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From Yerevan: Garni Temple & Geghard Tour with Lavash Baking

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Activity provider: Yerani Travel

From Yerevan: Garni Temple & Geghard Tour with Lavash Baking

Activity provider: Yerani Travel
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Discover the fascinating Pagan history of Armenia and learn about the later development of Christianity in the country at the Garni Temple and Geghard Monastery. Then enjoy a baking and tasting session of the traditional Armenian bread, Lavash.

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Duration 6 hours
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Russian, English

Experience

Highlights
  • Visit the Temple of Garni, the only standing Greco-Roman temple in Armenia
  • Learn about the Geghard Monastery, Geghard meaning "spear" is a medieval monastery in the Kotayk province of Armenia and a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Bake and taste Lavash, a traditional Armenian flatbread
Full description

The tour starts from the capital city of Armenia, Yerevan before traveling to the first stop of the day, Garni Temple. The temple, which was built in 77 AD, is the only remaining heathen temple of the post-Soviet era. The temple gracefully stands on a high plateau overlooking the Azat river gorge and has stunning views all around. At the temple, admire the on-site Greek-Roman bath house that holds a mosaic made from 30,000 pieces of natural stones, as well as the ruins of the royal palace, will dates back to the 3rd century AD. Next, visit the Geghard Monastery complex which symbolizes the lance with which the Roman centurion pierced Jesus after crucifixion. The lance was brought to Armenia and kept in the Geghard Monastery for many centuries, and the site is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Not far from the temple of Garni, visit a cosy local restaurant with an amazing view of the temple and surrounding landscape. Here, relax after the tour and take part in a masterclass of baking and tasting fresh Lavash, a traditional Armenian flatbread.

After having a lunch, your last stop before returning to Yerevan will be the gorge of "Symphony of stones." These rocks start from the beginning of the canyon and up to the highest point. The monument consists of huge paradoxically symmetric hexagon and pentagon basalt columns of nearly 100 meters high.

Learn how the gorge got its name from its amazing resemblance to the church organ. Admire the many rocks in the gorge of the Azat River, which is included in the UNESCO heritage list.

Includes
  • Comfortable vehicle with WiFi
  • Refreshments during the tour (bottle of water & local Gatta sweet)
  • Garni Temple entrance fee
  • A professional and knowledgeable guide
  • Traditional lunch
  • Air fairs
  • Accommodation
  • Hotel drop-off
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • People with back problems
  • People with mobility impairments
  • People with heart problems
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned

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Arrive 20 minutes before the activity starts. Please bring your passport with you.

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat

Not allowed

  • Pets
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 19 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    5/5
  • Transportation
    4.8/5
  • Value for money
    4.6/5
  • Safety
    1/5

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The experience was truly wonderful, our guide Neri was very passionate and knowledgeable. She gave us a brief history on Armenia and explained the raison d’etre of the country. Without the tour, the experience wouldn’t have been the same. The monastery, mostly carved out of one piece basalt stones was truly fascinating, It’s location, and its meanings. Also, the garni temple’s story was also interesting and rather important to know. To top it all off, we happened to be there on Easter Sunday and got to see an Armenian Easter Mass where most locals visit and light candles. Wonderful experience. The lavash baking was also cool, we saw 2 women sitting in the ground baking fresh bread in seconds and we enjoyed them with cottage cheese and some fresh greens and uncommon greens like Terragon. Fantastic homemade lunch. Loved it all. Thank you Yerani travel for offering this experience.

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April 24, 2022

I love that this tour started on time. The bus is very comfortable. Would like to say kudos to their professional driver. Our tour guide, Gerne is fully equipped with the information of all the places we went to. It was amazing that they have bottles of water and gata for everyone. Lunch was good too especially the salad appetizers!

February 6, 2022

It is very worth it, in a few hours you visit the most interesting things outside the city with a charming guide (Aida) who explains everything to you perfectly. It honestly exceeded my expectations for the modest price it had ... we ate Lavash ... whatever we wanted and everything was great

November 7, 2019

Product ID: 170760