ARATOURS cordially invites you to explore the highlights of Armenia within a short but colorful week. Enjoy the charming landscapes of the vast plains and rugged mountains, up to the breathtaking view of the majestic Mount Ararat. Experience the warm hospitality of the Armenians. Let yourself be seduced by the diversity of delicious specialties. The authentic encounters and exchanges with the locals bring you closer to the culture and traditions of this fascinating country.
Experience the difference!
Day 1 Yerevan
Arrival at Zvartnots international airport. Welcome and transfer to the hotel. Leisure time and settle in.
Day 2 Yerevan: Matenadaran – Megerian Carpets – Tsitsernakaberd – City Tour
Yerevan – one of the oldest cities in the world welcomes you and invites you for a nice city stroll. First, we visit Matenadaran Museum- the largest storage of spiritual and cultural heritage, and ancient manuscripts about the traditions and centuries-old history of Armenia. The building is located at the end of Mesrop Mashtots Boulevard and overlooks the whole city. Next, we visit the Megerian Carpet factory where we admire a wide range of diverse hand-knotted carpets. After a traditional lunch, we explore Tsitsernakaberd, the Armenian Genocide Museum and Memorial. After resting, we invite you to take another walk through the city.
Day 3 Yerevan - Amberd - Aragats –Yerevan
Aragats (4090 m) highest mountain in Armenia is our destination for today. On the way, we will explore a partially destroyed fortress of Amberd (2300 m above sea level) dating back to the 11th century. The complex of Amberd includes a rich variety of buildings: the tower, the bathhouse, the defensive walls and the Vahramashen Church. There is also a pleasant picnic spot next to the ruins and we will have a nice picnic there. Afterwards we will head to the Qari Lich. “Stone Lake’’ is a magnificent high mountain lake located on the top of Aragats. It is a popular destination for climbers. We will have the opportunity to admire the beauty of the alpine landscapes, with their beautiful variety of colors and natural resources, and we will breathe the fresh mountain air. Depending on your wishes, we can also go hike up to the East Summit (3650 m above sea level). Afterwards, we return to Yerevan. Leisure time.
Day 4 Yerevan – Lake Sevan – Geghard – Basalt Organs – Garni – Yerevan
At the beginning of the day we will drive to the majestic Lake Sevan, the splendid blue pearl of Armenia. We will explore the Church of Sevanavank with its five holy cross-stones located at the top of the peninsula. Then we will travel to Kotayk, the western province of Armenia. At the entrance to the Upper Azat Valley you will visit the Monastery of Geghard which dates back to the 13th century. In 2000, it was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The trip continues onwards to Garni, where we will admire the symphony of stones, the wonderful ensemble of organ pipes made of basalt. Finally, we will hike up to the pagan temple of Garni, a temple that dates back to the 1st century AD. Return to Yerevan. Leisure time.
Day 5 Yerevan - Khor Virap – Areni – Noravank - Yerevan
The picturesque South of Armenia awaits us with its fertile valleys and magnificent landscapes. We explore Khor Virap Monastery, a famous pilgrimage dating back to the 4th century AD. Armenia has an ancient winemaking tradition. You will have the opportunity to taste Armenian wine and have a traditional lunch at a family vineyard in Areni, in the "Armenian Bordeaux’’. To the South of Areni, in the Amaghu Gorge, we will admire the beauty of Noravank, one of the most beautiful monasteries in Armenia. After, we will take a coffee break in a cozy cave café. Return to Yerevan. Leisure time.
Day 6 Yerevan – Zvartnots - Etchmiadzin – Aknashen – Yerevan
Exploration trip to Etchmiadzin, the most important religious center of Armenia. On the way we will visit the ruins of the circular Cathedral of Zvartnots and St. Hripsime Church. Both date back to the 7th century. Later on, we will pay a visit to the Cathedral of Etchmiadzin. The trip continues to the village of Aknashen. Exciting encounters and warm hospitality will invite you to the Armenian table, interesting conversations, laughter and joy. You will get the unique opportunity to take part in the preparation of Lavash, traditional Armenian flat bread and taste Armenian specialties in a warm and cozy atmosphere. Full of splendid impressions we drive back to Yerevan. Leisure time.
Day 7 Free day in Yerevan
This day is free for your own discoveries and experiences. We are always happy to help you with our recommendation tips.
Day 8 Return flight
Transfer to the airport. End of our services
Price per Person: 650 €
Single room surcharge: 130 €
Small group: 4-12 people
• All transfers and transportation
• Local English speaking guide
Accommodation, Food, Drinks
• 7 nights in comfortable hotels (double room)
• Half Board
• Drinking Water
• All entrance tickets
• Travel documentation
*International flight is not included in the price.
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|Guaranteed||20.04.17||27.04.17||€ 590||€ 130|
|Guaranteed||15.05.17||22.05.17||€ 650||€ 130|
|Guaranteed||20.07.17||27.07.17||€ 590||€ 130|
|Guaranteed||12.10.17||19.10.17||€ 650||€ 130|
The tour route may be modified due to reasons of security, climate conditions, unexpected environmental damages, problems with road access, strikes, or local festivities. In such cases, we will strive to find the best possible solution.