Our author's tour is the route that must be shown to our guests by all means. 12 days in Armenia and Artsakh, and the guests finally fall in love with our small, but spiritually rich country. Welcome!
Upon arrival at the airport you will be greeted by our guide with a sign “Partner Travel Armenia”. On the way to the hotel, the guide will tell you a few words about your tour and the specifics of your stay in Armenia. After settling, we will go for a walk in the center of Yerevan. We will see the sculptures and the Cascade, walk along Northern Avenue to Republic Square, where we will see the Museum of Armenian History. In the evening, we will have a welcome dinner in a traditional restaurant with a show program. After dinner, we will go to the Republic Square to look at the singing fountains.
Our journey will start from Lake Sevan, which is located at an altitude of 1900 meters above sea level. We will look at the lake from the territory of the monastery Ayravank. To see Sevan from this angle is a great success. Next, we will go to the ancient Armenian village Noratus, where the alley of khachkars is located. According to legend, during the attack of the Mongol Tatars, hundreds of khachkars, dressed in military uniforms, seemed like a big army. Seeing this, the enemy retreated. We will go to the village Tsakkar, which was founded in 1828. In the village, there is a bridge, which according to legend was carved out by the Tsakkar River, which flows through a rock. Here we will have lunch in nature in the open air. Further, our way lies to the fortress Andaberd (field fortress). It is located at an altitude of 1665 meters at the top of a mountain. We will reach it on foot. The road is about 3 km, and along the way, you can make a couple of good photos on the background of mountains with dense forests. Then we will have dinner in the restaurant Vallex. Here they serve skillfully cooked fish, hot soups and, of course, tasty cooked kebabs in accordance with all Armenian culinary traditions. In the evening, we will reach the village of Dadivank, where we will set up tents, by the fire; we will discuss the impressions of the past day and take a rest.
In the morning, we will prepare breakfast on fire on our own, and then we will visit the Dadivank monastery and get acquainted with its history. The monastery was founded by one of the followers of Christ. Next, will go to the hot spring. Jermajur is truly a miracle of nature; it is rich in natural hot springs and is located at an altitude of 2200-2400 meters. Thermal mineral waters are known for their healing properties. For this reason, people since ancient times visit the baths in the pools with mineral water. After enjoying a hot bath, we’ll go to Vallex restaurant for lunch. Then we will go to the Gandzasar monastery, the name of which was given in honor of the hill in front of the village of Vank, in the depths of which there are deposits of silver and other metals. We will get acquainted with the village of Vank, here we will see a sculpture of a roaring lion, a wall sheathed with license plates from cars of Soviet times, we will communicate with the locals. Well, in conclusion, we will have dinner in a ship-restaurant Overnight will be organized at a local hotel.
The day will begin with an excursion to the ancient city of Tigranakert. This city was built in the 1st century BC by Tigran the Great, it was when it was still in the composition of the Armenian Empire. The city was discovered in the 2005th year, as a result of the excavation, the walls, the citadel of the city, the central part of the city, the church, and the basilica were found. In 2010, a museum was opened, where the artifacts of ancient times were presented to visitors. Our acquaintance with Tigranakert continues. We will walk 5 km to the citadel of the city. From this place a breathtaking view of the whole valley, right up to the Caucasian ridge. Lunch will be organized in the courtyard near the open-air museum. Moreover, we will try spring water. It is so tasty that it seems to be sweetened. On the way to Tsakhkashat village, we can enjoy the beauty of the nature of Artsakh. Here you can immerse yourself in a time when a person lived in harmony with nature and enjoyed it, rather than destroying it. In the village, we will visit the house-museum of Nicola Duman. This is a complex of residential two-story buildings of the 19th century with carved wooden balconies. In the evening, we will get to Stepanakert. After accommodation at the hotel and one hour of free time, we will go to the city center for a walk and dinner.
Acquaintance with the city. Stepanakert is the capital of the Republic of Artsakh. Stepanakert’s city plan was developed by Alexander Tamanyan (1926). This is the cultural center of Artsakh. Here we will visit the history museum, where the ancient Armenian cultural and everyday life, its interesting exhibits and artifacts are represented. Lunch and dinner. Artsakh cuisine has its own cooking secrets. Sweet meat and bitter ice cream is a small part of interesting culinary solutions that cooks of restaurants will offer you.
Will go to the next natural miracle on our route. Village Skhtorashen. Here you will see a pine tree (tjdir) older than 2010 years, with a trunk circumference of 27 m and a height of 54 m. This location is a place of pilgrimage and shrine. The size of this tree is really amazing. A local resident serves great coffee. Nobody will hurry us, we can calmly enjoy the beauty of nature and communicate. Next, we will go to the village of Azokh, where we will visit the Azokh cave. During excavations in 1968, the preneanderthal mandible was found. This was an outstanding scientific discovery, since in the history of world archeology this kind of find was the fifth in a row. Before that, they were found in four provinces: Sidi Abd Eragman (Morocco), Steinheim (Germany), Santander (England) and Cidadiel Diobolo (Italy). After the cave, we will go to another village - Metz Takhlar. We will have lunch and dinner in the village with local residents. Of course, we will be treated with thier own products. We will try milk, cheese, matsun, vegetables and other healthy products. We will visit the museum of Sergei Aleksandrovich Khudyakov, a Soviet military commander and air marshal. Then go to the monastery Gtchavank. We will get there on foot, and the company will be composed of beautiful mountain landscapes. On the way back we will walk along the gorge, where a view to many majestic mountains and dense forests will open up. This land is rich in forests, and therefore the cleanest air. Locals live long and rarely get sick. We will stay longer to watch the sunset, because the sky at sunset is colored bright orange and sometimes red here. Tired and satisfied, we will return to Togh village, where dinner will be organized for us.
