Round trip in Armenia "The beauty of high mountains" (10 days)

Armenia tour package - Discover Armenia, grand tour (10 days/9 nights)

Travel dates

You may choose any travel date, convenient for you. The tour runs from May to the October.

Payment

We do not require for 100% advance payment. Full payment is possible just before the start of the tour.

Duration

Tour itinerary duration and places to be visited may be adjusted to your preferences.

Low prices

We have much cheaper prices, since we offer our own services,we do not recell tours.

Armenia, Armenia, Armenia ... A country that steals the hearts of anyone who has been there once. Because it is impossible not to submit to the beauty of the nature, taste of Armenian cuisine and hospitality of its inhabitants.

If you have not yet decided how to spend your vacation, then we offer a sightseeing round trip in Armenia "The beauty of high mountains" (10 days/9 nights). The itinerary gives you opportunity to discover the country: traditions, lots of interesting historic facts, visit the most important historic, cultural and religious centers, communicate with local people. If you choose this Armenia tour package, you will get a lot of new experiences. Spend your vacation exploring historical cities and tasting delicious local cuisine with the best Armenia tour package to this divine country. This tour is filled with warmth and brightness, so make your choice in favor of our country. Armenia - country of the Noah!

Discover Armenia - round trip program (10 days / 9 nights)

Day 1 - Airport - City Tour in Yerevan - Megerian Carpet factory

City Tour in Yerevan
Carpet factory
Grand Cascade

Arrival and meeting in Zvartnots airport

The tour starts with a walking trip through the city. Architecture of capital is original and distinctive. Today, Yerevan is a city where there are a variety of architectural styles, with green alleys, numerous fountains. You will be able to see the sights in Yerevan: the square of France, the Opera and Ballet House, Northern Avenue, the Republic Square.

Next we will visit the Megerian Carpet factory. Browse through hundreds of antique and new handmade carpets and learn the process of carpet-making at Megerian Carpet Museum. This private, family-run exhibition space offers high-quality Armenian rugs and carpets. You will get a chance to see weavers working on their patters and learn about the history of the trade.

We shall then proceed to the Grand Cascade (open-air museum). It is a 500-meter high staircase (522 steps) with fountains and flower beds, as well as an open air museum, which presents about 30 sculptures by famous masters. Inside the complex Cafesjian Center of Arts is located on 5 tiers.

Transfer to the hotel / Check in

Day 2 - Erebuni Fortress - Garni - masterclass of baking lavash - Geghard - Yerevan

Erebuni museum
Pagan temple of Garni
Geghard monastery complex (IV century)

Breakfast in the hotel

The day starts with a visit to the Erebuni Fortress, also known as Arin Berd. It is an Urartian fortified city, located in Yerevan. It was one of several fortresses built along the northern Urartian border. The name Yerevan itself is derived from Erebuni. Erebuni was founded by Urartian King Argishti I in 782 BC. It was built on top of a hill called Arin Berd overlooking the Aras River Valley to serve as a military stronghold to protect the kingdom's northern borders.

Next stop is the pagan temple of Garni. Garni Temple built in the 1st century by the Armenian King Tiridates I and dedicated to the God of the Sun Areg (Mihr). The temple is at the edge of a triangular cliff, which overlooks the ravine of the Azat River and the Gegham mountains.

Masterclass of baking lavash in tandoor and Gata making masterclass (national baking)

Next stop is Geghard monastery complex (IV century), which is included in the list of World Cultural Heritage by the UNESCO. Its full name is Geghardavank, literally it is translated as "Monastery of the spear". The name of the monastery complex comes from Christ Spear (Spear of Longinus), which the Roman soldier Longinus thrust in Jesus Christ. The spear is now kept in the treasury of Echmiadzin Cathedral.

Back to Yerevan

Day 3 - Yerevan - Khor Virap - Noravank - Tatev - Goris

Monastery of Khor Virap
Noravank monastery complex
Tatev Monastery

Breakfast in the hotel

After breakfast, we go to the Armenian Monastery of Khor Virap, situated at the foot of Mount Ararat, near the border with Turkey. It is a place of pilgrimage, which is connected with the legend of Grigor Lusavorich (Grigor the Illuminator). According to church tradition, Gregory was imprisoned on the orders of King Trdat III, caught in that he professes Christianity, and was held there for 13years. Those interested can go down to the prison, which has a depth of 6 m and a diameter of 4.4 m.

