Armenia in 9 Days

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Myths & Legends of the Caucasus

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Our essential tour of Armenia, stay in Yerevan and take a number of fascinating day trips to discover the immense cultural heritage and religious history of this one-of-a-kind destination!

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Khor-Virap
Yerevan
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Discover one of the most fascinating nations on earth as you travel to Armenia! From the cosmopolitan capital of Yerevan, uncover the myths and legends of this country, nestled in the Caucasus Mountains as you visit its most staggering historic sights. See Khor Virap Monastery, Garni Temple and much more as you dive into Armenian culture and history!

9 days trip including flights*

7 days and 6 nights in destination

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NYC - EVN

2

NYC - EVN

3

NYC - EVN

Yerevan

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Yerevan

5

Yerevan

6

Yerevan

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Yerevan

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Yerevan

9

EVN - NYC

* It may change depending of your departure city, departure date and arrival date.

The calendar does not display internal flights, trains or other transportation included in the itinerary.

1st Day: US - Night on board

Ready to discover the cultural treasures of Armenia? Arrive at your US departure airport to board a flight to Yerevan.* Night on board.

If either your outbound or inbound flights depart in the early hours (before 4:00 a.m.) you must arrive at the airport the night before the indicated departure day.

2nd Day: In-flight

Continue your journey to Yerevan. Due to the time difference, you will lose a day on the outward journey, but you will gain it back on your return journey. You are not in-flight for two days.

3rd Day: Yerevan

Touch down in Yerevan, the Armenian capital, and transfer to your hotel. As one of the oldest continually inhabited cities in the world, Yerevan oozes history, from Soviet-era architecture to Iron Age fortresses. Spend the remainder of the day exploring at your leisure, sightseeing in the city's magnificent squares or indulging in the city's eclectic restaurant scene. Overnight stay in Yerevan.

4th Day: Yerevan

Breakfast at the hotel. Get to know Yerevan today on a panoramic city tour! Begin at the giant limestone Cascade monument. Climb to the top of this impressive staircase to enjoy magnificent views of the city below. Next, visit the Museum of Ancient Manuscripts, known as the Matenadaran. This fascinating museum is home to around 14,000 ancient and priceless manuscripts! Continue the day with a peaceful stroll through the city park before catching the Yerevan metro to Abovyan Street and the spectacular Republic Square. Get a feel for local life at a food market and end the day admiring the beautiful Blue Mosque, which dates back to the 18th century. The remainder of the afternoon is free to explore at your leisure or go sightseeing in the city's plentiful museums. Alternatively, we recommend an optional visit to the Lusik Aguletsi House-Museum.* Overnight stay in Yerevan.

*Optional visit to the Lusik Aguletsi House-Museum: Visit this fantastic museum, the former home of Lusik Aguletsi, Armenian painter, ethnographer, and Honored Cultural Worker of Armenia. The visit concludes with Armenia tea tasting and homemade sweets!

Included
Panoramic Tour of Yerevan
Optional
Visit to the Lusik Aguletsi House-Museum
5th Day: Yerevan - Vagharshapat - Zvartnots Temple

Breakfast at the hotel. Leave the city behind as your head for Vagharshapat this morning (commonly known as Echmiadzin). The 4th-largest city in the country, on arrival visit Ejmiatsin Cathedral, considered the first Christian cathedral in the world! Founded in 303 AD, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is the main shrine of Armenian Christians worldwide. Also, discover the priceless artefacts housed inside the Alex and Marie Manoogian Treasury House Museum and pay a visit to the Church of Saint Hripsime, which dates back to the 7th century. Leaving Vagharhapat behind, continue to the ruins of Zvartnots Temple, constructed in the 7th century and partially destroyed in a huge earthquake 300 years later. Return to Yerevan and spend the remainder of the day exploring the city and Armenian culture at your leisure. Alternatively, we recommend an optional excursion or photo session to complete your day.* Overnight stay in Yerevan.

*Optional Armenian Brandy Factory visit: Take the opportunity to taste authentic Armenian brandy and learn about the history and art of distilling at Yerevan Brandy Factory. Take an informative tour of the cellars packed with old brandy barrels, and learn about the history of brandy-making in Armenia from the late 19th century onwards.

*Optional Yerevan History Museum/Erebuni Fortress: Enjoy entrance to the impressive Yerevan History Museum, home to more than 94,000 objects representative of the local culture from ancient times to the present day. Alternatively, this visit can be replaced with an excursion to the amazing Erebuni Fortress, one of the most impressive Urartian structures in existence!

*Optional Traditional Dress Photo Session: A fun-filled photo session and the chance to adorn yourself in beautiful traditional Armenian clothing! Try on different traditional costumes and pose for photos during this photography session.

