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From Yerevan: Gyumri City and Harichavank Day Trip

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.

Museum of Illusions

Museum of Illusions

Welcome to the Museum of Illusions in Gyumri, where science and entertainment meet for a wacky and fun experience suited for every type of traveler – solo, couples, groups, and families. During your tour, one of our local guides will lead you through our over 60 exhibits of illusions that will deceive your senses, surprise you, at times confuse you, and educate you. The illusions on display will play tricks on you and your mind, altering your perception of light, shadows, color, movement, sizes, shapes, and more. While we’ll be sure to give you plenty of time to try and figure out the secret behind each illusion on your own (and take fun photos), our guides will explain the science behind each phenomena you’ll experience on this tour. Nothing here is what it seems! Join us for a mind bending adventure.

From Yerevan: Highlights of Gyumri Private Day Tour

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)

Trans-Caucasian Railway Adventure: From Armenia to Georgia

Trans-Caucasian Railway Adventure: From Armenia to Georgia

Day 1: Yerevan to Tbilisi Express Farewell to Yerevan Board the Yerevan to Tbilisi Express at the historic Yerevan Railway Station. As the train departs, say goodbye to the Armenian capital and admire the scenic views of the Ararat Valley. Watch as the cityscape fades into the countryside, and feel the excitement of your journey ahead. The Land of Monasteries As the train winds its way through the Armenian countryside, catch glimpses of ancient monasteries perched on hillsides and the majestic Mount Ararat dominating the horizon. Learn about the rich spiritual heritage of Armenia, and marvel at the architectural wonders of these sacred sites. Sunset over Alaverdi As the train continues into Georgia, witness the sunset over the Alaverdi region. Marvel at the changing landscapes from the comfort of your train compartment. See the lush green valleys, rolling hills, and quaint villages of Georgia. Feel the contrast between the arid and mountainous Armenia and the fertile and verdant Georgia. Welcome to Tbilisi Arrive at Tbilisi Central Railway Station, where you’ll be greeted by the vibrant atmosphere of Georgia’s capital. Transfer to your accommodation for a well-deserved rest or venture into Tbilisi’s nightlife to cap off the day. Experience the lively and colorful spirit of this city, and mingle with the friendly and hospitable locals. Day 2: Tbilisi Exploration Tbilisi City Tour After a leisurely morning, embark on a guided tour of Tbilisi. Visit iconic landmarks such as Sioni Cathedral and the historic Old Town. Delve into the city’s rich history and cultural heritage. See the influences of different civilizations and religions that have shaped Tbilisi over the centuries. Georgian Culinary Experience Indulge in a traditional Georgian feast at a local restaurant. Savor the flavors of khachapuri, khinkali, and other delectable Georgian dishes. Taste the variety and complexity of Georgian cuisine, and learn about the traditions and customs that accompany each meal. Sulphur Baths and Shardeni Street Relax in the famous sulphur baths of Abanotubani district. Soak in the healing waters and enjoy the soothing aromas of the baths. Stroll through the lively Shardeni Street, known for its vibrant atmosphere and eclectic mix of shops and cafes. Treat yourself to some souvenirs, snacks, or drinks. Departure or Extended Stay Bid farewell to Tbilisi or choose to extend your stay in Georgia. If departing, board the return train to Yerevan or continue your exploration of Georgia’s enchanting landscapes. Whether you stay or go, you’ll have unforgettable memories of your rail journey from Armenia to Georgia. Note: Itinerary can be customized based on preferences and travel duration. Additional activities and sightseeing options are available upon request. Visa requirements for border crossing should be arranged in advance. Its also possible to be done from Georgia to Armenia

Discover Gyumri by Train, the City of Art and Culture

Discover Gyumri by Train, the City of Art and Culture

Take the train from Yerevan to Gyumri. The journey takes about 3 hours. You can enjoy the scenic views of the Armenian countryside along the way. Arrive at Gyumri train station. Explore the city center and admire the architecture of Gyumri. The city has a unique style of buildings, made of black and red tuff stone. You can see the influence of Russian and Persian cultures in the city’s design. Some of the landmarks to visit are Freedom Square, the Black Fortress, the Mushurba fountain, and the statues of famous Gyumri natives, such as Kirk Kirkorian and Hovhannes Shiraz Don’t miss the wall of jokes on Shahumyan Street, where you can read funny anecdotes and stories written by locals Visit some of the museums and galleries in Gyumri. The city is a hub of art and culture, and you can learn more about its history and heritage at the various museums and galleries. Some of the best ones are the Dzitoghtsyan Museum of Social Life and National Architecture Enjoy the local cuisine. The city is famous for its delicious food. You can also try the local beer, wine, and brandy at the many pubs and bars in the city. Gyumri is a wonderful city to visit, and I’m sure you will have a great time there😊.

Professional Armenian Costume Photo Shoot

Professional Armenian Costume Photo Shoot

Join us in our historic 19th century studio in the heart of Gyumri, where you’ll learn about traditional Armenian costumes, called taraz, and have a professional photo shoot while wearing these beautiful pieces of art. First we’ll welcome you to our historic space, located in the oldest neighborhood of Gyumri called Kumayri, and tell you a little bit about the historic significance of the neighborhood and the building where our studio is located. Then, you’ll have the opportunity to see and get to know the over 20 different traditional costumes that we have recreated from different regions of historic Armenia. We’ll tell you everything there is to know about the different costumes of Armenia before you choose which one you want to wear for your photoshoot, along with different accessories like jewelry and props. After the photoshoot with our professional photographer, which lasts about 45 minutes, we’ll sit down to enjoy local teas and sweets together. Finally to end your experience, you’ll have the opportunity to hand paint your own Armenian letter in the shape of a stylized bird. Trchnagir is a unique form of Armenian calligraphy featuring birds and other animals, plants, and people in the shape of letters. You’ll select your desired letter and paint it on chiffon or silk while listening to traditional Armenian music. You’ll take your letter home with you, and will receive a total of 10 photos, 5 edited and 5 unedited, within one week’s time.

