This 8 days tour is created for travelers who prefer to relax in urban cities and enjoy the city life and walk in one of the world’s oldest continuously inhabited cities. Yerevan is the largest city of Armenia with the history that dates back to the 8th century BC. All overnights are organized in the capital. Armenia has 11 provinces including the capital – Yerevan. During this tour you will have the opportunity to see 8 of them.
Within the course of this tour the visitors will visit the museums of an ancient but eternally young capital and enjoy the musical show at the Republic square in the evenings (from June to October). Daily excursions not far from the city are a great chance to discover the main attractions of the historical country. Enjoy scenery of remarkable landscapes and feel the fresh air of high mountains.
If you are interested in experiencing new customs and traditions at home with our hospitable people, gaining more knowledge about one of the oldest countries in the world as well as in spending the evenings in the surrounding of our old capital than ”The Old Capital” trip is designed especially for you.
Let’s enjoy our Old Capital together!
Type of tour: Guided cultural tour in Armenia
Duration: 8 days / 7 nights
Distance: 880 km (547 miles)
Group size: 2+ pax
Accommodation: Hotels, B&B, Apartments
Best period: May – November
Start/End point: Yerevan, Armenia
DAY 1 : Arrival
Depart from your country and start a nice journey to Caucasus Region. Arrive at the airport. Meet and greet, transfer to the accommodation.
Transfer: Airport / Hotel
DAY 2 : Yerevan City tour – Erebuni museum & fortress – Tsitsernakaberd
Start tour in the capital of Armenia and explore the important sightseeing places of 2796 years old Yerevan city including Food Market where we can taste and buy home-made dried fruit and fresh vegetables. Then we visit Erebuni Museum with the fortress and Tsitsernakaberd Memorial. Erebuni museum will tell us the history of today’s capital which was built in 782 BC by King Argishti I. Erebuni is one of the biggest towns on Arin-berd hill on the south east end of Yerevan. The Tsitsernakaberd Monument is designed to memorialize the innocent victims of the first Genocide of the 20th century. Visit Genocide museum. Enjoy evening near singing fountains in the Republic Square.
Distance: 30 km / 18 miles
DAY 3 : Yerevan – Carpet Factory – Khor Virap – Areni village – Noravank – Yerevan
Drive to the Carpet Factory which is a great opportunity not only to see the unique examples of handmade rugs but also to watch the process of the rug weaving. Start a sightseeing tour to historical Khor-Virap monastery (4- 17th cc.). Take the opportunity to enjoy a beautiful view to the biblical Ararat Mountain, were Noah’s arch cast anchor. Khor-Virap monastery (means «deep dungeon») rests atop a little hill; it is where Grigor Luisavorich (St. Gregory the Illuminator) was imprisoned for 13 years before adapting Christianity as a state religion in 301 AD. Proceed and visit Areni wine factory to taste local wine made from the sort of Areni grape. It is famous for its various kinds of wines. Visit Noravank 13thc. (means “New Monastery”) a masterpiece of Armenian architecture which is situated in a narrow gorge and encircled by tall, sheer, brick-red cliffs highlighting spectacular nature of Vayots Dzor province. Return to Yerevan.
Distance: 250 km / 156 miles
DAY 4 : Yerevan – Matenadaran – Echmiadzin – Zvartnots – Brandy Factory
Visit the Institute of Ancient Manuscripts – Matenadaran the state repository that holds one of the world’s richest depositories of medieval manuscripts and books. Depart for the spiritual and administrative headquarters of the worldwide Armenian Church. Visit the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin (302-303 AD) the oldest state-built church in the world and the seat of the Catholicos. On the way back to Yerevan, stop for Zvartnots temple (means “celestial angels”) 7th century wonderful architectural masterpiece. The remnants of Zvartnots, even in ruins, are a majestic sight. Cathedral and Churches of Echmiadzin and the Archaeological Site of Zvartnots are listed among the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Continue the excursion and visit Ararat Brandy Factory to try the exceptional taste of Armenian brandy which has preserved the traditions of the legendary brandy manufacturing since 1887.Free evening.
Distance: 70 km / 43.5 miles
DAY 5 : Yerevan – Noratus cemetery – Sevanavank– Lake Parz – Dilijan – Yerevan
Drive across Lake Sevan and visit Noratus Cemetery a medieval cemetery with a large number of early khachkars (cross-stones) dating back to 10th century. Lake Sevan is the largest lake in Armenia and the Caucasus region. It is also one of the largest fresh-water high-altitude lakes in the world. This huge mountain lake is situated at an altitude of about 1,900 meters above sea level. Visit Sevanavank 9thc. (Sevan monastery) located in the peninsula which used to be an island before. Note that the stairway leading to monastery consists of 220 stairs. Passing Sevan-Dilijan tunnel we appear in the fabulous forested resort town of Dilijan. Continue and visit a small beautiful lake called Lake Parz (clear lake) which is located in the Dilijan National Park at the altitude of 1400m above sea level. Drive back to the capital city.
Distance: 260 km / 161.5 miles
DAY 6 : Yerevan – History museum – Amberd – Ashtarak – Yerevan
Visit History museum of Armenia whichrepresents an integral picture of the history and culture of Armenia from prehistoric times (one million years ago) till our days. Depart for one of the impregnable fortresses of medieval Armenia – Amberd is a fortress complex (7-13th cc.) with the walls, Vahramashen church (1026), the bathroom and other sections built on the rocky eminence on the slopes of Mt. Aragats at 2,300 meters above sea level. Continue to Ashtarak one of the oldest cities of Armenia with numerous historical and cultural monuments that allowed the town to retain the flavor of the ancient and beautiful Armenian town on the left bank of Kasagh River along the gorge. Visit Karmravor church (7th c.) that used to be a family chaper. Drive back to Yerevan.
Distance: 130 km / 81 miles
DAY 7 : Yerevan – Arinj underground cave – Garni – Geghard – Vernissage – Yerevan
Drive to Arinj village and visit the underground cave/museum dug by Levon. It’s interesting to realize that it’s a handmade labyrinth of a cave, with stairs, rooms, chambers, open shafts and sculpting was supposed to be a simple potato cellar. Drive to Kotayk province and visit Garni fortress (3rd-2nd BC) the summer residence of the kings and Garni temple (1st c.) which is the only survived pagan temple of heathen culture in Armenia. Nowadays the ruins of the royal palace and the bathroom with a stunning mosaic work can be found near the temple. Northeast of Garni, higher up the gorge of Azat River, there is an outstanding monument of medieval Armenian architecture – Geghard monastery (4-12th cc.) listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site. Drive back to Yerevan. Visit Vernissage Flea Market an open air museum with full of art, carpets, old collections of coins and medallions, jewelry, music, books, carved wood, lace, embroidery, ceramics, posters, tools, parts for electronics and even pets (opened only in weekends). Free evening.
Distance: 90 km / 55 miles
DAY 8 : Departure
Transfer to the airport 2 hours before the departure. Have a safe flight home.
Transfer: Hotel / Airport
Photos by: Vigen Hakhverdyan