Armenia

Dear travelers! We offer for you the most popular travel program. But you can cut the journey or  add trip days. Prices will always be competitive, and service high.

Guarantee tour. This tour is guaranteed and will be arranged regardless of the number of persons in a group. For 4 people (including children) we offer a private tour for the same price.

Shoulder: every Monday.

Price per person: 475 euro. Children under 12 years-380 euro.

Small groups. 3-8 people. Prices includes: – Breakfast and dinner (lunch not incl/You have a choice, depending on your wishes. On average, 5 euro-day). – Accommodation: – English speaking guide – Entrances to all museums. – Water during the tour-transport.- Airport transfer. Price not include: – Single rooms (80 euro) – Travel insurance – Visa.

Programm- Super Economy. For students and backpackers: 310 euro. The same conditions, but accomodation 4 person in one room in hotel.

Day1.

Arrive at any time. Transfer to the hotel. Free time. In the evening you'll enjoy a dinner in Yerevan.

 

Day 2: GARNI- GEGHARD.

After breakfast trip along the picturesque canyon of the Рiver Azat. Visit to the cave monastery of the 13th century Geghard, which is located at the bottom of the canyon. Gegard is included into the UNESCO World Heritage List. The monastery of Geghard contains a number of churches and tombs, most of them cut into the rock, which illustrate the very peak of Armenian medieval architecture.

The complex of medieval buildings is set into a landscape of great natural beauty, surrounded by towering cliffs at the entrance to the Azat Valley. The tour continues to the village of Garni known for its Garni temple – the only surviving example of the Hellenistic style. Garni temple is the only pagan temple in a territory of Armenia built in 1st C AD by the Armenian King Trdat the First. It is dedicated to God of Sun Mithras.

The Garni temple lies about 32KM East of Yerevan and the complex hosts a number of buildings including a royal palace, Roman bath and a church.

Overnight in Yerevan.

 

Day3. Echmiadzin - the Armenian Vatican. Yerevan City Tour.

Visit to the Holy See of Echmiadzin – the religious center of all Armenians around the world. The main sight in this town is the Cathedral – the oldest Christian church in Armenia, one of the first in the whole Christian world.

Echmiadzin translates literally “the place” where the Only Begotten Son of God descended. According to tradition, St. Gregory the illuminator saw a vision of the Only Begotten descended from heaven and with a golden hammer stroke the ground where the Cathedral was to be located.

Next point- the St. Hripsime church. It is a seventh century Armenian Apostolic church in the city of Vagharshapat (Etchmiadzin), and one of the oldest surviving churches in the country.

Five kilometers towards Yerevan from Echmiadzin and we can see the ruins of Zvartnots. The temple of Zvartnots one of the importants monuments of ancient architecture.

Return in Yerevan.

City tour. Highlights:

  • -Freedom Square and Opera House.
  • -Matenadaran museum.
  • -Cascade , a long stairway alongside multiple levels of fountains.
  • -Genocide Memorial and Museum.

Day 4: Visit to Khor Virap monastery (4-17c).

Enjoy panoramic view to mount Ararat. The name Khor Virap means a Deep Dungeon. After we head to Noravank Monastery. Noravank was founded in 1205 by Bishop Hovhannes, a former abbot of Vahanavank near the present-day city of Kapan in Syunik. The monastic complex includes the church of S. Karapet, S. Grigor chapel with a vaulted hall, and the church of S. Astvatsatsin (Holy Mother of God). Ruins of various civil buildings and khachkars are found both inside and outside of the compound walls.

Noravank was the residence of the Orbelian princes. The architect Siranes and the miniature painter and sculptor Momik worked here in the latter part of the thirteenth and early fourteenth century.

Overnight in Yerevan. 

Day5 – LAKE SEVAN- Armenian Switzerland - Dilijan –HAGHARTSIN.

After breakfast Immerse yourself into the idyllic beauty. We visit to Lake Sevan. It is the largest lake in Armenia and the Caucasus region. It is one of the largest fresh-water high altitude lakes. Sevan is one of the main tourist attractions of Armenia.

