Planning a short trip to Armenia and want to spend your time hiking and exploring the country’s cultural and natural sites? We’ve got you covered! “Armenian Adventures” is a 5-day hiking tour in Armenia that combines trips to some of the country’s must-visit destinations with an opportunity to hike and enjoy the mesmerizing beauty of our nature.
Learn about the poly-layered history of Yerevan during a walking tour around Armenia’s capital, visit unique and breathtaking UNESCO World Heritage sites, climb one of the peaks of Mount Aragats, the highest mountain in Armenia, embrace the serenity of majestic Lake Sevan and hike in the forests of Dilijan National Park.
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- Walking tour in Yerevan
- Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site Garni pagan temple
- See the Symphony of Stones, a unique natural monument in Armenia
- Hike to the ruins of Havuts Tar monastery in the Khosrov Forest state reserve
- Climb the souther peak of Mount Aragats, the highest mountain in Armenia
- Admire the magnifest blue peark of Armenia, Lake Sevan
- Hike from Parz Lake to Goshavank monastery through the forests of Dilijan National Park
- Taste Armenain cognac at Ararat Brandy Factory
(Please note that this tour is available from April to November only.)
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Arrival at Zvartnots airport. Transfer to hotel. Lunch. Walking tour in the city.
Mother Armenia - Cascade - Opera House - Mashtots Avenue - Kond Old District - Parajanov Museum - St. Sarkis Cathedral - Blue Mosque - Republic Square
Walking tour around Yerevan. We’ll start our exploration of Armenia’s capital from 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.
From here, we’ll proceed to one of most iconic landmarks of Yerevan - the Cascade complex, and will walk down to the building of Yerevan Opera Theatre, getting acquainted with the Cafesjian centre’s unique collection of contemporary artworks displayed under the open sky along the way.
A relaxing walk along the Mashtots Avenue will take us to our next destination, the Kond Old District. Feel the breath of the 18th-century Yerevan. Roaming the narrow streets of Kond, we will descend to Paronyan street and will visit the Sergei Parajanov museum: a unique revolutionary artist who gave a new interpretation to traditional Armenian symbolism.
Our next destination is the St. Sarkis cathedral. Overlooking the Hrazdan canyon, Victory bridge and the setting of the former Yerevan fortress, this cathedral was rebuilt on the same site where a monastery consisting of 3 churches was operating since the early days of Christianity. The old monastery was destroyed during an earthquake in 17th century.
Yerevan is also home to the only acting mosque on the territory of Armenia - the Blue Mosque. Its cozy small garden is a favorite hideaway from the hustle and bustle of the city.
A mesmerizing fountain show (summer evenings only) at the Republic Square, the heart of Yerevan, will conclude our day’s program.
(The schedule of the first day of the tour program will be adjusted in accordance with the arrival time.)
Yerevan - Garni Pagan Temple - Symphony of Stones - Havuts Tar Monastery - Garni village - Geghard Monastery - Yerevan
Breakfast in Yerevan. We leave the capital of Armenia and travel to the village of Garni to visit the 1st-century AD Hellenistic temple of Garni, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Our hike begins here from the temple. Following a cobbled road that eventually turns into a narrow path, we’ll walk down to Azat canyon to see one of the most impressive natural monuments of Armenia - the basalt columns of the Symphony of Stones.
Walking along the Azat river, we’ll reach the Khosrov Forest state reserve and hike to the 13th-century Havuts Tar monastic complex. Nestled on top of a hill, Havuts Tar provides some stunning views over the Azat canyon and the nearby villages.
We’ll take the same route to return to the village of Garni, where we’ll have a lunch, after which we’ll visit an incredible 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.
Return to Yerevan. Dinner at a traditional Armenian restaurant (upon request).
Yerevan - Kari Lake - Mount Aragats (southern peak) - Amberd Fortress - Yerevan
We leave Yerevan early in the morning and travel to Mount Aragats, the highest peak of Armenia. Passing by the town of Ashtarak and villages of Agarak and Byurakan, we’ll reach the Kari Lake, located about 3200 meters above sea level. From here, we’ll start our ascension to the southern peak of Mt. Aragats (3887 meters). A stunning view over the crater and the three other peaks of the mountain opens up from the southern peak.
Just like the Biblical Mt. Ararat, Aragats was considered sacred. According to one of the legends, the first patriarch and the patron saint of the Armenian Apostolic Church Gregory the Illuminator once climbed the Mt. Aragats and prayed there, and while he was praying, an everlasting lantern appeared in the sky. The lantern symbolized the hopes and dreams of the Armenians. Many Armenian poets, writers, painters and musicians dedicated their works to this mountain.
On the way back to Yerevan, we’ll visit the 7th-century Amberd fortress located on the slopes of Mt. Aragats at an elevation of 2300 meters above sea level.
Yerevan - Lake Sevan - Dilijan - Parz Lake - Goshavank Monastery - Yerevan
On the fourth day of our tour, 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.
We then continue our road to Dilijan, a spa resort town in Armenia. From the nearby Parz Lake we’ll start our hike through the dense forests of the Dilijan National Park to reach the village of Gosh. The village is home to the medieval monastery of Goshavank, which served as a law academy in the 12-13th centuries.Dinner at Kchuch restaurant. Return to Yerevan.
Yerevan - Matenadaran - Ararat Brandy Factory - Vernissage market - Zvartnots Airport - Departure from Yerevan
Start the day with a visit to Matenadaran – the museum of ancient manuscripts. Learn about the ancient Armenian alphabet and the long traditions of translation skills. Matenadaran is one of must-visit museums in Yerevan.
Head to 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.
Explore the open-air Vernissage market in the heart of Yerevan and discover a wide variety of handmade works by local artisans representing Armenian culture.
Lunch. Transfer to Zvartnots airport. Departure from Yerevan.
(The schedule of the last day of the tour program will be adjusted in accordance with the departure time.)
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