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Things to do in Aragatsotn Province

Our most recommended things to do in Aragatsotn Province

Armenia: Amberd, Alphabet Alley and Saghmosavank Day Trip

1. Armenia: Amberd, Alphabet Alley and Saghmosavank Day Trip

On this tour you will visit Amberd, a fortress on the southern slope of Mount Aragats, founded in the 7th century. Next up is Lake Kari at the height of 3250 m on the slopes of Mount Aragats, the highest point of Armenia (4090 m). Up next is the visit to "Aregi" Dry Fruit and Eco-Snack Factory, where incredible combinations of fruits and vegetables await you. "Aregi" products are exclusively without sugar and additives, the factory operates by receiving solar energy through special stations. Visit Saghmosavank, 13th century Armenian monastic complex, unique due to its frescoes with biblical themes and the perfect harmony with environment – vertical cliffs of Kasakh gorge. There comes the Alley of Armenian Letters (Alphabet Alley), that was built on the slopes of Mount Aragats in honor to the 1600th anniversary of the creation of Armenian alphabet. This monument is unique not only in Armenia, but all around the World.

From Yerevan: Private Snow Rafting Tour with Hotel Transfers

2. From Yerevan: Private Snow Rafting Tour with Hotel Transfers

The tour will start from your hotel. We will take you to one of the two snowy provinces of Armenia to have fun and create new memories. Snow rafting in Armenia is a new extreme activity, which can be organized in 2 different regions (based on snow availability): in Shirak region and in Aragatsotn. Experience the adventures of snow rafting with your friends or family. The tour can be organized starting from 3 people. Also the snowy area gives opportunity to go back to childhood and start playing the snowball game. At the end of the day, enjoy a cup of hot tea discussing the details of the fun day full of adventures and memories.

Yerevan: Aragats Northern Summit Full-Day Hiking Tour

3. Yerevan: Aragats Northern Summit Full-Day Hiking Tour

Embark on an adventurous full day tour and discover the pleasure of hiking in this area! Your morning will start with a pick-up from your hotel in Yerevan, in order to start the trekking experience. While driving to your starting point, Kari Lich, you will admire the green endless pastures on the way. On the journey, you will have a stop at a mystic place, where everything is against the laws of physics. The water here does not flow down but it goes upward. The vehicle drives up to the hill itself without its driver. It is unbelievable, however, this is the natural phenomenon  that you will witness. After, you will proceed on to Kari Lich, from where your hiking mission will start to the north summit. Different views will be unpacked in front of your eyes: from the green meadows and rocks to the boulders and ice spots. Your trek will include stops from time to time, in order to gain more energy by having snacks and a rest. By the afternoon, you will conquer the highest summit in Armenia and reward yourself with the powerful view from the top.  

From Yerevan: Private Roundtrip Tour to Tsaghkadzor

4. From Yerevan: Private Roundtrip Tour to Tsaghkadzor

Winter one-day tour in Armenia is a good option to explore winter activities in Armenia. For the winter activity lovers we offer to visit Armenian winter wonderland – Tsaghkadzor. This city is a famous ski resort of Armenia, located on the slopes of Mount Tanegiz, at an altitude of 1840 m, which is 10 meters below the highest ski station of French resort Courchevel. On the top point of skiing resort, opens spectacular views of Lake Sevan and the Ararat Mountain. The affordable prices, high quality ski trails and the welcoming environment of the winter resorts makes for unforgettable experiences and memories. Ski resort offers you 3 stages and other winter activities. During this tour you can. Beginners' option: Take a ropeway ride to enjoy mountain snowy view Beginners' option: Rent an equipment and try to do skiing or snowboarding with professional instructors (recommended) Professionals' option: Rent an equipment and try to do skiing or snowboarding without professional instructors.

From Yerevan: Highlights of Gyumri Private Guided Day Tour

5. From Yerevan: Highlights of Gyumri Private Guided Day Tour

The tour will start from your hotel in Yerevan and at the end of the tour we will organize the drop off in the same place. This tour will take you to the city of Gyumri – once the artistic capital, and possibly the most beautiful city of Armenia. You will get the chance to explore the city center with its two famous churches. To get acquainted with the daily urban life of Gyumri, you will visit Dzitoghtsyan House-Museum of Social Life and National Architecture , where a collection of the Alexandropol social life characteristics, from the 19th century up to the 1920s. exhibits. The next stop will be the Black Fortress; built during the Russian–Turkish war, the fortress still serves as a military base. The next spot included in this tour is the 7th century monastic complex of Harichavank, located near the village of Harich, which was especially renowned for its school and scriptorium.

From Yerevan: Byurakan, Oshakan and Amberd Fortress Day Trip

6. 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 Yerevan: Kasakh Gorge Trekking

7. From Yerevan: Kasakh Gorge Trekking

Leave Yerevan in the morning and head to the Kasakh Gorge, just a 45 minute drive from the city. Arrive at Hovhannavank Monastery (also known as the Monastery of St. John the Apostle), an impressive example of medieval architecture that was built in two phases, first during the fourth century and second during the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. Pass through the village of Ohanavan and descend into the Kasakh Canyon, where the beautiful river of the same name flows and dramatic geological formations along rock cliffs combine with structures from the first and second millennia BC. Hike along the canyon to reach the orchards of the village Saghmosavan and check out the Saghmosavank Monastery (Monastery of the Psalms) which overlooks the gorge like its sister Hovhannavank Monastery. Learn about the unique architecture of a thirteenth century structure, which, poised atop a precipitous cliff face, dominates the ridge line and has an impressive silhouette that can be seen from the neighboring villages. Explore the old annex of monastery dug deep into the rock and admire the spectacular views of the gorge below before heading back to Yerevan.

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What people are saying about Aragatsotn Province

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 7 reviews

On the whole the tour was great and I would recommend it. The downside was the 'walking tour' of Gyumri involved essentially walking round the block with the guide, with very little info, then being told we had an hour free time to wander the city. Would have preferred to have a fully guided tour. Additionally, the choice of lunch place was pretty poor. Very limited options, and bland food.

Wonderful trip! I loved the places I visited and loved the gata baking in the garden.

Well done Mayis and Samuel!!! Best wishes, Jasmine