On the shore of the lake situated - Dilijan, usually called Armenian Switzerland or Little Switzerland by the locals. Dilijan is one of the most important resorts of Armenia. The forested and reclusive town is home to numerous Armenian artists, composers, and filmmakers and features some traditional Armenian architecture. 

Next point-Haghartsin. Hidden in a verdant valley 18 km northeast of Dilijan, Haghartsin ('Dance of the Eagles’) was built between the 10th and 13th centuries and has three churches: one named for Gregory the Illuminator; another for the Virgin Mary (Surp Astvatsatsin); and the third for St Stephen (Stepanos).

 

Day 6. Sanahin and Haghpat monasteries

After breakfast you will be taken to Vanadzor. The road through the forests and breathtaking, green mounts takes to Sanahin and then to Haghpat monasteries. Both are masterpieces of medieval Armenian church architecture and Wolrd Heritage sites by UNESCO. These two Byzantine monasteries in the Tumanian region from the period of prosperity during the Kiurikian dynasty (10th-13th centuries) were important centres of learning.

Sanahin in particular was renowned for its school of illuminators and calligraphers. They are exceptional examples of the 'domed hall' ecclesiastical architecture that developed in Armenia from the 10th to the 13th centuries, which blended elements of both Byzantine church architecture and the traditional vernacular building style of this region. Construction of the main church of the large fortified monastic complex of Haghpat, dedicated to the Holy Cross, began in 966-67 and was completed in 991. The central dome rests on the four massive pillars in the side walls. The external walls are almost entirely covered by triangular niches.

After lunch on the road to Hovhannes Tumanyan we visit home museum which is the best place to feel the breath of beginning of the 20th century. On route you will stop at the monument of Armenian alphabet and a big iron Cross made up with 1700 smaller crosses.

Return to Yerevan.

Day7 – Breakfast. Depart at any time. Transfer to the airport.

Armenia-Georgia combined tour. Silk Road.

You can also start your tour from Georgia.

Price per person: 735 euro If you finish the tour in Tbilisi and 785 if you return to Yerevan . Small groups. 3-8 people. Children under 16 years -435 euro-finish in Yerevan and 485 if you return to Tbilisi.

Shoulder: every Monday. Prices includes: – Breakfast and dinner (lunch not incl/You have a choice, depending on your wishes. On average, 5 euro-day). – Accommodation: – English speaking guide – Entrances to all museums. – Water during the tour-transport.- Airport transfer.

Price not include: – Single rooms (210 euro) – Travel insurance – Visa.

Program- Super Econom. For students and backpackers: 460 euro- Yerevan/ 510-Tbilisi. The same conditions, but accomodation 4 person in one room in hotel.

Dear travelers! We offer for you the most popular variant of the travel program. But you can cut the journey or add trip days. Prices will always be competitive, and service high. Tours may begin as well from Armenia as from Georgia

Day1.

Arrive at any time. Transfer to the hotel. 

In the evening you'll enjoy a dinner in Yerevan.

Day 2: GARNI- GEGHARD.

After breakfast trip along the picturesque canyon of the Рiver Azat. Visit to the cave monastery of the 13th century Geghard, which is located at the bottom of the canyon. Gegard is included into the UNESCO World Heritage List. The monastery of Geghard contains a number of churches and tombs, most of them cut into the rock, which illustrate the very peak of Armenian medieval architecture. The complex of medieval buildings is set into a landscape of great natural beauty, surrounded by towering cliffs at the entrance to the Azat Valley. The tour continues to the village of Garni known for its Garni temple – the only surviving example of the Hellenistic style. Garni temple is the only pagan temple in a territory of Armenia built in 1st C AD by the Armenian King Trdat the First. It is dedicated to God of Sun Mithras. The Garni temple lies about 32KM East of Yerevan and the complex hosts a number of buildings including a royal palace, Roman bath and a church.

Return in Yerevan.

 

Day3. Echmiadzin - the Armenian Vatican. Yerevan City Tour.

Visit to the Holy See of Echmiadzin – the religious center of all Armenians around the world. The main sight in this town is the Cathedral – the oldest Christian church in Armenia, one of the first in the whole Christian world.

