Feel Armenia!

Starling delivers a touristic experience that is comprehensive and unforgettable, whether it lasts a day or a week. The following day trips have been designed to make your day in Armenia a sheer blast. Educational sites such as monasteries and cultural objects have been appropriately synthesized with gastronomic and entertainment activities to ensure an unforgettable trip.
· 10:00 Departure
· 10:40-11:30 Khor Virap Monastery
· 13:00-13:40 Winetasting at Areni Wine Factory
· 13:50-15:00 Lunch
· 15:15- 15:45 Areni Ancient Winery Cave
· 16:00- 17:00 Noravank Monastery
· 17:00 Return to Yerevan
· 19:00 Arrival in Yerevan

The Western and central parts of the country would perhaps be the most stunning and elegant in terms of their landscape and agricultural traditions. They offer mouth-watering sweetness of fruits and wine.
The day begins with the departure to the ancient Khor Virap Monastery located right beside the Turkish-Armenian border. The serendipitous location of the site allows the visitor to enjoy an unprecedented view of the Biblical Mountain Ararat.
The trip continues further south-east to the beautiful Vayots Dzor region that stands out with its jaw-dropping nature. The intriguing wine-tasting organized in the village of Areni will ensure the elegant start of the gastronomic experience in the region. Areni is famous for its millennia-old wine culture and its astonishing landscape. The wine-tasting will transition into an authentic lunch that allow you to savor the delicious and rich Armenian cuisine. The calm and fulfillment of the preceding gastronomic experience will be complemented by the educational trip to the ancient Areni-1 cave where the history of the rich wine-making culture of the region will be presented to you. The road will then take you to the beautiful 13-th century Noravank Monastery through the astonishing 8-km-long canyon of the Amaghu river.
The day trip will end with the relaxing journey back to Yerevan.
Technical details
Distance- ~240km
Accessibility- 2 of the visited sites, namely the Areni-1 cave and the Khor Virap Monastery require climbing up a certain number of stairs and some walking. In case of strong necessity, the paved road taking from the parking lot to the entrance gate of the Khor Virap monastery can be opened up.
Altitude Changes- 50-60% of the road.
Photo taking- The vehicle will stop at several viewpoints for the visitors to take photos.
Overall level of difficulty- EE
· 07:00 Departure
· 11:30-12:30 Zorats Karer Ancient Astronomical Observatory
· 13:00-14:30 Tatev Monastery
· 15:15-16:30 Lunch
·17:00-18:00 Khdzoresk Cave Village
·18:30 19:00 Small walk in the town-center of Goris
· 19:00 Return to Yerevan
· 24:00 Arrival in Yerevan

With this trip, you will get to savor the scenic beauty of the south of Armenia. Exceptional landscapes and an inspiring history are waiting for you on this trip. The journey begins early with a departure to the southernmost region of Armenia- Syunik. After several stops at mesmerizing viewpoints for taking photographs, the scenic journey will lead to the first destination of the trip- the Zorats Karer (aka Karahunj) Ancient Astronomical Observatory. With its yet undeciphered story, the mystical site will take you to the depths of the ancient past and bring you back in awe. The road will then take you to the historical Tatev Monastery, which boasts a stunning location deep in the skyscraping mountains of Zangezur. The monastery, which was a university back in the 13th century and used to be one of the most influential religious centers of the country, will be reached on the Wings of Tatev aerial tramway. The latter is the longest in the world and was even the recorded in the Guinness book of records. With a highest point of 320 meters, the soaring cable car promises a fun ride and spectacular views. Following the authentic regional lunch, the mysterious ancient cave-village of Khndzoresk will entertain you with its adrenaline-boosting hanging metal bridge and the gorgeous setting of the settlement. A fun fact about the cave village: the last family to live in the village left their cave in 1958. The journey will then take you for a small walk in the calm atmosphere of Goris, and then back to the capital Yerevan.
Technical details
Distance- ~280 km
Accessibility- Two of the visited sites, namely the Zorats Karer Ancient Astronomical Observatory and The Khndzoresk cave-village will require walking on a dirt road and climbing down and then up many stairs. In case of strong necessity, vehicles are available at the beginning of the hanging bridge to take the visitors back up to the parking lot, where the walking journey to the site begins.
Altitude Changes- 80-85% of the road.
Photo taking- The vehicle will stop at several viewpoints for the visitors to take photos.
Overall level of difficulty- EE
· 09:00 Departure
· 10:00-11:30 Sevanavank Monastery on the Sevan Peninsula
· 12:00-12:40 Walk around the central square of Dilijan
· 13:00-14:30 Lunch
· 15:00-16:00 Haghartsin Monastery
· 16:30-17:30 Parz Lake
· 17:30 Return to Yerevan
· 19:00 Arrival in Yerevan

