Day 1

Transfer from Airport to Yerevan.

Hotel accommodation in Yerevan

14:00-17:00 City tour begin in VICTORY PARK, situated on a hill north of the city, where you will see the towering statue of MOTHER ARMENIA up close. The next stop is MATENADARAN MUSEUM, which houses of ancient manuscripts covering topics as philosophy, law, mathematics, medicine and geography. Continue to Cascade, a long stairway alongside multiple levels of fountains with it’s amazing sculptures square of world famous artists as Botero, Chadwick, Flanagan. Then we will move to the REPUBLIC SQUARE with it magnificent buildings enhanced by singing fountains, via NORTHERN AVENUE, an ambitious project of independent Armenia to FREEDOM SQUARE AND OPERA HOUSE.

20:00 Dinner at the restaurant

Day 2

09:00 Breakfast at the hotel

10:30 Excursion to the St. Etcmiadzin, Church of Saint Hripsime, Church of Saint Gayane and Cathedral Zvartnots

Although there are various historical landmarks in Armenia, the oldest and most well-known is probably the Biblical Mount Ararat. This is why our tour promises a spectacular view from the closest spot possible.

Whilst travelling to Armenia, you may just be interested in seeing the world’s first Christian Cathedral church. ECHMIADZIN is considered to be the spiritual center of all Armenians all over the world! The word itself means a place where “the only begotten son of the God descended”.

You will visit the Church of St HRIPSIME, which was built on the sepulcher of a Christian nun Hripsime who fled from the Roman Empire and was killed in Armenia. This amazing building has stood upright from the day of its construction since 618 A.D, making it one of the oldest standing churches in the world.

Five minutes’ drive away will be our next spot: the 7th century church of St. GAYANE.

Gayane was the name of an abbess who was martyred with other nuns by Tiridates III of Armenia in the year 301, and subsequently made a saint of the Armenian Apostolic Church.

The Church of Saint Gayane is a 7th-century Armenian Church in Vagharshapat (Etchmiadzin), the religious center of Armenia. It is located within walking distance from the Etchmiadzin Cathedral of 301. St. Gayane was built by Catholicos Ezra I in the year 630. Its design has remained unchanged despite partial renovations of the dome and some ceilings in 1652.

In 2000, Saint Gayane Church was listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites along with historical churches of Vagharshapat.

After this stop, you will be able to observe the world’s first Christian Cathedral-the Holy Echmiadzin, built in 301-304. According to the legend, Jesus Christ descended on the same spot where the Dissention Altar stands today, where Gregory the Illuminator ordered to build the church.

13:00-14:00 Launch in “Machanenc Tourism and Art”

CATHEDRAL ZVARTNOTS was built at a time when much of Armenia had just recently been occupied by the invasions of Armenia by the early Muslim Arabs who were progressively occupying the Sasanian Persia/Iran of which Armenia was a part at the time. Construction of the cathedral began in 643 under the guidance of Catholicos Nerses III (nicknamed the Builder). Dedicated to St. Gregory, it was located the place, where a meeting between King Trdat III and Gregory the Illuminator was supposed to have taken place. According to the medieval Armenian historian Movses Kaghankatvatsi, the cathedral was consecrated in 652.

Zvartnots remained standing until the end of the 10th century, but historical sources are silent as to the cause of its collapse. A close copy of the cathedral was erected at Ani out by Trdat the Architect under the reign of Gagik I Bagratuni during the final decade of the 10th century. The contemporary Armenian historian Stepanos Taronetsi referred to Zvartnots when describing the church that Gagik I had inaugurated as a large structure at Vałaršapat (Vagharshapat), dedicated to the same saint that had fallen into ruins.

16:00 Excursion to the “Yerevan Brandy Factory” with degustation

Duration 6-7 h

Free evening     

Day 3

09:00 Breakfast at the hotel

10:00 Check out from hotel

10:30 Excursion to the Khor Virap-Noravank-Areni Cavern-Karahunj-Goris

KHOR VIRAP is one of the most popular destinations in Armenia for a number of reasons, primarily because it is where Grigor Luisavorich (St. Gregory the Illuminator) was imprisoned for 13 years before curing King Trdat III of a disease. This caused the conversion of the king and Armenia into the first officially Christian nation in the world in the year 301. To this day you can visit the underground chamber which he was imprisoned in, located in the nondescript St. Gevorg Chapel apart from the main church.

