Undiscovered Armenia: A Cultural Tour of Armenia 7 nights/8 days

Cultural Tours in Armenia

If you’d like to step back in time without ever leaving the present, Amistad Tour’s cultural tours of Armenia are designed just for you. Our tours are developed to give you a deep understanding and appreciation for this ancient land, it’s people, and their customs.

While every tour is customized to the interests of each group, our tours can take you from the lush forests and ancient monasteries in the north like Haghpat, Sanahin, and Samosavank, to the 4000m+ mountain peaks, Lake Sevan, and ancient fortresses like Amberd in the center of Armenia, to the ancient wineries in Areni, to the world’s longest open-span tramway on the way to Tatev Monastery,and the ghost towns, walnut groves and mysteries of Nagorno Karabagh.

If exploring the past is your passion, let Amistad Tours design an historical tour of Armenia just for you.


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Mystical Armenia: A Cultural Tour of Armenia: 7 days/6 nights

When was the last time you went so far off the beaten track that no one even knew where it was you were going? Have you ever sipped wine from the soil that birthed the world’s first vintage? Have you ever worshipped in one of the world’s first official churches? Have you ever tasted food so delicious or danced until you were so dizzy that you never wanted to leave? Then Armenia is for you! Come discover the undiscovered!

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Undiscovered Armenia: A Cultural Tour of Armenia 7 nights/8 days

Discovered the undiscovered in Armenia – an ancient land on the far western end of the ancient Silk Road.  With a culture that has vibrant roots in each of the major pre-historic, ancient, Christian, and modern eras, Armenia is a wonderland of undiscovered churches, fortresses, wineries, and adventures!

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Grand Armenia: A Cultural Tour of Armenia 13 nights/14 days

This is the Big One!  If you ever wanted to totally immerse yourself in the mystery, wonder, awe, and beauty of all things Armenian, this tour is for you.  From north to south and east to west, this tour covers all the major sites and destinations that make Armenia a unique and truly magical place to discover on the far western end of the old Silk Road.

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The Armenian Overview: A Guaranteed Cultural Tour of Armenia 6 Nights/7 days

Special net pricesfortravel agencies Guaranteed departures starting from 4 pa If you want to explore the wonders of Armenia but lack a big group to do it with, Amistad’s guaranteed tour is for you. Starting dates in Yerevan are: April 3 and 24, May 1 and 22, June 5 and 20, July 3 and 24, August 1 and 21, September 4 and 20, and October 2 and 24.

Explore the tour
by days:

Day 1

Yerevan

Airport assistance

Two young women in traditional costumes will welcome the group.  The guests, accompanied by their guide, will head to the hotel.  Luggage will be sent directly to the hotel by our staff.

Upon arriving in their room, our guests will find a welcome card from "Amistad Tour” along with a souvenir, a fruit basket, and a bottle of Armenian wine.

Our guests will stay at the Marriott Hotel, a 5 star property, located on Republic Square, and offering the following facilities:

  • 9 meeting rooms (the largest one with a maximum seating capacity of 1,000)
  • Spacentre
  • Fitnesscentre
  • Guide dogs allowed for persons with disabilities
  • Business centre
  • Wireless connection
  • Restaurantsandlounges

A buffet breakfast will be served daily in the VIP lounge room exclusively for the group. 
Our professional guides will be waiting in the lobby to accompany the guests in a comfortable air-conditioned coach for each leg of the tour.

Day 2

Yerevan

The Full Day Tour will begin with the familiarization of Yerevan - the capital of Armenia. We start the tour from the History Museum of Armenia. After the visit a short coffee break in theCaféJazzve with delicious desserts, which is located near the History Museum.  Next is a visitthe Genocide Memorial Complex and Museumto pay respects to the memory of the victims of the Armenian Genocide in 1915. 

    

We’ll have lunch at the "Old Erivan”restaurant, which is known for its warm hospitality and wonderful cuisine.  Here our guests will taste the best of Armenian dishes. 

