9-Days Tour

Day 1
Overview
Technical Details
Ararat-Brandy-Factor
• City Tour in Yerevan
• Visit to the Brandy Factory
The first day of the tip begins with the departure to the legendary Mother Armenia statue. The 55-meter-tall statue, which used to be Stalin's statue back in the olden days, is located at a serendipitous location with an amazing view of the city. It symbolizes peace through strength. The trip will then bring you to the beautiful Cascade Complex, which is a beloved place for evening walks and leisure. The park of modern and creative sculptures will freely captivate your attention and make you fall in love with the place.
The following part of the trip which will happen on foot and will take you to the Saryan Park of Paintings, the Opera House, Abovyan street, the oldest street of the city, and the Republic Square.
The Opera House will you leave you amazed with its unique look and astonishing capaciousness. There, you will be told the astonishing history of the building and interesting facts about it. This musical story will be the continuation of the soul-enriching spectacle of beautiful paintings at the Saryan Park. The enlightening walk will then take you to the Abovyan Street, which is the oldest street of the city. Along the way, you will the see the beautiful Moscow Cinema and some of the oldest surviving city of the old town center. Just a few more minutes and you are at the Republic Square- the heart of the city. It has always been the main square of the city (in different sizes, of course) and will take you to the imaginative world of Soviet architecture. The beautiful fountains and unique buildings will give you a full idea of the perception of time and space in the Soviet. You will then be given free time to enjoy the rest of your time shopping or having something to eat or drink on the Northern Avenue.

The didactic and educational experience of the city tour will be complemented by a nice gastronomic experience at the Ararat Brandy Factory. The spirity air of the museum will prepare you for the heart-warming brandy tasting, preceded by the educational tour through the factory's museum. Learn and drink!
Distance- ~12 km
Accessibility- No dirt roads or flights of stairs need to be passed to arrive at the sites.
Altitude Changes- 40 % of the road, gradually
Photo taking- The vehicle will stop at several viewpoints for the visitors to take photos.
Overall level of difficulty - E
Day 2
Overview
Technical Details
Noratus
• Trip around Lake Sevan (Norashen Reserve- Noratus Peninsula with the cross-stone cemetery, Artanish peninsula with the bay, Sevan Peninsula, Mashtotsner forest)
The entire second day of the trip will be dedicated to Gegharkunik Region, which is the largest region of the country. It will stun you with its elegant velvety alpine nature and its turquoise gem, the beautiful Lake Sevan. The trip is an adventurous round-trip ride around the lake, with interesting stops at several notable sites that reveal the best of the region's nature.

The first big stop of the journey is the beautiful Norashen Reserve. It was established to protect the unique and well-known breeding ground of Armenian Gulls (Larus armenicus) – the so-called 'Gull Island'. It stands out for the beautiful emerald green color of its shallow waters and the tiny isles.
The Noratus peninsula, which is the trip's second site, is a unique historical landmark. Being one of the four peninsulas of the lake, it holds the largest collection of cross-stones in the country. Cross-stones are perhaps the most uniquely Armenian sculptural structures. They will amaze you with the intricacy of their styles and designs. After a lovely authentic lunch serving the local fish, the trip will take you through a revitalizing ride around Big Sevan, the larger part of the lake. The stops taken to take photograph do not need to be limited by any number.

The beauty of the Artanish bay and Artanish peninsula, which is also a famous reserve belonging formally to the Sevan National Park, will ensure your rewarding rest. The serenity of the area is ideal for one's peace of mind. Some more gorgeous views and scenery are waiting for you at the Mashtotsner forest near the Sevan Peninsula. The tall pine trees and the delicious water springs of the area will take you closer to the nature than you have ever been. The vicinity allows an amazing view of the lake and the Sevanavank Monastery on the Sevan Peninsula. If there is enough time and energy left, you can visit the Monastery as well.
Distance- ~370 km
Accessibility- No dirt roads or flights of stairs need to be passed to arrive at the sites. All sights necessitate walking around on uneven ground. No climbing up or down involved.
Altitude Changes- 25 % of the road, gradually
Photo taking- The vehicle will stop at several viewpoints for the visitors to take photos.
Overall level of difficulty - EE
Day 3
Overview
Technical Details
kari-lake
• Debed river gorge with Saghmosavank Monastery
• Amberd Castle
• Magnetic Anomalies on the way to the Stone Lake
• Stone Lake
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 up 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. The road taking there demonstrates jaw-dropping magnetic anomalies. Due to the very strong magnetic forces at certain parts of the road, the well-known laws of physics seem to get out of control.

