Hiking Tour in Armenia

8 days/7 nights
Small Group (2-13)
Any Date
Breakfast
Age: 15+
Price:
833USD
877USD

The Highlights of the Tour

Selim Pass - Amberd - Lastiver - Aragats
Enjoy the excellent blend of rich culture and breathtaking nature Visit medieval fortresses on the mountains and enjoy lash forest trails Have a chance to taste Armenian wines in Areni village Leave your footprint on The Great Silk Road Hike up to Mount Aragats, the highest peak of Armenia Hike to Lastiver waterfalls and caves located in a fabulous location far from civilization

ITINERARY

Introduction

By choosing our Hiking Tour to Armenia you will visit the most hidden corners of our beautiful country, walk through the endless trails of high mountains and lush forests. We included an exceptional hike to the highest peak of Armenia – Mount Aragats (4090 m). Feel free to send us an email with all your questions regarding your hiking tour in Armenia.

Day 1 - Arrival - Yerevan City Tour - Geghard - Garni

Republic Square - Yerevan View - Geghard
The tour will begin with a city tour around Yerevan – the bustling capital having a history of over 2799 years. The cuneiform inscription proving Yerevan was built in 782 AD is in the History Museum of Armenia. You will start your tour with a short walk in the city center, and then visit the History Museum of Armenia. You will have a fascinating journey through the pages of Armenian history. After lunch, you will head to Geghard Cave Monastery, partly carved in the adjacent rocks. Nearby in Garni village, you will visit Garni Pagan Temple which is the only preserved example of Hellenistic architecture in the Caucasus region. You will be back to Yerevan and have an opportunity to feel the pulse of Yerevan nightlife.
Overnight: hotel in Yerevan
Meals: Breakfast

Day 2 - Areni - Noravank - King Smbat Fortress - Tsakhats Kar - Hermon

Tsakhats Kar - Smbat Fortress - Noravank
This day you’ll begin the exploration of Southern Armenia. Our first stop will be in Areni wine market where you’ll have a chance to taste famous Armenian wine. You will continue the trip to beautiful two storied Noravank Monastery through the deep narrow canyon surrounded by red rocks. Then you will head to Hermon Village standing amidst a charming valley of the River Yeghegis. After check-in at the hotel, you will start your hike to the medieval well-preserved fortress of King Smbat, standing on the elevation of about 1950 m, then you will continue to Tsakhats Kar Monastery (2080 m) (the trail length – 12 km). Afterwards, you will have a walk on a slighter note to Yeghegis village where you will see Jewish Cemetery and small churches right in the gardens of villagers. Your hotel in Hermon village has all the amenities (swimming pool, thermal baths, and gym) as well as bikes and horses for a pleasant and active pastime.
Overnight: hotel in Hermon village
Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 - Selim Pass - Lake Sevan

Sevan - Selim Caravansary
This day you will conquer the part of the Great Silk Road and see one of the well-preserved caravansaries built in 1332 by Armenian Orbelian prince to accommodate weary travelers. It seems that the time has stopped here as very little has changed since ancient times. The tour will continue to Lake Sevan – one of the highest alpine freshwater lakes in the world. From the hilltop of Sevan Peninsula, you will admire amazing views to the lake. In the evening you will have time to walk along shores of Lake Sevan.
Overnight: hotel at Lake Sevan
Meals: Breakfast

Day 4 - Parz Lake - Goshavank - Dilijan

Old Dilijan - Goshavank - Parz Lake
This day you will be transferred to Parz Lake and start the hike in Dilijan National Park along stunning forest trails. You will cross the amazing Areguni Pass and reach Goshavank Monastery of Gosh village, where the great scholar of the 13th century Mkhitar Gosh lived (the trail length – 8km). After the hiking, you will be transferred to Dilijan – a cozy town that keeps the unique spirit of rural Armenia. Here you will visit the newly opened Old Dilijan Complex on historic Sharambeyan Street and observe the weaving carpets made by local women at Tufenkian Carpet Showroom.
Overnight: hotel in Dilijan
Meals: Breakfast

Day 5 - Gomer - Lastiver - Ijevan

Lastiver
After breakfast at the hotel, you will head to Gomer village near Ijevan where you will have a short transfer to the Lastiver trailhead. You will have a pleasant hike by a wonderful forested route to the most unspoiled and rugged area of north-eastern Armenia. You will head into a deep gorge and descend to cascading waterfalls and the most scenic meadows in Armenia, perhaps Armenia’s best-kept secret. The tour will end with an exploration of ancient caves of Lastiver (the trail length – 20 km). In the evening you’ll return back to the town of Ijevan for a rest and overnight.
Overnight: guesthouse in Ijevan
Meals: Breakfast

