About this tour
These 4 days you will find a rich cultural and entertainment program in the most ancient country, which is known for its rich history, ancient culture, architectural monuments and Christian traditions. We have selected for you the most sacred that can be seen in Armenia. You will get acquainted with the history and traditions of the country, visit sacred places, enjoy the beauty of mountain peaks and sip Armenian wine.
What is included
Meeting at the airport. Transfer to the hotel.
Included in price
- Meet & Greet at The Airport
Breakfast in the hotel. Yerevan city tour, after which excursion and a brandy tasting at the famous ARARAT Brandy Factory. Then we will go to Etchmiadzin and visit the Cathedral, the treasury museum, as well as the ruins of the Zvartnots temple. Lunch in a 17th-century tavern near the cathedral. Return to Yerevan Duration of excursions is 5-6 hours.
Armavir region, located at a distance of 15km from Yerevan.
Zvartnots temple was supposedly built in 643-652 in the years of turbulent for Armenia. Arab conquerors invaded the country and, having captured the capital Dvin in 640, threatened to conquer the whole country. At that time, Bishop Nerses Taetsi was elected Catholicos. For his construction activities, the creation of many churches and monasteries and the strengthening of the Christian faith, Nerses was nicknamed the Builder. In 641, he transferred the Catholicosate to Zvartnots and in about 643 ordered the construction of the cathedral.
Zvartnots temple was a unique architectural structure. Interestingly, during the construction, it was one of the tallest buildings in the world (45-49 m). Instead of domed cruciform buildings or basilicas characteristic of that period, Zvartnots was built in a completely new style with a central dome resting on a single circle formed by many angles and altars. With its impressive size and unique design, the temple became a “real architectural miracle”, “an amazing space creation”, about which many legends were created, and the luxury of its design was mentioned many times in written sources. According to chroniclers, in 652, the Byzantine emperor Costas II, who was present at the consecration of the temple, was so impressed by its magnificence and size that he took the architect of the temple with him to build something similar in Constantinople, but the architect fell ill and died on the way.
Directly on the territory of the temple is also the archaeological museum with artifacts related to the temple.
In 2000, Zvartnots was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Yerevan Ararat Brandy Factory
Most people associate Armenia with the mountain guard Ararat and brandy of the same name. The legendary cognac is the pride of the country, the embodiment of its history, passion and skill. An excursion to the Ararat factory will introduce you to the history of brandy and the factory itself, the process of production and storage of a great drink.
Brandy factory is located on a hill, on the site of the old castle "Old Erivan". Its history begins back in 1887, and in its cellars precious wines are stored, including peers of the plant. Guests will see various quality awards, barrels laid in honor of famous personalities and much more.
The tour begins in a store full of heady aromas, where you can buy your favorite product of exceptional quality, and then goes to the aging workshop, where cognac spirits have been stored in oak barrels for years. Among the admirers of Armenian brandy is Winston Churchill, during the tour you will learn how this helped save a person's life.
For a fascinating immersion in the centuries-old history of a noble drink and the secrets of modern production, tasting follows. They will tell you how to properly pour and drink brandy, determine the age of spirits, distinguish the original product from a fake, you can evaluate the difference between brandies of different aging.
Yerevan City Tour
At this day we will discover Yerevan, the capital of Armenia. Yerevan was being built in a beautiful multi-colored tuff stone. The year of foundation of Yerevan is considered to be 782 BC. e., when the king of the country Urartu Argishti First founded here the fortified city of Erebuni. We will start from Republic Square, then first stop will be in Victory Park, from where a beautiful view of the city. After that we will return to walk through the small center, a cascade, an opera theater, Northern Avenue, Republic Square, also the program include visits to the vegetable and souvenir markets. After that, you can choose to visit the cave of Grandfather Levon, Yerevan Brandy Factory Ararat, the Megheryan Carpet Factory, the Armenian Genocide Museum, the History Museum or Matenadaran - the manuscript museum
Armavir Region, 20 km from Yerevan
To visit Armenia and not see Etchmiadzin means not to visit this country at all. We invite you to visit the first church in the world and truly experience the spirit of the ancient people.
