This tour includes all Armenia provinces as well as Artsakh (Nagorno Kharabagh) 2nd Armenian Republic which is a must visit when we talk about a Grand Armenia tour.
Day 1: Departure from homeland
Day 2: Arrival / Yerevan city tour
Arrival in international Zvartnots airport in Yerevan –the capital of Armenia. Meet the guide at the airport and private transfer to the hotel. Short rest or overnight depending on flight schedule.
Breakfast at the hotel. Start city tour in Yerevan – the city older than Rome. Stop over the Cascade monument to have a panoramic view to the city. Visit State History Museum and the Legendary Ararat Brandy Factory. Dinner at a traditional restaurant with live music. Evening stroll in Republic Square to enjoy the Singing Fountains. Overnight in Yerevan
Day 3: Yerevan / Amberd / Sagmosavank / Genocide memorial / Yerevan
Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to the ruins of Amberd fortress of 9th-11 cen. which stands on 2200 MSL on the slopes of Mt. Aragats which is the highest point of Armenia 4090 MSL. Continue to Sagmosavank monastery of 13th cen. situated over the magnificant gorge of Qasagh river. Return back to Yerevan and visit Tsitsernakaberd Memorial and Genocide Museum.
Day 4: Yerevan / Khor Virap / Noravank / Karahunge / Goris
Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning drive to Khor Virap monastery which offers the closest view to Mt. Ararat and is on few kilometers from the natural border Araks river wiht Turkey. Contnue to Vayots Dzor region and visit Noravank monastery of 10-14 cen. and the beautiful Gnishik canyon that leads to the monastery. Continue exploring Syunik province sightseeing and visit Karahougne ancient astronomical observatory of 6000 years old history. Overnight in Goris.
Day 5: Goris / Tatev / Khndzoresk / Stepanakert
Breakfast at the hotel. Visit Tatev monastery 10 -15 cen. taking world’s longest aerial tramway which flies over the spectacular Vortan river canyon. Tatev is known as the bishopric seat of Syunik and played a significant role in the history of the region as a center of economic, political, spiritual and cultural activity. In the 14th and 15th centuries the monastery hosted one of the most important Armenian medieval universities, the University of Tatev, which contributed to the advancement of science, religion and philosophy, reproduction of books and development of miniature painting. Drive to Khndzoresk village widely famous for its canyon with picturesque rock formations and ancient cave settlement. The artificial caves, some of which are currently used as stables and warehouses, used to be inhabited in the past. In the end of the 19th century Old Khndzoresk was the biggest village of Eastern Armenia. In the beginning of the 20th century the community had 8300 inhabitants (1800 households). Continue to Artsakh – 2nd Armenian Republic. Overnight in Stepanakert.
Day 6: Stepanakert / Gandzasar / Dadivank / Martuni
Breakfast at the hotel. Check out from the hotel. Drive to Gandzasar monastery 10-13 cen. which is a unique monument of medieval architecture and monumental sculpture, which by right ought to be regarded as an encyclopedia of 13th-century Armenian art. Continue to Dadivank monastery founded by founded by St. Dadi, a disciple of Thaddeus the Apostle who spread Christianity in Eastern Armenia during the 1st. century AD. Later on between the 9th and 13th centuries the huge monastic complex was built on the chapel of 1st cen. Continue to Martuni. Overnight.
Day 7: Martuni / Noraduz / Sevan / Goshavank / Dilijan
Breakfast at the hotel. Check out. Drive to Ghegarqunik region towards the North – Western shores of Sevan lake which is world second highest and largest alpine freshwater lake and visit Noraduz village cemetery where a lot of Armenian cross stones are laid. Arrive to Sevan peninsula which offers a magnificent view to the lakes blue waters. Visit the medieval monasteries. Take a short boat trip and continue to the forested region ofArmenia. Visit Goshavank moanstery of 13th cen. and take an overnight in Dilijan.
Day 8: Dilijan / Yenokavan Leisure
Entire day for a leisure at a resort near Yenokavan village which offers different activities for adventure lovers, like horse-riding, zip-lining, hiking, trekking, 4×4 or master classes for passive leisure lovers. Overnight at the resort.
Day 9: Yenokavan / Akhtala / Haghpat / Gyumri
Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Akhtala monastery of 13th cen. which is situated at few kilometers from border with Georgia. The monastery is famous for its highly artistic frescoes not so common thing for Armenian ecclesial architecture and arts. Continue to Hagpat monastery of 10-13th. cen. which is one of the first UNESCO highlights of Armenia. Drive to Gyumri town – second cultural center of Armenia. Overnight in Gyumri.
Day 10: Gyurmi / Echmiadzin / Zvartnots /GUM and Vernissage markets in Yerevan
Breakfast at the hotel. City tour in Gyumri which was higly damaged of 1988 earthquake. Continue to the religious center of Armenia and visit Echmiadzin cathedral of 4th cent, and the ruins of Zvarntots church of 7th cen. Armenia was the 1st country of the world to adopt Christianity as a State religion in 301 A.D. by Armenian 1st Catholicos Gregory Illuminator and Armenian King Trdat. Return back to Yerevan and visit GUM fruit market and Vernissage handcraft market. Overnight in Yerevan.
Day 11: Departure
Transfer to airport. Departure.