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From Yerevan: Garni Temple & Geghard Tour with Lavash Baking

From Yerevan: Garni Temple & Geghard Tour with Lavash Baking

The tour starts from the capital city of Armenia, Yerevan before traveling to the first stop of the day, Garni Temple. The temple, which was built in 77 AD, is the only remaining heathen temple of the post-Soviet era. The temple gracefully stands on a high plateau overlooking the Azat river gorge and has stunning views all around. At the temple, admire the on-site Greek-Roman bath house that holds a mosaic made from 30,000 pieces of natural stones, as well as the ruins of the royal palace, will dates back to the 3rd century AD. Next, visit the Geghard Monastery complex which symbolizes the lance with which the Roman centurion pierced Jesus after crucifixion. The lance was brought to Armenia and kept in the Geghard Monastery for many centuries, and the site is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Your last stop before returning to Yerevan will be the gorge of "Symphony of stones." These rocks start from the beginning of the canyon and up to the highest point. The monument consists of huge paradoxically symmetric hexagon and pentagon basalt columns of nearly 100 meters high. Learn how the gorge got its name from its amazing resemblance to the church organ. Admire the many rocks in the gorge of the Azat River, which is included in the UNESCO heritage list.

From Yerevan: Khor Virap, Garni, and Geghard Day Trip

From Yerevan: Khor Virap, Garni, and Geghard Day Trip

Explore the history and culture of Armenia on this day trip from Yerevan. Visit some of the most important landmarks in Armenia, including Mount Ararat, Khor Virap, and the Geghard Monastery complex. Make your first stop at the Khor Virap monastery and see firsthand from where Christianity in Armenia originates. Next on the route is the only pagan temple in Armenia – Garni, dating back to the 1st century. Then visit the 13th-century Geghard monastic complex, partially carved in the rock and included in the Unesco World Cultural Heritage List. Finally, see the lavash (Armenian thin bread) baking process and try some fresh out of the oven.

From Yerevan: Tsaghkadzor & Lake Sevan Guided Tour

From Yerevan: Tsaghkadzor & Lake Sevan Guided Tour

Meet at the office of the local partner in Yerevan at 10:00 AM. Travel out of the city towards the north-western region of Armenia. First, stop at the city of Tsaghkadzor, situated in the Kotayk region 50 kilometers north of the capital. This city is considered to be one of the most popular winter resorts in Armenia. Explore the city which is surrounded by picturesque mountains and forests. Visit the Kecharis Monastery which dates back to the 11th century.  The monastery consists of four churches and a half-destroyed mausoleum of Grigorius Pahlavuni, who financed the construction of the monastery. Next travel to the beautiful Lake Sevan, which is one of the world's highest fresh-water lakes, located about 1,900 meters above sea level. Enjoy a stroll beside the lake surrounded by tall mountain peaks. Admire the crystal-clear water of the lake in a truly tranquil location. Visit the nearby Sevanavank Monastery, which was built on the peninsula in the year 874. Admire the reflection of the churches on the still lake surface. Then, make your way to a restaurant located on the shore where you can enjoy some lunch, at your own expense. After lunch, be returned to the meeting point in Yerevan.

Yerevan: Geghard Monastery, Garni, and Azat Canyon Day Trip

Yerevan: Geghard Monastery, Garni, and Azat Canyon Day Trip

Start with pickup from a centrally-located meeting point in Yerevan. Relax in an air-conditioned vehicle to the medieval Monastery of Geghard, where the spear that wounded Jesus is said to have been brought by the Apostle Jude. Take in views of the Charents Arch perched on a hill to the right side of the road. The arch memorializes the famous poet Yeghishe Charents and it is is placed at a point that offers uninterrupted views of the majestic Mount Ararat. Head to the village of Gari where you can spot the only standing Greco-Roman temple in the country, Garni Temple. Continue to the Symphony of Stones, a site that boasts massive hexagon and pentagon basalt columns, reaching impressive heights of nearly 50 meters. Soak up the natural beauty of this site where the Azat River flows melodiously through a striking canyon. Have free time to explore or stop for a tasty meal (not included) before returning to your meeting point in Yerevan.

