Private tour with modern car will fully demonstrate beauty of Armenia. Experienced driver/guide will show you hidden corners of Armenia and best spots for photography.Out of stops mentioned in itinerary you will have opportunity for much more. Best places for lunch and dinner will be suggested on the way.
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.