Armenia is the only country remaining from 3,000 year old maps of Anatolia. It became the world’s first Christian country more than 1,700 years ago in 301 AD, and has a large Diaspora all over the world. As a former Soviet republic lying in the Caucasus region, straddling Asia and Europe, Armenia has an ancient and rich culture. Armenia is very easy to experience, thanks to very hospitable people.
Straddling Europe and Asia in the lesser Caucasus Mountains, an ex-Soviet state, with a culture over 3,000 years old and examples of ancient architecture and art all over the countryside, this beautiful country offers something exotic for many tourists.
Arrive at the airport. Meet & greet, transfer to your hotel.
Start tour in the capital of Armenia and explore the important sightseeing places of 2794 years old Yerevan city. The Tsitsernakaberd Monument is designed to memorialize the innocent victims of the first Genocide of the 20th century. Visit Genocide museum. Depart for the spiritual and administrative headquarters of the worldwide Armenian Church. Visit St. Hripsime church (7th c.). Hripsime was a Christian nun who refused to marry the roman emperor and left to Armenia. Visit the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin (302-303 AD) the oldest state-built church in the world and the seat of the Catholicos. Return to Yerevan and stopover for Zvartnots temple (means “celestial angels”) 7th century wonderful architectural masterpiece. The remnants of Zvartnots, even in ruins, are a majestic sight. These sights are listed among the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Drive back to 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. Continue 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 special sorts of Areni grape. It is famous for its various kinds of wines. Visit Noravank 13th c. (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. Proceed to Goris – a beautiful city with a very charming regional style of stone architecture surrounded by high mountains and some great rock formations striving to the sky with ancient cave settlement.
Drive 20 minutes and appear in a fantastic cave village with a picturesque view to the ruins of an old village, churches, tombs, nature, springs and a new bridge that spans the gorge. Khndzoresk is an ideal place for hiking. In the end of the 19th century Old Khndzoresk was the biggest village of Eastern Armenia. Use the world’s longest reversible ropeway (5,7 km) to transfer to Tatev Monastery. The 9th century Tatev monastic complex is located on a large basalt plateau near the village of the same name in part of Zangezur. Monastery is known for the unique monument called “Gavazan” (pillar) which aimed to give early warning signals about possible earthquakes and invaders. Continue to the first observatory in the world – Karahoonj (kar-means stone, hoonj-means voice, sound). It has a history of 7.500 years and scientists believe that there is a tight connection between the observatory in Armenia and Stonehenge in Britain, since the latter is much younger (about 4000 years). Transfer to Yeghegnadzor.
Drive through the Selim Pass (2410m) 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 Selim 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. Finally we reach Lake Sevan 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 9th c. in the peninsula which used to be an island before. Note that the track leading to monastery consists of 220 stairs. Passing Sevan-Dilijan tunnel we appear in the fabulous forested resort town of Dilijan.
Drive to Lermontovo village to meet Molokans a religious movement, among the Russian peasants that refused to obey the Russian Orthodox Church in the beginning of 17th century. It has the feel of an ethnic Russian village where villagers live according to long-held traditions. After a nice host in Molokans’ village, drive to medieval Armenian monastery complexes of Haghpat (976 AD) and Sanahin (966 AD) which are inscribed in UNESCO world heritage list. Drive to Dendropark Botanical Garden (35 hectare) that features a diversity of tree species brought from different regions of the world. It is also a place of rest, green and fresh, even during hottest times of summer. Return to Yerevan.
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 towards Byurakan Observatory an astronomical observatory located on the slope of Mount Aragats, the highest peak of Armennia, in the village of Byurakan. It was one of the main astronomy centers of the USSR. 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 Perch Proshyan House Museum and be a part of “Tonatsuyts “Early Music Theatre*. Visit Karmravor church (7th c.) that used to be a family chapel. Drive back to Yerevan.
* Participation in Revival of Armenian traditional and cultural festivals and rituals representing Armenian medieval and folk songs, dances, musical instruments, customs and ritual food (Minimum participants 6 pax).
Visit the Institute of Ancient Manuscripts – Matenadaran the state repository that holds one of the world’s richest depositories of medieval manuscripts and books. 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. 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 to Arinj city 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 back to Yerevan.
Transfer to the airport for your return flight home.
Meals: (B) Transfer: Hotel-Airport
- Transfers: Airport / Hotel / Airport
- Accommodation in either First Class (3*) or Deluxe (4*)
category hotels based on availability (5 nights in Yerevan / 1 night in Goris / 1 night in
Yeghegnadzor / 1 night in Dililjan)
- Transportation SIB with driver
- Guide services throughout the program
- Meals: Halfboard (8 – breakfasts, 7 – lunches)
- Welcome dinner on the first day
- Entrance fees to the museums and sights
- Participation in Armenian traditional festivals and rituals (starting from 6 pax)
- SLT $1 Million Travel Insurance Protection Plan
- International Air for discounted air rates please call Sunny Land Tours at 1-800-783-7839.