Day 6 - Sanahin - Haghpat - Odzun

Haghpat - Sanahin
This day you will visit Lori region where Haghpat and Sanahin Monastery complexes (UNESCO World Heritage Sites) are situated. They both are equally beautiful but have a very different atmosphere. You will hike from Haghpat to Sanahin through beautiful meadows and small villages. The hike is easy (the trail length – 10 km). On the way, you will explore formidable Kayan fortress and enjoy the best viewpoints over dramatic Debed gorge. You will be driven to Odzun Village where Odzun 3 nave basilica is located. This church is unique by its construction of domed basilica.
Overnight: guesthouse in Odzun
Meals: Breakfast

Day 7 - Amberd - Aragats - Saghmosavank - Yerevan

Amberd - Aragats
On the last day of your trip, you will hike to the highest mountain of Armenia. You will reach Amberd Medieval Fortress of the 12th century standing on the elevation of 2300 m. The first point of your hiking adventure is Lake Kari located on the slope of Mount Aragats (an extinct volcano). You will start your hike to the Southern Summit (the trail duration – 5-7 hours). If the day is clear you will have a great view from here on Mount Ararat. The tour will end with a relaxing sightseeing. You will visit Saghmosavank (Monastery of Psalms) perched on the edge of picturesque Kasakh gorge and then head to Yerevan for another lovely evening in the city.
Overnight: hotel in Yerevan
Meals: Breakfast

Day 8 - Departure

Transfer to the airport, departure

INCLUSIONS/EXCLUSIONS

The tour price includes

  • Airport transfers
  • Accommodation in hotels 5 nights (3* / double rooms), in guesthouses 2 nights (double rooms)
  • Breakfast
  • All transfers in air conditioned vehicles
  • English speaking hiking guide service for all days
  • All admissions fees
  • 1 bottle (0.5 litre) of water per day per person
  • 24-hour office support
  • Local mountain guide service where needed

The tour price doesn't include

  • Flights
  • Visa fee
  • Medical insurance

TRIP REVIEWS

Sheila and Tony Hewitt 26.06.2018

Dear Lusine,
I was sorry that we did not meet you in Yerevan last week. We wanted to feed back on our trip to Armenia. We have no complaints and all comments are positive;
1. Accommodation at all locations was acceptable and the home cooked meals at the three guest houses were delicious and to a high standard.
2. The itinerary was well set out and achievable for moderate ability hikers like us.
3. Ara Petrosyan, our guide spoke very good English, gave us excellent information about the history of Armenia and the monasteries we visited. He was always thoughtful about our needs and polite and pleasant at all times. He used his own vehicle to drive us during our 7-day trip and was at all times, a safe and competent driver. He played an important role in making our first trip to Armenia enjoyable and interesting.
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Roko Durmanic 02.06.2018

