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From Yerevan: Khorvirap, Noravank, and Areni Winery Day Trip

1. From Yerevan: Khorvirap, Noravank, and Areni Winery Day Trip

Khor Virap Monastery is located about an hour’s drive away from the capital Yerevan, and 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. The Monastery is also one of the most sacred spots for Armenians around the world. This tour will also take you to the Areni Cave (Bird’s Cave). In 2008, archeologists discovered several of the world’s oldest artifacts, including a leather shoe and a winery here. The site, overlooking Arpa River near the town of Areni, is claimed to date back to the Early Bronze Age. It contains evidence of elaborate burial rituals and agricultural practices. Another place that can’t be missed 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. Afterwards, 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 town of Areni itself.

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

2. 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: Khor Virap Monastery, Winery & Birds Cave Tour

3. From Yerevan: Khor Virap Monastery, Winery & Birds Cave Tour

Start the tour at 10 AM with pick up from the local operator's office in Yerevan. Then, set off for Khor Virap, the most famous pilgrimage site in Armenia. When you arrive, visit the monastery and learn about how it was built in the 17th century. Admire the picturesque views of the Biblical Mount Ararat. Next, head over to Birds Cave situated on the left bank of the Areni River. Explore the three halls, a large part of which still are yet to been explored. Learn about the archaeological findings which have been recovered from the cave including dried grapes, rope, dishes, clothing, and the oldest leather shoe in the world. Find out more about the ancient winery, which is believed to have existed since 4000 BC.   After this, stop for a lunch break at a cozy restaurant in a spectacular natural setting. Choose between 3 different meal options before arrival and pay on the spot - please note the cost of lunch is not included in the tour price. Then, learn a bit more about Hin Areni wine with a visit to the village winery. Enjoy a tour and tasting before admiring the architecture of the St Astvatsatsin Church. Then, drive along a narrow road flanked by impressive rock formations and numerous caves. Arrive at Noravank Monastery, which is one of the brightest examples of 13th-century Armenian architecture. Visit the churches of St Karapet, St Gregory the Illuminator, and St. Astvatsatsin (Holy Mother of God) a two-storey church, admiring the incredible architecture and sculptural work. Finally, return back to the meeting point in Yerevan where your tour concludes.

From Yerevan: Khor Virap, Noravank and Tatev Day Tour

4. From Yerevan: Khor Virap, Noravank and Tatev Day Tour

Your tour begins at 8:30AM from the local operator's head office in Yerevan. From there, depart for the southern part of Armenia, beginning with Khor Virap. Khor Virap is the most famous pilgrimage site in Armenia, as it is directly connected with the adoption of Christianity in the country. As a state religion Christianity in Armenia was adopted in 301 due to endeavours of Saint Gregory the Illuminator. Before converting King Tridates the 3rd to Christianity, Saint Gregory was imprisoned in the dungeon under the present day church of Khor Virap monastery was built in the 17th Century. From the monastery one can admire the stunning view of the Biblical Mount Ararat. Passing a narrow road surrounded by rocks of a hundred caves, you can then discover the Noravank Monastery. It is enshrined with fine architectural solutions, with its luxurious embellishments forming one of the brightest examples of Armenian architecture of the 13th Century. Noravank consists of St. Karapet, St. Gregory the Illuminator's churches, and St. Astvatsatsin, a two-story church which is notable for its ideal constructive and sculptural work. Take a break for lunch in a nice cozy restaurant surrounded by nature. There you can can choose a meal from 3 available options, payable on the spot. The next stop is the Tatev Monastery, which used to be wealthiest medieval monastery in Armenia. Besides being a religious center, it was also the important strategical center of the Syunik Kingdom. Being situated on a naturally defended place, the monastery has always been an impregnable fortress.  Take the aerial tramway called the "Wings of Tatev", a 5.7-kilometer rope-way which was built within 11 months. It passes through a deep gorge of the Vorotan River, and is covered with lush forests. The tramway is supported by three towers between its two terminals, one terminal is on a hill overlooking the village of Halidzor, and the other is near the Tatev Monastery. Following the rope-way, your tour concludes with drop-off back at the operator's head office in Yerevan.

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

5. 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.

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

6. From Yerevan: Khor Virap, Noravank, Jermuk, and Areni Tour

Embark on a journey of discovery and exploration as you uncover the rich heritage and natural beauty of Armenia. From ancient monasteries to picturesque landscapes, this tour promises an unforgettable experience filled with history, culture, and culinary delights. Begin your journey at the iconic Khor Virap Monastery, where St. Gregory the Illuminator was imprisoned for 13 years. Marvel at the breathtaking views of Mount Ararat and immerse yourself in the history of Christianity in Armenia. Journey to Vayots Dzor and explore the majestic Noravank Monastery, a masterpiece of Armenian architecture set amidst stunning landscapes. Learn about its rich history and significance in Armenian culture. Explore the life and works of the renowned Armenian poet Paruyr Sevak at his house-museum. Continue your adventure to the picturesque city of Jermuk, renowned for its natural springs and resorts. Visit the Jermuk Mineral Water Gallery and taste mineral water of different temperatures, known for its healing properties. Conclude your journey with a visit to Areni Winery, where you'll indulge in a wine tasting experience. Sample different types of Armenian wines and discover the rich flavors of the region.

