Private Tour to Khor Virap & Noravank Monasteries

Private & Custom Tours in Southern Armenia

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Enjoy a beautiful day to the south of Yerevan, visiting 2 regions: Ararat region and Vayots dzor region. On this day you will be amazed by the beautiful landscape, and the beauty of the Mount Ararat on a clear day. Also you will see one of the most beautiful monasteries in Armenia by its architecture and the surrounding mountains. You can also try the wine of Areni village which is famous for wine making, where they found the oldest winery in the world 6100 years old. It is a 6-7 hours trip but it will be an amazing day for you.
A day dedicated to exploration of Southern Armenia combining the magic of Armenia's finest medieval architecture with stunning landscapes.  The first stop of our trip is Khor Virap, the most sacred pilgrimage destination in Armenia not only because it’s the only place in Armenia where you’ll get the best view of the biblical Mount Ararat within Armenian borders, but this is where St. Gregory the Illuminator was imprisoned for 13 years by the King Tiridates III for preaching Christianity. Guided by the remote majesty of the biblical Mount Ararat, where the Noah’s ark had landed, we explore the site, its underground chambers, elegant chapels and are captivated by the ascetic atmosphere of the site. We continue to the south driving through the agricultural heart of Armenia, Ararat Plain offering a fantastic scenery of fruit orchards, endless vineyards at the foothills of Ararat Mountain. As soon as the we pass the Ararat Plain we can experience the untamed beauty of Southern Armenia - surreal red rocks providing an eerie echo, honey-colored villages sandwiched between them. Our next stop is the Monastery of Noravank, an architectural gemstone nestled among brick-red cliffs, just above a deep gorge. It’s only here where you can see a bas-relief with the representation of Father God with almond-shaped eyes which look far ahead. We’ll drive to Areni village, the cradle of viticulture! This is where world’s oldest winery has been found (6100years old)! Where you can have a wine tasting at one of the wineries there. Drive back to Yerevan.

What’s included

  • Transport by private comfortable vehicle with a professional friendly driver
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Professional tour guide
  • Wine tasting at a local winery in Areni
  • Local taxes

What’s not included

  • Lunch
  • Entrance fees at the winery (1.000 AMD per person / about 2 USD)