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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 cliffs at the end of the Gnishik Canyon. Afterwards, you will be given the chance to taste and even purchase Armenia’s renowned Areni wine, made from the oldest grape variety in the whole world. The wine is available in several wineries in the town of Areni itself. You will also taste the most famous dishes of traditional Armenian cuisine.

From Yerevan: Lake Sevan, Dilijan, Tsaghkadzor Tour & Lunch

2. From Yerevan: Lake Sevan, Dilijan, Tsaghkadzor Tour & Lunch

Discover Tsaghkadzor Canyon, Lake Sevan, Dilijan and more on a multi-stop guided trip from Yerevan. Try traditional food in Sevan and marvel at the architecture of the Haghartsin Monastery Complex. Start your trip by visiting one of the country’s most renowned landmarks: Lake Sevan. Merely an hour’s drive from the capital city of Yerevan, Sevan is situated at a height of 1900 m above sea level and surrounded by a vast chain of mountains. Then, prepare to be surrounded by incredible nature as you head to the north of Armenia. Visit the city of Dilijan before making a stop at the Monastery of Haghartsin, dating back to the 10th century. Haghartsin is one of those spots in Armenia that feels just like a movie set. The refectory of Haghartsin is one the biggest examples of Armenian Church architecture. It was an absolute innovation at the time it was constructed.

Private Tour to Garni, Geghard, Echmiadzin, & Zvartnots

3. Private Tour to Garni, Geghard, Echmiadzin, & Zvartnots

This tour will introduce you to the exotic Pagan history of Armenia, and explain the later development and spread of Christianity in the country. Garni Temple (77 A.D.) is the only standing heathen temple in the whole post-Soviet area. The temple stands on a high plateau overlooking the Azat River gorge. It is also home to the roman bath house with its mysterious mosaic, made out of 30,000 pieces of natural stones, as well as the ruins of the royal palace, dating back to 3rd Century A.D. The monastic complex of Geghard is another historical site included on this private tour. The complex is a representation of 13th Century Armenia, which is considered to be the Golden Age of the country’s architecture. The most astonishing part is that this church is cut out solid rock. Whilst travelling to Armenia, you may also be interested in seeing the world’s first Christian Cathedral church. Echmiadzin is considered to be the spiritual center of all Armenians all over the world. You will also visit the St. Hripsime Church. This amazing building has stood since its construction in 618 A.D, making it one of the oldest standing churches in the world. Five minutes drive away will be your next stop at the 7th Century Church of St. Gayane. On the way back to Yerevan, you will make a final stop at another beautiful 7th Century temple, also included in the UNESCO heritage list.

Private Tour: Khor Virap, Noravank, Areni Cave, & Winery

4. Private Tour: Khor Virap, Noravank, Areni Cave, & Winery

Although there are various historical landmarks in Armenia, the oldest and most well-known is 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 amazing views of Armenia’s defining symbol – the majestic Ararat. The site is also one of the most sacred spots for Armenians around the world. Another place that cannot be missed during your time in Armenia is Noravank. It is one of the gems of medieval Armenian architecture, nestled high among the stunning brick-red cliffs at the end of the Gnishik Canyon. Here you will see the one and only depiction of God the Father in Armenia, which is just as astonishing as the face of Jesus Christ that appeared on the dome of the Church’s narthex. This tour will also take you to the Bird’s Cave. In 2008, archaeologists discovered several of the world’s oldest artifacts here, including a leather shoe and a winery. The site, overlooking the Arpa River near the town of Areni, is claimed to date back to the Early Bronze Age (around 5,000-6,000 years ago). It also contains evidence of elaborate burial rituals and agricultural practices. Finally, you will be given the chance to taste and even purchase Armenia’s renowned Areni wine. Made from the oldest grape variety in the whole world, the wine is available in several wineries in the actual town of Areni itself, which you will make a stop at before finishing the trip.

Armenia: Private Tour to Garni, Geghard, and Lake Sevan

5. Armenia: Private Tour to Garni, Geghard, and Lake Sevan

This tour will introduce you to the mysterious pagan history of Armenia and explain the spread and influence of Christianity in the country's history. Visit the Temple of Garni, the only standing Greco-Roman temple in the whole post-Soviet area. Standing on a high plateau overlooking the Azat River gorge, the temple is home to a Roman bathhouse which houses a mosaic, made out of 30,000 pieces of natural stones. It also hosts the ruins of the royal palace, dating back to the 3rd-century. Head to the monastic complex of Geghard. The complex is from medieval times, which was considered to be the Golden Age of the country’s architecture. Check out the impressive church cut right out of solid rock.  Drive to the beautiful Lake Sevan surrounded by a vast chain of mountains. Climb a flight of stairs to the Sevan peninsula for an unforgettable panoramic view of the lake and see the 9th-century monastery of Sevanavank. Built by the princess Mariam in honor of her late husband, Sevanavank is also home to one of the most beautiful Amenaprkich Khachkars of Armenia.

