Tours in Armenia

Yerevan city tour

Aside from visiting historical landmarks, we highly recommend a tour of Armenia’s beloved capital – the city of Yerevan.Legend says that the first word Noah pronounced as he exited the ark was “Yerevats” – translated as “it can be seen”. This refers to the land he supposedly saw after the huge flood, which was later changed to “Yerevan”.In addition, you can find the real etymology of the word Yerevan during our first stop of the day – the museum of Erebuni, where the history of Yerevan starts. You will visit the museum and the ruins of the ancient fortress-city, which dates back to the 8th century B.C.From Erebuni, the tour will take you to Tsitsernakaberd, the memorial of Armenian Genocide. The memorial is visited by every single Armenian all over the entire universe to pay respect to their ancestors.The following stop will be at the house-museum of Sergey Parajanov, one of the greatest film directors of the 20th century, and a man of no boundaries. You will discover how this exceptional individual managed to keep his free spirit and creativity in a world where it was not encouraged. The museum also offers one of the best vista points of the city. The last spot included in this daily trip is the brandy factory “Ararat”, where you will get familiar with the history of the legendary Armenian Cognac, as well as have the chance to actually taste and purchase it directly from the factory.

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Erebuni
Yerevan city tour

Sightseeing and walking tour in Yerevan

 

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Cascade
Sightseeing and walking tour in Yerevan

Garni – Geghard

Trip to Garni Temple, Geghard Monastery, “Lavash” baking and tasting-If you are planning on travelling to Armenia, don’t forget to include this unforgettable destination in your plans. Our fantastic tour will introduce you to the exotic Pagan history of Armenia, and show the later development and spread of Christianity in the country. Garni Temple (77 A.D.) – our first stop – is the only standing heathen temple in the whole post-Soviet area. The temple gracefully stands on a high plateau overlooking the Azat river gorge. The plateau itself is incredibly beautiful and is included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site along with the surrounding area. It is also home to the roman bath house with the mysterious mosaic, made out of 30,000 pieces of natural stones, as well as the ruins of the royal palace, dating back to 3rd century A.D. 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 still hanging on the cross, later brought to Armenia and kept in the Geghard monastery for 5 centuries.

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Garni – Geghard
Garni – Geghard

Khor Virap

Although there are various historical landmarks in Armenia, the oldest and most well-known is probably the Biblical Mount Ararat. This is why our tour promises a spectacular view 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. “Khor Virap” translates as “deep dungeon”, and was built of the place of the former royal prison, located on the historical site of Artashat. It was this very prison in which they kept Gregory the Illuminator, the first Armenian Catholicos, for a whole 13 years. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that this place is one of the most sacred spots for Armenians around the world. Likewise, it’s also the closest point to the Mount Ararat from Armenia; very often this spot becomes the number 1 reason to visit our country!

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Khor Virap
Khor Virap

Oshakan to Saghmosavank

 

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Saghmosavank
Oshakan to Saghmosavank

Sardarapat

 

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Sardarapat
Sardarapat

Tsaghkadzor

 

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Tsaghkadzor
Tsaghkadzor

Lake sevan - Sevanavank

 

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Lake Sevan
Lake sevan - Sevanavank

Tsaghkadzor - Lake sevan

Whilst staying in Armenia, you simply cannot miss the opportunity of visiting one of the country’s most renowned landmarks – the beautiful lake Sevan. Merely an hour’s drive from the capital city of Yerevan, Sevan is situated at the height of 1900m above sea level and surrounded by a vast chain of mountains. The tour begins by climbing a flight of stairs to the Sevan peninsula – a pleasant morning work-out that will compensate itself with an unforgettable panoramic view of the lake from the top. We will also visit the monastery of Sevanavank, built by the princess Mariam to honor the life of her deceased husband in the 9th century. Sevanavank is also home to one of the most beautiful Amenaprkich (all savior) Khachkars of Armenia.

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Tsaghkadzor
Tsaghkadzor - Lake sevan

Lake Sevan – Hayravank

 

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Hayravank
Lake Sevan – Hayravank

Garni – Geghard - Lake sevan

 

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Garni – Geghard
Garni – Geghard - Lake sevan

Lake sevan (Sevanavank) – Dilijan ( Goshavank, Haghartsin)

 

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Dilijan
Lake sevan (Sevanavank) – Dilijan ( Goshavank, Haghartsin)

Khor Virap – Areni (winery) – Noravank

Although there are various historical landmarks in Armenia, the oldest and most well-known is probably the Biblical Mount Ararat. This is why our tour promises a spectacular view 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. “Khor Virap” translates as “deep dungeon”, and was built of the place of the former royal prison, located on the historical site of Artashat. It was this very prison in which they kept Gregory the Illuminator, the first Armenian Catholicos, for a whole 13 years. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that this place is one of the most sacred spots for Armenians around the world. Likewise, it’s also the closest point to the Mount Ararat from Armenia; very often this spot becomes the number 1 reason to visit our country! Aside from Khor Virap, 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 in the end of the Gnishik Canyon. Here you will see the one and only depiction of God the Father in Armenia, which is just as astonishing as the face of Jesus Christ that appeared on the dome of the Church’s narthex. Built by Orbelian noblemen, it stands out among our churches as the sepulcher of this noble family, making it unique since it was absolutely prohibited to bury people inside a church since the 5th century.

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Areni
Khor Virap – Areni (winery) – Noravank

Gyumri

 

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Gyumri
Gyumri

Hovhannavank – Lori Fortress – Dendropark

 

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Dendropark
Hovhannavank – Lori Fortress – Dendropark

Khor Virap – Areni (winery) – Noravank – Jermuk

 

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Jermuk
Khor Virap – Areni (winery) – Noravank – Jermuk

Haghpat – Sanahin – Dsegh

 

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Dsegh
Haghpat – Sanahin – Dsegh

Lake sevan – Dilijan - Sanahin Haghpat

 

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Akhtala
Lake sevan – Dilijan - Sanahin Haghpat

Tatev

 

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Tatev
Tatev

Noravank – Tatev (Ropeway) – Karahunj

 

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Karahunj
Noravank – Tatev (Ropeway) – Karahunj

Khor Virap – Goris (Overnight) – Lake Sevan

 

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Goris
Khor Virap – Goris (Overnight) – Lake Sevan

Shoushi – Stepanakert (overnight) - Gandzasar

 

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Gandzasar
Shoushi – Stepanakert (overnight) - Gandzasar

Khor Virap – – Stepanakert (overnight) – Qarahunj

 

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Askeran
Khor Virap – – Stepanakert (overnight) – Qarahunj

Echmiadzin - Zvartnoc

Whilst travelling to Armenia, you may just be interested in seeing the world’s first Christian Cathedral church. Ejmiatsin is considered to be the spiritual center of all Armenians all over the world! The word itself means a place where “the only begotten son of the God descended”. This daily tour will begin by visiting St. Hripsime church, which was built on the sepulcher of a Christian nun Hripsime who fled from the Roman Empire and was killed in Armenia. This amazing building has stood upright from the day of its construction since 618 A.D, making it one of the oldest standing churches in the world. 5 minutes drive away will be our next spot: the 7th century church of St. Gayane. Gayane was the nanny of Hripsime, and shared Hripsime’s tragic fate.

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Echmiadzin
Echmiadzin - Zvartnoc

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