Best of Armenia - 8 days (AM-02)

This eight day tour of Armenia will provide the opportunity to visit some of the country’s most fascinating and culturally important sights at a leisurely pace. You’ll have time to explore the capital city of Yerevan as well as visit ancient monasteries, historic cathedrals and of course appreciate some of mountainous Armenia’s most breathtaking scenery. We’ll spend time in the area known as Armenian Switzerland, spending time in the spa resort of Dilijan.
Yerevan
Sanahin
Dilijan
Sevan
Zvarnots
Echmiatsin
Noravank
Tatev
Goris
Areni
Khor Virap
Geghard
Garni
Haghpat

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from £1,295 per person, 8 days



Day 1. Yerevani
Arrival in Yerevan and transfer to your hotel.
Day 2. Yerevan - Ejmiatsin - Zvarnots - Yerevan
Today we start with Yerevan city tour. We will also visit the Matenadaran Library with its rare collection of manuscripts. After a tour of a brandy factory we drive to the centuries-old monuments of Ejmiatsin and Zvartnots.
Day 3. Yerevan - Khor Virap - Noravank - Tatev - Goris
We’ll head out to Khor Virap Monastery dating from the 4th century. Here you can enjoy a spectacular view of Ararat Mountain. We continue the tour to Noravank, a twelfth century monastery perched on a lofty ledge. Next, we drive to Goris to visit the ancient Tatev Monastery by cable car.
Day 4. Goris - Selim Caravanserai - Noratus - Yerevan 
We’ll travel to Sevan, taking the Selim Pass and stopping at Selim Caravanserai.
Day 5. Yerevan - Garni - Geghard - Yerevan
We’ll take a trip to Garni to visit the Pagan Temple, built in the 1st century AD. Then, we’ll head to Geghard Monastery. Afterwards, we’ll take you to a local house to participate in the preparation of the Armenian bread, lavash.
Day 6. Yerevan - Sevan - Dilijan - Haghpat
Today we’ll leave Yerevan bound for Lake Sevan, the pearl of Armenia. We will also visit the Monastery of Sevanavank. After Sevan, our tour continues to Dilijan - a resort and spa town. From there, we’ll drive to Haghpat Monastery, one of the largest religious and cultural centres of medieval Armenia.
Day 7. Haghpat - Sanahin - Goshavank - Yerevan
Today, after breakfast, we’ll drive to Sanahin Monastery -  a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Later, we’ll make our way back to Dilijan to visit the Monastery of Goshavank.
Day 8. Yerevan
Breakfast in the hotel before your transfer to the airport.
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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
Goris Goris
The attractive town of Goris is located in central Armenia and is famed for its thousands of rock-hewn dwellings. It has a number of important tourist attractions, among them the A... 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
Tatev Tatev
The monastery at Tatev is reached by the “Wings of Tatev” cable car, opened in 2010 and the world’s longest non-stop double track cable car. This 9th century Arme... 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

Quick Facts
  • Season: Four Seasons
  • Days: 8
  • Group Size: 2-10
  • Tour Grade:   Gentle

