ARMENIA GUARANTEED DEPARTURES 2017
Every Friday starting from 10 April till 06 November 2016 Minimum Participant 2 pax – Maximum Participant 15 pax Step back in time to explore the secrets of the oldest Christian nation in the world.
ARMENIA-GEORGIA GUARANTEED DEPARTURES 2017
Minimum participants 2 pax Experience the unique spirit of Caucasus from breathtaking nature scenarios to magnificent medieval architecture and ancient culture.
WINE & DINE TOUR
These 8 day gourmet discovery combines fine wines and authentic local cuisine with unspoiled sceneries and centuries-old cultural treasures.
Treat yourself to this once in a lifetime hiking vacation seeking out off the beaten, pristine trails and discovering the best of this little known part of the world.
Drive your way through the roads of colorful Armenia with our unique fly-drive tours.
SILK ROUTE TOUR
Journey along this historic Silk Route to explore the modern culture and ancient civilization in one tour.
Day 1: Departure from home country
Day 2:Arrival-Walking city tour-Brandy factory-Matenadaran-Genocide Memorial-Yerevan
Today we start our exploration of the lively capital of Armenia, Yerevan, where ancient culture is mixed with modern lifestyle and great traditions. The day start with a visit to Brandy Factory, were we have an opportunity to get acquainted to the historical and industrial heritage of Armenian brandy and sample some of its finest examples. We start our walking tour from the Rupublic Square, the lifeblood of the city. Continue to Cascade, an open-air museum of modern art with massive stairways leading up to the Victory Park providing a fantastic overlook to the entire downtown from above. We are in the Opera House, a beautiful building, and hub of Yerevan. Freedom Square is behind it, surrounded by parks which have been taken over by outdoor cafes, and finally Swan Lake. Continue to Matenadaran, a home to the world’s largest collection of Armenian Illuminated manuscripts. Our next stop is Genocide memorial dedicated to the victims of the first genocide of the 20th c. Taking our impressions of the first day we drive to our hotel in Yerevan for rest and overnight.
Day 3:Yerevan-Geghard-Havuts Tar-Garni-Yerevan
Above the gorge of the Azat river, there is a magnificent monument of medieval Armenian architecture - Geghard Monastery (1796m), registered in UNESCO World Heritage List and amazing for its rock architecture and the church carved inside the rock. The walk up to the complex is lined with women selling sweet bread, sheets of dried fruit, sweet sujukh and various souvenirs. We start our hiking to the medieval monastery ruins Havuts Tar (1.800m), a remarkable midcentury monastery ruined by the earthquake of 1679. The path along the gorge leads us to the pagan temple Garni. The view of the Sun Temple is breathtaking. Garni is the only survived pagan temple (1st century A.D) mounting amidst rocky cliffs surrounded with 24 Ionic columns. The entire architecture of the temple is a marvelous piece of art and craftsmanship that leaves everyone impressed. Return to Yerevan.
Total Hiking: 4 hours, ↑ 200m, ↓700m, ↑150m
Breakfast at hotel. We start our hike from Areni village through a small mountain range to Amaghu gorge. Drive to Noravank monastery - a great religious and cultural centre of 12th c. (1467m) located in an inaccessible location among the stunning nature. Drive to the city Goris - a small city with about 20,000 inhabitants, beautifully framed by high mountains. Nestled in a bowl of green hills and mountains, with interesting formations and many previously inhabited caves, Goris is unique with its architecture and the mysterious character. Overnight at the hotel in Goris.
Total Hiking: 2-2.5 hours, ↑ 250m
Day 5: Khndzoresk-Tatev-Devil’s Bridge-Goris
After breakfast set off for Khndzoresk to start out hike through the old Khndzoresk cave village (2-2,5hrs). The artificial caves, some of which are currently used as stables and warehouses, used to be inhabited till the 1950s. On to Tatev Monastery (UNESCO World Heritage site), an architectural masterpiece dating back to the 10th c. and often referred to as a monastery built on the edge of nothing. We start hiking to the amazing natural miracle of Vorotan gorge - Devil's Bridge. The mineral water that spills out of sources in the rocks, has painted the walls of Vorotan gorge with rose and yellow colors. Drive to Goris for overnight.
Total Hiking: 5-6 hours, ↓650m / ↑500m
Day 6:Goris-Qarahunj-Shaki waterfall-Selim pass-Sevan
Drive to Qarahunj, Armenian Stonehenge, from where we start our hiking to Shaki waterfall, one of the most inspiring sights in Armenia. The territory around the Shaki waterfall is a unique architectural depository.Continue our way through remarkable landscapes of rough mountains and gorges to trace the historic Silk Route with the Selim Caravanserai. We finally reach Lake Sevan, the Pearl of Armenia, and the largest alpine high mountain freshwater lake in the Caucasus region. We have a chance to visit Sevanavank, a beautiful Monastery on the Peninsula, once a strategic shelter for Armenian Kings. Overnight at the hotel in Sevan.
Total Hiking: 2 hours ↑ 60m, ↓150m, ↑70m
Day 7:Sevan-Dilijan NP-Parz Lake-Goshavank-Yerevan
We start our exploration of the north. Take our lunchboxes, proceed to Dilijan, one of the most important resorts оf Armenia, often referred to as the "Little Switzerland" of Armenia. Our hiking trail begins at Parz Lich (Clear Lake), a small, picturesque lake in the Dilijan highlands. From here we will trek through lush, dense woodlands, suddenly emerging in a vast grassy meadow from which we will descend to Gosh village, finishingour hike at the breathtaking medieval monastery of Goshavank, comfortably settled on the right side of the Getik River. The monastery was the educational, spiritual and crafts center in medieval Armenia and is named after the celebrated Armenian scientist, author and law-giver Mkhitar Gosh. Drive to Yerevan to unwind at the hotel or enjoy the beauty of evening Yerevan. Overnight at the hotel in Yerevan.
Total Hiking: ~3 hours, ↑250m / ↓300m
Day 8:Yerevan-Khor Virap-Zvartnots-Echmiatsin-Yerevan
Breakfast at the hotel in Yerevan and off to Khor Virap through villages and vineyards. The setting of Khor Virap is one of the most beautiful in Armenia with breathtaking views of Biblical Mt Ararat. Continue to Zvartnots, a unique example of Armenian architecture of the early Christian period. Built in the 7th c. the cathedral was destroyed by an earthquake in the 10th c. and the ruins remained buried until its remains were uncovered at the start of the 20th century. After good look around we are heading to Echmiatsin Cathedral, the spiritual center of all Armenian people and one of the most beautiful examples of Christian architecture, listed in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Drive back to Yerevan for the last chance to experience the many flavors of the colorful city - Yerevan. Overnight at the hotel in Yerevan.
Day 9: Departure
Transfer to the airport and departure.