Yerevan - Gyumri - Akhpat - Dilijan - Sisian - Old Khndzoresk - Sisian - Yerevan. Yerevan City Tour
Arrival to Yerevan. Transfer from the Airport. Hotel Accommodation. Overnight in Yerevan.
After breakfast at the hotel we will have short briefing on the tour, board Toyota land cruisers and will drive to the North to the highest mountain of Armenia Aragats (4090 m) to visit Amberd Fortress a midcentury fort-city built during the 10th century. We will enjoy the landscape surrounding the fortress and alpine flowers near the fortress and on the wings of Aragats. Then we will have lunch. After lunch we will visit Saghmosavank Monastery built in 125 by the Noble Vache Vachutian. Leaving the monastery we will drive to the North-East towards Gyumri, which is the second city in Armenia visiting on the way Artik town rich with the monuments of Armenian culture. Here we will visit Harichavank Monastery built in 1201 and situated in the village of the same name in the Shirak district, on a cape formed by shallow ravines and the rivers flowing in them. Leaving the monastery we will continue our way to Gyumri. After accommodation in the hotel in Gyumri we will have short city tour visiting the most interesting places and sights in one of the oldest cities in Armenia, which is also famous place for its historical-cultural traditions, strong art and crafts, education and also by film making industry (a lot of films were produced in Gyumri). After city tour we will have dinner tasting the food specific to Gyumri’ famous kitchen. Overnight in Gyumri.
After Breakfast at the hotel we will drive to the North-East towards Lori Region and after reaching village Arjut we will continue our way through the mountainous way towards Pushkin Pass. From there we will take our way Dzoraget river to the connection of Debed River canyon, surrounded by the mountainous beautiful natural and historical sites. Having lunch in Kurtan village we will drive to Sanahin village stopping on the way in one of the most beautiful places in northern Armenia called Sanahin Monastery Complex included in UNESCO Heritage Site. The complex was built in 966 A.C. and stands on a high plateau, amidst low structures, against the background of steep forest-grown slopes of Bazum ridge. After excursion in the complex we will drive to the hotel in Haghpat village surrounded by the rich flora where we will have dinner specific to the northern Armenian kitchen.
After Breakfast at the hotel we will drive to Haghpat Monastery built in X century and standing against the background of steep forest-grown slopes of Bazum ridge. Leaving Haghpat Monastery we will drive to the South towards Ijevan town taking off-road through mountainous landscapes. Having picnic lunch in the nature we will continue our way to Dilijan National Park located on the upstream pool of Aghstev river, and surrounded by the Lesser Caucasus mountains. Here we will visit Goshavank Monastery built in XII century. Leaving the monastery we will continue our way to Dilijan town, where we will have dinner and stay for overnight.
After Breakfast we will drive to the South towards to Lake Sevan, which is the largest lake in Caucasus as well as one of the largest, and highest freshwater lakes of the world located on 1897m above sea level, depth is 90m, an area-1260km square, lengh-70km, width-55km and the volume is 58billion cubic meters. In summer, the middle temperature of lake surface is 18-23 degrees above zero, which is very convenient for swimming. After reaching the shore of Lake Sevan we will walk to the top of Sevan peninsula to visit Sevanavank monastery built in 305 A.C. by the daughter of King Ashot Bagratuni - Mariam and during the 9th century became the royal citadel of the Armenian Kings. Leaving the Peninsula we will drive to the South-West towards Selim Pass climbing up over 2,410m and following the historic Silk Road and visiting on the way Caravanserai built in 1331. Continuing our way we will drive to Eghegis State Sanctuary where we will first have picnic lunch, then we will visit the Fortress of King Smbat located on the top of mountain and built X – XI centuries with high and wide (2-3 m) pyramid type fort-walls and protected by the Artabuni River and deep canyons. From the fortress there is an amazing view to Tsakhats Kar Monastery and magic jeep route connecting it with the Citadel and telling us about the local legends and story about these two historical monuments. Leaving the fortress and monastery we will drive to Sisian town passing on the way Lake Spandaryan. We will stay for overnight in the hotel in Sisian, where we will have dinner participating in lavash baking and dinner, accompanied with performance of young dancers’ ensemble of Sisian.
