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$125 Cultural & Theme Tours

Private tour to Jermuk (Khor Virap-Areni-Noravank-Jermuk)

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Khor Virap, Lusarat, Ararat ProvinceStarting the day from Khor Virap monastery,a place where Gregory the Illuminator was initially imprisoned for 13 years by King Tiridates III of Armenia. From there is opening an amazing view to mount Ararat.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Areni Wine Factory, Areni, Vayots Dzor ProvinceVisiting Areni winery. There will be a tour inside the factory and free tasting of wineDuration: 30 minutesStop At: Noravank Monastery, Areni, Vayots Dzor ProvinceNext place to visit is Noravank monastery complex.It is a 13th-century Armenian monaster 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. Duration: 40 minutesStop At: Jermuk Waterfall, Jermuk, Vayots Dzor ProvinceJermuk City , famous for it’s mineral waters.There is a beautiful waterfall and a gallery of waterDuration: 1 hour

$279 Cultural & Theme Tours

From Paganism To Christianity

Day 1 Arrival to Yerevan,Tranfer to the hotel.  Accommodation in a 3 star hotel.  City tour in Yerevan  Welcome dinner in a restaurant with national cuisine. Day 2  Breakfast at the hotel.  Visiting Khor Virap monastery complex (monastery located at the foot of Mount Ararat). Khor Virap's notability as a monastery and pilgrimage site is attributed to the fact that Gregory the Illuminator was initially imprisoned here for 13 years by King Tiridates III of Armenia.  Winery Areni. Tour inside the wine factory and free wine tasting.  Trip to the monastery complex Noravank. Noravank monastery is located among the bizarre sheer red rocks on the ledge of the winding gorge.  Lunch in Yeghegnadzor.  The Selim Caravan-Saray-Caravanserai of Armenia, which had provided overnight accommodation for loaded caravans that led the way through the Silk Road.  Last stop will be in Noratus - Khachkar repository (cross stones).  Overnight in Yerevan. Day 3  Breakfast at the hotel.  Visit to the only pagan temple of Garni. The structure was built by king Tiridates I in the first century AD as a temple to the sun god Mihr. After Armenia's conversion to Christianity in the early fourth century, it was converted into a royal summer house of Khosrovidukht, the sister of Tiridates III.  Geghard - “Ayrivank” (“cave monastery”). The main chapel was built in 1215, the monastery complex was founded in the 4th century by Gregory the Illuminator at the site of a sacred spring inside a cave. The monastery had thus been originally named Ayrivank, meaning "the Monastery of the Cave".  Arch of Charents. From there opens a beautiful view to Mount Ararat.  Transfer to the Airport.

$186 Day Trips & Excursions

Armenia Day Private Tour from Yerevan

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Khor Virap, Lusarat, Ararat ProvinceHead to one of the well-known pilgrimage sites for the Armenians, as it is associated with the name of Gregory the Illuminator, the founder of the Armenian church, who was imprisoned there for 14 years by King Tiridates III of Armenia. From here admire the panoramic view of the Mt. Ararat, Armenia's most famous symbol and highest mountain of Armenian Highland will give you a memorable image of snow-capped Mt. Ararat in all its glory. Your professional guide will explain to you the architectural composition of Khor Virap and tell interesting stories and legends about Khor Virap, Noah's Ark and Mt. Ararat.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Areni Wine Factory, Areni, Vayots Dzor ProvinceContinuing the tour head to Areni. Discover the Vayots Dzor earth, beauty, art and nature on this winery tour with the visit to Areni Wine Factory. Have a walk between the vineyards and along with a wine tasting of organic wines. You will also be able to buy or order the organic products.Next, go to explore the ancient cave formations, high chambers and huge stalactites and stalagmites of Areni cave 1. It is a substantial number of Chalcolithic sites have been identified across the territory of modern Armenia. Areni I represent the second half of the Chalcolithic, dating approximately between 4500 and 3400 BC. Areni I cave complex was occupied during that same period for ritual purposes related to mortuary activities. The dry environment of the cave together with a stable temperature provided excellent conditions for the preservation of organic materials. Desiccated grains, fruits, textiles, leather, and even grass, which usually are not found at other sites, open a window onto an unknown world of perishable artefacts produced and used by Chalcolithic civilizations. Especially noteworthy is the discovery, deep in the cave, of the world’s oldest presently known wine pressing installation, dating back to around 4000 BC, and of the world’s oldest leather shoe, dated approximately to 3600 BC.Areni 1 Cave is a magical, mystical place and best known with his archaeological artefacts. Your tour is led by an experienced guide who will bring the history, features and archaeological artefacts of the cave to life with their storytelling.Enter the cave and walk along safe boardwalks into narrow chambers. Discover the colony of cave weta, large insects unique to Armenia, just inside the entrance.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Noravank Monastery, Areni, Vayots Dzor ProvinceFurther, you will continue to Soth, to see Noravank: one of the greatest Medieval monasteries of Armenia and learn about the beautiful architecture. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and birthplace of one of the famous architecture and manuscript schools in medieval Armenia.You will arrive in Yerevan in the evening, between 18:00 and 19:00.Duration: 1 hour

