Hiking in Armenia without backpacks or tents. Activities, mountains and excursions.

Price: 470$
Dates: May 1-9; May 23-31; Jun 6-14; Jun 6-14; Jun 20-28; Jul 4-12; Jul 18-26; Aug 1-9; Aug 15-23; Sep 5-13; Sep 19-27; Oct 3-11; Oct 17-25; Oct 31 – Nov 8

Hiking and climbing
Historical sights
Wanders of nature

Tour in Armenia for 9 days. Hike or trek to the most interesting and mysterious places in Armenia. Our hiking tour in Armenia is a leisure activity that will suit both experienced and novice travelers. It is also perfect if you decide to go camping with your children.

All trips are light, without heavy backpacks.
We spend the night in either a hotel or hostel, there are no overnight stays in tents.
No climbing skills required.


Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome dinner and introduction

No matter what natural and historical sights Armenia is famous for, you will still want to start your acquaintance with Armenia with the national cuisine in your heart (and maybe even more). Armenian cognac, kebab, dolma and many other traditional dishes will accompany our first evening. In a warm, friendly atmosphere, we will meet and discuss plans for the next 9 days, overnight in a hostel in Yerevan.

 

Day 2: Dilijan natural reserve and lake Sevan  7km, 120m,  240km.

We will go on a hike in the Dilijan natural reserve. The forest is always great, but if the woods in the mountains and the forest trails lead us to old lost monasteries, then it will become a fairy tale, and that we are destined to become heroes of this tale. The road to Dilijan goes along the shores of Lake Sevan, and of course, we will not forget to stop by the pearls of Armenia, one of the largest and most beautiful high-mountain lakes in the world. From the height of the Sevanavank monastery, we will enjoy the scenery of azure Sevan, surrounded by mountain ranges. We will stay overnight in a hostel in Yerevan.

 

Day 3: Biblical Ararat And Mount Volcano 14km, 535m, 170km.

Armenia is a mountainous country located in the Armenian highlands. Undoubtedly, the most famous mountain of the Armenian highlands is Ararat, and on this day we will find ourselves face to face with it. Khor Virap monastery is located on a small hill in the Ararat valley, just 20 kilometers from Mount Ararat. It will take your breath away from such an image! But let’s take a breath and go on, because we are going to climb to the top of the youngest volcano in the Armenian highlands — Vayots SAR mountain. We will stay overnight at the hotel in Vayk.

 

Day 4: Tatev monastery and Aerial tramway 6km, -580m, 230km.

If you ask travelers what impressed them the most in Armenia, most of them will answer immediately — Tatev. One of the most magnificent and great monasteries in Armenia. Today, in addition to the winding serpentine, it is also connected by the world’s longest cable car, Wings of Tatev, in which we will fly over the gorge with a depth of 350 meters. From the monastery we will go on a hike along the same gorge and passing between the rocks along the river, we will come to a natural bridge, which is famously called the Satanic or Devil’s bridge. We will stay overnight at the hotel in Vayk.

 

Day 5: In the footsteps of the Grand Dukes 8km, 400m, 190km.

Tour buses avoid hard-to-reach fortresses because there is no asphalt road leading to the tops of the rocks. Fortunately, for us this is not a barrier! On this day we will attack one of the largest fortresses in Armenia, Smbataberd fortress. Despite Wars and destruction, culture and art have always developed in Armenia, and masterpieces of world significance have been created. One of these masterpieces is undoubtedly the Noravank monastery (13th century), famous for its bas-reliefs and the world’s first realistic depiction of God the Father. On the way back, we will have a wine tasting in the village of Areni. We will stay overnight in a hostel in Yerevan.

 

Day 6: Independent free day.

Someone wants to visit the historical Museum or Matenadaran. Someone desperately needs to go to the Parajanov house-Museum. Someone wants to listen to Yerevan jazz or just wants to walk around the city alone. On this day you will have the opportunity to visit places that are not included in the tour program, but are very interesting for you. Walking around Yerevan is pleasant and absolutely safe. The hostel will always tell you the most interesting excursions in Armenia. You can also go to the countryside by public transport or taxi. Minibusses and taxis in Armenia are quite cheap, and the distances are relatively short. We will stay overnight in a hostel in Yerevan.

 

Day 7: Garni, Gegard, Symphony of Stones  3km,  80km.

Many people call the Geghard monastery the eighth wonder of the world. It’s hard to believe, but the floors and halls of the monastery are completely carved out of one solid piece of basalt rock. And this was done by one person for 30 years, and it was done so beautifully that today Geghard is included in the UNESCO world heritage list. We will also see the 1st-century pagan temple of Garni, and go down to the gorge to see the famous basalt columns of the Symphony of Stones. We will stay overnight in a hostel in Yerevan.