Yerevan: Private Khor Virap, Garni, & Gehgard Monastery Tour

7. Yerevan: Private Khor Virap, Garni, & Gehgard Monastery Tour

Khor Virap monastery is located about an hour’s drive away from the capital Yerevan, and offers an amazing view of Armenia’s defining symbol: the majestic Ararat. “Khor Virap” translates as “deep dungeon”, and was built on the place of the former royal prison, located on the historical site of Artashat. It was this very prison in which they detained Gregory the Illuminator, the first Armenian Catholicos, for an entire 13 years. Your fantastic tour will introduce you to the exotic Pagan history of Armenia, before later introducing you to the development and spread of Christianity in 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 temple is home to the Roman bath house with its mysterious mosaic which is made out of 30,000 pieces of natural stones, as well as the ruins of the royal palace which date back to the 3rd century A.D. The monastic complex of Geghard is another historical site included in this tour. Translated to “Monastery of the Holy Lance”, it refers to the lance with which Longinus pierced Jesus as 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. The most astonishing part however is the virtue of the architect, who cut the church right into the solid rock whilst also considering all the rules of Armenian architecture. On your way to the temple, there will be another 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.

Yerevan: Khor Virap Day Trip with Mount Ararat Wine Tasting

8. Yerevan: Khor Virap Day Trip with Mount Ararat Wine Tasting

Unleash Your Inner Adventurer: A Journey Through History, Culture, and Epic Scenery with Wine Tasting in Armenia. Whether you're a wine connoisseur or simply looking for a unique and unforgettable experience, the tour to Khor Virap and wine tasting in the fields overlooking Mount Ararat is a must-visit. Don't miss out on this chance to taste, explore, and create unforgettable memories in Armenia! Get ready for an unforgettable adventure that blends history, culture, and epic scenery with a touch of wine and good taste! The tour to Khor Virap and wine tasting in the fields overlooking Mount Ararat promises to be an extraordinary experience for anyone looking to explore the best of Armenia. Itinerary: Step into the historic Armenian monastery of Khor Virap, and be transported back in time. This stunning site offers breathtaking views of the legendary Mount Ararat, a sacred mountain that holds a special place in Armenian culture. Here, you'll have the chance to immerse yourself in the rich history of the monastery, learn about its significance, and take in the stunning panoramic views from its terrace. But the adventure doesn't stop there! After exploring Khor Virap, it's time to raise a glass and savor the best of Armenian wines in the fields overlooking Mount Ararat. This region is renowned for its vineyards and its stunning natural beauty, and you'll get to taste some of the finest wines the country has to offer. As you savor each sip, let your eyes wander across the rolling hills and lush vineyards, with Mount Ararat rising in the distance, providing a stunning backdrop to the wine tasting experience.

From Yerevan: Khor Virap, Etchmiadzin, and Zvartnots Tour

9. 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.

From Yerevan: Khor Virap, Noravank, and Tatev Day-Trip

10. From Yerevan: Khor Virap, Noravank, and Tatev Day-Trip

Embark on an unforgettable journey through Armenia's rich history and natural wonders. Begin your adventure at Khor Virap Monastery, where the iconic silhouette of Mt. Ararat provides a stunning backdrop. Afterward, indulge in the flavors of Areni village with a tasting of the region's renowned wines, followed by a visit to the ancient Noravank Monastery, a masterpiece of medieval Armenian architecture. Cap off your tour with a thrilling ride on the Wings of Tatev cable car, spanning 5.5 km over breathtaking landscapes to reach Tatev Monastery, perched atop a rugged cliff. This immersive experience promises to be a highlight of your exploration, showcasing the beauty and heritage of Armenia in all its splendor.

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4.8
(140 reviews)

I thought it would be a minibus tour, but it was a large air-conditioned bus with Wi-Fi, and with Arrow's safe driving, it was a comfortable trip from start to finish. Our guide, Edward, is a veteran guide with a calm demeanor. He spoke English and Russian skillfully, and treated each participant with care. The time allocation was perfect, and we had time to listen to explanations and take photos. At each place we visited, we learned things that were not in the guidebook, and on the bus we had fun talking about a wide range of topics, including Armenian history, geography, religion, diplomatic issues, agriculture, and the origins of the Armenians, so we never got bored. Initially, I joined this tour just to see Mount Ararat, but even though I can't drink wine, the factory tour was very educational. Lunch was also at a nice, calm restaurant. (You can choose from three courses on the bus.) From the window, we could enjoy the seasonal fruit blossoms and fresh greenery, and we could also get a glimpse of rural life in Armenia, making it a memorable trip. It was good value for money and I am very satisfied. Of the 40 or so people, about two-thirds spoke Russian and one-third spoke English. I was the only Japanese person there, but it wasn't a problem. I think it would be better to learn a bit about the history and political situation in Armenia before going there so that you can understand what Edward is talking about better.

It was a great tour. Mary, our tour guide, was amazing. She has so much knowledge of Armenia and its history. Also she went out of her way to organise another stop on the tour as many of us wanted to visit symphony of stones (which was not on the original itinerary). Thank you!! 🙏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽

Hyur is a very good tour company. The buses depart from their central office so can deal with anything you need. If you are lucky enough to have the charming and helpful Mary as your guide you will certainly have a great tour. The driver conducted the bus in a careful and professional manner.

The trip was perfect. There were 6 tourists: 2 Italian, 2 American and 2 Russian. We visited the holy villages and also ate at the home of a local artist.

It was a very beautiful site and my driver Gor was very friendly and helpful.