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Stonehenge - The Oldest In The World

  Duration: 10 days / 9 nights; Tour Type: Cultural, Historical; Best Period: May - October; Distance to be passed: 1300 km; Country: Armenia See more details

Holy Mount Ararat

Duration: 9 days / 8 nights; Tour Type: Cultural, Historical; Best Period: May - October; Distance: ~1080 km; Country: Armenia See more details

Guaranteed Departures

Duration: 8 days / 7 nights; Tour Type: Cultural, Leisure; Best Period: according to set dates; Distance: ~500 km; Country: Armenia See more details

Armenia – Top Destination of the year

Duration: 8 days / 7 nights; Tour type: Cultural, Historical, Wine; Best Period: March - November; Distance to be passed: ~1150 km; Coutnry: Armenia See more details

ARMENIA UNESCO

Duration: 8 days / 7 nights; Tour Type: Historical, Wine, Cognac, Hiking; Best Period: May - October; Distance to be passed: ~1550 km; Country: Armenia See more details

Following the Great Silk Road

Duration: 8 days / 7 nights; Tour Type: Silk Road, Cultural, Historical, Wine; Best Period: May - October; Distance to be passed: ~1050 km Countries: Georgia, Armenia See more details

Feel The Road from Armenia to Karabakh

  Duration: 14 days / 13 nights; Tour Type: Jeeping, Historical, Adventure, Wine Best Period: May - October; Distance: ~1900 km; Countries: Armenia, Nagorno-Karabakh See more details

Pearls of Caucasus

Duration: 13 days / 12 nights Tour type: Cultural, Historical, Wine, Gourmand Best Period: March - December Distance: Countries: Armenia, Georgia See more details

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Feel The Road from Armenia to Karabakh

Duration: 14 days / 13 nights;

Tour Type: Jeeping, Historical, Adventure, Wine

Best Period: May - October;

Distance: ~1900 km;

Countries: Armenia, Nagorno-Karabakh

Day 1/Arrival

Meet and transfer to the hotel. Overnight at a hotel in Yerevan.

 

Day 2/Yerevan City Tour

The pink and ancient and at the same time cheerful city welcomes all its visitors in all its modesty and luxury. This ancient city is 29 years older than Rome. The city has witnessed four settlement phases from the end of the 4th millennium BC to the beginning of the 2nd millennium BC. Lying on the main trade routes between East and West, Yerevan was constantly fought back and forth during the course of the time. You will enjoy your time in the fascinating fall weather of the sunny Yerevan while walking around Cascade Monument (It has 2780 stairs designating the 2780 anniversary of the capital city. If you walk up the “huge staircase” of 500 meters height and 50 meters width, you can enjoy the wonderful panorama of the city with the spectacular Opera House, Mount Ararat as well as the view to the whole city.), Opera House, Swan Lake, Republic Square, the richest Northern Avenue. We will then pay a visit to Matenadaran - The institution is a major center for study and preservation of Armenian works of ancient literature. Matenadaran now protects about 16477 surviving materials and around 300,000 archive documents, among them about 2500 fragments collected in the depository. Later we will drive to the castle museum Erebuni. After it we will taste the legendary Armenian cognac in the Brandy Factory in Yerevan. Overnight in Yerevan.

 

Day 3/Yerevan – Khor Virap – Noravank – Smbataberd – Tsakhat Kar – Hermon Village

After breakfast at the hotel, drive to enjoy the best view to Mount Ararat at the very origins of Christianity – Khor Virap Monastery. This is the very place where Christianity was spread in Armenia in 301 AD. It is the very place where the first Armenian Catholicos Gregory the Illuminator was jailed for long 13 years for disseminating Christianity in Armenia. Proceed to the gorgeous and unique Monastery of Noravank - 13th century, a monastery of picturesque panorama, ancient history and great significance. Continue driving to Smbataberd Monastery, passing along one of the most difficult roads. Later visit to Tsakhats KarMonastery, again overcoming difficult obstacles. Overnight in Hermon village, at a hotel of traditional village life, equipped to please modern people.

