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Armenia: Amberd, Alphabet Alley and Saghmosavank Day Trip

1. Armenia: Amberd, Alphabet Alley and Saghmosavank Day Trip

On this tour you will visit Amberd, a fortress on the southern slope of Mount Aragats, founded in the 7th century. Next up is Lake Kari at the height of 3250 m on the slopes of Mount Aragats, the highest point of Armenia (4090 m). Up next is the stop for Armenian Dry Fruit production and tasting. Visit Saghmosavank, 13th century Armenian monastic complex, unique due to its frescoes with biblical themes and the perfect harmony with environment – vertical cliffs of Kasakh gorge. There comes the Alley of Armenian Letters (Alphabet Alley), that was built on the slopes of Mount Aragats in honor to the 1600th anniversary of the creation of Armenian alphabet. This monument is unique not only in Armenia, but all around the World.

From Yerevan: Gyumri City and Harichavank Day Trip

2. 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

3. 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)

3 Day Private Tour in Armenia from Yerevan

4. 3 Day Private Tour in Armenia from Yerevan

Get ready in order to explore: Day 1: Yerevan - Garni - Arch of Charents - Geghard - Lake Sevan - Tsaghkadzor - Yerevan • The Arch of Charents. It’s a place where you can admire the most beautiful view of Mount Ararat. • Garni Temple is the only preserved pagan temple in the entire territory of the Caucasus. The construction dates back to the second half of the 1st century and was dedicated to the Sun God. • Symphony of Stones, one of the must-see places of Armenia. • Geghard which is a medieval monastery declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco. According to tradition The Geghard Monastery was founded by Saint Gregory in the 4th century on the site of a sacred spring. The peculiar character of the construction is reflected in its austerity and the magnificent natural scenery of the canyon, surrounded by precipices and curved cliffs. • Then you will make a stop to visit the Sevanavank monastic complex on the peninsula and contemplate the beautiful landscape of Lake Sevan, which is the pearl of Armenia. • And the last visit is Tsaghkadzor, a ski resort of Armenia, where you will take the cable car and rise up to the top, from where the magnificent atmosphere and spectacular nature of Tsaghkadzor unfolds. Day 2: Yerevan - Khor Virap - Areni-1 (Birds’ Cave) - Noravank - Yerevan • Khor Virap Monastery, one of the most important sanctuaries of Armenians. Its history is closely linked to the religious and cultural history of Armenia. The monastery is located at the foot of the biblical Mount Ararat. • Areni-1, also known as Birds’ Cave. The cave represents a rocky room with niches and aisles, which was inhabited in different epochs by ancient civilizations. During the archaeological excavations in the cave was discovered the ancient leather shoe. It is considered the oldest shoe in the world, the age of which is supposed to be about 5,5 thousand years. • And the last visit is one of the wonderful monuments of medieval Armenia, the Monastery of Noravank, located in an impressive canyon. Noravank is considered one of the most attractive places in the country. Day 3: Yerevan -Aragats - Saghmosavank - Alphabet Monument - Tsitsernakaberd - Vernissage - Yerevan • Saghmosavank, 13th century monastery located on the right bank of the Kasakh River. Overall, its excellent location provides additional beauty and comeliness to the monastery. • Armenian Alphabet Monument. The complex includes sculptures of 39 letters of Armenian alphabet, as well as monuments to the great Armenian thinkers. All the letters and statues are made of Armenian tufa. • Next, we'll drive towards Aragats snowy mountain where you can enjoy snow and have a great time. •Afterwards you will visit the Genocide memorial “Tsitsernakaberd” to get closer to one of the saddest pages of the Armenian history. •The last stop is Vernissage, a large open-air exhibition-market in Yerevan, where you will find anything and everything. Get an unforgettable experience.

