Welcome to Alaverdi


Tamara’s bridge, about 1km north of the bus stand, was built by order of Queen Tamar of Georgia in the 12th century. This humpbacked stone bridge was used by road traffic until 30 years ago. There are four kitten-faced lions carved on the stone railing. In summer, two outdoor cafes operate next to the bridge.


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$250 Cultural & Theme Tours

Abandoned Soviet Factory

The tour starts form the Republic Square at 09:00 am.Even though the main goal of this tour is to discover an abandoned soviet factory we will have other attractions to visit on the way like the most popular bakery in Armenia and Kobayr Monastery.Our guide and driver will pick you up from your hotel at 09:00 am. one way is about 140 kms, it may seem a lot to cover but the advantage is that the guide will have plenty of time to tell you about Armenia's history during Soviet Era.You will have a little stop in Vanadzor City where you can see on of the biggest Chemical Factories in Soviet Union. And then when we arrive at the factory near Alaverdi, we will be guided by a local who is preserving guarding the abandoned factory. He will explain us what was the main activity of the factory and we will discover with him its different facilities. After lunch we will get back to Yerevan.

$900 Cultural & Theme Tours

5 DAYS IN ARMENIA

Day1: Pick up from the airport and transfer to hotel. Short sightseeing tour in Yerevan, during which you’ll get acquainted with the capital of Armenia. Tour to the only pagan temple left in Armenia – Garni. Nowadays the ruins of the royal palace and the bathroom with a stunning mosaic work can be found near the temple. Visiting both Garni and situated not far Geghard monastery in one trip is so common that they are often referred to in unison as Garni-Geghard. Geghard (meaning "spear") is a medieval monastery (13th century) in the Kotayk province of Armenia, being partially carved out of the adjacent mountain, surrounded by cliffs. It is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Back to Yerevan. (L) Day2: Breakfast at the hotel. Tour to Tsaghkadzor, the ski resort, with forests and an ancient monastery Kecharis (11-13th centuries). The main group of the complex consists of three churches. Kecharis was a major religious center of Armenia and a place of higher education. Tsaghkadzor is one of the places in Armenia, where people go in summer  to get away from the city life and the heat, for the fresh air in the mountains. In winter, the town is completely overtaken by skiers and people who just want to relax and enjoy the snow and scenery. During the tour the ropeway will be optional. Tour to Lake Sevan  and Sevanavank the monastic complex located on the peninsula, which was an island until the mid-20th century. Overnight in Dilijan spa city. (D)Day3: Breakfast at the hotel. Tour to Haghartsin and Goshavank monastic complexes. Overnight in Alaverdi. (D) Day4: Breakfast at the hotel. Tour to visit two monasteries of the 10th century Sanahin and Haghpat, which are one of the current UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Armenia. Back to Yerevan. (D) Day5: Breakfast at the hotel. Tour to Etchmiadzin, one of the three saint places in Armenia. We will also visit St. Gayane and St. Hripsime churches. The cathedral and churches of Etchmiadzin and the archaeological remains at Zvartnots graphically illustrate the evolution and development of the Armenian central-domed cross-hall type of church, which exerted a profound influence on architectural and artistic development in the region. Zvartnots Cathedral (meaning "celestial angels") is a 7th-century cathedral. Now in ruins, it is located at the edge of Etchmiadzin. Cathedral and Churches of Etchmiadzin and the Archaeological Site of Zvartnots are included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. (L)Transfer to the airport.

$1822 Cultural & Theme Tours

11-Day Armenia Photography Tour

DAY1 Pick up from the airport and transfer to the hotel. Walking tour in Yerevan, during which you’ll get acquainted with the capital of Armenia. Overnight in Yerevan. (L) DAY2 Breakfast at the hotel. Tour to the only pagan temple left in Armenia – Garni, Garni gorge, to the “Symphony of the Stones”, Geghard monastery which are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Overnight in Yerevan. (L) DAY3 Breakfast at the hotel. Tour to Khor Virap monastery, Areni vinery, Noravank monastery surrounded by the gorge known for its tall, brick-red cliffs. Overnight in Goris (L) DAY4 Breakfast at the hotel. Tour to Tatev monastic complex to get to which we'll take the cable car Wings of Tatev. Tour to Shaki waterfall, Khndzoresk, famous for its canyon with picturesque rock formations, ancient cave settlement and the 160-meter long swinging bridge. Overnight in Goris. (D) DAY5 Breakfast at the hotel. Tour to Selim caravanserai, Lake Sevan, Sevanavank monastic complex located on the peninsula, which was an island until the mid-20th century. Overnight in Sevan/Dilijan. (D) DAY6 Breakfast at the hotel. Tour to Old Dilijan spa city usually called Armenian Switzerland or Little Switzerland, Odzun monastery. Overnight in Alaverdi. (D) DAY7 Breakfast at the hotel. Tour to Haghpat monastery, Gyumri, walking sightseeing in the second largest city in Armenia. Tour to Marmashen a 10th-century Armenian monastic complex. Overnight in Gyumri (L) DAY8 Breakfast at the hotel. Tour to Talin, a seventh-century Armenian cathedral, Amberd, a 7th-century fortress located on the slopes of Mount Aragats. Overnight in Yerevan (D) DAY9 Breakfast at the hotel. Tour to Etchmiadzin, one of the three saint places in Armenia, the center of Armenian Apostolic church, St. Gayane and St. Hripsime churches and the archaeological remains at Zvartnots which are included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. (L) DAY10 Breakfast at the hotel. Check-out, transfer to the airport.

