Walking Tour in Armenia

11 days/10 nights
Small Group (2-13)
Any Date
Breakfast
Age: 15+
Price:
1,134USD
1,194USD

The Highlights of the Tour

Walk through amazing Armenian mountains and hills Discover ancient layers of Armenian history Leave your footprint on the Great Silk Road Chat with friendly locals, get closer to their traditional lifestyle Enjoy the landscape of lash forests, high mountain lakes, and vast rocks Taste famous Armenian wines in Areni village Enjoy the view of azure Lake Sevan - the pearl of Armenian nature

ITINERARY

Introduction

One of the great methods of relaxation is walking, especially when you are walking on the paths of mountainous areas, lush forests and natural monuments. Our walking tour to Armenia will give you that opportunity. The tour is a great offer for those who are fond of walking. Breathing fresh mountainous air, enjoying every step of your trail and experiencing local hospitality is a simple delight! In the Walking Tour to Armenia we included mesmerizing routes trough the historical sites of Armenia which are still intact and are worth visiting.

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

The tour will begin with a city tour around Yerevan – the bustling capital having a history of over 2800 years. The cuneiform inscription proving that Yerevan was built in 782 AD is kept 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 - Proshaberd Citadel

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 one of the famous Armenian wines. You will continue the trip to beautiful two storied Noravank Monastery through the deep narrow canyon surrounded by red rocks. In the monastery yard, the awesome landscape of red rocks opens in front of you. You will head to your hotel, check in and get ready for the first hike to Proshaberd Citadel (the trail length – 10km). Here you’ll be rewarded for the efforts by the dramatic views of the mountains and the valley below.
Overnight: hotel in Yerevan
Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 - Tatev - Devil’s Bridge - Khndzoresk - Goris

After wholesome breakfast, you will immerse yourself deeper in the southern part of Armenia. This day the trail will lead us to the Tatev Monastery, after admiring monastery, a narrow footpath will take us back in time, to the tiny cloister of Tatev Hermitage, a highly evocative place. Our next stop is Devil’s Bridge with its limestone caverns and natural hot baths in a gorge (the trail length – 5 km). We will continue to explore this region in 19th-century Khndzoresk cave town. The hanging bridge heading to picturesque rock formations and gently inviting nature make this one of Armenia’s most popular sites.
Overnight: hotel in Goris
Meals: Breakfast

Day 4 - Hermon - King Smbat Fortress - Tsakhats Kar - Yeghegis

After breakfast, you will head to Hermon Village standing amidst the charming valley of the River Yeghegis. You will be checked in at the hotel and start the hike to the medieval well-preserved fortress of King Smbat, standing on the elevation of about 1950, you will continue to Tsakhats Kar Monastery on the elevation of 2080 m. (the trail length – 12km). You will continue your walk to Yeghegis village where you can see the Jewish Cemetery and small churches built right in the gardens of villagers. Your hotel in Hermon village has all the amenities (swimming pool, thermal baths, and gym) bikes and horses for a pleasant evening leisure.
Overnight: hotel in Hermon village
Meals: Breakfast

Day 5 - Selim Caravansary - Lake Sevan - Sevanavank

The fifth day will be relaxing. You will cover the part of the Great Silk Road and see one of the well-preserved caravanserais 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 6 - Crystal Lake - Goshavank - Dilijan

This day you will be transferred to Cristal Lake. The hike will start in Dilijan National Park and will pass along stunning forest trails, will cross the wildly beautiful Areguni Pass and reach Goshavank Monastery, named after the great scholar of the 13thcentury Mkhitar Gosh (the trail length – 8 km). In the evening you will be transferred to cozy Town of Dilijan, which keeps the spirit of rural Armenia. You will visit Old Dilijan Complex.
Overnight: hotel in Dilijan
Meals: Breakfast

Day 7 - Gomer - Lastiver - Ijevan

After breakfast at the hotel, you will head to Gomer Village near Ijevan where we will organize for you a short transfer to the Lastiver trailhead. A wonderful forested route will take you into the most unpolluted and rugged area of north-eastern Armenia. You will head into a deep gorge before descending to cascading waterfalls and the most scenic meadows in Armenia, perhaps Armenia’s best-kept secret. At the end, you will explore the ancient caves of Lastiver. In the evening you’ll be back to the town of Ijevan for a rest and overnight.
Overnight: guesthouse in Ijevan
Meals: Breakfast