Right in front of you, very, very close and in all its beauty you will see the symbol of Armenia - Mount Ararat.

After we go to Noravank monastery complex, built in XIII-XIV centuries, which is located  1.5 kilometers east to the village of Areni. The complex is located on a narrow ledge winding gorge tributary of the Arpa River. The gorge is famous for its steep red cliffs, towering behind the monastery.

Then we continue the journey to the Tatev monastery (IX-XIII centuries), which is located on the edge of a gigantic canyon. Tatev was one of the most famous spiritual and educational centers of the Middle Ages. The complex can be called one of the most noteworthy places on earth. The ropeway "Wings of Tatev" (the longest ropeway in the world - 5752 m, ranked in the Guinness Book of Records) will carry us over the beautiful Vorotan gorge directly to Tatev monastery.

Overnight in Goris

Day 4 - Khndzoresk - Jermuk - Caravanserai - Noratus - Sevan

Cave town Khndzoresk
Jermuk resort town
medieval cemetery Noratus

Breakfast in the hotel

After breakfast, we visit a village in the eastern part of the Syunik region of Armenia - Khndzoresk. The main attraction of the city is the "cave city".  Here people lived in the caves until 1958. In 2012 there was built "Hanging Bridge" over the gorge that connects the two banks of the old village Khndzoresk. The height of the bridge is 60 meters and its length is 100 metres.

Then we visit the prehistoric complex Karahunj (Zorats Karer), located at an altitude of 1770m, which is also called "Armenian Stonehenge". The complex consists of lots of large standing stones, some of which have circular openings in thier upper part. Karahunj is considered to be one of the oldest observatories in the world.

Trip to Jermuk - a resort town in Vayots Dzor region of Armenia. It is located on the Arpa river, North of the Kechut reservoir, on a plateau to the West of the Zangezur ridge. In Soviet times, the city was a popular holiday destination, known for the warm spring. The city produces the famous mineral table water "Jermuk". Here is the waterfall of Jermuk. Currently, the city is being rebuilt to make Jermuk the center of tourism again. 

Next stop is Selim caravanserai, located at an altitude of 2410 m above sea level. It is but one of many in Armenia; overnight spots for caravans laden with goods meant for markets in Europe and the Orient. The Selim Pass Caravanserai is a valuable example of these inns along the Armenian Silk Road. A faint inscription over the entry dates the building to 1326-1327.

Trip to Noratus - the village of Noratus is situated near the lake of Sevan. Here is the world’s biggest khachkars collection, as well as the oldest Armenian cemetery covering an area of 7 hectares. Each of them has their own distinctive design made of ornamental or life scenes. "Khachkar" implies "cross stone" in Armenian translation. Noratus oldest khachkar was built in the 5th century.

Next we visit the "Mikayelyan Family Farm" was established in 2012, in Gegharkunik province, in the village of Noratus. They produce wine-cheese, cognac-cheese, "horac" and parmesan-type cheeses called "Armezan". You will see cheesemaking process and taste different cheeses, sweets, fruits, wine.

Overnight in Sevan

Day 5 - Yerevan - Sevan - Dilijan - Haghartsin - Goshavank - Ijevan winery

Lake Sevan
Haghartsin Monastery
Goshavank - monastery complex

Breakfast in the hotel

The day begins with a trip along the coast of the pearl of Armenia - blue Sevan. Lake Sevan is a freshwater lake in the Armenian highlands. It is the largest lake in the Caucasus. It is guaranteed to be the largest source of fresh water in the region. We will also visit the Sevanavank - a monastery in the north-west coast of Lake Sevan. The monastery is located on a peninsula, which was once a small island.

30 minute boat ride on Lake Sevan (from mid-May to mid-October)

We continue our tour to Tavush region of Armenia – to a small town-resort Dilijan, located on the picturesque banks of the river Aghstev.