 

Day 4/Hermon – Gndevank - Jermuk – Shaki waterfall - Karahunj – Goris

After breakfast at the hotel, drive to Gndevank Monastery in Vayots Dzor region, and then pay a visit to the spa town of Armenia – Jermuk to taste its mineral waters, and drive up to warm waters. Proceed the tour to the region of Syunik, a region that offers too many sites for foreigners to explore. The territory around the Shaki waterfall is a unique architectural depository. Scientists joke that it is right the place where the development of humankind has run with incredibly quick steps. Many ancient grottos have been explored in this region and even the international scientific community intends to make it a reserve area. On the way we will drive to the Shaki waterfall, one of the most amazing ones during the trip. We will later explore the Stonehenge – the oldest in the world. This archeological site, which dates back to the second millennium BC, is spread on a rocky promontory near the city of Sisian in the province of Syunik 1770 meters high above the sea level. Thus, we can boast of having the oldest astronomical observatory ever found in the history even older than the British Stonehenge and even the pyramids in Egypt. This is another evidence of primeval civilization in Armenia existing from times immemorial, when neither Mesopotamia, nor Egypt, nor any other civilization on earth existed. Overnight at a hotel in Goris.

 

Day 5/Goris – Khndzoresk – Shoushi city tour (Shoushi fortress, Ghazanchetsots Cathedral, Shoushi market)

After breakfast at the hotel, we will drive to Nagorno – Karabakh Republic, a hidden treasure, with a stop at Khndzoresk Cave dwellings, where people lived some 50-60 years ago notwithstanding the development of science and life in general. On our first day in Artsakh we will explore the fortress city Shoushi – the city of speaking stones. The city is majestically perched atop the towering mountains like an eagle nest. One of Shoushi’s principal attractions is the medieval fortress, founded in the early 15th century and almost entirely preserved. Later we will pay a visit to Shoushi’s architectural masterpiece, St. Ghazanchetsots Cathedral (1888). Shoushi’s market is one of its attractions. One of the areas of the medieval market was designated as a prayer room for Muslims. Now it has been restored and houses workshops, souvenir boutiques and all sorts of stores. Upon desire pay a visit to the Lore Museum in Shoushi to get acquainted with the culture and history, and the way of life of the ordinary people in ancient times. Overnight in Shoushi.

 

Day 6/Shoushi – Hunot Canyon – Skhtorashen – Amaras – Stepanakert

After breakfast at the hotel, we will start one of the most breathtaking and impressive tours. We will drive to Hunot Gorge – one of the most beautiful sites in Karabakh. More than three kilometer long and 250 meters deep, it’s a unique natural and historic treasure, covered in dense forests. The stunning beauty of the Hunot Canyon State Natural – Historical Reserve leaves visitors in awe. You can view the sheer 250 meter canyon walls soaring above the Karkar River. Those hiking down into the canyon will be rewarded with the discovery of waterfalls, lush forests, caves inhabited since the stone ages, the ruins of Hunot village, old stone bridges, and all of this framed by massive canyon walls with a river rushing through. Later drive to see the first ever school, Amaras, founded by the first Armenian teacher and the inventor of the Armenian alphabet Mesrop Mashtots (405 - 406). On the way we will have a stop near the unusual plane tree. Together with the monument "We and our mountains", it became the visiting card of the land of Artsakh. It even got a passport in 1900s and had a paid guard to protect the huge and everlasting tree. Dinner and overnight in Stepanakert.

 

Day 7/Stepanakert – city tour - Nikol Dumani Museum – Askeran – Tigranakert (Vankasar church) – Gandzasar – Vank

