$755 per person
This 1-week classic tour in Armenia is for those travelers who want to discover Armenia and its treasures. The tour provides 3 overnights in the capital of Armenia and 3 overnights in different regions of the country. After exploring Yerevan and its surroundings, you will head far south to visit prehistoric and medieval mysterious sites, see such contemporary engineering accomplishments as the Wings of Tatev reversible aerial tramway and the Khndzoresk suspension bridge. Leaving the vast landscapes of the south behind, head north to visit Lake Sevan. Wake up to breathtaking sceneries of the Dilijan spa resort town to enjoy the fresh mountainous air and taste traditional dishes prepared in a clay stove. Pagan and Christian periods of Armenia’s history will also be introduced by the only preserved Roman era temple of Garni and the mother cathedral of Etchmiadzin. Get the chance to taste dishes of traditional and contemporary Armenian cuisine. Armenian beverages make a part of your trip as you visit the 6000 years old cave in Areni, the cradle of Armenia’s winemaking traditions, and the legendary Ararat Brandy Factory in Yerevan. Traditional music and dance performances, or modern jazz clubs can be found everywhere in the city center. Evening Yerevan is listed as one of the ten safest cities to walk around, so feel free to relax and enjoy our friendly capital during your stay. Book your classic tour in Armenia with Route Armenia tour operator and discover the country with us!
- Yerevan city tour
- Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin
- Khor Virap monastery
- Areni-1 Cave & Noravank monastery
- Prehistoric archaeological site of Zorats Karer
- Khndzoresk cave town
- Tatev monastery
- Lake Sevan
- Vardzenyats mountain pass & Orbelian caravanserai
- Garni pagan temple & Geghard monastery
- Armenian wine & cognac tasting
- Traditional Armenian cuisine
IMPORTANT: The mentioned price is calculated for a group of 10 people with double occupancy at the Tufenkian Historic Yerevan Hotel. Accommodation outside Yerevan is provided at Arpa Hotel (Yeghagnadzor), Mirhav Hotel (Goris), Tufenkian Old Dilijan Hotel (Dilijan). 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.
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Arrival at Zvartnots airport, transfer to hotel.
Yerevan City Tour – Mother Armenia – Republic Square – Yerevan Metro - Cascade – Matenadaran - Genocide Memorial – Agricultural Market
A city tour in Yerevan to explore the different layers of its history. Visit the Mother Armenia monument located in the Victory Park, which provides one of the best panoramic views over the capital of Armenia with Mount Ararat in the background. Explore the central Republic Square and the surrounding parks, then take an underground tour to the administrative district of the downtown where the Parliament building, the Presidential Palace, the National Academy of Science and other cultural buildings are located. Walking along the Baghramyan Avenue, we’ll visit the Cascade complex and the Cafesjian park to see the contemporary art center with its unique collection. Our next stop is Matenadaran – the museum of ancient manuscripts. Learn about the ancient Armenian alphabet and the long traditions of translation skills. From here, we’ll drive to the Genocide memorial, representing one of the most tragic events in Armenian history which today makes a significant part of Armenian national identity. Another stop at the agricultural market of Yerevan, where you can get acquainted with local produce.
(The schedule of the first day of the tour program will be adjusted in accordance with the arrival time.)
On the second day, make a pilgrimage tour 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. Next stop is the open-air museum of Zvartnots where you’ll see the ruins of St. Gregory church. Lean about its excavation and reconstruction history at the nearby museum. Etchmiadzin Cathedral, St. Hripsime church and Zvartnots cathedral are included in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list.
Return to Yerevan. Enrich your journey at the History Museum of Armenia. Established in 1920, the museum represents the history of the country from ancient to modern days through its archaeology, ethnography, numismatics and documentary collections. Finish the tour program by tasting Armenian cognac at the renowned Ararat Brandy Factory and visiting the Megerian carpet museum and factory to discover the unknown history of ancient traditions of carpet weaving in Armenia.
We head to the southern regions of Armenia. A short stop by the Sasuntsi David train station of Yerevan to see the Soviet neo-classicist building of the station with a contemporary spatial art work by an Italian artist. After a 40-minute drive, we’ll reach the monastery of Khor Virap (translated from Armenian as a ‘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. And 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.
Continuing our road through the Ararat valley and up the breathtaking mountains of Urts range, we head to the cradle of wine making in Armenia. 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.
Our next destination is the 13th-century Noravank monastery, an architectural masterpiece with elaborated ornaments and unique stone reliefs, once a major religious and cultural center of medieval Armenia.
Accommodation in a local house in the nearby town of Yeghegnadzor.
Our exploration of Armenia’s south continues. Leaving Yeghegnadzor, we head to the prehistoric archaeological site of Zorats Karer, known among travelers as the Stonehenge of Armenia. Ancient petroglyphs were discovered in the nearby mountains.
Travel to the renowned village of Tatev. Take a ride on the longest reversible aerial tramway in the world listed in the Guinness Book of world records. The ropeway takes travelers to Armenia’s largest medieval monastery and educational center – the Tatev Monastery. The monastery seats on a vast plateau, overlooking the Vorotan gorge.
Head to Khndzoresk - a cave town that was inhabited until the middle of 20th century. Hike down the steps and walk over the longest suspension bridge in Armenia that connects the two sides of the canyon. Explore the natural and man-made cave dwellings, the 17th-century small basilica nestled in the canyon and taste fresh mountain spring water.
Overnight in the city of Goris, a 20-minute drive from Khndzoresk.
We leave the southern regions of Armenia and travel up north, crossing the Vardenyats mountain pass, known among locals as Selim pass. Once a part of the famous Silk Road, the Vardenyats pass is home to the only well-preserved caravanserai in Armenia. It was built by the Orbelian noble family as an overnight stop for merchants.
Continue to the shores of Lake Sevan, the largest body of water in the Republic of Armenia. Considered the second highest freshwater lake in the world, Sevan has an elevation of over 1900 meters above the sea level and is surrounded by mountain ranges.
Visit the medieval cemetery in the village of Noratus, home to the largest field of Armenian khachkars (cross stones) dating from 9th to 20th centuries.
Our next destination is the town of Dilijan, a spa resort in Armenia, surrounded by the lush forests of the Dilijan National Park.Overnight in Dilijan.
Morning visit to Sharambeyan museum displaying a collection of local wooden furniture and other folklore items. A guided tour inside the Dilijan International School (UWC), the best high-class boarding school in the region.
Leaving Dilijan, we’ll travel to Lake Sevan and its peninsula where the 10th-century Sevanavank monastery is located. Enjoy a stunning panoramic view of Lake Sevan that opens up from the monastery.
Our next destination is the pagan temple in Garni, located in the Kotayk province of Armenia. A short stop at the Charents Arch, a viewpoint providing a spectacular view of the Biblical Mount Ararat. In Garni, we’ll visit the only preserved Hellenistic temple dating back to the 1st century AD. The temple seats on a cliff overlooking the Azat gorge canyon where one of Armenia’s most impressive natural monuments is located – the basalt columns of the Symphony of Stones.
Continuing the road, we’ll reach another must-visit site of Armenia, the monastery of Holy Spear or Geghard. According to tradition, the lance that pierced the body of Christ was brought to Armenia and was kept in this monastery. Hewn into a huge rock, this 13th-century monastery is sometimes referred to as the Armenian Petra.Return to Yerevan. Farewell dinner.
Checkout from hotel. Transfer to Zvartnots Airport. Departure from Yerevan.
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