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Land of Volcanoes and History
12-day walking & study tour to Armenia
Evening in Yerevan, view from the city to the Mt.Ararat
Evening in Yerevan, view from the city to the Mt.Ararat
Garni temple
Garni temple

Land of History

12-day walking & study tour to Armenia
Tour type
Walking & study tour: nature & culture - volcanoes & gastronomy
Difficulty
Easy to Moderate
Group size: 5-8
Duration
12 days / 11 nights
28 May - 7 Jun 2023
Price per person
2500 € $£¥
Armenia, a small country in the South Caucasus, has a long dramatic history and a rich cultural heritage. Despite its compact territory, it has much to offer its guests: fascinating mountain landscapes with snowy volcano peaks, beautiful gorges and cliffs, alpine meadows and subtropical forests, monasteries hidden in valleys, archaeological sites and picturesque villages.
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.
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  • 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 (12 days)

Day 1: Arrival - Hallo Yerevan
Arrival in Yerevan, pick up at the airport. A walk in central Yerevan - the Republic Square, Opera Theatre, Cascade architectural complex, the Victory Park.
Welcome dinner
Day 2: Temple of Garni, "Symphony of stones", Geghard monastery
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.
Day 3: Mount Ararat views, Noravank monastery, Areni, winery
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. Transfer to Areni, visit oif archeological sures and the oldest winery. Short transfer to the Chiva village. Stay at a beautiful guesthouse
Day 4: Syunik region, Sisisan town, megalithic complex Zorats Karer
Transfer to the Syunik region, town Sisisan. Along the way visit an ancient megalithic complex Zorats Karer.
With 4*4 off-road drive to the volcanic lake Uhtasaar. Descent to the lake. Lunch.
Drive further to Shaki village and visit Shaki waterfall.
Arrival to Alidzor village. Dinner. Accommodation in the cosy eco-resort Arsnadzor.
Day 5: Tatev monastery, Tatevi Mets Anapat
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. Stay at the Alidzor village in the eco-resort Arsnadzor.
Day 6: Vayots Dzor region
Drive to Vayots Dzor region, visit Spitakavor Church, sightseeing around, descent and transfer to the Old Bridge winery. Wine tasting. Transfer to the eco hotel Arevi. Dinner. Overnight at the hotel
Day 7: Smbataberd Fortress, Selim Pass, The Selim caravanserai
Hike to the Smbataberd Fortress, drive to Selim Pass and visit of The Selim caravanserai. Stay at the Melnitsa guesthouse in the Madina village.
Day 8: Armagan mountain, monestry Sevanavank
Transfer to the Armagan mountain, climb to the Armagan mountain, transfer to the Lake Sevan, lunch with Sevansky sig degustation, transfer to the monastery Sevanavank and its visit. Transfer to Idjevan, accommodation at the Resort Apaga.. Dinner
Day 9: Lastiver Waterfall
Hike to the skete and the Lastiver Waterfall. Stay at the Idjevan tourist base.
Day 10: Mount Aragats, obsidian slopes
Transfer to the Obsidian slopes. Visit to the obsidian deposit.
Moving to the Aragatsotn region. Walk to Amberd Fortress and along the gorge. Transfer to the foot of Mount Aragats at 3200m. A walk on the slopes. Return to Byurakan village. Accommodation at the Amberd hotel, rest, dinner.
Day 11: The Kazakh Gorge visit
Walk to the Kazakh Gorge. Return to Yerevan. Stay in a hotel.
Day 12: Departure or own extension
Transfer to the airport and departure or own extension.
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Arrival info:

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.

Tour guide

A geologist from our team will accompany the group to hep you discover the fascinating geological history of the country dominated by voluminous volcanism and continent collision, but we also have a very experienced enthusiastic and competent English-speaking local guide with us on this tour. Learn everything you want to know about Armenia from first-hand!

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Physical requirements

The hikes on this tour vary from easy walks from the minibus to nearby sites of interest to moderate hikes of 4-5 hours total length and up to approx. 10 km distances and 4-600 m elevation gains/descents on uneven, sometimes unmarked trails.
It is is possible for individuals or parts of the group to shorten or skip the hikes and enjoy alternative activities while the rest of the group returns to the point of departure later.

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