenia. The monastery features the tw... Read more
Sanahin Sanahin
Connected to Alaverdi by a cable car said to have the steepest ascent of any in the former USSR, Sanahin village houses a 10th century monastery complex which is UNESCO-listed. The... Read more
Sevan Sevan
Lake Sevan is a popular summer beach resort. Visitors flock to its shores to enjoy the country’s only beaches and to take to the water for swimming, jet skiing, windsurfing a... Read more
Yerevan - the Capital of Armenia Yerevan - the Capital of Armenia
Nicknamed the “pink city” on account of the widespread use of rose-coloured tuff rock in its architecture, the Armenian capital was founded way back in 782 BC. Modern Y... Read more
Zvartnots Zvartnots
The collapse of this ruined 7th century cathedral located just a few kilometres from Yerevan’s international airport remains a mystery. It was built at the place where King T... Read more

Day 1. Yerevani
We’ll meet you at the airport and transfer you to your centrally located hotel in the Armenian capital Yerevan. Overnight in Yerevan. (D)
Day 2. Yerevan - Ejmiatsin - Zvarnots - Yerevan
Yerevan’s a charming capital and though it boasts plenty of Soviet-era architecture, there’s also much history and a vibrant café culture. This morning’s city tour will show you such highlights as the Singing Fountains of Republic Square, the antiques and crafts of the Vernissage market and the ancient manuscripts of the Matenadaran. You’ll get the chance to orient yourself as we take the escalators to the top of the Yerevan Cascade, from where Mount Ararat is visible on a clear day. This afternoon’s programme takes us to the oldest cathedral in the country at Echmiadzin and also to the 7th century Zvartnots Cathedral. Dinner tonight is in Yerevan. Overnight in Yerevan. (B, D)
Day 3. Yerevan - Garni - Geghard - Yerevan
Close to Yerevan you’ll find two very different but equally compelling sights: the Temple of Garni and Geghard Monastery. 1st century Garni is an Ionic pagan temple built in Greco-Roman style. It was destroyed in a 17th century earthquake but was built three centuries later. Nearby Geghard Monastery is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Founded by Gregory the Illuminator, you’ll see through to the church below from a hole in the floor. There’s also a spring which Armenians consider sacred. From there, we’ll head back to Yerevan where you can get to know the city a little better. Overnight in Yerevan. (B, D)
Day 4. Yerevan - Khor Virap - Noravank - Areni - Yerevan 
In the morning, the snow-capped peak of Mount Ararat across the border in Turkey looms large on the horizon. It’s just one of the reasons why a visit to Khor Virap Monastery is so rewarding. 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. Last stop today is at Areni, where we’ll taste local wines at a popular winery. Overnight in Yerevan. (B, D)
Day 5. Yerevan - Sevan - Dilijan 
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. From Sevan, 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. Overnight in Dilijan. (B, D)
Day 6.  Dilijan - Haghpat - Sanahin - Lermontovo - Goshavank - Dilijan
The twin monasteries of Haghpat and Sanahin face off across the Debed Canyon. 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. 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. From there, we’ll head to the village of Lermontovo, named after the Russian poet Mikhail Lermontov, who’s often called "the poet of the Caucasus". Our final stop is at the 12th century monastery of Goshavank before we return to Dilijan for dinner. Overnight in Dilijan. (B, D)
Day 7. Dilijan - Yerevan
Today, we’ll retrace our steps and return to Yerevan. The drive takes about two hours from Dilijan so there’ll be plenty of time today to fit in some independent sightseeing. Overnight in Yerevan. (B, D)
Day 8. Yerevan
After what’s been a fascinating and enjoyable week, it’s time to return to the airport in good time to catch your flight home. (B)


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Note on pricing:

  1. All prices are per person, in British Pounds. All included services are listed in the tour overview section.
  2. Price “Including flight” is subject to airfare availability and will be reconfirmed upon your booking. We advise not to delay with booking your tour as airfares may go up.
  3. Price “Excluding flight” does not cover airfare, you are free to book your own flights.
  4. Single supplement goes towards single room accommodation.
  5. Solo supplement is payable in the unlikely event when you are the only person on the tour. It will be refunded if other people join the same tour.