The next stop will be Haghartsin Monastery, which was built in the X-XIII centuries, mostly under the auspices of the Bagratuni Dynasty. We will also visit Goshavank - monastery complex, built in XII-XIII centuries in the village of Gosh in Armenia. Goshavank is the cultural, educational and religious center of medieval Armenia. The sources referred to it as a seminary, university, and so on.

We continue the tour to the city of Ijevan, where we will have an excursion to the Ijevan winery, built in 1951. The factory is located between the rivers Aghstev and Spitak Jur. Being located in the north-eastern part of Armenia its organic vineyards have favorable climatic conditions for the growth of European grapes. Ijevan winery is one of the leaders in the export of Armenian wines and brandy. And, of course, after the tour we will have wine tasting of 6 varieties of Armenian wines.

Overnight in Dilijan

Day 6 - Dilijan - Sanahin - Akhtala - Haghpat

Sanahin Monastery
Akhtala monastery
Haghpat Monastery

Breakfast in the hotel

The morning begins with a trip to Lori region of Armenia. We visit the village of Sanahin, where the monument of Armenian architecture, the church complex of X-XIII centuries is located. Since 1996 Sanahin monastery has been included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Mikoyan Brothers (Anastas and Artyom) Museum is also situated in the village of Sanahin. Anastas Mikoyan was a prominent politician of the Soviet era, for many years he was on the top of the Soviet regime. Artyom Mikoyan was a famous Soviet aircraft designer, head of the "Design Bureau Mikoyan." Artyom Mikoyan together with Mikhail Gurevich created a series of fighter aircraft MiG (Mikoyan and Gurevich). The first MiGs (MiG-1 and MiG-3) took part in the Great Patriotic War, the first jet aircraft MiG-9 was created after the war..

Next stop will be Akhtala - 10th-century Armenian Apostolic Church monastery located in the town of Akhtala in the marz of Lori. The main church at the compound is famous for its highly artistic frescoes, which cover the inside walls, the partitions, and the bearings of the building. The fortress was built on an elevated rocky outcrop surrounded by deep canyons from three sides forming a natural protection. The walls and towers of the fortress are built of bluish basalt and lime mortar.

We continue the trip and visit Haghpat monastery, which is located on the south-eastern part of the village Haghpat. It was founded in 976 during the reign of Ashot Bagratuni. Haghpat was one of the most important spiritual and cultural centers. In 1996 it was included in the UNESCO World Heritage list.

Overnight in Haghpat village

Day 7 - Odzun - Lori berd (Lori Fortress) - Stepanavan Dendropark - Gyumri

Lori berd (Lori Fortress)
Stepanavan Dendropark
Gyumri city

Breakfast in the hotel

The day begins with a visit the Odzun Church - an Armenian basilica constructed around the 5th–7th century in the Odzun village of the Lori Province. The first church appeared here in the 6th century. In the 8th century it was reconstructed by Hovhannes III Odznetsi who served as the katholikos between 717 and 728 and was, as his name suggests, from Odzun. There are numerous gravestones of the clergy around the church, as well as a funerary monument.

Next stop is Lori berd - historical and cultural preservation, founded nearly in 989-1048. The ancient Castle-resident occupied nearly 35 hectare territory, and the citadel occupied 8.5 hectare territory of it. It was reliably protected by strong defensive which was rather tall, averaging 21.4m high. The significance of the building opened on the edge of Dzoraget gorge, is still unknown. Assumed that it was a basement of palatial building and was standing until the XVIII–XIX centuries.

Trip to Sochut Dendropark, commonly knowns as Stepanavan Dendropark, located near the Gyulagarak village. Тhe park was founded in 1931 by Polish engineer-forester Edmund Leonowicz. The arboretum is 35 ha in total of which 17.5 ha consist of natural forest and 15 ha of ornamental trees. This collection expanded along the newly constructed footpaths and vistas which began to reach into the natural forest and is thought to be the first place in the Transcaucasus, where a natural forest landscape had been reshaped into a Forest Park.