After breakfast at the hotel we will drive to Tatev Monastery Complex built in 895-906, which is one of the most important Education and Religion Centers situated in medieval Syunik region and is under UNESCO World Heritage Site. On the way we will take Tatev Wings ropeway, which is the longest two-way ropeway of the world and flies above deep Vorotan gorge opening breath-taking views of the Vorotan Canyon. Visiting Tatev Monastery we will enjoy Tatev ensemble fitting in perfectly with the mountainous landscape around it. This gives the ensemble an original and majestic appearance. During the XIV and XV centuries it was famous for its university. Leaving Tatev Monastery we will have lunch in Tatev village, where we will explore Armenian village hospitality hosted by the local family, getting acquainted village family life, their culture and traditions. After lunch we will drive to Old Khndzoresk village, where we can visit the canyon of ancient cave residences of the people. On the way we will enjoy surrounding mountainous sights and beautiful city Goris. We will hike to the Old Khndzoresk gorge, while the jeeps will drive to the other side of the Gorge and meet us. Leaving these amazing cave residences we will drive back to the hotel in Sisian town, where we will have dinner and stay for overnight.
After breakfast at the hotel we will drive to one of the most ancient megalithic constructions of the world called Zorats Karer (Stonehenge). The two-meter pointed blocks last precisely from the south to the north, fencing large territory, in the center they form a correct circle. There is a hypothesis, that Zorats Karer is an observatory built in VI mil. B.C. Scientists have found similar constructions in many areas of Europe. The most known of them is the Stonehenge in England (II mil. B.C.). Leaving the Stonehenge we will take off-road rout to drive up to Ukhtasar Mountain. This trip is optional depending on the season. Driving closely to the top of Camel mountain (3300 meters above sea level) we will hike up to the lake called “Ukhtasar”, enjoy sightseeing and visit one of the unique wonders of the world, rock carvings of Ukhtasar Mountain from pre-historic era. After interesting mountainous excursion we will drive to Aghavnadzor village where we can explore Armenian village life typical to Vayots Dzor District culture and traditions. Introduction of old Armenian lifestyle, experiencing the hospitality and participating in Armenian Lavash (bread) baking and tasting, honey squeezing and tasting, cheese making and tasting and homemade wine and vodka tasting and also we can choose from national Armenian dishes such as tolma, harisa, apur, ghapama and many others during our lunch hosted by the local family. After Lunch we will drive to Areni Village to visit Areni Wine Factory, where we will be introduced and degustate different wines made with "Arnei" grape sort. After wine tour we will drive to Ararat Valley and enjoying the panoramic view of Ararat we will reach Yerevan, where we will have dinner and again enjoy night Yerevan.
After breakfast at the hotel, we will visit Victory Park - Mother Armenia, from where we will have beautiful view of Yerevan. Our next stop will be at Matenadaran known as The Institute of Ancient Manuscripts, containing over 16,000 manuscripts documenting the centuries-old history of the Armenian nation, art, literature, and natural sciences. Manuscript art is one of the most unique examples of Armenia’s medieval culture. Then we will have lunch. After lunch we will visit Yerevan famous Brandy Factory “Ararat”, where we will be introduced with the history of Armenian Cognac with following degustation. Leaving Brandy factory visit Memorial of Armenian Genocide. Then we will walk in the center of the city visiting the monument to famous architect A. Tamanyan, Opera House. We will have Farewell Dinner in one of the nice restaurants in the center of Yerevan, tasting Armenian kitchen and enjoying Armenian music. After dinner we will embark on an evening tour of Yerevan city that includes walking through nice Northern prospect towards the Republic Square, where we can enjoy the Large Dancing Water Fountains. Late in the evening transfer to the Airport.
Price includes costs of transportation, airport transfer, Yerevan city tour, entrance fees for museums, Tatev Ropeway I Brandy factory, overnight in 3-4* hotels, full board, as well as the drivers and guide. Price is per passenger and calculated for the case of 4 passengers and 1 driver in a vehicle and for double and single accommodation in hotels. Price for the case of 3 passengers and 1 driver in a vehicle is 1325 US Dollars for double accommodation and 1605 US dollars for single accommodation.
Price does not include airfare, personal expenses, visa fees, insurance and other expenses not mentioned above.