Discover the allure of Armenia’s ancient roots, pristine natural beauty, and rich spiritual heritage in this meticulously planned 4-day tour. Engage with the past in Yerevan’s architectural marvels, feel the tranquility of Lake Sevan, and delve into the country’s religious traditions at renowned monastic complexes.
- Stroll through Yerevan’s historic center, marveling at architectural wonders like the Cascade Complex and Republic Square.
- Unwind beside the tranquil waters of Lake Sevan and explore the ancient Sevanavank Monastery.
- Trace the spiritual legacy of Armenia at the monastic complexes of Noravank and Tatev.
- Uncover the rich tapestry of Armenian liturgical tradition at the holy city of Etchmiadzin.
- Drive through Armenia’s captivating countryside, unveiling the nation’s natural and historical gems.
Day 1: Arrival in Yerevan and Historic Walk
- Morning arrival in Yerevan, the vibrant capital of Armenia.
- Embark on an afternoon city tour visiting the iconic Cascade Complex, Republic Square, and a leisurely promenade along the Northern Avenue.
- Free evening to discover the myriad culinary delights in local restaurants or explore Yerevan’s bustling nightlife.
Day 2: Lake Sevan and Tsaghkadzor
- Departure to Lake Sevan in the morning, a high-altitude lake known for its clear waters and serene landscape. Explore the Sevanavank Monastery.
- Continue to Tsaghkadzor, a popular spa town and ski resort, to see the Kecharis Monastery.
- Drive back to Yerevan in the evening with free time to enjoy the city at your leisure.
Day 3: Holy Etchmiadzin and Zvartnots Ruins
- Morning journey to Etchmiadzin, the spiritual center of Armenia, to visit the magnificent Etchmiadzin Cathedral.
- Explore the nearby ruins of Zvartnots Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its intricate stone carvings and historical significance.
- Return to Yerevan for a free evening to relax or explore further.
Day 4: Monastic Trail – Noravank and Tatev
- Morning departure to the picturesque Noravank Monastery nestled within dramatic cliffs.
- Continue south to the Tatev Monastery, taking the Wings of Tatev, the world’s longest reversible aerial tramway, for a scenic ride to the monastic complex.
- Return to Yerevan for some last-minute souvenir shopping or leisure time before your evening departure.
- Three nights’ accommodation in Yerevan.
- Daily breakfast.
- Transportation in a modern, air-conditioned vehicle.
- English-speaking guide for all sightseeing tours.
- Entry fees to all mentioned attractions.
- Airfare to and from Armenia.
- Personal expenses like laundry, telephone, tips, etc.
- Any meals other than breakfast.
- Travel insurance.
- Check the latest visa requirements from the Armenian consulate.
- Dress modestly when visiting religious sites.
- Having some local currency for small purchases is advisable as not all places accept credit cards.
- A phrasebook or translation app can be helpful as English is not widely spoken outside Yerevan.