Private Tour: Khor Virap, Areni, Noravank, Jermuk

Private & Custom Tours in Yeghegnadzor

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Khor Virap Monastery is one of Armenia’s most important pilgrimage attraction with an amazing views of the sacred Mount Ararat where Noah's Arc landed. This is a full-day tour from Yerevan, travel by private vehicle with flexible time at attraction and for taking photos. After Khor Virap you will have a wine testing at Areni winery and visit Bird's Cave, the proceed to Noravank Monastery. At the end of the tour you will visit Jermuk spa town with its waterfall and thermal water gallery.
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.

What’s included

  • Professional driver
  • Transport by private air-conditioned vehicle
  • Fuel surcharge and parking fee
  • Hotel drop-off
  • Hotel pickup
  • Wine testing
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges

What’s not included

  • Flight ticket
  • Entry tickets to attractions
  • Accommodation
  • Travel Insurance
  • Professional guide (upon request)
  • Food and drinks (upon request)
  • Gratuities (optional)