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Private Day Trip to Khor-Virap, Noravank & Tatev Monasteries

1. Private Day Trip to Khor-Virap, Noravank & Tatev Monasteries

Join this private tour to immerse yourself in Armenia's heavenly sites. In the morning, you will be picked up from your hotel in Yerevan, in order to uncover three magical structures and panoramas of the country. Enjoy your first exploration on the list: Khor-Virap Monastery. One of the most visited pilgrimage sites in Armenia which held a saint in a hole for 13 long years. Also here, you will be gifted a unique opportunity to have a closer look at splendid Mount Ararat, together with an ancient Monastery in the foreground.   Later, continue your exploratory mission to the Monastery of Noravank, located in the magnificent Amaghu gorge, which attracts visitors with a fascinating view over the canyon and exceptional architectural solutions. Afterwards, you will depart to the province of Syunik to take the longest cable car in the world and reach Tatev Monastery – the masterpiece of Armenia. This is an absolutely mind-blowing beauty, with an ancient religious complex and divine natural surroundings.

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From Yerevan: Secret Sites Day Trip

2. 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 Chalcolithic period between 4500 and 3400 BC. Marvel at a hidden place occupied by humans thousands of years ago. Learn how the site was used for ritual purposes related to mortuary activities, and how the dry environment together with the stable temperature provided excellent conditions for the preservation of organic materials. Let your experienced guide lead you along well-maintained boardwalks into the cave's narrow chambers and discover the site deep inside the cave of the world’s oldest presently known wine pressing installation, dating back to around 4000 BC, and the oldest leather shoe, dated approximately to 3600 BC. Check out the colony of cave weta, large insects unique to Armenia, just inside the entrance to the cave. After your spelunking adventure, head to Soth to see Noravank, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is one of the greatest Medieval monasteries of Armenia. Absorb the beautiful architecture and learn about the birthplace of one of the famous architecture and manuscript schools in medieval Armenia. Head back to Yerevan after a day full of exploration between 6 pm and 7 pm.

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From Yerevan: Khor Virap, Kechut, Jermuk, and Noravank Tour

3. From Yerevan: Khor Virap, Kechut, Jermuk, and Noravank Tour

Join this tour and enjoy a journey full of new historical discoveries. In the morning, your guide will greet you at the lobby of your hotel, in order to head to the ancient Monastery of Khor Virap, which is one of the most sacred spots in the country. The location of the gorgeous structure will grant you the beautiful view of the Biblical Mount Ararat. Later, the trip will proceed to the province of Vayots Dzor, where you will admire another marvelous ancient structure, called Gndevank. It was built over a thousand years ago on the bank of the Arpo River. On the route of your journey through the valley, witness huge natural basalt organs, which overlooks the Arpa River. The medieval complex blends in perfectly with the surrounding breathtaking nature. Some monks, who still live and work there, can be found in the territory of Gndevank. After learning about the history of the medieval treasure, head to Kechut Reservoir, located 10 km from the town of Jermuk. Stop to enjoy the endless green meadows over the viewpoint of the reservoir. Next, head to the waterfall of Jermuk, located not far from Kechut Reservoir. The 72-meter high waterfall will remind you of a girl's hair, this is why it is also referred to as mermaid's hair. The lovely waterfall flows smoothly into the river Arpa. The waterfall can be easily hiked and you can take amazing photos with the waterfall in the background. The last marvel for the day will be the glorious monastic complex of Noravank from the 13th century, located on Amaghu Gorge, which is sometimes twinned with the American Grand Canyon. This is a perfect location for taking pictures and admiring the cliffs with a red undertone. If you are lucky enough, you will come across the deer pasturing near the area. In the evening, you will have a private transfer back to your hotel in Yerevan.

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Syunik: Two-Day Southern Armenia Tour

4. Syunik: Two-Day Southern Armenia Tour

Head for the heart of Southern Armenia, the region of Goris and explore its traditional character with many sites of interest. On the way, unfold the monastery of Khor Virap, with a rewarding breathtaking view of Mount Ararat. Your first discovery in Syunik will be the precious Tatev Monastery, perched on the mountain outcrop above the Vorotan Canyon. After the visit, take the trail of Tatevi Anapat, leading you to the ancient medieval monastery of Tatevi Anapat, which used to be a Tatev Monastery's annex and former defensive seminary. Later, descend to Satan's bridge, where the natural pools of warm water with healing properties will be revealed. At the end of the day, continue to Goris where you will settle in a comfortable guesthouse with a hospitable and friendly atmosphere. The second day is a very long thirteen hours and will be devoted to Goris, the town of tradition, good zest for life, troubadours and poets. Take a tour of the city and discover the old Goris, its fairy chimneys, St-Hripsime chapel and take the trail to climb the Lasti Khout hill where a fabulous panorama will greet you. After the lunch, reach the old village of Khndzoresk, its suspended bridge, medieval chapel, and troglodyte houses. After lunch, return to Yerevan with a stop at Karahunj, which was an observatory of megalithic stones that is considered older than Stonehenge.

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Armenia: Khustup Mountain Tour

5. 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 luxuriant forests. Then, you will see the imposing rocky summit of Mount Khustup from which you will have a celestial view of the whole region. Afterwards, you will take the same path to descend. The Jeep will be waiting for you at the bottom of the mountain, which will deliver you to comfortable transfer vehicle that will take you to Yerevan.

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Armenia: Wine Tour of Areni with Overnight Stay

6. Armenia: Wine Tour of Areni with Overnight Stay

Start your adventure with a pick-up from your hotel in Yerevan. After a short meet and greet with your driver you will head to the Province of Vayots Dzor, a place considered to be the ancient cradle of wine-making. As you arrive in the wine-village, Areni, you will take a stroll in the vineyards where you will have a delicious traditional breakfast paired with good local wine. Later, take a walk towards your cozy guesthouse, where the local guide, will share with you the secrets of pure honey and wine-making. After lunch, immerse yourself in the daily routine of Areni and take a walk around the hospitable village. In the evening you will have delicious Armenian specialties around the campfire. After your relaxing overnight stay in the guesthouse, you will be greeted at the start of your day. Today you will drive to the village of Amaghu, from here 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 lunch, on your way to Yerevan, you will stop at the sacred Monastery Khor Virap, from here the flawless view of the Biblical Mount Ararat will be a real gift to your eyes. Finish your amazing experience with a transfer back to your accommodation in Yerevan.

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What people are saying about Ararat Province

The guide was great, telling us a lot of history information and stories. Driver was reliable. The trip was wonderful, especially in a nice weather.