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Each person has its own motivation for travelling and everyone has their own understanding of a perfect adventure travel. If you are adventurer with a real passion for self drive Self Drive Tour in Armenia will change all your perception of real adventure bringing it into an entirely new level. Are you interested in natural beauties, exceptional wildlife and friendly people, discover the gorgeous variety of scenes then you’re in the right country.
Yerevan-airport (Hertz office)
2 Hours Before Flight Time
Arrival in Zvartnots Int. airport in Yerevan. Meet & greet. Transfer to your hotel in Yerevan. Check in. Rest. (–/–/–)
Pick up the car from your hotel. Free day in Yerevan. explore Yerevan city by your own (B/–/–)
Sightseeing tour to Khor-Virap monastery 4- 17th cc., 45 km. from Yerevan. The monastery is situated in the Ararat valley against the biblical Ararat Mountain, were Noah’s arch cast anchor. Continue tour to Noravank monastery – a great religious and cultural centre of 12th c. On the way visit Areni wine factory to taste local wine made from special sorts of vines. Drive to Syunik region to the town of Goris. Overnight at our hotel in Goris. (B/–/-)
Start the tour from Goris to explore the city, visiting the exciting Dig Dig stones – natural monument (more impressive at night). Excursion tour to Khndzoresk, which is a cave village, and there are many signs of past settlement throughout the valley. You will see that many of the caves have been carved out by man and they served as houses for people. Continue to explore a monastic complex of Tatev which is an architectural masterpiece dating from the 10th century. Take a ride by the World’s longest airway tramway “Wings Of Tatev”. Overnight at our hotel in Goris. (B/–/-)
After breakfast start tour to Karahunge (Armenian Stonehenge), ancient observatory 6mil B.C. Drive to Lake Sevan through Selim Pass visiting the caravanserai (XIV c.) which used to be an important trade point in the famous Silk Road. Visit also to Noraduz, ancient cemetery with medieval khachkars (cross-stones) dating back to 6th c. About 70 miles north of Yerevan sits Lake Sevan. This is a huge mountain lake, which takes up to 5% of Armenia’s surface area and is about 2,000 meters above sea level is one of the highest among the freshwater lakes in the world. Overnight our local guesthouse in Sevan. (B/–/-)
Start tour from Sevan to the North of Armenia through forested region of Dilijan, the so-called “Armenian Switzerland”, where you can walk through a museum street (Sharambeyan street) with the buildings preserved from 19 c. with the ceramics workshop and woodcarvers’ studio. Visiting of Goshavank complex situated in the woodlands of Dilijan. It was founded in 11-13th centuries. Continue tour to the architectural complexes of Sanahin (966 AD) and Haghpat (976 AD) which are among the outstanding works of medieval Armenian architecture and are inscribed in UNESCO World Heritage list. Overnight at our hotel in Haghpat village. (B/–/-)
Leave Haghpat and set off to visit Saghmosavank medieval monastery, situated in the breathtaking site, at the deep canyon of Ashtarak. Tour to Fortress of Amberd, 9th century, 6 km from the village of Byurakan, stands halfway up Mt. Aragats, at the height of 2300m. Return to Yerevan. Overnight at the hotel in Yerevan. (B/–/–)
After breakfast at the hotel departure to Echmiadzin which is mere 20 km from Yerevan. On the way visit to St Hripsime church. Etchmiadzin Cathedral is known as the center of the Armenian – Gregorian Church and appears to be one of the world’s first Christian churches. Return to Yerevan with stop at the ruins of Zvartnots temple – the pearl of the 7th c. architecture (inscribed in UNESCO World Heritage list). Optional visit an open air market Vernissage (open only on weekend) that bustles with hundreds of vendors selling a variety of crafts on weekends. The market offers woodcarving, antiques, fine lace, and the hand-knotted wool carpets and kilims that are a Caucasus specialty. Optional visit to Ararat Brandy Factory, to sample some of the finest examples of Armenian celebrated brandy. Overnight at the hotel in Yerevan. (B/–/–)
Departure to Garni Temple. The citadel and pagan temple of Garni is a picturesque monument of the Hellenistic period and an impressive piece of ancient Armenian architecture.Northeast of Garni, higher up the gorge of the Azat river, there is a magnificent monument of medieval Armenian architecture – Geghard monastery inscribed in UNESCO World Heritage list. Geghard is another incredible ancient Armenian monastery, partly carved out of a mountain. Return back. Optional visit to the depositary of ancient manuscripts the Matenadaran, which contains historical documents from all over Europe and Asia throughout many centuries. Overnight at the hotel in Yerevan. (B/–/–)
Drive to the airport. Return the car at the airport. Departure.