Great Armenian Discovery - 10 days (AM-03)

This ten day tour of Armenia will provide the opportunity to have an in-depth visit to the country’s most fascinating and culturally important sights. At a leisurely pace, you’ll 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, ride the cable car to the Tatev monastery and visit a local family to learn more about the local way of life in these parts.
Yerevan
Saghmosavank
Haghpat
Sanahin
Dilijan
Sevan
Zvarnots
Echmiatsin
Noravank
Tatev
Goris
Areni
Khor Virap
Geghard
Garni
Amberd

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Day 1. Yerevani
Arrival in Yerevan, transfer to the hotel.
Day 2. Yerevan - Ejmiatsin - Zvarnots - Yerevan
City tour of Yerevan, We will also visit the Matenadaran Library with the world’s oldest repositories of manuscripts. Later we explore UNESCO listed Ejmiatsin and Zvartnots.
Day 3. Yerevan - Khor Virap - Noravank - Tatev - Goris
We pay a visit to Khor Virap Monastery and enjoy a spectacular view of Ararat Mountain. Our tour continues to Noravank, a 12th century monastery perched on a lofty ledge in a sheer cliff face. Then we drive to Goris to visit the ancient Tatev Monastery by cable car.
Day 4. Goris - Selim Caravanserai - Noratus - Yerevan 
Today we’ll journey to Sevan. Our route takes us over the Selim Pass where we stop at Selim Caravanserai.
Day 5. Yerevan - Garni - Geghard - Yerevan
Today we are off to Garni. We’ll walk along the edge of the gorge, past the 9th century stone bridge. Later, we’ll head to Geghard Monastery. Our final stop will be at a local house to watch and participate in the preparation of lavash bread.
Day 6. Yerevan - Sevan - Dilijan - Haghpat
Today, our destination will be Lake Sevan. You’ll also visit the Monastery of Sevanavank.  Our tour continues to Dilijan, heart of Armenian Switzerland. From there, we’ll drive to see the Haghpat Monastery, one of the largest religious, and educational centres of medieval Armenia.
Day 7. Haghpat - Sanahin - Goshavank - Yerevan
On the itinerary today is Sanahin Monastery - a UNESCO lited site. On the way back we pause to visit the Monastery of Goshavank.
Day 8. Yerevan - Amberd - Saghmosavank - Yerevan 
Today’s visit is to Amberd, where you’ll find a fortress built during the 11th to the 13th centuries. Afterwards, we’ll continue to Saghmosavank monastery. Finally, we drive to an Armenian wine producer to have a tour there.
Day 9. Yerevan
We will visit a local village family to sample Armenian culture first hand. There you’ll be able to experience the way of life of an ordinary Armenian family in the countryside.
Day 10. Yerevan
Breakfast in the hotel and transfer to the airport.
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Amberd Amberd
This 7th century fortress on the slopes of Mount Aragats is colloquially known as the “Fortress in the Clouds”. Invaded by the Turks and captured by the Mongols, the si... Read more
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
Saghmosavank Saghmosavank
The Monastery of Psalms is the setting for one of Armenia’s best known legends. Tamerlane, a violent invader, fell ill soon after invading Armenia and capturing important his... 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: 10
  • Group Size: 2-10
  • Tour Grade:   Gentle

Day 1. Yerevani
On arrival at the airport our local representative will be waiting to meet you and transfer you to your hotel. (D)
Day 2. Yerevan - Ejmiatsin - Zvarnots - Yerevan
After breakfast we begin our city tour of Yerevan, the capital of Armenia. Older than Rome, Yerevan is one of the oldest cities in the world. After a visit to the city’s history museum we move on to the remarkable Matenadaran Library. It is one of the world’s oldest repositories of Greek, Persian and Arabic manuscripts with over 17000 rare items in its collection. Later, we’ll have the opportunity to taste Armenia’s favourite drink, cognac, during a tour of a brandy factory. Leaving Yerevan, we drive to the centuries-old UNESCO listed monuments of Ejmiatsin and Zvartnots. The Cathedral of Ejmiatsin, constructed in 303AD, is still an official residence of Armenian Catholicos. Today’s itinerary 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 pay a visit to Khor Virap Monastery, which dates from the 4th century. This monastery is associated with Gregory the Illuminator, who’s the person credited with introducing Christianity to Armenia. It’s here that you can enjoy a spectacular view of Armenia’s most enduring symbols, sacred Ararat Mountain. Your tour continues to Noravank, a twelfth century monastery perched on a lofty ledge in a sheer cliff face. From it, a dramatic view of a meandering gorge makes it worth the trip. Next, you’ll visit Areni village to taste some local wine. Then we drive to Goris, our destination the ancient Tatev Monastery. To reach it, we’ll travel by 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 and gorges surround the monastery. Overnight in Goris. (B, D)
Day 4. Goris - Selim Caravanserai - Noratus - Yerevan 
Today, following breakfast, we’ll journey to Sevan. Our route takes us over the Selim Pass, part of the ancient Silk Road. Like the 14th century travellers and their animals before you, you’ll rest at Selim Caravanserai, learning about how they crossed from, or into, the mountainous Vayots Dzor region. Overnight in Yerevan. (B, D)
Day 5. Yerevan - Garni - Geghard - Yerevan
Today we are off to Garni. We’ll walk along the edge of the gorge, past the beautiful columnar basalt 9th century stone bridge over the Azat River. Our path takes us to Garni the Pagan Temple, which dates from the 1st century AD. This temple, once ruined following an earthquake in 1679, was restored in 1975. Later, we’ll head to Geghard Monastery, which takes its name from the legendary lance that was used to pierce the body of Christ. That lance was kept here for centuries. Though the exact date of the monastery’s foundation is hard to determine, the present complex was built in the mid 13th century. Our final stop will be at a local house where you will have the chance to watch and participate in the preparation of an Armenian bread known as 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. Our destination will be Lake Sevan, nicknamed the pearl of Armenia and found at a height of about 2000m. The lake is one of the largest freshwater high-altitude lakes in the world. You’ll also visit the Monastery of Sevanavank located in the Sevan Peninsula.  Our tour continues to Dilijan, heart of Armenian Switzerland.  We’ll enjoy a tour of this pretty resort and spa town which sits in a beautiful forested location.  From there, we’ll drive to Haghpat to see the 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
On the itinerary today is Sanahin, literally translating as "this is older than that" probably a reference to the fact 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 each monastery has a view of the other. Both of these UNESCO World Heritage Sites are located on an rocky plateau, separated by a deep cleft in the landscape eroded by a tributary of the river Debed. On the way back to Dilijan we pause 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, dating from 1196. Overnight in Yerevan. (B, D)
Day 8. Yerevan - Amberd - Saghmosavank - Ashtarak - Yerevan 
Today’s visit is to Amberd, where you’ll find a fortress built during the 11th to the 13th centuries. The main architectural features of the buildings of the medieval fortress are reflected in this building. Afterwards, we’ll continue to Saghmosavank monastery. Finally, we drive to an Armenian wine producer to have a tour there and a wine tasting. Return to Yerevan and overnight there. (B, D)
Day 9. Yerevan
After breakfast today we offer a unique chance to explore something different: a visit to a local village family to sample Armenian culture first hand. There you’ll be able to experience the way of life of an ordinary Armenian family in the countryside. You will be warmly welcomed and meet a family who will help you collect and taste local fruit. Your hosts will offer you delicious Armenian dessert specialities and be keen to hear what you think of their country. Overnight in Yerevan. (B, D)
Day 10. Yerevan
Breakfast in the hotel before your transfer to the airport. (B)


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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.

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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.
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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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