Travelling off road can take you further, wilder, deeper than other ways of travelling. Adventurous types can get to grips with some truly far flung places. Families can explore, experience and learn more about the world around them.
• Family orientated 4×4 adventures
• Off road adventure
• Explore the culture and landscape
• Accompanied with well prepared expedition vehicle
Arrival to Yerevan. Transfer from the Airport. Hotel Accommodation. Overnight in Yerevan.
Overnight: Hotel in Yerevan
Yerevan – Amberd Fortress – Artik – Gyumry
After breakfast at the hotel we will have short briefing on the tour, board Toyota land cruisers and will drive to the North to the highest mountain of Armenia Aragats (4090 m) to visit Amberd Fortress a midcentury fort-city built during the 10th century. We will enjoy the landscape surrounding the fortress and alpine flowers near the fortress and on the wings of Aragats. Then we will have lunch. After lunch we will visit Saghmosavank Monastery built in 125 by the Noble Vache Vachutian. Leaving the monastery we will drive to the North-East towards Gyumry, which is the second city in Armenia visiting on the way Artik town rich with the monuments of Armenian culture. Here we will visit Harichavank Monastery built in 1201 and situated in the village of the same name in the Shirak district, on a cape formed by shallow ravines and the rivers flowing in them. Leaving the monastery we will continue our way to Giumry. After accommodation in the hotel in Gyumry we will have short city tour visiting the most interesting places and sights in one of the oldest cities in Armenia, which is also famous place for its historical-cultural traditions, strong art and crafts, education and also by film making industry (a lot of films were produced in Gyumry). After city tour we will have dinner tasting the food specific to Gyumry’ famous kitchen. Overnight in Gyumri.
Overnight: Hotel in Gyumri
Gyumry – Arjut – Kurtan – Sanahin – Haghpat
After Breakfast at the hotel we will drive to the North-East towards Lori Region and after reaching village Arjut we will continue our way through the mountainous way towards Pushkin Pass. From there we will take our way Dzoraget river to the connection of Debed River canyon, surrounded by the mountainous beautiful natural and historical sites. Having lunch in Kurtan village we will drive to Sanahin village stopping on the way in one of the most beautiful places in northern Armenia called Sanahin Monastery Complex included in UNESCO Heritage Site. The complex was built in 966 A.C. and stands on a high plateau, amidst low structures, against the background of steep forest-grown slopes of Bazum ridge. After excursion in the complex we will drive to the hotel in Haghpat village surrounded by the rich flora where we will have dinner specific to the northern Armenian kitchen.
Overnight: Hotel in Haghpat
Haghpat – Dilijan
After Breakfast at the hotel we will drive to Haghpat Monastery built in X century and standing against the background of steep forest-grown slopes of Bazum ridge. Leaving Haghpat Monastery we will drive to the South towards Ijevan town taking off-road through mountainous landscapes. Having picnic lunch in the nature we will continue our way to Dilijan National Park located on the upstream pool of Aghstev river, and surrounded by the Lesser Caucasus mountains. Here we will visit Goshavank Monastery built in XII century. Leaving the monastery we will continue our way to Dilijan town, where we will have dinner and stay for overnight.
Overnight: Hotel in Dilijan
Dilijan – Lake Sevan – Selim Pass – Yeghegis – Sisian
After Breakfast we will drive to the South towards to Lake Sevan, which is the largest lake in Caucasus as well as one of the largest, and highest freshwater lakes of the world located on 1897m above sea level, depth is 90m, an area-1260km square, lengh-70km, width-55km and the volume is 58billion cubic meters. In summer, the middle temperature of lake surface is 18-23 degrees above zero, which is very convenient for swimming. After reaching the shore of Lake Sevan we will walk to the top of Sevan peninsula to visit Sevanavank monastery built in 305 A.C. by the daughter of King Ashot Bagratuni – Mariam and during the 9th century became the royal citadel of the Armenian Kings. Leaving the Peninsula we will drive to the South-West towards Selim Pass climbing up over 2,410m and following the historic Silk Road and visiting on the way Caravanserai built in 1331. Continuing our way we will drive to Eghegis State Sanctuary where we will first have picnic lunch, then we will visit the Fortress of King Smbat located on the top of mountain and built X – XI centuries with high and wide (2-3 m) pyramid type fort-walls and protected by the Artabuni River and deep canyons. From the fortress there is an amazing view to Tsakhats Kar Monastery and magic jeep route connecting it with the Citadel and telling us about the local legends and story about these two historical monuments. Leaving the fortress and monastery we will drive to Sisian town passing on the way Lake Spandaryan. We will stay for overnight in the hotel in Sisian, where we will have dinner participating in lavash baking and dinner, accompanied with performance of young dancers’ ensemble of Sisian.
