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18 September
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19 September
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21 September
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When you’re pondering your next trip, you are unlikely to book Armenia. The country has wrongly been overlooked as a go-to destination for tourists. But if you visit, you will find a beautiful country rich with cultural heritage, intriguing monuments and traditions dating back thousands of years. Join us on our 11-day adventure starting in Yerevan and covering the main sights of Armenia from South to North and East to West!

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Why go?

  • Explore the First Christian Country in the world
  • Enjoy the view of Mount Ararat
  • Take the longest aerial tramway in the world
  • Visit Lake Sevan - the largest and possibly the most beautiful lake in the Caucasus
  • Watch the preparation of the Armenian national flatbread “Lavash”

Itinerary

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Following our late arrival, we transfer to the hotel in Yerevan. Overnight Yerevan.

  • Accommodation 4 * Imperial Palace Hotel (Yerevan) or similar
  • MEALS No meals included

After breakfast at our hotel, we will meet our tour guide and enjoy a city tour of Yerevan. We will see the most beautiful sights in Yerevan, such as The Republic Square, with the stone carpet right in the middle, hiding history of 3000 years underneath it and the Opera and Ballet Theatre, projected by the architect of Yerevan, Aleksander Tamanyan. We will also admire the enchanting panorama of Yerevan and the biblical Mount Ararat from the top of Cascade Monument and visit the Cafesjian Museum of Modern Arts and Mother Armenia Monument. Later we will visit Matenadarana depository which is one of the oldest and richest manuscript collections in the world.

 After lunch we will have some free time before a welcome drink and dinner at a local Armenian restaurant with folk music. Overnight Yerevan.

  • Accommodation 4 * Imperial Palace Hotel (Yerevan) or similar
  • MEALS All meals included

Today we will drive to Ejmiatsin city which is also the religious center for all the Armenians in the world. We will visit Ejmiatsin Cathedral which is one of the first Christian buildings in the world, constructed in 301-303 years, when Armenia officially adopted Christianity as a state religion in 301. Later we will proceed the ruins of Zvartnots Temple (7th century) which is listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site. We will drive back to Yerevan and visit Ararat brandy factory to taste the famous Armenian brandy. We will have some free time before dinner. Overnight Yerevan.

  • Accommodation 4 * Imperial Palace Hotel (Yerevan) or similar
  • MEALS All meals included

After breakfast at the hotel we will drive to Khor Virap - the closest point to Mount Ararat. Khor Virap Monastery was built as a prison and served as such for the first Armenian Catholicos Gregori Illuminator for his attempt to spread Christianity in pagan Armenia. After 14 years of imprisonment, he was freed and Armenia became the first country in the world that adopted Christianity as a state religion. Later we will drive to Noravank Monastery which is a complex with a two-floor church, standing in between red cliffs. Afterwards we will visit Areni Wine factory and taste one of the best Armenian wines before driving to Goris, one of the oldest towns in the South of Armenia. Overnight Goris.

  • Accommodation 4 * Goris Hotel (Goris) or similar
  • MEALS All meals included

After breakfast, we will have a short tour of Goris before driving to the cave village of Khndzoresk and amazing Tatev Monastery. We will get on the longest aerial tramway without stops in the world which is included in the Guinness records’ book, adding to the wonderful complex of Tatev. The Monastery of Tatev was built in the 9th century and is a beloved place by all Armenians. Afterwards we will proceed to the ancient observatory of Zorats Karer (or Karahunj), which is called the Armenian Stonehenge and it is 3500 years older than the Stonehenge in England and 3000 years older than the Egyptian pyramids. Later we will drive to one of the best health resorts in Armenia – Jermuk, which is famous for its natural sources of mineral water and visit the waterfall of Jermuk. We will have some free time before dinner. Overnight Jermuk.

