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From Yerevan: Group Tour to Tatev Cable Car and Winery

1. From Yerevan: Group Tour to Tatev Cable Car and Winery

Escape the busy city of Yerevan and travel into Southern Armenia towards the town of Areni, known for its spectacular history in winemaking and bearing the name of one of the oldest grape varieties in the world. Your first destination will be one of the region’s best vineyards to enjoy a tour of the winery and learn about the process of making wine. Discover the variety of grapes that are used here and taste some of the oldest wines of Armenia to get a real flavor of the region. Next, enjoy stunning scenic views on the drive towards the next destination, the ‘Wings of Tatev’. The ‘Wings of Tatev’ is the longest cable car in the world, measuring 6 km. Ride the cable car and admire the breathtaking scenery along the way, including the Harsnadzor Watchtower and Devil’s Bridge. Travel to the 9th Century Tatev monastery, which once was the educational and spiritual center of Armenia. Built on a high plateau in the Vorotan river gorge, the monastery is surrounded by breathtaking mountains and dense forests. Also visit the magnificent waterfall of Shaki.

Yerevan: Winery and Natural Highlights Guided Tour

2. Yerevan: Winery and Natural Highlights Guided Tour

Meet your professional guide at the convenient meeting point in Yerevan and set off on this full-day tour. First stop is the village of Areni in Vayots Dzor region. This sunny village is famous for its assortment of wine. Due to its flavor and delicate taste, Hin Areni wine has a place amongst the best Armenian wines and you can sample it at a local winery and learn about the process from your guide and the owner. Next up, you will see the picturesque waterfall of Shaki and have lunch at a local restaurant. Then you will cross the mysterious "Devil's Bridge" over Vorotan river. The "Devil’s Bridge" is situated here in a deep canyon, surrounded by mountains and springs, the waters of which have painted the rocks of the canyon with pink, yellow and green colors. And the last stop is Tatev monastery, which used to be wealthiest medieval monastery in Armenia. Besides being a religious center, Tatev was also the important strategical center of Syunik kingdom. In non-stable political conditions the several secret ways in the territory of the fortress led the way to the canyon and served as a link between the monastery and external world. You will take the aerial tramway called the Wings of Tatev. It passes through a deep gorge of the River Vorotan and over hills covered with lush forests. The tramway is supported by three towers between its two terminals.

From Yerevan: Full-Day Tatev Monastery Complex Tour

3. 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.

Private Tour: Khor Virap, Areni Cave, & Tatev Monastery

4. Private Tour: Khor Virap, Areni Cave, & Tatev Monastery

Although there are various historical landmarks in Armenia, the oldest and most well-known is probably the Biblical Mount Ararat. This tour promises spectacular views from the closest spot possible. The Khor Virap Monastery is located about an hour’s drive away from the capital Yerevan, and offers an amazing view of Armenia’s defining symbol – the majestic Ararat. The Monastery is one of the most sacred spots for Armenians around the world. Another place that cannot be missed whilst in Armenia is Tatev Monastery, which once was the educational and spiritual center of Armenia. It’s built on a high plateau in the Vorotan River gorge, and is surrounded by breathtaking mountains and dense forests. You can reach it by riding the world’s longest cableway, the Wings of Tatev. During your ride, you will enjoy a spectacular view over one of the most beautiful spots in Armenia (if not in the world). As the finishing touch of this tour, you will be given the chance to taste and even purchase Armenia’s renowned Areni wine. Made from the oldest grape variety in the whole world, the wine is available in several wineries in the town of Areni itself.

Khor Virap, Noravank, Goris (overnight), Tatev, Karahunj

5. Khor Virap, Noravank, Goris (overnight), Tatev, Karahunj

Day 1: The first destination of our trip is one of the must see places in Armenia - Khor Virap. It is where Grigor Luisavorich (St. Gregory the Illuminator) was imprisoned for 13 years before curing King Trdat III of a disease. This caused the adoption of Christianity in Armenia in the year 301. In fact, the name Khor Virap means “deep pit”, named after the prison where St. Gregory the Illuminator was held. The next stop will be Monastery Noravank, which dates back to XIII—XIV centuries. The complex includes the 1339 St. Astvatsatsin (“Burtelashen”) sepulchre-church, St. Stepanos Nakhavka and gavit, the St. Grigor Church and Stepanos Orbelian Sepulchre, the remains of medieval chapels and residential quarters and a modern office and hall. After visiting these two monasteries we will leave for Goris for overnight. Day 2: After the breakfast we will visit Karahunj Observatory, also known as Zorats Karer or Zorats Kar is a megalithic composition of Bronze Age tombs (cists, dolmens or tumuli) and over 220 standing stones (menhirs). The next destination is another famous monument of medieval Armenian architecture - Tatev Monastery, which was built in the 9th-13th centuries. In translation from the old Armenian (grabar) "tatev" means "give wings". Indeed, located at a great height, it seems that Tatev stretches upward to the sky. The walls seem to be a natural extension of the rock that raises it so high. Thanks to the construction of the Wings of Tatev, the longest cable car in the world (5.7 km), the complex has become one of the most visited places in Armenia. On our way back to Yerevan we will have a short stop in Areni winery, where you have an opportunity to taste armenian wine and get acquainted with the history of wine making in Armenia.

Private: Khor Virap, Areni winery, Noravank, Tatev, ropeway

6. Private: Khor Virap, Areni winery, Noravank, Tatev, ropeway

One of the must see places in Armenia is Khor Virap. It is where Grigor Luisavorich (St. Gregory the Illuminator) was imprisoned for 13 years before curing King Trdat III of a disease. This caused the adoption of Christianity in Armenia in the year 301. In fact, the name Khor Virap means “deep pit”, named after the prison where St. Gregory the Illuminator was held. The next stop will be Monastery Noravank, which dates back to XIII—XIV centuries. The complex includes the 1339 St. Astvatsatsin (“Burtelashen”) sepulchre-church, St. Stepanos Nakhavka and gavit, the St. Grigor Church and Stepanos Orbelian Sepulchre, the remains of medieval chapels and residential quarters and a modern office and hall. During the trip you have an opportunity to taste armenian wine in Areni winery. The last stop will be the pearl of medieval Armenian architecture Tatev Monastery built in the 9th-13th centuries. In translation from the old Armenian (grabar) "tatev" means "give wings". Indeed, located at a great height, it seems that Tatev stretches upward to the sky. The walls seem to be a natural extension of the rock that raises it so high. Thanks to the construction of the Wings of Tatev, the longest cable car in the world (5.7 km), the complex has become one of the most visited places in Armenia.

2 Day Guided Trip to Tatev wings & monastery , Khndzoresk

7. 2 Day Guided Trip to Tatev wings & monastery , Khndzoresk

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

8. 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.

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Great value. 10 hour trip. Included a great lunch. Cable car and monastery were fantastic. Haiyek (sp?) was an awesome guide. Took care of everyone to include ensuring us two Americans understood everything. The winery could be skipped or changed for another better one. But all in all fantastic trip! Highly recommend.

Excellent trip. Very professional, friendly and knowledgeable guide,'Gor'. Thank you Gor for a wonderful trip. I will definitely return to Armenia and use this company again

Skvělý výlet s perfektní průvodkyní. Počasí nám opravdu přálo, vše jsme si užili na maximum. Tatev mohu jedině doporučit

Great guide and driver! Gayaneh was so knowledgeable and the driver was so accommodating. Great experience!

The place is amazing . The driver drives us safe It’s been a long journey but Really wonderful