Included
Visit Echmiadzin & Zvartnots Temple
Optional
Armenian Brandy Factory Visit
Optional
Yerevan History Museum/Erebuni Fortress Visit
Optional
Traditional Dress Photo Session
6th Day: Yerevan - Khor Virap - Yerevan

Breakfast at the hotel. Set off for the region of Ararat to visit the spectacular Khor Virap Monastery, where, according to legend, Christianity was adopted as the state religion following the conversion of the King to Christianity by St. Gregory the Illuminator in the year 301. It is set in the shadow of mighty Mount Ararat and looks like something from a fairytale! Spend some time exploring this 4th-century site before returning to Yerevan to enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure. Alternatively, extend your discovery with an optional excursion to Noravank Monastery or a visit to the oldest wine cellar in the world!* Overnight stay in Yerevan.

*Optional visit to Noravank Monastery: This UNESCO World Heritage Site, located deep within a narrow gorge dug out by the Amaghu River and surrounded by brick-red cliffs, is an astounding vision of an Armenian Monastery complex. Built in the 13th century by the architect Momik, the complex is composed of a collection of churches and was once the residence of pious bishops in the 14th century.

*Optional visit to ancient wine cellar: Thought to be over 6,000 years old, visit the world's oldest wine cellar, located within a cave in the village of Areni! An incredibly important archaeological site, this prehistoric winery was only rediscovered in 2007. 

Included
Monastery of Khor Virap & Mount Ararat
Optional
Visit to Noravank Monastery
Optional
Visit to Areni Ancient Wine Cellar
7th Day: Yerevan - Saghmosavank - Alphabet Valley - Ashtarak - Karmravor Church - Yerevan

Breakfast at the hotel. Begin this day of discovery with a visit to the impressive medieval monastery of Saghmosavank, a 13th-century Armenian monastic complex located in the village of Saghmosavan. As well as immense history, the site is surrounded by the breathtaking landscapes of the Qasakh Canyon. Next, continue to Alphabet Valley, home to a beautiful monument celebrating the 39 characters of the Armenian alphabet! Built in 2005, it commemorates the 1600th anniversary of the Armenian alphabet. On the way back to Yerevan, pay a visit to Karmravor Church in Ashtarak, thought to be the smallest church in the country. Remarkably well-preserved, this beautiful place of worship dates back to the 7th century. The remainder of the day is free to explore Yerevan at your leisure. Alternatively, discover Armenian food and drink with a winery or chocolate factory visit!* Overnight stay in Yerevan.

*Optional Armas Winery Visit & Tasting: Visit Armas Winery in Aragatsotn to discover the centuries-old traditions of Armenian wine-making and enjoy a tasting session of three local wine varieties.

*Optional Chocolate Factory Visit & Masterclass:  Visit a local chocolate factory to find out more about the creation of this tasty sweet treat! Enjoy a chocolate-making masterclass and taste the finished product.

Included
Saghmosavank Monastery, Alphabet Valley & Karmravor Excursion
Optional
Armas Winery Visit & Tasting
Optional
Chocolate Factory Visit & Masterclass
8th Day: Yerevan - Geghard - Garni - Yerevan

Breakfast at the hotel. Today, set off for the amazing Garni Pagan Temple, dating back to the 1st century AD and was dedicated to the sun god Mihr, it is the only Hellenistic temple left in the Caucasus. Admire its ionic columns and enjoy a glimpse into pre-Christian Armenia. Afterwards, head to Geghard Monastery, also known as Ayrivank, which means 'church carved out from the rock. The monastery was constructed in the 6th century and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Pay a visit to a local house to see the process of making traditional Armenian bread, known as lavash before heading back to the capital to enjoy your final evening in Armenia at your leisure. Spend the evening enjoying Yerevan's nightlife or doing some last-minute souvenir shopping. Overnight stay in Yerevan.

Please note: The itinerary of this day can be replaced by an excursion to Lake Sevan, a huge high-altitude lake in eastern Armenia and a visit to the Sevanavank Monastery. Please select the 'Excursion to Lake Sevan' optional excursion during the booking process if you would prefer to visit Lake Sevan today.

Included
Garni Temple, Geghard Monastery & Traditional Village Excursion
Optional
Excursion to Lake Sevan
9th Day: Yerevan - US

Breakfast at the hotel.* It's time to bring your adventure through Armenia to an end. At the indicated time, transfer to the airport for a flight back to the US. Arrive in the US and end your trip.

* Depending on the return flight schedule and the hotel breakfast service, you may not be able to enjoy the included breakfast on the last day.

Accommodation: 6 Nights

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Included activities

If you have reduced mobility you can request assistance for these activities by speaking to one of our experts
Included

Included activity for day 4 in Yerevan

Duration 04:00h Approx. Pick up time: 09:00 Approx

Physical rating:

Light

Panoramic Tour of Yerevan

Get to know Yerevan on a panoramic city tour! Climb to the top of the Cascade Monument, visit the Museum of Ancient Manuscripts and see Abovyan Street and the spectacular Republic Square. Visit the food market and end the day at the beautiful Blue Mosque.

What's included: Transfer, guide, entrances as indicated in the itinerary. Not included: Tips, drinks.

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Included

Included activity for day 5 in Yerevan

Duration 05:00h Approx. Pick up time: 09:00 Approx

Physical rating:

Light

Visit Echmiadzin & Zvartnots Temple

Head to Echmiadzinto visit Ejmiatsin Cathedral, the first Christian cathedral in the world! Discover the artefacts housed inside the Treasury House Museum and see the Church of Saint Hripsime. Afterwards, continue to the 7th-century Zvartnots Temple.

