Walks in Armenia

Armenia

Holiday overview

Destination

Armenia


Type

Self Guided


Difficulty

Easy to Moderate


Month

May - Aug


Price

£ 1870 pp


Duration

7 nights


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This private guided walking tour focuses on the discovery of nature, of the people and their lifestyle, as well as an exploration of the most valuable historical sites.

This private guided walking tour focuses on the discovery of nature, of the people and their lifestyle, as well as an exploration of the most valuable historical sites.

Price:
Prices per person, based on 2 people sharing a room:

Staying at the 4* Hotel Royal Plaza
2 people: £1575 per person
4 people: £1070 per person
6 people: £930 per person.

Staying at the Historic Tufenkian
2 people: £1760 per person
4 people: £1255 per person
6 people: £1115 per person.

Staying at the 5* Hotel Royal Tulip
2 people: £1870 per person
4 people: £1360 per person
6 people: £1230 per person.

For larger parties, please ask for prices.

Included:
Transportation by minibus or larger bus (both with Air Conditioning) during the whole program
Accommodation in 3*, 4* or 5* hotels in Yerevan, 1 night in guest-house in Dilijan and 1 night in hotel in Haghpat
All overland transfers
Meals – full board (all meals included – picnic lunches on hiking days)
Sightseeing as described in the programme
English speaking guide(s) for the duration of the holiday

Not included:
Tips and personal expenses
Alcoholic drinks during meals
Visa costs (for citizens of USA and Canada) €6 Euros
Insurance
Other services not mentioned in the itinerary

Tour Highlights
6 UNESCO world cultural heritage sites
4 days of daily hikes in diverse microclimate zones
Yerevan; the capital of Armenia, over 2,790 years old.
Diverse, fresh and locally produced food/meals and drinks (including during hiking days
Discovery of historical and cultural monuments during hiking that cannot be accessed by motor vehicle
Meeting local people
Impressive natural and scenic sights
Exploration of Armenia as a link between the civilizations and cultures of East and West

When to go:
The best time for this hiking & culture holiday is from April until the end of October.
Leave any day you like subject to accommodation and guide availability.

Day 1: Arrival in Yerevan
Meet our local representative and transfer to your hotel.

 

Day 2: Yerevan City Tour
A guided City tour in Yerevan including a visit to the highest point of the city to enjoy a breathtaking panorama; the Matenadaran museum of ancient manuscripts (www.matenadaran.am) the Cascadeand Gafesjian centreof arts (www.cmf.am), lunch, a walk around the city exploring the Opera House, The Republic Square, Abovyan Street where old and modern architectural styles and motifs combine. Leisure time before dinner. Welcome dinner in a good Armenian restaurant. Overnight Yerevan.

 

Day 3: Geghard – Garni Hiking
After breakfast drive to the Geghard Monastery (7-12 cc) at 1,796m. Start the walk to Garni pagan temple (1st century AD) and its Roman mosaic. As you reach the plateau a magnificent view over the Armenian Highlands opens up and then high above a canyon you the Geghard monastery below. The path leads through meadows filled with fragrant flowers and as you continue to descend the views become more impressive as we approach the ruins of Havuts Tar monastery. On to the Symphony of Stones, a geological wonder and so to Garni pagan temple, the only pagan temple that remained in Armenia after the adoption of Christianity, and served as a summer residence for Armenian kings.Dinner at a local village outdoor restaurant, with participation in the Lavash (Armenian Bread) baking process and a traditional Armenian barbecue (marinated fresh lamb or pork or chicken), potato and seasonal vegetables (peppers, egg-plants, tomatoes) if you wish. After dinner return to Yerevan. Overnight in Yerevan.
Total driving – 90 km
Total walking – 5/6 hours (600 m ascent and 700 m descent)

 

Day 4: Yerevan/Odzun/Kobayr
After breakfast drive to Gegharquniq and the ‘pearl’ of Armenia – Lake Sevan, all of 75 km long and at an altitude of 2000m one of the largest alpine lakes in the world. An ascent of 375m brings you to the first summit with Lake Sevan below you where the Sevanavank monastery, originally made from three churches, and founded in 874 by King Ashot I sits on an isthmus.Continue to Dilijan, a spa town at the altitude of 1200 m in the Tavoush region, an entirely different climate zone, fully covered by a deep and dense forest with astonishingly rich vegetation. Then drive to the 6th Century Odzun monastery, used by Molokan minority communities (Molokans, derived from the Russian for “milk-drinkers” are sectarian Christians who evolved from “Spiritual Christian” Russian peasants that refused to obey the Russian Orthodox Church and were exiled to Armenia at the beginning of 19th century – they continue to live today as they did over 300 years ago. After exploring the monastery we start our walk down into the Debed canyon. Some magnificent views and then arrive at the ruins of the Kobayr monastery. Drive to Haghpat for overnight.
Total drive – 180 km
Total walk – 4/5 hours

 

Day 5: Hiking Haghpat and Sanahin
After breakfast drive to Haghpat Monastery. The Walk from Haghpat Monastery to SanahinMonasteryat 1,033 m. connects two UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Sites by a path through villages and with fantastic mountain landscapes and views. This route has linked these two masterpieces of Armenian architecture since the Middle Ages. Haghpat is impressively situated atop a hill with wonderful panoramic views across the countryside. Here with a picnic lunch on the way is an opportunity to discover the more rural side of Armenia, observing in Sanahin typical Armenian rural homes and gardens with orchards. Drive back to Haghpat. Dinner and overnight in Haghpat.
Total drive – 30 km
Total walk – 3/4 hours

 

Day 6: Haghpat/Hiking in Amberd/Yerevan
After breakfast we drive to Yerevan via Vanadzor and Spitak Pass (2,200m) stopping in the Kurdish/Yezidi minority village (the Yezidi or Yazidi represent an ancient religion linked to Zoroastrianism and Sufism) to visit the ancient cemetery. From Lake Kari (3200 m) you can admire Mount Ararat – the holy symbol of Armenia. From here we start our walk towards Amberd fortress through a beautiful gorge, passing Yazidi shepherds’ camps en route. Amberd is a 7th century Armenian fortress at 2,500 m, on the slopes of Mount Aragats, at the confluence of the Arkashen and Amberd rivers. The name translates to “fortress in the clouds” in Armenian. Drive back to Yerevan. Dinner and overnight in Yerevan.
Total Drive- 220 km
Total walk- 4/5hours

 

Day 7: Yerevan Echmiatsin-Zvartnots
Drive to Echmiadzin (303 AD), the seat of the Catholicos of all Armenians. Reputed to be one of the world’s oldest cathedrals, Echmiadzin is a special place of pilgrimage for the Armenian diaspora. The word “Echmiadzin” means “The coming of the only Begotten”, and the Cathedral was built on the very spot Gregory The Illuminator had a vision, during which Jesus himself descended from Heaven to show him where He wanted the church to be built. Nearby is the majestic ruin of Zvartnots Temple, erected in the 7th Century, which was circular in shape, entirely outside the architectural traditions of the period and of the region. The church was destroyed during the earthquake but even in ruins it is a magnificent place to visit. Lunch. Drive back to Yerevan. Leisure time. You can visit the Food Market or Vernissage, the open-air flea market.Farewell Dinner. Overnight in Yerevan.

 

Day 8: Departure
Transfer to the airport and departure.