The Eastern and the North-Eastern parts of Armenia are beautiful, just like any other part of the country. They boast different, yet equally stunning landscapes and offer fresh air and velvet-green woodlands.
Followed by a ride through the captivating mountain ranges of alpine pastures, the first site of the trip- the Sevan Peninsula, has much to offer. The peninsula, which was once an island, is in Lake Sevan, the second biggest high-altitude freshwater lake in the world. The peninsula also holds once of the oldest monasteries in the country, the Sevanavank Monastery.
After a delicious lunch serving the local fish, the trip will proceed to the beautiful Haghartsin Monastery. The first is located in the depths of the emerald-green forests of Tavush, surrounded in the distance by tall, beautiful fog-covered mountains "protecting" the monastery and the village as a mighty stronghold.
Keeping up with the theme of lakes and greenery, the last stop of the trip will take to the one of the most captivating landmarks in Armenia- the Parz lake (Parz meaning clear, transparent). The beautiful lake is in the peaceful depths of the forest, allowing the visitor to obtain an unlimited amount of fresh air and truly leave all the troubles behind.
Technical details
Distance- ~100 km
Accessibility- Due to being located at the top of the rocky peninsula, one of the visited sites- the Sevanavank Monastery, will require climbing up and then down a large number of stairs.
Altitude Changes- 80-85% of the road, gradually.
Photo taking- The vehicle will stop at several viewpoints for the visitors to take photos.
Overall level of difficulty- EE
· 10: 00 Departure
· 10:45-11:45 Saghmosavank Monastery
· 12:00-12:40 Armenian Alphabet Park
· 13:00-14:30 Lunch
· 15:30-16:30 Stone Lake on Aragats Mountain
· 17:15-18:15 Amberd Medieval Fortress
· 18:15-19:15 Hike in the area
· 19:15 Return to Yerevan
· 20:30 Arrival in Yerevan

The Region of Aragatsotn located towards the North-West of the country is also worthwhile to visit. The journey will take you to the slopes of Mount Aragats, currently the highest peak in Armenia with its 4090 meters of height. Saghmosavank Monastery, one of the architectural gems of the Armenian Christian history, is almost about to "fall into" the Kasakh river gorge. The south-eastern side of the monastery's courtyard opens an awesome view to the canyon of the Kasakh river- a freakishly deep gorge with amazing multi-layered rock formations. The next stop will take you to the fun Armenian Alphabet Park where you will be told about the amazing story of the creation of the Armenian Alphabet in the 5th century and other linguistic facts about the Armenian language. After lunch, the journey will continue upwards and take you to the high-altitude Stone Lake on top of Mount Aragats. The site is made gorgeous by the rubble of volcanic granite stones and the spectacular view of the mountain's 4 peaks. On the way down, the mystical walls of the Amberd fortress will open their doors for you. As a unique example of the 11th-century Armenian municipal architecture and royal living, the fortress will disclose much related to life lived centuries ago in the area. The beautiful hike following the sightseeing will complete the didactic value of the visit and present to you more of the area's history. It will take you through the gorgeous river stream below the hill and take you to the remains of the ancient local cemetery.
Technical details
EDistance- ~70 km
Accessibility- No stairs or dirt roads need to be passed to arrive at the sites. Stone Lake on Aragats Mountain is located at an altitude of approximately 3300 meters above sea level.
Altitude Changes- 80-85% of the road, gradually.
Photo taking- The vehicle will stop at several viewpoints for the visitors to take photos.
Overall level of difficulty- E
·10: 00 Departure
·10:30-11:15 St. Hripsime Church
·11:30-13:30 Mother See of Holy Ejmiatsin (including a visit to the treasury)
·14:00-15:00 Lunch
·15:30-16:30 Zvartnots Temple
·16:30 Return to Yerevan
·17:15 Arrival in Yerevan