  

After lunch we’ll take a tour of the Matenadaran– one of the oldest and richest book depositories in the world.  Its collection of about 17,000 manuscripts includes almost all the areas of ancient and medieval Armenian culture and sciences - history,  medicine, philosophy, law, mathematics-cosmography, calendar theory, alchemy-chemistry, translations, literature, chronology, art history, miniature, music, and theatre.

    

We’ll have dinner at the Ararat restaurant.  During the first part of the evening, our guests will be introduced to traditional folk dance, and enjoy the mystical sounds of the ancient Armenian duduk, a wind instrument, and will watch a charming ensemble playing  stringedQanons. During the second part of the show, a showman will entertain the guests by singing popular hits in their native languages.

       

Overnight at the Marriott Hotel in Yerevan.

Day 3

Yerevan –Khor Virap – Noravank – Yerevan

Buffet breakfast in the VIP lounge room for the group. 

After breakfast at the hotel we’ll drive towards Khor Virap Monastery (4-17th c.) whose name means deep dungeon.  This complex is the place where the founder of Armenian church, St. Gregory the Illuminator, was imprisoned for being a Christian evangelist.  He was freed when Armenia became Christian state in 301 A.D.  Its location, near the closest point to Mount Ararat within Armenian borders, offers a spectacular view of the mountain, the national symbol of Armenia.

From there we’ll drive to the Vayots Dzor region. On the way we’ll visit a wine factory in the Areni growing regionwhere our travellers can taste delicious Armenian wine.

Then, we’ll drive through a rocky canyon and experience the unique scenery in the Amaghou Valley.  Lunch will be served in the restaurant next to Noravank Monastery (13-14th century A.D.) where local organic food is served. The guests will have a great view of the canyon.

    

Surrounded by red and grey limestone cliffs our guests will then tour the monastery (13-14th cc.). It’s the only church in Armenia decorated with a unique relief representation of the large-headed and beardedGod the Father with large almond shaped eyes blessing the Crucifix with his right hand and holding in his left hand the head of Adam, with a dove - the Holy Spirit - above it. Noravank is a highly artistic monument reminiscent of the tower-like burial structures of the first years of Christianity in Armenia.  

Dinner back in Yerevan will be in the scenic Hrazdan Gorge at the restaurant Florence where you can choose either Armenian or European fare. 



Overnight at the Marriott.

Day 4

Yerevan-Garni-Geghard

Buffet breakfast in the VIP lounge room for the group.

We’ll then drive to the Kotayk region. On the way, we’ll stop at the Charents Arch, named after the great Armenian Poet.  Here there is a spectacular  view of Mt.  Ararat (weather permitting). Then, will proceed to visit the Geghard Monestary, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Geghard was founded in the 4th century by Gregory the Illuminator around a spring in a cave and carved from the rock.

Afterwards we’ll visit to the pagan temple Yerevan-Garni-Geghard

Buffet breakfast in the VIP lounge room for the group.

We’ll then drive to the Kotayk region. On the way, we’ll stop at the Charents Arch, named after the great Armenian Poet.  Here there is a spectacular  view of Mt.  Ararat (weather permitting). Then, will proceed to visit the GeghardMonestary, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Geghard was founded in the 4th century by Gregory the Illuminator around a spring in a cave and carved from the rock.

Afterwards we’ll visit to the pagan temple Garni (1st century A.D.) and the fortress (2nd century B.C.) in the village of Garni. 
(1st century A.D.) and the fortress (2nd century B.C.) in the village of Garni. 

    

There will then be a visit to the Greco-Roman Garni Temple, a pagan temple (1st century A.D.) and the fortress (2nd century B.C.) in Garni village.  The visit includes an opportunity to listen to a capellaconcertin the natural acoustic hall of Garni and is followed by a khorovats (barbeque) prepared in a traditional tondir.  Our guest will also see the process of making Armenian bread (lavash) at the home of an Armenian family.