The large St. Astvatsatsin church at Khor Virap was built in the 17th century and is typical in design, but with a lack of virtually any decorative carving, or elements. It is located in a fort like complex with a nice courtyard.

ARENI is one of the ancient villages of historical Syunik. The Areni-1 Cave Complex has proven to be a treasure trove of Copper Age artifacts including the oldest shoe, brain, and winery in the world!

First investigated by archaeologists in 2007, the ever-giving Areni caves consist of a number of burial sites dating back to 5000-4000 BCE. The miraculous finds began almost as soon as digging begun. Among the artifacts the Armenian-Irish excavation teams discovered were a series of clay pots, each containing the skull of a pre-teen corpse. Remarkably, one of these skulls still held a piece of well-preserved brain tissue, making it the oldest example of the Neolithic brain ever discovered. But the amazing finds didn’t stop there. In 2010, excavators discovered a sewn leather shoe dating back to the Copper Age. While sandals and other primitive footwear have been discovered from era’s farther back, the foot wrap is the oldest example of its kind in existence. Shortly after finding the ancient footwear, the researchers then discovered what seemed to be an ancient wine press. The wine-making site is, unsurprisingly, also the earliest proof of wine-making ever found. Since 2009, the traditional, annual Armenian "Wine Festival" has been held in the village.

14:00-15:00 Lunch and wine degustation in Areni

NORAVANK Monastery is a hauntingly preserved religious complex sitting in a picturesque valley. However, it may not be standing today if it were not for the eyes on a representation of God.

It was built in the XIII-XIV centuries, on the ledge of a narrow meandering gorge of the Arpa river tributary near the town of Yeghegnadzor. The gorge is famous for its sheer red rocks, towering behind the monastery, on the territory of which is located the two-storeyed church of St. Astvatsatsin with narrow cantilever stairs. The monastery is sometimes called Amagu Noravank, in order to distinguish it from the monastery of Bkheno Noravank near the town of Goris. Amagu is the name of a small village that once towered over the gorge. In the XIII-XIV centuries the monastery became the residence of the bishops of Syunik and, accordingly, the major spiritual and then cultural centre of Armenia, closely connected with many local and educational institutions and, first of all, with the famous university and the library of Gladzor.

The site boasts incredible items excavated in 2008-2010, among which is the world’s oldest shoe 5,500 years old. Explore the unique cavern’s ritual and burial halls. Visit outstanding archaeological site KARAHUNJ or ZORATS KARER is also known as Carahunge, Karahunj, Qarahunj. It is located in an area of around 7 hectares and covers the site nearby the Dar river canyon, close to the city of Sisan. The ancient site is often called the ''Armenian Stonehenge'', but the truth of what it is may be even more fascinating. According to researchers, Zorats Karer could be among the world's oldest astronomical observatories, and is at least 3500 years older than British Stonehenge.

The first excavation of 1980 focused on religious worship meaning of the standing 222 stones, while recent researches started lively discussions about site’s origin as observatory established 7500 years ago.

Hotel accommodation in Goris

Duration 8 h

Day 4

09:00 Breakfast at the hotel

10:00 Check out from hotel

10:30 Excursion to the Tatev-Kndzoresk-Shushi -Stepanakert

TATEV MONASTERY is a 9th-century Armenian Apostolic monastery located on a large basalt plateau near the Tatev village in Syunik Province in southeastern Armenia. The term "Tatev" usually refers to the monastery. The monastic ensemble stands on the edge of a deep gorge of the Vorotan River. Tatev is known as the bishopric seat of Syunik and played a significant role in the history of the region as a center of economic, political, spiritual and cultural activity. In the 14th and 15th centuries, the monastery hosted one of the most important Armenian medieval universities, the University of Tatev, which contributed to the advancement of science, religion and philosophy, reproduction of books and development of miniature painting. Scholars of the Tatev University contributed to the preservation of Armenian culture and creed during one of its most turbulent periods in its history. "Wings of Tatev" is an airway to the natural and historical treasures of Syunik which is the southern region of Armenia. This is the longest on-stop double track cable car in the world (5752 m), which is included in the Guinness World Records. You can reach Tatev Monastery with the cable car "WINGS OF TATEV" for 12 minutes of an unforgettable flight over the gorge of the stormy Vorotan River.