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.
Distance- ~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
Day 4
Overview
Technical Details
Jermuk
• Ararat Valley with Khor Virap Monastery
• Red cliffs of the Amaghu River Gorge with Noravank Monastery
• Jermuk resort city
• Overnight in Jermuk
The Western and central parts of the country would perhaps be the most stunning and elegant in terms of their landscape and agricultural traditions. All of this will be savored on the fourth day of the journey.
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 and through the endless plethora of the Ararat Valley.
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 a quick but elegant 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 canyon is simply unprecedented due to the heart-warming beige color of the rock formations. The canyon is nice blend of earth and skies.
The day trip will end with the relaxing journey to the beautiful town of Jermuk, where you will stay overnight.
Distance- ~190 km
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- 75% of the road
Photo taking- The vehicle will stop at several viewpoints for the visitors to take photos.
Overall level of difficulty - E
Day 5
Overview
Technical Details
khndzoresk_1
• Voyage through the Vayots Dzor Region to Syunik Region
• Trip to the Tatev Monastery through the aerial tramway, which is in the Zangezur Mountains
• Kndzoresk Ancient cave village
• Overnight in Goris
The fifth day of this nature-oriented trip will allow you 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 with a quick visit to the Spring Water Gallery in the heart the beautiful mountainous town, which should be very close to your hotel. The gallery offers mineral water of different temperatures and concentration of salts, demonstrating the amazing potential of the town in wellness and healthcare. Then begins the exciting ride to the southernmost region of Armenia- Syunik. The road will first 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 of the monumental vicinity. 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 leave you there for a relaxing overnight stay.
Distance- ~140 km
Accessibility- The Khndzoresk cave-village will require walking on a dirt road and climbing down and then up a large number of 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
Day 6
Overview
Technical Details
Baghaberd
• City of Kapan
• Baghaberd fortress
• The platanus park at the Shikahogh reserve
The sixth day of the trip covers the beautiful South of Armenia- the Region of Syunik. A separate kingdom for many centuries, Syunik offers gorgeous landscapes and a very authentic atmosphere. It is famous for its countless fortresses and mountain ranges.

The first site, the Baghaberd fortress, is the very last capital of Syunik after the destruction of Kapan in 1103, which was then only a village. It is believed to have been built in the 4th century AD. The cliff it was built on, its ruins and the surrounding cliffs are a must.

After the lovely lunch and some well-deserved rest at the hotel, the trip will then take you deeper into the Shikahogh Preserve, the biggest in the country. It is home to a number of endemic tree species and animals, some of which are at the verge of extinction. Among the beautiful hiking trails, the reserve offers, the most stunning place is perhaps the Platanus Park inside the reserve. The sixty-hectare territory was created for the preservation of the Oriental Plain, a deciduous tree believed to come from the Balkans. The beauty of the forest will surely leave you amazed.

The day will be concluded with an overnight stay in the vibrant city of Kapan.
Distance- ~180 km
Accessibility- The Baghaberd fortress will require hiking up to the hill through the dirt road and the Platanus Park will require walking around in the wild area.
Altitude Changes- 100% of the road, gradually
Photo taking- The vehicle will stop at several viewpoints for the visitors to take photos.
Overall level of difficulty - EE
Day 7
Overview
Technical Details
haghartsin
• Drive back to the north- Orbellian Caravanserai
• Town of Dilijan
• Haghartsin Monastery in the forest
The North-Eastern parts of Armenia is beautiful, just like any other part of the country. It boasts a different, yet un equally stunning landscape and offers fresh air and velvet-green woodlands.
Following the fun 3.5-hour ride through stunning mountain ranges, the first site of the day is the Orbelian Caravanserai located in the Selim mountain pass way. The stunning medieval structure will take you back in history and allow you to visualize how traders and travelers would spend their time relaxing from their tiresome journey hardened by the scorching sun and the mighty winds.

