Welcome to Sisian


The region was inhabited long before the town was built, evidenced by nearby Neolithic observatories and animal petroglyphs. These days, the only compelling reason to visit is to see the petroglyphs at Zorats Karer (aka Karahunj) and Ughtasar (Pilgrimage Mountain).

The centre of town is on the northern side of the Vorotan. Marshrutky leave from the junction on the northern end of the bridge. The main street, Sisakan St, runs parallel to the river, one block inland.


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$546 Day Trips & Excursions

ONE DAY TOUR TO TATEV

At 08:00 you will be picked up from your accommodation, then you will be departed to Syunik province. The first stop is  Karahunj also often referred to in international tourist lore as the "Armenian Stonehenge", have a pause and enjoy an Armenian-style lunch at a local restaurant and after lunch continue the tour to Halidzor village, combine with the longest reversible cableway arrive at the Tatev Monastery on this 1-day activity package.  Visit Karahunj: one of the most famous prehistoric monuments in the world as you are already in Armenia. Admire the mysterious man-made rock circle and surrounding countryside. Learn of its origins, dating back nearly 5,000 years and listen to expert’s interesting theories behind its construction. The  Karahunj structure continues to divide historians as to its precise purpose, but form your own informed theories as you enjoy extended time exploring this marvel of the ancient world at your own pace.  After uncovering Karahunj's secrets, and soaking up the magical atmosphere, continue the tour You’ll make a stop at Halidzor village and with the cableway of the Wings of Tatev continue the tour.  Enjoy an unforgettable journey on the longest reversible aerial tramway the Wings of Tatev that takes you to  Tatev Monastery.  Glide the celestial highway at the altitude of 320 meters above the canopy along a 5752 m span in a comfortable gondola. Get a better view of stunning mountain landscapes of the lush South Armenian Highlands.  You’ll stop at Tatev monastery for a guided walk tour, to learn about the bishopric seat of historical Syunik and significant role in the history of the region as a center of economic, political, spiritual and cultural activity.   Explore how in the 14th and 15th centuries did Tatev host 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.   Admire the panoramic stunning bird’s-eye view of the deep gorge of the Vorotan River, discover "Gavazan” Column at Tatev Monastery, a pillar with a pivoting base, which tilted when the ground shook from tremors caused by earthquakes, get introduced to the monastery's construction.  You will be back to Yerevan in the evening, between 21:00 and 22:00.highway at the altitude of 320 m.

