Our most recommended things to do in Akhtala

From Tbilisi: Day Trip to Armenia Including Homemade Lunch

1. From Tbilisi: Day Trip to Armenia Including Homemade Lunch

Start your tour at the Akhtala Monastery, a church from the 12th century which contains beautiful frescoes and is surrounded by copper smelting caves as well as a copper smelting factory. The second destination of the tour is the Haghpat Monastery, located in Haghpat Village and is a UNESCO-listed site. It is one of the most beautiful medieval masterpieces in Armenia. Then you can have lunch and try some traditional Armenian food. Following lunch, you'll make 3 stops on your way to visit the second UNESCO Heritage Site, Sanahin.  The first will be a 13th-century bridge, the second for a Debed canyon with astonishing views, and the third for the Mikoyan Brothers' museum, where an original aircraft (MiG 21) will surprise you. Finally, travel back through the border to Tbilisi.

Yerevan: Haghpat, Zarni-Parni, Akhtala, Castle, Sanahin

2. Yerevan: Haghpat, Zarni-Parni, Akhtala, Castle, Sanahin

Explore the gems of Armenia on a day trip from Yerevan to Zarni-Parni Cave Castle Complex and Akhtala fortress. Visit Unesco World Cultural Heritage sites such as Haghpat and Sanahin monasteries with live commentary from an expert guide. Start from the local operator's head office at 09:00 AM and head off to visit Lori province. At your first stop of Haghpat, admire the 10th-century monastery, where the famous ashugh Sayat-Nova lived and created at the end of the 18th century. Next, see the magnificent Zarni-Parni Cave Complex, where, renowned scholar and philosopher Hovhannes Imastaser is said to have lived and worked. Today, it is a historical museum where you can see a number of rare ancient agricultural tools and household items. Then, drive to Akhtala fortress. Constructed on a plateau resembling a peninsula, it is surrounded by deep gorges from 3 sides. Visit Aramyants Castle, one of the jewels of Swiss architecture in Armenia. Last but not least, visit the Sanahin monastery. Witness the skillfulness of 10th-century masters, who made a peculiar architectural decision, preventing the destruction of the complex from earthquakes. At the end of the tour, be taken back to the local operator's head office in Yerevan.

From Tbilisi: Day Trip to Armenia with Homemade Lunch

3. From Tbilisi: Day Trip to Armenia with Homemade Lunch

Visit two of Armenia’s ancient monasteries and the town of Alaverdi on this small group tour from Tbilisi. Cross over the border with your experienced guide who will take you through the highlights of Northern Armenia in just 1 day.   Depart at 9:00 AM sharp for a 1.5-hour trip across the Georgian-Armenian boarder. Almost immediately you’ll start to notice changes in the landscape—the fields will become rocky mountains and the scenery takes on a certain apocalyptic touch, due to the many abandoned Soviet mines and factories. Your first stop is the fortified monastery of Akhtala, where you can marvel at the beautifully preserved frescoes and learn about the thrilling history of this Georgian-Armenian creation.   Then, you’ll reach the UNESCO-listed monastery complex of Haghpat, where you’ll learn about the Armenian stone crosses and the mystical poet Sayat-Nova. A local family welcomes you for a traditional Armenian lunch in their house near the Haghpat monastery. After that continue to the monastery of Odzun - a beautiful complex from V century. Arrive back in Tbilisi by around 6:00 PM after a full and fascinating day.

From Tbilisi: Armenia Day Tour and Lunch with a Local Family

4. From Tbilisi: Armenia Day Tour and Lunch with a Local Family

Armenia, with its distinctive culture, its beautiful rocky mountains and ancient history is a must-see when traveling in the Caucasus region. Discover the beauty of Northern Armenia on this day trip from Tbilisi, with your tour starting at 9:00AM, after which you will head for the border. From here the landscape will begin to change, as you drive through the narrow gorges of the Debed River in between the high rocky mountains. The time seems to stand still in this part of the country, with its typical Soviet cars and huge copper factories built in the middle of the mountains, the scenery is full of bizarre beauty. The tour includes several main sightseeing objects of Northern Armenia, such as the historic Lori region, the fortified monastery of Akhtala, a unique example of wonderfully preserved frescoes from the 11th century, the UNESCO protected monastery of Haghpat and Odzun. Another highlight is a traditional lunch prepared with love by a local family and served in their house. Enjoy a day trip to Armenia in a fun and sustainable way.

