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From Yerevan: Gyumri City and Harichavank Day Trip

1. From Yerevan: Gyumri City and Harichavank Day Trip

Explore Armenia's cultural capital of Gyumri on a guided tour. Visit the city center to see the Black Fortress. Learn about local history during a stop at the Dzitoghtsyan Museum of National Architecture and Urban Life. After exploring Gyumri, continue to the Harichavank Monastery. Start the tour with a drive from Yerevan to Gyumri city, located in the middle of Shirak valley. Explore the most colorful city in Armenia. Witness the local traditions and national spirit that is deeply rooted in the everyday life of the locals. Delve deeper into history at Dzitoghtsyan, located in the historic district of Gyumri. This remarkable mansion was built in 1872 by the merchant Petros Dzitoghtsyan from the indigenous red tuff stone of Shirak. In 1984 the Museum of Urban Life was established in this building. See exhibits displaying the Gyumri’s history, culture and architecture. Continue to a unique hallmark of Gyumri, the Black Fortress. Feel the spirit of antiquity in this complex of military buildings. This structure made of black tuff is the southern castle of the ancient Alexandrapol fortress. Enjoy views of Black Fortress, the Statue of Mother Armenia and Shirak stadium. Walk along the streets of old Gyumri to hear the voice of the smiths' hammers. The old houses, a part of which resisted the devastating 1988 earthquake, speak of the city’s high architectural achievements. Stop for a lunch break in a national-style restaurant in Gyumri. Choose from 3 meal options on the way and pay upon arrival. Head to the final stop of the tour, the Harichavank Monastery. Explore this prominent spiritual and cultural center of Shirak region. Harichavank houses St. Gregory and St. Astvatsatsin Churches, established before the 13th century. Not far from the main buildings lies a small chapel. The chapel is built on a piece of rock, which split from the cape during an earthquake. The chapel now towers over the canyon. Admire Armenian architecture from different eras in this monastery complex. At the end of the day trip, hop back on your air-conditioned ride to return to Yerevan.

From Yerevan: Highlights of Gyumri Private Day Tour

2. From Yerevan: Highlights of Gyumri Private Day Tour

The tour will start from your hotel in Yerevan and at the end of the tour we will organize the drop off in the same place. This tour will take you to the city of Gyumri – once the artistic capital, and possibly the most beautiful city of Armenia. You will get to explore the city center with its two famous churches. To get acquainted with the daily urban life of Gyumri, you will visit the Dzitoghtsyan House-Museum of Urban Life and National Architecture, where a collection of the Alexandropol social life characteristics, from the 19th century up to the 1920s. exhibits. The next stop will be the Black Fortress; built during the Russian-Turkish War, the fortress still serves as a military base. The next spot included in this tour is the 7th-century monastic complex of Harichavank, located near the village of Harich, which was especially renowned for its school and scriptorium. Highlights: - Black fortress - Saint Michael Church - Vardanants square - Abovyan Street - Pharmacy and old barbershop buildings - Museum of Dzitholtsons - Photoshoot with the traditional costumes in Zanan (optional)

Museum of Illusions

3. Museum of Illusions

Welcome to the Museum of Illusions in Gyumri, where science and entertainment meet for a wacky and fun experience suited for every type of traveler – solo, couples, groups, and families. During your tour, one of our local guides will lead you through our over 60 exhibits of illusions that will deceive your senses, surprise you, at times confuse you, and educate you. The illusions on display will play tricks on you and your mind, altering your perception of light, shadows, color, movement, sizes, shapes, and more. While we’ll be sure to give you plenty of time to try and figure out the secret behind each illusion on your own (and take fun photos), our guides will explain the science behind each phenomena you’ll experience on this tour. Nothing here is what it seems! Join us for a mind bending adventure.

