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From Yerevan: Khor Virap Monastery, Winery & Birds Cave Tour

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Activity provider: Hyur Service LLC

From Yerevan: Khor Virap Monastery, Winery & Birds Cave Tour

Activity provider: Hyur Service LLC

From US$ 31 per person

Enjoy tour to Khor Virap & Noravank monasteries with Mount Ararat view. Taste wine at Hin Areni winery, visit ancient Birds Cave, home to numerous archaeological finds!!!

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Duration 10 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Russian

Experience

Highlights
  • Enjoy a guided tour of the 17th-century Khor Virap pilgrimage site
  • Embrace the stunning view of the Biblical Mount Ararat
  • Visit the place where the oldest leather shoe was found at Birds Cave
  • Discover the unique taste of Armenian wine
  • Observe the only 2-storied church in Armenia at Noravank Monastery
Full description
Start the tour at 10 AM with pick up from the local operator's office in Yerevan. Then, set off for Khor Virap, the most famous pilgrimage site in Armenia. When you arrive, visit the monastery and learn about how it was built in the 17th century. Admire the picturesque views of the Biblical Mount Ararat. Next, head over to Birds Cave situated on the left bank of the Areni River. Explore the three halls, a large part of which still are yet to been explored. Learn about the archaeological findings which have been recovered from the cave including dried grapes, rope, dishes, clothing, and the oldest leather shoe in the world. Find out more about the ancient winery, which is believed to have existed since 4000 BC.   After this, stop for a lunch break at a cozy restaurant in a spectacular natural setting. Choose between 3 different meal options before arrival and pay on the spot - please note the cost of lunch is not included in the tour price. Then, learn a bit more about Hin Areni wine with a visit to the village winery. Enjoy a tour and tasting before admiring the architecture of the St Astvatsatsin Church. Then, drive along a narrow road flanked by impressive rock formations and numerous caves. Arrive at Noravank Monastery, which is one of the brightest examples of 13th-century Armenian architecture. Visit the churches of St Karapet, St Gregory the Illuminator, and St. Astvatsatsin (Holy Mother of God) a two-storey church, admiring the incredible architecture and sculptural work. Finally, return back to the meeting point in Yerevan where your tour concludes.
Includes
  • Professional guide who speaks Russian, English, and Armenian
  • Air-conditioned transport
  • Light refreshments (bottled water and sweets)
  • WiFi
  • Admissions
  • Wine tasting
  • Lunch ($8-11)
  • Take with you cash Drams: it is not always possible to pay for lunch in the restaurant by Credit Card.
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

At the local operator's office, 96 Nalbandyan St, Yerevan 0010, Armenia. Please arrive at the meeting point 15-30 minutes before the activity starts for check-in

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Weather-appropriate clothing

Not allowed

  • Shorts
  • Short skirts

Know before you go

  • Seats are not fixed in advance
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 /5

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Rosa was a very nice and accommodating tour guide. As with all other tours, you have to be prepared for a linguistic cacophony, as all groups are mixed and there is not a moment's peace on the bus. But otherwise I am very positively impressed by the professional organization and the good guidance from the tour guide and her driver.

June 6, 2022

Groups are very big,this is difficulty to hear something from gid,

November 12, 2022

Great tour with a great guide!

October 30, 2022

Product ID: 384841