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Pioneering Nagorno Karabakh Group Tour
 
 
 
 
From £1590 per person

Tour Highlights

  • See this landlocked mountainous region
  • Explore Yerevan with a local guide
  • Visit the Khor Virap Monastery
  • Tour Armenia’s version of Stonehenge at Karahunj
  • Visit ancient fortresses and monasteries
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Carl Meadows
Carl Meadows If you're looking for souvenirs to bring back from Armenia, I'd recommend bartering for hand-made jewellery, obsidian chess sets, carpets, abstract paintings etc at Vernissage in Yerevan - it's a huge weekend open-air flea market, centrally located on Pavstos Biuzand Boulevard - just follow the crowds!

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Pioneering Nagorno Karabakh Group Tour

This new group tour travels to the landlocked mountainous region of Nagorno-Karabakh, an ethnic Armenian enclave inside Azerbaijan which declared independent in 1992 - an independence recognised by no one except Trans-Dniestr. Despite decades of languishing as a break away Caucasus state of the former Soviet Union, similar to South Ossetia or Abkhazia, the stunning natural beauty and cultural richness of this isolated mountain landscape are undeniable.

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Day 1
Fly to Yerevan
Fly to Yerevan and transfer to the hotel for two nights.
Day 2
Yerevan
Explore Yerevan with a local guide including a stop at Victory Park and the Mother Armenia monument for a great panoramic view of the city. Visit Republic Square and see Fernando Botero’s sculpture of ‘The Black Cat’. Museum visits include the Parajanov Musuem and the Matenadaran, the manuscript museum. (B,L)
Day 3
Yerevan to Goris
Begin the journey to Nagorno Karabakh with the first visit of the day at Khor Virap Monastery – this stone monastery set against the back drop of a snow-covered Mount Ararat is such an iconic image of Armenia. Stop to enjoy wine-tasting in the village of Areni, which is famous for its rather delicious dry red wine. See Armenia’s version of Stonehenge at Karahunj before arriving in Goris. (B,L,D)
Day 4
Tatev Monastery
Today take a cable car to Tatev Monastery. Known as Wings of Tatev, it holds the record for the longest non-stop double track cable car in the world measuring some 3.5 miles. In the afternoon visit Vorotnavank Monastery overlooking the Vorotan Gorge. (B,L)
Day 5
Shushi to Stepanakert
This morning travel to Nagorno Karabakh, where the first stop is the town of Shushi, former capital and cultural centre of Karabakh. Here visit the main church of Ghazanchetsots, the Mosque and so-called Green church known as Kanach Jam. Before arriving in Stepanakert stop at the Tank monument, which symbolises “liberation” of Shushi during the conflict. On arrival in Stepanakert check in to the hotel for three nights. (B,L,D)
Day 6
Gandzasar and Dadivank Monasteries
Today visit Gandzasar Monastery, one of the main religious sites of Karabakh. This monastery was founded in the 13th century on a site , where locals believe the head of John the Baptist is buried. Continue to Dadivank Monastery, one of the largest medieval monasteries founded by St. Dadi, a disciple of St. Thaddeus, who spread Christianity across the region in the 1st century. (B,L)
Day 7
Mayraberd and Tigranakert
Explore two important city-fortresses in Karabakh, starting with the remains of the Mayraberd Fortress. En route pass by the ruins of Aghdam city (a stop may be possible but subject to local condition), destroyed during the Karabakh War. After Mayraberd visit Tigranakert, established by King Tigranes the Great in the 1st century BC. This is now a rich archaeological site and working dig, only discovered in 2006. (B,L)
Day 8
Stepanakert to Goris
Today visit Shosh, an area of outstanding natural beauty, where there are many plantations of mulberry trees, that are used in the making of mulberry vodka. See a 2,000 year old platanus tree, allegedly the oldest tree in the former USSR (it is 3km pleasant walk). Visit the village of Khndzoresk, famous for its canyon with picturesque rock formations and ancient cave settlement. The artificial caves, some of which are currently used as stables and warehouses, used to be inhabited till the 1950s. (B,L,D)
Day 9
Goris to Yerevan
En route back to Yerevan visit Noravank Monastery located on a hill of a winding rose-colored gorge.
Day 10
Garni and Geghard
Visit Garni Pagan Temple, it dates from the 1st century AD, and was part of a great complex of palaces and temples, serving as a summer residence for the Armenian Kings of the day. Enjoy a pleasant walk to the Geghard Cave Monastery, cut into the side of the cliff and surrounded by ancient gravestones. Lunch is at a village house, where you can learn how traditional Armenian flat bread is made. (B,L)
Day 11
Yerevan to UK
Transfer to the airport for the flight back to the UK. (B)
11 day tour, from £1590 per person
(Single person supplement + £290)
Price Includes:
  • Flights
  • Accommodation
  • Transfers
  • Guide
Price Includes
  • Return flights in economy class with Ukraine International from London Gatwick via Kyiv
  • All airport taxes 
  • Accommodation in three-star hotels and guesthouses 
  • Meals as specified  (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
  • All transfers and transportation by air-conditioned vehicles
  • All sightseeing tours as specified with English-speaking guides
  • Entrance fees on sightseeing tours
 
Price Excludes
  • Travel Insurance
  • Meals/Services other than those specified
 
Itinerary Dates
05 May 2016
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15 May 2016
28 Aug 2016
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07 Sep 2016
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