- Travel insurance
- Armenian visa fee $7.50 USD
- Meals except described
- Alcoholic beverage
- Tips and extras in the hotels.
A visa and valid US Passport with 7 months validity from the date of entry is required to travel to Armenia.
It is very easy to get an Armenian visa, fill in the attached application form and bring it along with a valid passport. Several different visas are available at Armenian ports of entry; though the most commonly issued type is a single-entry visa valid for 21 days for a fee of 3,000 Armenian Drams (about 8 USD) which may be obtained on arrival at Zvartnots International Airport or when crossing land borders into Armenia. No letter of invitation is required.
HOTELS USED OR SIMILAR:
Hotel Silachi 3*
Hotel Silachi was built in 2011 designed both for businessmen and tourists. Consisting of two blocks the hotel offers first-class service and comfort combined with renowned Armenian hospitality.
Hotel Silachi is surrounded by restaurants, bars and other various interesting places and finally it’s an ideal place for tourists and the businessmen. It is within easy reach of the best sights of Yerevan, as well as shopping, art and cultural centre. It offers comfort and elegance with truly convenient prices.
Hotel has 50 rooms of the following categories: single, double, twin, double suite, family room, deluxe. The hotel rooms are equipped with: air-conditioning systems, satellite television, international telephone with two lines, LAN internet, Wi-Fi internet, radio with alarm clock, mini bar, refrigerator, fireproof safe and jacuzzi with all facilities.
- 24-hour Express Check-In/Check-Out
- 24-hour Room Service Non-Smoking Rooms
- Business Centre Facilities
- Free Sim Cards for mobiles
- Free WiFi Internet
- Free LAN Internet
- Free Safe Boxes
- Post Office Services
- Elegant Whisky bar
- Buffet Breakfast in the Restaurant
- Sauna with Pool /with massage room/ Massage /upon request/
- Transfer to the Airport
- Free Car Parking Indoor and Outdoor
- Car Rental
- Ticket Service
- Taxi Service Luggage Storage
- Laundry and dry cleaning
Ani Plaza Hotel 4*
Ani Plaza Hotel is only within 10-15 minutes’ drive from the “Zvartnots” International airport. From here one can easily walk to the favorite tourist attractions such as the Liberty or the Republic squares, the Cascade, The Northern Avenue, Matenadaran, the museum of history etc. The best cafes, restaurants and boutiques are in the close vicinity. Here you can spend a good time and enjoy shopping.
With its 247 rooms Ani Plaza Hotel is the biggest in the country. Our spacious rooms will satisfy both the businessmen and tourists, as well as families who value comfort, cosiness and all the necessary facilities.
Guests can use the hotel swimming pool, gym, beauty salon, restaurant, bars as well as many other facilities.
- Room Service
- Currency Exchange
- ATM Machine
- Gift Shop
- Travel Agency
- Safety Deposit Boxes
- Jewelry showcases
- Business floor
- Guest relations
- Taxi service
- Laundry service/Wet cleaning
- Luggage room
- Wake-up call service
- Special treatment service
Hotel Aviatrans 4*
Hotel Aviatrans was built in 1998 designed both for businessmen and tourists. Consisting of two blocks the hotel offers first-class service and comfort combined with renowned Armenian hospitality. The rooms and lobby of the hotel were renovated in 2010. Thanks to professional service, inviting and businesslike atmosphere as well as its convenient infrastructure the hotel earned devoted clients over a short period of time which is the best recommendation it could get.
The following services are offered to guests of Hotel Aviatrans:
- Round-the-clock restaurantLobby-bar
- Fully equipped business center
- Conference room for up to 35 persons
- Free and unlimited Wi-Fi Internet connection in all areas of the hotel
- Gift shopExchange office
- Laundry and dry-cleaning services
- Security service
- Transfer communication /airport-hotel-airport
- Round-the-clock room service.
- Discounts available for children.
- Тhe hotel administrator can call a taxi, organize excursions, book tickets to museums and theaters, purchase or exchange rail- and air-tickets.
Ararat Hotel 4*
Ararat Hotel is one of the most luxurious and convenient hotels in Yerevan. It is a new hotel with nearly 10 years history. The hotel is a completely restored 150-year old building, which is one of the architectural monuments of Yerevan and is special with its unique architectural solutions, reflecting the ingenious combination of the old and new styles. Hotel Ararat is located in the very heart of the city and is surrounded by Embassies, Ministries, Gardens with several minutes walking distance to the Republic Square and 15 minutes drive away from the International airport Zvartnots.
Ararat Hotel is a full service hotel offering 46 spacious, elegant rooms and suites.
- Free high speed Internet access
- Air conditioning system
- Satellite TV
- Local and international phone line
- Safety boxes
- Mini bar
- Indoor swimming pool
- Fitness center with gym and sauna with up to date equipment
- Massage “at request”
- Beauty parlor
- Car rental
- City tours
- Free newspapers
- Currency exchange
- Gift shop
- Medical applications
- Sightseeing tours