Eco-Tour in the North of Armenia

Armenia is best known for its historical and cultural heritage. But this land also has natural treasures of breathtaking beauty and diversity. On this eco-trip, we will take you to a varied tour, where you will unfold the beautiful landscapes of northern Armenia. The views that open up from the high Armenian peaks, the lush forests, exuberant vegetation in the regions of Lori and Tavush will leave a lasting impression on the nature lovers. In addition, you will be welcomed by the hospitable people in the colorful villages of the country.
Climbing the highest mountain in Armenia, gazing out over the splendid landscapes of Noyemberyan, plunging into the muted silence of a forest where waterfalls and caves are hidden. Many historic sites on your hike are UNESCO World Heritage sites and blend harmoniously with this stunning landscape.

ITINERARY


Day 1       Yerevan
Arrival at the Zvartnots International Airport. Meeting with the local tour guide. Transfer to the hotel. Rest time.

Day 2        Yerevan City Tour
In the morning you will be welcomed by your guide. Yerevan, the colorful capital of Armenia, welcomes you and invites you to an interesting city tour. We will explore the Matenadaran Museum, where one of the world's most valuable and largest collections of centuries-old manuscripts have been preserved. Further, we will explore the subway (Metro Yerevan), Abovyan street, one of the oldest streets of Yerevan, the "singing fountains", which are especially worth seeing on summer evenings, when the fountains dance to colorful lights and chansons of Aznavour or Waltz by Johann Strauss sound. In the evening you will have free time.

Day 3        Yerevan - Amberd - Aragats - Odzun
In the morning we will depart to Aragats (4090 m), the highest mountain in Armenia. On the way we will explore the partially destroyed fortress Amberd (2300 m above sea level) from the 11th Century, with its fortified tower, its baths, city walls and the church Vahramashen. We will have picnic on this site. Next, we will drive to the high mountain lake Qari Lich, "stone lake", a popular campsite for mountaineers. We will admire the alpine landscapes, beautiful variety of colors, springs and the fresh mountain air. Depending on your wishes, we can hike to the southern summit (3880 m above sea level). Later, we will drive to Odzun, where we will have traditional dinner. Overnight at the host family.

Day 4       Odzun
Today we will hike through the beautiful flower meadows of Odzun. We will visit the dome basilica Odzun from the 7th century. Next to the church stands an unusual monument from the 7th century with two columns depicting biblical scenes and the Christianization of Armenia. The rest of the day is free. Let your mind wander, relax, finally, you're on vacation. From the 4th to the 6th day you will stay with the friendly host families in a warm and friendly atmosphere, you will start each morning with a traditional Armenian breakfast, and at lunchtime and in the evening you will enjoy the delicious Armenian specialties.

Day 5       Odzun - Sanahin - Haghpat - Akhtala - Koti
At the beginning of the day, we will explore the ''sibling'' monasteries Sanahin and Haghpat, wonderful examples of medieval monastery architecture. Next, we will visit the village Akhtala famous for its frescoes. Afterward, we will depart to Koti, the host family will warmly welcome us. Here we will have dinner. Rest time.

Day 6       Koti
Another nice day in the countryside. Beautiful forest walks nearby. We will visit a beekeeper. We will have the opportunity to be present at the production of the honey and taste the aromatic product. In the evening, we will prepare Armenian specialties on the charcoal grill. Rest time.

Day 7       Koti – Lastiver
Today we will unfold the imposing landscapes - rocks, caves, forests, waterfalls, caves of Lastiver. We will swim under the waterfall. Take a deep breath of fresh air and let yourself be pampered, immerse into the dreams that tell wonderful stories. Overnight in the tent.

Day 8       Lastiver
In the midst of an original nature, you can completely relax and energize yourself. There is everything for fun and relaxation, bathing, hiking, enjoying tasty food made from natural products, singing, listening to music, exchanging impressions and thoughts at a warm campfire. We will share the everyday life of the locals once more.

Day 9       Lastiver – Okon – Lastiver 
In the morning we will visit Okon settlement - wonderful view of the surrounding mountains. We will spend a day in a mountain village, where will gain even deeper insights into the everyday life of the inhabitants, their customs and habits. Here, we will rest and enjoy nature without borders. In the evening we will return to Lastiver.

Day 10     Lastiver - Sevanavank - Geghard - basalt organs - Garni - Yerevan
With unforgettable impressions, we will leave Lastiver. We will enjoy the drive along the beautiful shore of Lake Sevan. Later, we will discover the peninsula of Sevan and the church Sevanavank on the peninsula. This will be an ideal opportunity for swimming, walking on the shore, lying in the sun. Afterward, we will depart to Geghard and visit the cave monastery Geghard from the 13th century, UNESCO World Heritage Site. Next, we will hike to the imposing basalt organs along the river Azat. After, we will visit the pagan temple of Garni from the 1st century. In the evening we will leave for Yerevan. Rest time.

Day 11     Another day in Yerevan: City Tour
The eventful journey is slowly approaching its end. Today we will explore Tsitsernakaberd, the museum, and the Genocide Memorial. Next, we will visit the handicraft market "Vernissage", where you can admire the variety of unique handicrafts. In the evening you will have free time for individual discoveries.

Day 12     Return flight
Transfer to the airport. End of our services.

PRICES / SERVICES

Price per person:

1170 €

Extra charge for single room:

90 €

Small group:

4-12 people

Included Services

  • Transport
  • • All transfers and transportation to the visiting places during the tour (except free day)
  • Accompaniment
  • • English-speaking local guide (except free day)
  • Accommodation, Meals and Drinks
  • • 11 nights (comfortable hotels in double room, host family, tent)
  • • Full board, except for the free day (breakfast from the 2nd day of the tour to the 11th day, (excluding drinks))
  • • Mineral water
  • Visits
  • • All entrance tickets
  • Travel Preparation
  • • Travel Documentation
  • • Map

Excluded Services

  • Flight Tickets
  • • International flight

Useful Information

  • Hiking: from 1 to 5 hours daily
  • Maximum altitude difference: 2400m
  • Minimum height difference: -300m
  • Good physical condition is required
  • Baggage
  • It is recommended to take the following things with you:
  • 1 - A backpack for carrying your personal belongings (camera, medicines etc.)
  • 2 - A comfortable bag
  • Equipment
  • • Sun hat or cap
  • • Fleece
  • • Trekking pants
  • • Hiking and trekking shoes for comfortable walking on the beaten trails
  • • Sunglasses
  • • Hiking sticks for easy ascents and descents
  • • High protection sunscreen
  • • Toiletry kit: it is preferred to take biodegradable products
  • • First aid kit
  • For the days of the hikes, the latest departure time is 7 o’clock

DATES

STATUSDEPARTRETURNPRICE P/PEXTRA SGLNOTES
Available for inscriptions 01.08.18 12.08.18 € 1170 € 90  

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