  • Accommodation 4 * Nairi Hotel (Jermuk) or similar
  • MEALS All meals included

After breakfast at our hotel we will have a short tour of Jermuk before heading to the North of Armenia. We will pass Selim Caravanserai and Noratus Cemetery. This way used to be the Silk Road, and the Caravanserai worked as a hotel for the merchants. Then the road leads us to Sevan Lake, which is the second highest freshwater lake in the world. Reaching the peninsula of Sevan, we will climb the stairs to Sevanavank Monastery (250 steps) and enjoy the view to the blue-eyed lake from above the hill. Afterwards moving further North and passing through a tunnel we will see quite a different landscape. We will reach Dilijan, another health resort in Armenia, famous for its humidity and forests. Overnight Dilijan.

  • Accommodation 4 * Best Western Paradise Hotel (Dilijan) or similar
  • MEALS All meals included

After breakfast at our hotel we will visit Goshavank Monastery, situated in Gosh village on a green hill, which was founded in the 12th century and used to be an educational center. The impressive monastery which has remained in relatively good condition also houses one of the world's finest examples of a khachkar, also known as an Armenian cross-stone is a carved, memorial stele bearing a cross, and often with additional motifs such as rosettes, interlaces, and botanical motifs. Khachkars are characteristic of Medieval Christian Armenian art. We will also see Haghpat and Sanahin monasteries (10th century), listed as UNESCO World Heritage, which are located not far from the border with Georgia. Later we will visit the village of Pambak and have a local lunch and watch a performance of a traditional music and dance performance. In the late afternoon we will arrive at Gyumri, the second largest city and a cultural center of Armenia. Overnight Gyumri.

  • Accommodation 4 * Tomu's Hotel (Gyumri) or similar
  • MEALS All meals included

After breakfast, we will start a city tour of Gyumri and see its unique architecture. Here we will visit the impressing St. Seven Wounds church with 5 altars, initially named Holy Mother Church. It was built in the 19th century, and while almost all the churches were closed during the Soviet Union period, this church continued to operate. In Gyumri we will participate in a master class of illustration on ceramics and take it with us as a gift. Later we will visit the Fortress of Amberd, located on the foot of Mount Aragats before continuing our tour to Saghmosavank Monastery, situated atop the precipitous gorge carved by the Kasagh river where we will admire the incredible view of the canyon. Overnight Yerevan.

  • Accommodation 4 * Imperial Palace Hotel (Yerevan) or similar
  • MEALS All meals included

After breakfast at our hotel, we will lead our way to the Garni Pagan Temple, the only Hellenistic temple existing nowadays in Caucasus. It has Parthenon-type structure with 24 pillars, which means the 24 hours of the day. We then visit one of the most amazing Monasteries in Armenia – Geghard, listed as UNESCO World Heritage. It is also known as Ayrivank, which means “church carved out from the rock”. There is a myth about the healing source inside the church, according to which, it can cure any sickness even when you drink a sip of it. Geghard Monastery is the best place to sing spiritual songs, because of its acoustics. During our lunch in Garni we will participate in the preparation of the Armenian national flatbread “Lavash” before returning to Yerevan. We will have evening free tonight and dinner is not included. You can find many restaurants nearby our hotel and Solos Tour Leader will able to make some suggestions. Overnight Yerevan.

  • Accommodation 4 * Imperial Palace Hotel (Yerevan) or similar
  • MEALS Breakfast & Lunch included

Today is free for us to spend however we wish. Yerevan and its city centre is easy to explore by foot, and many people speak English.

Our farewell dinner is going to take place in a local traditional Armenian restaurant, combined with Armenian folk music. Overnight Yerevan.

  • Accommodation 4 * Imperial Palace Hotel (Yerevan) or similar
  • MEALS Breakfast & Dinner included

After breakfast we will have some free time before we’ll transfer to the airport for our return flight home.