KHNDZORESK is a great place for hiking and spelunking. There are a very large number of caves, although most of them are manmade and rather small. There are ruins of an old village, churches, tombs, great rock formations, springs and a new bridge that spans the gorge. There is a lot of stinging nettle, so pants might save you some pain.

Khndzoresk is a medieval and early modern village largely hewn into the soft rock.  At the bottom of the gorge, turn downstream to reach a S. Hripsime Church of 1663. On a spur beyond on the right side of the gorge is a 17th c. Anapat (hermitage), with the tomb of Mkhitar Sparapet, who was Davit Bek's chief aide and successor in his war to drive out the infidel Muslims. Mkhitar was murdered in 1730 by the nervous Armenian villagers of Khndzoresk, who had vainly beseeched him to hole up in his own stronghold rather than their village. The Ottoman Pasha in Tabriz, to whom they presented his head, found this treachery distasteful, and decapitated the murderers. The site is green and memorable. There is a 17th c. cave church of St. Tadevos somewhere about, and a couple of 17th c. spring monuments.

SHUSHI is the administrative center of the same name region of Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh). The city is considered to be the former capital of the republic and up to the 20th century played an important role in cultural and economic lives of Artsakh as well as whole Transcaucasia.

The ceramic and clay objects of 14-13 cc BC, found in the territory of Shushi, prove that there was a fortress-settlement here in the remote past. Due to the inaccessible location, Shushi served as a defensive area for the Armenian population of Vananda, Artsakh region, Great Hayk; later, being protected by defensive walls, it became one the most important fortresses of Vananda melikdom. There are ancient cemeteries near the city; Armenian khachkars («cross-stones») and pottery of 9-12 cc were found in the territory.

Shushi was an important center of Armenian culture, where education and, especially, printing were highly developed. In 1827-1920 Shushi had 5 printing houses, more than 150 books were published here.

In 1991-1992 Stepanakert and other settlements were bombed from Shushi (hundreds of people died during this war). During Artsakh battlethe city served as military base for the Azerbaijani army. In 1992, May the 6th, Shushi was liberated due to the effort of Artsakh army. Now 3000 people live in Shushi; many of them are refugees from Sumgait and Baku. The city was badly damaged because of the war. In 2007 new city plan was created. It is intended to renovate Shushi as a cultural center.

14:00-15:00 Lunch

STEPANAKERT is the capital of the Artsakh (Nagorno Karabakh) Republic. It was originally known as Vararakn "rapid creek" in Armenian during the medieval era and was later renamed Khankendi (Xankəndior "khan's village" in Turkish) in 1847. Its present name was assumed in 1923 and was derived from Stepan Shahumyan, an Armenian Bolshevik.

1923 is also the year Stepanakert was made the capital of Karabakh. Karabakh has a population of well under 200.000 people, which means the capital of Stepanakert, with an estimated 40.000 residents is more a large town than a city. There is not too much to see in Stepanakert, but it is centrally located in the republic and makes the perfect base for day trips to any site. There is a new north-south highway in Karabakh linking Martakert in the north and Hadrut to the south, with Stepanakert right in the middle.

The main tourist site in Stepanakert is in the outskirts, on the western side of the road leading northwards. It is the monument called popularly "Mamik and Babik", an old Armenian man and woman hewn from rock. They represent the mountain people of Karabakh. Aside from this there is also a small museum near the main open market, where you can try local specialties like “Jingalov Hats”, “mulberry raisins, mulberry vodka” and other goodies. The main square of town with a Hotel Armenia, Parliament building and a popular park are a good place to see the locals strolling in the evening.

Hotel accommodation in Stepanakert, Artsakh

Duration 8 h

Free evening

Day 5

09:00 Breakfast at the hotel

10:00 Check out from hotel

10:30 Excursion to the Stepanakert-Gandzasar-Dadivank-Noradus-Hayravanq-Sevanavank-Dilijan

We will visit to the 13th century GANDZASAR Monastery, literally translates as “Treasure hill’’. Beautiful architecture, rich history, unique carvings, fantastic mountains and gorgeous scenery from the monastery will make your visit unforgettable one.