Overnight: Hotel in Sisian
Sisian – Tatev Monastery(Tatev Ropeway) – Old Khndzoresk – Sisian
After breakfast at the hotel we will drive to Tatev Monastery Complex built in 895-906, which is one of the most important Education and Religion Centers situated in medieval Syunik region and is under UNESCO World Heritage Site. On the way we will take Tatev Wings ropeway, which is the longest two-way ropeway of the world and flies above deep Vorotan gorge opening breath-taking views of the Vorotan Canyon. Visiting Tatev Monastery we will enjoy Tatev ensemble fitting in perfectly with the mountainous landscape around it. This gives the ensemble an original and majestic appearance. During the XIV and XV centuries it was famous for its university. Leaving Tatev Monastery we will have lunch in Tatev village, where we will explore Armenian village hospitality hosted by the local family, getting acquainted village family life, their culture and traditions. After lunch we will drive to Old Khndzoresk village, where we can visit the canyon of ancient cave residences of the people. On the way we will enjoy surrounding mountainous sights and beautiful city Goris. We will hike to the Old Khndzoresk gorge, while the jeeps will drive to the other side of the Gorge and meet us. Leaving these amazing cave residences we will drive back to the hotel in Sisian town, where we will have dinner and stay for overnight.
Overnight: Hotel in Sisian
Sisian – Ukhtasar Mountain – Aghavnadzor – Areni – Yerevan
After breakfast at the hotel we will drive to one of the most ancient megalithic constructions of the world called Zorats Karer (Stonehenge). The two-meter pointed blocks last precisely from the south to the north, fencing large territory, in the center they form a correct circle. There is a hypothesis, that Zorats Karer is an observatory built in VI mil. B.C. Scientists have found similar constructions in many areas of Europe. The most known of them is the Stonehenge in England (II mil. B.C.). Leaving the Stonehenge we will take off-road rout to drive up to Ukhtasar Mountain. This trip is optional depending on the season. Driving closely to the top of Camel mountain (3300 meters above sea level) we will hike up to the lake called “Ukhtasar”, enjoy sightseeing and visit one of the unique wonders of the world, rock carvings of Ukhtasar Mountain from pre-historic era. After interesting mountainous excursion we will drive to Aghavnadzor village where we can explore Armenian village life typical to Vayots Dzor District culture and traditions. Introduction of old Armenian lifestyle, experiencing the hospitality and participating in Armenian Lavash (bread) baking and tasting, honey squeezing and tasting, cheese making and tasting and homemade wine and vodka tasting and also we can choose from national Armenian dishes such as tolma, harisa, apur, ghapama and many others during our lunch hosted by the local family. After Lunch we will drive to Areni Village to visit Areni Wine Factory, where we will be introduced and degustate different wines made with “Arnei” grape sort. After wine tour we will drive to Ararat Valley and enjoying the panoramic view of Ararat we will reach Yerevan, where we will have dinner and again enjoy night Yerevan.
Overnight: Hotel in Yerevan
Yerevan City Tour(including Brandy Factory “Ararat”)
After breakfast at the hotel, we will visit Victory Park – Mother Armenia, from where we will have beautiful view of Yerevan. Our next stop will be at Matenadaran known as The Institute of Ancient Manuscripts, containing over 16,000 manuscripts documenting the centuries-old history of the Armenian nation, art, literature, and natural sciences. Manuscript art is one of the most unique examples of Armenia’s medieval culture. Then we will have lunch. After lunch we will visit Yerevan famous Brandy Factory “Ararat”, where we will be introduced with the history of Armenian Cognac with following degustation. Leaving Brandy factory visit Memorial of Armenian Genocide. Then we will walk in the center of the city visiting the monument to famous architect A. Tamanyan, Opera House. We will have Farewell Dinner in one of the nice restaurants in the center of Yerevan, tasting Armenian kitchen and enjoying Armenian music. After dinner we will embark on an evening tour of Yerevan city that includes walking through nice Northern prospect towards the Republic Square, where we can enjoy the Large Dancing Water Fountains. Late in the evening transfer to the Airport.
