Armenia UNESCO Sites Tour is a grand introduction to every locale in the Land of Ararat inscribed on the World Heritage List. Envision ancient monastic life in Geghard Monastery, dive into learning at Haghpat and Sanahin Complexes in Alaverdi, uncover history at Zvartnots and participate in Mass at Etchmiadzin Cathedral. Along the way you’ll also encounter Garni Temple, capital city Yerevan, serene Lake Sevan and more.
Tiny Armenia is laden with history and packed with UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Etchmiadzin Cathedral is the world’s first official church, while Haghpat and Sanahin Monasteries were renowned religious and scientific centers of the Middle Ages. Zvartnots Cathedral astonishes with its carvings, and Geghard Monastery and the Upper Azat Valley with their flawless scenery.
Arrive in Yerevan, the capital of Armenia. Transfer to the hotel, where check-in begins at noon, and have a rest after your flight. Meet your guide and driver to begin your private tour to the following sights:
In the morning, your guide and driver will pick you up from your Yerevan hotel for a drive to the city of Vagharshapat, commonly known as Etchmiadzin (20km, 30min). Etchmiadzin Cathedral and the Zvartnots Archaeological Complex were added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2000.
Upon arrival, discover the following sights:
In the morning, meet your private guide and driver for your day tour. Drive to Garni in Kotayk Province (30km, 45min), where you’ll tour the following:
In the morning, meet your guide and driver at your Dilijan hotel and drive to Alaverdi (95km, 1hr 45min).
Stop in Lori Region at Odzun Monastery and Church (6th century), whose conglomerate of arched outer galleries, colorful frescoes and traditional inner designs remain well preserved thanks to multiple restoration efforts.
Cross a 12th-century bridge, built by the Queen of Van, on your way to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites near Alaverdi:
After breakfast, you’ll have a free morning before a noon check-out and a drive to Yerevan via Sevan (35km, 40min).