Day 1. Arrival at Zvartnots International Airport – Transfer to the hotel – overnight
Day 2. Yerevan city tour – Yerevan overnight
Breakfast at hotel. Yerevan is the capital and the biggest district of Armenia; one of the most ancient cities in the world. It is 2.793 years old. The name of the city refers to Erebuni Fortress of Urartu. In 1918 it became the 14th in history capital of Armenia. Yerevan is 900-1400 meters above sea level. The image of today’s Yerevan is formed according to Alexander Tamanyan’s plan of 1924 – the city, build in accordance with the unified plan of church architecture. Free time for shopping and sightseeing. Yerevan is famous as a pink city and calls visitors with its humble and at the same time splendid landscapes. One of the famous tourist attraction is Cascade Monument which was the main symbol of the cities 2780th anniversary with the equivalent number of stairs. Mega scale staircase is 500 meters high and 50 meters wide. A panoramic view from the monument opens up breathtaking city view with Opera House, Mount Ararat, Swan Lake, Republic Square, and Abovyan Avenue. If it is a weekend, visit Vernissage, the biggest souvenir market in Yerevan. In the center you can find many restaurants, cafes and shops.
Day 3. Garni Temple – Geghard Monastery – Sevan Lake – Yerevan overnight
Breakfast at hotel. Departure for the Kotayk Province. It is known for the nearby classical temple. he true and unique masterpiece of Hellenistic architecture in Armenia is the pagan temple of the Sun, Garni. It is one of the most ancient landmarks in Kotayk and whole Armenia which has survived since pagan period. Historians attribute its erection to the ancient-Armenian tsar Trdat who adopted Christianity as official religion in 301. Although many scientists believe that it was constructed in the 1 st century AD. he temple found on the territory of the fortress is very attractive judging by the remains of richly decorations both inside and outside. Not far from the temple was the typical Roman bath built in the end of the 3 rd century. One of them is the mosaic floor made in the best traditions of the fine arts of ancient Armenia.
Geghard monastery is the unsurpassable masterwork of the 13th century Armenian architecture. Some of the churches of the complex are masterfully hewn in a huge rock. From the outset the complex was called Ayrivank (cave monastery), later it was renamed Geghard (lance), as the lance used by the roman soldier to sting Jesus Christ’s side, was kept in this monastery for many centuries. Due to its construction Geghardavank serves the best place for singing spiritual songs. The complex is rich in subtle sculptural embellishments and many striking khachkars (cross-stones).
Not far from the temple of Garni (about 10 minutes’ walk), there is a cozy local restaurant with an amazing view of the temple, where you can relax and take part in master-class of tasting of freshly baked lavash – traditional Armenian flatbread.
Lake Sevan - the largest in the Caucasus, as well as one of the largest alpine freshwater lakes on Earth. The lake consists of two unequal parts - Big Sevan and Small Sevan. Of the historical monuments on the coast of Sevan, the most legendary is the monastery of Sevanavank, located on a peninsula in the north-western part of the lake. Initially, the monastery was located on the peninsula, although in connection with a decrease in the water level, an isthmus appeared connecting the peninsula to land. On the western slope of there is another monastery called- Ayrivank. Today, Sevan is one of the favorite and most visited resorts for tourists.
Optional: Dilijan city tour – Visit Parz lake – Free time – Yerevan overnight
Breakfast at hotel. Departure for Tavush region. It is located at the northeast of Armenia. Most of the Tavush territory is covered with thick forests, mainly around the towns of Dilijan, Ijevan and Berd. The province has a number of protected forests including the Dilijan National Park, Akhnabad Taxus Grove Sanctuary, Arjatkhelni Hazel Sanctuary, Gandzakar Sanctuary, Ijevan Sanctuary and Zikatar Sanctuary. Dilijan, is a spa town and urban municipal community in the Tavush Province of Armenia. Usually called Armenian Switzerland or Little Switzerland by the locals, it is one of the most important resorts of Armenia, situated within the Dilijan National Park. Lake Parz is a small lake located in the Dilijan National Park east of Dilijan in Armenia. The lake was formed by natural climatic changes. "Parz" in Armenian means pure.
Day 4. Transfer to the airport – Departure
The weather in Armenia is mild in winter and hot in summer. In summer the temperature fluctuates between +22C to +36C. The winters are mainly cold, the average temperature is between -15C to -1C.
Since all 4 seasons are distinctively experienced in Armenia, it comes down to what you are planning to do in Armenia. Even though we get a lot of tourist year round, July-August remains the most popular time of year to visit.
There are currency exchange offices everywhere in Yerevan, especially in the big stores and central places. Banks exchange currency, too
Most businesses accept widely used credit cards e.g. Visa, MasterCard, ArCa (Armenian Card), however it is a good idea to ask prior to making your purchase in smaller stores. There are many ATMs all over the major cities and towns also at a famous tourist attraction sites.
Any amount of foreign currency can be taken to Armenia. In case of taking more than 5.000.000 AMD (or equivalent currency) out of the country,
International calls can be made in the post offices. There are also telephone cards sold everywhere, which allow to make a call by fixed and mobile phones
Yes. You can have a prepaid or postpaid service at airport, the offices of the telecommunication companies or at any newspaper selling shops (small green booths) by only presenting your valid travel document or passport. There are three mobile service providers – Beeline, Vivacell MTS and Orange.
All bus stops in Yerevan and other major cities and towns, also some of the public buses are equipped with free Wi-Fi. Metro is connected to free Wi-Fi as well. Many cafes and restaurants and public squares like Freedom and Aznavour squares in Yerevan will offer free Wi-Fi. Almost all hotels and most hostels will provide free Wi-Fi, although additional charges may apply
The following means of public transportation are available in Yerevan: metro (100 AMD), taxicabs (100 AMD per 1 km, the minimum fare is 600 AMD), buses (100 AMD) and minibuses (100 AMD). Taxicabs, buses and minibuses connect Yerevan and the adjacent areas.
There is no peculiar everyday clothing rule, especially in Yerevan and other big cities, where particularly youth have complete freedom in clothing.