Day trip

Yerevan: Haghpat, Zarni-Parni, Akhtala, Sanahin Day Trip

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Activity provider: Hyur Service LLC

Yerevan: Haghpat, Zarni-Parni, Akhtala, Sanahin Day Trip

Activity provider: Hyur Service LLC

From US$ 37 per person

Join a 14-hour guided tour to visit Haghpat & Sanahin monasteries. Marvel at the Zarni-Parni Cave Castle Complex & Akhtala fortress.

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Duration 14 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Russian, Armenian


  • See the picturesque sites of Armenia on a day-long journey
  • Visit monastic complexes of Sanahin & Haghpat included in the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List
  • Observe the unique cave castle complex of Zarni-Parni
  • Witness 10th-century art and architecture at Akhtala Fortress
Full description
Explore the gems of Armenia on a day trip from Yerevan to Zarni-Parni Cave Castle Complex and Akhtala fortress. Visit Unesco World Cultural Heritage sites such as Haghpat and Sanahin monasteries with live commentary from an expert guide. Start from the local operator's head office at 09:00 AM and head off to visit Lori province. At your first stop of Haghpat, admire the 10th-century monastery, where the famous ashugh Sayat-Nova lived and created at the end of the 18th century. Next, see the magnificent Zarni-Parni Cave Castle Complex, where, renowned scholar and philosopher Hovhannes Imastaser is said to have lived and worked. Today, it is a historical museum where you can see a number of rare ancient agricultural tools and household items. Then, drive to Akhtala fortress. Constructed on a plateau resembling a peninsula, it is surrounded by deep gorges from 3 sides. Last but not least, visit the Sanahin monastery. Witness the skillfulness of 10th-century masters, who made a peculiar architectural decision, preventing the destruction of the complex from earthquakes. At the end of the tour, be taken back to the local operator's head office in Yerevan.
  • Professional guide
  • Air-conditioned transportation
  • Light refreshments (bottled water and sweets)
  • WiFi
  • Admissions
  • Lunch ($8-11)
  • Take with you cash Drams: it is not always possible to pay for lunch in the restaurant by Credit Card.
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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Meeting point

Please arrive at the meeting point 15-30 minutes before the activity starts for check-in

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Weather-appropriate clothing

Not allowed

  • Shorts
  • Short skirts

Know before you go

  • Seats are not fixed in advance
  • There are 150 steps to climb up to the cave complex
Customer reviews

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4.5 /5

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Great interesting tour!

October 18, 2021

It was a good day trip, our guide Khach was very informative, passionate and engaging. I would recommend it to anyone interested in knowing about the history of Armenia and interested in exploring the northern part of Armenia.

September 18, 2021

Nice tour, well organized. The travel guide was helpfull and competent, BUT she didn't stop talking and talking and talking..... The first 3 hours in the bus were filled with the complete Armenian history, the history of its writers and heroes, anecdotes,... she did even read us Armenian poems and fairy tales. All in english and russian, all very nice, but if you book a 13h (!) tour, you don't realy need virtually 10h of talking. Maybe others enjoy it, I myself would have preferred somewhen also 5' of silence and just looking at the beautiful landscape.

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August 24, 2022


Product ID: 400096