$420 Tours & Sightseeing

Full-Day Tour to North Armenia

The tour will start in the morning with pick up from your hotel.You will cross the beautiful Aragatsotn Province hills as you drive west from Yerevan in an air-conditioned vehicle. You will arrive at village Artashavan which is the home of the monument of Armenian Alphabet. Here you will find giant 39 stone letters dedicated to the founder of Armenia's alphabet.Your tour will make its second stop in Sanain village where the medieval Sanahin church is located. It's one of the greatest Medieval monasteries of Armenia with beautiful architecture. The complex has numerous khachkars (stones with elaborate engravings representing a cross) and bishop gravesites scattered throughout it.After lunch, you will make a stop in Alaverdi town, where the medieval Sanahin bridge is located. It's one of the most significant architectural constructions of medieval Armenia. The bridge is located above narrow and fertile banks of the River Debed flow. The basalt bridge with its bewitching outlines, type of stone and colour combines with the picturesque surrounding becoming its inseparable treasure.Finally, the tour heads to Hagpat village, where you will enjoy postcard-perfect landscapes and medieval Hagpat Monastery complex which has a unique architecture including the unusual gavit, the defence of the monastery. Haghpaht had a significant influence on Armenian culture.The Sanahin Bridge along with the monasteries of Sanahin and Haghpat is on the UNESCO World Heritage list.In the evening return to Yerevan, drop off at the hotel.

$1163 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Wine tour in Georgia

Day 1: Arrival in Tbilisi. Meet and greet at the airport, transfer to the Hotel (check-in after 2:00 pm). You will have a free evening for rest and settling. Overnight in a Hotel. Day 2: Tbilisi city tour. 10 am guide will be waiting for you to start a tour around Tbilisi. The tour will start from the monument to King Vakhtang Gorgasali, founder of the Georgian capital. You will hear the legendary story of Tbilisi, and will then walk the Old Town and its major highlights - Narikala fortress, Anchiskhati Basilica, Sulphur Baths district, etc. You will then visit the unique wine cellar located on a rooftop of a residential building: wine tasting and lunch. Afternoon visit the Museum of Georgian Ethnography. After short refreshing rest at the Hotel visit traditional Georgian restaurant for dinner, accompanied by national dance and song show.       Day 3: Kakheti wine tour. After breakfast depart to Kakheti region following the picturesque Gombori mountain pass. Village Vardisubani at the very heart of the Alazani valley is a home to one of the most famous qvevri-makers family in the country - you will see how the national wine vessel is made from the scratch. Next stop will be the Alaverdi monastery, the 6th century Orthodox monastery that is still in service, and as a matter of fact also known for its monastery wine. Next stop is one of the highlights of the day - a vineyard, winery, and wine cellar located in arguably the most beautiful place in the region - the footsteps of Greater Caucasus mountain range. This family-run winery produces four types of traditional Georgian wine on 11 hectares of private vineyards: Saperavi, Kisi, Mtsvane and Rkatsiteli. Family hotel for overnight. Day 4: Kakheti wine tour (continued). After breakfast drive to magnificent Nekresi - remains of the 4th century AD town and monastery located high on the hill inside the deep mountain forest. Visit the “Winery Khareba”, one of the biggest wine producing company in Georgia, and its unique wine cellar, which is located inside the tunnel excavated deep into the mountain gorge - total length of the wine tunnel lanes is 7.7 km long. Drive to the town of Sighnaghi, also known as a “city of love” (mostly for the fact that one can register a marriage there 24/7). This small Kakhetian town is surrounded by an ancient city walls with 23 watchtowers. Return to Tbilisi.  Day 5: Exploring wine route around Tbilisi.     Day 6: Batumi tour. Day 7: Departure from Tbilisi. Check-out from the Hotel before 12:00 pm. Transfer to the airport.

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