From Tbilisi: Private Northern Armenia Highlights Tour

5. From Tbilisi: Private Northern Armenia Highlights Tour

Welcome to the Northern Armenia Highlights Tour, the ultimate way to explore the rich culture and history of Armenia. This one-day tour from Tbilisi, Georgia, takes you on a thrilling journey across the border, where you'll discover the natural beauty of Armenia and its architectural gems. Embark on a comfortable ride from Tbilisi to the Georgian-Armenian border and experience crossing the border between the two countries. After crossing the border we will make a short stop at a local shop to exchange money and buy some local products, so you can fully immerse yourself in the local culture. Our first stop is the breathtaking Akhtala Monastery, a 10th-century architectural masterpiece that boasts intricate frescoes and medieval sculptures. Next, we'll visit the UNESCO-listed Haghpat and Sanahin Monasteries, two of the most stunning examples of Armenian medieval architecture. Take in the stunning panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes and marvel at the intricate carvings and unique architectural details of these masterpieces. Between exploring the monasteries, we'll stop for lunch at a local Armenian restaurant, where you'll have the chance to taste delicious Armenian cuisine and learn more about the local customs and traditions. The tour also includes a stop at the Mikoyan Brothers Museum, where you'll have the chance to see and take photos with a real MIG-21. Throughout the tour, our expert guide will provide you with insights and interesting facts about the history, culture, and architecture of Armenia, making your journey even more enjoyable and enlightening. At the end of the tour, we'll drop you off at your hotel or a central location in Tbilisi. Don't miss out on the chance to experience the wonders of Armenia and book your tour today!

From Tbilisi: Private Full-day Private Armenia Tour

6. From Tbilisi: Private Full-day Private Armenia Tour

Uncover religious sites in Armenia like the Akhtala Monastery, Haghpat Monastery, and Sanahin Monastery on this tour from Tbilisi. Admire the natural beauty of Debed Canyon and learn about the Armenian roots of the first Russian fighter jet at the Mikoyan Brothers' Museum of Aviation. Enjoy the convenience of being picked up from your accommodation in Tbilisi in the morning. Travel to the tour supplier's office to check in. Sit back and relax in the air-conditioned car on the drive to the border. Cross the border and stop to exchange some money into Armenian currency.  Continue to Akhtala Monastery, where you can see a church from the 12th century. View beautiful frescoes, the surrounding copper smelting caves, and a copper smelting factory. Make your way to the medieval, Unesco-listed Haghpat Monastery. Stop at a local Armenian restaurant for a delicious traditional lunch. Make your way to the 13th-century bridge and the impressive natural landscapes of Debed Canyon.  Find out about Armenia's Soviet history at the Mikoyan Brothers' Museum, where you can see the original MiG 21 aircraft. Finally, visit the 10th-century Sanahin Monastery complex, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Return to your accommodation in Tbilisi at the end of your tour. 

Northern Armenia's Gems: A Captivating 3-Day Journey

7. Northern Armenia's Gems: A Captivating 3-Day Journey

Day 1: Dilijan - Forests, Lakes, and Mystical Monasteries Depart from Yerevan and head to Dilijan, Armenia's "Little Switzerland." Visit Haghartsin Monastery, an ancient spiritual treasure surrounded by lush forests. Experience an exhilarating zip-lining adventure amidst Dilijan's treetops. Savor a mouthwatering lunch at a traditional Armenian restaurant in Dilijan. Engage in an Armenian pottery workshop, learning the art of creating traditional ceramics. Check-in to a charming guesthouse or boutique hotel in Dilijan, embraced by nature's serenity. Day 2: Lori's Cultural Heritage - Monasteries and Beyond Journey to Lori, the green heart of northern Armenia, renowned for its cultural treasures. Marvel at the grandeur of Haghpat Monastery, a Unesco World Heritage site boasting splendid medieval architecture. Enjoy a delightful lunch, savoring authentic Lori dishes at a local restaurant. Discover the architectural wonder of Odzun Church, a symbol of Armenia's ancient religious heritage. Return to Yerevan or optionally, stay overnight in a cozy accommodation in Lori. Day 3: Gyumri's Artistic Vibe and Architectural Heritage Journey to Gyumri, Armenia's second-largest city, renowned for its vibrant art scene and historic architecture. Explore Gyumri's historic streets, adorned with colorful buildings and galleries. Immerse yourself in Gyumri's artistic vibe at the Gyumri Center for Contemporary Art, celebrating the region's creativity. Visit the Black Fortress, a historic citadel overlooking the city, and enjoy breathtaking views. Return to Yerevan, cherishing the memories of an enchanting journey through Northern Armenia's hidden gems.