Yerevan: Garni, Geghard & Lake Sevan Tour with Lavash Baking

Yerevan: Garni, Geghard & Lake Sevan Tour with Lavash Baking

Start the tour at 10 AM by arriving at the local operator's office in Yerevan. After checking in, set off towards the Eastern part of Armenia in a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle. First, make a short stop at Charent's Arch where you can soak up the wonderful views to the biblical Mount Ararat. Them, head over to the Garni pagan temple which towers over a triangular cape. Admire the temple's blend of Greco-Roman and Armenian styles and see the ruins of the former royal palace with its stunning mosaics. After this, continue on to a masterpiece of 13th-century Armenian architecture at Geghard Monastery. Learn about how this cave monastery was believed to have housed the relic of the lance that pierced the side of Jesus as he hung on the cross. Experience its incredible construction which boasts fascinating acoustics which has served as a good place to sing spiritual songs. Marvel at some of the churches in the complex which are masterfully hewed into a huge rock. Discover how the complex is rich in subtle sculptural embellishments and many striking khachkars (cross-stones). Next up, stop for lunch at a cozy family-style restaurant called Abelyan House. Here, also watch the process of baking the Armenian lavash bread. Observe how the dough is rolled out flat and slapped against the hot walls of a clay oven. Have a good opportunity to participate in a lavash baking procedure. Savor the opportunity to taste it afterward with local cheese and greens. Following this, pop over to the amazing Lake Sevan, which is one of the world's greatest high altitude fresh-water lakes. Learn about how the lake is of volcanic origin and is surrounded by mountains of 3000 m and higher. Immerse yourself in the beautiful landscape surrounded by crystal-clear water. Check out the medieval church complex of Sevanavank Monastery on the peninsular before you head off. Finally, hop back into the vehicle and take the return journey back to the meeting point in Yerevan where the tour concludes.

Yerevan: Khor Virap, Garni, Geghard, Echmiadzin, & Zvartnots

Yerevan: Khor Virap, Garni, Geghard, Echmiadzin, & Zvartnots

Start your day with a convenient pickup from your accommodation in Yerevan. Enjoy a short meet and greet with your driver before setting off to your first destination. Visit Echmiadzin, the famous cathedral that legend says was chosen by Jesus Christ for this important church to be built. Admire its beautiful architecture and discover why it is considered the residence of Sumpreme Catholicos of all Aremnians. Continue to the magnificent Zvartnots Temple, a site of historical significance that was constructed in the 7th century before continuing on to the pagan temple Garni. Marvel at a temple built in the 1st century AD, dedicated to the sun god Mithra. Take a short drive to a temple situated not far away and visit the Monastery Geghard, built in the 4th century by The First Armenian Catholicos - Gregory the Illuminator. The name of the monastery originates from the spear of the Roman soldier who pierced the body of Jesus Christ which is presented in the museum of Echmiadzin. Finish your day in Khor Virap monastery where spectacular views of the Ararat Mountain await. Climb down the infamous deep pit using a narrow ladder to truly experience the historical sites atmosphere.

Garni & Geghard Guided Tour with Lavash Baking Experience

Garni & Geghard Guided Tour with Lavash Baking Experience

Explore Armenia and see its popular attractions. Visit the Garni pagan temple and Geghard Monastery. Learn the interesting history and legends of these places from a multi-lingual guide. Afterward, see the process of how Lavash, Armenian bread, is made and enjoy trying it with local cheese and greens. Meet your guide at 10:00 AM at the meeting point and head out to the Eastern part of Armenia. Have a short stop at Charent's Arch, from where a wonderful view of Mount Ararat can be seen. Continue on to Garni pagan temple. Be impressed as it towers over a triangular cape. The temple is a blend of Greco-Roman and Armenian styles. Learn about the temple's history extending back to the 1st-century to the present day. Head to Geghard monastery and witness a masterpiece of 13th-century Armenian architecture. See churches of the complex that were carved into rock. Hear about the legend of the Holy Lance and see fascinating features of the structure. Your next stop is at family-style restaurant where you can see the process of baking Armenian bread, Lavash. Made of flour, water, and salt, see how the thickness of the bread varies depending on how thin it was rolled out. Toasted sesame seeds and/or poppy seeds are sometimes sprinkled on before baking. Traditionally the dough is rolled out flat and slapped against hot walls of a clay oven. Have the opportunity to participate in the baking procedure. Taste the bread with local cheese and greens. Conclude your tour with a return to the meeting point.