Day 8 - Sanahin - Haghpat - Odzun

This day will take you to Lori region where Haghpat and Sanahin Monastery complexes (UNESCO World Heritage Sites) are situated. They both are equally beautiful but have very different atmosphere. You will hike from Haghpat to Sanahin through beautiful meadows and small villages. The hike is easy and will take about 3 hours. On the way, you will explore formidable Kayan fortress and enjoy the best viewpoints over dramatic Debed gorge. The tour will end with a trip to Odzun Village known for its Odzun three-nave basilica. This church is considered unique because of its dome construction.
Overnight: guesthouse in Odzun
Meals: Breakfast

Day 9 - Lori - Stepanavan - Yerevan

In the morning you will head to Stepanavan town located on the left bank of the River Dzoraget. After the hiking to Lori Fortress, you will visit Stepanavan Arboretum Armenia’s first botanical garden and have an exciting stroll. On its territory of about 15 hectares is planted with rare exotic trees and plants, and the rest 20 hectares are covered with natural wild forests. In the evening you will return to Yerevan.
Overnight: hotel in Yerevan
Meals: Breakfast

Day 10 - Stone Lake - Mountain Aragats

On the last day of your trip, you will hike to the highest mountain of Armenia. The first point of your hiking adventure is the Stone Lake 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 day continues with a relaxing sightseeing in Saghmosavank Monastery perched on the edge of picturesque Kasakh Canyon and then head to Yerevan for another lovely evening in the city.
Overnight: hotel in Yerevan
Meals: Breakfast

Day 11 - Departure

Transfer to the airport, departure

INCLUSIONS/EXCLUSIONS

The tour price includes

  • Airport transfers
  • Accommodation in hotel - 6 nights, in guesthouse - 4 nights (3* / double rooms / 10 nights)
  • Breakfast
  • All transfers in air conditioned vehicles
  • English speaking hiking guide service for all days
  • All admission fees
  • 1 bottle (0.5 litre) of water per day per person
  • Local SIM card
  • 24-hour office support
  • Local mountain guide service where needed

The tour price doesn't include

  • Flights
  • Visa fee
  • Medical insurance

REVIEWS

Christopher Gray 16.09.2018

We had an excellent hiking trip through Armenia. Our guide took great care of us. I am still touched by the hospitality of locals and their delicious home made food. Totally recommend it!

Richard Whitekettle September 07.09.2018

Guide: Eva (Yeva) is the best!  She knew everything about Armenia and the places we visited. Her english language skills were great.  She was also flexible and willing to add or drop stops depending on our particular interests. If we come back I would ask for her again.

Driver: Aurther was a very skilled driver.  He did not speak english but always went above and beyond the call of duty to take care of us.

Car: Very nice Mercedes Sprinter Van.

Hotels: Mostly just fine. In small village had an issue with hot shower but worked around it. One of our party is handicapped and had some step challenges but worked through this.

What did you like best in your trip?
Felt like I got a real feel for the country, politics, food, and people.  All positive.

What didn’t you like in the trip?
We visited 8 out of the 10 regions which meant a bit of driving but don’t think I would change this.

What would you add to your trip?
I would have added  few more days to the trip.

Would you recommend our company to your friends? 
YES

Lyubov Alexeeva 22.05.2016

Guide: Our guide matched with high level listed requirements.

Driver: Professional driver presented travel agency worthily.

Car: Comfortable transport

Hotel: Hotels are clean, convenient, tasty breakfasts, hospitable personnel.

What did you like most in your trip? Interesting route, wonderful nature

What didn’t you like in your trip? No remarks

What would you add to your trip? I suggest organising the point of rental equipment for hiking to the mountains.

Would you recommend our company to your friends? Of course

ACCOMMODATION

Cascade Hotel

LucyTour Hotel

Lavash Hotel

Art Guesthouse

Goris Hotel

B&B Kamar Hotel

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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.

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Any date

from Yerevan
11
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May 26, 2019

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Wednesday

Jun 5, 2019

to Yerevan
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1,134 USD

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Jun 9, 2019

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Jun 19, 2019

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1,077 USD

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Jul 14, 2019

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Jul 24, 2019

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Aug 11, 2019

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Sep 8, 2019

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