$593 Cultural & Theme Tours

VISIT THE TOP WANDERS OF ARMENIA - 9 Days 8 Nights

ItineraryDay 1: ArrivalStop At: Yerevan Cascade, YerevanArrival at Zvartnoc International airport and transfer to the hotel.Duration: 1 hourNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Overnight at 3* Hotel Day 2: Yerevan City tour Stop At: Yerevan Cascade, YerevanBreakfast. We will start the tour in the capital of Armenia: Yerevan. For ages this city has been known as a “pink city” because of the color of the stone it has been built with. So we will visit Republic square, Mashtoc Avenue, the House of Opera and Ballet after Aram Khachatryan, the park “Cascad”. Then we will visit the Manuscript Museum of Armenia, which is called Matenadaran; here all ancient Armenian Manuscripts are kept. Then we should visit Erebuni museum and Genocide Memorial known as Tsitsernakaberd. We will visit the museum famous Armenian film-director Sergey Parajanov. Here we will see about thousand works: collages, drawings, assemblages, dolls. And besides this we will have to chance to see a short part from his famous film “The Colour of Pomegranates”. Dinner at a traditional Armenian restaurant where you may taste the masterpieces of Armenian cuisine. Overnight in the hotel. (B/-/D)Duration: 3 hoursNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Overnight at 3* Hotel Day 3: Yerevan - Garni - Geghard - YerevanStop At: Garni Temple, Garni, Kotayk ProvinceBreakfast. Take trip to Garni. This Pagan Temple built in the 1st century AD. It is the only temple that has been preserves from the Pagan times in Armenia. It was devoted to the god Mihr, who was the god of cleanness. In 1679 it was destroyed by earthquake. In the 1975 the Temple was restored. Then we will continue our trip to Geghard Monastery. Its name came from the legendary lance that was used to pierce the body of Christ. It has been kept here for centuries. Though the exact foundation of the monastery is unknown, the present complex was built in the mid – 13th century. Afterwards we will a local house where you will have the chance to see and participate in the preparation of Armenian national bread: lavash. It is a very thin, usually sold in very large forms. It is usually cooked in a ground oven: “tonir''. In 2015 it has been inscribed in UNESCO intangible heritage list. Here we will enjoy the “Armenian fast food” with lavash and cheese. Lunch. Besides this here we will see how clay things are being made. We can also participate in this process and take a memory with us. Get back to Yerevan and overnight at hotel. (B/L/-)Duration: 4 hoursNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Overnight at 3* Hotel Day 4: Yerevan - Khor Virap - Areni - Noravank - Karahunj - GorisStop At: Khor Virap, Lusarat, Ararat ProvinceBreakfast. Take trip to Khor Virap Monastery (4-18th cc.). This monastery is very prominent because of its history; Gregory the Illuminator, who introduced Christianity to Armenia, has been imprisoned there about 13 years as at that time there was a prison in the place of the monastery. Here we can enjoy the spectacular view of the sacred Ararat Mountain - an immortal symbol of Armenia. After Khor Virap we will drive to Armenian Wine Village Areni. This village is very famous with its red wine. Visit the wine factory of the village where we will have wine degustation. Continue the trip to Noravank - a monastery of XII century situated among amazing sheer rocks on the bench of a twisty gorge. This is the only monastery where we may find a unique sculpture of Father God. In Noravank we will have a meeting with the priest who will tell you about the religious life and traditions of Armenia. We will explore the ancient observatory of Karahunj quite similar to Stonehenge in England. The columns sit like soldiers on a hill. The 204 stones near Sisian have been ascribed with mystical, fertility and cosmic powers, but rarely have ancient monuments caused such a sensation in astronomical circles. Drive to Goris. Overnight in Goris. (B/L/-)Duration: 4 hoursNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Overnight at 3* Hotel Day 5: Goris - Tatev - Khndzoresk - GorisStop At: Tatev Monastery, Tatev, Syunik ProvinceBreakfast. We will continue our trip visiting the monastic complex of Tatev. The complex was found within the ages of 9-13. Formerly it was a very famous educational center in Armenia and all famous contemporary scientists and philosophers were educated there. It used to accept students from abroad as well. Here we can use the world’s longest rope way, which has length of 5700 m. Visit the cave village of Khndzoresk. After all drive to Goris. Check in the hotel. Dinner at a local house where we will enjoy the specific meals typical to that region. And everything will be accompanied by the beautiful music played by the host. In the evening you may enjoy the night view of the small city which is very beautiful. (B/-/D)Duration: 7 hoursNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 6: Goris - Selim - Noraduz - Sevan - DilijanStop At: Lake Sevan, Lake Sevan, Gegharkunik ProvinceBreakfast. Today we are going to pass the pathways that have been used by the travellers of Great Silk Road. We will drive through the Selim Caravanserai, which served as an important center of exchange, trade and for overnight during the times of Great Silk Road. Here we can see the immortal tracks of world history. Visit to Noraduz. After here we will drive to Lake Sevan which is one of the largest lakes in the world. It stands out with its sweet and astonishingly blue water. Here we can enjoy the breathtaking scenery of the beautiful lake. Another surprise is expected for our tourists; we will have a cruise in Lake Sevan and take the chance to admire the beauty of blue pearl of Armenian highland. Lunch, during which we will taste the “Ishkhan” fish of Lake Sevan. This fish is an irreplaceable phenomenon in Armenian Culinary culture. Then we will visit Sevanavank Monastery which is situated on Sevan Peninsula. There are 2 monasteries actually; one of them is destroyed but the other stands still. They have been built in the middle Ages, around 10th century. Then we will drive to Dilijan. Walking along the Sharambeyan Street, which is one of the oldest streets of the city, we may buy souvenirs and see the life of the small city. During the walk you will breathe the clean mountain air. After this relaxing walk we will have dinner at a local family and taste the traditional meals of this region. And you may continue enjoying your rest in the garden playing Armenian game “Nardi” with a cup of excellent wine. Overnight in Dilijan. (B/L/D)Duration: 5 hoursNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Overnight at 3* Hotel Day 7: Dilijan - Sanahin - Haghpat - YerevanStop At: Sanahin Monastery, Alaverdi, Lori ProvinceToday we will visit two unique masterpieces of Armenian architecture of X-XIV centuries: the monasteries of Sanahin and Haghpat which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Literally the name ’’Sanahin’’ in Armenian means "this one is older than the other," which probably means that this monastery is older of than Haghpat. These two monasteries are very close to each other and can be easily seen from one to the other. Both are located on an uneven plateau, separated by a deep crack formed by a small river that flows into the river Debed. Haghpat Monastery was one of the largest religious, cultural and educational centers of medieval Armenia. After all we will taste Armenian national dishes in the beautiful restaurant when we are back to Yerevan. (B/-/D)Duration: 5 hoursNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Overnight at 3* Hotel Day 8: Yerevan - Ejmiatsin - Zvartnoc - YerevanStop At: Zvartnots Temple, Vagharshapat, Armavir ProvinceBreakfast. We will start the excursion to centuries-old monuments Ejmiatsin and Zvartnots. These sites are listed on UNESCO World Heritage list. Zvartnots Temple was built in 7th century by Nerses Builder Catholicos. Here we will enjoy the fantastic concert by the choir, which will be organized by our company by your group. We will enjoy the music of Classical Armenian Music of world famous composers. The choir consists of Operate Professional Singers. Our next step is the spiritual center of Armenia: Ejmiatsin. The Cathedral of Ejmiatsin, founded in 303, is the official residence of the Catholicos of Armenia. We will also visit the museum of Ejmiatsin where a small part of Noah’s ark is kept. After all get back to Yerevan. Short rest in the hotel. In the evening you may enjoy the night life of modern Yerevan. Dinner at a very beautiful restaurant. Overnight in Yerevan. (B/-/D)Duration: 4 minutesNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Overnight at 3* Hotel Day 9: DepartureStop At: Yerevan Cascade, YerevanBreakfast. Transfer to the airport. Say goodbye to Armenia.Duration: 1 hourNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.

