Combined cultural and hiking tour in Armenia

Combined cultural and hiking tour Armenia

Armenia is a paradise located between Asia and Europe. With us you can travel trough 5000 years old country. This tour is unique, because it is a combination of hike and cultural tours. Overnights: 4nights in Yerevan, 1 night in Areni, 1 night in Dilijan, 1 night in Yeghegnadzor, 1 night in Haghpat.  During the tour you may visit mentioned sights: Khor Virap, Geghard, Garni, Noravank, Sevanavank, Parz lake ect.

 

Type of tour: Guided hiking tour in Armenia 

Duration: 9 days/8 nights

Distance: 1210km / 751 miles

Activity level: Moderate

Accommodation: Hotels, B&B, 

Best period: May – September

Start/End point: Yerevan, Armenia

Tour route:

Tour program:

DAY 1

Arrival

Arrive at the airport. Meet and greet, transfer to the accommodation.

Meals: (–/–/–)

Overnight: Yerevan

Transfer: 15 km / 10 miles

 

DAY 2

Yerevan – History museum – Garni tample – Symphony of Stones – Geghard Monastery – Yerevan

Start tour in the capital of Armenia. Visit History museum of Armenia which represents an integral picture of the history and culture of Armenia from prehistoric times (one million years ago) till our days. Drive to Kotayk province and visit Garni fortress (3rd-2nd cc.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. Start hiking through the Azat gorge (inscribed in UNESCO World Heritage list) with the beautiful scenery to the Symphony of Stones. Northeast of Garni, higher up the gorge of Azat river, there is an outstanding monument of medieval Armenian architecture – Geghard monastery (4-12th cc.). Visit the monastery listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site. Return to Yerevan.

Meals: (-/-/-)

Overnight: Yerevan

Distance: 90 km

 

DAY 3

Yerevan – Zvartnots cathedral – Echmiadzin cathedral & museum– Khor Virap – Areni village

On to way to the Echmiadzin stop for Zvartnots temple (means “celestial angels”) 7th century wonderful architectural masterpiece. Visit 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. Cathedral and Churches of Echmiadzin and the Archaeological Site of Zvartnots are listed among the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Continue to historical Khor-Virap monastery (4- 17th cc) with a beautiful view to the biblical Ararat Mountain. 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.

Meals: (B/-/-)

Overnight: B&B in Areni village

Distance: 150 km

 

DAY 4

Areni village – Noravank monastery – Tatev – Mets Anapat Monastery – Yeghegnadzor town

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. Drive to the 9th century Tatev monastic complex located on a large basalt plateau near the village of the same name in part of Zangezur. In better weather conditions you will be able to use the world’s longest reversible ropeway Tatever (5.7 km). Tatev monastery is known for the unique monument called“Gavazan” (pillar) which aimed to give early warning signals about possible earthquakes and invaders. Start hiking from Tatev village to the Mets Anapat Monastery (was founded by monks in 1608-1613). Proceed to Yeghegnadzor town for overnight.

Meals: (B/-/-)

Overnight: B&B in Yeghegnadzor

Distance: 280 km

Hiking route: Tatev monastery – Tandzatap village – Mets Anapat monastery

Hiking distance: 9 km / 5.5 miles

 

DAY 5

Yeghegnadzor town – Orbelyan’s caravanserai – Noratus cemetery – Sevanavank monastery – Dilijan town

Drive through the Vardenyats Pass and visit the Caravanserai built in 1332, by Prince Chesar Orbelian. It used to be an important trade point on the famous Silk Road in order to accommodate weary travelers and their animals as they crossed from, or into, the Vardenyats Mountains. 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. Passing Sevan-Dilijan tunnel we appear in the fabulous forested resort town of Dilijan.

Meals: (B/-/-)

Overnight: B&B in Dilijan

Distance: 170 km

 

DAY 6

Dilijan town – Parz lake – Goshavank – Gosh lake – Haghpat village

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. Start hiking from Parz lake to Gosh lake. The route goes through the forests and alpine meadows. After 8 kilometers of hike you will reach to the Gosh village. Visit the impressive monastic complex of Goshavank (12-13th cc.) which has remained in relatively good condition also houses one of the world’s finest examples of  a khachkar. Continue hiking to the Gosh lake and return back to the Gosh village. Drive to Yerevan.

Cultural tour is the best way to discover Armenia. Book daily hiking tour in Armenia following the link. 

Meals: (B/-/-)

Overnight: Hotel in Haghpat village

Distance: 150 km

Hiking route: Parz lake – Gosh lake – Gosh village

Hiking distance: 13 km / 8 miles

 

DAY 7

Haghpat – Sanahin – Odzun – Horomayr – Kobayr – Yerevan

Drive to a medieval Armenian monastery complex Haghpat (976) located in the same name village. The monastery is inscribed in UNESCO world heritage list. Drive to Odzun village and visit the famous Church which is a rare example of a domed basilica built at the end of the 6th century. Start hiking through the beautiful valley of Debed river and follow a trail across the upper part of the canyon wall towards Horomayri Monastery. Visit the monastery surrounded by caves, the hillside under it is completely terraced, forming an easy path down to the highway. These abandoned churches, caves and terraces once formed an obviously thriving community. Continue hiking to Kobayr monastery. Drive back to Yerevan.

Meals: (B/-/-)

Overnight: Yerevan

Distance: 210 km

Hiking route: Horomayr – Kobayr

Hiking Distance: 6 km / 3.7 miles

DAY 8

Yerevan – Aragats southern summit – Yerevan

Early in the morning drive to the mountainous Lake Kari (3200m). Get ready for hiking to the southern summit of the highest mountain of Armenia and South Caucasus. Mt. Aragats with its unique nature has sub-alpine and alpine zones as well as four peaks and one of the biggest craters in the world, created by a volcano eruption in the distant past. The highest northern peak is 4090m. We are ascending the southern one (3880m). Descend from the mountain and return to the capital Yerevan.

Meals: (B/-/-)

Overnight: Yerevan

Distance: 130 km

Hiking route: Lake Kari – Aragats southern summit 3880m – Lake Kari

Hiking distance: 9 km / 5.5 miles

 

DAY 9

Departure 

Transfer to the airport. Have a safe flight home.

Meals:(–/–/–)

Transfer: 15 km / 10 miles

 

For more details concerning to the holiday availability go on How to Book or simply send us an e-mail to info@ayastour.com.

Photos by: Vigen Hakhverdyan


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