Ararat Province
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  • From Yerevan: Khorvirap, Noravank, & Areni Winery Day Trip

    1. From Yerevan: Khorvirap, Noravank, & Areni Winery Day Trip

    Khor Virap Monastery is located about an hour’s drive away from the capital Yerevan, and offers an amazing view of Armenia’s defining symbol – the majestic Ararat. Khor Virap translates as deep dungeon, and it was built on the place of the former royal prison, located on the historical site of Artashat. The Monastery is also one of the most sacred spots for Armenians around the world. This tour will also take you to the Areni Cave (Bird’s Cave). In 2008, archeologists discovered several of the world’s oldest artifacts, including a leather shoe and a winery here. The site, overlooking Arpa River near the town of Areni, is claimed to date back to the Early Bronze Age. It contains evidence of elaborate burial rituals and agricultural practices. Another place that can’t be missed is Noravank. It is one of the gems of medieval Armenian architecture, nestled high among the stunning brick-red...

    The guide was very good and helpful and explained all the locations with patience. Good vehicle for the entire trip even though it was raining and roads were pretty bad. Lunch was at a very scenic location and was very good. Having a 3 yr old I had my doubts for the trip, but it turned out to be a memorable one.

  • From Yerevan: Khor Virap, Etchmiadzin, and Zvartnots Tour

    2. From Yerevan: Khor Virap, Etchmiadzin, and Zvartnots Tour

    Visit Armenia’s oldest and most well-known historical landmark, Mount Ararat. This private half-day tour takes you to the closest spot possible at Khor Virap Monastery for spectacular views of the snow-capped volcano. Located about an hour’s drive away from Yerevan, the monastery offers an amazing view of the majestic Mount Ararat. Explore Khor Virap and learn about the region’s history as a royal prison. This was the very prison where Gregory the Illuminator, the first Armenian Catholic, was held for 13 years. It’s no surprise that the monastery serves as one of the most sacred spots in Armenia.   Discover more of Armenia’s sacred spots with a stop at Saint Hripsime Church, built on the sepulcher of the nun Hripsime and one of the oldest churches in the world. A short 5 minute drive away is the 7th-century church of Saint Gayane. From here visit the world’s first Christian Cathedral, ...

    driver arrived on time, friendly and looked after me well. it was well organized. highly recommended

  • From Yerevan: Trekking and Wine Tasting Tour

    3. 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...

  • Yerevan: Private Khor Virap, Garni, & Gehgard Monastery Tour

    4. Yerevan: Private Khor Virap, Garni, & Gehgard Monastery Tour

    Khor Virap monastery is located about an hour’s drive away from the capital Yerevan, and offers an amazing view of Armenia’s defining symbol: the majestic Ararat. “Khor Virap” translates as “deep dungeon”, and was built on the place of the former royal prison, located on the historical site of Artashat. It was this very prison in which they detained Gregory the Illuminator, the first Armenian Catholicos, for an entire 13 years. Your fantastic tour will introduce you to the exotic Pagan history of Armenia, before later introducing you to the development and spread of Christianity in the country. Your first stop will be Garni Temple (77 A.D.), which is the only standing heathen temple in the whole post-Soviet area. The temple is home to the Roman bath house with its mysterious mosaic which is made out of 30,000 pieces of natural stones, as well as the ruins of the royal palace which date ...

    Tour was wonderful. Ahmad did a great job of getting me to all the sites in Armenia. He was able to answer specific questions pertaining to site. He ensured I was comfortable by providing safe transportation, bottled water, and ample time to enjoy the Armenian beauty.

  • From Yerevan: Secret Sites Day Trip

    5. From Yerevan: Secret Sites Day Trip

    Get picked up from your hotel in Yerevan and head to Khor Virap, a well-known Armenian pilgrimage site associated with Gregory the Illuminator, the founder of the Armenian church who was imprisoned there for 14 years. Admire the panoramic view of the Mt. Ararat, a famous national symbol and the highest mountain of the Armenian Highland. Learn about the architecture, history, and legends of Khor Virap from your professional guide and gain a deeper understanding of Armenian culture and national heritage. Continue on to Areni and go on a tour of the local winery. Have a walk through the vineyards and taste a range of organic wines. Take advantage of the chance to order or purchase the organic products. Next up is a visit to the ancient Areni Cave 1. Filled with high chambers and huge stalactites and stalagmites, Areni Cave is a significant archaeological site dating back to the Chalcolithi...

