From  £1870
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  • Ideal for the first time visitor to Armenia
  • Tour the country with a private driver and car
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Essential Armenia

9 Day Tour, from £1870 per person

Armenia is a beautiful country with stunning, contrasting landscapes; in the north, stone churches lie hidden in luxuriant verdant gorges, whilst in the south remote monasteries perch atop red, craggy mountains. Enjoy a picnic lunch overlooking the ever-changing colours of Lake Sevan or try a drop of the local tipple at Yerevan’s Brandy Company. From the museums of the capital to the ancient caravanserais of the Silk Road, discover the highlights of Armenia on this tailor-made tour with private guide and car.

We have included visits to a traditional Duduk maker (Duduk is an Armenian oboe made from the apricot tree), a village home to learn how they make that delicious Armenian bread and a master class in preparing Armenian Sujukh - threaded walnuts dipped in fruit syrup and dried.

Tour Itinerary

DAY 1
FLY TO YEREVAN
FLY TO YEREVAN
Fly to Yerevan and transfer to the hotel for three nights.
DAY 2
YEREVAN
YEREVAN
Enjoy a morning sightseeing tour of Yerevan including the Genocide Memorial and Museum. Included today is a visit to a Duduk maker’s studio to see how this traditional Armenian wind instrument is made. The afternoon is free to explore at leisure. Perhaps peruse the State History Museum in Republic Square, notable for its statues of Catherine the Great and Lenin or visit the Food Market with its variety of organic fruits and vegetables. (B)
DAY 3
ETCHMIADZIN & ZVARNOTS
ETCHMIADZIN & ZVARNOTS
Embark on a day excursion starting in Echmiadzin, the religious centre of Armenia. Visit the cathedral and adjacent museum before continuing to the 7th century Church of the Holy Virgin Hripsime, with its stunning views of Mount Ararat and Mount Aragats. Lunch is provided by the Cross of Armenian Unity Charity, which works on programmes such as Green Planet, an educational programme to encourage children of Armenia to love and protect nature. (B,L)
DAY 4
YEREVAN TO SISIAN
YEREVAN TO SISIAN
Travel to remote Khor Virap monastery set against a stunning Mount Ararat backdrop. Continue to Noravank, perched precariously in its dramatic gorge setting and the mountain-top monastery of Tatev. Overnight in Sisian. (B,L,D)
DAY 5
SISIAN TO DILIJAN
SISIAN TO DILIJAN
Morning visit to Karahunge, considered to be Armenia’s Stonehenge. Drive to Lake Sevan through the mountainous areas of Vayots Dzor province and via the Selim Pass - a pass used since the days of the Silk Road. Here, explore the 14th-century Selim Caravanserai. A stop is made at Noraduz, ancient cemetery of Khachkars (stone crosses). Check in to hotel in Dilijan for 2 nights. (there is also a possibility to stay with a local family in Dilijan for 2nights—please deduct £45 per person). (B,L,D)
DAY 6
DILIJAN
DILIJAN
Morning tour of Dilijan before visiting the Haghartsin Monastery located to the northwest of the town. The monastery may be described as a school of architecture - it took about 300 years to build it with many generations of architects adding on new structures as they went. Also visit Goshavank Monastery where you will see one of the finest examples of Armenian crossstones. After lunch in a private house there will be an opportunity to visit a ceramics workshop and woodcarvers studio. Before dinner take a master class in making Armenian Sujukh. A traditional sweet signalling the start of the holidays, made from threaded walnuts dipped in sweet spiced fruit-syrup coating and dried. (B,L,D)
DAY 7
DILIJAN TO YEREVAN
DILIJAN TO YEREVAN
Discover the Lori Province, an area of forest-covered mountains, gorges and rivers. Here, visit the 6th century Odzun church before continuing to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Sanahin and Hagphat. Enjoy a traditional Armenian barbecue at a local restaurant and transfer back to Yerevan for two nights. (B,L)
DAY 8
GARNI & GEGHARD
GARNI & GEGHARD
From Yerevan, take an excursion to the 1st century Garni Pagan Temple, a great complex of palaces and temples which served as a summer residence for the kings of the day. Enjoy a pleasant walk to the Geghard Cave Monastery, cut into the side of a cliff. In the afternoon visit the Matenadaran Museum. (B,L)
DAY 9
YEREVAN TO UK
YEREVAN TO UK
Take a morning transfer to the airport for the return flight to the UK. (B)
DAY 10
GYUMRI TO YEREVAN
GYUMRI TO YEREVAN

This morning check out of your hotel in Gyumri and, after an early breakfast, transfer to Gyumri Railway Station, the oldest railway station in Armenia. Depart Gyumri (schedules subject to change) at 08:25 on the 681 Yerevan-bound train. After approximately 2.5 hours slowly trundling towards the capital disembark (scheduled for 11:00) in Etchmiadsin, here meeting your driver who will have pressed on ahead with your luggage. In Etchmiadsin visit Etchmiadsin Cathedral, the religious centre of Armenia. From here visit the 7th century ruins of the marvellous medieval cathedral Zvartnots and Saint Hripsime Church. This entire area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After lunch return to Yerevan and visit the Ararat Brandy Factory for a brief tour of the plact followed by brandy tasting. From here return tot he Republica Hotel for your final night in Yereva.  Enjoy the rest of your afternoon and all evening free to explore at your leisure. (B,L)

DAY 11
DEPART

Today you will be transferred to the airport to depart Yerevan on yor flight back to the UK with Ukraine International, via Kiev. (B)

Pricing Information

9 day tour, from £1870 per person

Price Includes

  • Return flights in economy class with Ukraine International from London Gatwick via Kiev
  • All airport taxes 
  • Accommodation in three-star hotels and guesthouses
  • Meals as specified
  • All transfers and transportation throughout
  • Sightseeing with English-speaking guide
  • Entrance fees on sightseeing tours

Price Excludes

  • Regional departures - please contact us for details
  • Meals not spcified
  • Tips

Tour Route Map


  1. Armenia, Yerevan
  2. Armenia, Etchmiadzin
  3. Armenia, Khor Virap
  4. Armenia, Zvarnots
  5. Armenia, Goris
  6. Armenia, Yerevan
  7. Armenia, Lake Sevan
  8. Armenia, Dilijan
  9. Armenia, Hagphat
  10. Armenia, Garni
  11. Armenia, Geghard
  12. Armenia, Yerevan

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Reviews

Just thought we'd drop you a line to thank you for the excellent tailor-made trip you organised for us to Armenia. This must now be our 6/7th trip with Regent and while they have all been good we can safely say that this rates as one of the best. Although a lot of our travel is independent we do occasionally use small specialist travel agents, but nobody comes close to the attention to detail shown by Regent. The local representatives, drivers and hotels are always of the highest efficiency and quality. We are aware of the many years of experience you have in dealing the old Eastern Block etc but you still retain reasonably priced trips and value for money. It's also nice to be able to ring and speak to people who are obviously very knowledgeable and experienced about the destinations you travel to. Thanks again and we look forward to many more trips with you in the future.

Mr N Green