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‘Capital to Country’ Armenia Trekking Tour

Overview

Explore the natural wonders of Armenia with this 8-day round-trek starting in the Armenian capital of Yerevan and travelling through the Ararat valley, Odzun and Garni. If you want to explore the real Armenia from capital to country, this is the perfect tour for you.

  • City tour of Yerevan

  • Family-hosted lunch with Armenian cooking masterclass

  • Spectacular views across the Ararat Valley

  • Stopping in the beautiful mountainous region of Dilijan

  • Trekking between Garni temple and the Azat Gorge

  • Visiting two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Haghpat Monastery and Sanahin Monastery

Itinerary

Yerevan

The capital of Armenia and its largest city, Yerevan has been occupied since the 8th century BC and is one of the oldest continuously occupied cities in the world. Although the city is known for its Soviet architecture, it has a vibrant cultural identity which it expresses through classical artistry, musical fountains, unique museums and its founding landmark, Erebuni Fortress.

Day 1

Arrival in Yerevan

Welcome to Yerevan! Your driver will meet you at your scheduled arrival point (airport / railway station) before taking you to your hotel for check-in.

  • Arrival Transfer

  • Free Time

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Souvenir Shopping

Day 2

City Tour of Yerevan

After a good night’s sleep breakfast will kick off your experience with a Yerevan city tour, where you see some of the city’s most iconic landmarks including Republic Square, the Mother Armenia Monument, the President’s Palace and more.

  • Breakfast & Lunch

  • City Tour

  • Mother Armenia Monument

  • Republic Square

  • Genocide Memorial and Museum

  • Cascade Complex of modern art

  • Expert Guide

  • ARARAT Brandy Factory tour

  • Food & Drink Experience

Day 3

Visit to the Khor Virap Church

You will start your day with breakfast at your hotel before heading out on a drive to the Ararat Valley to visit the Khor Virap Church where you will see the best views of the biblical Mt Ararat and delve into the dungeon beneath.

  • Breakfast & Lunch

  • Ararat Valley

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Khor Virap Monastery

  • Armenia Wine

  • Arpa Parnas winery

  • Noravank Monastery

  • Cultural Immersive Experience

  • Food & Drink Experience

Day 4

Hiking around Dilijan Mountain Resort

After breakfast, you will check out of your hotel in Yerevan. Your driver will pick you up from the hotel before taking you to Haghpat.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Lake Sevan

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Dilijan mountain resort

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Walking Tour

  • Souvenir Shopping

  • Free Time

Travel to

Haghpat

Haghput is a quaint village situated in Armenia’s Lori Province next to the Georgian border. The village is set on a plateau and has a rich cultural heritage. It is best known for the 10th century Haghpat Monastery, a religious complex built in medieval Armenian style that is now part of the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Day 5

Hiking from Haghpat monastery to the Sanahin monastery

Today you will experience a full day of hiking between two UNESCO Heritage Site monasteries. After breakfast, your driver will take you to Haghpat Monastery for a look around before you set off on your 5-hour hiking experience through green pastures and fields of wildflowers to Sanahin Monastery.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Walking Tour

  • Haghpat Monastery

  • Sanahin Monastery

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Optional Extras

Travel to

Odzun

A large village located in Armenia’s Lori Province, Odzun, is situated on a plateau of the left bank of the Debed river gorge. The village has a long history and is best known for the Odzun Church, built on the edge of the gorge in the 5th – 7th centuries and regarded as one of the finest Armenian basilicas. The area is steeped in legend, and also includes an unusual rock obelisk said to have been given by an Indian king for the help he received from an Armenian General from Odzun.

Day 6

Climb the Summit of Aragats Volcano

After breakfast, your driver will take you along the Yazidi village of Rya Taza before continuing to Lake Kari where your climb will begin. Your 5-hour hike will proceed up over the southern summit of Aragats, an extinct volcano with four peaks.

  • Breakfast & Lunch

  • Yazidi village of Rya Taza

  • Walking Tour

  • Aragats Volcano

  • Food & Drink Experience

  • Amberd Medieval Fortress and church

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Free Time

Day 7

Trekking from Garni Temple to Azat Gorge

You will set out on the road to Garni, home of the mysterious Garni Temple. The temple is known to be the only remaining pagan temple in Armenia dating back to the 1st century AD and devoted to the Sun God Myrth. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Garni Temple

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Khosrov Forest State Reserve

  • 13th century Havuts Tar Monastery

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Armenia Wine

  • Food & Drink Experience

  • Optional Extras

Day 8

Departure from Yerevan

After breakfast, you will check out of your hotel in Yerevan. Your driver will pick you up from the hotel and take you to your scheduled departure point (airport / railway station).

  • Breakfast

  • Free Time

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Departure Transfer

Where you can stay

A hotel can be the make or break of any experience, and we understand that choosing the right hotel is important to our travellers. Check out our range of hotels ahead of time, and learn more about our standard 3-star options and the luxury 5-star upgrades that are available in the destinations you will be visiting.

Please note that the selection of hotels included here are examples of where you may stay on your tour, we will pick the best option for you based on your travel requirements.

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