Land of Volcanoes and History
11 days walking & study tour to Armenia
Owing to the diversity of the terrain, the climate of Armenia varies greatly. In a short space of time one can move from sub-tropical lowlands to frosty mountain peaks. Armenia boasts more than 3500 plant species, including 106 endemic ones. Its complex geology and topography are extremely interesting for geologists.
Armenia is an ancient centre of civilization. It was the first country in the world to have adopted Christianity as an official state religion. The world’s earliest winery (about 6100 years old) has been found there, as well as the oldest preserved leather shoe. Yerevan, the capital of Armenia, is one of the oldest continuously inhabited places in the world. Nowadays the “Rose city”, as it is called, is a lively cosmopolitan capital with numerous street cafes and restaurants, monuments and museums, gardens and fountains. Last but not least, visitors to this country are invariably delighted by the delicious cuisine, exquisite local wines and the charming hospitality of the Armenian people.
We invite you to join our small group and discover the beauty of Armenia together.
- Balanced combination of history, culture and nature in one tour
- The top archaeological sites – Areni-I cave, Zorats Karer megalithic complex
- Colorful geology, captivating volcanic landscape
- Beautiful valleys, lakes, waterfalls and gorges
- Relaxing hikes in the mountains
- Small family-run cozy hotels with rustic ambiance
- Tasteful Armenian food and wine
- Travel in a small international group
Itinerary (11 days)
Arrival in Yerevan, pick up at the airport. A walk in central Yerevan - the Republic Square, Opera Theatre, Cascade architectural complex, the Victory Park.
A welcome dinner in an ethnic restaurant.
Transfer to the Garni Village, visit the Temple of Garni, an improvised performance of the national duduk music inside the temple.
The canyon of the Azat River and a walk through the Garni Gorge with its famous "A Symphony of Stones" section. Drive to the Geghard monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Return to Yerevan. Free time.
A day trip to the south of Armenia. Visit of Khor Virap - a monastery situated near the Turkish border with a great view of Mount Ararat.
An easy hike to Noravank monastery. Short transfer to the Chiva village.
A day trip to explore the Vayots Dzor Province of Armenia. Visit to the Magil Cave, one of the largest caves in the world, Areni 1 archaeological site. Tasting some of the modern Armenian wines at a local Areni winery.
A short hike in the mountains.
Tatev monastery is a gem of medieval Armenian architecture. Ride the Wings of Tatev - the longest (5.7 km) non-stop double track cable car in the world.
The Devil’s bridge (Satani Kamurdj), a natural formation of polished petrified lava. Numerous mineral springs, in which one can swim, flow under the bridge.
A visit of Zorats Karer, an ancient megalithic complex nicknamed the Armenian Stonehenge. Drive to the Shaki Village to see the Shaki Waterfall (18 m high).
Hike to the Smbataberd Fortress dating back to the 5th century.
This day is planned as a day of rest to enjoy the silence and the beauty of the mountains, to walk in the vicinity of the hotel, to take pictures and to listen to the birds. In the evening grill a shashlik and enjoy it with local wine on the hotel terrace with a mountain view.
Drive northwards to Lake Sevan. Visit of a caravanserai near the Selim Pass.
Climb the extinct Armagan Volcano (2829 m) with a beautiful crater lake, an old church and panoramic views of the Gegharkunik Province. Lake Sevan, the jewel of Armenia, can also be seen from there in all its splendour.
Drive to the Melnitsa guesthouse in the Martuni Village.
Long transfer (about 170 km) to the Amberd district.
Visit of the Noratus cemetery, the largest khachkar cemetery in the world and Sevanavank Monastery, a unique monument of ancient Armenia architecture and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A stop at the obsidian source.
Drive towards Mount Aragats (4090 m), the highest point in Armenia
Lunch in a cafe with a view of the crater lake. Visit of the Amberd Fortress (2300 m), a historic complex on the slope of Mount Aragats, short hike in surroundings. Drive to Yerevan, farewell dinner.
Transfer to the airport and departure or own extension.
The tour starts in Yerevan. The best choice is to fly to Yerevan airport. In order to give everybody a chance to plan his/her trip as flexible as possible, travel arrangements to Armenia are not included in the tour package.
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Group size: 5-8
Duration: 11 days / 10 nights
Dates:4-14 Oct 2020
Price (per person): 2500 € $£¥
- 10 nights accommodation: nice family-run 3* hotel in the center of Yerevan, guesthouses in the villages.
- Full board (except dinner on Day 2 in Yerevan)
- Transportation: minibus like Mercedes-Sprinter or similar, in good technical condition, though possibly a little old-fashioned.
- Guides (local guide and VolcanoDiscovery guide)
- Entrance tickets to all the sights
- Duduk performance in Garni Temple
- Wine tasting in Areni Cave