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From Yerevan: Full-Day Tatev Monastery Complex Tour

1. From Yerevan: Full-Day Tatev Monastery Complex Tour

The tour starts early in the morning at 7:00 am. After breakfast, you'll be on the road. The first destination is Khor Virap which is the closest stop to mount Ararat. Then, you'll continue the trip to Areni Wine Factory. After some wine tastings and even some shopping, you'll head to Halidzor village where you'll hop on the longest cable car in the world covering a distance of almost 6km. While enjoying breathtaking views from above Vorotan gorge, you''ll reach Tatev monastery complex, which is one of the largest monasteries in Armenia. Then, you'll return to Halidzor village with cable car again and continue the tour to Noravank monastery, the only only place where you can see father God's face carved. Enjoy lunch with fantastic views of red cliffs and then return to Yerevan.

Yerevan: Winery and Natural Highlights Guided Tour

2. Yerevan: Winery and Natural Highlights Guided Tour

Meet your professional guide at the convenient meeting point in Yerevan and set off on this full-day tour. First stop is the village of Areni in Vayots Dzor region. This sunny village is famous for its assortment of wine. Due to its flavor and delicate taste, Hin Areni wine has a place amongst the best Armenian wines and you can sample it at a local winery and learn about the process from your guide and the owner. Next up, you will see the picturesque waterfall of Shaki and have lunch at a local restaurant. Then you will cross the mysterious "Devil's Bridge" over Vorotan river. The "Devil’s Bridge" is situated here in a deep canyon, surrounded by mountains and springs, the waters of which have painted the rocks of the canyon with pink, yellow and green colors. And the last stop is Tatev monastery, which used to be wealthiest medieval monastery in Armenia. Besides being a religious center, Tatev was also the important strategical center of Syunik kingdom. In non-stable political conditions the several secret ways in the territory of the fortress led the way to the canyon and served as a link between the monastery and external world. You will take the aerial tramway called the Wings of Tatev. It passes through a deep gorge of the River Vorotan and over hills covered with lush forests. The tramway is supported by three towers between its two terminals.

From Yerevan: 2 Day Guided Trip to Khndzoresk & Areni Winery

3. From Yerevan: 2 Day Guided Trip to Khndzoresk & Areni Winery

Spend 2 days exploring Armenia on a guided trip. Enjoy scenic views of Mount Ararat from Khor Virab and fly through the sky on the Wings of Tatev. Cross the swinging bridge to enter the old caves of Khndzoresk and try Armenian wine at a vineyard in Areni. Day 1:Get picked up from your accommodation in Yerevan and take a short drive through the picturesque, mountainous scenery of Armenia. Arrive at Khor Virab, a stunning monastery offering incredible views of Mount Ararat. Travel to Syunik Province to make a stop at the spectacular Shaki Waterfall. Continue to the Wings of Tatev, the longest reversible aerial tramway in the world. Get a head for heights as the cablecar carries you up to the Tatev Monastery. Admire the fairytale-like architecture of the monastery and take in breathtaking views over the deep gorge of the Vorotan River. Leave Tatev behind and head to your overnight stay in Goris. Day 2:Indulge in a traditional Armenian breakfast, then drive to Khndzoresk, famous for its ancient caves. Climb three hundred and fifty steps up to the swinging bridge, crossing over into the old town to find the caves and a hidden church. Make your next stop in Noravank Monastery and wonder in awe at the steep, brick-red cliffs that surround the holy site. Drive fifteen minutes to reach a winery in Areni, best known for its vineyards. Savor the tastes of Armenian wine, fruit wine, and brandy, before ending your trip in Yerevan.

From Yerevan: Southern Armenia Day Trip with Dinner

4. From Yerevan: Southern Armenia Day Trip with Dinner

In the morning, your guide will greet you in the lobby of your hotel and take you away to the ancient Monastery of Khor Virap. As one of the most sacred spots in the country, the location of the gorgeous structure provides a beautiful view of Mount Ararat. Next, head to the 13th-century Monastery Noravank. Admire the unique natural surroundings of the landmark and continue to be in awe of the country's diverse landscape. Continue your exploration of Southern Armenia and experience more of its nature at the cascading Shaki waterfall. Hear about the legend of Shake and the mythical origins of the waterfall.  After admiring the natural wonder, drive to the famous wine village of Areni. Meet with a hospitable farmer who will share the secrets of Armenian wine-making. Also in Areni, have a traditional dinner paired with delicious wine. In the evening your guide-driver will take you back to your hotel in Yerevan.

From Yerevan: Trekking and Wine Tasting Tour

5. From Yerevan: Trekking and Wine Tasting Tour

Start the day by heading for the Southern Province Vayots Dzor, which is considered the ancient cradle of wine-making. For thousands of years, it has been an important center of viticulture in the region with authentic grape varieties that grow on its fertile soil. In the morning you will drive to the village Amaghu, from where you will start trekking to the architectural masterpiece Noravank Monastery, which is perched on the rocky outcrop. The everlasting impression of the stunning panorama is guaranteed here. Later, you will head to Areni Cave, where a 6000-year old shoe has been revealed together with wine vessels and other accessories which testify that Armenia is an ancient and authentic center of wine-making. After that, you will discover the secrets of pure wine-making and taste the authentic wine of Areni. At the end of the afternoon, you will be accompanied back to your hotel in Yerevan with a stop in Khor Virap Monastery where the flawless view of the Biblical Mount Ararat will be a real gift to our eyes.

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Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 19 reviews

Fantastic Service, Knowledgable Staff!

Our experience with Nvard and Dikran had been a fantastic one. Nvard was extremely knowledgable in all places we visited. Dikran was a safe driver and doubles as a fantastic photographer! Let him show you all the hidden places at each destination to take fantastic photographs!! We thoroughly enjoyed our day trip to Tatev with the both of them and I would highly recommend them to any first-time visitors to Armenia!!

Rosa was a very nice and accommodating tour guide. As with all other tours, you have to be prepared for a linguistic cacophony, as all groups are mixed and there is not a moment's peace on the bus. But otherwise I am very positively impressed by the professional organization and the good guidance from the tour guide and her driver.

Great day. Guide and driver were terrific. Guide (Katerine) was very knowledgeable and her English is very good). Unfortunately was thick fog at Tatev Monastery so could see little, but that is no one's fault. A very long day.

Really informative guide. Good pacing. Beautiful scenery. Roads are bit rough at some points.