Transfer to the Gyumri - the second largest city in Armenia and the administrative centre of Shirak Province. The area of modern-day Gyumri was known as Armenian Kumayri during the period of the Kingdom of Urartu. Kumayri was a significant and quite-developed urban settlement during the Middle Ages.

Overnight in Gyumri

Day 8 - Gyumri - house-museum of Frunzik Mkrtchyan - Dzitoghtsyan museum - Black Fortress - Yerevan

Gyumri city
house-museum of Frunzik Mkrtchyan
Black Fortress

Breakfast in the hotel

City tour in Gyumri. Gyumri is known for its 19th-century architecture and urban constructions. Kumayri historic district: is the old part of Gyumri with its unique architecture. It has more than a thousand buildings dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries. The district is one of few places in the Republic of Armenia, and the world, with authentic urban Armenian architecture. Almost all the structures of the Kumayri district have survived the two major earthquakes in 1926 and 1988 respectively.

We visit the Mher Mkrtchyan museum, one of Armenians favorite actors ("The Tango of Our Childhood", "01-99", "Kidnapping, Caucasian Style", "Mimino"). His museum is located in a 20th century building made of black tuff and was opened in 2004. The building was used to be a residential block during the first half of the 20th century. The museum covers the life and career events of the great actor.

We visit also the Dzitoghtsyan Museum of Social Life and National Architecture of Gyumri is an old mansion, housing collections related to both history and the everyday-life of Gyumri, as well as paintings and other works of art.

We visit the Sev Berd or Black Fortress - an abandoned Russian imperial fortress in Gyumri. It was erected in response to the Russo-Turkish War of 1828–1829. Currently, it is a national cultural heritage monument of Armenia, used as an art and cultural centre.

Check in at the hotel in Yerevan

Day 9 - Tsitsernakaberd - st. Echmiadzin - Zvartnots - "ArArAt" brandy factory

Tsitsernakaberd memorial complex dedicated to the victims of the Armenian Genocide of 1915
Hripsime church
Ruins of Zvartnots temple

Breakfast in the hotel

We will visit the Tsitsernakaberd memorial complex, dedicated to the victims of the Armenian Genocide of 1915, and the Genocide Museum.

We continue our tour in Armenia and visit "ArArAt" Brandy Factory, where we have a fascinating tour with tasting of 2 types of brandies (a three-year "Ararat" and a ten-year "Akhtamar")

Next stop is the St. Ecmiadzin - the center of the Armenian Apostolic Church, where the residence of the Catholicos is located. We will visit Echmiadzin Cathedral (301-483 AD), which is included in the UNESCO World Heritage list.

We visit the ruins of Zvartnots temple, which was destroyed in the earthquake. In 2000, the ruins of the temple and the archaeological area around it are included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Free evening

Day 10 - Central Market - Vernissage - Airport

Central market in Yerevan
Vernissage - the market of folk art products
Vernissage - the market of folk art products

Breakfast in the hotel

Check out

A visit to the central market in YerevanDried fruits - a national treasure and the usual accompaniment to cognac. In Armenia, it seems, they can make them of anything you wish. Including watermelon, cantaloupe and even tomatoes!

Next stop is the Vernissage - the market of folk art products. Here you will find hand-made chess and backgammon made of wood, ceramic pots, made in national style, handmade ornaments, traditional musical instruments, silverware, paintings and many more things.

Transfer to airport

Armenia is a country to fall in love with!

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Airport-hotel-airport transfers
Accommodation in a 3* hotel with breakfast
Comfortable transport service
Accompanying guide service throughout the tour
Entrance tickets to the historical and cultural centers
2 bottles of water per day per pax during sightseeing tours
Tourist support service over the phone

What is not included in the tour price?

Airline tickets
An entry visa (if required)
Medical insurance
Alcoholic beverages

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You may ask for your own option of hotels (3*, 4*, 5*). Guest houses, appartments and hostels are available.The tour prices will be recalculated.
Children under 5 years old - free
Children from 6 to 10 years - 50% discount when placed on extra bed

The time and the order of the excursions declared in the program are subject to change. The excursion program of the first and the last days will depend on your arrival and departure time, and the days of the week. Please note that Monday is a day off in Armenia's museums.

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