Each nation has its own holy and especially revered places. For the Armenians of the whole world, for almost two thousand years, Etchmiadzin is such a place, spread out on the picturesque Ararat plain. An ancient monastery complex with the residence of the Supreme Patriarch of the Armenian Apostolic Church, erected around the temple of amazing beauty and grace - the Etchmiadzin Cathedral. Pay attention to the treasury - a museum with legendary Christian artifacts such as the Spear of Longinus, a piece of the Cross, a piece of Noah's Ark and the relics of several apostles and saints.
In addition to the cathedral itself, we will see several more churches whose age is impressive - for example, St. Hripsime Church was built in the 7th century!
In 2000, the Etchmiadzin Cathedral and churches were included in the UNESCO cultural heritage list.
Included in price
- Etchmiadzin Museum
- Zvartnots Museum
- Testing of vodka, wine
Breakfast in the hotel. We go to the south of Armenia, the first stop is the Khor Virap monastery with a view of Ararat. Next stop is the Birds Cave with ancient archaeological finds. Next, one of the wonders of Armenian architecture awaits us - Noravank Monastery. Lunch with wine tasting at the Old Areni winery. Return to Yerevan
Vayots Dzor region, located at a distance of 120km from Yerevan.
This tour will certainly appeal to all lovers of ancient architectural and historical monuments. Noravank in translation from Armenian means “new monastery”. Although today it is difficult to call it new - his age is very respectable, more than seven centuries! According to legend, the master Momik fell in love with the daughter of Syunik ishkhan (prince). Ishkhan promised to give his daughter to him as a wife only if he builds a monastery of unprecedented beauty in three years. Momik accepted the conditions and began to build. The master used stones from nearby rocks and eventually managed to deadline. But a few days before the end of the agreed period, a servant of Ishkhan rises to the roof of the monastery and pushes him from there. And the last stone that the master prepared for the monastery becomes its tombstone.
Truly the pearl of Armenian religious architecture. The majestic churches of the XIII century rise against the backdrop of martian landscapes - sheer red rocks of the gorge of the Arpa River. In the Middle Ages, the complex was a major religious and cultural center of Armenia. And also, according to legend, a piece of the cross, sprinkled with the blood of Christ, is hidden here.
The Noravank complex, thanks to the magnificent creations of medieval architects and its location on the background of a beautiful landscape, leaves an indelible impression. Since 2002, it is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. An additional pleasant moment is the presence of a magnificent restaurant of Armenian cuisine with panoramic views of the monastery and the rocks.
Ararat region, located at a distance of 60km from Yerevan.
An excursion to the most iconic place for all of Armenia - the Khor Virap monastery, where the ruler Trdat III converted to Christianity and instructed Gregory the Illuminator to embark on the spiritual mission of converting the kingdom to Christianity. And this happened back in 301, due to which Armenia became the first country in the world that adopted Christianity as a state religion.
The ascetic and solemn beauty of the monastery Khor Virap ("deep dungeon") amazes everyone who comes here. It is located on a wide plain at the very foot of Ararat, like a gray-haired guard, guarding the peace and tranquility of the legendary mountain.
You can go down to the underground dungeon, where Gregory the Illuminator spent 13 years among snakes and scorpions, visit the Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary, admire the views of Ararat melting in the blue haze, and participate in the ceremony of releasing white doves.
Khor Virap complex includes the ruins of the ancient capital of Armenia, the city of Artashat (citadel, temples, pit, workshops, residential and communal buildings, baths and a water supply system).
Areni Birds Cave
Vayots Dzor region, located at a distance of 110km from Yerevan.
Everyone who is interested in history must visit this place where curious archaeological finds were found. The bird cave got its name due to the numerous bird nests at the entrance. However, people come here not to admire the birds, but literally touch the story. Here is found the oldest surviving shoe in the history of mankind, dating to about 3,500 BC. The shoe of the 6.5 size was filled with straw and grass, due to which it retained its shape. It's amazing that even the laces were preserved on it! In addition, there is also the oldest winery, over 5000 years old. Untouched artifacts created several thousand years ago leave a lasting impression.
The cave is located 110 km from Yerevan. The road to it passes through a picturesque canyon, so that, in addition to touching history, you will also receive aesthetic pleasure from contemplating the incredible beauty of Armenian nature.