From Yerevan: Tsaghkadzor and Sevan Lake Guided Tour

From Yerevan: Tsaghkadzor and Sevan Lake Guided Tour

Experience the beauty and culture of Armenia with this amazing full-day guided tour, including Tsaghkadzor ski resort and Lake Sevan. Enjoy a comfortable ride from Yerevan to the stunning countryside of Tsaghkadzor, Kecharis Monastery, Lake Sevan, and Sevanavank Monastery. Immerse yourself in the breathtaking views, rich history, and unique culture of Armenia as you explore these wonderful sites. Don't miss out - book your Tsaghkadzor & Lake Sevan Guided Tour today!

From Yerevan: 6 Armenian Destinations Tour with Audio Guide

From Yerevan: 6 Armenian Destinations Tour with Audio Guide

Explore six of Armenia’s most unique and historically rich sights on this trip from Yerevan. Discover the Symphony of Stones, Arch of Charents, Garni Temple, Geghard Monastery, Khor Virap, and Azat Reservoir. Experience a comprehensive tour with natural wonders, ancient architecture, and cultural heritage. Begin your journey at the Symphony of Stones, located in the Garni Gorge. This natural wonder is renowned for its towering basalt columns, resembling an organ pipe symphony, and is formed by volcanic activity and erosion, creating hexagonal columns that you can walk along. Visit the Arch of Charents’s panoramic vistas and the majestic Mount Ararat. Take in breathtaking views and the serene atmosphere. Continue to the Garni Temple and wander through its ancient columns. Learn about its fascinating history, including its role as a royal summer residence. Explore the Geghard Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage site partially carved out of a mountain. Explore its chapels, tombs, and caves. Journey to Khor Virap Monastery, where Saint Gregory the Illuminator was imprisoned for 13 years before he helped convert Armenia to Christianity in 301 AD. Conclude your day at the Azat Reservoir, a tranquil spot surrounded by stunning landscapes. This man-made lake, nestled in the rugged terrain, offers a peaceful retreat from the hustle and bustle of city life. Enjoy the serene waters and the beautiful views.

From Yerevan: 4.5-Hour Garni-Geghard Tour

From Yerevan: 4.5-Hour Garni-Geghard Tour

You will be picked up from your hotel where the tour will start at 10:00 am and last approximately 4 to 5-hours. The first stop is Garni, a Pagan Temple referred to as the well-known symbol of pre-Christian Armenia that was converted into a royal summer house. After exploring the grand structure, you will then stop at Ararat ARC where you'll have a fantastic view to mount Ararat, a snow capped dormant volcano situated in Turkey. From here, you will visit the UNESCO listed Geghard Monastery Complex. Some of the churches are situated in caves, whilst others are dug out of the surrounding rock surface. You will then be transferred back to Yerevan.

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4.8
(83 reviews)

This tour took us to some breathtaking landscapes in Armenia just a couple of hours away from Yerevan. The weather was not our friend on this day, as clouds blocked the view of Mt. Ararat in the morning, while fog obstructed the scenery at Lake Sevan. Plus, it was raining on and off. Still, it was a very nice tour led by the amazing Gayane, whose encyclopedic and more balanced knowledge of Armenian history and the geopolitical situation in the area was much appreciated. Lunch at the restaurant was quite delicious and delivered good value. All in all, I would recommend this tour!

This tour was absolutely amazing! Our guide was super professional and passionate about Armenia and its history. The transportation was very comfy, and the tour was customisable, which is amazing. At the end, they showed us much more than was listed in the description. Highly recommended

Anastasia was an authentic Armenian guide who speaks perfectly in 3 languages. Our driver Karen always took us safely from place to place. If you want to see the green part of Armenia, you have to book the Garni Tour. 5 Stars!

We had an amazing day out with our guide, Raffi. He is extremely knowledgeable and humorous - we learnt a lot of history and about contemporary Armenia. Thank you! :)

Very good for what you pay! Especially the lunch place was sweet!