$118.71 Day Trips & Excursions

Stonehenge (Zorats Qarer) - Noratuz - Sevan - Yerevan

The tour begins from 8 am in the morning.You will be picked up from your Hotel or Guesthouse in Goris and start your journey! The first stop is Zorats Qarer also known as Qarahunj and is located close to the city of Sisian. It is a megalithic composition of Bronze Age tombs (cists, dolmens or tumuli) and over 220 standing stones (menhirs). Being impressed you will continue your road to the Sevan Lake. You will have stop at Noratuz cemetry, which is a large field of Armenian Khachkars (cross-stones).Cross-stones have a special and sacred meaning for Armenians. The oldest of them date back to 9th century. They were believed to save people’s souls.Shortly later you'll feel fresh breeze blowing from Sevan Lake, because you are very close to it. Then you are going to visit Sevanavank Monastery which is popular in Armenia due to its possession of the blue pearl of Armenians, Lake Sevan. There are two churches on the peninsula of Sevan. Our trip ends in Yerevan (it is possible also in Dilijan, depends on your prefer). During our tour you can have lunch in Sevan in case of an additional charge.

$280 Cultural & Theme Tours

2 days and 1 night private tour to Khor Virap, Areni, Noravank, Goris, Tatev.

ItineraryDay 1: Travel to sout with stops: Khor Virap, Areni Winery, Areni-1 cave, Noravank, Jermuk, Shaki waterfall, Zorats karerStop At: Khor Virap, Lusarat, Ararat ProvinceThe Khor Virap monastery is located less than an hour drive from Yerevan, with a spectacular view to mount Ararat, the oldest and most well-known mountain in Armenia Highland. “Khor Virap” translates as “deep dungeon” or "deep pit", and was a former prison and fortress, located near to historical town of Artashat. By legend, Gregory the Illuminator, the first Armenian Catholicos, was jailed her for 14 years, so this place is one of the sacred spots for Armenians and Christian Pilgrims from around the world.Duration: 40 minutesStop At: Areni Wine Factory, Areni, Vayots Dzor ProvinceAreni village, also known as village of wine is located on the bank of river Arpa. Wine traditions here are having more than six thousand years history. Wine testing, wine and oghi (homemade fruit vodka) selling points are available on each corner. All kinds of wine are largely available for testing and locals are joking, that they use wine as water. You will have a wine testing at one of the oldest wine factories in Areni.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: T'rchuneri (Bird) Cave, Areni, Vayots Dzor ProvinceThe Areni-1 or Birds' Çave complex a multicomponent site and late Chalcolithic/Early Bronze Age ritual site and settlement is located near the Areni village in southern Armenia along the Arpa River. In 2010, it was announced that the earliest known shoe was found at the site.In January 2011, the earliest known winery in the world was announced to have been found. Also in 2011, the discovery of a straw skirt dating to 3,900 years BCE was reported. In 2009, the oldest brain was discoveredDuration: 20 minutesStop At: Noravank Monastery, Areni, Vayots Dzor ProvinceNoravank, literally "new monastery") is a 13th-century Armenian monastery, located 122 km from Yerevan in a narrow gorge made by the Amaghu River, near the town of Yeghegnadzor, Armenia. The gorge is known for its tall, sheer, brick-red cliffs, directly across from the monastery. The monastery is best known for its two-storey Surb Astvatsatsin (Holy Mother of God) church, which grants access to the second floor by way of a narrow stone-made staircase jutting out from the face of building.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Jermuk Waterfall, Jermuk, Vayots Dzor ProvinceJermuk is a mountain spa town and the centre of the urban community of Jermuk in Vayots Dzor Province at the south of Armenia, at a road distance of 53 km east of the provincial capital Yeghegnadzor. It was considered one of the popular destinations for medical tourism in the Soviet Union. The waterfall of Jermuk on Arpa river has a height of 70 meters.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Mineral water galleryJermuk is famous for its hot springs and mineral water brands bottled in the town. It is attractive for its fresh air, waterfall, artificial lakes, walking trails, the surrounding forests and mineral water pools. The town is being redeveloped to become a modern center of tourism and health services. It is also being set up to become a major chess center, with numerous chess international tournaments scheduled in the town.