HIKING TOUR IN ARMENIA

Day 1: YEREVAN – HISTORICAL MUSEUM – GENOCIDE MONUMENT & MUSEUM – MATENADARAN – CITY TOUR
Tour packages in Armenia Arrival early morning and transfer to Hotel. Rest in Hotel. The excursion starts at 11:00 with the visits to the Historical Museum on the Republic Square. Followed by the visit to the Genocide Monument and Museum. After lunch, Visit to the Matenadaran Museum, which houses a unique collection of ancient manuscripts covering such lofty topics as philosophy, law, mathematics, medicine and geography, and concluded by the Tour of the City. Overnight in Yerevan.
Day 2: GEGHARD – GARNI – AZAT RIVER CANYON – KHOSROV NATURAL RESERVE – HAVUTS TAR – YEREVAN (Trekking distance 13 km)
Tour packages in Armenia Breakfast at hotel.
Visit to the cave Monastery Geghard. The name “Geghard” derives from the relics of the Armenian Apostolic church: the spear that one of the Roman guards had used to pierce the rib of crucified Christ. Next to Garni Temple, site of Roman Temple of the Sun built in the 1st century. Soon after Armenia adopted Christianity, the temple became the summer residence of Armenian royalty. After a picnic lunch, trekking from Azat River Canyon to a stone symphony, cross an 11th century bridge and enter the Khosrov National Reserve, thereby visiting the monastery complexes of Havuts Tar. Return to Garni and drive to Yerevan. Overnight in Yerevan.

Altitude
Garni temple- 1400m
Azat River Canyon 1250 m
Havuts tar monastery 1590 m
Day 3: YEREVAN – NORAVANK – SPITAKAVOR – GLADZOR – VERNASHEN – PROSHABERD CITADEL – HERMON (Trekking distance 14 km)
Tour packages in Armenia Breakfast at hotel.
We begin our exploration of Southern Armenia. Driving to the south we gain impressive views of the mountains, bizarre rocks and weirdly sculptured erosions add to the impressions. En route we visit Noravank, the masterpiece of medieval architect Momik, situated above an awesome gorge, and start hiking to Spitakavor. Our first stop is Gladzor village, a major center of science and calligraphy in medieval Armenia. On to Spitakavor Monastery passing the village of Vernashen. Walking through the village, we have an opportunity to meet and chat with locals and gain a true insight into their traditional ways of life. The trail continues through rough slopes and leads directly to Proshaberd Citadel crowning the rocky peak. Here we are rewarded for our efforts by the dramatic views of the mountains and the valley below. Picnic lunch during trekking. Overnight in Hermon Village.

Altitude
Vernashen village 1529m
Spitakavor 2180 m
Proshaberd Citadel 2380 m
Day 4: HERMON – TATEV – DEVIL’S BRIDGE – KHENDZORESK – GORIS (Trekking distance 6-7 km)
Tour packages in Armenia Breakfast at hotel.
Continue further to the South, on endlessly winding roads leaping through gorges over the mountains of Syunik. The trail is a perfect combination of natural and cultural wonders. We take the cable car (world’s longest) to the 9th century Tatev Monastery overlooking the Worotan valley. After visiting the hermitage, we continue walking to the limestone caverns of the Devil’s bridge with natural hot baths in a gorge so narrow, that the sun hardly reaches the bottom (trail length 5 km). After al fresco lunch and short rest, we continue our day full of activities. Have you ever seen a ghost town with hundreds of uninhabited dwellings, a place that seems frozen in time? Drive to Khendzoresk cave town at the altitude of 1580 m on the steep slopes of Deep Gorge. Picturesque rock formations and gently inviting nature make this one of Armenia’s most popular sites. On to Goris, a cozy town with fine stone houses with arched windows and balconies on tree-lined lanes. The pace of life is slow here with little commercial or industrial activity, or even tourist kitsch, so it really feels like you stepped back in time. Overnight in Goris.

Altitude
Tatev Monastery 1565 m
Devil’s bridge 1026 m
Day 5: GORIS – ZORATS KARER – SELIM PASS – CARAVANSEREI – NORADUZ – SEVANAVANK – LAKE SEVAN
Tour packages in Armenia Breakfast at hotel.
Visit the Soraz Stones (Armenian Stonehenge). Drive to Lake Sevan via the Selim Pass to the Caravanserei (built in 1332 at 2410 m height). Followed by the visit to the Khatchkars (stone crosses) collection of Noraduz. Drive to Lake Sevan, one of the few highly located big lakes (1900 m above sea level) in the world – presenting a nice Peninsula with the beautiful IX century churches of Sevanavank, viz. St. Astvatsatsin and St. Arakelots.
Overnight in Tsakhadzor.
Day 6: TSAKHADZOR – ARAGATS – KARI LICH(STONE LAKE) – YEREVAN (Trekking distance 14 km)
Tour packages in Armenia Breakfast at hotel.
Mt. Aragats, the highest peak of Lesser Caucasus is a popular target for mountaineers. The mountain has sub-alpine and alpine zones as well as four peaks and one of the biggest craters in the world, created by a volcano eruption in the distant past. The route up to Mt. Aragats is virtually uninhabited and has gently sloping hills with occasional shepherds and beekeepers, many wildflowers and great views. Hiking is especially spectacular in spring when the entire mountain is literally covered with poppies and mountain flowers. The most accessible peak of Aragats is the south peak, starting from Kari Lich (Stone Lake), we will take this 3 hour hike to the summit on a steady slope (3,879m). More challenging is the trek to the western summit (4,080m) with spectacular views to Mount Ararat. Lunch during the trekking.
Dinner and overnight in Yerevan. (Hotel Nairi)


Altitude
Kari Lich (Stone Lake) 3200 m
South summit 3879 m
western summit (4,080m)
DAY 7: Transfer to airport. Departure.
Check-out. Transfer from hotel to the airport. Departure.


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