Welcome to Armenia

Armenia feels more like a big town than a departmental capital, far more slow-paced than its coffee-country rivals Manizales and Pereira. There is not much in the way of attractions here for visitors. Devastated by an earthquake in 1999 that flattened much of the city center, Armenia has never fully recovered. The center of the city is makeshift – check out the hastily reconstructed cathedral, made of prefab... Read More

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$19 Day Trips & Excursions

Small Group Day Trip from Yerevan to Garni Temple, Geghard Monastery and Baking Demonstration

The tour starts at 10:00am from a central meeting point. You will first of all visit the Eastern part of Armenia and have a short stop at Charent's Arch, from where the wonderful view to Biblical mount Ararat is seen. The next stop is Garni pagan temple which towers over a triangular cape, is the unique survived example of heathen culture in Armenia. It is a blend of Greco-Roman and Armenian styles. King Trdat the First ordered building the temple in the first century A.D. and dedicated it to the God of Sun. After adopting Christianity in 301 the pagan temple lost its significance and the fortress of Garni became the summer residence of the kings. Nowadays the ruins of the roya palace and the bathroom with a stunning mosaic work can be found near the temple.You will then visit Geghard monastery, the unsurpassed masterpiece of the 13th century Armenian architecture. Some of the churches of the complex are masterfully hewed in a huge rock. From the outset the complex was called Ayrivank (cave monastery), later it was renamed Geghard (lance), as the lance used by the roman soldier to sting Jesus Christ's side, was kept in this monastery for many centuries. Due to its construction Geghar-davank serves the best place for singing spiritual songs. The complex is rich in subtle sculptural embellishments and many striking khachkars (cross-stones).The last stop is at "3 Jugs" family-style restaurant where Armenian bread "Lavash" baking procedure is presented. It is made with flour, water, and salt. The thickness of the bread varies depending on how thin it was rolled out. Toasted sesame seeds and/or poppy seeds are sometimes sprinkled on before baking. Traditionally the dough is rolled out flat and slapped against the hot walls of a clay oven. You will have a good opportunity to participate in "Lavash" baking procedure and after to taste it together with local cheese and greens. You will then be returned to the meeting point.

$80 Private & Custom Tours

Private Day Trip from Yerevan to Garni Temple and Geghard Monastery

The starting time and meeting point of the tour can be decided by customers. You will first of all visit the Eastern part of Armenia and have a short stop at Charent's Arch, from where the wonderful view to Biblical mount Ararat is seen. The next stop is Garni pagan temple which towers over a triangular cape, is the unique survived example of heathen culture in Armenia. It is a blend of Greco-Roman and Armenian styles. King Trdat the First ordered building the temple in the first century A.D. and dedicated it to the God of Sun. After adopting Christianity in 301 the pagan temple lost its significance and the fortress of Garni became the summer residence of the kings. Nowadays the ruins of the roya palace and the bathroom with a stunning mosaic work can be found near the temple.You will then visit Geghard monastery, the unsurpassed masterpiece of the 13th century Armenian architecture. Some of the churches of the complex are masterfully hewed in a huge rock. From the outset the complex was called Ayrivank (cave monastery), later it was renamed Geghard (lance), as the lance used by the roman soldier to sting Jesus Christ's side, was kept in this monastery for many centuries. Due to its construction Geghar-davank serves the best place for singing spiritual songs. The complex is rich in subtle sculptural embellishments and many striking khachkars (cross-stones).You will then be returned to the meeting point.

$42.15 Day Trips & Excursions

1-Day Small Group Tour: Yerevan, Khor Virap, Noravank, Areni Wine Factory

During this tour you can visit the monastery of Khor-Virap, which is a very famous place in Armenia. Here in Khor-Virap monastery was imprisoned Gregory Illuminator, who was spreading Christianity in Armenia and because of whom Armenia became the first country which accepted Christianity as an official religion in 301 AD. Afterwards, visit another region of Armenia that is very famous for its wine producing traditions, and according to recent discoveries in this region in a little cave were found the oldest wine pots in the world. It is already a fact that Armenia is the first country in the world known for its wine producing. After, have lunch in a unique natural cave restaurant in awesome Noravank gorge. After, visit Noravank monastery, which is one of the masterpieces of medieval Armenian architecture. After this long but beautiful trip, return to Yerevan.

$25 Cultural & Theme Tours

Day Tour to Echmiatsin Cathedral, St Hripsime and St Gayane Armenia

In the morning visit Etchmiadzin Cathedral. This is the mother church of the Armenian Apostolic Church located in the city of Vagharshapat, Armenia. Most scholars believe this to be the first Cathedral, but not the first church built in ancient Armenia. It is also believed to be the oldest cathedral in the worldAfter visiting the Cathedral you will visit Saint Hripsimé Church, which is one of the oldest surviving churches in Armenia. The church was erected by Catholicos Komitas atop the original mausoleum in 395 AD that contained the remains of the martyred Saint Hripsimé. The church was dedicated to Saint Hripsimé and the structure was completed in 618 AD.The third visit will be to Church of Saint Gayane that was built by Catholicos Ezra I in the year 630. It is located within walking distance from the Etchmiadzin Cathedral. This is a 7th-century Armenian church in Vagharshapat (Etchmiadzin) the religious center of Armenia. St. Gayane.

$149 Cultural & Theme Tours

Private Tour: Coffee In the Mountains from Armenia

Begin your tour with a pickup from your centrally located hotel in Armenia at 9:00am. Make your way to a traditional restaurant located in Calarca, Quindío called La Super Forcha de Barcelona. There, you will learn of the beverages the former settlers drank for survival and enjoyment. Afterwards, drive to the beautiful municipality of Buenavista where you will enjoy your first cup of coffee at Extasis Café. The cafe is a calming place, with workers committed to offering quality products from small coffee growers. Next, make your way to La Terraza San Alberto where you will enjoy delicious coffee and beautiful landscape. After descending the mountain, you will go to Café Concorde to taste yet another special coffee from the Andes mountains. Then, head towards Pijao, where you will enjoy lunch in a typical restaurant adorned with elements of the coffee culture. After lunch, enjoy another cup of coffee as you listen to stories about the indigenous population that were in the region hundreds of years ago. Drive back to your hotel at the end of the day.

$135 Cultural & Theme Tours

Private Tour: Quimbaya Gold Museum in Armenia

Uncover a fascinating culture called Los Quimbayas and learn more about coffee during this exclusive private tour. The tour begins at Museo del Oro Quimbaya in Armenia, this is a place characterized by an architecture that surrounds completely the visitor into the world of an ancient indigenous culture called Los Quimbayas who were recognized for their goldsmithing art skills. In memory of this culture we keep treasures and places that prove their existence. After you visit the museum it's time for lunch in one of the best restaurants in Armenia where you will find several menus to choose from. Then you will enjoy a peaceful place called El Parque de la Vida that is one of the largest green spaces in Armenia with a total area of about twenty acres, this eco-tourism area serves the residents of the city as a haven for everyday life. Finally you will taste the best cherries harvested manually one by one, benefit and classified with different special techniques to highlight the softness, the aroma and the flavor of one of the best coffee in the world with a professional barista.