  

Return to Yerevan. 

Dinner at the Mezzo Jazz Club which organizes a variety of live concerts of local and foreign popular singers and bands.  The music heard at Mezzo will make one’s evening complete and memorable. The club offers exquisite dishes from an international menu.

    

Overnight at the Marriott in Yerevan.
Day 5

Haghpat and Sanahin Monasteries

After breakfast, we’ll head north to visit the Haghpat Monastery and the Sanahin Monastery (10-13th centuries), both are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.   The monasteries are located in two neighboring villages located on the samemid-mountain plain, but separated by a deep gorge.
We’ll have lunch at a local restaurant where you will taste traditional Armenian barbecue with a great variety of salads. 

    

Dinner at the Tufenkian Hotel followed by an overnight in Yerevan.
Day 6

Dilijan and Lake Sevan

After breakfast, we’ll travel to the resort town of Dilijan to visit two terrific monastic complexes.  First we’ll visit Goshavank (12-13th centuries, located in beautiful and rocky Guetik valley).  The reafter we’ll visit Haghartsin, which was built by architect Minasin 1248 A.D. and feature slavish decorations of carved stone. The main church is typical of churches built be tween the ten than dthirteenth centuries.

From Dilijan we’ll head to Lake Sevan. It is the largest lake in Armenia and one of the largest high alpinelakes in the world. Here we’ll visit to see the Monastery of the Holy Apostles, called Sevanavank,  which was founded in 874 A.D. by Princess Mariam Bagratuni. 

We’ll have lunch at the Ashot Erkat Restaurant, located on the lake shore and featuring magnificent panoramic views.  After lunch, we’ll take a short sailon a replica of the ancient ship the Kilikia to have a broader view of the lake.

    

We’ll finish the day by heading to Yerevan.  Dinner will be at the NoyanTun restaurant, which is a French gourmand’s delight. At NoyanTun you can taste a great variety of sea foodand meats, all prepared on a special grill made of volcanic stone. NoyanTun also features wine from France, as well as from the Old and New Worlds.

  

Overnightat a hotelinYerevan.

Day 7

Yerevan – Echmiadzin – Zvartnots – Vernissage

After breakfast, we’ll depart for Echmiadzin to visit the Echmiadzin Cathedral which was constructed in 303 A.D. and is the first church built in the world.  It continues to be the oldest church in Christianity. According to the Annals of S. V,St. Gregory had a vision of Christ descending from heaven and striking the Earth with a golden hammer to show where the new cathedral was to be erected.  

We’ll also visit other famous churches in cluding the Church of St. Hripsime (618 A.D.) and The Church of St. Gayane (630 AD).  Etchmiadzin is the residence of the Catholicos, the head of the Armenian Apostolic Church. 

After lunch we’ll visit the Zvartnots Cathedral. It was a circular cathedral of VII century, the located about 15 kilometers west of Yerevan, on the edge of Etchmiadzin.

We’ll return to Yerevan and have time for shopping at Vernissage, the open-air crafts and souvenirs market.

Dinner will again be at our guests’ discretion.

      
  

Farewell dinner at the Greco-Roman Temple of Garni. The area will be closed for the public, giving total privacy to Your group. Once the guests enter the temple’s grounds, the lights will be turned on and a quartet, which will play soulful music and the temple will be illuminated by colorful lights. After a heart touching show, a special dinner will be served.  

  
Day 8

Departure

After breakfast, check-out and transfer to the airport. Luggage will be transported separately.
Assistance for checking procedures. Before departure You can pay a visit to the duty free shops, offering local products and handicrafts, furthermore the classical goods.
Departure to Your Country.

USEFUL TIPS
For lunches and dinners you may dress casually.
Comfortable shoes are recommended for excursions outside Yerevan.