Dates: Sep 24 – Oct 3
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 nights in hotels, there are no overnight stays in tents.
✓ No climbing skills are required.
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 hotel in Yerevan.
Day 2: 6km, 125m, 165km.
Excursion to Saghmosavank monastery ► Walking to Kobayr monastery and Kayan fortress ► Excursion to Haghpat monastery ► Night in Lori district
Day 3: 7km, 470m, 100km.
Hiking to Bardzrakash monastery ► Hiking to Jukhtak and Matosavank monasteries in Dilijan National Park ► Night in Dilijan
Day 4: 7km, 500m, 100km.
Excursion to Goshavank monastery ► Hiking to Aghavnavank monastery ► Night at Sevan Lake
Day 5: 7km, 500m, 170km.
Climbing Artanish mountain ► Night in Yerevan
Day 6: 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 7: 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 8: 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 hotel in Yerevan.
Day 9: 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 10: 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.
✓ Transportation: separate minibus for the entire route
✓ Meeting at the airport, transfer to the hotel 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
We will spend all nights in hotels. 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.
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
- Sun hat + warm hat
- Waterproof jacket
- 2 rain ponchos
- 3-5 t-shirts
- 2 trekking trousers
- 3-5 pairs of socks
- Trekking boots
- Additional pair of shoes
- One day backpack
- Rain cover for backpack
- Walking poles (optional)
- Sit pad (optional)
- Mug, spoon, knife
- Thermos (optional)
- Flashlight (headlamp preferable)
- Personal medical kit
- Personal care
Requirements for participants
Our walking tour in Armenia is designed for people in average physical condition. Walking with large and heavy backpacks is 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.
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 the following simple steps:
- 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.
- Then we send you .pdf confirmation of your participation
- Finally, you send us your flight number and time
- We meet you at the airport, you enjoy your trip 😉