Tour Program

Day
1
Welcome dinner and introduction
Itinerary
No matter what natural and historical sights Armenia is famous for, you will still want to start your acquaintance with Armenia with the national cuisine in your heart (and maybe even more). Armenian cognac, kebab, dolma and many other traditional dishes will accompany our first evening. In a warm, friendly atmosphere, we will meet and discuss plans for the next 9 days, overnight in a hostel in Yerevan.
Meals
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Accommodation
Hostel
Day
2
Dilijan natural reserve and lake Sevan (hiking 7km, ascent 120m, by car 240km)
Itinerary
We will go on a hike in the Dilijan natural reserve. The forest is always great, but if the woods in the mountains and the forest trails lead us to old lost monasteries, then it will become a fairy tale, and that we are destined to become heroes of this tale. The road to Dilijan goes along the shores of Lake Sevan, and of course, we will not forget to stop by the pearls of Armenia, one of the largest and most beautiful high-mountain lakes in the world. From the height of the Sevanavank monastery, we will enjoy the scenery of azure Sevan, surrounded by mountain ranges. We will stay overnight in a hostel in Yerevan.
Meals
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Accommodation
Hostel
Day
3
Biblical Ararat And Mount Volcano (hiking 14km, ascent 535m, by car 170km)
Itinerary
Armenia is a mountainous country located in the Armenian highlands. Undoubtedly, the most famous mountain of the Armenian highlands is Ararat, and on this day we will find ourselves face to face with it. Khor Virap monastery is located on a small hill in the Ararat valley, just 20 kilometers from Mount Ararat. It will take your breath away from such an image! But let’s take a breath and go on, because we are going to climb to the top of the youngest volcano in the Armenian highlands — Vayots SAR mountain. We will stay overnight at the hotel in Vayk.
Meals
- - D
Accommodation
Hotel
Day
4
Tatev monastery and Aerial tramway (hiking 6km, ascent 580m, by car 230km)
Itinerary
If you ask travelers what impressed them the most in Armenia, most of them will answer immediately — Tatev. One of the most magnificent and great monasteries in Armenia. Today, in addition to the winding serpentine, it is also connected by the world’s longest cable car, Wings of Tatev, in which we will fly over the gorge with a depth of 350 meters. From the monastery we will go on a hike along the same gorge and passing between the rocks along the river, we will come to a natural bridge, which is famously called the Satanic or Devil’s bridge. We will stay overnight at the hotel in Vayk.
Meals
B - D
Accommodation
Hotel
Day
5
In the footsteps of the Grand Dukes (hiking 8km, ascent 400m, by car 190km)
Itinerary
Tour buses avoid hard-to-reach fortresses because there is no asphalt road leading to the tops of the rocks. Fortunately, for us this is not a barrier! On this day we will attack one of the largest fortresses in Armenia, Smbataberd fortress. Despite Wars and destruction, culture and art have always developed in Armenia, and masterpieces of world significance have been created. One of these masterpieces is undoubtedly the Noravank monastery (13th century), famous for its bas-reliefs and the world’s first realistic depiction of God the Father. On the way back, we will have a wine tasting in the village of Areni. We will stay overnight in a hostel in Yerevan.
Meals
B - -
Accommodation
Hostel
Day
6
Independent free day
Itinerary
Someone wants to visit the historical Museum or Matenadaran. Someone desperately needs to go to the Parajanov house-Museum. Someone wants to listen to Yerevan jazz or just wants to walk around the city alone. On this day you will have the opportunity to visit places that are not included in the tour program, but are very interesting for you. Walking around Yerevan is pleasant and absolutely safe. The hostel will always tell you the most interesting excursions in Armenia. You can also go to the countryside by public transport or taxi. Minibusses and taxis in Armenia are quite cheap, and the distances are relatively short. We will stay overnight in a hostel in Yerevan.
Meals
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Accommodation
Hostel
Day
7
Garni, Gegard, Symphony of Stones (hiking 3km, by car 80km)
Itinerary
Many people call the Geghard monastery the eighth wonder of the world. It’s hard to believe, but the floors and halls of the monastery are completely carved out of one solid piece of basalt rock. And this was done by one person for 30 years, and it was done so beautifully that today Geghard is included in the UNESCO world heritage list. We will also see the 1st-century pagan temple of Garni, and go down to the gorge to see the famous basalt columns of the Symphony of Stones. We will stay overnight in a hostel in Yerevan.
Meals
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Accommodation
Hostel
Day
8
Climbing the highest mountain in Armenia (hiking 12km, ascent 670m, by car 130km)
Itinerary

The mountains of Armenia are all beautiful and each is unique in its own way, but everyone wants to climb the highest mountain, the four-headed Aragats. And on the last day of the expedition, we will ascend to the southern peak (3879 m), where a beautiful panorama of the volcanic crater will emerge. We will reach the mountain lake Kari (3207m) where we will start our ascent. Note that climbing does not require special training, either physical or technical. The altitude difference is 670m. The view of the multi-colored crater and the fantastic mountain scenery is simply unforgettable. We will stay overnight in a hostel in Yerevan.

* In November, most likely the ascent of Aragats will be replaced with a hike along the slopes of Mount Aragats to the fortress of Amberd due to a large amount of snow in the upper reaches of the mountain. The ascent can be rescheduled or even replaced in the summer in the event of seriously bad weather on the day of the ascent.

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Day
9
Farewell to the mountains
Itinerary
Your vacation in Armenia has come to an end. Depending on the time of departure of your flight, you will have a little more time to walk around the city on your own, buy Souvenirs at the Vernissage or Armenian sweets at the market.
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