 

Day 8 *: Climbing the highest mountain in Armenia  12km, 670m,  130km.

The mountains of Armenia are all beautiful and each is unique in its own way, but everyone wants to climb the highest mountain, the four-headed Aragats. And on the last day of the expedition, we will ascend to the southern peak (3879 m), where a beautiful panorama of the volcanic crater will emerge. We will reach the mountain lake Kari (3207m) where we will start our ascent. Note that climbing does not require special training, either physical or technical. The altitude difference is 670m. The view of the multi-colored crater and the fantastic mountain scenery is simply unforgettable. We will stay overnight in a hostel in Yerevan.

*) In November, most likely the ascent of Aragats will be replaced with a hike along the slopes of Mount Aragats to the fortress of Amberd due to a large amount of snow in the upper reaches of the mountain. The ascent can be rescheduled or even replaced in the summer in the event of seriously bad weather on the day of the ascent.

 

Day 9: Farewell to the mountains

Your vacation in Armenia has come to an end. Depending on the time of departure of your flight, you will have a little more time to walk around the city on your own, buy Souvenirs at the Vernissage or Armenian sweets at the market.

 


Information

Price: 470$

Includes:

Transportation: separate minibus for the entire route

Meeting at the airport, transfer to the hostel and back

Guide services (English excursions)
Our guides perfectly know the route and the history of all the sights on the route. All of our guides are local people who have been walking these trails since childhood. They are easy to navigate in any unexpected situation. And their innate interest in the history, culture and traditions of Armenia will give you the opportunity to hold many interesting conversations, learn and experience not only the ” tourist” hotspots but also the real Armenia.

Accommodation in hotels and hostels
We will spend 2 nights in a hotel in Vayk. We will spend 6 nights in Yerevan in a cozy hostel in the heart of the city with comfort and all amenities. Here at https://www.findarmenia.ru/hostel/ you will find a detailed description and photos of the hostel. By prior arrangement and with an additional fee, single and double occupancy is possible throughout the program. You can also book your own accommodation in Yerevan by prior arrangement. In this case, the cost of standard accommodation will be deducted from the price.

Food
The tour price includes a welcome dinner on the first day, as well as dinners and breakfasts at the hotel in Vayk (only 3 dinners and 2 breakfasts).

All entrance fees planned in the program

 

Does not include:

The rest of the meals (except 2 dinners and 2 breakfasts in Vayk and dinner in Yerevan)
The hostel has a fully equipped kitchen with a refrigerator, stove, kettle and all necessary utensils, where you can prepare your own breakfast and dinner. Food products in Armenia are of high quality and inexpensive. Near the hostel, there is a grocery store, and a vegetable and fruit shop too. Prices in cafes and restaurants in Yerevan are also very inexpensive. On our journey, we will stop at bakeries and shops where you can buy a daily snack if you want.


Start and end of the tour

A few days before the start of the tour, the guide will call you and discuss all the details of the start – where and when the group is going to meet, how you will know the person who will meet you at the airport, and many other important details. On the last night of the tour, you can easily arrange transportation to the airport with the guide. Keep in mind that participation in the tour is possible even if you arrive a few days after the start or leave a few days before the end of the tour. Just, in this case, you need to discuss everything in advance and plan ahead.


Necessary to have

Clothes

  • Sun hat + warm hat
  • Waterproof jacket
  • 2 rain ponchos
  • 3-5 t-shirts
  • Sweater
  • 2 trekking trousers
  • Shorts
  • 3-5 pairs of socks
  • Trekking boots
  • Additional pair of shoes
  • Swimsuit
  • Slippers

Equipment

  • One day backpack
  • Rain cover for backpack
  • Walking poles (optional)
  • Sunglasses
  • Sit pad (optional)
  • Mug, spoon, knife
  • Thermos (optional)
  • Flashlight (headlamp preferable)
  • Personal medical kit
  • Personal care
  • Towel
  • Sunblock

Requirements for participants

Our walking tour in Armenia is designed for people in average physical condition. Walking with large and heavy backpacks are not planned. There are no overnight stays in tents either. This active tour is suitable for beginners.


Weather in Armenia

The average daily temperature usually ranges from 20-35 °C. there may be rain and sudden temperature changes in mountainous areas.


Participation

Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions. We will be very glad to provide all the information you are interested in. The registration process includes following simple steps:

  1. If you don’t have any questions and made a decision to participate, you inform us and send a passport photo or scan by one of these contacts.
  2. Then we send you .pdf confirmation of your participation
  3. Finally, you send us your flight number and time
  4. We meet you at the airport, you enjoy your trip 😉