Private: Garni Temple, Geghard Monastery

6. Private: Garni Temple, Geghard Monastery

This fantastic tour will introduce you to the Pagan history of Armenia, whilst also showing you the later spread of Christianity which occurred in the country. Your first stop will be to the Garni Temple (77 A.D.), which is the only standing temple in the whole post-Soviet area. Garni gracefully stands on a high plateau overlooking the Azat River gorge. Whilst here you will also see 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 from the 3rd century A.D. The next stop on your the tour is the monastic complex of Geghard. Translated into English as “Monastery of the Holy Lance”, it refers to the lance with which Longinus pierced Jesus. Towards the end of your tour, later brought to Armenia and kept in the Geghard monastery for 5 centuries. The most astonishing part is the virtue of the architect, who cut the church right into the solid rock whilst simultaneously considering and applying the rules of Armenian architecture.

Ayrarat Wine Tour

7. Ayrarat Wine Tour

The winery is located 70 kilometers west of Yerevan. It will bring you to the age-old wine estates of the Armavir region where history, tradition, and culture come together. Once there you will be able to enjoy the beautiful vineyards, complete with unique biblical Ararat and Sis mountain views. According to legend, following the great flood, Noah and his descendants had planted the first vine of grapes on the foot of Mount Ararat. At 12:30PM you will meet your guide in front of the main door of your accommodation, you will then depart to the Karas Winery. Your tour includes a cellar tour and a wine tasting paired with cheese, chocolate, and dried fruits or nuts. The wine-making process will be also explained in detail during this visit. The tour begins with an overview of the vineyard and an explanation about Karas Project, its history, the technology used, and all the information regarding the vineyards. You will then enjoy a tour around the reservoirs and greenhouses (not available in winter). Afterwards, you will be redirected towards the winery where you will be informed in detail about the production of wines including the technology, equipment, and products.

Yerevan: 2 nights in Armenia Experience

8. Yerevan: 2 nights in Armenia Experience

Day 1: You will be greeted at the airport before being transferred to your hotel. Following some rest you will receive a city tour, visiting Republic Square, Northern Avenue, Opera Square, Cascade, the Genocide Memorial, and the Konyak Factory. Outside of enjoying the legends of Armenian Konyak and wine making, you'll also receive a tour inside the building where a part of the Old Yerevan fortress was found. Day 2: Following breakfast, you'll enjoy a day trip to the Lake Sevan Peninsula and Sevanavank Monastery. Following that, your tour will continue to the Garni Pagan Temple, which is the only pagan temple remaining in Armenia. Your last stop is to the Geghard Monastery, after which you will return to Yerevan. Day 3: On the morning of your final day, you will be transferred to Yerevan Airport.

Full-Day Tour to North Armenia: Sanahin and Haghpat

9. Full-Day Tour to North Armenia: Sanahin and Haghpat

Meet your guide in front of your hotel after the lunch to start your journey: You will cross the beautiful Aragatsotn Province hills as you drive west from Yerevan in an air-conditioned vehicle. You will arrive at the village Artashavan which is the home of the monument of Armenian Alphabet. Here you will find giant 39 stone letters dedicated to the founder of Armenia's alphabet. Your tour will make its second stop in Sanain village where the medieval Sanahin church is located. It's one of the greatest Medieval monasteries of Armenia with beautiful architecture. The complex has numerous khachkars (stones with elaborate engravings representing a cross) and bishop grave sites scattered throughout it. After lunch, you will make a stop in Alaverdi town, where the medieval Sanahin bridge is located. It's one of the most significant architectural constructions of medieval Armenia. The bridge is located above narrow and fertile banks of the River Debed flow. The basalt bridge with its bewitching outlines, type of stone and colour combines with the picturesque surrounding becoming its inseparable treasure. Finally, the tour heads to Hagpat village, where you will enjoy postcard-perfect landscapes and medieval Hagpat Monastery complex which has a unique architecture including the unusual gavit, the defence of the monastery. Haghpaht had a significant influence on Armenian culture. The Sanahin Bridge along with the monasteries of Sanahin and Haghpat is on the UNESCO World Heritage list. In the evening you will be returned to your Yerevan hotel.

Yerevan: Full-Day Wine Excursion of Areni

10. Yerevan: Full-Day Wine Excursion of Areni

At the beginning of the day, your guide will wait for you at your hotel before you leave for the Southern Province of 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. You will soon arrive at the wine-village Areni, at which point you will be able to take a pleasant stroll through the vineyards. Whilst here you will have a delicious traditional breakfast (paired with good local wine), before you drive to the village Amaghu. Once here you will begin trekking to the architectural masterpiece which is the Noravank Monastery. Afterwards, you will head to the Areni Cave, where 6,000-year-old artifacts together with wine vessels and other accessories help testify that Armenia is an ancient and authentic center of wine-making. Following lunch in a cozy guesthouse, your local guide will share with you the secrets of pure honey-making and wine-making. In the evening, you will be accompanied back to your hotel in Yerevan, complete with a stop at the Khor Virap Monastery where the flawless view of the Biblical Mount Ararat will be an absolute treat to your eyes.

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Staff was amazing, drivers provided safe transportation, and tour guides were well informed. Drivers, Arayik and Marat were friendly, as well as the tour guides, Taguhi and Karen. They covered a lot of information that I was not aware of about my country.

A well organized trip. Our guide was very helpful. She provided us with information related to all the places. Had an excellent day. Will recommend other people as well. Keep up the good work.

Everything great. The tour guide Sonna was nice and tried hard. We saw a lot and still had enough time at the individual stations.

Great trip to beautiful Dilijan and Lake Seven. Our tour guide Sascha was amazing!!

Great tour, great explanations from the guide, answered all questions, very polite