Combine adventure with cultural tour! Slake your thirst for adventure and extreme Jeep Tour at the same time exploring key tourist destinations and wild nature of Armenia. After a Yerevan city tour head to Ejmiadzin, religious center of Armenia. Visit Lake Sevan the blue treasure of Armenia. It is a well known fact that Armenia is the first country in the world to accept Christianity as state religion.So starting from the 3d century Armenian art and culture is strongly influenced with christian motives.We will discover all the treasures with our professional and skilled drivers and guides. The tour also includes visiting Nagorno Karabagh which has a lot to show to the tourists. Visit Armenia and spend unforgettable time in the land of mountains and churches.
Duration: 8 days / 7 nights
Beginning & Finish: Yerevan
Best Season: From May to November
Accommodation: Hotels,Camping Tents
Food: All Meals
Mode of travel: 4WD Jeeps
Included: Accommodation for 7 nights
All activities as per itinerary with all entry fees and local guides
Travel permits in protected areas
Excluded: Optional activities
After reaching the hotel and having rest we will start our wonderful trip around the capital of Armenia, Yerevan. The first day includes visiting Museum of history of Armenia which is the national museum of Armenia founded in 1919.Then we will have a walk in Yerevan and we will just admire the beauty of Yerevan which stretches under the gaze of biblical mountain Ararat. Our tour also includes visiting Erebuni fortress-museum which is a fortified city from the ancient kingdom of Urartu, located in Yerevan. It was one of several fortresses built along the northern Urartian border and was one of the most important political, economical and cultural centers of the vast kingdom.
Overnight at hotel in Yerevan.
Breakfast at hotel. Drive to St. Echmiadzin (Holy See). En route – Hripsime Church:
This is a masterpiece of architecture and a marvellous example of cross-cupola architecture of the 7th century. Weddings and baptisms are performed here on Saturdays and Sundays. Remnants of very old constructions were discovered under the temple in 1959 while the temple was being restored. Virgin’s tomb lies here in the crypt of the church.
Our next point is Zvartnots. Zvartnots, built as Armenia’s main cathedral in 641-661, was to suppress Echmiadzin Cathedral by its grandeur and extraordinary artistic splendour. This determined by the size of the temple, its layout and spatial arrangement, its structural features and its decoration which emphasizes the central axis of the building and its upward sweep. The building consisted of three polyhedrons with rich ornamentation of outer walls and capitals. Zvartnots collapsed as the result of an earthquake in 930 and was never restored. A few years ago the columns of the first floor were restored. The international airport Zvartnots is only a few kilometres from the area where the “angels have fallen down.”
Then we move to Mount Ara(2577), more than 650 kinds of plants can be found here. High is the possibility to meet bears here. It is situated between Qasakg and Hrazdan.
Return to Yerevan. Cultural event in evening. Overnight in Yerevan. (Transfer 80km)
In the morning we continue our trip to Sevan, this wonder of nature, is 60 km from Yerevan on a highway which cuts northward through mountains and rocks. Sevan, with its pure air and sandy beaches, is a popular holiday resort. Sevan has always been famous for its fish “Ishkhan” which means “prince-fish” in Armenian. The fish has graced many Lords’ tables in old times. One of the most interesting sites in Sevan is the monastery on the rocky peninsula founded in 874 AD by King Ashot I and his daughter Mariam. Other monuments include Sevan Monastery (874) and Astvatsatsin Church. From here we move to Nagorno Kharabagh which has a great historical importance for Armenians, here we will have a chance to visit Handaberd which is situated on the shore of river Lev, and Jermajur, which is a natural spa area.
Overnight at Jermajur, tents (Transfer 256km)
In the morning we continue our trip to Davidavank, in Askeran Fortress, and Gandzasar monastery which is a religious centre nowadays. Then we move to Shushi fortress which was the previous capital of Naghorno Kharabagh, and our trip will end at Stepanakert , the present capital of Naghorno Kharabagh.
Overnight at Stepanakert hotel. (Transfer 100km)
In the morning we move to Ghoris and visite Khndzoresk cave city, it was populated 70 years before. Nowadays no people live there. We move to the fortress monastery (10th century). The complex offers a spectacular view over the gorge and river Vorotan. We have a chance to see Devil’s bridge. Then we move to Tatev monastery. Monastery of Tatev is a 9th century Armenian monastery located in the Tatev village in Syunik Province in southern Armenia. The term “Tatev” usually refers to the monastery. The monastery performed an important role in the history of the region, becoming its political, spiritual and cultural centre. According to tradition, the monastery was named after Eustateus, a disciple of St. Thaddeus the Apostle. In his history Stepanos Orbelian relates that the first church in the Tatev complex was a modest chapel built in the 4th century. Later it became the political centre of Syunik principality. In 14th-15th centuries Tatev became one of the most important centers of Armenian art and science.
Overnight at Tatev guest house. (Transfer 100km)
In the morning we move to the Mount Aramazd and have a rest here. Then we continue our trip to Vorotnanerd to admire its beauty and have a picnic near the warm springs of Vorotan. We will move to Sisian and spend the nignt there.Sisian is a small and quite town.
Overnight at Sisian hotel. (Transfer 90km)
We will visit the Bronze Age dating Armenian Stonehenge.Graves and stones together form a mythical place of worship having a special appearance. From here we cycle to the fortress monastery Noravanq(10th century). The complex offers a spectacular view over the gorge and river Vorotan. Picnic near the warm springs of Vorotan. We will visite the monastery complex Tsakhats qar ( 10th century), then we pass to Smbataberd a fortress near the Eghegis village, and it has a fantastic view nowadays.
Our trip continues to Khor Virap, a fortress and church in Ararat region. It’s a pilgrimage area for many Armenian believers.
Return to Yerevan. (Transfer 250km)