After breakfast at the hotel, we will start the exploration of Stepanakert city. The high mountains and gorgeous forests surrounding the capital city make this spot a real paradise. Visit the central square with Presidential Palace, Government Houses and the Youth Palace. Visit the Alley of Lovers with a staircase decorated with lamps in the shape of a statue of a bride and a bridegroom. We will later drive to The Nikol Duman House Museum and Ethnographic District, located in the picturesque village of Tsaghkashat. It has been largely restored to recreate 19th century village life in the Askeran Region. Tsaghkashat is a quaint village of roughly 200 indigenous inhabitants who are mainly occupied with cattle breeding and wheat farming. The age-old tradition of winemaking is also being revived in the village. Drive to Askeran, a town in Karabakh to visit the Askeran fortress. The latter was built as a defensive construction for Shushi town. Tigranakert of Artsakh was founded in the early 1st century BC by Armenian Emperor Tigran the Great. Excavations in 2006 in various parts of the site revealed a classical city layout, with a fortified area, a central area, vast outlying agricultural districts and cemeteries. The reserve covers 2 136 hectares in total. Drive to the village of Vank to admire Gandzasar church in light. Here we will discover the Karabakh village life. Vank village offers a nice balance of comfortable lodgings (including a modern hotel complete with a Chinese restaurant and other facilities) and a taste of the peaceful life. Over 360 families live in this quaint traditional Armenian village. They are famed for their hospitality and their sense of humor. Vank village also boasts horseback riding facilities, and the only zoo in the region. Every fall a traditional donkey race takes place at the heart of Vank village. People of all ages come from surrounding villages to take part in this unique race. The donkey race has become an anticipated annual event for the people of Karabakh and has earned the nickname “Folmula 2”.Overnight in Vank.

 

Day 8/Vank – Sarsang Reservoir – Dadivank – Jermajur Hot Springs– Gandzasar – Vank village

After breakfast at the hotel, we will drive to one of Artsakh’s pearls with a stop at Sarsang Reservoir, Dadivank Monastery. Perched on a small hill on the western bank of the Tartar River, Dadivank Monastery was founded at the end of the first century, at the site where Dadi, one of the Apostle Thaddeus’ 70 disciples, was martyred. In the fifth century, it became the Bishop’s Throne of its archdiocese. In the northeast corner of the church, there is a partially buried pillar dedicated to St. Dadi that dates back to the 4th or 5th centuries. The monastery was a favorite target for invaders and was plundered many times. Subsequently, it has undergone several restorations over the centuries. To this day, 30 buildings have been preserved in the Dadivank complex. In a 2008 archaeological excavation Dadivank’s crypt was uncovered, complete with holy relics and a wooden throne. Its contents are now on display at the Artsakh State Historical Museum. After a short while we will visti Jermajur, located at an altitude of 2200-2400 meters, is rich in natural hot springs. The mineral water springs of Jermajur are known for their healing properties. Magic natural warm waters effusing from the underground are situated on the bank of Tartar River. Water temperature is 60 °C independently from the seasons of the year. Jermajur water is similar to Karlovy Vary (Czech Republic) and Jermuk (Armenia) with its healing features. We will then pay a visit to the pearl of Artsakh, Gandzasar Monastery that majestically stands on a mountaintop, overlooking Vank Village. Several important monuments have been preserved in the near vicinity of the mighty walled complex, including chapels, medieval dwelling places, and khachkars (cross - stones). The walls of St. John the Baptist Church of Gandzasar are covered with beautifully crafted rock carvings that give the overall impression of lacework.  Overnight in Vank village.

 

Day 9/Vank village - Devil’s Bridge – Tatev – Yeghegnadzor

After breakfast at the hotel, we will drive back to Armenia to enjoy a most amazing panorama of Tatev Monastery - a 9th century advanced medieval university. A 5.7 kilometer long cableway has been built to connect visitors to the monastery and its surrounding villages, offering an exciting journey with breathtaking views of the river gorge bellow. We will then drive to Vayots Dzor Region for overnight in Yeghegnadzor city.

 

Day 10/Yeghegnadzor – Selim – Noratus – Sevan – Dilijan National Park – Ijevan State Sanctuary – Alaverdi

