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Ararat Province Private tours

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Private Tour to Garni, Geghard, Echmiadzin, & Zvartnots

1. 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.

From Yerevan: Echmiadzin Full-Day Trip with a Master Class

2. From Yerevan: Echmiadzin Full-Day Trip with a Master Class

Discover the world’s first Christian cathedral and the holy land of Armenians accompanied by an expert local guide. Learn how to cook traditional dolma in a cooking master class. Meet your guide in Yerevan and hop on your comfortable tour vehicle to head to Echmiadzin. Begin your tour by visiting the 7th-century Zvartnots Cathedral, the first of many UNESCO heritage sites on the tour. Explore St. Hripsime church, constructed in 618 A.D. on the sepulcher of a Christian nun who fled from the Roman Empire. Take part in a master cooking class and learn to make dolma. Enjoy a full traditional Armenian meal. Head to the Echmiadzin Cathedral, and visit the museum of Christian relics, including pieces of the Holy Cross and Noahs' Ark, as well as the spear which wounded Jesus.

Yerevan: Private Garni, Geghard, Lake Sevan, & Dilijan Tour

3. Yerevan: Private Garni, Geghard, Lake Sevan, & Dilijan Tour

This fantastic tour will introduce you to the exotic Pagan history of Armenia, before then showing the later development and spread of Christianity throughout 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 monastic complex of Geghard is another historical site included in this daily tour. Approximately translated into English as “Monastery of the Holy Lance”, it refers to the lance with which Longinus pierced Jesus whilst he was still hanging on the cross. The complex is a representation of 13th century Armenia, which is considered to be the Golden Age of the country’s architecture. On the way to the temple, there will also be short stop at the Charents Arch where you will be given the chance to enjoy one of the best moments of your trip to Armenia: a picturesque view of the Biblical Mount Ararat. From here, your tour will progress to the beautiful Lake Sevan. Merely an hour’s drive from the capital city of Yerevan, Sevan is situated at the height of 1,900 meters above sea level and surrounded by a vast chain of mountains. Your lake tour begins by climbing a flight of stairs to the Sevan Peninsula, a pleasant morning workout that will compensate itself with unforgettable panoramic views of the lake from the top. You will also visit the monastery of Sevanavank, which was built by the princess Mariam to honor the life of her deceased husband in the 9th century. The tour will then take you to the north of Armenia, where you will be surrounded by beautiful nature. Passing through the city of Dilijan, you will make a stop at the monastery of Gosh-Goshavank. The final destination during this trip will be the monastery of Haghartsin, which dates back to the 10th-14th centuries.

From Yerevan: 1-Way Private Transfer to Tbilisi

4. From Yerevan: 1-Way Private Transfer to Tbilisi

Ensure your travels are hassle-free with this convenient private 1-way transfer from your hotel or address in Yerevan to Tbilisi. Enjoy your own personal driver and ride in comfort on an air-conditioned, high-quality vehicle.   On your day of travel, get picked up by your driver in Yerevan, then simply sit back and relax as you’re taken to your destination in Tbilisi. During your ride, take in views from the car as you pass through Lake Sevan, Dilijan, and more.

From Tbilisi: The Best of Armenia in 2-Days

5. From Tbilisi: The Best of Armenia in 2-Days

Day 1: After the pick up from your hotel in the morning, you will soon reach the border to Armenia and at around 11:00AM. You will step into the historical region of Lori, which is famous for its rocky landscapes and mysterious monasteries. Here you will visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Haghpat. A few of hours from there, you will arrive at the scenic lake of Sevan, one of the signature sites of Armenia. Here you can see the a medieval monastery, and even enjoy a traditional lunch by the lake. In the late afternoon you will reach Yerevan, the modern capital city. Some of the key sights not to miss here include the Mother of Armenia, Victory Park, and Cascade. Day 2 Your second day will begin with a 1-hour ride to see the Garni Temple and the monastery of Geghard, which is a true jewel of religious architecture in Armenia. Following some classical sightseeing, you will be invited on a tour through the world famous brandy factory, where you will learn about the history of the drink and taste brandies of different parts of the aging process. After an interesting day of exploration, you will reach Tbilisi at around 9:00PM.

Armenia: Private Tour to Khor Virap Monastery

6. 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.

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

7. 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.

From Yerevan: Khor Virap, Etchmiadzin, and Zvartnots Tour

8. 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, the Holy Etchmiadzin. Built in 301-304, legend says that Jesus Christ descended here, where Gregory the Illuminator ordered to build the church. On the way back to Yerevan, the tour will conclude with a final stop at another beautiful 7th-century temple.

Yerevan: 1-day Horseback Riding in the Lush Region of Lori

9. Yerevan: 1-day Horseback Riding in the Lush Region of Lori

Meet your driver at your hotel and then drive to the northern region of Lori, a lushly forested province. By afternoon, you’ll have reached a small hamlet near Odzun where your horse and guide will be waiting for you. Mount your horse and ride through the Lori Canyon. Pass along the Dzoraget River Canyon. Stop for a picnic in the open air and relish the peace of nature as you enjoy your meal. Traverse the canyon and discover the Hnevanq Monastery. This quiet and secluded Monastery rests atop a gorge within a hill where the Dzoraget and Gargar rivers join. Savor the serenity of reaching this peaceful place on horseback. Visit the “brother and sister” fortresses which stand on two opposite hills on each bank of the Dzoraget River. Afterward, loop back to your starting point where a comfortable vehicle will be waiting to drive you back to Yerevan.

Yerevan: Museums, Tours, Activities & Discount City Card

10. Yerevan: Museums, Tours, Activities & Discount City Card

Grab a Yerevan Card and take advantage of special discounts, benefits, and privileges in all the city’s institutions. The Yerevan Card lets you visit museums, attractions, and go on city tours for free. Download the mobile app and make the most of your time here. Use the subway or ride in a taxi for free. Receive discounts at the best restaurants, shops, hotels, and over 150+ partner organizations for a year after purchasing a Yerevan Card. Choose between a 1-day, 2-day, 3-day, or Unlimited pass. The Yerevan Card will make your time in Yerevan easy and enjoyable.

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The trip was fantastic and extremely very well planned by the agency. We had the opportunity to see all the sights listed on the tour as well as culturally immerse ourselves in dolma making. The guide was very knowledgable about the places we went to, and could answer nay and every question we asked. Would highly recommend this tour to others.

The transfer was hassle free and on-time. Our driver, Ara, was really cool all through out our long-drive. It was good to travel at 6AM as you can witness the sunrise on the way in Lake Sevan. Border checking was smooth and pretty quick, just prepare your Armenian visa alongside with you, it only takes 5mins or less. Highly recommended! :)

Our driver, Artur, was great! He is a seasoned professional driver and was great to talk to and get to know during the ride. We drove through beautiful areas that made for a really memorable time in our trip back to Tbilisi.

we enjoyed this, our guide jasmine was very professional and understanding everything, we choose a much to stay in each stops and we saw great places that help us know Armenia better. highly recommended

absolutely amazing the history the guide the transport and the lunch. I only wished that we did not had the language barrier as most couldn't speak the language it would had been even nicer.