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From Tbilisi: Day Trip to Armenia Including Homemade Lunch

From Tbilisi: Day Trip to Armenia Including Homemade Lunch

Start your tour at the Akhtala Monastery, a church from the 12th century which contains beautiful frescoes and is surrounded by copper smelting caves as well as a copper smelting factory. The second destination of the tour is the Haghpat Monastery, located in Haghpat Village and is a UNESCO-listed site. It is one of the most beautiful medieval masterpieces in Armenia. Then you can have lunch and try some traditional Armenian food. Following lunch, you'll make 3 stops on your way to visit the second UNESCO Heritage Site, Sanahin.  The first will be a 13th-century bridge, the second for a Debed canyon with astonishing views, and the third for the Mikoyan Brothers' museum, where an original aircraft (MiG 21) will surprise you. Finally, travel back through the border to Tbilisi.

Yerevan: Haghpat, Zarni-Parni, Akhtala, Castle, Sanahin

Yerevan: Haghpat, Zarni-Parni, Akhtala, Castle, Sanahin

Explore the gems of Armenia on a day trip from Yerevan to Zarni-Parni Cave Castle Complex and Akhtala fortress. Visit Unesco World Cultural Heritage sites such as Haghpat and Sanahin monasteries with live commentary from an expert guide. Start from the local operator's head office at 09:00 AM and head off to visit Lori province. At your first stop of Haghpat, admire the 10th-century monastery, where the famous ashugh Sayat-Nova lived and created at the end of the 18th century. Next, see the magnificent Zarni-Parni Cave Complex, where, renowned scholar and philosopher Hovhannes Imastaser is said to have lived and worked. Today, it is a historical museum where you can see a number of rare ancient agricultural tools and household items. Then, drive to Akhtala fortress. Constructed on a plateau resembling a peninsula, it is surrounded by deep gorges from 3 sides. Visit Aramyants Castle, one of the jewels of Swiss architecture in Armenia. Last but not least, visit the Sanahin monastery. Witness the skillfulness of 10th-century masters, who made a peculiar architectural decision, preventing the destruction of the complex from earthquakes. At the end of the tour, be taken back to the local operator's head office in Yerevan.

Cross-Border Discovery: Tbilisi to Armenia Day Trip

Cross-Border Discovery: Tbilisi to Armenia Day Trip

Cross-Border Journey: Tbilisi to Armenia Day Trip" Embark on a captivating day trip from Tbilisi to Armenia, where ancient history, rich culture, and breathtaking scenery await. Our expedition offers a seamless exploration of Armenia's highlights, providing travelers with a comprehensive glimpse into the country's fascinating heritage. Our adventure begins in Tbilisi, Georgia's vibrant capital, where we'll depart in the early morning for the scenic drive to Armenia. As we journey across the border, our knowledgeable guides will share insights into the region's history, culture, and traditions, offering a deeper understanding of this cross-border journey. Akhtala Monastery, a hidden gem nestled within the serene countryside of Armenia, offers visitors a captivating journey through centuries of history, spirituality, and architectural brilliance. Perched atop a rugged hill overlooking the Debed River, this medieval marvel beckons travelers to explore its ancient walls and unravel the mysteries within. Haghpat Monastery Complex, a UNESCO World Heritage Site nestled amidst the breathtaking landscapes of Armenia's Lori Province, is a testament to the country's rich cultural and religious heritage. Perched on a verdant plateau overlooking the Debed River Canyon, this medieval masterpiece invites visitors to embark on a journey through time and spirituality. The Mikoyan Brothers Museum stands as a tribute to two extraordinary figures whose contributions to Soviet aviation and politics shaped the course of history. Located in Armenia, this museum offers visitors a captivating journey through the lives and achievements of Artem and Anastas Mikoyan, whose legacy continues to inspire generations. Sanahin Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site nestled in the picturesque Debed River gorge of Armenia's Lori Province, is a testament to the country's rich spiritual and architectural heritage. Dating back to the 10th century, this medieval marvel invites visitors to embark on a journey through time and explore its sacred grounds. As the day draws to a close, we'll make our way back to Tbilisi, enriched by the experiences and memories of our journey. Join us on this unforgettable day trip from Tbilisi to Armenia and discover the beauty, history, and culture of this fascinating country in just one day.