  • Private Tour: Khor Virap, Areni Cave, & Tatev Monastery

    6. Private Tour: Khor Virap, Areni Cave, & Tatev Monastery

    Although there are various historical landmarks in Armenia, the oldest and most well-known is probably the Biblical Mount Ararat. This tour promises spectacular views from the closest spot possible. The Khor Virap Monastery is located about an hour’s drive away from the capital Yerevan, and offers an amazing view of Armenia’s defining symbol – the majestic Ararat. The Monastery is one of the most sacred spots for Armenians around the world. Another place that cannot be missed whilst in Armenia is Tatev Monastery, which once was the educational and spiritual center of Armenia. It’s built on a high plateau in the Vorotan River gorge, and is surrounded by breathtaking mountains and dense forests. You can reach it by riding the world’s longest cableway, the Wings of Tatev. During your ride, you will enjoy a spectacular view over one of the most beautiful spots in Armenia (if not in the worl...

  • Armenia: Private Tour to Khor Virap Monastery

    7. Armenia: Private Tour to Khor Virap Monastery

    Although there are various historical landmarks in Armenia, the oldest and most well-known is the Biblical Mount Ararat. This tour promises spectacular views of the mountain from the closest spot possible. The Khor Virap Monastery is located about an hour’s drive away from the capital of Yerevan, and it offers an amazing view of Armenia’s defining symbol – the majestic Ararat. Khor Virap translates as “deep dungeon”, and it was built on the place of the former royal prison, located on the historical site of Artashat. Gregory the Illuminator, the first Armenian Catholic, was detained in this prison for 13 years. The Monastery is therefore one of the most sacred spots for Armenians around the world. Discover its beauty and history for yourself on this tour.

  • Armenia: Khustup Mountain Tour

    8. Armenia: Khustup Mountain Tour

    At the beginning of the day, Your guide will be waiting for you at your accommodation to take you to the town of Kapan, located in the South of Armenia. On the way, you'll have the opportunity to stop and explore the Monasteries of Khor Virap, Noravank or Tatev and the megalithic complex of Karahunj. At Tatev, feel to take the cable car at your expense. The journey from Yerevan to Kapan takes about six hours. When you arrive at Kapan, settle in to a hotel to rest before starting a day full of adventures. You can also stroll through the streets of Kapan or taste delicious specialties of the region. The next day, a Jeep will drop you off at the starting point of your ascent, located about 2000 meters above sea level. The climb will last about 6 to 7 hours depending on your promptitude (breaks included). The landscapes will change in front of your eyes, from the verdant meadows to the luxu...

  • Mountain Bike Tour in Armenia

    9. Mountain Bike Tour in Armenia

    Begin with a pick up from your hotel accommodation in Yerevan. Stopping in at the Monastery of Khor Virap, here get a great view of the Biblical Mount Ararat. Then hit the road on your bike, heading for Zangakatun, located at the gateway of the Vayots Dzor province. From here descend to the Areni Village, as the immense red cliffs are unveiled before you. Pass the Arpa Valley, and stop at the Areni cave, where many artifacts of the region's millennia-old win history have been found. This cave famously harbored the oldest shoe of the world, once. Then cycle to the Noravank Monastery through canyons. This medieval monastery will marvel you with its splendor. Rest for the night in the village of Herher.  Departing Herher, head to Noratus cemetery, stopping at the Selim pass and the Lake Sevan by car. Start your biking at the stone-cross in Noratus' Khachkars. Cycle around the side of the...

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What people are saying about Ararat Province

The guide was very good and helpful and explained all the locations with patience. Good vehicle for the entire trip even though it was raining and roads were pretty bad. Lunch was at a very scenic location and was very good. Having a 3 yr old I had my doubts for the trip, but it turned out to be a memorable one.

Great tour, probably the best I ever had! Both the driver and the guide were such nice people. The timings and visits were perfectly planned and we had time ti enjoy every bit of the beautiful destinations, without rushing it. The lunch was so good too. I'd definitely recommend it to anyone ❤️

Tour was wonderful. Ahmad did a great job of getting me to all the sites in Armenia. He was able to answer specific questions pertaining to site. He ensured I was comfortable by providing safe transportation, bottled water, and ample time to enjoy the Armenian beauty.

driver arrived on time, friendly and looked after me well. it was well organized. highly recommended

A highly recommended day out, exploring some of the interesting sites Armenia has to offer.