Day 1. Yerevani
On arrival at the airport you’ll be met by our local representative and transferred to your hotel. (D)
Day 2. Yerevan - Ejmiatsin - Zvarnots - Yerevan
After breakfast we begin our city tour of Yerevan, the capital of Armenia.  Yerevan is older than Rome, making it one of the oldest cities in the world. Our first stop will be at the city’s history museum before we move on to the remarkable Matenadaran Library. It has a collection of 17,000 rare items and is one of the world’s oldest repositories of Greek, Persian and Arabic manuscripts. Later, we’ll have the opportunity to taste Armenia’s favourite drink, cognac, with a tour of a brandy factory. Leaving Yerevan, we drive to the centuries-old monuments of Ejmiatsin and Zvartnots, which are both listed on UNESCO World Heritage list. The Cathedral of Ejmiatsin, built in 303AD, is still an official residence of Armenian Catholicos to this day. Today’s programme concludes at Zvartnots, the Temple of Vigil Forces or Heavenly Angels, constructed from the 7th century onwards. Overnight in Yerevan. (B, D)
Day 3. Yerevan - Khor Virap - Noravank - Areni - Tatev - Goris
After breakfast, we’ll head out to Khor Virap Monastery, which dates from the 4th century. This monastery is associated with Gregory the Illuminator, credited with introducing Christianity to Armenia. Here you can enjoy a spectacular view of Armenia’s most enduring symbols:  sacred Ararat Mountain. We continue the tour to Noravank, a twelfth century monastery perched on a lofty ledge set into the sheer cliff face of a meandering gorge. Moving on, you’ll visit Areni village to taste some local wine. Next, we drive to Goris, where we will have a memorable excursion to the ancient Tatev Monastery. To reach it, we’ll have to catch the world’s longest non-stop reversible cable car. Tatev Monastery, constructed in the 9th century, is a former centre for the sciences and the arts. These days the complex consists of three churches, a refectory, a library, a vault and several residences. Spectacular canyons surround the monastery. Overnight in Goris. (B, D)
Day 4. Goris - Selim Caravanserai - Noratus - Yerevan 
Today, following breakfast, we’ll travel to Sevan, taking the Selim Pass, through which the Great Silk Road passed. Our stop is at Selim Caravanserai, built in the 14th century to look after weary travellers and their animals as they crossed from, or into, the mountainous Vayots Dzor region. Overnight in Yerevan. (B, D)
Day 5. Yerevan - Garni - Geghard - Yerevan
After breakfast, we’ll take a trip to Garni. We’ll stroll along the edge of the canyon, past the beautiful columnar basalt 9th century stone bridge over the Azat River. The path takes us to Garni the Pagan Temple, built in the 1st century AD. This ruined temple was destroyed in 1679 by an earthquake, but restored in 1975. Afterwards, we’ll head to Geghard Monastery, which takes its name from the legendary lance that was used to pierce the body of Christ, and which was kept here for centuries. Though the exact date of the monastery’s foundation is undetermined, the present complex was built in the mid 13th century. Afterwards we’ll take you to a local house where you will have the chance to watch and participate in the preparation of the Armenian bread, lavash, before heading back to Yerevan. Overnight in Yerevan. (B, D)
Day 6. Yerevan - Sevan - Dilijan - Haghpat
Today, following a tasty breakfast, we’ll leave Yerevan bound for Lake Sevan, the pearl of Armenia, which is located at a height of about 2,000m and is one of the largest freshwater high-altitude lakes in the world. We will also visit the Monastery of Sevanavank situated in the Sevan Peninsula. After Sevan, our tour continues to Dilijan. We’ll enjoy a tour of this pretty resort and spa town which sits in a beautiful forested location in the midst of the area known as Armenian Switzerland. From there, we’ll drive to Haghpat. You will visit Haghpat Monastery, one of the largest religious, cultural and educational centres of medieval Armenia. Overnight in Haghpat. (B, D)
Day 7. Haghpat - Sanahin - Goshavank - Yerevan
Today, after breakfast, we’ll drive to Sanahin. Literally the name Sanahin in Armenian means "this is older than that" which probably means that this village has a monastery older than its neighbour, Haghpat. The two villages and the two monasteries are very similar to each other, and you can perfectly see from one to the other. Both are located on an uneven plateau, separated by a deep cleft in the landscape cut by a tributary of the river Debed. Also, the two monasteries are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Later, we’ll make our way back to Dilijan to visit the Monastery of Goshavank. Established by Mkhitar Gosh, the famous scientist and author of medieval Armenia, the oldest structure in the monastery is the Blessed Virgin Church, built in 1196. Overnight in Yerevan. (B, D)
Day 8. Yerevan
Breakfast in the hotel before your transfer to the airport. (B)


Want to travel on different dates?
Please see below for our group tour dates, if you would like to travel on a different day, please let us know and we will come back to you with an offer. There might be additional surcharges for a private tour but all depends on the number of people in your party and your travel preferences.

Note on pricing
Prices depend on the hotel category and are listed below. Please read notes at the bottom of the table to learn more about the meaning of each pricing section.

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10.07.2019 - 17.07.2019 £1,395 £1,695 £155 £375 book now
17.07.2019 - 24.07.2019 £1,395 £1,695 £155 £375 book now
24.07.2019 - 31.07.2019 £1,395 £1,695 £155 £375 book now
31.07.2019 - 07.08.2019 £1,395 £1,695 £155 £375 book now
07.08.2019 - 14.08.2019 £1,395 £1,695 £155 £375 book now
14.08.2019 - 21.08.2019 £1,395 £1,695 £155 £375 book now
21.08.2019 - 28.08.2019 £1,395 £1,695 £155 £375 book now
28.08.2019 - 04.09.2019 £1,395 £1,695 £155 £375 book now
04.09.2019 - 11.09.2019 £1,395 £1,695 £155 £375 book now
11.09.2019 - 18.09.2019 £1,395 £1,695 £155 £375 book now
18.09.2019 - 25.09.2019 £1,395 £1,695 £155 £375 book now
25.09.2019 - 02.10.2019 £1,395 £1,695 £155 £375 book now
02.10.2019 - 09.10.2019 £1,395 £1,695 £155 £375 book now
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16.10.2019 - 23.10.2019 £1,395 £1,695 £155 £375 book now
23.10.2019 - 30.10.2019 £1,395 £1,695 £155 £375 book now
30.10.2019 - 06.11.2019 £1,395 £1,695 £155 £375 book now
06.11.2019 - 13.11.2019 £1,395 £1,695 £155 £375 book now