Gyumri Architectural Walking Tour

Gyumri Architectural Walking Tour

On this walking tour of Gyumri, Armenia’s second largest city and cultural center, you’ll get to know the story of this unique Armenian city, how it was created, what types of architectural influences it’s seen in the past, and what new developments are changing its face today. Gyumri, specifically its historic Kumayri district, is one of the few places in Armenia and the region where authentic urban Armenian architecture still exists. There are over 1,500 historic buildings in the district that date back to the 18th and 19th centuries. The narrow streets here are lined with the opulent facades of old mansions, theaters, coffeehouses, and workshops made of volcanic black and red tufa – Armenia’s most abundant stone and building material – in various degrees of both decay and reconstruction. Your guide, a local architect, will unveil the historic charm and significance of these buildings and the city, telling you the story of the local people who built them, as well as their nature, way of life, and values.

Gyumri Walking City Tour

Gyumri Walking City Tour

Join us for a fun and educational walking tour of Gyumri, Armenia’s second largest city and cultural capital. During this tour, you’ll get to see the highlights of the city, learn about its history, get to know local people, and see why Gyumri is known for its art, music, architecture, handicrafts, films, and other cultural industries. Starting from the center of town, our professional local guides will lead you through the narrow, cobble-stoned streets of Gyumri’s historic district, the Kumayri Historical and Cultural Museum-Reserve, where you’ll marvel at the creations of 19th century Armenian urban architects, and learned how the city got its distinct architectural style and image. Throughout your tour, you’ll uncover local cultural practices and delights, imagine what life was like here at the turn of the 20th century, and learn just why Gyumri is so important to the overall history and development of Armenia. Our walking tour is long – approximately four hours – but we will take some time for water and coffee breaks throughout. We can’t wait to show you our beautiful city!

Georgia to Armenia Day Group Tour

Georgia to Armenia Day Group Tour

Start your day with excitement as we depart from Georgia on a journey to Armenia, promising a day filled with cultural immersion and exploration. Our adventure begins with a scenic drive through picturesque landscapes, providing breathtaking views of the Caucasus Mountains Akhtal Monastery, Wandering along the cloistered walkways, adorned with intricate carvings and faded frescoes, each step is a journey through history. Here, in the quiet alcoves, monks once sought enlightenment through prayer and contemplation, their whispered chants still echoing in the hallowed halls. Haghpat Monastery is a jewel of medieval Armenian architecture nestled in the breathtaking Debed River Canyon. As you approach, the monastery's silhouette emerges against the rugged landscape, its stone walls bearing witness to centuries of history and spiritual devotion. Mikoyan Brothers Museum, a tribute to two remarkable figures who left an indelible mark on Soviet and aviation history. Nestled in the heart of Armenia, this museum offers a captivating journey through the lives and achievements of Artem and Anastas Mikoyan Sanahin monastery, crossing the threshold, you're transported into a realm where artistry and spirituality intertwine. The intricate carvings that adorn the monastery's façade are a testament to the skill of medieval craftsmen, their detailed reliefs depicting scenes from scripture and everyday life. As the day draws to a close, we make our way back to Georgia, allowing you to reflect on the rich experiences and memories gathered during this cross-border journey. Our Georgia to Armenia Day Expedition promises not only a seamless travel experience but also a deep connection with the cultural tapestry that unites these two extraordinary nations. Please note that the itinerary may be subject to slight changes based on local conditions and unforeseen circumstances, ensuring a flexible and enriching travel experience for our valued guests. Join us for an adventure that transcends borders and creates lasting memories of your day tour from Georgia to Armenia.

Traditional Coffee & Dessert Making

Traditional Coffee & Dessert Making

Join us at our museum and guest house in Gyumri to learn how to make traditional Armenian coffee and desserts, getting to know their origins and cultural significance to local people. After a tour of our museum, where you’ll see antiques from as far back as the Russian Empire, including the largest collection of historic photos of Gyumri, you’ll roll up your sleeves with one of our local chefs and start baking. You’ll start by making traditional Armenian coffee as well as ghayfa, a roasted wheat drink once popular in Gyumri that’s all but forgotten today. Then we’ll bake one of four traditional desserts of your choosing: yaghli, layers of thin dough and oil fried and topped with sugar; bishi, a yogurt-based pastry that’s fried and eaten with hot chocolate; shakar lokhum, an oily and sweet cake baked in the over; or bagharj, another yogurt-based pastry made either sweet or salty and decorated with intricate designs. Most of the ingredients used to make these local delicacies come from our local farm, and the tools you’ll use to make and eat are antiques carefully saved by our team.

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Amazing tour with Jan Armenia travel agency. Very good company, commitment in timing, driving safely, exploring all programs and more. I highly recommended this company. Driver name : Tigran , was really good and full of information and he spoke English, which make our tour easy and wonderful. Company Supervisor : Ms.Armeek, she was really good and following up and she make sure all time that we are happy and safe and all was going well. She spoke different languages and Arabic as well which help us a lot. We gave them 5 starts.

Tatev was an excellent guide, very knowledgeable and personable. The tour was tailored to maximize the historic and cultural highlights of Gyumri. Lebon, our driver was great, the drive was smooth and comfortable. We felt safe the whole trip. Ideally the tour could be organized as a single language experience, as it was distracting for the tourists as languages kept switching back and forth. Overall the tour was well worth the cost and time.

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

It was amazing, organized and pretty much fun 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