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A Week in the Highlands

Price $810 7 days
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A Week in the Highlands

$810 per person

“A Week in the Highlands” is a family tour in Armenia created for families who are going to make their first journey to Armenia. This is a 7-day radial tour, during which travelers will be based in Yerevan and will have 1-day trips to different regions of Armenia. The tour combines both the most popular and the less known tourist destinations, offering you an opportunity to meet local artisans who will introduce you to traditional crafts.

Learn about Armenian history, visit museums and cultural monuments. Armenia always had bright minds that brought progress to science and this tendency is still vital: explore modern scientific and educational centers to see the accomplishments of this country nowadays. The routes will also take you to the most beautiful natural sites of Armenia, such as the slopes of the highest mountain of Armenia – Aragats, the peninsula of Lake Sevan, the 6000-year old cave in Areni and the extraordinary volcanic canyon in Garni.

Since all the overnights are in Yerevan, you will also have a chance to enjoy the city’s atmosphere: take a relaxed evening walk, see a mesmerizing fountain show in the city center, enjoy local food and drinks at the many cafes and bars of Yerevan.

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Tour highlights:
  • Yerevan city tour
  • Etchmiadzin cathedral
  • TUMO center for creative technologies
  • Lake Sevan
  • Dilijan spa resort town
  • United World Colleges Dilijan
  • Yerevan metro tour
  • Areni-1 cave where the world’s oldest winery and shoe were discovered
  • Garni pagan temple and Geghard monastery
  • Armenian alphabet monument
  • Amberd fortress
  • Traditional Armenian cuisine

(The tour program may be subject to minor changed depending on the age of the children to shape the journey accordingly).

IMPORTANT: The mentioned price is calculated for a group of 10 people with double occupancy at the Tufenkian Historic Yerevan Hotel. Travelers can choose to stay in a different hotel. Please note that the final price may change depending on the number of the travelers, or your preferences.

7 days
  • Included
    Accommodation
    Meals
    Museum Tickets
    Personal Guide
    Transfer to/from airport
    Transportation
  • Not Included
    Air tickets
    Alcohol
    Coffee break
    Insurance
    Subway tickets
    Visa
    Wine tasting
    Workshops
1

Arrival, transfer to hotel.

Yerevan City Tour – Mother Armenia – Yerevan History Museum and City Hall – Republic Square – Metro tour - Cascade – Matenadaran – Grand Candy - Megerian Carpet Museum

A city tour in Yerevan. Explore the different layers of the history of Armenia’s capital. Visit the Mother Armenia monument located in the Victory Park, which provides one of the best panoramic views over Yerevan with Mount Ararat in the background. A tour in the Yerevan History museum will introduce the three transformation phases of the city. Take a metro tour to Baghramyan Avenue - the administrative district of Yerevan. Walk to the Cascade complex and the Cafesjian park, visit its contemporary art center with a unique collection of art works. From here, we head to Matenadaran – the museum of ancient manuscripts. Learn about the ancient Armenian alphabet and the long traditions of translation skills. After the museum, take a short break at a famous Armenian candy shop that makes popular local donuts. In the evening, we’ll visit the Megerian Carpet museum and factory to discover the unknown history of Armenia’s carpet weaving traditions.

(The schedule of the first day of the tour program will be adjusted in accordance with the arrival time.)

2

Yerevan – Etchmiadzin Cathedral – St. Hripsime Church – Genocide memorial – TUMO center – Yerevan Brandy Factory - Yerevan

On the second day, make a pilgrimage to the spiritual center of all Armenians. See the mother cathedral of Etchmiadzin that was founded in 301AD, a year when Armenia officially adopted Christianity as its state religion. Visit the St. Hripsime church to learn the history of women martyrs and explore the typical Armenian national architecture principles developed in the 7th century. Both Etchmiadzin Cathedral and St. Hripsime Church are included in the UNESCO World Heritage list.

In Yerevan, visit the Genocide memorial representing a dramatic phase of Armenian history in the 20th century.

Take a guided tour inside the most innovative TUMO center for creative technologies, the best technological school of the region.

The tour program of the day ends at the Yerevan Brandy Factory famous for its Ararat brandy. Learn about the preparation process of Armenian brandy during the tour around the factory and discover the exquisite taste of this drink.