IMPORTANT: The above itinerary should be taken only as a general guide. While we will make every effort to adhere to it a variety of factors, including adverse weather conditions, political instability, or difficulties with transportation, can lead to enforced changes. When travelling to remote locations such as this, a flexible approach from all team members is necessary. If during your holiday the itinerary is effected by immediate or local circumstances, the leader will make any changes that are necessary. There will be an experienced local professional English-speaking guide and one or more support vehicle drivers. Trip participants need to bring their own personal clothing and equipment. Some items of equipment are available for hire from our local partners; please request information at the time of booking. We strongly recommend that you purchase your own personal equipment.
If you have any specific questions you would like answered please Contact Us and we will be pleased to help.
RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL: Tourism can be a real help to local communities, providing income, positive cultural exchanges and a financial incentive to protect their natural environment. This tour makes every effort to support the local economy by staying in family-run hotels that source locally produced food. It is important to generate income for the local economies, which are predominantly agricultural. We visit small local cooperatives where possible that incentivize more agricultural production. Staying in guesthouses allows us to walk away from the tourist route and sample some real Armenian hospitality as well as providing an income for smaller communities.
* English-speaking Tour leader/driver
* Airport – Hotel – Airport transfers
* All land transport throughout the trip
* All activities as per itinerary with all entry fees
* Hotel accommodation for 8 nights (hotels 3*)
* Breakfasts for 8 days
What’s Not Included
* Travel insurance
* Armenia Visa
* Soft and alcoholic drinks with the main meals unless otherwise specified, souvenirs etc.
Additional Pricing Information
The deposit for this trip is: 200 USD
Please note: If you have special dietary requirements (e.g. Vegetarian), let your Tour Manager know so they can notify restaurants.
- DAY 1
• Arrival to Yerevan
• Republic Square
• Heart of Armenia
- DAY 2
• Short briefing
• Visit Amberd Fortress
• Alpine flowers
- DAY 3
• Amazing Debed River canyon
• Beautiful nature and historical sites
• Specific Armenian kitchen
- DAY 4
• Picnic lunch in the nature
• Dilijan National Park
• Lesser Caucasus mountains
- DAY 5
• Lake Sevan pearl of Armenia
• Following part of Silk Road
• Lavash making and dinner
- DAY 6
• Tatev monastery by the longest cable tram in the World
• Visit Old Khndoresk cave town
• Explore Armenian village hospitality hosted by local family
- DAY 7
• Zorats Karer observatory (Armenian Stonehenge)
• Explore Armenian village life style
• Visit Areni winery for wine taste
- DAY 8
• Soviet-style facades
• History of the city
• Brandy Factory tour
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Travelling to Armenia with kids was a bit hard to plan until i found about Adventure Armenia !
Arpi planned it all for us and was extremely responsive to all our requests. it made a whole difference, we had an amazing time and quite an adventure it was! Vrezh was all we needed to make this trip unforgettable, he was flexible, always ahead of time, quickly understood what we liked and had a perfect english which is not given in Armenia. We spent full two days with Vrezh. He made us discover the extreme park, 6 Ziplines with amazing scenery and very professional people. I was impressed by the security and the top notch equipments; after visiting plenty of churches and monasteries, he made it fun by stopping for lunch in a private zoo where kids were able to have some fun. He even helped us plan our evenings by giving us great recommendations (we discovered dip’ n dip thanks to him).
Full of energy, upon every visit he would make it more challenging for kids by including a small hike, a cave visit or a stop at a river. Finally he was so friendly that we were priviledged to taste the delicious grapes of his vineyard.
-- Michele (Libanon, 2016)
I am a person who likes to find interesting places and unforgettable attractions in different countries. I have not heard of anything about Armenia until I was given the chance to explore the country.
