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Discovery of Caucasus Holiday Planner Tours to Armenia Best of Armenia - 8 days (AM-02)

Best of Armenia - 8 days (AM-02)

Group size
2-10 people
Season
All year
Duration
8 days
Departs
Thursday
Starts
Yerevan
Ends
Yerevan
Countries
Armenia
Cities
Yerevan, Dilijan, Goshavank, Garni, Geghard, Khor Virap, Areni, Noravank, Echmiatsin, Zvartnots, Sevan, Sanahin, Haghpat
Price
from £1,295
Reservation
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This eight day tour offers the chance to travel to many of Armenia’s most important cultural sites. You’ll tour many of the country's 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.

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Yerevan
Day 1
Transfer from the airport to the hotel
We’ll meet you at the airport and transfer you to your centrally located hotel in the Armenian capital Yerevan. Overnight in Yerevan. (D)
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Ejmiatsin - Zvarnots - Yerevan
Day 2
Yerevan City Tour
Transfer by car / minibus: Yerevan - Echmiatsin
Cathedral of Ejmiatsin Guided Tour
Transfer by car / minibus: Echmiatsin - Zvartnots
Zvartnots Cathedral Guided Tour
Transfer by car / minibus: Zvartnots - 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)
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Garni - Geghard - Yerevan
Day 3
Transfer by car / minibus: Yerevan - Garni
Pagan Temple of Garni Guided Tour
Transfer by car / minibus: Garni - Geghard
Geghard Monastery Guided Tour
Lavash Bread Cooking Master Class
Transfer by car / minibus: 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)
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Khor Virap - Noravank - Areni - Yerevan
Day 4
Transfer by car / minibus: Yerevan - Khor Virap
Khor Virap Monastery Guided Tour
Transfer by car / minibus: Khor Virap - Noravank
Noravank Monastery Guided Tour
Transfer by car / minibus: Noravank - Areni
Wine Tasting
Transfer by car / minibus: 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)
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Sevan - Dilijan
Day 5
Transfer by car / minibus: Yerevan - Sevan
Sevanavank Monastery Guided Tour
Transfer by car / minibus: Sevan - Dilijan
Dilijan City Tour
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)
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Haghpat - Sanahin - Lermontovo - Goshavank - Dilijan
Day 6
Transfer by car / minibus: Dilijan - Haghpat
Haghpat Monastery Guided Tour
Transfer by car / minibus: Haghpat - Sanahin
Sanahin Monastery Guided Tour
Transfer by car / minibus: Sanahin - Goshavank
Goshavank Monastery Guided Tour
Transfer by car / minibus: 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)
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Yerevan
Day 7
Transfer by car / minibus: 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
Transfer from the hotel to the airport
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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Dates and prices
Please read notes at the bottom of the table to learn more about the meaning of each pricing section
Travel package
Year of travel
2022
Travel dates Flights Excluding / Including Single / Solo supplement Book
30/06/2022 - 07/07/2022 £1,295 / £1,695 £175 / £415 book now
07/07/2022 - 14/07/2022 £1,295 / £1,695 £175 / £415 book now
14/07/2022 - 21/07/2022 £1,295 / £1,695 £175 / £415 book now
21/07/2022 - 28/07/2022 £1,295 / £1,695 £175 / £415 book now
28/07/2022 - 04/08/2022 £1,295 / £1,695 £175 / £415 book now
04/08/2022 - 11/08/2022 £1,295 / £1,695 £175 / £415 book now
11/08/2022 - 18/08/2022 £1,295 / £1,695 £175 / £415 book now
18/08/2022 - 25/08/2022 £1,295 / £1,695 £175 / £415 book now
25/08/2022 - 01/09/2022 £1,295 / £1,695 £175 / £415 book now
01/09/2022 - 08/09/2022 £1,295 / £1,695 £175 / £415 book now
08/09/2022 - 15/09/2022 £1,295 / £1,695 £175 / £415 book now
15/09/2022 - 22/09/2022 £1,295 / £1,695 £175 / £415 book now
22/09/2022 - 29/09/2022 £1,295 / £1,695 £175 / £415 book now
29/09/2022 - 06/10/2022 £1,295 / £1,695 £175 / £415 book now
06/10/2022 - 13/10/2022 £1,295 / £1,695 £175 / £415 book now
13/10/2022 - 20/10/2022 £1,295 / £1,695 £175 / £415 book now
20/10/2022 - 27/10/2022 £1,295 / £1,695 £175 / £415 book now
27/10/2022 - 03/11/2022 £1,295 / £1,695 £175 / £415 book now
03/11/2022 - 10/11/2022 £1,295 / £1,695 £175 / £415 book now
10/11/2022 - 17/11/2022 £1,295 / £1,695 £175 / £415 book now
Travel dates Flights Excluding / Including Single / Solo supplement Book
30/06/2022 - 07/07/2022 £1,495 / £1,895 £195 / £415 book now
07/07/2022 - 14/07/2022 £1,495 / £1,895 £195 / £415 book now
14/07/2022 - 21/07/2022 £1,495 / £1,895 £195 / £415 book now
21/07/2022 - 28/07/2022 £1,495 / £1,895 £195 / £415 book now
28/07/2022 - 04/08/2022 £1,495 / £1,895 £195 / £415 book now
04/08/2022 - 11/08/2022 £1,495 / £1,895 £195 / £415 book now
11/08/2022 - 18/08/2022 £1,495 / £1,895 £195 / £415 book now
18/08/2022 - 25/08/2022 £1,495 / £1,895 £195 / £415 book now
25/08/2022 - 01/09/2022 £1,495 / £1,895 £195 / £415 book now
01/09/2022 - 08/09/2022 £1,495 / £1,895 £195 / £415 book now
08/09/2022 - 15/09/2022 £1,495 / £1,895 £195 / £415 book now
15/09/2022 - 22/09/2022 £1,495 / £1,895 £195 / £415 book now
22/09/2022 - 29/09/2022 £1,495 / £1,895 £195 / £415 book now
29/09/2022 - 06/10/2022 £1,495 / £1,895 £195 / £415 book now
06/10/2022 - 13/10/2022 £1,495 / £1,895 £195 / £415 book now
13/10/2022 - 20/10/2022 £1,495 / £1,895 £195 / £415 book now
20/10/2022 - 27/10/2022 £1,495 / £1,895 £195 / £415 book now
27/10/2022 - 03/11/2022 £1,495 / £1,895 £195 / £415 book now
03/11/2022 - 10/11/2022 £1,495 / £1,895 £195 / £415 book now
10/11/2022 - 17/11/2022 £1,495 / £1,895 £195 / £415 book now

Note on pricing:

  1. All prices are per person, in British Pounds. All included services are listed in the tour dossier and the section "Included" in the tour description.
  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.
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