Visit Lake Sevan
The largest and possibly the most beautiful lake in the Caucasus
Discover an offbeat and largely unknown country in Asia
Enjoy beautiful views of Mount Ararat from the city of Yerevan
When you’re pondering your next trip, you are unlikely to think 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!
Following our late arrival, we transfer to the hotel in Yerevan.
One of Armenia’s star attractions is its history, with an extraordinary collection of medieval monasteries scattered across its dramatic landscape. From Ejmiatsin Cathedral, one of the first Christian buildings in the world, to the ruins of the 7th century Zvartnots Temple, we’ll recount Armenia’s rich and elaborate historical narrative through visits to numerous monasteries and religious buildings.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
After breakfast we will have some free time before we’ll transfer to the airport for our return flight home.
British Citizen passport holders can stay in Armenia without a visa up to 180 days per year. More info.
Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of six months from the date of entry into Armenia and not contain an Israeli stamp.
The transfer from Yerevan Airport to the hotel in Yerevan is approximately 30 minutes depending on traffic and local conditions.
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.
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.
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 that Armenians tend to be quite smartly dressed in the evenings.
For information on vaccinations please visit www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk and www.nathnac.org/travel.
A sightseeing programme is included in your touring package.
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.
|Month(s)||Highest temperature||Lowest temperature|
|January||2 °C||-7 °C|
|February||5 °C||-5 °C|
|March||12 °C||0 °C|
|April||19 °C||7 °C|
|May||24 °C||11 °C|
|June||30 °C||15 °C|
|July||34 °C||19 °C|
|August||33 °C||18 °C|
|September||29 °C||13 °C|
|October||21 °C||7 °C|
|November||12 °C||1 °C|
|December||5 °C||-4 °C|
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