After breakfast at the hotel, we will follow the Great Silk Road by driving along Selim Pass and enjoying breathtaking view of the gorges around and the rapid turns. Later drive to Noratus- cemetery of cross-stones, the largest one in the territory of Armenia. Many khachkhars in the cemetery of Noratus, date back to the 13-17th centuries, and the oldest one was carved in 10th century. Driving to Dilijan National Park including the upstream pool of Aghstev river, and surrounded with the Lesser Caucasus mountains. Here we will visit Lake Parz (Clear Lake), which is one of the beautiful lakes of Armenia. It is situated in the heart of the dense forest at the altitude of 1400 meters above the sea level. We will perfectly explore an admirable breathtaking harmony of the lake and surrounding rich fauna and flora. Picnic at the Parz Lake. Driving to Acharkut village entering onto the Kirants Gorge, consists of hilly slopes covered with broad-leaf forests interspersed with open glades of various types and rock outcrops in the upper and wider parts of the gorge. Driving along the Gorge by the bank of Kirants river visiting beautiful lake, and enjoying the surrounding natural sights. Driving towards Koghb village passing Mshkavank monastery complex built in XIII century located close to the Koghb village, on a high plateau, surrounded by a forest and continuing to drive by forest lands of adjacent Zikatar Sanctuary, which is represented by species, various types of relief and corresponding rich plant diversity characteristic for the Caucasus broad-leave forests. Driving through forest route to the gorge of Koghb River having natural mineral water called “TTU Water” and coffee break in the forest. Driving through forest route to Zikatar Hotel located in the forest surrounded by the rich flora. Overnight in Alaverdi.

 

Day 11/Alaverdi – Stepanavan Dendropark – Yerevan

Breakfast and checkout. Driving to Sanahin Village, through several north Armenian villages, where we will the explore hospitality of the local population, having coffee in one of houses, tasting Armenian dishes, introducing their traditions and also enjoying the surrounding nature rich of mountainous forest. Driving via village way and taking forest route we will visit one of the most beautiful places in northern Armenia called Sanahin monastery complex included in UNESCO Heritage Site, built 966 A.C., and standing on a high plateau, amidst low structures, it rises sharp against the background of steep forest-grown slopes of Bazum ridge. Entering the structure with amazing architecture we will find out interesting stories about this religious, educational and cultural center, which is also rich with marvelous Armenian Cross Stones (Khachkars). Driving along Debed River canyon to the connection of Dzoraget river, from where we will drive up to the mountains surrounded by beautiful natural and historical sites. After a small picnic with sweets and coffee break we will continue our way to Stepanavan Dendropark. Walking in the Dendropark area, which is one of the most remarkable natural zones in Armenia. The park is a wonderful place which makes you feel like in a fairy tale with its fabulous nature, fresh air, and birds’ songs. One could walk there all the time and never get bored. The area of botanic garden is about 35 hectares. It consists of natural forest (17,5 ha) and trees of different sorts (15 ha). Mostly the plants were brought from Yerevan botanic garden, but there are also species from different countries all over the world: Georgia, Ukraine Russia, Germany, France, Portugal, China, USA and so on. Now in Dendropark there are about 500 species of plants. Drive to Yerevan. Overnight in Yerevan.

 

Day 12/Yerevan - Aragats – Amberd – Byurakan - Yerevan

After breakfast at the hotel, we will drive to the highest peak of Armenia, Mount Aragats (4090 meters). Here you will enjoy the traditional way of Armenian breakfast, so in case of desire you can enjoy the traditional Khash on the slopes of Aragats. Later drive back to Yerevan with a stop near Amberd fortress and passing through Byurakan village. Overnight in Yerevan.

 

Day 13/Yerevan – Miracle Cave – Garni – Geghard – Havuts Tar – Yerevan

After breakfast at the hotel start the tour visiting the region of Kotayk. The first stop will be at the Miracle Cave - subterranean cave of 21 meters depth. After descending 80 stairs you find yourself in a round hall, in a pavilion decorated with candles. Each person should enter here individually and making a wish they should light a candle. As the master used to say, a candle lit here by all means serves its purpose and the wish comes true. It took more than two decades to the Master to build this cave-shrine. This cave is often compared with the Noah’s Ark and considered to be the second ark which is to save the humanity not from flood but from fire. Precede to Garni Temple – a pagan temple built in 1st century BC. It is the only survival of the Hellenic epoch in the whole territory of the Caucasus. You will enjoy the hiking experience in the most beautiful and unique Garni gorge. Lunch tasting traditional Armenian dishes. And in Geghard, at the edge of the gorge you can also watch the process of “lavash” making in the traditional underground oven “tonir”. Monastery of Geghard (UNESCO) was first recorded in a document of 1250. The monastery is also famous due to the relics, among which the most important one is the spear which had wounded Christ on the Cross presumably brought there by the Apostle Thaddeus. Overnight in Yerevan.

 

Day 14/Departure

 

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