Visit Armenia and Artsakh Republic and discover for yourself the real beauty and mystery of Armenian ancient civilization through trekking tour. Armenia is considered to be the land of mountains and stones. Armenians managed to transfer those stones into the most amazing churches and cross stones that you can see nowhere but in Armenia. This Travel tour to Armenia includes a city tour in Yerevan, the capital of Armenia. From here you will have an amazing view on Mount Ararat, the symbol of Armenia. This tour includes visiting Arcakh Republic monuments and getting acquainted to Armenian culture here. We give you an opportunity to stay in the hotels of Yerevan, the capital of Armenia, to get the needed rest for the new adventures. We will be very happy to see you in Armenia.
Duration: 14 days / 13 nights
Beginning & Finish: Yerevan
Best Season: From June to October
Accommodation: Tourist Hotels, Camping Tents
Food: All Inclusive
Mode of travel: 4WD Vehicles, Minibuses/Trekking
Tour Support: If group size is 1-4 persons; English knowing trekking guide driver, horses for carrying luggage, if more than 4 minibuses or buses.
Included: A Meals duration of trekking
Accommodation for nights in tourist hotels, rent of tents and sleeping bags
All transfers, rent of horses
All activities as per itinerary with all entry fees
Travel permits in protected areas
Excluded: Optional activities
Transfer to the hotel. After resting we will have a wonderful trip around one of the ancient cities in the world, the capital of Armenia, Yerevan. The first day includes visiting Museum of history of Armenia in Yerevan which is the national museum of Armenia founded in 1919.Modern Yerevan is mostly a rebuilt colorful city with buildings of unique architecture, constructed from basalt, marble, onyx and volcanic tuff stone and it is a contemporary to such ancient metropolises as Babylon and Nineveh. 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. The name Yerevan itself is derived from Erebuni. Supper.
Overnight at a hotel.
Breakfast at hotel. Half-day trip to Garni Pagan Temple and Geghard Monastery.
Early morning we start our tour to Garni pagan temple. This pagan temple of Garni was built in the 1st. c. A D. Here we can also admire the beauty of Armenian nature, which is unique and wonderful.Then we are going to continue our tour to St. Stepanos by walk (hiking duration will be 2.5 hours, 1400 -1550 m.a.s.). St. Stepanos was one of the ancient Armenian church. While having a walk we well enter Khosrov Reserve. Then it was a place of hunting for nobles.Our final point will be Astghik waterfall, where we can enjoy the beauty of the nature. Local people say that the waterfall was called so, because according to tradition Armenian goddess Asghik used to swim there. The waterfall is open for swimming also.
Overnight in camping tents.
We start our tour to Ice Knight Cave which is situated near Azat River. In 1600 it was inhabited by Armenians and we can find some hand-made anthropogenic buildings there (hiking duration will be 3.5 hours, m.a.s 1500 – 1700).
Overnight in Erjankahovit.
In the morning we move to Kaqavaberd. Kaqavaberd (9-10centuries) is a fortress located upon a ridge overlooking Azat River gorge at the Khosrov Reserve in Ararat Province. The fortified walls of Kakavaberd are well preserved and crown a ridge within the Khosrov Reserve. It is situated among rocks and it makes it inaccessible. Towers at the northeastern side are 8 to 10 meters high. Within the fortress are the ruins of a church and other constructions (hiking duration will be 1.5 hours). On the way to the Geghama mountains we will meet Vishap stones (18-16 century). Vishap stones were for the worship of water. Hiking tour continues to the highest peak of the Geghama mountains Azhdahak( 3597m). Hiking lasts 4.5 hours at Azhdahak mountain.
Overnight in camping tents.
Hiking tour starts from mountain Azhdahak (2.5 hours.) The highest point of the Geghama mountains is the volcano Azhdahak, elevation – 3597.3m.a.s. In the western part of the range. There is a lake in the crater of the volcano Azhdahak. Then we go to our camp take out tents and continue our way to Lake Akna, which considers to be the blue beauty of Geghama mountains (hiking duration 3 hours). Then we will continue our trip to Sevaberd village by Jeeps (4×4) and Lake Sevan by bus.
Overnight stay at Lake Sevan inshore hotel.
This day early in the morning we start our tour to Artsakh which means the land of black gardens. Here we visit Qelbadjar and Handaberd fortress, which is situated on the shore of Lev river. To reach that place we will have to pass through woods. The fortress has 8 m high enclosure. In was built in the 5th century.
Overnight in tents.
Next day we start our tour with a hike to Hot springs (sometimes having +60 C ). Hot water coming from underneath creates a wonderful view. This place shakes human imagination with its beauty. The water is considered to be very healthy.
Overnight in tents.
In the morning we move to Dadivanq, which is an old monastery complex. It is situated near Mrav mountain. For ages it was a religious center so there are many religious murals on its walls. After spending some time here we move to Stepanakert, the capital of Artsakh.
Overnight at Stepanakert.
Monastery of Tatev is a 9th century Armenian monastery located in the Tatev village in Syunik Province in southern Armenia. 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.
We will also visit Wings of Tatev the 5.7 km (3.5 mi) cabelway between Halidzor and the Tatev monastery. It is the longest reversible aerial tramway built in one section only. Construction was finished on 16 October 2010.
Overnight in Goris.
In the morning we start our trip to Vorotan and have a chance to see Satan bridge. Then we move to see the Bronze Age dating Armenian Stonehenge. Graves and stones together form a mythical place of worship having a special appearance. This day we will have a chance to see the monastery complex of Khor Virap situated in Ararat region.Return to Yerevan.
Overnight at a hotel
After breakfast we continue our tour to Vanadzor, and will visit Sanahin (4th century). The complex with numerous khachkars and bishop gravesites that belong to the Armenian Apostolic Church. We move to Haghpat (10 century) which was founded by Saint Nishan (Sourb Nshan) in the 10th century during the reign of King Abas I. The location of Haghpat Monastery was chosen so that it overlooks the Debed River in Lori region. The monasteries of northern Armenia are not isolated,they were built in a village environment and Haghpat is surrounded by many hamlets.Then we will move to Odzun Church which is an Armenian basilica constructed around the 5th-7th century. There are numerous gravestones of the clergy around the church and a funerary monument. Its stepped platform supports two carved monuments between double arches. The east and west sides of the monument are carved with scenes from the Bible and introduction of Christianity in Armenia. And our final point will be Qobayr which is a 12th century Armenian monastery located in the village Kober within Lori province.
Coming back to Yerevan. Stay at a hotel.
We continue our tour to the peak of Aragats (4095m). The highest peak has an elevation of 4090 meters. This circle of mountains is the remains of a crater of a big volcano. The average temperature is minus 12 degrees C in winter but sometimes the absolute temperature reaches minus 40 degrees C. Snow never disappears during summer. Lake Qari with the Cosmic Rays’ Scientific Research Centre is situated on Aragats. Here the highest working meteo-center in Caucuses is situated. The hiking duration will be 5 hours. Our second point in the tour will be visiting one of the ancient castles of Armenia Amberd (10 century). The name translates to “fortress in the clouds” in Armenian. The village of Byurakan is located 4 miles (6.4 km) away from the site of Amberd. And the final point of our tour will be Saghmosavan Monastery. It is a 13th century Armenian monastic complex located in the village of Saghmosavan in the Aragatsotn Province of Armenia. Saghmosavank is situated near the Kasagh river.
Then we will return to Yerevan.
Night at hotel.
Transfer to the airport. Departure.