Hotel Cascade
Yerevan 3*
Hotel Tufenkian Historic
Yerevan 4*
Hotel Dilijan
Resort 3*+
Hotel Best Western Plus
Paradise Dilijan 4*



Hotel Cascade Yerevan 3*
Address: 10/10 Zarubyan street, Yerevan, Armenia
Telephone: +374 60 400 440

DESCRIPTION
Since opening in January 2013, the Cascade Hotel in Yerevan has been pleasing customers with its quality of accommodation and family atmosphere. Located an easy stroll from the Cascade Complex and also the Cafesjian Centre of Arts, many of the Armenian capital’s attractions are just a stone’s throw from the hotel.

The 25 well-equipped rooms at the Cascade Hotel are classically furnished and are en-suite.  They feature air conditioning, flat screen TV, phone and in room refrigerator. In addition there is free WiFi across the hotel.

The hotel’s restaurant serves both Armenian and international cuisine and there’s also a lounge bar where you’ll be able to sip a cocktail or relax with a glass of wine. In addition a range of services are provided including free parking to the front of the hotel, 24 hour currency exchange and an ATM.

FACILITIES
  • 24 hour reception
  • Room service
  • Private parking
  • Bar
  • ATM with currency exchange
  • Free internet access
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Hotel Tufenkian Historic Yerevan 4*
Address: 48 Hanrapetutyan St, Yerevan, Armenia
Telephone: +374 93 94 78 88

DESCRIPTION
Opened in 2012, Tufenkian Historic Yerevan Hotel is the most recent of the Tufenkian Heritage hotels to open in Armenia. Conveniently located at the junction of Hanrapetutyan and Buzand Streets, the hotel is situated near Republic Square right at the heart of the action. This elegant boutique hotel sets style at the centre of its agenda yet doesn’t forget the importance of backing up aesthetics with good service.

The 85 rooms are equipped with designer fittings, satellite TV, minibar and furnishings chosen with comfort in mind.  It offers free WiFi and a seasonal outdoor pool. The hotel’s Kharpert Restaurant specialises in Armenian and Italian dishes; there’s also a bar lounge and a conference centre.

FACILITIES
  • 24 hour reception
  • Room service
  • Laundry service
  • Bar
  • Business centre
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Free internet access
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Hotel Dilijan Resort 3*+
Address: 66 Getapnya  street, Dilijan, Tavush  region, Armenia
Telephone: + 37410 20 77 55

DESCRIPTION
The Hotel Dilijan resort is located on the edge of the Dilijan National Park; some rooms feature a park and forest views. Inside, the hotel boasts a fitness centre, spa and sauna, as well as a swimming pool and tennis courts.

The classically furnished rooms come equipped with satellite TV, minibar, safety deposit box and en-suite bathroom with toiletries and hairdryer. A range of facilities and services are provided, including lobby bar, restaurant, laundry and ironing service, free parking and WiFi. This is an excellent choice for guests seeking comfortable accommodation and high levels of service.

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Hotel Best Western Plus Paradise Dilijan 4*
Address: 156 Kamo Street, Dilijan, Armenia
Telephone: +374 268 24016

DESCRIPTION
The Best Western Plus Paradise Hotel enjoys a convenient location a short drive from Dilijan town centre and within easy reach of the Dilijan National Park. The hotel boasts a number of features that make the most of its rural setting, including a swimming pool with views of forested slopes and options for alfresco dining.

Rooms are well-equipped with sophisticated décor and sleek en-suite bathrooms. Balconies come as standard. Each contains a fridge and TV. Free WiFi and on-site parking are included in the room rate. Friendly attentive staff ensure guests’ needs are well catered for.

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