Next, we will visit to the DADIVANK Monastery (also Khutavank) is the largest monastic complex in Artsakh-Karabakh and one of true masterpieces of Armenian medieval architecture. It is located in the northwestern part of Martakert district, of Artsakh's historical province of Upper Khachen. Dadivank was first mentioned in medieval chronicles in the 9th century. The monastic complex of Dadivank consists of the Memorial Cathedral (Katoghike), Church of the Holy Virgin, Chapel, Memorial Bell-Tower and several auxiliary buildings.

According to the legend, the monastery was founded at the end of the 1st century AD and named after one of apostle Judes disciples, St. Dadi, who martyred preaching Christianity in the Eastern Territory of Armenia.

LAKE SEVAN is the largest body of water in Armenia and the Caucasus region. It is one of the largest freshwaters high-altitude (alpine) lakes in Eurasia. The lake is situated in Gegharkunik Province, at an altitude of 1,900m (6,234ft) above sea level. The total surface area of its basin is about 5,000km2 (1,900sq/mi), which makes up 1⁄6of Armenia's territory. The lake itself is 1,242km2(480sq/mi), and the volume is 32.8km3 (7.9cu/mi). It is fed by 28 rivers and streams. Only 10% of the incoming water is drained by the Hrazdan River, while the remaining 90% evaporates.

The lake provides some 90% of the fish and 80% of the crayfish catch of Armenia. Sevan has significant economic, cultural, and recreational value. Its only island is home to a medieval monastery.

NORATUS CEMETERY is a medieval cemetery with a large number of early khachkars located in the village of Noratus, Gegharkunik marz near Gavar and Lake Sevan, 90km north of Yerevan. The cemetery has the largest cluster of khachkars in the Republic of Armenia. It is currently the largest surviving cemetery with khachkars.

The oldest khachkars in the cemetery date back to the late 10th century. During the revival of the khachkar tradition in the 16-17th centuries many khachkars were built under the yoke of the Safavid Empire when oriental influences seeped into Armenian art.

HAYRAVANK is a 9th to 12th century Armenian monastery located just northeast of the village of Hayravank along the southwest shores of Lake Sevan. The monastic complex consists of a church, chapel, and gavit.

Surrounding the monastery are numerous khachkars and gravestones that are part of a small cemetery. To the northwest a short distance from the site, are the remains of Bronze Age through medieval fortification walls and foundations of a settlement. A polished black vessel of the Early Bronze Age was discovered during archaeological excavations in the area. The church at Hayravank was built during the late 9th century. It is a quatrefoil cruciform central-plan structure with four semi-circular apses that intersect to create squinches for the octagonal drum and conical dome to stand above.

13:00-14:00 Lunch in Sevan

SEVANAVANK is a monastic complex located on a peninsula at the northwestern shore of Lake Sevan not far from the town of Sevan. Initially the monastery was built at the southern shore of a small island. After the artificial draining of Lake Sevan, which started in the era of Joseph Stalin, the water level fell about 20 metres, and the island transformed into a peninsula. At the southern shore of this newly created peninsula, a guesthouse of the Armenian Writers' Union was built. The eastern shore is occupied by the Armenian president's summer residence, while the monastery's still active seminary moved to newly constructed buildings at the northern shore of the peninsula.

Hotel accommodation in Dilijan

Duration 8h

Free evening

Day 6

09:00 Breakfast at the hotel

10:30 Excursion to the Lake Parz- monastery Goshavanq

DILIJAN is a town in northern Armenia. It's known for spa resorts and traditional craft workshops. The town is surrounded by the forests of Dilijan National Park. The Geological Museum and Art Gallery displays archaeological finds and international art. North of town, Haghartsin Monastery is a complex of stone churches. East, Goshavank Monastery is known for its intricate khachkars, or carved stones.

LAKE PARZ is a small lake located in the Dilijan National Park east of Dilijan in Armenia. The lake was formed by natural climatic changes. "Parz" in Armenian means pure.