$159 Cultural & Theme Tours

Day tour : Yerevan - Noravank - Tatev - Shaki waterfall

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Tatev Monastery, Tatev, Syunik ProvinceTatev monastery is situated near the village of the same name in part of Zangezur - ancient Syunik.Tatev monastery was built during the 9-13th centuries as an Armenian intellectual center where philosophers, musicians, painters, calligraphers, and monks lived. This monasterys teachers produced manuscripts for the whole Armenian world. The earthquake of 1931 caused considerable destruction, but the parts that survived enable us to judge about the artistic merits of the complex.The main monument is the Church of Poghos and Petros (Peter and Paul) built in 895-906. It reproduces the type of domed basilicas of the 7th century, but has new features. Tatev ensemble fits in perfectly with the mountainous landscape around it. A large church, dominating the surrounding structures and visible from afar, is the architectural and artistic center of the ensemble.Duration: 13 hoursStop At: Noravank Monastery, Areni, Vayots Dzor ProvinceThe beautiful Noravank Monastery was built in the 13th century on the ledge of narrow winding gorge above the Amaghu River, near the city of Yeghegnadzor. The spare lines of the church contrast beautifully with the sharp red rock cliffs, and the dramatic scenery is one of the best reasons to visit Noravank. The monastery is sometimes called Amagu Noravank, to distinguish it from Noravank Monastery in the city of Goris. Amagu is the name of a small settlement which used to stand over the gorge. The most magnificent building of the monastery is the two-storey St. Astvatsatsin Church, constructed in 1339 by Prince Burtel Orbelyan. The building is a classic architectural monument. The rectangular church rests upon a powerful high foundation, which gives it a majestic and monumental air. The main facade of the temple is cross-shaped and is decorated with a carved cross and several saints. In the church’s centre, a beautiful dome is decorated with arched columns and modelled eaves towers.Duration: 13 hours

