Type of tour: Guided
Duration: 9 days / 8 nights
Distance: 1278 km / 794.2 mls
Maximum height: 3890m
Activities: Adventure; Hiking; Mountain Biking; Ecotourism; Cultural; ATV riding; Horseback riding; Camping; Rural
Group size: 2 + pax
Accommodation: Hotels; Guesthouses; Tent
Best period: May - October
Start/End point: Yerevan, Armenia
- Khor Virap Monastery
- Noravank Monastery
- Hiking in Gnishik Protected Landscape
- Old Khndzoresk Cave Village
- Tatever Aerial Tramway
- Tatev Monastic Complex
- Camping in Yeghegnadzor
- Vardenyats Pass on Silk Road
- Noratus Medieval Cemetery
- Boat Trip on Lake Sevan
- Dilijan Resort Town
- Mountain Biking to Jukhtak Vank Monastery
- Tea time in Molokans' Village
- Horseback riding in Yenokavan village
- Zip-line experience in Yenokavan
- Climbing Mount Aragats
- ATV Ride in Tsaghkadzor
- Garni Temple
- Geghard Monastery (UNESCO)
DAY BY DAY ITINERARY:
Depart from home country and start a journey to the Republic of Armenia. Arrive at the airport. Meet and greet, transfer to the accommodation.
Sightseeing tour to historical Khor-Virap monastery (4- 17th cc) with a beautiful view to the biblical Ararat Mountain, were Noah's arch cast anchor. Khor-Virap monastery (means «deep dungeon») is the most visited pilgrimage site in Armenia. Drive and visit Noravank 13th c. (means “New Monastery”) a masterpiece of Armenian architecture which is situated in a narrow gorge and encircled by tall, sheer, brick-red cliffs. Start hiking through the stunning nature of Vayots Dzor province. On the way you might see a bezoar ibex (goats), bears tracks, badgers, sky soaring vultures and eagles. Crossing through Vayots Dzor, many visitors admire the picturesque, semi-scarlet, medium high cliffs and the high mountains and peaks along the road. End up hiking in Gnishik Protected Landscape. Transfer to Goris – a beautiful city with a very charming regional style of stone architecture surrounded by high mountains and some great rock formations striving to the sky with ancient cave settlement.
Duration: 10-11 hrs
Distance: 315 km / 196 mls
Hiking route: Noravank Monastery – Gnishik village
Hiking: 9 km / 4 hrs
Elevation: Khor Virap 1390m / Gnishik 2025m / Noravank Monastery 1520m / Goris 1350m
Drive towards a fantastic cave village with a picturesque view to the ruins of an old village, churches, tombs, nature, springs and a new swinging bridge that spans the gorge. Khndzoresk is an ideal place for hiking. In the end of the 19th century Old Khndzoresk was the biggest village of Eastern Armenia. Explore every corner of these both natural and man-made dwelling places. Drive to Halidzor village and transfer to the 9th century Tatev monastic complex by the world’s longest reversible ropeway Tatever (5.7 km); it will be a great opportunity to admire a wonderful and unique view of mountains, gorges and a beautiful landscape of Syunik region. The monastery is located on a large basalt plateau near the village of the same name in part of Zangezur. It is known for the unique monument called "Gavazan" (pillar) which aimed to give early warning signals about possible earthquakes and invaders. Drive to Vayots Dzor province. Camping near Yeghegnadzor city.
Duration: 8-9 hrs
Driving Distance: 210 km / 130.5 mls
Hiking Route: Old Khndzoresk
Hiking: 3 km / 2-3 hrs
Elevation: Old Khndzoresk 1360m / Tatev Monastery 1518m / Yeghegnadzor 1220m
Drive through Vardenyats (Selim) Pass and visit the Caravanserai built in 1332, by Prince Chesar Orbelian. It used to be an important trade point on the famous Silk Road in order to accommodate weary travelers and their animals as they crossed from, or into, Vayots Dzor Mountains. Drive across Lake Sevan and visit Noratus Cemetery a medieval cemetery with a large number of early khachkars (cross-stones) dating back to 10th century. Afterwards we will enjoy Boat Trip on the Lake Sevan. Visit Sevanavank 9th c. (Sevan monastery) located in the peninsula which used to be an island before. Climbing up the 220 stairs towards the monastery and following a grassy path you will find peaceful and wonderful scenery to the lake. Drive to the fabulous forested resort town of Dilijan.