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Shaki Waterfall, Sisian, Syunik ProvinceShaki Waterfall is a waterfall in Armenia, with a height of 18 m. It is located in Syunik Province.The Shaki Waterfall is situated 6 km from the town of Sisian. On the left side of the river Vorotan's gorge, basalt lava flows have solidified to form a ledge 18 meters high from which the waterfall cascades down. This is one of most spectacular waterfalls in Armenia.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Karahundj (Armenia's Stonehenge), Sisian, Syunik ProvinceAmong many unsolved mysteries surrounding remarkable prehistoric structures of Armenia, there is a megalithic site of Karahunge ("Karahundj") covered with hundreds of vertical 1 - 2.8 m high megaliths of greatly varying form.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Aregak B&BSettle in Goris city for overnight. Duration: 8 hoursNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Overnight at Aregak B&BDay 2: Travel back to Yerevan with stops: Khndzoresk Swinging bridge, Khndzoresk cave sattlment, Tatev ropway and monastery.Stop At: Khndzoresk Swinging Bridge, YerevanThe bridge was inspired by a local entrepreneur's passion to showcase a truly unique Armenian village. His goal was to preserve the village's past, and, for future generations to discover their roots. The suspension bridge is a work of love by the people of the village. It was built by the villagers with their own hands, and horses, without modern machinery. It spans 160 meters across the most rugged, yet scenic gorge one could imagine. It's worth stopping along the way to catch your breath and take amazing pictures of the cliffside dwellings.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Old Khndzoresk, Syunik ProvinceThe historic cave village, located on the steep slope of a gorge, is comprised of both natural and manmade caves. At the inhabiting community’s height, some estimates suggest that population grew to as many as 15,000 people. Since many of the dwellings were carved out over and around each other, a complex system of ropes and ladders were required for people to reach many corners of the community. The village even had two churches and three schools. Duration: 1 hourStop At: Wings of Tatev, Halidzor, Syunik ProvinceWings of Tatev is a 5.7 km (3.5 mi) cableway between Halidzor and the Tatev monastery in Armenia. It is the longest reversible aerial tramway built in only one section, and holds the record for Longest non-stop double track cable car.Construction was finished on 16 October 2010. Duration: 1 hourStop At: Tatev Monastery, Tatev, Syunik ProvinceThe Tatev Monastery is a 9th-century Armenian Apostolic monastery located on a large basalt plateau near the Tatev village in Syunik Province in southeastern Armenia. The term "Tatev" usually refers to the monastery. The monastic ensemble stands on the edge of a deep gorge of the Vorotan River. 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. Duration: 1 hourStop At: Satanayi Kamurj (Satan's Bridge), Tatev, Syunik ProvinceLocated below Tatev Monastery, in the 500-meter gorge of the Vorotan River, is one of Armenia’s natural wonders – “Devil’s Bridge”. Over the millennia, wind and water have created this wonder of nature, polishing and piercing the petrified lava. The width of this natural bridge, along which runs the auto road to Tatev Monastery, is 60 m, the length 30 m. Close to the bridge it is possible to swim in the warm salubrious springs, ringed by stalactites of marvelous colors. The most intrepid can descend to the river to see the secretive grottos below the springs.Duration: 30 minutesNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.

$108.33 Cultural & Theme Tours

Private tour to Jermuk and Shaki waterfalls

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Jermuk Waterfall, Jermuk, Vayots Dzor ProvinceJrermuk waterfall has 72 m height and spills into Arpa river. As is the case with many Armenian natural sites, this one inspired a folktale. According to the legend the foaming water is the hair of a beautiful princess whose father cursed her to turn into a mermaid if she tried to see her shepherd lover. Unable to stay away from her beloved, the princess tossed her hair into the gorge, which turned into a waterfall. Hence another name for a waterfall is Mermaid hair.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Shaki Waterfall, Sisian, Syunik ProvinceShaki Waterfall is a waterfall in Armenia, with a height of 18 m. It is located in Syunik Province. It is considered to be one of the most picturesque waterfalls in Armenia.According to the legend a beautiful girl called Shake fell from the cliff, refusing to obey the will of the conquerors. While falling, the girl’s dress opened in the wind and turned into a waterfall. Later the waterfall was named after her - Shaki.Duration: 1 hour

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