Day 1 – Arrival in Yerevan
Upon arrival in Armenia, you will be welcomed and transferred to your hotel in central Yerevan. Overnight Tufenkian Historic Hotel Yerevan. No meals or guided activities scheduled today.
Note if you arrive early we can provide a quote for early check in and for any extra activities you may wish to do.
Day 2 – Yerevan sightseeing
After breakfast meet your local guide and enjoy a half-day walking city tour of Yerevan, including Victory Park with its high-scale view point over the city, Cascade and the Gafeschian Centre of Art, The North Avenue, the Opera House and Republic Square. Visit the Genocide Memorial and museum dedicated to the victims of the genocide that took place in 1915 and the memorial of eternal fire. Also enjoy a short visit to Matenadaran – a Museum and Scientific Institute of ancient manuscripts, which houses a unique collection of ancient manuscripts covering such topics as philosophy, law, mathematics, medicine and geography. The rest of the afternoon will be at leisure for you to relax perhaps al fresco at a local café or explore independently.
Optional activity: Visit the Yerevan Brandy Factory for a guided excursion to the cellars and enjoy a degustation of 2 types of local brandy.
Overnight Tufenkian Historic Hotel Yerevan (B)
Day 3 – Yerevan – Garni - Geghard (UNESCO) – Lake Sevan – Yerevan
(Overall approx. driving time today is 3.5 hours)
Travel to Kotayk province to explore Geghard Monastery, astonishingly partly carved out of a mountain. Continue to nearby Garni to visit the impressive pagan temple. Enjoy lunch in the village of Garni in an authentic rural environment with a master-class of baking lavash – traditional Armenian flatbread. Continue onwards to beautiful alpine Lake Sevan and take the steps to the top of the peninsula to enjoy breath-taking scenery of the splendid mountain chain surrounding the glittering surface of the lake.
Optional activity not included: Near Lake Sevan visit a craftsman specialized in khachkars (Armenian cross-stones).
Later return to Yerevan where your evening will be at leisure. Overnight Tufenkian Historic Hotel Yerevan (BL)
Day 4 – Yerevan – Khor Virap – Tushpa Wine Cellar – Yerevan
(Overall driving time today is approx. 2 hours)
This morning we leave the city and drive through the fertile Ararat valley to the picture postcard monastery of Khor Virap (4th -17th c), one of the sanctuaries of the Armenian Apostolic church and an important pilgrimage site. The views across to the imposing peak of Mt. Ararat are stunning. Continue to the Tushpa Wine Cellar where you will experience Armenian viticulture first hand and learn about historic Armenian wine-making traditions. You will also have lunch here. Armenia is one of the oldest wine producing nations in the world along with neighbouring Georgia. Return to Yerevan where your late afternoon and evening will be at leisure. Overnight Tufenkian Historic Hotel Yerevan (BL)
Day 5 – Yerevan Departure
Bid farewell to Armenia as you are transferred to the airport or train station for your onward journey (B)
Please note, it is possible to extend you stay to take in more of Armenia or perhaps take the train to Tbilisi and explore some of neighbouring Georgia – contact us for the many possibilities in the Caucasus region.
- Arrival and departure transfers (not guided)
- All accommodation as per itinerary (different accommodation can be booked)
- Services of English-speaking guide from Days 2 – 4
- Meals as listed (B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner)
- Wine tasting where mentioned
- Entrance fees for sites listed as part of the itinerary
- Private transport on tour
- International flights
- Optional activities such as the Brandy Factory and tasting
- Any airport taxes
- Travel Insurance
- Visas if applicable
- Tips (Discretionary)
- Items of a personal nature