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From Tbilisi: Small Group Tour to Armenia with Lunch

1. From Tbilisi: Small Group Tour to Armenia with 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. The next stop is a small authentic restaurant by the river, where you can try authentic Armenian cuisine. Travel another 30 minutes to the center of the town of Alaverdi, famous for being the hometown of MIG fighter jet engineer Mikoyan, and the 10th century monastery of Sanahin. Arrive back in Tbilisi by around 6:00 PM after a full and fascinating day.

From Tbilisi: Day Trip to Armenia Including Homemade Lunch

2. 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.

From Tbilisi: The Best of Armenia in 2-Days

3. From Tbilisi: The Best of Armenia in 2-Days

Day 1: After the pick up from your hotel in the morning, you will soon reach the border to Armenia and at around 11:00AM. You will step into the historical region of Lori, which is famous for its rocky landscapes and mysterious monasteries. Here you will visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Haghpat. A few of hours from there, you will arrive at the scenic lake of Sevan, one of the signature sites of Armenia. Here you can see the a medieval monastery, and even enjoy a traditional lunch by the lake. In the late afternoon you will reach Yerevan, the modern capital city. Some of the key sights not to miss here include the Mother of Armenia, Victory Park, and Cascade. Day 2 Your second day will begin with a 1-hour ride to see the Garni Temple and the monastery of Geghard, which is a true jewel of religious architecture in Armenia. Following some classical sightseeing, you will be invited on a tour through the world famous brandy factory, where you will learn about the history of the drink and taste brandies of different parts of the aging process. After an interesting day of exploration, you will reach Tbilisi at around 9:00PM.

From Tbilisi: Armenia Day Tour with Lunch

4. From Tbilisi: Armenia Day Tour with Lunch

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 and the two UNESCO protected monasteries of Sanahin and Haghpat. The history of the two monasteries in Alaverdi is connected by a legend of father and son and you can see many similarities, but also differences in their architecture. Both places are known for their beautiful architecture and the unique hachkars, as well as the stone crosses, a signature of Armenian art. Before heading back to Tbilisi you can taste authentic Armenian food in a traditional restaurant by the river.

Yerevan: Echmiadzin, Zvartnots, Lake Sevan, and Dilijan Tour

5. Yerevan: Echmiadzin, Zvartnots, Lake Sevan, and Dilijan Tour

After departing from Yerevan, you will make your way to one of the country’s most renowned landmarks: the beautiful Lake Sevan. Merely an hour’s drive from the capital city of Yerevan, Sevan is situated at the height of 1,900 meters above sea level and surrounded by a vast chain of mountains. The tour begins by climbing a flight of stairs to the Sevan Peninsula, a pleasant morning workout that will compensate itself with an unforgettable panoramic view of the lake from above. You will also visit the monastery of Sevanavank, which was built by the princess Mariam to honor the life of her deceased husband in the 9th century. Sevanavank is also home to one of the most beautiful Amenaprkich (all savior) Khachkars of Armenia. Next, you will travel to the North of Armenia, where you will be surrounded by beautiful nature. Passing through the city of Dilijan, you will make a stop at the monastery of Gosh-Goshavank. The last destination during this trip will be the monastery of Haghartsin, which dates back to the 10th-14th centuries. The name is translated as “the play of the eagle”. The scenery is somewhat similar to a stunning work of art, with both the monastery and the nature surrounding it providing a breathtaking view.

From Tbilisi: Private Northern Armenia Highlights Tour

6. 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!

Urbex photo tour In Armenia

7. Urbex photo tour In Armenia

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.