Winter Wonderland: Aragats and Amberd Castle Expedition

5. Winter Wonderland: Aragats and Amberd Castle Expedition

Begin your winter adventure with a comfortable ride from Yerevan. As the cityscape gives way to the snowy landscapes of Mount Aragats, embrace the chilly air and anticipate the snowy escapades ahead. Upon arriving at the base of Mount Aragats, gear up for the day's activities. Get fitted with snowshoes and receive a brief orientation from our expert guides. Embark on a guided snowshoeing expedition through the enchanting trails of Aragats. Traverse the snow-covered landscapes, taking in the crisp mountain air and enjoying the stunning views. Find a scenic spot to indulge in a picnic lunch amidst the snowy mountains. Savor local delicacies and hot beverages, surrounded by the breathtaking beauty of Aragats. Head towards the historic Amberd Castle, a medieval fortress perched on the slopes of Mount Aragats. Explore the ancient walls, towers, and Armenian architecture while learning about the castle's rich history. Descend from the castle to a designated snow-play area. Engage in snow games, build snowmen, and enjoy some friendly sledding races, creating lasting memories in the snowy wonderland. Depart from Aragats, reminiscing about the day's winter escapades as you head back to Yerevan.

Tour from Yerevan to Tbilisi visit Sanahin, Haghpat, Akhtala

6. 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.

Armenia: Private Tour to Amberd, Hovhannavank & Saghmosavank

7. Armenia: Private Tour to Amberd, Hovhannavank & Saghmosavank

This tour takes you to explore one of the most beautiful gorges in Armenia: the Gorge of Qasakh River, famous for its beautiful churches standing right on the cliff’s edge. Both monastic complexes included in this daily tour date back to the 13th Century, and were built by the same noble family. Visit Saghmosavank, which possesses a particular charm - as you will discover. The monastery of Hovhannavank is about 5 km south from Saghmosavank. The complex includes the 4th century basilica church of St John the Baptist, which was built by Gregory the Illuminator himself on the relics of St John the Baptist. On the way, you will stop at the Alley of the Alphabet, where you will be given the chance to find the first letter of your name and snap a picture with it. Armenian is not only a very old language, but it is also an independent branch of the Indo-European languages, making it unlike any other tongue in the world.

Armenian Snow Delight: 2-Day Winter Getaway to Tsaghkador

8. Armenian Snow Delight: 2-Day Winter Getaway to Tsaghkador

Day 1: Yerevan to Tsaghkadzor Winter Adventure Morning: Departure from Yerevan Begin your snow-filled journey with an early departure from Yerevan to Tsaghkadzor, a picturesque winter wonderland. Late Morning: Skiing and Cable Car Ride Arrive at Tsaghkadzor Ski Resort for a thrilling skiing or snowboarding session. Take a cable car ride to Mount Teghenis for panoramic views of the snow-covered landscapes. Lunch: Traditional Armenian Delights Enjoy a hearty lunch at a local restaurant, savoring traditional Armenian cuisine to refuel for the day's activities. Afternoon: Cultural Exploration Visit Kecharis Monastery, immersing yourself in the rich history and architecture of this medieval gem. Explore the town's quaint streets, adorned with winter charm. Indulge in a cozy dinner at a local restaurant, embracing the warmth of Armenian hospitality. Opt for night activities, such as stargazing or a bonfire under the snowy skies. Day 2: Lake Sevan and Return to Yerevan Morning: Scenic Drive to Lake Sevan Depart for Lake Sevan, one of the world's highest freshwater lakes, surrounded by snow-capped mountains. Visit Sevanavank Monastery for breathtaking views of the frozen lake. Late Morning: Winter Activities at Lake Sevan Engage in winter activities at Lake Sevan, such as ice skating or a serene lakeside walk. Lunch: Lakeside Dining Enjoy lunch at a lakeside restaurant, savoring local dishes while overlooking the wintry beauty of Lake Sevan. Afternoon: Return to Yerevan Head back to Yerevan, capturing the last glimpses of Armenia's snowy landscapes. Optionally, make a stop at Dilijan National Park for a brief nature walk. Evening: Yerevan Exploration Arrive in Yerevan and explore the city's winter charm. Conclude your snow-filled adventure with a delightful dinner in Yerevan. This two-day snow trip in Armenia promises a perfect blend of winter sports, cultural exploration, and scenic beauty, making for unforgettable memories in this snowy paradise. ❄️⛷️

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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

Incredibly beautiful! The Mayan guide told us in detail about all the places we visited! It was in both English and Russian! We stopped to eat in a fabulous place!

Wonderful trip! I loved the places I visited and loved the gata baking in the garden.

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