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

1. From Yerevan: Khorvirap, Noravank, & 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. You will also taste the most famous dishes of traditional Armenian cuisine.

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

2. 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.

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

3. 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.

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From Yerevan: Ski Day at Tsaghkadzor and Lake Sevan

4. From Yerevan: Ski Day at Tsaghkadzor and Lake Sevan

Start your day bright and early with a warm greeting by your guide who will be waiting for you in the lobby of your hotel. After a short meet and greet, you will be ready to kick start the day's adventures. Take a short and scenic drive in the direction of the most famous ski resort in the country, Tsaghkadzor, where you can enjoy skiing through Mount Teghenis. Get your skiing underway with a ropeway ride to reach the first ski path of the mountain from where can hit the slopes. Whilst you ski, take in the magnificent views of the proud Armenian snow-covered peaks.   After your skiing fun, you will head to the biggest lake in Armenia, Lake Sevan, which is partially covered with ice during the winter season and a magnificent view to behold. Next, drive towards the Sevan Peninsula to see the old monastic complex of Sevanavank and marvel at the breathtaking panoramic views.   Following your visit to the monastery, you'll hop back on board your comfortable vehicle and return to your hotel in Yerevan.

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Day trip to Khor Virap, Areni Winery and Noravank Monastery

5. Day trip to Khor Virap, Areni Winery and Noravank Monastery

The tour will start at 09:30 AM with a pick-up point from your hotel. The day’s itinerary includes visits to Khor Virap Monastery, Areni Winery and Noravank Monastery situated deep in the Noravank Canyon. Once you get to Khor Virap, you will stop to admire and take photos of the spectacular view of Mount Ararat, the national symbol of Armenia. You will then continue to the winery in the village of the Areni, where you can try delicious Armenian wine and take a few bottles with you. Due to its charming medieval architecture and magnificent landscape, the Noravank Complex is a must see when in Armenia.  

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Tsaghkadzor Town and Sevan Lake Day Tour

6. Tsaghkadzor Town and Sevan Lake Day Tour

Get ready in order to explore Tsaghkadzor Town, located in the homonymous valley. This town is considered as the most developed ski resort in the whole country. The very name Tsaghkadzor means “The valley of flowers or flower canyon” in Armenian. Also, it is well-known as a major spa and health resort. Upon arrival to this town, you will be taken by the majestic beauty in each corner. Later, you will take the cable car and rise up to the top, from where the magnificent atmosphere and spectacular nature of Tsaghkadzor unfolds. Enjoy the bird’s eye view of Tsaghkadzor Town and Teghenis Mount. The next stop is the turquoise Lake Sevan, the “Blue Pearl” of Armenia. Take a walk along the shores of this splendid lake and enjoy some free time to explore the beaches, or relax on one of the deck chairs. Visit Sevanavank Monastery, which is considered to be one of the most visited places and tourist attraction in Armenia. This monastery complex was constructed in the 9th century. It consists of two churches, Surb Arakelots “Holy Apostles” and Surb Astvatsatsin “Holy Mother of God”. Get acquainted with the history of this important site from the experienced guide. Overall, this trip to Sevanavank Monastery offers a unique combination of nature’s grandeur with the history and architecture. The tour concludes later that evening with a return back to Yerevan City.

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Private Tour: Khor Virap, Areni Cave, & Tatev Monastery

7. Private Tour: Khor Virap, Areni Cave, & Tatev Monastery

Although there are various historical landmarks in Armenia, the oldest and most well-known is probably 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 an amazing view of Armenia’s defining symbol – the majestic Ararat. The Monastery is one of the most sacred spots for Armenians around the world. Another place that cannot be missed whilst in Armenia is Tatev Monastery, which once was the educational and spiritual center of Armenia. It’s built on a high plateau in the Vorotan River gorge, and is surrounded by breathtaking mountains and dense forests. You can reach it by riding the world’s longest cableway, the Wings of Tatev. During your ride, you will enjoy a spectacular view over one of the most beautiful spots in Armenia (if not in the world). As the finishing touch of this tour, 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.

