Start in Yerevan and end in Echmiadzin! With the sightseeing tour of Classic Armenia - 5 days (Daily tours from Yerevan), you have a 5 day tour package taking you through Yerevan, Armenia and 4 other destinations in Armenia. Classic Armenia - 5 days (Daily tours from Yerevan) is a small group tour that includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, transport and more.
Day 1: Yerevan City tour
YEREVAN CITY TOUR Yerevan, the capital of Armenia, is a modern, colorful city, situated in the Northeastern part of the Ararat Valley. Yerevan is one of the oldest cities in the world. The fortress Erebuni was founded by King Argishty of Urartu in 782 BC. The Urartu Kingdom was a powerful & highly developed civilization. Yerevan skyline with biblical Mount Ararat on the background is very impressive. Drive through the central streets of Yerevan, Republic Square, Opera House, Cascade Monument and stairs, "Mother Armenia" Monument with a fantastic view of Yerevan, Victory Bridge, Hrazdan Stadium, Sports and Concerts Center, Presidential Palace, National Assembly Building, Academy of Sciences, Tsitsernakaberd-Armenian Genocide Memorial Complex. Visit Matenadaran-Repository of ancient manuscripts. The Matenadaran after St. Mesrop Mashtotz is a scientific research institute of old manuscripts at the Government of the Republic of Armenia. The Matenadaran is the largest center of study and safekeeping of Armenian manuscripts in the world. Overnight in Yerevan.
Day 2: Garni Temple - Geghard Monastery
Drive to Garni Pagan Temple and Geghard Monastery. The Pagan Temple of Garni is the only non-Christian temple currently standing in Armenia. Gracing the hillside the pagan temple was dedicated to the God of Sun, Mithra. It was built in 77A.D. by the Armenian King Trdat I. Driving for 9 more kilometers from Garni, You'll reach the Monastery of Geghard which is included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Geghard is an incredible ancient Armenian monastery, partly carved out of a mountain. Though the monastery has been around since before the 4th century, the main cathedral was built in 1215. It is said that the holy lance that pierced the body of Christ was kept here. Overnight in Yerevan.
Day 3: Khor Virap Monastery - Noravank Monastery - Areni
Leave for Khor Virap Monastery, one of the most popular destinations in Armenia for a number of reasons, primarily because it is where Grigor Luisavorich (St. Gregory the Illuminator) was imprisoned for 13 years before curing King Trdat III of a disease. This caused the conversion of the king and Armenia into the first officially Christian nation in the world in the year 301. Its location, near the closest point to Mount Ararat within Armenian borders, offers a spectacular view of the mountain, the national symbol of Armenia. Continuing to more south you'll reach Noravank Monastery, an architectural gemstone nestled among brick-red cliffs, just above a deep gorge. This monastic complex is a masterpiece by the 13th century architect Momik. The surrounding cliffs offer a spectacular backdrop of mineral colors reflected from the sun. On the way back visit "Areni winery", where you can taste different sorts of wine. Overnight in Yerevan.
Day 4: Lake Sevan - Dilijan - Haghartsin
Leave for Lake Sevan is the largest lake in Armenia and one of the largest high-altitude lakes in the world situated at the altitude of 1900m above sea level. A famous writer has poetically characterized Sevan, "A genuine piece of sky, dropped down on earth among mountains". Visiting the Monastery of Sevanavank (IX century) which is located on Sevan peninsula. Continue to Dilijan spa town, Due to its forested mountains and mild climate, Dilijan is named "Armenia's Little Switzerland". Take a stroll in the most beautiful part of the town, Old Dilijan Complex on historic Sharambeyan Street. Here we experience the town as it was in the 19th century. Drive to Haghartsin monastery, nestled in a temperate rainforest on a mountainside. It is one of those spots in Armenia that feels like you are walking through a huge, unreal movie set. Overnight in Yerevan.
Day 5: Echmiadzin Mother Cathedral - Zvartnots Ruins
Leave for Echmiadzin, the Holy See of the Armenian Apostolic Church, where the Armenian Catholicos(Supreme Patriarch) resides. Visit St. Hripsime Church, built in 7th century. It is considered a masterpiece of early medieval Armenian architecture Echmiadzin Mother Cathedral, historically, is the focal point of the city of Echmiadzin, the oldest church in the world. It was originally built by Saint Gregory the Illuminator as a vaulted basilica in 301-303, when Armenia was the only country in the world the state religion of which was Christianity. The church was built on the place of a pagan temple, the remains of which can be seen until now. The Etchmiadzin Cathedral is listed among the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. On the way back to Yerevan visit the Ruins of Zvartnots Cathedral. Zvartnots was a majestic cathedral dedicated to St. Gregory. Zvartnots, built as Armenia's main cathedral in 641-661, was to suppress the Echmiadzin Cathedral by its grandeur. Zvartnots lay in ruins as early as in 10th century. The remnants of Zvartnots, even in ruins, are a majestic sight. The Ruins of Zvartnots are listed among the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. In Yerevan visit Vernisage Market where you can buy all kinds of artworks, carpets and rugs, jewelry and other typical Armenian souvenirs. Overnight in Yerevan.
Inclusions in tour are as follows:
Accommodation : Accommdation at 3 star hotel based on DBL/TWIN room occupancy including breakfast for 5 nights.
Guide : English speaking guide (For request another guides are available in French, Russian, Spanish, German).
Transport : Transportation with very comfortable sedans, van, minibus.
Additional Services : Entrance fees to all visited places mentioned in the itinerary, Airport transfers, Local taxes.
Followings are not included in tour:
Flights : Flights before and after the tour are not included in the tour price. You can organize your flights separately at any point.
Insurance : Travel insurance is not covered in the tour price. You can organize travel insurance with your preferred insurance company.
Optional : Other activities and services are not included.
Meals : Lunches and dinners.
Additional Services : Single room supplement, Flight, Travel insurance, Visa if needed.