Duration: 7-8 hrs
Driving distance: 180 km / 112 mls
Elevation: Vardenyats Pass 2410 m / Noratus 1923m / Lake Sevan 1900m / Dilijan 1380m
Start a mountain biking tour in Dilijan and transfer to Jukhtak Vank (11th or 12thcc) monastery nestled in an attractive forest grove. Pedaling our way through dense forests, fields covered with colourful flowers and fast flowing streams towards lakes in the north of Dilijan. After a nice ride in a clearing within Dilijan National Park we drive to Fioletovo village to meet Molokans a religious movement, among the Russian peasants that refused to obey the Russian Orthodox Church in the beginning of 17th century. It has the feel of an ethnic Russian village where villagers live according to long-held traditions. After a nice host in Molokans’ village drive to recreational Apaga Resort in Yenokavan village surrounded by beautiful nature.
Overnight: Apaga Resort
Duration: 7-8 hrs
Driving Distance: 93 km / 57.7 mls
Biking Route: Dilijan – Jukhtak Vank – Northern Dilijan (roundtrip)
Biking: 21 km / 13 mls
Elevation: Jukhtakvank Monastery 1434m / Fioletovo Village 1693m
Apaga Resort is an ideal place for adventure hunters and extreme lovers. Start a horseback riding trip in the nearest fields and forests and in the vicinity of high mountains. Enjoy your zip-line experience with the height of 200-300m above the ground. The length of the zip-lines varies from 135m to 750m and takes you high off the ground as you go through the course. After spending an adventurous day in Yenokavan drive back to Yerevan.
Duration: 6-7 hrs
Driving Distance: 150 km / 93.2 mls
Horseback Riding: 1,5 hrs
Elevation: Apaga Resort 1363m
Early in the morning drive to the high-mountainous, cold, freshwater lake known as Kari Lake (Stone Lake) located at an altitude of 3220m above sea level. Get ready for hiking to the southern summit of the highest mountain of Armenia and South Caucasus. Mt. Aragats with its unique nature has sub-alpine and alpine zones as well as four peaks and one of the biggest craters in the world, created by a volcano eruption in the distant past. The highest northern peak is 4090m. We are ascending the southern one. Descend from the mountain and return to the capital Yerevan. The rest of the day is free.
Duration: 9-10 hrs
Distance: 135km / 84 mls
Hiking Route: Southern peak of Aragats Mountain
Hiking: 10 km / 5-6 hours / ↑670 / ↓670
Elevation: Lake Kari 3220m / Southern Aragats 3890m
Drive to Tsaghkadzor (means 'gorge of flowers) located at 1750m above sea level on the southeast slope of mount Teghenis. Take an outdoor adventure and start an ATV trip through scenic valleys and remote areas rarely visited by others. Drive to Kotayk province and visit Garni fortress (3rd-2nd cc.BC) the summer residence of the kings and Garni temple (1st c.) which is the only survived pagan temple of heathen culture in Armenia. Northeast of Garni, higher up the gorge of Azat River, there is an outstanding monument of medieval Armenian architecture - Geghard monastery (4-12th cc.) listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site. Drive to Arinj city and visit the underground cave/museum dug by Levon. It’s interesting to realize that it’s a handmade labyrinth of a cave (with stairs, rooms, chambers, open shafts and sculpting) was supposed to be a simple potato cellar.
Duration: 8-9 hrs
Driving Distance: 195 km / 121 mls
Elevation: Tsaghkadzor 1905m / Garni Temple 1396m / Geghard Monastery 1693m
Transfer to the airport. Have a safe flight home.
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