Tour from Yerevan to Tbilisi visit Sanahin, Haghpat, Akhtala

Tour from Yerevan to Tbilisi visit Sanahin, Haghpat, Akhtala

Enjoy freshly baked pastry in the morning from a bakery in Aparan. Visit two Unesco Heritage listed sights, starting at Sanahin with its serene and tranquil surrounds. Then to Haghbat, nestled in the peaks of the Debed Canyon among lush green fields. Enjoy a family-hosted traditional Armenian bbq lunch. Delight in the ancient frescoes of the church at the Akhtala fortress-monastery. Entering Georgia, arrive in Tbilisi.

Tbilisi to Armenia: Exploring Cultural Crossroads

Tbilisi to Armenia: Exploring Cultural Crossroads

Embark on a captivating journey from the vibrant city of Tbilisi to the ancient landscapes of Armenia with our immersive tour. Experience the rich tapestry of culture, history, and natural beauty as we traverse this enchanting region. Our adventure begins in Akhtala Monastery, a cultural and spiritual landmark nestled in the picturesque Lori Province of Armenia, stands as a testament to the country's rich heritage and enduring faith. Dating back to the 10th century, this medieval complex is renowned for its architectural beauty, historical significance, and serene natural surroundings. Next we visit Haghpat Monastery Complex, a UNESCO World Heritage Site nestled in the breathtaking Debed River Canyon of Armenia's Lori Province, stands as a testament to the country's rich spiritual and architectural heritage. Dating back to the 10th century, this medieval marvel invites visitors to embark on a journey through time and explore its ancient grounds. After Haghpat , Sanahin Monastery Complex, another UNESCO World Heritage Site in Armenia's Lori Province, is a captivating blend of spirituality, history, and architectural marvels. Dating back to the 10th century, this medieval treasure invites visitors to explore its ancient grounds and unravel the mysteries within. And finaly The Mikoyan Brothers Museum in Armenia offers an insightful journey into the lives and legacies of two remarkable figures who left an indelible mark on Soviet aviation and politics. Artem and Anastas Mikoyan, born in the early 20th century, rose to prominence as influential figures in Soviet history. . Throughout our journey, knowledgeable guides will lead you on a fascinating exploration of the region's history, culture, and natural wonders, providing insight into the unique traditions and customs of both Georgia and Armenia. Whether you're marveling at the ancient monasteries of Lake Sevan or wandering through the streets of Yerevan, our tour promises an unforgettable experience filled with discovery, adventure, and cultural immersion. As the sun sets on our journey, you'll return home with a deeper appreciation for the rich heritage and natural beauty of Tbilisi and Armenia, and memories that will last a lifetime. Join us on this extraordinary adventure and discover the magic of the Caucasus region firsthand.

Armenia’s Hidden Gems: A Drone Filmmaking Tour of Garni

Armenia’s Hidden Gems: A Drone Filmmaking Tour of Garni

Departing from Yerevan As the sun rises over Yerevan, we set off for a scenic 40-minute drive to Garni, equipped with state-of-the-art drone technology. Enjoy the beauty of the Armenian countryside, as you prepare to capture the stunning views of the old temple that awaits us. Garni Temple: Enter the sacred realm of Garni Temple, where the stones whisper the legends of the past. From panoramic shots to close-ups, every angle reveals the essence of Garni. Treat yourself to a delicious Armenian breakfast in Garni village, where we will review the morning’s visual masterpiece. Symphony of Stones: We continue our tour to the Symphony of Stones, a natural monument that is located in the basin of the Azat River, near the temple of Garni. The monument consists of huge symmetric basalt columns, which seem to be handmade due to their amazing symmetry. They are also called the “Basalt Organ Pipes” because they resemble an organ. Geghard Monastery: a UNESCO World Heritage site. Explore the carved chambers, preserving the spirit and artistry of the place. Observe the interplay of light and dark on the ancient stones, and the intricate connection between Armenia’s past and present. Highlight the khachkars in their cliffside setting, a masterpiece crafted by the artists of centuries ago. Visit to Charents Arch: a short stop at Charents Arch offers a breathtaking backdrop for your drone’s final show. Capture the majesty of Mount Ararat and the surrounding scenery, creating a vivid portrait of Armenia’s diverse beauty. Returning to Yerevan As we say goodbye to Garni and Geghard, our drone records the changing landscapes of Armenia in motion. Green hills, curvy roads, and a rainbow of colors unfold below, capturing not only the destinations but the journey itself. Join us in this fusion of technology and tradition, celebrating the past while flying into the future.