Trans-Caucasian Railway Adventure: From Armenia to Georgia

4. Trans-Caucasian Railway Adventure: From Armenia to Georgia

Day 1: Yerevan to Tbilisi Express Farewell to Yerevan Board the Yerevan to Tbilisi Express at the historic Yerevan Railway Station. As the train departs, say goodbye to the Armenian capital and admire the scenic views of the Ararat Valley. Watch as the cityscape fades into the countryside, and feel the excitement of your journey ahead. The Land of Monasteries As the train winds its way through the Armenian countryside, catch glimpses of ancient monasteries perched on hillsides and the majestic Mount Ararat dominating the horizon. Learn about the rich spiritual heritage of Armenia, and marvel at the architectural wonders of these sacred sites. Sunset over Alaverdi As the train continues into Georgia, witness the sunset over the Alaverdi region. Marvel at the changing landscapes from the comfort of your train compartment. See the lush green valleys, rolling hills, and quaint villages of Georgia. Feel the contrast between the arid and mountainous Armenia and the fertile and verdant Georgia. Welcome to Tbilisi Arrive at Tbilisi Central Railway Station, where you’ll be greeted by the vibrant atmosphere of Georgia’s capital. Transfer to your accommodation for a well-deserved rest or venture into Tbilisi’s nightlife to cap off the day. Experience the lively and colorful spirit of this city, and mingle with the friendly and hospitable locals. Day 2: Tbilisi Exploration Tbilisi City Tour After a leisurely morning, embark on a guided tour of Tbilisi. Visit iconic landmarks such as Sioni Cathedral and the historic Old Town. Delve into the city’s rich history and cultural heritage. See the influences of different civilizations and religions that have shaped Tbilisi over the centuries. Georgian Culinary Experience Indulge in a traditional Georgian feast at a local restaurant. Savor the flavors of khachapuri, khinkali, and other delectable Georgian dishes. Taste the variety and complexity of Georgian cuisine, and learn about the traditions and customs that accompany each meal. Sulphur Baths and Shardeni Street Relax in the famous sulphur baths of Abanotubani district. Soak in the healing waters and enjoy the soothing aromas of the baths. Stroll through the lively Shardeni Street, known for its vibrant atmosphere and eclectic mix of shops and cafes. Treat yourself to some souvenirs, snacks, or drinks. Departure or Extended Stay Bid farewell to Tbilisi or choose to extend your stay in Georgia. If departing, board the return train to Yerevan or continue your exploration of Georgia’s enchanting landscapes. Whether you stay or go, you’ll have unforgettable memories of your rail journey from Armenia to Georgia. Note: Itinerary can be customized based on preferences and travel duration. Additional activities and sightseeing options are available upon request. Visa requirements for border crossing should be arranged in advance. Its also possible to be done from Georgia to Armenia

Georgia to Armenia Day Group Tour

5. Georgia to Armenia Day Group Tour

Start your day with excitement as we depart from Georgia on a journey to Armenia, promising a day filled with cultural immersion and exploration. Our adventure begins with a scenic drive through picturesque landscapes, providing breathtaking views of the Caucasus Mountains. Upon crossing the border into Armenia, our first stop is the vibrant city of Gyumri. Immerse yourself in the local atmosphere as you wander through the colorful streets, lined with historic architecture and bustling markets. Our knowledgeable guide will share insights into the city's rich history, allowing you to connect with the culture and traditions of this charming Armenian town. Next, we head to the ancient city of Etchmiadzin, the religious center of Armenia and home to the Etchmiadzin Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Marvel at the architecture and delve into the spiritual significance of this sacred place. You'll have the opportunity to witness a part of Armenia's religious and cultural heritage come to life. After a delicious lunch featuring traditional Armenian cuisine, our journey continues to the iconic Garni Temple. This pagan temple, standing proudly against the backdrop of stunning cliffs, offers a glimpse into Armenia's pre-Christian history. Explore the site, soak in the breathtaking views, and capture memories of this unique cultural landmark. The adventure reaches its pinnacle as we visit the majestic Geghard Monastery, a UNESCO-listed site carved into the cliffs of the Azat River gorge. The monastery complex is renowned for its intricate rock-cut architecture and spiritual significance. Stroll through the monastery's chambers and witness the harmonious blend of nature and human craftsmanship. As the day draws to a close, we make our way back to Georgia, allowing you to reflect on the rich experiences and memories gathered during this cross-border journey. Our Georgia to Armenia Day Expedition promises not only a seamless travel experience but also a deep connection with the cultural tapestry that unites these two extraordinary nations. Please note that the itinerary may be subject to slight changes based on local conditions and unforeseen circumstances, ensuring a flexible and enriching travel experience for our valued guests. Join us for an adventure that transcends borders and creates lasting memories of your day tour from Georgia to Armenia.