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Discover Echmiadzin and Zvartnots

8. Discover Echmiadzin and Zvartnots

Soak up the history of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, on this half-day tour. The visit to Echmiadzin is an essential part of any trip to Armenia. It is considered to be the oldest cathedral in the world. The original church was built in the early fourth century, after the adoption of Christianity. The cathedral is the main shrine of religious Christian Armenians worldwide. This holy place is among the most visited destinations in the country. Next, explore the seventh century church, Saint Hripsime, which is located close to the Mother Cathedral. It is one of the oldest classical churches in the country, dedicated to the martyred Saint Hripsime. Your final stop will be the gorgeous ruins of Zvartnots – the cathedral of the 7th century. This monument is quite impressive for the onlooker. Its unique design is a proof of developed Armenian architecture of the time. You will learn the history, as well as interesting facts about this astonishing cathedral. After uncovering the secrets of these ruins, seeing the serene locations and experiencing the magical atmosphere, you will return to the city.   

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From Yerevan: Full-Day Tatev Monastery Complex Tour

9. From Yerevan: Full-Day Tatev Monastery Complex Tour

The tour starts early in the morning at 7:00 am. After breakfast, you'll be on the road. The first destination is Khor Virap which is the closest stop to mount Ararat. Then, you'll continue the trip to Areni Wine Factory. After some wine tastings and even some shopping, you'll head to Halidzor village where you'll hop on the longest cable car in the world covering a distance of almost 6km. While enjoying breathtaking views from above Vorotan gorge, you''ll reach Tatev monastery complex, which is one of the largest monasteries in Armenia. Then, you'll return to Halidzor village with cable car again and continue the tour to Noravank monastery, the only only place where you can see father God's face carved. Enjoy lunch with fantastic views of red cliffs and then return to Yerevan.

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Armenia: Full-Day Cultural Tour with Alphabet Monument Visit

10. Armenia: Full-Day Cultural Tour with Alphabet Monument Visit

After hotel pick-up, head to the Aragatsotn Province to see the treasure of Armenian modern architecture, the Alphabet Monument. In the alphabet garden, have the unique opportunity to see each letter of the alphabet carved out of tufa stone. Take a picture of you with your human-size initial and snow-capped Mount Aragats in the background. Continue to the the beautiful and ancient Saghmosavank Monastery, located at the edge of a canyon. Finally, visit the village Ashtarak, and thanks to Armenian hospitality, try delicious specialties prepared specially for you. Take an opportunity to witness and participate in the process of making Armenian traditional flat-bread lavash. In the evening, benefit from a safe and comfortable transfer back to your hotel in Yerevan.

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What people are saying about Yerevan

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 55 reviews

Our tour guide (Samvel) was a great tour guide... his knowledge and his English were excellent, and he was very attentive to my needs. Our driver was very talented and cautious. We had a great experience, lunch choices were awesome as well as the dinner. Samvel added a few special sites that were not in our itinerary, making the day extra special. It was a wonderful day we will never forget. Highly recommended!!

Perfectly organized private guided tour. Many thanks to the guide Armenik for the interesting excursion and the professional driver Armen with a capital letter. Thanks to them, we discovered new interesting and beautiful places for ourselves in Armenia. And old Dilijan is just a fairy tale.

The group was bigger than expected, two microbuses, each of around 15 people. As only three English speakers in the group, we got a special care. The guide was amazing, the nature and monasteries beautiful, great lunch and the wine tasting was spot on! Highly recommended.

Exceptional. We learned a lot about the history while enjoying the tour. We will recommend Yerani Travel to our friends/family who will visit Armenia.

Really informative guide. Good pacing. Beautiful scenery. Roads are bit rough at some points.