Armenia: All-inclusive 7 Days with hikes and overnights

8. Armenia: All-inclusive 7 Days with hikes and overnights

During our 7 days, we will hike the Armenian mountains, enjoy the local food and get familiar with the Armenian historical and religious monuments, ancient culture and national cuisine. We will visit memorials, markets, temples, monasteries, and many more to learn about history. Day 1 / Airport pick up and drive to your hotel / City Tour(Visit Erebuni fortress which is an Urartian fortified city) / walking tour / Lunch / back to your hotel Duration: 7 hours Day 2 / Yerevan - Echmiadzin - Hike from Garni village to Garni temple(distance - 4km; duration 2-3 hours) - Lunch - Geghard cave monastery - drive back to Yerevan Duration: 8 hours Day 3 / Yerevan - Drive to Khor virap monastery -Hike from Gnishik village to Noravank monastery(distance - 13km; duration 5-6 hours) - Lunch - riding cable car to Tatev Monastery - Overnight in Goris town Duration: 12 hours Day 4 / Goris - Khndzoresk cave city - Yeghegis village - Lunch - Zorats church - 13th century Jewish cemetery- o/n in Yeghegis Duration: 8 hours Day 5 / Selim caravanserai - Noratus cemetery -Lake Sevan - Lunch - o/n in Dilijan. Duration: 8 hours Day 6 / Dilijan - Hike Goshavank to Parz lake(distance - 8km; duration 3-4 hours) - drive to Alaverdi- o/n in Alaverdi Duration: 10 hours Day 7 / Hike from Sanahin to Haghpat(distance - 10km; duration 4-5 hours)- Lunch - Back to Yerevan - farewell dinner Duration: 10 hours

Full-Day Tour to North Armenia: Sanahin and Haghpat

9. Full-Day Tour to North Armenia: Sanahin and Haghpat

Meet your guide in front of your hotel after lunch to start your journey: You will cross the beautiful Aragatsotn Province hills as you drive west from Yerevan in an air-conditioned vehicle. You will arrive at the village Artashavan which is the home of the monument of the Armenian Alphabet. Here you will find giant 39 stone letters dedicated to the founder of Armenia's alphabet. Your tour will make its second stop in Sanain village where the medieval Sanahin church is located. It's one of the greatest Medieval monasteries of Armenia with beautiful architecture. The complex has numerous khachkars (stones with elaborate engravings representing a cross) and bishop grave sites scattered throughout it. After lunch, you will make a stop in Alaverdi town, where the medieval Sanahin bridge is located. It's one of the most significant architectural constructions of medieval Armenia. The bridge is located above the narrow and fertile banks of the River Debed flow. The basalt bridge with its bewitching outlines, type of stone and colour combines with the picturesque surrounding becoming its inseparable treasure. Finally, the tour heads to Hagpat village, where you will enjoy postcard-perfect landscapes and the medieval Hagpat Monastery complex which has unique architecture including the unusual gavit, the defence of the monastery. Haghpaht had a significant influence on Armenian culture. The Sanahin Bridge along with the monasteries of Sanahin and Haghpat is on the UNESCO World Heritage list. In the evening you will be returned to your Yerevan hotel.

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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What people are saying about Haghpat

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4.9 / 5

based on 216 reviews

My mom and I went on this tour on 30th of January 2023 and we loved this tour! It deserves 5 stars. Our guide Lika is very knowledgeable and super nice. She answers all our questions thoroughly and is very informative. Our driver Gocha is also really friendly. Plus, the homemade lunch at the Armenian family's home was so good. It was the highlight of the trip for me. The 10th century monasteries are also very interesting! You learn a lot from visiting these Unesco heritage sites. Last but not least, the tour company's contact person Tamuna is also very responsive and helpful in giving solutions in arranging our trip, etc. For anyone who needs a visa to enter Armenia, I would just recommend that you apply the online visa at least 3-5 days before the trip to avoid any bureaucratic delays.

Our guide Len told us many things worth knowing about Georgia and Armenia. At the border crossing he supported us and made sure that everything went smoothly and quickly. The real highlight of the day was lunch with a family in Armenia. We got an unforgettably beautiful insight into life in Armenia.

Very good experience. Our guide Len shared with us the history of Armenia and Georgia as well as many anecdotes, which allowed us to discover all the points of interest in this region of Armenia.

it was really a great experience, enjoyed all of the stops we had and beautiful sightseeing. Local cuisine is also great, so overall great impression

Great tour guide. Very knowledgeable and fun. The ride itself goes through Armenian mountains and it’s gorgeous