The flat region of Armavir is undoubtedly the country's religious inspiration. Located in the Ararat valley, it opens an uninterrupted view the stunning Mount Ararat.
The short journey to the region ends with an educational visit to the St. Hripsime Church. Located at the doorstep of the town of Vagharshapat (which is where the Holy See of the Armenian Apostolic Church is located), the church takes you far back to the earliest accounts of Christianity in Armenia.
The informational details are then complemented by the paced journey throughout the Mother See of Holy Ejmiatsin. In site, the full account of the adoption of Christianity as a state religion will be delivered to you and will get the chance to see the oldest cathedral in the world- the Mother Cathedral of Ejmiatsin.
After a session of fine dining at a homey local restaurant, the journey will continue to the ruins of the one-of-a-kind Zvartnots Temple. The unique architecture and residential courtyard of the temple will leave you amazed.
Technical details
EDistance- ~25 km
Accessibility- No stairs or dirt roads need to be passed to arrive at the sites.
Altitude Changes- 0%
Photo taking- The vehicle CAN stop at several viewpoints upon request.
Overall level of difficulty- E
·10:00 Departure
·11:00-12:20 Geghardavank Monastery
·12:30-14:00 Lunch (including demonstration of Lavash-Baking)
·14:00-14:45 Garni Temple
·15:00-16:30 Symphony of Stones in Garni Gorge
·16:30 Return to Yerevan
·17:30 Arrival in Yerevan

The Region of Kotayk is no exception when it comes to the beauty of landscape and nature. The region has everything to offer, including the assets to take you further back to the pagan past of the country.
Only about 45 mins away from Yerevan, Geghardavank Monastery is truly unprecedented. Carved out of the cliff it is located on, the multi-chambered complex is a unique example of the medieval Armenian Christian architecture. The lunch with a stunning view of the Geghama mountain range will complete the first half of the day.
Your walk in the courtyard of the Garni Temple will take you back almost 2000 years to the times when the locals worshipped multiple gods. The architectural style of the pagan past and the laid-back location will leave you recharged and well-traveled. And go figure! Those beautiful vertical column-like rock formations can be seen from very close!
The journey becomes adventurous with a nice hike to the canyon of the Azat River. The famous Symphony of Stones will surely strike as something you have never seen before. The amazing volcanic-origin rock formations are a brilliant testimony to the tectonically active history of the vicinity.
Technical details
Distance- ~60 km
Accessibility- No stairs or dirt roads need to be passed to arrive at the sites. Geghardavank Monastery will require the visitor to walk up a small incline to the monastery yard.
Altitude Changes- 80-85% of the road, gradually․
Photo taking- The vehicle will stop at several viewpoints for the visitors to take photos.
Overall level of difficulty- EE
·09:00 Departure
·10:00 Harichavanq
·11:00 Arrival in Gyumri
·11:00-13:00 City Tour in Gyumri, the second biggest city of Armenia
·13:00-14:30 Lunch
·15:00-17:30 Continue City Tour (including the "Seven Wounds" church, Church of ·the Holy Savior, Main Square, etc.)
·17:30 Return to Yerevan
·19:30 Arrival in Yerevan

The far North-East of the country is famous for Gyumri. It is an urban municipal community and the second largest city in Armenia, serving as the administrative center of Shirak Province in the northwestern part of the country. By the end of the 19th century, it was one of the largest cities of Russian-ruled Eastern Armenia with a population like that of Yerevan. The city's population grew above 200,000 prior to the 1988 Spitak earthquake, when it was devastated.
Gyumri is the seat of the Diocese of Shirak of the Armenian Apostolic Church.
Archaeological excavations conducted throughout the Soviet period have shown that the area of modern-day Gyumri has been populated since at least the third millennium BC. The area was mentioned as Kumayri in the historic Urartian inscriptions dating back to the 8th century BC.
The city is also unique with its 18th-to-19th century urban architecture. The first half of the day will allow you to enjoy the unprecedented atmosphere of the city. The restaurants of Gyumri are also gastronomically unique, so the amazing lunch is also guaranteed!
The residents of Gyumri are widely known as conservative people. Traditions and local customs are widely preserved by the local citizens. It is very common among Armenians to refer to the dignity of Gyumri. Gyumri is considered to be the "laughter and humor capital" of Armenia. Though the city laid in ruins after the1988 Armenian Earthquake, it managed to preserve many museums and monuments. The Seven Wounds church, for example, is the only church that was not closed down during the Soviet times. The second part of the trip is going to be just as captivating.
Technical details
Distance- ~130 km
Accessibility- No stairs or dirt roads need to be passed to arrive at the sites.
Altitude Changes- minimal, very gradually.
Photo taking- The vehicle will stop at several viewpoints for the visitors to take photos.
Overall level of difficulty- E