Traditional Coffee & Dessert Making

6. Traditional Coffee & Dessert Making

Join us at our museum and guest house in Gyumri to learn how to make traditional Armenian coffee and desserts, getting to know their origins and cultural significance to local people. After a tour of our museum, where you’ll see antiques from as far back as the Russian Empire, including the largest collection of historic photos of Gyumri, you’ll roll up your sleeves with one of our local chefs and start baking. You’ll start by making traditional Armenian coffee as well as ghayfa, a roasted wheat drink once popular in Gyumri that’s all but forgotten today. Then we’ll bake one of four traditional desserts of your choosing: yaghli, layers of thin dough and oil fried and topped with sugar; bishi, a yogurt-based pastry that’s fried and eaten with hot chocolate; shakar lokhum, an oily and sweet cake baked in the over; or bagharj, another yogurt-based pastry made either sweet or salty and decorated with intricate designs. Most of the ingredients used to make these local delicacies come from our local farm, and the tools you’ll use to make and eat are antiques carefully saved by our team.

Discover Gyumri by Train, the City of Art and Culture

7. Discover Gyumri by Train, the City of Art and Culture

Take the train from Yerevan to Gyumri. The journey takes about 3 hours. You can enjoy the scenic views of the Armenian countryside along the way. Arrive at Gyumri train station. Explore the city center and admire the architecture of Gyumri. The city has a unique style of buildings, made of black and red tuff stone. You can see the influence of Russian and Persian cultures in the city’s design. Some of the landmarks to visit are Freedom Square, the Black Fortress, the Mushurba fountain, and the statues of famous Gyumri natives, such as Kirk Kirkorian and Hovhannes Shiraz Don’t miss the wall of jokes on Shahumyan Street, where you can read funny anecdotes and stories written by locals Visit some of the museums and galleries in Gyumri. The city is a hub of art and culture, and you can learn more about its history and heritage at the various museums and galleries. Some of the best ones are the Dzitoghtsyan Museum of Social Life and National Architecture Enjoy the local cuisine. The city is famous for its delicious food. You can also try the local beer, wine, and brandy at the many pubs and bars in the city. Gyumri is a wonderful city to visit, and I’m sure you will have a great time there😊.

From Yerevan: Overnight Tour of Georgia's Ancient Wonders

8. From Yerevan: Overnight Tour of Georgia's Ancient Wonders

On your first day arrive to Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia. Have a yummy lunch, including Georgian national dish. Enjoy a delightful observing city tour around Tbilisi and a free evening before the overnight. Next morning after the breakfast drive to Jvari (Holy Cross) monastery, built in the first half of the 7th century, afterwards have a visit of Château Mukhrani winery, underground cellars & vineyards. Have a lunch break with an organized Khinkali master-class. Next and the last stop in Georgia is Mtshketa - the first capital of Christian Georgia, located at the mix-point of Kura and Aragvi rivers. Historical Monuments of Mtskheta are included in Unesco World Cultural Heritage List. Come back to Yerevan, full of brilliant memories from the tour!

Unveil the charms of Yerevan: Walking tour across the city

9. Unveil the charms of Yerevan: Walking tour across the city

Step into the timeless charm of Yerevan with a walking tour that transcends the ordinary, weaving through the city's dynamic streets and hidden gems. As you traverse the lively avenues, the city reveals its layered history, a mosaic of influences from ancient civilisations to modern-day Armenia. Let’s start our journey in Republic Square, where the imposing buildings reflect the grandeur of Soviet Armenia’s architecture. Feel the pulse of the city amid the rhythmic fountains making this scenic place always crowded. From there, we will head towards the Cascade, a monumental stairway adorned with contemporary art installations, offering panoramic views of Mount Ararat and the city below. Our walking tour will encompass all the major curiosities of Yerevan such as. Abovyan Street Aznavur Square Freedom Square Opera House Cascade Complex Holy Mother of God Church Saryan Park Komitas Statue And more

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On the whole the tour was great and I would recommend it. The downside was the 'walking tour' of Gyumri involved essentially walking round the block with the guide, with very little info, then being told we had an hour free time to wander the city. Would have preferred to have a fully guided tour. Additionally, the choice of lunch place was pretty poor. Very limited options, and bland food.

Varduhie and Xachic were incredible. A very good day, complete excursion, Varduhie explains very well each story linked to the monuments visited, each legend. I recommend ! Thank you for everything ❤️

I recommend this excursion, it was very nice. Unbeatable value for money. The driver was perfect and the guide Anna is truly exceptional. We were very lucky to have him

It was amazing, organized and pretty much fun 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽

Well done Mayis and Samuel!!! Best wishes, Jasmine