Echmiadzin translates literally “the place” where the Only Begotten Son of God descended. According to tradition, St. Gregory the illuminator saw a vision of the Only Begotten descended from heaven and with a golden hammer stroke the ground where the Cathedral was to be located.

Next point- the St. Hripsime church. It is a seventh century Armenian Apostolic church in the city of Vagharshapat (Etchmiadzin), and one of the oldest surviving churches in the country.

Five kilometers towards Yerevan from Echmiadzin and we can see the ruins of Zvartnots. The temple of Zvartnots one of the importants monuments of ancient architecture.

Return in Yerevan. City tour. Highlights:

  • -Cascade , a long stairway alongside multiple levels of fountains.
  • -Freedom Square and Opera House.
  • -Matenadaran museum.
  • -Genocide Memorial and Museum.

 

Day 4: Visit to Khor Virap monastery (4-17c).

Enjoy panoramic view to mount Ararat. The name Khor Virap means a Deep Dungeon. After we head to Noravank Monastery. Noravank was founded in 1205 by Bishop Hovhannes, a former abbot of Vahanavank near the present-day city of Kapan in Syunik. The monastic complex includes the church of S. Karapet, S. Grigor chapel with a vaulted hall, and the church of S. Astvatsatsin (Holy Mother of God). Ruins of various civil buildings and khachkars are found both inside and outside of the compound walls. Noravank was the residence of the Orbelian princes. The architect Siranes and the miniature painter and sculptor Momik worked here in the latter part of the thirteenth and early fourteenth century. Overnight in Yerevan.

Day5 – LAKE SEVAN- Armenian Switzerland - Dilijan –HAGHARTSIN-Arive in Tbilisi.

After breakfast Immerse yourself into the idyllic beauty. We visit to Lake Sevan. It is the largest lake in Armenia and the Caucasus region. It is one of the largest fresh-water high altitude lakes. Sevan is one of the main tourist attractions of Armenia. On the shore of the lake situated - Dilijan, usually called Armenian Switzerland or Little Switzerland by the locals.

Visit Sanahin and Haghpat Monasteries, both are listed in UNESCO World Heritage List

Cross into Georgia and continue to Tbilisi.

Day6. City tour in Tbilisi.

08:00-09:00. Breakfast.

09:00-17:00. City tour in Tbilisi with a professional guide. Not boring, entertaining and interesting program. All the best in the Georgian capital. Duration-5 hours.

Lunch break- 13:00-14:00.

Highlights:

-Rustaveli Avenue and Freedom Square.

-Anchiskhati Basilica and bell tower (6th -18th cc).

-National Museum of Fine Arts. -Metekhi church.

-Sioni Cathedral (7th -19th cc).

-Sulfur baths.

19:00-20:00. Dinner.

Day7. Mtskheta: Georgia’s Holiest City and Ancient Capital - Ananuri.

08:00-09:00. Breakfast.

Trip to Mtskheta: Georgia’s Holiest City and Ancient Capital. The historic churches of Mtskheta, former capital of Georgia, are outstanding examples of medieval religious architecture in the Caucasus. Mtskheta was the ancient capital of Kartli, the East Georgian Kingdom from the 3rd century BC to the 5th century AD, and was also the location where Christianity was proclaimed as the official religion of Georgia in 337.

13:00-14:00. Lunch.

14:00-18:00. Continuing program. Ananuri (Georgian: ანანური ) is a castle complex on the Aragvi River in Georgia, about 45 miles (72 kilometres) from Tbilisi. Stepantsminda (Kazbegi) In the north of Georgia, at the foot of the Mount Kazbek, there is a small settlement called Stepantsminda. For about 100 years till 2007 it was always known as Kazbegi, and only recently it received its historic name.

19:00-20:00. Dinner.

 

Day8. Gergeti Trinity Church. Mount Kazbeg. Alpin meadows. Barbecue.

08:00-09:00. Breakfast.