What's included: Guide and transfer.

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Included

Included activity for day 6 in Yerevan

Duration 04:00h Approx. Pick up time: 09:00 Approx

Physical rating:

Light

Monastery of Khor Virap & Mount Ararat

Visit the spectacular Khor Virap Monastery, set in the shadow of Mount Ararat, where, according to legend, Christianity was adopted as the Armenian state religion following the conversion of the King to Christianity in 301.

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Included

Included activity for day 7 in Yerevan

Duration 04:00h Approx.

Physical rating:

Moderate

Saghmosavank Monastery, Alphabet Valley & Karmravor Excursion

Visit Saghmosavank, a 13th-century Armenian monastic complex located in the village of Saghmosavan. Continue to Alphabet Valley, home to a beautiful monument celebrating the 39 characters of the Armenian alphabet, and visit Karmravor Church in Ashtarak.

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Available Activities

Activities are subject to availability. The price for each optional activity will be shown in the next step of the booking process.
If you have reduced mobility you can request assistance for these activities by speaking to one of our experts
Optional

Suggested activity for day 4 in Yerevan

Duration 04:00h Approx. Pick up time: info at destination

Physical rating:

Light

Visit to the Lusik Aguletsi House-Museum

Visit this fantastic museum, the former home of Lusik Aguletsi, Armenian painter, ethnographer, and Honored Cultural Worker of Armenia. The visit concludes with Armenia tea tasting and homemade sweets!

What's included: Transfer, guide, entrance, tea and sweets

more information
Optional

Suggested activity for day 5 in Yerevan

Duration 04:00h Approx. Pick up time: info at destination

Physical rating:

Light

Armenian Brandy Factory Visit

Take the opportunity to taste authentic Armenian brandy and learn about the art of distilling at Yerevan Brandy Factory. Take an informative tour of the cellars packed with old brandy barrels, and learn about the history of brandy-making in Armenia.

What's included: Brandy tasting and excursion

more information
Optional

Suggested activity for day 5 in Yerevan

Duration 00:00h Approx. Pick up time: info at destination

Physical rating:

Light

Yerevan History Museum/Erebuni Fortress Visit

Enjoy entrance to the impressive Yerevan History Museum, home to more than 94,000 objects representative of local culture from ancient times to the present day. Alternatively, this visit can be replaced with an excursion to the ancient Erebuni Fortress.

What's included: Transfer, guide and entrance.

more information
Optional

Suggested activity for day 5 in Yerevan

Duration 04:00h Approx. Pick up time: info at destination

Physical rating:

Light

Traditional Dress Photo Session

A fun-filled photo session and the chance to adorn yourself in beautiful traditional Armenian clothing! Try on different traditional costumes and pose for photos during this photography session.

more information
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The price includes

  • Included in all our trips. more information
  • Departures from main US airports.
  • International flights: US - Yerevan, Yerevan - US.
  • 6 nights accommodation in Superior category hotels.
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  • 6 breakfasts.
  • Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles.*
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  • Visits and entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary with an English-speaking guide.
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  • All air taxes and fuel surcharge.
*The cancellation policy applicable is according to the Terms and Conditions available and agreed at the time of your purchase

Not included

Drinks, tips and any other services not mentioned in what's included.

You will have the option to add early check-in on arrival in the next step of the booking process.

Please note: The order of visits can be modified depending on your departure day, according to unexpected circumstances, weather changes or the guide consideration.

Most Museums and some attractions are closed on Mondays, in case your visit to them is initially planned on Monday, the itinerary will be adapted.

A copy of the passport of all travellers must be sent to  customerservice@exoticca.com once your reservation is complete.

*Important: The airport transfer on arrival in Yerevan will be shared with other travellers in your tour group. A guide will be there to meet you on arrival, but you may be required to wait for up to two hours before leaving for the hotel, depending on the flight arrival times.

  • Entry requirements
    Valid passport.
  • Visa
    A visa is required to enter Armenia. Apply online for an E-Visa before you travel here: https://evisa.mfa.am/. Processing time: Approx. 3-working days.
  • Currency
    Armenian Dram
  • Language
    Armenian
  • Electricity
    220 V. Adapter required.
  • Health
    There are no mandatory vaccinations.
  • Time zone
    UTC + 04:00.
  • Other useful information
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  • Tourist Office website
    https://armenia.travel/en

Remember to download your e-ticket to confirm the times of your flights and to complete online check-in using the airline’s website, or directly at the check-in desk at the airport.

Accommodation at the hotels is as indicated. In the event of any changes to accommodation, they will always be of the same or a higher category. The category of hotels is not standardized across all countries in the world. For this reason, the criteria may differ depending on the destination country's own standards.

Due to adverse weather conditions and/or for safety reasons and/or need to the smoothness of the trip run by our group partner, the order and duration of the excursions included in the itinerary are subject to changes and/or cancellations without notice.

Children: 0 - 11 years.

Triple room: the third bed will be a rollaway bed.

 

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