It was an excellent choice that I have chosen to discover the country via Adventure Armenia. I was given suggestions on my 3-day holiday during the time when I was no clue of where to go.
The tour guides from Adventure Armenia, knows their country very well, and they are proud to tell the stories behind every place that they took me to. I was fascinated by the Churches, the structures surrounding the churches, and the amazing views. There was always a beautiful perspective for every mile! I may have not completed the list of the Churches I should have seen, however, my 3 days stay in this mountainous country had been very rewarding because of the old structures, the view, food, and most of all, because of the effort and time given by the guides of Adventure Armenia.
If ever I will be given a chance to come back, I would still contact Adventure Armenia to take me to the places their country that I have not been gone to.
-- Dandee (Philippines, 2016)
“2 day biking and hiking tour. Lake Sevan”
We were looking for a bit of adventure and nature and we had what we got exactly what we requested. A fair priced custom tour that had great biking, a beautiful hike, and fun zipline.
-- Matthew (Jordan, 2016)
I’m always been fascinated with Armenian culture and the rich history it can offer; from Noah’s time up to the horrendous genocide era.
I’ve booked a one day tour with Arpi and Vrezh to Tatev, this included riding the longest cable car in the world(5.7 kilometers), visiting Tatev Monastery, walking across the newly opened 150-meter long rolling bridge to view the cave city.
The view is spectacular on the way to Tatev, the mountain peaks covered in shimmering white snow. The combination of luscious green, chocolate brown and crisp white snow is breathtaking, to top it off was an amazing guide and friend, Vrezh, who made this trip an unforgettable experience. His driving skill is commendable as he knows the winding roads inside out. We were on the road for almost ten hours but felt safe and secure the whole time.
And yes, how can I forget, the local vegetarian cuisine which Vrezh had arranged as I don’t eat meat. Freshly picked vegetables whilst marveling God’s wonderful creation is picturesque which I’ll fondly remember.
The best part of my trip in Armenia is being able to spend time with the elderly at a home for the aged centre. We bought 10 kilos of cookies which they enjoyed immensely. The happiness and tears on their faces whilst appreciating the small gesture melted my heart. Arpi and Vrezh went out of their way to grant my wish and make this happen.
My one day trip arrangement has been extended to a two-day trip due to the kindness and thoughtfulness of Vrezh and Arpi.
I highly recommend booking your Armenian trip with Arpi and Vrezh. It was a blessing to know them both.
Thank you for making this holiday an unforgettable one.
-- Evita (Dubai, UAE, 2016)
It was a good thing I chose AdventureArmenia for my trip. Arpi is very flexible, well-organized & accommodating to provide me the customized program which I wanted to take with my tour to Armenia.
Me & my friends visited 6 places out of the city proper in Yerevan for just one day considering the weather condition (lots of snows in the road) which I guess no other tour operators can offer. A very cost effective way of enjoying a short trip. The tour went perfect; exactly as planned. Vrezh arrived earlier than the agreed time we had in the morning. He is very professional, fluent in English, friendly and carries a lot of good information about his country & in all the sites we visited. He perfectly calculates the time for each of our site visits and we are back to the city before sunset. He showed us a very good local restaurant where we had our dinner. A big thanks to Vrezh & Arpi for making our Armenian trip a very memorable one. We had so much fun indeed. I would definitely recommend them if I have friends wanting to visit Armenia & Georgia.
-- Louella Salino (Dubai, UAE, 2016)
“We made the right decision to spend our holidays with our friends in Armenia this year. From the very beginning our guide Vrezh was a perfect ambassador for his country. Not only that he showed us a lot of the wonderful touristic and cultural spots, he invited us to step deep into Armenian history and explained a lot about Armenian way of life to us. Besides this, he was caring that everything went well and we felt very welcome. Arpi, thank you so much for all the organization work you have done. We know, that a perfect trip needs a lot of detailed and precise work in the background, which was well done. The combination of hiking to the beautiful monasteries, peaks or waterfalls, with travelling every day to another part of Armenia, gave us an extensive impression about the country. The 10 days were extremely interesting and we still think and talk a lot about our travel, which shows that it was a deep and wonderful experience. Thank you Arpi and Vrezh.”
