This 10-day Armenia tour covers must-see attractions and a unique cultural experience for travelers interested in history, art and knowing Armenian life style.
Tour Name: Hospitable Armenia Tour
Tour Code: AR201
Price: From 699 €* Per Person
Season: All seasons
Theme(s): Explorer (History, Culture & Nature)
Duration: 10 days & 9 nights
Route: Yerevan (3n), Odzoune (1n), Dilijan (1n), Yeghegnadzor (1n), Goris (1n), Yerevan(2n)
UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Temple of Zvartnots, Echmiadzin Cathedral
Summary: This 10-day Armenia tour covers must-see attractions and a unique cultural experience for travelers interested in history, art and knowing Armenian life style.
Note: Tonatsuyts and choir are included in package price starting 9 pax.
*For groups of 16 travelers and more
Day 1: Welcome to Yerevan
Arriving at the airport. Meeting with the guide and transfer to the hotel. Check in at hotel in Yerevan.
Or arriving in the morning, you can have Day 10 program instead by inquiring in advance.
Day 2: City Tour, History Museum, Genocide Museum
Walk around Yerevan which is more ancient than Rome. You will admire the Republic Square with its singing fountains, the Opera House, Marshal Baghramyan Avenue with the buildings of the National Assembly and the Residence of the President. Visiting the Victory Park with the statue of Mother Armenia and admiring the beautiful view of the whole city spread at the foot of gorgeous Mount Ararat. Walk in Cascade, a monument in the heart of the city that houses the Museum of Contemporary Art (Gafesjian center).
Then visit the History Museum of Armenia embracing the whole history of the Armenian people – from the times of primitive society till today. Among the objects represented here you will see the oldest shoe in the world discovered in Armenia (5500 years old) *.
Lunch at a restaurant. Visit the Armenian Genocide museum-institute and Memorial.
Welcome dinner at a traditional restaurant.
* We will then visit the cave where the shoe was found. Here you can also see the oldest system of wine making which is 6,000 years old.
Day 3: Zvartnots, Echmiadzin, St. Hripsime Church , Matenadaran Museum, Parajanov Museum
Departure to Etchmiadzin, the religious center (Armenian Vatican) and residence of the Armenian Catholicos. On the way, stop at the ruins of the temple of Zvartnots (UNESCO). This magnificent cathedral was built at the place where Gregory the Illuminator had met the Armenian king Trdat III (Tiridates III). After this meeting, the Armenian King adopted Christianity. Armenia became the first country adopting Christianity as a state religion in 301 AD. Then visit the small chapel of St. Hripsime. Continue to the Echmiadzin Cathedral (UNESCO), the first Christian church.
Lunch at an art school ‘’Cross of Armenian Unity’’ (CAU NGO). Cooking lessons of ”Gata” Armenian cookie.
Back to Yerevan. Visit the Matenadaran which keeps more than 17,000 ancient manuscripts and more than 100,000 ancient archival documents on the history, geography, philosophy, grammar, law, medicine, mathematics, literature and miniatures. Besides 13,000 Armenian manuscripts here there are over 2,000 manuscripts in Russian, Hebrew, Latin, Arabic, Syrian, Greek, Japanese, Persian and other languages.
Then visit the house – museum of Sergey Parajanov, a filmmaker and a great Armenian painter. The basis of the museum collection constitute works of Parajanov , mostly collages, drawings, dolls, film sketches, furniture, personal belongings and other objects that plunge us into the artist’s world.
Dinner at a restaurant. Overnight at a hotel.
Day 4: Ashtarak, Tonacuyc, Saghmosavank, meeting with a khachqar sculptor in Vanadzor, Odzoun
Departure to the town of Ashtarak. Visit the small church Karmravor. Then participation in the folk theater Tonatsuyts. This is a group of actors and ethnographers who represent the rituals of the celebration of Armenian holidays, traditions through songs and dances. The show is interactive and you will become an active participant of the celebration. Continue to Saghmosavank monastery, dedicated to the Psalms, which stands above the ravine of the river Kasagh.
Departure to the Lori region. On the way to Vanadzor, meeting with a khachqar sculptor (literally cross stone). This is one of the most expressive symbols of Armenian identity and represents the specificity of Armenian art. Each khachqar is unique. There are no two completely identical khachkars in the world. Armenia has exposed some khachqars in the Louvre Museum, during the Year of Armenia in France in 2006-2007.
Continue to the village of Odzoun.
Dinner and overnight at a local house in Odzoun.
Day 5: Odzoun Monastery, Molokan’s Village, Dilijan
Family breakfast. In the morning we start distilling vodka (apricot, plum, apple, grapes, depending on the period) (it is possible to organize from August). 11.00-11.30 visit the Odzoun Monastery. Then back to the local house in Odzoun. Lunch and tasting of homemade vodka.
Departure to Dilijan. On the way stop at the village Fialetovo and meeting with Molokans, a Russian minority represented in Armenia since the eighteenth century. Around tea table you will have an opportunity to talk with the representatives of the minority and meet their household and their daily lives.
