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ArmeniaFamily trip to uncover ancient Armenia

  • Off the beaten track
A special program created to introduce Diaspora Armenian youth to Armenian history, culture, public life, religion and family traditions. To build strong relations with the Homeland, to reinforce national identity and establish strong relations between the youth of Armenia and the Diaspora.
Tour itinerary includes
  • City
    City
  • Countryside
    Countryside
  • Sightseeing
    Sightseeing
  • Local culture
    Local culture
  • Mountain
    Mountain

Customizable tour itinerary

This tour idea is fully customizable

This itinerary has been crafted by our Local Agency with one idea in mind: to inspire you. Every element can be adapted to your needs and your interests, from duration to accommodation and activities.

Day 1: Arrival

Arrival to Zvartnots International Airport. Meet and transfer to the selected hotel in Yerevan.

Visited:
Yerevan

Day 2: Yerevan, a city older than Rome

Breakfast at the hotel.


Begin to discover the capital of the Republic of Armenia. Yerevan was born in 782 BC, that's why it's one of the oldest cities in the world. Yerevan is famous as a pink city and calls visitors with its humble and at the same time splendid landscapes. City tour. Visit Opera House, Swan Lake, Republic Square and Northern Avenue, Mashtots Avenue with its Central market and much more. Then you’ll take the metro to get to station David of  Sassoun. It is named for David of Sassoun (the main hero of Armenia's national epic) a statue of whom stands outside the railway station.  Visit Erebouni museum. The museum stands at the foot of the Arin Berd hill, on top of which the Urartian Fortress Erebouni has stood since 782 BCE. Free time.  In the evening we’ll walk to Cascade monument was the main symbol of the cities 2780th anniversary with the equivalent number of stairs. A panoramic view from the monument opens up breathtaking city view. Welcome dinner in a traditional restaurant where you’ll start to taste the main dishes of the national cousine.


Overnight at the selected hotel in Yerevan. (B/L/D).

Visited:
Yerevan

Day 3: Helenistic Temple of Garni & Guagard Rock Monastery

Breakfast at the hotel.


Drive to the village Garni to visit the temple of Garni, the only standing Greco-Roman colonnaded building in Armenia and the former Soviet Union. The structure was probably built by king Tiridates I in the first century AD as a temple to the sun god Mihr. Hiking to Garni gorge to see the precios natural monument, “Symphony of Stones” or “Basalt Organ”. (1,5-2 hours). These rocks start from the beginning up to the highest point of the canyon.  Then where we’ll have a lunch in a local house, having the opportunity to taste homemade dishes prepared with natural products and to participate in the process of making Armenian national bread “lavash”. Visit the Geghard monastery, being partially carved out of the adjacent mountain, surrounded by cliffs. It is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Back to Yerevan.


Dinner at a traditional restaurant Megerian, a place where you can learn a lot about Armenian culture at the same time enjoy delicious dishes. Then we’ll enjoy the evening in one of the popular pubs. Overnight at the selected hotel in Yerevan. (B/L/D).


*If the time permits, we’ll visit the Museum of Ancient Manuscripts, Matenadaran.

Visited:
Yerevan, Garni, Geghard

Day 4: Mount Aragats et Stone Lake

Breakfast at the hotel.

Drive to Saghmosavank, a 13th-century monastic complex located in the village of Saghmosavan, situated atop the precipitous gorge carved by the Kasagh river. Continue to Amberd, a 7th-century fortress located 2,300 meters above sea level, at the confluence of the Arkashen and Amberd rivers.  Drive to Kari lake*, located in the slopes of Mount Aragats mostly formed by ice and snow. It is located 3,185 m above the sea level and has a perimeter of 1,150 m. Here we’ll have lunch, tasting the famous Armenian “khash”. Continue to Gyumri, the second largest city in Armenia, serving as the administrative centre of Shirak Province. Dinner at a local restaurant with his own fish farm which  produces five species of fish (sturgeon, Sevan Lake trout, rainbow trout, salmon trout, river trout) and also three types of caviar (yellow, red and orange caviar). After having a pleasant walk to the nearest reservoir you will have a very delicious lunch!

Overnight at the selected hotel in Gyumri. (B/L/D).

*Possibility to hike till the top of Aragats.


Day 5: Gyumri city of arts & traditions

Breakfast at the hotel.


Gyumri city tour (including the central market, the ceramics production center and much more). Drive to the village Fioletovo to visit a local family of molokans. Molokans, a branch of Orthodox Christianity and a special Russian ethnic group, appeared in Russia in the late 18th century and were considered by the official church to be a heretical sect, close in spirit to Protestants. We’ll taste the famous “tea from samovar” and the traditional sweets.  Continue to Dilijan, a spa town in the Tavush Province of Armenia. Usually called “Armenian Switzerland” by the locals, it is one of the most important resorts of Armenia, situated within the Dilijan National Park. Then we’ll move to the lake Sevan, the largest body of water in Armenia and the Caucasus region. The lake is situated in the central part of Armenia, in the Gegharkunik Province, at the altitude of 1,900 m (6,200 ft) above sea level. Visit the monastery of Sevanavank.  


Dinner and camping near Sevan lake. (B/L/D).

Visited:
GyumriFioletovo, DilijanSevan

Day 6: Lake Sevan the largest mountain freshwater lake of europe

Breakfast.


Free day near the lake.


Dinner and camping near Sevan lake (Shorja). (B/L/D).


Optional:  Hiking to Mount Artanish, boat trip, etc.

