Delve into the valleys of Southern Armenia

Dear Guest,
We offer you a journey, which will provide you with the opportunity to explore enchanting places of interest and the unique nature of the South Armenia.

Visit the warmest part of the country, where Armenian traditional hospitality is sure to be memorable.
You will be a witness of dramatic changes of landscapes: from lush forests to plain deserted areas, from high mountains to deep canyons, from newly built structures to precious medieval monuments.
Take your chance and feel the inseparable connection between you and untouched nature. We offer the best eco-tour through Armenia − an eloquent testimony of harmony, in which nature and culture of Armenia are in perfect tune with each other.



Experience the difference!

ITINERARY

Day 1 Yerevan 
Arrival at Zvartnots International Airport. Greeting and meeting, transfer to your hotel. Enjoy your leisure time.

Day 2 Yerevan: City tour
Today you will wake up in the ancient capital of Armenia − Yerevan. The guide will be waiting for you at the lobby of the hotel. We will take a stroll through the city which is older than Rome.
First, we will head to Abovyan Street, opened in 1863, where the first tram in Yerevan passed once. Later, we will continue to Yerevan Subway. Almost all the stations are very deep under the ground, which makes the temperature below 25°C even on the hottest days of summer. The next destination will be Cascade with its modern sculptures brought from all over the world. We can climb the stairs of Cascade to admire the whole city at a glance.
After exploring the Opera House, we will stroll through North Avenue and the Republic Square.
In the evening you will have some free time to explore the city at your own pace.

Day 3 Yerevan – Khostrov Reserve – Basalt Organs – Garni – Khor Virap – Areni
After breakfast, we will depart to Kotayk to unveil the marvels of this province.
We will stop at the green oasis, called Khosrov Forest, which is considered as one of the oldest protected areas in the world. Not far from here, we will cover another precious landmark named ''Symphony of Stones'', where a large number of basalt columns transform the landscape over the Azat River into a gigantic organ.
Later, we will hike up to the Pagan Temple of Garni and admire the magnificent natural scenery from the top.
In the afternoon, we will drive to the South. We will unfold the beauty of Khor Virap Monastery, which stands proudly in the plain Valley of Ararat and serves us the majestic view of the biblical Mount Ararat.
The trip will continue to the wine center of the county − Areni. Here, we will have wine degustation in a cellar and spend the rest of the day with the friendly host family.

Day 4 Areni – Noravank – Areni
Fresh air and the tweets of the birds will wake you up to enjoy a delicious breakfast. Later, we will head to Amaghu Gorge, where the stunning architectural treasure called Noravank Monastery is located. Together with the ancient structure, you will be gifted a stunning view of red-toned cliffs and gorgeous mountains from the top.
After an adventurous hike, we will return back to Areni and enjoy our well-deserved rest.

Day 5 Areni – Mozrov Caves – Herher
Today, we will depart to discover another natural wonder − Mozrov Caves. We will explore the mysterious caves with different geological formations.We will be accompanied by an experienced guide as we can get lost without professional assistance.
Afterwards, we will drive to Herher Village, where you will be warmly greeted by a host family.

Day 6 Herher − Vayots Sar − Herher
The day will begin with a fresh local breakfast in Herher.
Later, we will undertake a beautiful hike to Vayots Sar (2581 meters above sea level) and descend into its deep crater where a chapel was built. The surface of the extinct volcano looks like a windy desert. A plain downside part of the mountain is used as a pasture; this is why we can come across the animals while ascending the mountain.
After hiking, we will return to Herher to stay overnight.

Day 7 Herher – Gndevank – Karahunj – Goris
In the morning we will start the day of our adventures from the 10th century Monastery of Gndevank. The road to the monastery encompasses miles of stunning views of basalt columns.
Later, we will drive to the Province of Syunik to reveal the megalithic complex of Karahunj or Armenian Stonehenge − an observatory used by the locals about thousands of years ago.
In the evening, we will stop at a hotel in Goris.

Day 8 Goris – Khndzoresk – Tatev – Goris
The new day will start from a delicious breakfast in Armenian town Goris. Afterwards, we will visit Old Khndzoresk Village. This will be a real gift for nature lovers; the caves and rocks look as if they have cracked the mountain and came out on the surface.
Afterwards, we will continue to the Monastery of Tatev. The combination of architectural marvel, together with divine nature around, make Tatev one of the most visited and photographed places in Armenia. From there, we will take the longest reversible ropeway of the world called ''Wings of Tatev''. We will have a chance to enjoy the majestic view of the steep Vorotan Gorge, from the cabin of the ropeway.
At the end of the day, we will return to our hotel in Goris.

Day 9 Goris – Selim Caravanserei – Armaghan
Today, we will leave Goris and continue our tour to the caravanserai of Selim, located in the picturesque Valley of Selim, which used to be a shelter for travelers and their animals.
Our next destination will be Armaghan (2840 meters above sea level) volcanic mountain. When we reach the crater of the mountain, we will admire a marvelous lake of volcanic origin and Geghama Mountains that embrace the lake.
In this wild and picturesque area we will spend a night in tents.

Day 10 Armaghan − Yeranos − Noratus − Hayravank − Lake Sevan − Yerevan
Today we will proceed to Yeranos Village located on the shores of Sevan.
The route will continue to the ancient cemetery of Noratus, where the whole area is covered with numerous "khachkars".
Near the village of Hayravank, on the western shore of Lake Sevan, we will visit the Hayravank Monastery, built in the 9th century, which overlooks gorgeous lake Sevan.
Afterwards, we will head to Sevan peninsula to reveal another precious ancient structure − Sevanavank Monastery. Due to its great location, we will have a fantastic view over the "Blue Pearl" and its nearby area.
In the evening we will depart to the capital city.

Day 11 Yerevan: Matenadaran – Tsitsernakaberd – Vernissage
At the beginning of your day, we will visit the scientific center of the Matenadaran, which holds rich collection of ancient manuscripts and books that have been preserved as national treasure over many centuries.
After lunch, we will explore Tsitsernakaberd Memorial − the Museum and the Memorial of Genocide.
Next, we will visit the flea market "Vernissage", where you can take your time and buy traditional souvenirs that will always remind you of the holy land.
At the end of the day, you will be dropped-off to your hotel for packing your belongings.

Day 12 Return flight  
Transfer to the airport. Return to your homeland with full of memories.

PRICES & SERVICES

Price per Person: 1240 €
Single room surcharge: 110 €
Small group: 4-12 people

Services offered

Transport

• All transfers and transportation

Supervision
• Local English speaking guide

Accommodation, Food, Drinks
• 11 nights in comportable hotels (double room)
• Full Board
• Drinking Water

Entrance
• All entrance tickets

Travel preparation
• Travel documentation
• Maps

*International flight is not included in the price.

DATES



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Available 15.08.18 26.08.18 € 1240  € 110  

 

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NOTES

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.

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ITINERARY: «Eco-tour in the South»

 

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