After a delicious lunch serving the local fish, the trip will proceed to the beautiful Haghartsin Monastery. The gem is located in the depths of the emerald-green forests of Tavush, surrounded by a thick forest of ash trees "protecting" the monastery as a mighty stronghold.

The culmination of the rewarding day will the soothing sleep in the beautiful town of Dilijan.
Distance- ~ 340 km
Accessibility- No dirt roads or flights of stairs need to be passed to get to the sites.
Altitude Changes- 90% of the road, gradually
Photo taking- The vehicle will stop at several viewpoints for the visitors to take photos.
Overall level of difficulty - EE
Day 8
Overview
Technical Details
medieval-bardzrakash
• Trip to the North- City of Vanadzor
• Debed river gorge
• Sanahin Monastery in the mountains
• Haghpat Monastery
The prefinal day of the trip well present to you the beauty of the North. A land of jaw-dropping cliffs, freedom and oxygen, the Region of Lori will set you free and stun with its religious heritage.
After a captivating journey through remarkable mountain ranges, where you will also get to see two of the unique villages inhabited by Russian Molokans, Fioletovo and Lermontovo, and witness the local agricultural and architectural tradition, the stunning Haghpat Monastic Complex will amaze you with its architecture and history. The monastery has been a cradle of literacy and education, catering for the intellectual and spiritual needs of the local population for centuries.
Following the scenic lunch at a local restaurant, the other gem across the gorge, Sanahin Monastery, will submerge you into a similar, but a varyingly authentic atmosphere. The beauty of its courtyard, fascinating chambers and tombstones will leave you speechless.

The day will end at a lovely hotel near Alaverdi.
Distance- ~ 170 km
Accessibility- No dirt roads or stairs need to be passed to access the sites.
Altitude Changes- 90% of the road, gradually
Photo taking- The vehicle will stop at several viewpoints for the visitors to take photos.
Overall level of difficulty - EE
Day 9
Overview
Technical Details
Vernissage
• Return to Yerevan
• Free time. Shopping at the Vernissage Souvenir Market
Free time. Shopping at the Vernissage Souvenir Market
Distance- ~ 140 km
Accessibility- No dirt roads or stairs need to be passed to access the sites.
Altitude Changes- 100% of the road, gradually
Photo taking- The vehicle will stop at several viewpoints for the visitors to take photos.
Overall level of difficulty - E
Inclusions
  • 9-day-long fully-featured outdoor tour
  • Foreign language professional TOUR-GUIDE service
  • Accommodation in hotels and/or authentic guesthouses in the country
  • Full ground transportation, including hotel pick-up
  • Airport transfer upon arrival and departure
  • Breakfasts, Lunches and Dinners
  • Vegetarian-friendly food arranged upon request
  • Entrance Fees
  • Fully-covered traveler insurance
  • Trips to museums
  • Ethnic music and dance evenings
  • COVID-19 protection measures
What You Can Expect
  • Get a hand-to-hand experience with the heart-warming hospitality of Armenia.
  • Tour to the most culturally significant historical sites and landscapes in Armenia.
  • Relish the majestic beauty of the nature of Armenia worthy of your most cherished Instagram picture.
  • Enjoy the luxury of fully air-conditioned private transportation and hotel accommodation.
  • Be in comfort, safety, and ease with the company of our friendly professional private drivers and guides.
  • If you are looking to take the time off from work and enjoy the beauty and fun that Armenia has to offer, then this 9-day and 8-night-long tour package is perfect for you!
Starting from 621 EUR per person
Price is based on 10 person
*Do not include Air Tickets