Visited:
Sevan

Day 7: Silk Road and Caravanserail of Orbelians

Breakfast.


Drive to the village Noraduz to visit a medieval cemetery with a large number of early khachkars (cross-stones). The oldest khachkars in the cemetery date back to the late 9th-10th century. Continue to the town Gavar where we’ll participate in the process of making the traditional pastry “pakhlava”. Then we’ll visit Orbelian's or Selim caravanserai. It was built along the Vardenyats Mountain Pass (previously known as the Selim Mountain Pass) in 1332, by prince Chesar Orbelian to accommodate weary travelers and their animals as they crossed from, or into, the mountainous Vayots Dzor region. Drive to the village Yeghegis.


Dinner and overnight at the selected hotel in Yeghegis. (B/L/D).

Visited:
Sevan, Noraduz , Gavarr, Selim , Yegheguis

Day 8: Mount Ukhtassar and petroglyphs  dating back to 5 thousand years old

Breakfast at the hotel.

Drive to Karahunj (Zorarts Karer), a prehistoric archaeological site near the town of Sisian in the Syunik Province. The site is on latitude of 39° 34' and longitude of 46° 01' on the mountain plateau having altitude 1770 m and occupies a territory of about 7 hectare on the left side of the Dar river canyon, the tributary of the river Vorotan. Then we’ll take 4x4 cars to get to the mount Ukhtasar where we’ll have the opportunity to visit the famous petroglyphs. Over 2,000 decorated rock fragments extend to the foot of the mountain. The petroglyphs, some believed to date back to the Paleolithic Era (12,000 BCE), are carved onto dark brownish-black volcanic stones left behind by an extinct volcano. Drive to the town Goris.

Overnight at the selected hotel in Goris. (B/L/D).

Visited:
Yegheguis, K’arahunj, Ukhtasar, Goris

Day 9: Troglodyte village of Khndzoresk, Monastery of Tatev

Breakfast at the hotel.


Goris city tour. Throughout its history, Goris has been known as “Kores” and “Gorayk”. However, there are several explanations for the origin of the name. It is supposed that the name Goris is derived from the Indo-European prelanguage words "gor" (rock), "es" (to be), i.e. Goris/Kores meaning a “rocky place”. Then we’ll take the ropeway Tatever (the longest reversible cableway in the world (5752 m), recorded in the Guinness Book of Records)  to get to Tatev monastery, a 9th-century monastery located on a large basalt plateau near the Tatev village. In the 14th and 15th centuries the monastery hosted one of the most important Armenian medieval universities, the University of Tatev, which contributed to the advancement of science, religion and philosophy, reproduction of books and development of miniature painting. Drive to Yeghegnadzor. Wine and cheese degustation.


Dinner and overnight at the B&B in Yegegnadzor. (B/L/D).

Visited:
GorisKhndzoresk, TatevYeghegnadzor

Day 10: Region of vayots dzor, cradles of viticulture

Breakfast at the hotel.

Drive to Noravank, a 13th-century monastery, located in a narrow gorge made by the Amaghu River.  The gorge is known for its tall, sheer, brick-red cliffs, directly across from the monastery. Hiking  in Amaghu gorge near Noravank (2 hours).  Visit the Bird Cave in Areni. It was announced that the earliest known shoe was found at the site.  Visit the monastery Khor Virap. Khor Virap's notability as a monastery and pilgrimage site is attributed to the fact that Gregory the Illuminator was initially imprisoned here for 14 years by King Tiridates III of Armenia. Return to Yerevan.

Overnight at the selected hotel in Yerevan. (B/L/D).

Visited:
Yeghegnadzor, Noravank’AreniKhor VirapYerevan

Day 11: Masterpieces of Armenian medieval architecture

Breakfast at the hotel.


Drive to  Etchmiadzin Cathedral,   the mother church of the Armenian Apostolic Church. The original church was built in the early fourth century by Armenia's patron saint Gregory the Illuminator, following the adoption of Christianity as a state religion by King Tiridates III. Return to Yerevan. Visit the Tsitsernakaberd memorial park and the museum of victims of the Armenian Genocide of 1915. Visit the Brandy Factory Ararat to have a guided excursion and to taste some types of legendary Ararat brandy. It is only bottled at the Yerevan Brandy Company in original glass bottles with distinguishing features.  Creating ARARAT brandy starts with the careful cultivation of vineyards in Ararat Valley, which is flooded with generous Armenian sunshine 300 days a year. Farewell party with live music.


Overnight at the selected hotel in Yerevan. (B/L/D).

Visited:
Yerevan, Etchmiatsin, Tsitsernakaberd

Day 12: Departure

Breakfast at the hotel.


Transfer to the airport. Departure.


(B/-/-).

Visited:
Yerevan

Yerevan Garni Geghard Saghmosavank’ Amberd Lago Kari Gyumri Fioletovo Dilijan Sevan Noraduz Gavarr Selim Yegheguis K’arahunj Ukhtasar Goris Khndzoresk Tatev Yeghegnadzor Noravank’ Areni Khor Virap Etchmiatsin Tsitsernakaberd

Price details

This tour idea is fully customizable

The price reflects this specific itinerary and is designed to give you an idea of the budget required for this destination. Throughout the trip-planning process, our local agency will tailor your itinerary around your budget.

Season Price Per Adult
Prices Starting From
January 2020 to December 2020 $1,410

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  • Arrival and departure flights
  • Meals and beverages not indicated
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  • Visa fees
  • Travel insurance
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