-- Jutta and Walter (Germany 2015)
Thanks to Arpi for her efficient and first class organisation – she came up with helpful solutions to all the complications I created while we were planning. And thanks to Vrezh for being an excellent guide – always smiling, professional and charming. He was could tell us all about the wonderful places we saw from ancient monasteries to the modern streets of Yerevan. But what is more, he put the history – especially the recent history – into context, so we ended up understanding and caring, rather than just having the information. The hotels and B&Bs AdventureArmenia booked for us were really nice and Vrezh seemed to always know where to get the best meals. From just 10 days we have so many brilliant memories: from hiking to the south summit of Aragats to swimming in Sevan lake; from fine dining in Yerevan to what my brother swears is the best pork he’s ever tasted, on the road to Ijevan; from the longest non-stop cable car in the world in Tatev to gazing at the intricate painted manuscripts in the Matenadaran.
-- Lesley (Spain 2015)
Before the trip, they responded to my emails promptly. They consistently had my interests at heart. My guide helped make my visit to Armenia and Georgia memorable. Not only is he a skillful driver, but he also knows the history of the places I saw, greatly enhancing my experience. I appreciated his flexibility if I wanted to change plans. He also gave me great culinary advice, ensuring that I enjoy local dishes. He is able to combine professionalism with wit, good humor and charm. I recommend highly.
-- William Wallace(Canada 2014)
This was a well-planned tour, with stops that broke up the long drive to our hotel in Goris. We had plenty of time at each of the stops. Our guide provided us with good information about the sights and helped us to understand current conditions in Armenia. The accommodations for our overnight in Goris were very comfortable, and we had a good night’s rest. We enjoyed the trip to Tatev monastery over the aerial tram with great views. The final stop at Noravank was a perfect ending. Recommend highly.
-- Susan Krug- Gourley(USA 2014)
The trip was amazing.The tour was very well planned, I was able to experience a great deal of Armenia’s history, culture, religion by walking and driving through beautiful landscape! The best way to discover the wonders of Armenia is to get into a tour, specially by local Armenian who will take the extra step to show you things beyond an ordinary tour. My tour guide was young, very energetic, communicative and most important of all had extensive knowledge that made it all worth saying I truly recommend it
-- Roberto Martini (Brazil 2013)
My Tour with Vrezh was absolutely excellent. Vrezh knows fluent English and managed to create my tour exactly for my wishes. Vrezh knows very well the routes and trails in all Armenia along with the best places to eat and great accommodation. Vrezh brings the trip a young atmosphere and very convenient transportation .Because of him ,the introduction of Armenia was in the most authentic way. The trip with Vrezh was an event I will never forget in my life. Thank you Vrezh and thank you- Adventure Armenia.
-- Noam Livni (Israel 2014)
The “Best of Armenia” tour was certainly a memorable experience. Vrezh local knowledge and humble personality were truly appreciated. He was very flexible and willing to share what Armenia had to offer. This included a day trip in a Russian jeep to visit a farm village which was truly amazing!! He was also able to coordinate a later visit to Georgia!! Thanks to Vrezh for his superb service and hospitality…!!
-- Ryan Adorno (Puerto Rico 2012)
This was a private customised tour taking us to various destinations in Armenia and Georgia. Our guide was very personable and great company throughout our 10 day tour. He knows Armenia inside out by car, bike and trekking. He gave us many great insights into the history, culture and society of Armenia. We also went to Georgia including a mind-blowing hiking trip up the slopes of mount Kazbeg (up to about 3000m). All accommodations booked by AdventureArmenia were great.
-- Werner Leber (Austria 2014)
Well this was a really good tour made even better by Vresh, our guide. He was exceedingly helpful in everyday situations but was excellent in taking one of the group (whose rear tandem wheel had broken) to Yerevan to have it rebuilt at the Velodrome. He was also great at chatting with everyone and answering endless querstions. Hakob, our driver was full of help organising the search for the best vodka and setting up a great barbecue in Ijevan plus acting like a sheepdog making sure everyone was present before driving off. You have real assets in your team. So thanks again for organising everything and look forward to next year.
-- Pete,(UK 2009)