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Noravank Monastery, Armenia

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Day trip to Khor Virap, Areni Winery and Noravank Monastery

1. Day trip to Khor Virap, Areni Winery and Noravank Monastery

The tour will start at 09:30 AM with a pick-up point from your hotel. The day’s itinerary includes visits to Khor Virap Monastery, Areni Winery and Noravank Monastery situated deep in the Noravank Canyon. Once you get to Khor Virap, you will stop to admire and take photos of the spectacular view of Mount Ararat, the national symbol of Armenia. You will then continue to the winery in the village of the Areni, where you can try delicious Armenian wine and take a few bottles with you. Due to its charming medieval architecture and magnificent landscape, the Noravank Complex is a must see when in Armenia.  

From Yerevan: Full-Day Tatev Monastery Complex Tour

2. From Yerevan: Full-Day Tatev Monastery Complex Tour

The tour starts early in the morning at 7:00 am. After breakfast, you'll be on the road. The first destination is Khor Virap which is the closest stop to mount Ararat. Then, you'll continue the trip to Areni Wine Factory. After some wine tastings and even some shopping, you'll head to Halidzor village where you'll hop on the longest cable car in the world covering a distance of almost 6km. While enjoying breathtaking views from above Vorotan gorge, you''ll reach Tatev monastery complex, which is one of the largest monasteries in Armenia. Then, you'll return to Halidzor village with cable car again and continue the tour to Noravank monastery, the only only place where you can see father God's face carved. Enjoy lunch with fantastic views of red cliffs and then return to Yerevan.

From Yerevan: 2 Day Guided Trip to Khndzoresk & Areni Winery

3. From Yerevan: 2 Day Guided Trip to Khndzoresk & Areni Winery

Spend 2 days exploring Armenia on a guided trip. Enjoy scenic views of Mount Ararat from Khor Virab and fly through the sky on the Wings of Tatev. Cross the swinging bridge to enter the old caves of Khndzoresk and try Armenian wine at a vineyard in Areni. Day 1:Get picked up from your accommodation in Yerevan and take a short drive through the picturesque, mountainous scenery of Armenia. Arrive at Khor Virab, a stunning monastery offering incredible views of Mount Ararat. Travel to Syunik Province to make a stop at the spectacular Shaki Waterfall. Continue to the Wings of Tatev, the longest reversible aerial tramway in the world. Get a head for heights as the cablecar carries you up to the Tatev Monastery. Admire the fairytale-like architecture of the monastery and take in breathtaking views over the deep gorge of the Vorotan River. Leave Tatev behind and head to your overnight stay in Goris. Day 2:Indulge in a traditional Armenian breakfast, then drive to Khndzoresk, famous for its ancient caves. Climb three hundred and fifty steps up to the swinging bridge, crossing over into the old town to find the caves and a hidden church. Make your next stop in Noravank Monastery and wonder in awe at the steep, brick-red cliffs that surround the holy site. Drive fifteen minutes to reach a winery in Areni, best known for its vineyards. Savor the tastes of Armenian wine, fruit wine, and brandy, before ending your trip in Yerevan.

From Yerevan: Southern Armenia Day Trip with Dinner

4. From Yerevan: Southern Armenia Day Trip with Dinner

In the morning, your guide will greet you in the lobby of your hotel and take you away to the ancient Monastery of Khor Virap. As one of the most sacred spots in the country, the location of the gorgeous structure provides a beautiful view of Mount Ararat. Next, head to the 13th-century Monastery Noravank. Admire the unique natural surroundings of the landmark and continue to be in awe of the country's diverse landscape. Continue your exploration of Southern Armenia and experience more of its nature at the cascading Shaki waterfall. Hear about the legend of Shake and the mythical origins of the waterfall.  After admiring the natural wonder, drive to the famous wine village of Areni. Meet with a hospitable farmer who will share the secrets of Armenian wine-making. Also in Areni, have a traditional dinner paired with delicious wine. In the evening your guide-driver will take you back to your hotel in Yerevan.

From Yerevan: Trekking and Wine Tasting Tour

5. From Yerevan: Trekking and Wine Tasting Tour

Start the day by heading for the Southern Province Vayots Dzor, which is considered the ancient cradle of wine-making. For thousands of years, it has been an important center of viticulture in the region with authentic grape varieties that grow on its fertile soil. In the morning you will drive to the village Amaghu, from where you will start trekking to the architectural masterpiece Noravank Monastery, which is perched on the rocky outcrop. The everlasting impression of the stunning panorama is guaranteed here. Later, you will head to Areni Cave, where a 6000-year old shoe has been revealed together with wine vessels and other accessories which testify that Armenia is an ancient and authentic center of wine-making. After that, you will discover the secrets of pure wine-making and taste the authentic wine of Areni. At the end of the afternoon, you will be accompanied back to your hotel in Yerevan with a stop in Khor Virap Monastery where the flawless view of the Biblical Mount Ararat will be a real gift to our eyes.