De-tour to another country, Armenia

De-tour to another country, Armenia

Start the tour from Tbilisi, crossing the border to Armenia. Visit two unesco Heritage listed sights along the Debed canyon. Enjoy the tranquility of the serene surrounds of Sanahin monastery before you marvel at the Haghbat monastery, positioned among lush green fields. Enjoy a memorable family-hosted traditional Armenian bbq lunch. Delight in the ancient frescoes of the church at the Akhtala fortress-monastery before returning to Tbilisi.

Pearls of the South Caucasus: Tbilisi to Armenia Adventure

Pearls of the South Caucasus: Tbilisi to Armenia Adventure

Embark on an unforgettable adventure from the vibrant streets of Tbilisi, the capital city of Georgia, to the captivating landscapes and rich cultural tapestry of Armenia. This journey through the South Caucasus region offers a blend of historical marvels, culinary delights, and breathtaking scenery. Akhtala Monastery is a historic Armenian monastery complex located in the Lori Province of Armenia, near the town of Akhtala. Situated amidst picturesque landscapes, the monastery is renowned for its medieval architecture, intricate frescoes, and rich cultural heritage. Dating back to the 10th century, Akhtala Monastery was constructed during the Bagratuni Dynasty, a significant period in Armenian history. The monastery complex includes several structures, such as churches, chapels, and defensive walls, built using local stone and adorned with intricate carvings and decorative elements. Haghpat Monastery, also known as Haghpatavank, is a medieval monastery complex located in the Lori Province of Armenia. It is situated in the village of Haghpat, overlooking the Debed River gorge and surrounded by lush greenery and rugged landscapes. The monastery complex consists of several buildings, including the main church of St. Nshan (Holy Sign), numerous chapels, a library, scriptorium, refectory, and defensive walls. The architecture of Haghpat Monastery is characterized by its harmonious blend of Armenian ecclesiastical design with elements of Byzantine and Georgian influences. The buildings are adorned with intricate stone carvings, decorative motifs, and ornate khachkars (cross-stones). Alaverdi is a town located in the Lori Province of Armenia, in the northeastern part of the country. It is situated in the Debed River gorge, surrounded by picturesque mountains and lush greenery. Alaverdi is known for its rich history, natural beauty, and industrial heritage. As your adventure through the South Caucasus comes to an end, you'll leave with memories to last a lifetime and a newfound appreciation for the rich cultural heritage and natural beauty of this fascinating region. Whether you're exploring ancient monasteries, sampling world-class wines, or simply soaking in the stunning mountain scenery, the Pearls of the South Caucasus await your discovery.

Armenian Passage: Tbilisi to Armenia Adventure

Armenian Passage: Tbilisi to Armenia Adventure

"Armenian Passage: Tbilisi to Armenia Adventure" Embark on an unforgettable journey from the vibrant streets of Tbilisi to the ancient landscapes of Armenia. Our expedition offers a unique blend of cultural discovery, historical exploration, and natural beauty, as we traverse the diverse landscapes of the South Caucasus. Akhtala Monastery is a medieval Armenian monastery located in the Lori Province of Armenia, near the town of Akhtala. The monastery complex dates back to the 10th century and is famous for its unique architecture and historical significance. The monastery was built during the reign of King Ashot III of the Bagratuni Dynasty and was initially known as Pghindzavank. However, it gained its current name, Akhtala, meaning "white fortress" in Armenian, due to the white stone used in its construction. Alaverdi is a town in the Lori Province of Armenia, situated in the northern part of the country. It is known for its historical significance, particularly due to the presence of the Alaverdi Monastery and its association with the mining industry. Sanahin Monastery is a medieval Armenian monastery complex located near the town of Alaverdi in the Lori Province of Armenia. Along with Haghpat Monastery, it is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its cultural and historical significance. Sanahin Monastery was founded in the 10th century during the reign of King Abas I of the Bagratuni Dynasty. The name "Sanahin" is derived from the Armenian phrase "Սա նինէ," meaning "this one is older than that one," referring to its older construction compared to nearby Haghpat Monastery. Throughout our journey, our knowledgeable guides will provide insights into the history, culture, and traditions of both Georgia and Armenia, offering a deeper understanding of this fascinating region. Join us on this extraordinary adventure from Tbilisi to Armenia and experience the rich tapestry of the South Caucasus firsthand