We will hike up to the mountain Disapayt. The walk will be 5 km. The mountain is at such a height that from the top point to which we will climb, there is a magnificent view of the surroundings and the tops of other mountains with dense forests. By lunchtime, we’ll be at the Qataro winery. One of its founders will tell us the origins of this winery. Wine tasting, as well as a delicious lunch will be organized for us. We will visit the palace, made in the 8th century. Here lived and commanded the prince of the princes of all Artsakh. The spirit of that time still hovers in the walls of this palace. One of the descendants of Prince Melik Yegan lives in the village. He has studied in detail the history of his ancestors and is ready to share it. In the evening, we will get to the city of Shushi, where we will have dinner and stay at the hotel.
Morning will begin with a hiking trip to the gorge. Huge rocks, ranging in height from 20 to 300 meters, rising from the valley of the Karkar River to the city of Shushi. Under these rocks the cave of the commander of Avan, as well as a natural monument - the “Umbrella” waterfall are hidden. Having walked and enjoying the marvelous landscapes of this area, we will return to the city. Before we continue the tour, the mandatory procedure of the day is lunch. Next, a tour of the city. We will visit the church, the museum, the top of the mountain, on which the fortress of Shushi is erected. In the evening, we will have dinner and rest at the hotel.
Recognized as an example of eastern architectural type, Tsitsernavank is not at all a traditional Armenian monastery. According to legend, it was built on the site of a pagan temple. You will see a truly amazing phenomenon - dozens of caves connected by a network of tunnels. Even 100 years ago, people lived in this cave city. Until now, this place keeps many unexplored secrets; maybe you are lucky enough to discover something. Next - Khndzoresk Bridge, hanging at a height of 63 meters above the gorge. The peculiarity of this bridge is that it swings. Its weight is 14 tons; it is so strong that it can withstand 700 people passing simultaneously. Next, we will have lunch and go to Tatev. It is here that you take a ride on the longest cable car in the world, and along the way enjoy the nature of Armenia. For the night, we will stay in guesthouses.
We will visit the famous Tatev Monastery, where the wise and kind father Mikael serves. In the village, we will visit Master Samvel, who sews ancient Armenian footwear. He will hold a master class and will treat us with homemade wine, but if there is more time left, we will visit another local resident who brews homemade beer and will hold a tasting of that refreshing drink for us. We will go to the Devil’s Bridge. Do not be afraid, it owes its name only to the sinister appearance, but no more. Under the bridge, there is a cave where you can try real healing waters and take a dip in the hot baths. Areni is one of the oldest and most wonderful villages in Vayots Dzor. People there have long been engaged in winemaking. Today, the Areni grape variety is known far beyond the borders of Armenia. Of course, we will get acquainted with the culture of winemaking and use the opportunity to taste different wines. Here you can also purchase wines that you like. After the tour, we will go for lunch. In the evening, we will be in the capital and stay at the hotel.
Today we will go to Gehard - a monastery favorite among tourists. This monastery is literally carved into the rock, so as not to attract the attention of enemies. From the cliff in front of you are beautiful views of the mountains and forests. Here it will seem to you that time has stopped, and the monastery has retained the atmosphere of the Middle Ages. Now let's go over to the times of paganism. You will see the magnificent pagan temple of Garni. It is also compared to the temple of Athena in Greece. Not far from the temple, there is a miracle of nature - the “symphony of stones”. It is a rock formed from basalt hex cylinder. After seeing this natural monument, we will go to dinner in a restaurant, where we will have a master class on cooking lavash. On the way to Yerevan, we will visit the cave of grandfather Levon. This is a network of tunnels dug under the house. It all started with a small cellar for potatoes. Levon got so carried away that the work went on for 23 years. Now it has become a touristic destination, as the cave impresses with its scale and history.
On the last day, we will go to the Vernissage flea market - a market where you can buy items of Armenian culture, souvenirs, and gifts with symbols of Armenia. Artists and artisans present their works: paintings, original decorations, made in a single copy. After the shopping, we will organize a transfer to the airport.
Hotel reservation by yourself585 $
Twin room870 $
Twin room1 140 $
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Do I need a visa to travel in Armenia?
Citizens from different countries of CIS and EU do not need visa to visit Armenia. Visa-free entry allows you to stay in the country up to 180 days in a year.
Where can I exchange money?
Currency exchange points are located at the central streets of Yerevan, in many SAS supermarkets and as well as in any banks.
What languages are spoken in Armenia?
The official language is Armenian, but Armenians are also fluent in Russian and English.
Are plane tickets included in the tour price?
Not included. However, our managers advise clients and help to choose tickets at the best price.
Is it possible to travel in Armenia with a child?
Yes, you can. All our travel tours except for the Adventure Tour are created for the whole family including children.