Ecotourism route

For ecotourism lovers and for those who want to discover and feel the whole beauty of Dilijan we can offer unforgettable special designed ecotourism route. With the help of local guide, you'll have the opportunity to get a closer and more entertaining look at the city’s flora and fauna. The route starts from Lake Parz. The route duration is 2.5 hours, distance is 7.5 km. This safe yet unforgettable experience will enable you to observe a variety of amphibian species around: Arctium palladini, Rose, Hypericum perforatum, Origanum, Polygonatum, Raspberry and etc. While passing the route, you can see a wildcat, long-eared hedgehog, deer, fox and grey rabbit. You'll even be able to try wild fruits such as blackberries, strawberries and raspberries and etc. Experience ecotourism and get a much closer look at Dilijan's flora and fauna. See below schematic diagram of the route.

Monastery GOSHAVANK previously known as Nor Getik is a 12th - or 13th-century Armenian monastery located in the village of Gosh in the Tavush Province of Armenia. Today the monastery is not a functioning religious complex, although it remains a popular tourist destination and has recently undergone some light restoration. These restorations are being financed by an Islamic individual from the United Arab Emirates. The impressive monastery which has remained in relatively good condition also houses one of the world's finest examples of a khachkar.

We have two options for crossing the road from Lake Parz to the Goshavank. First, we can choose to walk through Dilijan national park forest, accompanied by local guide or go by car.

Lunch 14:00-15:00

Duration 6h

Free evening

Day 7

09:00 Breakfast at the hotel

10:00 Check out from hotel

11:30 Excursion to the Dilijan-Haghartsin-Haghpat-Dzoraget

DILIJAN known as Armenian Switzerland, and attracts visitors with lash forests, fertile meadows, rushing river Aghstev, stunning and quiet nature Stroll through the picturesque old quarter, particularly Sharambeyan street and its pottery, carpentry and other artisan shops. And taking another 18km drive through forest road find out the hidden treasure- 13th c HAGHARTSIN monastery.

Immerse yourself into the idyllic beauty of Lori region. Debed canyon, Pambak and Lori mountain chains, rushing river Debed will make your drive into very enjoyable experience.

Explore the World Heritage UNESCO site Haghpat monastery founded in 976 during the reign of king Ashot III Bagratouni. The oldest structure of the Monastery is the church of St. Nshan. It is of the domed hall type and was consecrated in 991.The monastic complex also includes: a small domed church of St.Grigor, the chapel of St.Astvatsatsin, the scriptorium, the refectory which is outside of the monastery limits.

Lunch 14:00-15:00

Hotel accommodation in Dzoraget

Duration 6h

Free evening

Day 8

00 Breakfast at the hotel

11:00 Check out from hotel

11:30 Transfer to the Yerevan with the visit of the medieval fortress ANBERD and ARMENIAN ALPHABET ALLEY on the southern slopes of the Mount Aragats. It stands on the rocky cliff on the height of 2100 meters protected from two sides with deep gorges at the junction of rivers Anberd and Arkashen. There is only one serpentine road leading to it that passes through mountains. That is why it is impossible to get there in winter when everything is covered in snow.

The history of Anberd goes back to the 7th century when Armenian princes Kamsarakan started their construction of the fortress. With the time, a small outpost turned into a well-protected fortress. Despite excellent protection of Anberd, it was invaded by Seljuks coming from Central Asia in the end of the 11th century. Later, in the 13th century, Mongols captured and destroyed this beautiful fortress. No later than a century, Anberd was reconstructed and served as an outpost for several hundreds of years, however today it has only its church preserved.

14:00-15:00 Lunch in Ashtarak

Hotel accommodation in Yerevan

Duration 7h

Free evening

Day 9

09:00 Breakfast at the hotel

10:30 Excursion to Garni-Gegard

GARNI - Explore Armenia’s UNESCO World Heritage-listed treasures on this Garni-Geghard tour from Yerevan. You will stop at Charents ARCH where we'll have a fantastic view to Mount Ararat. Visit the iconic Temple of Garni considered the country’s most important symbol of pre-Christian Armenia-with a guide and admire the classical Hellenistic architecture you find.

The Goght River in Armenia carves through this beautiful, eye-catching gorge, referred to as Garni Gorge and located next to a village with the same name. The cliffs themselves are extremely beautiful, consisting mainly of well-preserved basalt columns. The orderly octagonal columns look almost man-made.