Armenian Gateway: Tbilisi to Armenia Exploration

Armenian Gateway: Tbilisi to Armenia Exploration

"Transcaucasian Passage: Tbilisi to Armenia Excursion" Embark on a captivating journey from the heart of Georgia's bustling capital, Tbilisi, to the storied lands of Armenia, where ancient traditions, rich history, and breathtaking landscapes await. Our excursion offers an immersive exploration of the cultural, historical, and natural wonders from Tbilisi to Armenia. Akhtala Monastery is a historical Armenian monastery located in the Lori Province of Armenia, near the town of Akhtala. The monastery complex dates back to the 10th century and is renowned for its unique architecture and beautiful frescoes. It was built during the reign of King Ashot II of the Bagratuni dynasty and was originally known as Pghindzavank. Haghpat Monastery, also known as Haghpatavank, is another significant medieval Armenian monastery complex located in the Lori Province of Armenia. Together with Sanahin Monastery, it was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996 under the name "Monasteries of Haghpat and Sanahin." Haghpat Monastery was founded in the 10th century by Queen Khosrovanush, wife of the Bagratid king Ashot III, and later expanded by the Kiurikian dynasty. The monastery complex includes various religious and secular buildings, such as churches, chapels, bell towers, scriptoriums, and refectories, surrounded by fortified walls. Sanahin Monastery Complex is another notable medieval Armenian monastery located in the Lori Province of Armenia, not far from Haghpat Monastery. Along with Haghpat Monastery, Sanahin Monastery was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996 under the joint title "Monasteries of Haghpat and Sanahin." Founded in the 10th century, Sanahin Monastery was a prominent religious and cultural center in medieval Armenia. The name "Sanahin" translates to "this one is older than that one," possibly referring to its antiquity compared to neighboring Haghpat Monastery. Like Haghpat, Sanahin Monastery flourished under the patronage of various Armenian dynasties, including the Bagratuni and Kiurikian dynasties. As our excursion draws to a close, we'll reflect on the rich tapestry of experiences and memories that we've gathered along the way. From the bustling streets of Tbilisi to the ancient temples of Armenia, our journey has offered a glimpse into the timeless beauty and cultural heritage of the Transcaucasian region. Join us on this unforgettable adventure and discover the magic of the Tbilisi to Armenia Excursion.

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4.9
(94 reviews)

I recently took the Northern Armenia Highlights Tour from Tbilisi, and it was an unforgettable experience. Our guide Aleksi was amazing—so knowledgeable and passionate about Armenia’s history and culture. Their insights truly brought each site to life. The tour was seamless from start to finish. Highlights included visiting the breathtaking Haghpat and Sanahin Monasteries, both UNESCO World Heritage sites, and driving through the stunning Debed Canyon. The stop in Dilijan, with its charming streets and delicious traditional lunch, was a delightful surprise. What I loved most was the perfect mix of guided exploration and free time to soak it all in. If you're in Tbilisi and want to explore Northern Armenia, this tour is a must. It left me with wonderful memories and a deeper appreciation for the region.

our giude, Katy was the best. very knowledgeable, nice and helped us with the border crossing. the agency follow up upun reservation of the trip, untul safety back, including exact instructions regarding the visa process and so. about the trip, recommended as an opportunity to make city escape day and explore another country. the initiary is as described. recommended

Friendly tour guide that was quite knowledgeable and easy going. enjoyed very much the sites we visited. even the non UNESCO site was quite amaizing. Eating lunch in the house of a local was a nice touch.

Unfortunately the border to Armenia was closed due to extensive flooding and bridge collapse so we were unable to continue our tour but the refund process was smooth and quickly executed.

I’m so glad that I did this excursion,so nice trip 🇦🇲