$590 per person
“Hello, Armenia!” is a 5-day radial tour in Armenia that includes all the main destinations and give the newcomers an introduction to Armenia’s poly-layered history. You spend a full day in Yerevan, walking and driving along the most important as well as hidden places of the city, exploring the old and new streets of Yerevan, visiting the museum of ancient manuscripts and tasting the legendary Ararat cognac. The tour takes travelers to a Roman era pagan temple and a rock-carved Christian monastery. Walk the paths of the first Armenian Christians and get acquainted with the development of Armenian national architecture. Armenia is a depository of water and fresh spring water comes to our homes right from snow-capped mountains. Breath the cool air of Lake Sevan and travel through the lush forests of the Dilijan National Park. In addition, visit the UWC international school in Dilijan to get acquianted with the contemporary Armenia and its growing potential. This tour program allows travelers to spend their evenings in Yerevan, enjoy the friendly atmosphere of the city and taste local food and drinks. Book your tour in Armenia with Route Armenia tour operator and discover the country with us!
- Yerevan city tour
- History Museum of Armenia
- Megerian Carpet factory & museum
- Pagan temple of Garni
- Geghard monastery – the monastery of Holy Spear
- Khor Virap monastery
- Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin
- Lake Sevan & Sevanavank monastery
- Dilijan spa resort town
- Goshavank monastery
- Armenian cognac tasting
- Authentic Armenian cuisine
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Arrival in Yerevan. Transfer to hotel.Yerevan City Tour – Mother Armenia – Republic Square – Yerevan Metro - Cascade – Matenadaran - Genocide Memorial – Agricultural Market - Megerian Carpet Museum
The first day of the tour program is dedicated to Armenia’s capital – Yerevan. Explore the different layers of the city’s history, visit the Mother Armenia monument located in the Victory Park. A mesmerizing panoramic view over the capital of Armenia with Mount Ararat in the background opens up from here. Explore the main square of Yerevan, the Republic Square, then take a metro 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 Genocide memorial to learn about one of the most tragic events in Armenian history. Another stop is at the agricultural market of Yerevan, where you can get acquainted with local produce. An evening visit to the Megerian carpet museum and factory to discover the unknown history of ancient traditions of carpet weaving in Armenia.
(The schedule of the first day of the tour program will be adjusted in accordance with the arrival time.)
Visit the 1st-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 wonder – 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.
Sum up 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.
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).
Excursion to arguably the two most significant monasteries in the history of Christianity in Armenia. A short stop by the Sasuntsi David train station of Yerevan to see the Soviet neo-classicist building of the station, which today houses 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.
Our next destination is the spiritual center of Armenia – Etchmiadzin. In 301AD, it was ordained as the first Christian Armenian church. Today, Etchmiadzin is the spiritual center of all Armenians, and the residency of the Armenian Catholicos is located here. To have a better understanding of the Armenian national ecclesiastical architecture, we’ll then visit the St. Hripsime church, a masterpiece of Armenian architecture.
A trip to the Ararat cognac factory will be our last stop of the day. During the tour around the factory, you will learn about the history and traditions of brandy in Armenia and will have an opportunity to taste Armenian brandy that has a history of over 130 years.
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.
Leaving the lake behind, we’ll drive to Dilijan, the spa resort city of 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. Visit the nearby medieval monastery of Goshavank, which served as a law academy in the 12-13th centuries. Education is modernized in the Dilijan International School (UWC), where you can have a guided tour to see the best high class boarding school in the region.
Return to Yerevan. Enjoy the farewell dinner with traditional Armenian music and dance show.
Checkout from hotel. Transfer to Zvartnots Airport. Departure from Yerevan.
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