3

Yerevan – Lake Sevan – Dilijan – Haghartsin monastery – UWC - Tsaghkadzor - Yerevan

On the third day of our family tour in Armenia, we’ll travel to the largest body of water in the Republic of Armenia – Lake Sevan. Considered the second highest freshwater lake in the world, Lake Sevan has an elevation of over 1900 meters above the sea level and is surrounded by volcanic mountain ranges. The lake is also famous for its peninsula, where a 10th-century monastery is located. The monastery provides a magnificent panoramic view of the lake.

Leaving the lake behind, we’ll drive to Dilijan, a spa resort town in Armenia, surrounded by the dense forests of the Dilijan National Park. You will see the rural style wooden houses with traditional furniture and attributes exhibited in the town’s ethnographic museum.

Explore the medieval monastic complex of Haghartsin, located away from the main roads and settlements, in a secluded forested area.

A guided tour inside the Dilijan International School (UWC) will introduce travelers to the best high-class boarding school in the region.

On the way back to Yerevan, we’ll visit the ski resort of Armenia – Tsaghkadzor. The rope-way takes travelers up to a mountain top from where some breathtaking views over the Teghenyats mountains open up.

Return to Yerevan.
4

Yerevan – Yerevan Metro Tour - Sasuntsi Davit Train Station - Khor Virap Monastery – Old Artashat – Armenian Khachkar Workshop – Areni-1 Cave - Noravank Monastery – Yerevan

Yerevan metro tour. We head to Sasuntsi David train station of Yerevan to see the Soviet neo-classicist building of the station with a contemporary spatial artwork by an Italian artist. From here, a 40-minute drive will take us to the monastery of Khor Virap (translated from Armenian as ‘deep pit’), truly the witness of historical conversion of Armenia from paganism to Christianity. The first Armenian Catholicos and the patron saint of the Armenian Apostolic Church was imprisoned here for 13 years.

The area where Khor Virap is located was once part of one of the ancient capitals of Armenia - Artashat, known as the “Armenian Carthage” during the Roman era. Explore the archaeological site of Old Artashat and get acquainted with the discoveries and ongoing excavations of the city.

On our way further south, we’ll visit an artist’s house in one of the nearby villages to get acquainted with the art of Armenian cross-stones – khachkars, inscribed in the UNESCO list of Intangible Cultural Heritage.

From here, we head to Armenia’s wine making region. Archaeological excavations of the last decade unveiled a history of local viticulture dating back to 3rd millennium BC. Visit the Areni-1 Cave where several major discoveries were made, including the world’s oldest leather shoe and the oldest winery.

Following a winding road through the volcanic canyon of Amaghu, we’ll travel to the monastery of Noravank, a secluded Christian monastery built in 13th century - a masterpiece of Armenian architecture, with elaborated ornaments and unique stone reliefs.

Return to Yerevan.
5

Yerevan – Garni Pagan Temple – Geghard Monastery – Levon’s Cave – Vernissage Market

Visit the 1th-century AD Hellenistic temple of Garni, located in the Kotayk province of Armenia, a 40-minute drive north-east of Yerevan. The temple seats on a cliff overlooking the breathtaking Azat gorge. Continuing the road, we’ll reach a stunning monastery carved out of a mountain – the monastery of Holy Spear or Geghard, sometimes referred to as the Armenian Petra. Part of the monastery was carved in a single massive rock in the 13th century AD. Both the temple of Garni and the Geghard monastery are recognized as UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Back in Yerevan, visit another man-made miracle – the Levon’s Divine Cave. It’s an astonishing large maze dug right under a small house where the family of the cave’s creator still lives.

Visit the open-air Vernissage market in the heart of Yerevan, where you can find variety of handmade works by local artisans representing Armenian culture. In the evening, enjoy the city night life and the Fountain Show on the Republic Square (from 9 to 11pm).

6

Yerevan – Armenian Alphabet Monument – Kari Lake – Byurakan – ArmAs vineyards – Yerevan

Travel to the slopes of mount Aragats - the highest peak in Armenia (4090m), visit the Armenian Alphabet monument dedicated to Armenian letters and the ancient history of Armenian language.

Drive up to an elevation of 3200 meters above sea level to see Lake Kari and feel the fresh air of the Armenian Highlands.

Our next destination is the Byurakan Observatory, where travelers will participate in a short scientific tour to get acquainted with Armenian astronomers and their discoveries. After the tour around the observatory, we’ll visit a folk theater to see a performance by local kids in traditional garments singing and dancing Armenian tunes.

Sum up the day at the ArmAs winery. Have a tour around their vast vineyards and factory, taste Armenian wine.

Return to Yerevan.
7

Checkout from hotel. Transfer to Zvartnots Airport. Departure from Yerevan.

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