$2287 Cultural & Theme Tours

Caucasus Tour: Azerbaijan - Georgia - Armenia / 15 days

ItineraryDay 1: BAKUStop At: Baku Old City, Baku, Absheron RegionIn the morning Georgian Holidays will organize a pick up from the hotel and our tour will start at 10:00 AM with Baku sightseeing. First, we will visit Mountain Park with panoramic views on the city and Baku Bay. After taking a walk in the alley we drive to the old city to visit several interesting sites: Palace of the Shirvanshahs (15th c.), medieval caravanserai and bathhouse, old mosques, art shops, and finally – Maiden tower, 12th century monument that is listed under the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.Duration: 3 hoursNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Overnight at 3* HotelDay 2: BAKU – SHEKIStop At: Baku Old City, Baku, Absheron RegionAfter breakfast at the hotel, we drive to the north-west – to town of Sheki. We are going to make a few stops along the way to visit two interesting historical monuments: 15th century mausoleum of Sheikh Diri-Baba in Gobustan town, and 8th century Juma Mosque in Shamakhi town. In the evening, we get to Sheki. In the evening we are going to make a short Sheki city tour to sightsee Sheki fortress, Palace of Shaki Khans, old caravanserai and mosque. Duration: 7 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight at 3* HotelDay 3: SHEKI – SIGHNAGHIStop At: Sighnaghi Ethnographic Park, Signagi, Kakheti RegionAfter breakfast we drive to Kish – a village located 5 km from Sheki – to sightsee the main attraction of the village – the Church of Kish. Church has an extraordinary history as its existing building is estimated to be built in the 12th century on much older pagan cultic site, and belonged to Caucasian Albanian, Georgian and Armenian churches in different times through history. On day 3 our Azerbaijan tour ends as from Kish we drive to Georgia-Azerbaijan border near Lagodekhi. Tour guide will assist the group with border procedures. On the border we change the transport and from now on local Georgian guide will lead the tour. From the border we drive to Sighnaghi – a town in a traditional wine-making Kakheti region in the east Georgia. Surrounded by medieval curtain walls, Sighnaghi is located on Gombori mountain range, overlooking Alazani river valley. We are going to sightsee Sighnaghi Museum and its rich collections, such as the ethnographic and archaeological exhibitions, and collections of the works of prominent Georgian painter Niko Pirosmani. Afterwards we can take a walk in Sighnaghi. Duration: 4 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight at 3* HotelDay 4: SIGNAGI – TSINANDALI – SHUMI – TELAVI – TBILISIStop At: Old Town (Altstadt) Tbilisi, TbilisiAfter breakfast we leave Sighnaghi and drive to the village of Tsinandali. In Tsinandali we are going to pay a visit Aleksandre Chavchavadze House Museum. Aleksandre Chavchavadze was a famous 18th century Georgian aristocrat, military figure and poet, whose residence, garden and wine-cellar functions as a museum and attracts lots of visitors nowadays. From Tsinandali we drive to Shumi to take a look on Shumi winery and wine museum “Vazioni”. Visitors can taste local wine and snacks. Our next stop is Telavi – major town of Kakheti region. In Telavi we can visit medieval fortress that served as a residence of the Kings of Kakheti – Batonistsikhe. We make a short Telavi tour and afterwards depart for Tbilisi through the Gombori pass.Duration: 4 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight at 3* HotelDay 5: TBILISI CITY TOURStop At: Old Town (Altstadt) Tbilisi, TbilisiOn day 5 we start Tbilisi city tour by visiting the Holy Trinity Cathedral (Sameba), one of the tallest Orthodox Christian churches on earth. Our next stop is at Metekhi Platuau, where we visit Metekhi church constructed in the 5th century. Metekhi church is located on the cliff overlooking river Mtkvari and the old Tbilisi. From Metekhi we move down to the old city and take walk on the streets of Shardeni, Iron Row, Cotton Row and Erekle II with lots of outdoor cafes, bars, restaurants, art galleries, souvernir stores and handicraft shopping spots. We continue our way until we cross the glass Bridge of Peace and get to the Rike Park. From here we head to the Narikala fortress – ancient fortification ovelooking Tbilisi from the hill, which can be reached by a aerial cable car. From Narikala we walk back to the old city to pay a visit to the following sites: the National Botanical Garden of Georgia, Jumah Mosque, Legvtakhevi canyon and waterfall, and Abanotubani – historical sulfur bathhouse district of Tbilisi. Tbilisi city tour finishes at the Meidan Square.Duration: 3 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight at 3* HotelDay 6: TBILISI – MTSKHETA – ANANURI – GUDAURIStop At: Gudauri Tour, TbilisiAfter breakfast at the hotel we drive to the north to Mtskheta – historical capital of Georgia. Mtskheta, located at the confluence of the two rivers of Mtkvari and Aragvi, is famous for its two UNESCO World Heritage Sites – Jvari Monastery (6th century) and Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (11th century). After Mtskheta sightseeing tour and our visit to the handicrafts, souvenir shops and wine cellars located in the center of the town, we continue our way to the north and drive through Georgian Military Highway towards the mountainous Khevi province. On our way to Gudauri ski-resort we make a stop at Zhinvali reservoir and visit Ananuri Architectural Complex. Ananuri once served as a fortress and residence of local feudal lords – Eristavi of Aragvi. In the evening we arrive at Gudauri (2196 m), Kazbegi Municipality.Dinner and overnight in Gudauri.Duration: 4 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight at 3* HotelDay 7: GUDAURI – KAZBEGI – TBILISIStop At: Mount Kazbek/ Mqinvartsveri, Stepantsminda, Mtskheta-Mtianeti RegionOn day 7 after breakfast we leave for Kazbegi town from Gudauri. On our way at the Cross Pass (2379 m), we make a stop at the red travertine hill and taste local mineral water. After our arrival in Kazbegi we set off for Mount Gergeti trek. Mount Gergeti is famous for its Holy Trinity Church – built in 14th century, church is overlooking Kazbegi town while standing under the Kazbegi peak (5033 m) and glacier. After our trek to Mount Gergeti is finished we come back to Kazbegi town and leave for Tbilisi. Overnight in Tbilisi.Duration: 5 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight at 3* HotelDay 8: TBILISI – GORI – UPLISTSIKHE – AKHALTSIKHEStop At: Akhaltsikhe Synagogue, Akhaltsikhe, Samtskhe-Javakheti RegionAfter breakfast we depart for Samtskhe-Javakheti region. On our way we drive through Kartli province, where our first stop is at Gori town. In Gori we are going to visit the museum of Joseph Stalin, which consists of Stalin’s memorial house, exposition building, and his room with various personal belongings. From Gori we get to Uplistsikhe cave complex – another well-known site near Gori. Uplistsikhe represents ancient cave complex and one of the oldest urban settlements in Georgia, dating back to the 1st millenium BC. It is also possible to visit a small museum nearby and watch an 8-minute movie about Uplistsikhe. Our next stop is at Borjomi – a spa-resort located in Mtkvari ravine. Borjomi is famous for its mineral water ‘Borjomi’. After a walk around town and Borjomi Central Park, we depart for Akhaltsihke and arrive there in the evening.Duration: 6 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight at 3* HotelDay 9: AKHALTSIKHE – AKHALTSIKHE CASTLE – VARDZIA – AKHALTSIKHEStop At: Akhaltsikhe Synagogue, Akhaltsikhe, Samtskhe-Javakheti RegionAfter breakfast we start our journey to the historical Samtskhe region and its administrative centre – Akhaltsikhe (translated as “new castle”) town. We are going to visit the most remarkable site of Akhaltsikhe – Rabati Castle, a medieval fortification complex. During Rabati excursion we are going to take a look at the fortress, museum, 14th century Jakeli Castle, fortress church and the St. Marine church.From Akhaltsikhe, we get to Vardzia. Built during the Georgian Golden Age in the 12th-13th cc., Vardzia is another well-known rock-hewn cave monastery, located on the slopes of Erusheti mountains in Samtskhe region. In the evening we drive back to Akhaltsikhe.Duration: 3 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight at 3* HotelDay 10: AKHALTSIKHE – BAVRA – GYUMRIStop At: Gyumri Main Square, Gyumri, Shirak ProvinceOn day 10 we start our trip to Armenia. After breakfast we drive towards Bavra Border Crossing Point. On our way we make a short stop at Khertvisi fortress – a medieval fortification erected in the Mtkvari river ravine. After our arrival at Bavra Border Crossing Point, we will change vehicle and guided by the local expert will continue tour in Armenia. First, we head to Gyumri – the second largest city of Armenia and have a short city tour there.Duration: 3 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight at 3* HotelDay 11: GYUMRI – ETCHMIADZIN – ZVARTNOTS – YEREVANStop At: Zvartnots Temple, Vagharshapat, Armavir ProvinceAfter breakfast we take