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Day Trip: Mt. Aragats, Alphabet, Stone Statues, & Fortress

1. Day Trip: Mt. Aragats, Alphabet, Stone Statues, & Fortress

This day trip takes you to explore one of the most beautiful gorges in Armenia: the Gorge of Qasakh River, famous for its beautiful churches standing right on the cliff’s edge.  Your next destination is the Amberd Fortress, located on the slopes of Mount Aragats – the highest peak in Armenia. In the 13th Century, the Zakaryan noble family started the liberation of Armenia from the Seljuk Turks at this very fortress. The name Amberd originates from the fact that the fortress is located at the altitude of 2300m above the sea level, translating as Fortress in the Clouds. On the way to Amberd, we will have a short stop at the Alley of the Alphabet, where you will be given the chance to find the first letter of your name and even snap a picture with it. Not only is Armenian a very old language, but it is also an independent branch of the Indo-European languages, making it unlike any other tongue in the world.

From Yerevan: Byurakan, Oshakan and Amberd Fortress Day Trip

2. From Yerevan: Byurakan, Oshakan and Amberd Fortress Day Trip

Discover the best of the Aragatsotn Province on this half-day trip. After getting picked up from the lobby of your hotel, travel to your first destination, Byurakan Observatory, which is considered the scientific pearl of Armenia. Enjoy a guided tour of the observatory and discover what was once the largest telescope in the USSR. Next, head to the 10th-century Amberd Fortress and get an overview of traditional Armenian fortress construction. Later, continue to the village of Oshakan, where you can see the resting place of the inventor of the Armenian alphabet, Mesrop Mashtots. After his death, a small chapel was built over his tomb, which you can visit. Finally, experience Armenian hospitality at a local family home. Sample traditional specialties around the dinner table, washed down with homemade wine. You can also enjoy a demonstration of how to make traditional lavash. After your meal, get dropped off back at your hotel in Yerevan.

From Yereven: URBEX 7-Day Photo Tour

3. From Yereven: URBEX 7-Day Photo Tour

The 7-day URBEX photo tour in Armenia is a one-of-a-kind adventure that allows visitors to explore the country's hidden treasures and abandoned buildings. What makes this tour truly unique is the access it provides to exclusive and hard-to-reach locations that are not typically open to the public. The tour takes visitors through a variety of locations, including abandoned factories, and other structures that have been left untouched for years. These sites offer a glimpse into the past and showcase the industrial and architectural history of Armenia.The tour is designed for adventure seekers who want to explore Armenia from a different perspective. Visitors will be accompanied by experienced guides who are knowledgeable about the locations and can provide insights into their history and significance. The guides will also ensure that visitors have access to all sites and will help them navigate through challenging terrain. We will not share the exact location , in this program but we guarantee all access without troubles . Day1 Yerevan overnight Meeting at the airport , transfer to hotel . In the evening we meet in a restaurant for dinner (optional ) Day2 Yerevan -Yeghegis ( overnight) Visiting Khor Virap -Noravank and an abendoned factory for photogaphy Day3 Yeghegis -Haghpat (overnight) Silk road , Orbenlian carvansararai- lake Sevan -obendoned Cable car- Haghpat Day 4 Alaverdi -Sanahin- Haghpat ( overnight ) Sanahin monastery -Mikoyan museum - Old factories for phototour Day5 Haghpat- Amberd After our 9am departure, we soon reach this insane site. Everything is there: the machines, the Stalin-era architecture, the production line etc. A unique place and exceptional that we have permission, Drive to Amberd for overnight , on the way a stop at a bakery Day6 Amberd -Yerevan (overnight) drive to Amberd Castle. This historic site (10th century) begs to be photographed. After this, we drive past the old Tegher monastery and our lunch spot then one of the highlights of this trip. Drive to Yerevan Day 7 GEGHARD Rock-hewn Unesco monastery This beautiful monastery complex is not to be missed when in Armenia. After our departure at 9am, we are here with an hour and can walk around, take pictures or enjoy this mystical place. GARNI & ROCK FORMATION/ URBEX POOL Unique and beautifully located Not far from Geghard is a Roman temple from 77. Complete and working. We visit this super photogenic site along with the adjacent 'Symphony of Stones'. A menacing and unusual basalt rock formation. We arrive back in Yerevan on time. You can, if you like, visit another urbex pool.

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It’s breathtaking amberd is like magic the nature is amazing, very recommended we went to a very traditional place with blessed Armenian old woman she baked us delicious Armenian sweet Thank you Armenia for all the love and beauty