Welcome to Southern Armenia


The province of Syunik, in the extreme south of the country, is accessed via the high-altitude Voratan Pass. The landscape here is surrounded by high pastures that are home to grazing animals, drifts of wildflowers and clusters of beehives. Its main settlement, Goris, is a popular stop for travellers heading into Karabakh or Iran.


Top experiences in Southern Armenia

Southern Armenia activities

$20 Transfers & Ground Transport

Private Transfer to Khor Virap & Noravank Monasteries

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.

$32 Private & Custom Tours

Private Tour to Khor Virap & Noravank Monasteries

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.

$176 Cultural & Theme Tours

Fly over the monastery of Tatev, Goris and Khndzoresk

In the morning your guide will be waiting for you at your hotel in order to leave for the heart of Southern Armenia, the town of Goris. We will discover its traditional character and many sites of interest. In the afternoon we will arrive in the heavenly spot named "Tatevi Anapat", which used to be Tatev monastery’s annex and former defensive seminary. Later we will walk towards medieval Tatev monastery, which is located above the Vorotan Canyon. As we reach the monastery of Tatev, we will be stunned by the architectural treasure of the tenth century. We will descend to Satan's bridge and will reveal the natural pools of warm water. At the end of the day, we will settle in a comfortable guesthouse in Goris, where we will have an enjoyable end of the day. The second day will be devoted to Goris. We will take a stroll through the town and get acquainted with its traditions, joyful life, troubadours and poets. You will be amazed by its rustic character, the spirit of resistance of its inhabitants and its fairy chimneys constructed over a century ago. In the afternoon we will discover St Hripsime chapel and hike up to the "Lasti Khot" hill where a fabulous panorama will gratify us. After lunch, we will reach the old village of Khndzoresk, its swinging bridge, a medieval chapel, and its ageless cave-houses. Later, we will return to Yerevan, but on our way, we will stop at Karahunj, the observatory of megalithic stones, which is older than Stonehenge. After three hours we will reveal monastery of Khor Virap, where a perfect view of Mount Ararat will become a real gift. In the evening you will be accompanied back to your hotel in Yerevan.

$229.50 Cultural & Theme Tours

Armenia: Exploratory tour to Tatev, Goris and Khndzoresk

Our guide will greet you at your hotel in order to leave for the heart of Southern Armenia, the region of Goris. We will explore its traditional character and many sites of interest. On our way, we will unfold the monastery of Khor Virap, where a breathtaking view of Mount Ararat will present itself to you. Our first discovery in Syunik will be the precious Tatev Monastery on ropeway, perched on the mountain outcrop above the Vorotan Canyon. After the visit, we will take the trail of "Tatevi Anapat" leading us to the ancient medieval monastery of Tatevi Anapat, which used to be a Tatev Monastery's annex and former defensive seminary. Later, the courageous ones, will descend to Satan's bridge, where the natural pools of warm water with healing properties will be revealed. At the end of the day, we will continue to Goris where we will settle in a comfortable guesthouse where the hospitable and friendly atmosphere is guaranteed. The second day is very intensive (13 hours) and it will be devoted to Goris, the town of tradition, good zest for life, troubadours and poets. We will take a tour of the town and discover the old Goris, its fairy chimneys, St-Hripsime chapel and take the trail to climb the "Lasti Khout" hill where a fabulous panorama will gratify us. After the lunch,we will reach the old village of Khndzoresk, its suspended bridge, its medieval chapel and troglodyte houses. After lunch, we will return to Yerevan with a stop at Karahunj, which was an observatory of megalithic stones that is considered older than Stonehenge.

Southern Armenia in detail