On a prominent part of the gorge, an old temple, known as the Garni Temple, can be seen. The temple dates back to first century AD and has been fantastically preserved. It is believed to have been funded by Roman Emperor Nero and is perhaps the eastern-most Greek temple in the world. The temple was originally erected for the worship of the Greek gods although this changed after Armenia adopted Christianity in 301 AD. Along the gorge, one can also find an 11th century bridge built over what is today a small stream.

13:00-14:00 Lounch in Garni

GEGHARD Monastery-Armenian monastery carved out of cliffs and named after the spear that stabbed Jesus. At the turn of the 4th century, only one nation in the world had accepted Christianity as its official religion, and it was not a country anyone would expect. Led by Gregory the Illuminator who baptized the Armenian royal family in 301, the nation plunged into religion, collecting artifacts and building spectacular monasteries along the way.

The Geghard Monastery began only as a small cave chapel, which Gregory declared held a sacred spring in the 4th century. From there, the complex grew, becoming more ornate and massive. In 1215, the main and most prominent chapel was built. Partially carved out of the rocks on all sides of it, the stone monastery melds beautifully with its surroundings and stands out among the outcroppings above.

All told, the buildings comprising the complex are a mix of elegant Armenian stonework and carved crosses juxtaposed with bare cave chapels. The mix gives the complex a feeling of antiquity, especially when combined with the relics the area once held.

Geghard is a derivative of an Armenian word meaning Monastery of the Spear. The complex was named after the spear used to wound Jesus during the Crucifixion. Allegedly, the spear was brought to Armenia after the Crucifixion and is now housed in the Echmiadzin Treasury, in the spiritual center of Armenia.

Along with the religious importance of the site, the monastery offers stunning views of the Azat River Gorge surrounding the complex.

Duration 6h

Free evening

Day 10

09:00 Breakfast at the hotel

Free day

A visit to Vernissage, market.

VERNISSAGE- Yerevan’s Flea Market is probably one of the best open-air markets. It is called Vernissage a term used for a preview of an art exhibition. It is one of the most crowded places in Yerevan despite the season and weather, which goes live on every Saturday and Sunday, no matter it’s hot outside, cold or heavily raining. It’s an open-air market where the best and most impressive souvenirs are offered. Throughout the years it has turned into one of the most significant elements of Yerevan’s cultural life.

MARKET- One of the most vivid places in Yerevan is GUM Market near the Tashir trading center. The displays of fresh and dried fruits at this covered market are pretty as a picture. In summer, the fresh fruit is magnificent, with peaches, cherries, apricots and berries of every description tempting shoppers. In winter, dried fruits and nuts, including the strings of syrup-coated walnuts known as sujukh, are popular purchases. Other produce includes fresh vegetables, aromatic herbs, pungent basturma (finely cured ham) and huge blocks of cheese.

Day 11

09:00 Breakfast at the hotel

Departure Transfer to the airport





The tour is designed for those who discover Armenia and Artsakh for the first time. Country is more than just a geographical location. It is a sacred place, with some many traditions, strong cultural ties, and a long and rich history.

 It is supposed to visit the main impressive tourist destinations of Armenia, and Artsakh.

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 The tour does not include:

·        Air tickets,

·        Alcoholic beverages,

·        Medical insurance.

The tour price includes:

·        Transfers airport-hotel-airport and 11excursions,

·        Accommodation-(The price of the tour package is indicated for 1 person in a double room) 5 nights at the “Historic Yerevan Hotel-Tufenkyan” (BB) in Yerevan, 1 night in Goris (BB), 1 night in “Hotel Armenia” (BB) Stepanakert, 2 night in “Old Dilijan Complex- Tufenkyan(BB), and 1 night in“AvanDzoraget Hotel & Restaurant-Tufenkya” (BB). Oll include free WiFi,

·        Transportation service (Comfortable air-conditioned bus, minibus, car corresponding to the number of person),

·        All the tastings of Brandy and wine described in the program,

·        Professional English-speaking guide service,

·        8 lunches and 2 dinners in the best restaurants,

·        Entrance tickets, master classes,

·        Free bottle of natural water per person (0.5 l) for each transfer and excursion,

·        24h support of tourists by phone,