Vayots Dzor region, located at a distance of 110km from Yerevan. Guided tour at Old Areni Winery
We invite you to the tiny village of Areni 120 km from Yerevan, where a small family business has become a trademark, famous not only in Armenia, but also abroad. The winery was founded in 1994. The owners are very careful about the traditions and the whole process of preparing wine is done manually. Therefore, delicious Armenian wines are born here, as well as an international wine festival that has already become famous.
In addition to grapes, they make wine from apricot, pomegranate, cherry, peach and other fruits. Hospitable hosts will offer a tasting of aromatic drinks. You can also purchase wine from the oldest grapes. A bright taste that brings back memories of summer and vacation, gives incomparable pleasure!
Included in price
- Degust wine Old Areni
- Areni Birds Cave
Breakfast in the hotel. We are going to Geghard, the secret mysterious hermit monastery, and then to the pagan temple of Garni. Then we go to Lake Sevan, where, surrounded by mountain peaks, we dine in a Semo's restaurant, enjoy fresh fish right from the lake and various snacks. Return to Yerevan
Sightseeing Garni Temple
The Kotayk region is located at a distance of 25km from Yerevan.
On this tour you will get acquainted with one of the most interesting sights of Armenia. This is a museum complex, consisting of the ruins of an ancient fortress, palace structures, a bath, but the main object of the complex is a pagan temple, founded in the 1st century! The temple is dedicated to the sun god Mithra. After construction, it stood for 1,500 years, and in 1679 it was destroyed by an earthquake. In the XX century, the temple was restored literally bit by bit. Exact proportions, symmetry, ionic columns of the building, graceful carving - all this amazes the imagination and cannot leave indifferent any tourist.
Garni fortress is also interesting - an impregnable building saved and protected residents from raids by foreign enemies for a thousand years. The Armenian rulers liked this place not only for their impregnability, but also for its favorable climate, therefore the fortress was also used as a summer residence of the kings.
Another interesting attraction of Garni is the "Symphony of stones." For thousands of years, wind and rain have turned a mountainside into a wall of columns of geometrically regular shapes - from a distance they look like pipes of an organ.
Optional: off-road descent to the Garni Gorge, where the symphony of stones is located
Gorge view restaurant
Kotayk Region, distance to Yerevan 35 km
We offer you an interesting and informative excursion to the ancient Christian monastery. Arriving here, you will appreciate the incredible energy and breathtaking antiquity, as well as find out why it is called Geghard (spear).
On the slope of an almost enclosed amphitheater of sheer cliffs, surrounded by harsh and majestic nature, is the Geghard Monastery, famous for its rocky architecture. Imagine that you are standing in the middle of an ancient monastery carved in a rock, and you have a magnificent view of the mountains, and with each breath you feel a thousand-year history that is literally printed on every curve of the stone!
The history of Geghard Monastery dates back more than 1500 years - for a long time it was one of the spiritual and cultural centers of medieval Armenia, where in addition to religious buildings there were a school, library, and printing house.
The monastery is associated with interesting legends and traditions. On the outer walls of the monastery you can see curious recesses full of pebbles - there is a belief, if you make a wish, drop a pebble from below and get into the recess, then it will certainly come true.
The Geghard monastery complex is undoubtedly a world heritage, therefore it is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Gegharkunik Region, located at a distance of 60km from Yerevan
Lake Sevan is the pride of Armenia, therefore it is included in the list of must-see if you come to the country. The largest lake in the Caucasus is located at an altitude of 1900 m in a huge mountain bowl, which is surrounded by picturesque slopes, overgrown with forests, stone cliffs, steppes, alpine meadows and pebble beaches. And floating clouds seem to cling to the snowy peaks of the mountains. The area around Lake Sevan is a National Wildlife Refuge. On the shores of Sevan is always a very comfortable temperature and clean air. According to legend, only the gods and stars could drink pure water of Sevan in ancient times.
On the Sevan Peninsula we will visit a beautiful architectural monument - Sevanavank Monastery, founded in 874 by Princess Syunik and Princess Mariam Bagratuni. You will see a unique collection of cross-stones of the 9th - 17th centuries, preserved in the monastery. The hills offer wonderful views of the lake! Also in Sevan there are excellent fish restaurants with the freshest fish and crayfish right from the lake.
Optional: Fish Restaurant
Included in price
- Garni Temple
- Special Seafood Lunch in Sevan
Breakfast in the hotel. Airport transfer