Guide: Arthur is a professional, personable and knowledgeable guide who was always happy to answer our many questions with clear well thought out responses, and he speaks excellent English.
Driver: Arthur was our driver and guide. He  drove safely and knew where to go for the itinerary and accommodation.
Car: The car was very comfortable,clean and Arthur negotiated some of the more challenging roads very well.
Hotels: The Cascade Hotel in Yerevan was excellent and ideally located near one of Yerevan's main attractions and the main city centre. We were delighted with this choice. All of the accommodation was interesting, comfortable and appropriate standard and value for the cost of the tour. The accommodation was also nicely varied, recognizing that the further away you are from tourist centres the less choice one has.
What did you like best about your trip? Armenia has some of the most spectacular scenery we have seen and we were fortunate to walk in some beautiful areas. The visit to the history museum in Yerevan was excellent and could ideally have some more time allocated.
What didn't you like about your trip? We realize that fortresses and monasteries are major attractions, but it would have been better if there were other, more varied attractions to visit  as well. As it was a walking tour the time in the countryside and mountains was excellent, but without the walking the tour would have become a little monotonous. Day 4 walking from Cristal Lake through the forest and mud was not a good choice of walking terrain. The forest is too closed and dark to enjoy, and the ground is too muddy to bother with, given other non doubt better altefnatives elsewhere.
What would you add to your trip? Not so much add to the trip but suggestions for improvements. The written itinerary for the first day out of Yerevan (Day 2), if followed as detailed, would have seen us finish at sundown, and seen us walking in the hotter and stormier part of the afternoon, and resulted in a very short next day. Arthur sensibly had us do that first days walk at the beginning of the second day, thus balancing the two days and we benefited from walking in the cooler and more weatger-stable part of the day.
The itinerary on Day 7 which includes a hike to the southern peak of Mt Aragats is is totally unreasonable considering other points in the itinerary, the 3-4 hours drive to get to the start and the following 2 hours to get back to Yerevan. We did not do the walk thaf day due to weather but if we had we would have finished after 10pm!
Suggestion: do not pretend that walkjng up Mt Aragats is feasible. It is not. The weather will almost always prevengbit happening, if is too long a day, and should onlhh be attemoted by well prepared and experienced walkers, rather than casually. An alternative less elevated walk should be substituted.
Another suggestion: if Mt Aragats remains in the itinerary, put in an altednative (2-3 hours) that is reasonable on the last day.
Another suggestion: If clients could or should bring proper walking boots, walking poles and good wet weathef gear, put that explicitlh jn the tour notes, ratheff than leave it to chance.
Would you recommend our company to your friends? Yes we would.
Overall we were very happy with the tour and the value for money.
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Gary Bengier, Jack Darrow, Paul McLellan, Ed Bengier, Don Brown

Dear Lusine,
Gary Bengier has asked me to say a few words about our tour. I will gladly post some praise and observations on the platforms you suggest. As I write this I am listening to your compatriot, Lusine Zakaryan as she sings "Aravot Luso." Her music sustained me during my last few days in Armenia. Her voice seems to capture the archaic poignancy that we experienced everywhere. Our guide, Ara, thoroughly informed us about the spiritual and historical traditions that support and have sustained Armenian culture. Zakaryan transfers that light, the "luso" in her song from the window behind the altar to her audience, in this case to me and my friends, Gary, Ed, Don and Paul. In the same spirit I express our gratitude to you and your group, most especially to Ara, that most excellent guide.

Sincerely,

Jack Darrow
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TRIP ACCOMMODATION

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PACKING CHECKLIST

Documents:

Passport, flight ticket (printed or electronic), insurance, visa (if required)

First aid kit:

bandaids / plasters, special medicine or drugs in permanent use, antibacterial gel/wipes, antiseptic cream, lip balm

Essentials:

Credit/debit cards, cash (cards can be used in city, cash in regions), moneybelt, laptop/tablet/phone, chargers, camera with extra memory cards and batteries, outlet adapter

Dressing:

There are no restrictions regarding clothes; scarf or shawl is advisable for churches (obligatory in Georgia for women)

Spring / Autumn:

long pants/jeans, long sleeve blouses, light raincoat, jacket, comfortable waterproof shoes, umbrella

Summer:

T-shirts, shorts, long sleeve blouses for evening, sandals, umbrella, sun protection, sun glasses, sunhat

Winter:

Warm coat, warm wool sweater, long warm trousers, long boots (waterproof), scarf, gloves

WHY BOOK WITH ARARA

CENTRAL LOCATED HOTELS

We choose only the best hotels located in the city center close to the main sights

GUIDES WITH 5+ YEAR EXPERIENCE

We work only with professional guides and guides who have experience in tourism for more than 5 years

THE BEST PRICE IN THE MARKET FOR HIGH-QUALITY SERVICE

With Arara you book at first hand from a qualified local Armenian agency. Avoid surcharges applied by intermediaries and save money!

LICENSED AIR CONDITIONED TRANSPORT

We provide our tourists with comfortable air-conditioned transport

3000+ SATISFIED CLIENTS PER YEAR

Every year we get a great number of positive feedback from our clients

Overnight in regions

We provide accommodation in the regions which allows our tourists not to get tired of a long journey, experience the full color of Armenia and minimize driving distance.

GUARANTEED TOUR DATES

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Any Day

Any date

from Yerevan
8
days
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Sep 14, 2019

to Yerevan
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916 USD

Saturday

Jun 1, 2019

from Yerevan
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Saturday

Jun 8, 2019

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833 USD

Tuesday

Jun 25, 2019

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833 USD

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Jul 13, 2019

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833 USD

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Aug 3, 2019

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833 USD

Saturday

Sep 7, 2019

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Sep 14, 2019

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833 USD

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