Tour Character Unique holiday tour to Armenia, exploring the night life of Yerevan and other towns, relaxation at spa towns, taking spa procedures, jeep tours to the hot mineral water springs gushing in the forests, local food, wine and brandy tasting, riding the world’s longest aerial tramway, historical sites, perfect landscapes, lush forests of northern Armenia and rocky landscapes of the south, biblical Mount Ararat, small villages. The perfect mix of ancient history and living culture ... with lots of fun times thrown in too!
Duration 14 days/13 nights
Included Accommodation for 13 nights
Meals as specified in the itinerary
All transfers in a comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle
Professional multi-lungual tourist guide
Maps of Yerevan and Armenia
Day 1. Arrival at Zvartnots International Airport. Transfer to hotel.
Day 2. Yerevan City Tour. Matenadaran – Research Institute and Museum of medieval manuscripts. Erebuni Fortress and Museum – the birthplace of Yerevan founded in 782B.C. “Yerevan Ararat Wine and Brandy Factor” tour and tasing of wine and brandy in the cellars of the factory.
Lunch at a traditional Armenian restaurant.
Evening program: walking in downtown Yerevan. Singing fountains’ show. Spending the evening at the most popular caffee among the youth of Yerevan.
Day 3. Mount Ararat and Khor Virap Monastery. Areni Winery tour and wine tasting. Noravank Monastery. Walking in the Canyon of Noravank. Goris town. Overnight in Goris.
Lunch at Noravank refectory.
Evening program: exploring the oldest part of Goris town with its unique cave habitat. Dinner at hotel. Tasting the most famous dishes of Goris.
Day 4. Tatev Monastery tour by world’s longest aerial tramway (5.7km). Karahunj – Armenian Stonehenge considered the oldest observatory in the world (about 7500years old). Jermuk spa town. Mermaid’s hair waterfall. Check in at a luxury spa hotel. Overnight in Jermuk.
Lunch in Sisian.
Evening program: exploring Jermuk by night, visiting the mineral water tasting gallery, the Park of Statues. Jermuk lake. Dinner at the hotel restaurant.
Day 5. Spa procedures – aromatherapy, oxygen cocktail tasting, hydro – massage, mineral water bathing, etc. Lunch at the hotel restaurant. Relaxation.
Evening program: Visiting Jermuk hot mineral springs in the middel of a forest surrounding the town (by jeep). Bathing. Overnight in Jermuk.
Dinner at “Jermuk” restaurant with live music.
Day 6. Spa procedures. Driving to Selim Mountain Pass on the Great Silk Road. Visiting Selim Caravnserai at the highest point of the pass(2410m). Stone Garden at Noraduz stone-cross field, the largest in the world with over 800 Armenian exquisite khachkars (Armenian Cultural Heritage by UNESCO). Lake Sevan National Park. Hotel check in at a beach-side resort. Overnight in Sevan.
Lunch at a river bank in Selim Mountain Pass.
Evening program: boat trip to Seagull Island (weather permitting). Dinner at Sevan peninsula.
Day 7. Leisure time at hotel waterpark. Hotel check out at around 13:00. Visit Dilijan spa town. Walking in Old Dilijan complex. Haghartsin and Goshavank Monasteries. Continue to Yenokavan village. Overnight at lovely cottages on a river bank surrounded by forests.
Lunch in Old Dilijan town.
Evening program: romantic dinner.
Day 8. Visit Lastiver Canyon and caves (by jeep) stopping by numerous cascades in the forest. Bathing in a river. Picnic lunch. Driving to Tsaghkadzor ski resort town. Rope-way ride. Visit Kecharis medieval monastery. Arrival in Yerevan.
Lunch: picnic in Lastiver.
Day 9. Leisure time at Yerevan Aquapark.
Evening program: Visit the fanciest Armenian restaurant in Hrazdan river gorge with live music and a huge dance hall.
Day 10. Garni Pagan Temple of the Sun in Garni Fortress, Geghard Monastery carved out of a solid rock (UNESCO World Heritage Site). Traditional Armenian bread “lavash” baking in Garni village. Walking in Garni gorge to see the organ-shaped cliffs.
Lunch with locals at a traditional Armenian village house in Garni.
Evening program: Attending a cultural event (concert or opera).
Day 11. Echmiadzin town – Echmiadzin Cathedral (the oldest official church in the world ), St. Hripsime medieval church, Zvartnots runis archaeological site (all those places are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site). Vernisage open air arts and crafts market, the largest in the Caucasus.
Evening program: Promenades in Yerevan. Panoramic view of the illuminated city from the heights of the Cascade Monumnet. Dinner at a Jazz restaurant-café with fountains.
Day 12. Amberd Castle (7th century – at 2300m) on the slopes of the Mount Aragats (4090m), the highest peak of Armenia and the Lesser Caucasus. Stone Lake at 3200m on the slopes of Aragats. Saghmosavank Monastery. Visiting the house of a local artist in Saghmosavan village creating incredible jewelry, souvenirs.
Lunch in Saghmosavank.
Evening program: Farewell dinner at a traditional Armenian restaurant with folkloric show.
Day 13. Free day on your own for a last chance to enjoy Yerevan. Explore the treasures of the cultural life of Yerevan, ramble in the oldest part of the city or just relax in shady parks or busy outdoor cafes, enjoying the young and lively atmosphere of this ancient city, the contemporary of Babylon and Rome.
Day 14. Transfer to airport. Departure.