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*
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
PHOTOGALLERY

Historic Yerevan Hotel 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
PHOTOGALLERY

Hotel Mina Goris 3*
Address: 169 Mashtoc Str., Goris, Armenia
Telephone: +374 99 03 01 19

DESCRIPTION
Mina Hotel in Goris provides everything you expect from a decent three star hotel. Its 24 hour reception means there’s always someone on hand should you need them, and there is also laundry service, porters available and room service. Luggage storage can be arranged for the day of check out. There is a parking area and also conference facilities.

Mina Hotel offers 22 comfortably furnished rooms in a modern style. Each room has its own bathroom as well as hairdryer, satellite TV and cable internet connection. WiFi is available in the hotel lobby.  

FACILITIES
  • 24 hour reception
  • Private parking
  • Laundry service
  • Free internet access
PHOTOGALLERY

Hotel Mirhav Goris 4*
Address: 100 Mashtots Str., Goris, Armenia
Telephone: +374 98 28 44 02

DESCRIPTION
Located on a hillside in the northern part of Goris, one of this charming hotel’s main selling points is its ability to provide a fabulous view. Inside, a cosy feel is achieved by incorporating locally produced textiles, rugs and furniture to create a tasteful home away from home. 

The Mirhav Hotel has 31 rooms, each with en suite bathroom, satellite TV, hair dryer and telephone from which guests are permitted free local calls. WiFi is free also.  Laundry and ironing service can be provided on request and at an additional cost. The hotel’s restaurant serves tasty dishes each evening as well as a simple breakfast to start the day.

FACILITIES
  • 24 hour reception
  • Private parking
  • Laundry service
  • Free internet access
PHOTOGALLERY

Qefilyan Hotel Haghpat 3*
Address: Lori Region, Haghpat, Armenia
Telephone: +374 55 210 210

DESCRIPTION
Qefilyan Hotel occupies a stunning position overlooking the picturesque Debed Gorge. This elegant hotel offers a number of services including free WiFi, parking and tour desk facilities. There’s a gift shop and for a nominal extra charge, laundry service. The hotel’s restaurant accommodates local tastes as well as serving Russian and European dishes.

Rooms are cosy and simply furnished, yet clean and comfortable.  Furnished to a modern style, the 12 rooms also have a private bathroom, satellite TV, refrigerator and air conditioning.

FACILITIES
  • 24 hour reception
  • Private parking
  • Laundry service
  • Free internet access
PHOTOGALLERY

Avan Dzoraget Hotel Dzoraget 4*
Address: Lori Region, 1718 Dzoraget, Armenia
Telephone: +374 10 52 09 11

DESCRIPTION
Built in 2004, the Avan Dzoraget hotel exudes an air of history despite its young age. Its designers aimed to evoke the romance associated with a mediaeval castle and it’s fair to say they pulled it off. With a basalt stone exterior and spacious interiors characterised by lofty ceilings and clever design, this building positively oozes Armenian culture from every nook and cranny. From the sculpture of Taurus in the hotel courtyard to the ancient Armenian script adorning the lobby walls, this building is a treat for the eyes. A carefully chosen setting overlooking the Debed River further adds to its charm, as does the exceptional Armenian and Georgian cuisine serves in its restaurant.

If you can bear to drag yourself away from the public areas, the 34 rooms and suites are lavishly decorated using high quality materials such as walnut and wrought iron. Wood floors strewn with Tufenkian carpets, shower stalls with glass enclosures and Armenian handicrafts add to the sumptuous effect.

FACILITIES
  • 24 hour reception
  • Private parking
  • Laundry service
  • Fitness centre
  • Sauna
  • Swimming pool (indoor)
  • Conference room
  • Free internet access
PHOTOGALLERY




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