a walk in the historical center of Gyumri. Gyumri has lots of buildings from 19th century when the city was named as Alexandropol under the rule of Russian Empire. After Gyumri city tour we continue our journey to Vagharshapat town to visit two important Armenian monuments – Etchmiadzin Cathedral, built in the 4th century, and 7th century Zvartnots Cathedral. Etchmiadzin Cathedral represents a center and symbol of Armenian Apostolic Church. From Vagharshapat we head to the capital of Armenia – Yerevan. In the evening we pay a visit to Mesrop Mashtots Institute of Ancient Manuscripts, known as Matenadaran museum, and take a look at its rich collection of medieval manuscripts and books. Duration: 5 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight at 3* HotelDay 12: YEREVAN – GARNI – GEGHARD – YEREVANStop At: Garni Temple, Garni, Kotayk ProvinceOn day 8 after breakfast we begin our excursion of the Yerevan city and its surroundings. First, we will visit Yerevan History Museum in the center of the city. Museum has a rich collection of different artifacts that represent local culture and history from ancient to present times. From Yerevan we set off to see the Temple of Garni and Geghard monastery (founded in the 4th c.). The Temple of Garni is an ancient pagan temple with Greco-Roman colonnaded architectural style. Destroyed by the earthquake in the 17th century, this pre-Christian temple was rebuilt in the 20th century during the Soviet times. From Garni we can take a walk along the canyon of Azat river and get to Geghard, which is located close from the Temple of Garni. Geghard monastery is listed among the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Finally, we drive back to Yerevan. Duration: 4 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight at 3* HotelDay 13: YEREVAN – KHOR VIRAP – ARENI – NORAVANK – YEREVANStop At: Noravank Monastery, Areni, Vayots Dzor ProvinceOn day 13 after breakfast at the hotel we take a trip to Khor Virap Monastery in Ararat Province. Khor Virap is one of the most visited pilgrimage sites in Armenia due to the local beliefs, according to which St. Gregory the Illuminator, who is credited with converting Armenia to Christianity, was imprisoned in this place for 13 years by the Armenian King. Visitors can also observe view on the Mount Ararat – national symbol of Armenia, from the monasteryFrom Khor Virap we continue our way to southeast direction and get to the wine village of Areni, located in Vayots Dzor Province and famous for its red wine. We can visit the wine factory and taste local Armenian wine. From Areni we drive to Noravank monastery, established in the 13th c. Noravank is situated in a narrow gorge of Amaghu river, near the town of Yeghegnadzor. Duration: 7 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight at 3* HotelDay 14: YEREVAN – SEVAN – SANAHIN – HAGHPAT – SADAKHLO (18:00) – TBILISIStop At: Sanahin Monastery, Alaverdi, Lori ProvinceAfter breakfast we drive to one of the world’s largest alpine lakes – Sevan (1900 m). From Lake Sevan we continue our way to the north and arrive in the administrative center of Tavush Province – Dilijan town. On Dilijan city tour we are going to visit Sharambeyan street full of workshops, handicraft shops, souvenir stores and traditional buildings. From the center of Tavush Province, we move to Lori region and visit medieval Sanahin monastery (built in 10th c.), which is another site among the UNESCO World Heritage list from Armenia. Sanahin monastery was founded by the Bagratid royal family in the 10th century and consists of several churches and chapels. From Sanahin we get to Haghpat monastery located nearby. From Haghpat we drive to Georgia-Armenia border. From Sadakhlo border crossing point we continue our way to Tbilisi led by Georgian driver.Meeting with Georgian Holidays staff at 18:00. Duration: 8 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight at 3* HotelDay 15: TbilisiStop At: Old Town (Altstadt) Tbilisi, TbilisiCheck out time untill 12:00 pm. Duration: 2 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.

$115 Private & Custom Tours

Private Tour: Khor Virap, Areni, Noravank, Jermuk

The 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.Areni 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.The 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 discovered.Noravank, 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.Jermuk 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.Jermuk 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.

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