09:00. Walk through alpine meadows. Vicinity of Stepantsminda is picturesque. There is a river Thergi running below the town, with snowed peaks of Caucasus rising among which the Mount Kazbek standing out, with its 5033m height. There are quite a few valley glaciers and forests, both deciduous and coniferous. Fresh mountain air and mineral springs of Stepantsminda are considered to be the main therapy for breathing or eating disorders.

12:40-13:40. Lunch. Visit a Russian church of St. Nicolas, ethnographic museum and the Gergeti Trinity Church. Walk through the Kazbegi. For those who want - 4-5 version tracking. Any difficulty.

18:00-20:00. Barbecue. Tasting local wine and Chacha (lokal snaps). Included in the price.

Day9. Kakheti. Sighnaghi- Bodbe- Telavi.

08:00-09:00. Breakfast.

09:00. Visited to the legendary region - Kakheti. First destination-Sighnaghi. It is a small town in the east of Georgia situated on the mountainside in the historical region of Kakheti. It was founded in the 17th century during the reign of King Heraclius II of Georgia, and as locals say, it is the only city in Georgia that has fully preserved the fortress walls that are crowned with watchtowers, where one can climb to get the magnificent view of the Alazan valley. 13:30-14:30. Lunch.

Visit to Bodbe. St. George monastic and Episcopal complex, situated in Bodbe (Kakheti) is the national Georgian relic. In St. George cathedral are kept the remains of Nino of Kappadokia, Equal-to-the-Apostles, the great Baptist of Georgia, the harbinger of Christianity. Next drive to Tsinandali, where you’ll visit the house-museum of Kakheti nobleman Alexandre Chavchavadze. You’ll have excursion at the residence, English-French garden and wine cellar located in the museum with a glass of famous Tsinandali wine. Continue to Shumi winery located just few minutes from Tsinandali museum.

Visit the wine museum “Vazioni” located in the winery and taste the local wines with light snacks. Drive to Telavi – the administrative center of Kakheti and former capital of Kakhetian Kingdom.

 

19:00-20:00. Dinner.

Day 10. Gori-Uplistsikhe. Joseph Stalin’s Museum. Spa-resort. Taste natural mineral water and walk in Borjomi Park.

08:00-08:40. Breakfast. Star travel to Gori. City was founded by David the Builder, the greatest king of Georgia (1089-1125). Here we will make a visit to Museum of Joseph Stalin. Joseph Stalin’s Museum in Gori establishe in 1951 as a local history museum, but clearly intended to become a memorial to Stalin, who died in 1953. The main building of the complex is a large palace in Stalinist Gothic style. The exhibition is divided into six halls in roughly chronological order, and contain many items actually or allegedly owned by Stalin, including some of his office furniture, his personal effects and gifts made to him over the years. There is also much illustration by way of documentation, photographs, paintings and newspaper articles. The display concludes with one of twelve copies of the death mask of Stalin taken shortly after his death. To one side of the museum is Stalin's personal railway carriage. The green Pullman carriage, which is armour plated and was used by Stalin from 1941 onwards, including his attendances at the Yalta Conference and the Teheran Conference.

13:20-14:00. Lunch.

Then we go to Shida Kartli region and visit Uplistsikhe (“Lord’s fortress”), an ancient town built in a rock. The stone complex contains various constructions dating from II ML BC to the Middle Ages Literally meaning ‘fortress of the lord’, Uplistsikhe (Georgian: უფლისციხე) dates back as far as the Iron Age and is one of the oldest urban settlements in Georgia. Situated 10 km east from the town Gori on a rocky promontory above the river Mtkvari, the city stood directly on the path of the old Silk Road and was a strategic and commercial center. At the peak of its prosperity the city had a population of 20 000. Visit to Borjomi town. Trip to spa-resort. Taste natural mineral water and walk in Borjomi Park.

19:00-20:30. Dinner.

Completion of the tourism program.

Day11.

Breakfast. Departure time at the Yerevan airport or Tbilisi is selected individually at time when it was most convenient for you. Travelers who return to Georgia get additional tourist program on the way.

Departure time at the Yerevan airport or Tbilisi is selected individually at time when it was most convenient for you.

Travelers who return to Armenia in the next day get additional tourist program on the way.