  • Accommodation 4 * Imperial Palace Hotel (Yerevan) or similar
  • MEALS Breakfast included
TIME DIFFERENCE

GMT + 3 hours

APPROX. FLIGHT TIME

London to Kiev  3 hours 20 mins

Kiev to Yerevan 2 hours 40 mins

TEMPERATURE

Average Daily Maximum:
Jan 0°C, Feb 3°C , Mar 10°C, Apr 18°C, May 24°C, Jun 28°C, Jul 33°C, Aug 32°C, Sept 28°C, Oct 20°C, Nov 12°C, Dec 4°C 

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What’s included:

  • Scheduled return flights London Gatwick/Yerevan (via Kiev) & transfers
  • Airport taxes & charges
  • Double/twin room for single use
  • Welcome drink & information meeting
  • Professional English – speaking guide throughout the programme (from day 1 to day 9)
  • Breakfast daily, 8 lunches & 8 dinners
  • Master class of “Lavash” baking
  • Master class of illustration on ceramic
  • Folklore spectacle “Tonacuyc
  • Entrance tickets
  • Aerial tramway to Tatev Monastery
  • Armenian wine and brandy tasting
  • Accompanying Solos Tour Leader

 What’s extra:

  • Insurance, see here
  • Tips
  • Any other personal expenses

Useful Information

Visas

British Citizen passport holders can stay in Armenia without a visa up to 180 days per year. More info.

Passport validity

Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of six months from the date of entry into Armenia.

Transfer Time

The transfer from Yerevan Airport to the hotel in Yerevan is approximately 30 minutes depending on traffic and local conditions.

Included Programme

A sightseeing programme is included in your touring package.

Gratuities

There is often confusion on the question of gratuities, since it frequently depends on the type of holiday, location and, of course, your attitude towards tipping, as to what is normally expected. In order to give you a rough idea, we have given appropriate guidance below.

Your Tour Leader will be on hand to offer advice or suggestions if required but gratuities are offered entirely at the sole discretion of the individual. We suggest a group collection to cover drivers, porters and hotel staff of £80.00. Your Tour Leader will collect this on your behalf and distribute it accordingly, thus relieving you of the burden of who, when and how much to tip. The tipping of housekeeping will be left to your individual discretion (a small amount left in your room on departure should cover this and would be much appreciated). As is customary, ‘the hat’ will be passed around for the driver and guide on all optional excursions. For any meals that are not included in your itinerary, or taxi fares, your Tour Leader can advise of an appropriate % add on.

A reasonable level of fitness/mobility is required as we include plenty of sightseeing/travelling. There is a significant amount of walking on this holiday particularly due to the layout of many towns and local transport regulations with some steps and uneven pathways.

Currency

Armenian dram

You can take Euros, US dollars and Pound Sterling as there are a lot of exchange places in Yerevan but please note that the exchange places in the regions are limited. Credit and debit cards can be used in most places.

Dress Code

During the day when sightseeing, we recommend medium weight “layers”. You will find that smart casual wear is acceptable, even in the best hotels during the evening. We would recommend a lightweight raincoat and an umbrella or hat for protection against rain or sun. Comfortable shoes are a “must” for sightseeing. From time to time, your guide will advise you about observing local customs. On some occasions, when entering places of worship for example, it will be necessary to wear clothing covering one’s shoulders and knees and women may be required to wear a scarf.

Please note

  • A reasonable level of fitness/mobility is required as we include plenty of sightseeing/travelling, sometimes with early starts. We would not recommend this holiday for those with walking difficulties.
  • Certain parts of this trip will involve climbing steps to historical landmarks, therefore reasonable level of fitness is required
  • The order of the itinerary and events may be subject to change
  • The tour includes bumpy roads and sometimes a bit of mud

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Depart Return Nights Age Group Price From COMMENTS  
11 Apr 2020 21 Apr 2020 10 All Ages £ 1675 BOOK
06 Jun 2020 16 Jun 2020 10 All Ages £ 1695 BOOK

What’s included:

  • Scheduled return flights London Gatwick/Yerevan (via Kiev) & transfers
  • Airport taxes & charges
  • Double/twin room for single use
  • Welcome drink & information meeting
  • Professional English – speaking guide throughout the programme (from day 1 to day 9)
  • Breakfast daily, 8 lunches & 8 dinners
  • Master class of “Lavash” baking
  • Master class of illustration on ceramic
  • Folklore spectacle “Tonacuyc
  • Entrance tickets
  • Aerial tramway to Tatev Monastery
  • Armenian wine and brandy tasting
  • Accompanying Solos Tour Leader

 What’s extra:

  • Insurance, see here
  • Tips
  • Any other personal expenses

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