Mountain Bike Tour in Armenia

6. Mountain Bike Tour in Armenia

Begin with a pick up from your hotel accommodation in Yerevan. Stopping in at the Monastery of Khor Virap, here get a great view of the Biblical Mount Ararat. Then hit the road on your bike, heading for Zangakatun, located at the gateway of the Vayots Dzor province. From here descend to the Areni Village, as the immense red cliffs are unveiled before you. Pass the Arpa Valley, and stop at the Areni cave, where many artifacts of the region's millennia-old win history have been found. This cave famously harbored the oldest shoe of the world, once. Then cycle to the Noravank Monastery through canyons. This medieval monastery will marvel you with its splendor. Rest for the night in the village of Herher.  Departing Herher, head to Noratus cemetery, stopping at the Selim pass and the Lake Sevan by car. Start your biking at the stone-cross in Noratus' Khachkars. Cycle around the side of the lake shore, taking a break at the Sevan Peninsula, here admire the Monastery of Secanavank. Heading toward the town of Dilijan, find a dramatically different landscape of forest along the way. In the late afternoon visit the Sanahin monastery in Odzun.  Departing Odzun, cycle to the Stepanavan. Explore diverse landscapes,  vast plateaus and green meadows. Watch out for herds of cows or horses galloping in freedom. Here, canyons that cross through huge plateaus, seem to be created by divine hand. Make your first stop at the fortress of Lori, located at the crossroads of two canyons, which used to be a strategic location for the Armenian Kingdom of Bagratuni. Later, continue the route to reach the town of Stepanavan. Then on to Vanadzor, which will be the final stage of the 3-day circuit. After you reach Vanadzor, a vehicle will take care of the transfer back to Yerevan.

Armenia: Between Monasteries and Fortresses of Vayots Dzor

7. Armenia: Between Monasteries and Fortresses of Vayots Dzor

At the beginning of the day, your guide will greet you at your hotel to drive you to Vayots Dzor province, the door to the southern region of Armenia. After a two-hour drive, you will reach Amaghu Trail from where you will start trekking towards the magnificent Noravank Monastery and gaze at the red cliffs that are reminiscent of the American West. Later, a comfortable vehicle will be waiting for you near Noravank to drive you to the cave of Areni, where you will discover the millennium-old remains that characterize the authenticity of the regional viticulture. Afterwards, your exploration will continue in the village of Artabuynk, from there you will take the road to the monastery of Tsakhats Kar, a marvel of Armenian architecture, built in the 10th and 11th centuries. This monument will take you back to the times of the Bagratuni Kingdom when Armenia struggled for its survival with Arab invaders and then with Mongols. Next, you will descend the monastery and pass on to the Smbataberd fortress, which offers a stunning panoramic view from its location. It was erected in honor of King Smbat Bagratuni, who was the hero of the final Armenian victory against the Arabs. You will have a picnic in the nearby area, and walk towards the medieval village of Yeghegis, where the monuments of the ancient cemetery are located. On your way back to Yerevan, you will stop at the winemaking village of Areni, where a local farmer will invite you to taste delicious local wine paired with aperitifs. You will arrive back at your hotel in the evening.

Armenia: Wine Tour of Areni with Overnight Stay

8. Armenia: Wine Tour of Areni with Overnight Stay

Start your adventure with a pick-up from your hotel in Yerevan. After a short meet and greet with your driver you will head to the Province of Vayots Dzor, a place considered to be the ancient cradle of wine-making. As you arrive in the wine-village, Areni, you will take a stroll in the vineyards where you will have a delicious traditional breakfast paired with good local wine. Later, take a walk towards your cozy guesthouse, where the local guide, will share with you the secrets of pure honey and wine-making. After lunch, immerse yourself in the daily routine of Areni and take a walk around the hospitable village. In the evening you will have delicious Armenian specialties around the campfire. After your relaxing overnight stay in the guesthouse, you will be greeted at the start of your day. Today you will drive to the village of Amaghu, from here you will start trekking to the architectural masterpiece Noravank Monastery, which is perched on the rocky outcrop. The everlasting impression of the stunning panorama is guaranteed here. Later, you will head to Areni Cave, where a 6000-year old shoe has been revealed together with wine vessels and other accessories which testify that Armenia is an ancient and authentic center of wine-making. After lunch, on your way to Yerevan, you will stop at the sacred Monastery Khor Virap, from here the flawless view of the Biblical Mount Ararat will be a real gift to your eyes. Finish your amazing experience with a transfer back to your accommodation in Yerevan.

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4.8 / 5

based on 32 reviews

A very well organised trip with a safe driver and a knowledgeable and friendly guide. I would recommend this to anyone interested in Georgia's history and culture.

Ngara, our guide was a wealth of knowledge on Armenian history, this means a great deal to us coming from a young country. She is a great Ambassador for Armenia!

Great trip, very knowledgeable guide, huge group, divided russian and English speakers, they managed it well, the trip is very lobg due to the long distance

Although the journey was long, it was a very good tour with visits to these impressive monasteries!

Really informative guide. Good pacing. Beautiful scenery. Roads are bit rough at some points.