Arrival in Dilijan. In the evening we will take part in the preparation of dinner. We will prepare a traditional Armenian dish, Dolma! Overnight at a guest house in Dilijan.
Day 6: Sevanavank, Noradouze, Selim, Yeghegnadzor
Departure to Lake Sevan, the pearl of Armenia, the second largest alpine lake with fresh water located at the altitude of 2000 m above sea level. Visit the monastery of Sevanavank on the Peninsula (9-10th centuries). Departure to the cemetery Noraduz which constitutes the largest collection of khachkars (cross stones) in the world.
Lunch at a restaurant.
Visit the caravanserai of Selim, on the famous Silk Road that served as a night shelter for caravans loaded with goods going to the Europe and to the East.
Departure to Yeghegnadzor. Dinner and overnight at a local house in Yeghegnadzor.
Day 7: Khndzoresk, Tatev,the longest cable car in the world, Goris
Visit the Cave City Khndzoresk. Dug in volcanic tuffs and inhabited until the early twentieth century, Khndzoresk is now only ruins, but the scenery did not change. This troglodyte village is one of the largest villages in the south of Armenia in the nineteenth century.
Departure to the Tatev monastery. The longest cable car in the world (registered in the record book) takes you to the Tatev monastery, built on a cliff above the gorge of river Vorotan. For its beauty and the genius of its construction, the beautiful monastery of Tatev is one of the most spectacular creations of Armenian architecture and has for centuries been a vibrant center of not only Armenian spiritual life, but also the science and culture.
Dinner and overnight at a local house in Goris.
Day 8: Noravank, Khor Virap, Yerevan
Departure to the monastery of Noravank, literally the «New Monastery “, one of the most beautiful monasteries in the whole world. Sheer brick-red cliffs shield the monastery, which was built in the 13th century. It was an important religious and cultural center.
Continue to the village of Areni. In January 2011 archaeologists announced the discovery of the earliest known winery, seven months after the world’s oldest leather shoe was discovered in the same cave. The winery which is over 6000 years old, contains a wine press, fermentation vasts, jars and cups. Archaeologists also found grape seeds.
Visit the monastery of Khor Virap, which is a famous pilgrimage site with an iconic location at the foot of Biblical Mount Ararat. The legend says that the pegan king Trdat imprisoned St Gregory the Illuminator (Surb Grigor Lusavorich) in a well (Khor Virap means “deep well”) for 13 years, where Christian women secretly fed him. The King, who suffered from a serious illness, was miraculously cured by St. Gregory and converted to Christianity with all his family, proclaiming Armenia a Christian country in 301 AD. The monastery of Khor Virap was founded in the seventh century. He was subsequently rebuilt in the thirteenth century, and became famous for its university founded in 1225.
Back in the capital. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Yerevan.
Day 9: Garni, duduk concert in Garni temple, Geghard, choir in Geghard monastery, Brandy factory, Fruit Market
Departure to Garni temple. Built by Armenia’s King Trdat I in the 1st century AD, this Hellenic-style temple set on the edge of a gorge overlooking the Azat River was dedicated to the heathen sun god, Mitra. In the temple the group will have an opportunity to enjoy a concert of duduk, a small flute made of apricot wood, emblematic of Armenian traditional music.
Visit the monastery of Geghard. Named after the holy lance that pierced Christ’s side at the crucifixion, Geghard Monastery stands in a steep scenic canyon 9 km beyond Garni. The complex was founded in the 13th century.
Choir in Geghard monastery. Professional singers interpret religious and secular songs.
Lunch at a local house and a master class of making of Armenian bread called lavash.
Return to Yerevan. Visit the Brandy factory founded in 1887 and tasting the famous Armenian brandy.
Then visit a fruit market. Farewell dinner at a traditional restaurant.
Overnight at a hotel in Yerevan.
Day 10: Home-Bound
Transfer to the airport for flight back home with a full pack of memorable moments and nice pictures to share with your family and friends.
- 5 overnights at the hotel in Yerevan
- 1 overnight in a local house in Odzoune
- 1 overnight in a local house in Dilijan
- 1 overnight in a local house in Yeghegnadzor
- 1 overnight in a local house in Goris
- Transportation and transfer
- FB: breakfast, 8 lunches, 8 dinners
- Guide service
- Entrance fees
- Activities: master classes, Tonatsuyts, duduk concert, choir*
- 1 bottle of water per person per day
- International flights
- Driver & Tour Guide tips
- All personal nature expenses e.g. phone calls, laundry, minibar, gifts, etc.
- Costs incurred in case of hospitalization or evacuation, etc.
- Any other service(s) not specified in “Services Included” section of this proposal
Note 1: Hotels can be changed based on clients’ request or unavailability. Rates may change according to room categories/hotels changes.
Note 2: Tonatsuyts and choir are included in package price starting 9 pax.
Note 3: Holders of an EU passport do NOT need a visa to visit Armenia and may stay in the country for a maximum of 180 days within a year.
Note 4: All museums are closed on Mondays. Matenadaran is also closed on Sundays.