2-Day North of Armenia Tavush & Lori. Dilijan Ijevan & more

8. 2-Day North of Armenia Tavush & Lori. Dilijan Ijevan & more

Day 1: Dilijan and Ijevan As the sun rises, we embark on a captivating journey to Dilijan, affectionately known as "Armenia's Little Switzerland." Our first stop takes us to the secluded Haghartsin Monastery, surrounded by lush forests that whisper ancient tales. Immerse yourself in the spiritual ambiance of this hidden gem, adorned with intricate carvings and sacred chambers. But the adventure doesn't stop there. Brace yourself for an adrenaline rush as we zip-line through Dilijan's treetops, capturing breathtaking views of nature's wonder below. Revitalize with a traditional Armenian lunch, savoring the rich flavors that reflect the country's culinary heritage. As the day unfolds, we set our course for Ijevan, where an exhilarating zip-line experience awaits. Feel the thrill as you glide through the air, embraced by the stunning landscapes of the region. Conclude the day with a delectable dinner, indulging in Ijevan's unique gastronomy. Retreat to your accommodation in Dilijan, nestled amid the embrace of nature, and let the tranquility of the surroundings envelop you. Day 2: Exploring Lori Wake up to a day filled with cultural wonders and historical treasures. Journey to Sanahin Monastery, a unesco World Heritage site, where medieval architecture and spiritual essence converge. Admire the intricate details of this ancient marvel and feel the connection to centuries of Armenian heritage. Our next stop takes us to Odzun Church in the picturesque village of Odzun. Behold the impressive structure that stands as a testament to Armenia's religious history, offering insights into its rich past. Savor a delightful Armenian lunch, enjoying the heartwarming flavors that reflect the diversity of Lori's culinary traditions. As the day draws to a close, return to Yerevan, carrying cherished memories of Dilijan, Ijevan, and Lori's beauty, history, and cultural richness.

Private tour to Haghpat, Sanahin, Akhtala

9. Private tour to Haghpat, Sanahin, Akhtala

The three monastic complexes of Haghpat, Sanahin and Akhtala are situated in the Lori Marz (region) of Armenia, dating back to the 10th to 13th centuries. The monastery of Haghpat, founded by Queen Khosrovanush (wife of the Armenian King Ashot III) in AD 976, consists of one narthex, two corridor-sepulchers, a refectory, a scriptorium, the Chapel of Hamazasp, a belfry, several chapel-tombs and cross-stones (khachkars)․ Sanahin used to be the administrative centre and family burial place of the Kyurikyan Bagratids (10th and 11th centuries), as well as the Episcopal residence for the diocese (until the 11th century). The Sanahin monastery contains St Astvatsatsin (Holy Mother of God), St Amenaprkich (Redeemer) and St Grigor Churches, narthex, scriptorium, belfry and academy. Haghpat and Sanahin Monasteries are placed on UNESCO's World Heritage List.

Armenia: Odzun, Akhtala and unesco Heritage Sites Tour

10. Armenia: Odzun, Akhtala and unesco Heritage Sites Tour

In the morning, your professional team members will greet you in order to head to the northern province of Lori. It is one of the most picturesque regions in Armenia, offering dramatic changes of the views, from lush forests to rocky mountains and endless steppes. You will stop at the village of Odzun, situated on the left bank of the river Debed to explore the 5th-7th-century basilica church Odzun. Following this, you will depart to The UNESCO World Heritage Listed Monastery Sanahin which was built in the 10th century and is undeniably one of the most precious landmarks of the region. Next, you will drive towards another UNESCO listed Monastery, Haghpat, built in approximately the same period as Sanahin. Both monasteries lie in a plain green area, surrounded by numerous "khachkars" and splendid nature. Later, you will head to the Akhtala village to admire the Akhtala Monastery, famous for its highly artistic frescoes, which cover the walls of the fortress. The perfect location of this structure offers guests an excellent viewpoint over the divine surroundings of the province.

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based on 96 reviews

Beautiful views, well planned, fantastic tour guide Catherine and great homemade dinner. Definitely worth recommending if you wish to see a bit of Armenia and don't have much time to spare. The monasteries, mountains and industrial post-Soviet towns are super interesting especially when combined with a great narrative from the tour guide.

Joined a day tour from Tbilisi to Armenia. It was such a fun day having a glimpse of Armenia even for a short period of time. Our tour guide Lika was very helpful and informative. Trying Armenian food for lunch was awesome too. Would definitely recommend this to my friends.

Absolutely incredible. Len was so knowledgeable, so thorough with his information and objective throughout. It really was an experience that changed my perspective on that part of the world and illuminated new areas of thought

Lovely day Luka saw sights and learned history. Lunch with local family was definitely a highlight look into a normal family. Crossing boarder was smooth.

Did several tours with the company. Lika was a wonderful guide. Highly recommended.