Highlights of Armenia - 5 days (AM-01)

This short introductory tour packs a lot into five days. You’ll enjoy Armenia in microcosm, visiting several of its UNESCO World Heritage sites, including the breathtaking Khor Virap and Noravank monasteries, and the unusual Temple of Garni. You’ll get to know the capital city Yerevan, with its Soviet-era architecture, bustling market and views from the Cascade of Mount Ararat. Round off your Armenia education with a visit to Areni Winery.
Yerevan
Garni
Geghard
Khor Virap
Noravank
Echmiatsin
Zvarnots

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Day 1. Yerevani
Today you’ll arrive in the Armenian capital Yerevan. Transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Yerevan.
Day 2. Yerevan - Ejmiatsin - Zvarnots - Yerevan
This morning you’ll enjoy a city tour of Yerevan and pay a visit to the Matenadaran, a repository of ancient manuscripts. In the afternoon, we’ll take an excursion out of the city to Echmiadzin to visit Armenia’s oldest cathedral and to Zvartnots. Overnight in Yerevan. Driving distance: 55 km / 34 ml.
Day 3. Yerevan - Garni - Geghard - Yerevan
Today our sightseeing programme combines two incredible historical sights: the Temple of Garni & the UNESCO-listed Geghard Monastery. Return to Yerevan and the rest of the day is free to enjoy at leisure. Overnight in Yerevan. Driving distance: 75 km / 47 ml.
Day 4. Yerevan - Khor Virap - Noravank - Areni - Yerevan 
We’ll begin today’s itinerary at the monastery of Khor Virap. Next up is Noravank. Hidden away up a canyon, this monastery occupies a setting even more dramatic. Finally, we’ll take you to Areni. There, we’ll enjoy a wine-tasting at one of Armenia’s premier wineries. Overnight in Yerevan. Driving distance: 245 km / 153 ml.
Day 5. Yerevan 
Today is departure day.
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Quick Facts
  • Season: Winter
  • Starts: Yerevan
  • Ends: Yerevan
  • Departs: Thursday
  • Duration: 5 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
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
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
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
Today you’ll arrive in the Armenian capital Yerevan. Transfer to your hotel is included. Overnight in Yerevan. (D)
Day 2. Yerevan - Ejmiatsin - Zvarnots - Yerevan
This morning you’ll enjoy a city tour of Yerevan. Begin in Republic Square, where you’ll admire the imposing architecture and watching the Singing Fountains. From there, take a stroll along the Vernissage, the largest open air market in the city and a great place to shop for antiques and collectibles. Next, we’ll take you to the Matenadaran, a repository of ancient manuscripts. Later, we’ll take the escalator to the top of the Yerevan Cascade. From the top enjoy panoramic views across the city and to Mount Ararat in the distance. This afternoon, we’ll take an excursion out of the city to Echmiadzin to visit Armenia’s oldest cathedral and to Zvartnots, where you’ll find ruins of a 7th century, UNESCO-listed cathedral. Return to Yerevan for dinner. Overnight in Yerevan. (B, D)
Day 3. Yerevan - Garni - Geghard - Yerevan
Today our sightseeing programme combines two incredible historical sights. The Temple of Garni is unusual for Armenia in that it is an Ionic pagan temple with Greco-Roman colonnades. It was built in the 1st century AD; though it collapsed during a 17th century earthquake, it was painstakingly restored in the early 1970s. Nearby, you’ll find the UNESCO-listed Geghard Monastery. Gregory the Illuminator founded it in the 4th century, where there was a sacred spring in a cave. The present structure dates from 1315 and you can pay a visit to the spring to this day. Return to Yerevan after your tour and the rest of the day is free to enjoy at leisure. Overnight in Yerevan. (B, D)
Day 4. Yerevan - Khor Virap - Noravank - Areni - Yerevan 
We’ll begin today’s itinerary at the monastery of Khor Virap. Morning’s the best time to be able to catch a glimpse of distant Mount Ararat over the border. The views from this spectacular monastery are first rate but head inside and descend the steps to see its well too. Next up is Noravank. Hidden away up a canyon, this monastery occupies a setting even more dramatic. Climb to the second floor of the church for incredible views back along the valley. Finally, we’ll take you to Areni. There, we’ll enjoy a wine-tasting at one of Armenia’s premier wineries where there’ll be a chance to pick up a bottle or two to take home with you. Overnight in Yerevan. (B, D)
Day 5. Yerevan 
Today is departure day. We hope you’ve enjoyed this brief introduction to Armenia and its capital and have made many happy memories. (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.
  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 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
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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
PHOTOGALLERY
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