Armenia & Karabagh
These 15 day tours focus on the unique cultural, religious and historic sights of Armenia and Karabagh. Some of the key points of interest include Holy Etchmiadzin Cathedral, numerous monasteries included in the UNESCO World Heritage list, the vibrant and inviting city of Yerevan, and the beautiful, mountainous region of Nagorno Karabagh.
- Yerevan City Tour
- Garni & Geghart
- Lake Sevan & Dilijan
- Etchmidzin & Sartarabad
- Haghbat & Sanahin
- Khor Virap & Noravank
- jermuk waterfall
- Stepanakert City Tour
- Tatev Monastery
- Gandzasar Monastery
- Yerablur and Victory Park
- Megerian Carpet Factory
AirfareProvided by Aeroflot.
TransportationSidon Travel contracts only the most experienced and highly respected bus operators and uses only the latest model quality buses available. Transfers to and from the airport included.
AccommodationsYerevan: Ani Hotel, Marriott Armenia hotel, or similar 4star hotel
Jermuk: Hyatt Place or similar hotel
Stepanakert: Vallex Garden hotel, or similar
SightseeingSightseeing as outlined in the itinerary to be provided. All sightseeing with local guides where applicable.
Tour DirectorThe services of a professional, multilingual tour director will be provided where applicable.
MealsTotal of 25 meals including breakfast, lunch and dinner.
ExtrasMedical Insurance Included.
2020 Armenia & Karabagh Tentative Tour Itinerary
September 13, 2020
Overnight transatlantic flight
September 14, 2020
Check-in to your hotel - Marriott or Ani Hotel
September 15, 2020
|Yerevan City Tour
Your city tour includes a visit to the Erebouni Museum, the statue David of Sassoun, St. Gregory the Illuminator Cathedral, and the Tsitsernakaberd Memorial Monument and Museum. B D
September 16, 2020
|Amberd & Oshagan
Excursion to Amberd Fortress located on the picturesque slope of Mt. Aragats, the highest peak in Armenia.
Also see Artashavan and the village of Oshagan, burial site of Mesrob Mashtots near Ashtarak. B
September 17, 2020
|TSAGHKADZOR, SEVAN, DILIJAN
Visit the resort town of Tsaghkadzor, a winter paradise and year-round tourist destination.
Continue to Lake Sevan. Climb up Sevan peninsula and see ‘Sevanavank’ atop the mountain, followed by lunch. The excursion follows into Dilijan, with a visit Haghartsin Monastery. B L
September 18, 2020
Visit Gyumri, the second largest city in Armenia, with great potential for a revival.
Visit Marmashen Monastery, a 10th c Monastic complex.
Enjoy the local catch-of–the-day at a fresh fish-farm and restaurant. B L
September 19, 2020
|Garni & Geghart
Excursion to Garni, only pagan temple in Armenia, and incredible Christian Monastery of Geghart, partly carved out of solid rock between 11th-13th centuries. Experience traditional lavash making ceremony in Garni. B L
September 20, 2020
|Etchmiadzin & Sartarabad
Visit the church of the Holy Virgin St. Hripsime.
Pilgrimage to Etchmiadzin Cathedral, the first official Christian church in the world, built in 301 A.D. Depart Etchmiadzin to Sartarabad, symbol of Armenian pride and survival.
Visit the Monument and Ethnographic Museum. B L
September 21, 2020
|Khor Virap, Noravank & Jermuk (Overnight in Jermuk)
Depart Yerevan. Along the way visit the historic Khor Virap Monastery, site where St. Gregory the Illuminator was imprisoned.
Follow the trip to the Province of Vayots Dzor and visit Noravank Monestery.
Lunch in Vayk.
Continue on to the resort town Jermuk. vVisit the nearby waterfall.
Check-in to the Hyatt Place Hotel. B L D
September 22, 2020
|Goris, Tatev, Shushi & Stepanakert (Overnight in Stepanakert)
Excursion to Tatev Monastery: Arrive in Halidzor station. Experience the World’s Longest Aerial Tramway to Tatev Monastery.
Depart Goris for Karabagh. Enter the town of Shushi. Visit the beautiful Surb Amenaprkitch Ghazanchetsots Church (19th century) and the monument of the Liberation of Shushi - “Tank”. Finally you will arrive Stepanakert and check-in to the Vallex Garden Hotel (or similar).
Dinner at the hotel. B L D
September 23, 2020:
|Stepanakert City Tour (Overnight in Stepanakert)
Stepanakert city tour, including Artsakh State Museum, Revival Square and Memorial Monument to the soldiers of Artsakh. Excursion to Dikranakert, a ruined Armenia city dating back to the Hellenistic period. B L D
September 24, 2020
|Stepanakert To Yerevan
Depart Stepanakert to Yerevan. On route, visit Gandzasar Monastery (13th c.). Continue to Vardenis and travel along Lake Sevan’s border on route to Yerevan. Arrive Yerevan and check-in to your hotel. B L
September 25, 2020:
An opportunity to relax, shop, or revisit your favorite sites. B
September 26, 2020
|Yerablur, Victory Park & Shopping
Visit Yerablur, Three-Hills Memorial devoted to the heroes of the Karabagh war, and Victory Park. See the Statue of Mother Armenia and Cascade.
Enjoy shopping at Vernisage. Visit Megerian Carpet rug factory, Grand Candy and Tashir Mall.
Farewell Dinner in the city. B D
September 27, 2020
| End of Tour
Transfer to EVN airport for your flight home.
Note: Itinerary is subject to change, please inquire with guide for any updates
B = Breakfast | L = Lunch | D = Dinner
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You will visit the following 5 places:
Armenia, a sovereign state in the South Caucasus region of Eurasia, is a unitary, multi-party, democratic nation-state with an ancient cultural heritage. It is the only country remaining from 3,000 year old maps of Anatolia. It became the world's first Christian country more than 1,700 years ago in 301 AD and has a large Diaspora all over the world. As a former Soviet republic lying in the Caucasus region straddling Asia and Europe, Armenia has a rich and ancient culture.
Yerevan, the capital of Armenia, is marked by grand Soviet-era architecture. Lofty and landlocked, Yerevan is one of the sunniest of the ex-Soviet capitals, and for most of the year the azure-blue firmament is punctuated only by the awe-inspiring shape of Mount Ararat. In Soviet days Yerevan had already become known as the ''Pink City'' as much due to the colour of the stone used for building as for the flamboyant spirit of its young population.