Medieval monasteries and forest hikes

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One of Christianity’s earliest civilisations, Armenia’s historic churches and monasteries date back as far as the 4th century. Spread across the country, these extraordinary religious sites are the country’s premier attraction, but it’s also full of dramatic landscapes perfect for exploring on foot.

That’s not to say that Armenia is an easy place to travel. Roads are poor and English non-existent, but that just makes the travel experience more rewarding. Combine a trip to Armenia with a multi-country tour of neighbouring Azerbaijan and Georgia, and you’ll experience a dizzying mix of cultures, history and landscapes.

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  • Yerevan


    Check out Yerevan’s art scene by climbing The Cascade staircase that connects downtown Yerevan with the museum district...Read more
  • Dilijan National Park

    Dilijan National Park

    Northern Armenia’s Dilijan National Park is home to hiking trails where you can see bears, wolves and several species of eagle...Read more
  • Lake Sevan

    Lake Sevan

    At 1,900m above sea level, the vast Lake Sevan is one of the largest freshwater high-altitude lakes in the world...Read more
  • Selim Pass

    Selim Pass

    The Selim Pass road links the provinces of Gegharkunik and Vayots Dzor through the Vardenis mountain range, but the main attraction is the Selim Caravanserai, just past the highest point...Read more
  • Mount Aragats

    Mount Aragats

    Aragats is the highest mountain in Armenia, offering adventurous hikers a challenging climb...Read more
  • Lori Province

    Lori Province

    Armenia’s rich religious history means it has a plethora of churches and religious buildings...Read more
  • Southern Armenia

    Southern Armenia

    Southern Armenia is full of rugged beauty, with deep gorges and forested canyons...Read more
  • Tatev Monastery

    Tatev Monastery

    The 9th-century Tatev Monastery was a centre of spiritual enlightenment and home to more than 600 monks at one point...Read more
  • Lastiver


    In a remote corner of a picturesque gorge, surrounded by waterfalls, lies the Lastiver caves, where locals from the nearby village of Yenokavan sought refuge from Mongol invaders in the 13 century...Read more

Classic Caucasus

Explore the best of Azerbaijan, Georgia and Armenia
Approx. 17 days
Baku (1 days) → Mount Yanar Dag (1) → Sheki (1) → Kakheti region (2) → Tbilisi (2) → Rabati Fortress (1) → Kutaisi (2) → Dilijan National Park (1) → Selim Pass (1) → Tatev Monastery (1) → Yerevan (4)
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Walking Armenia

Take a trip through Armenia’s history
Approx. 11 days
Yerevan (1 days) → Southern Armenia (2) → Tatev Monastery (1) → Dilijan National Park (2) → Lastiver (1) → Lori Province (2) → Mount Aragats (1) → Yerevan (1)
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Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan Hiking Tour

Hike ancient forests, mountain lakes and waterfalls
Approx. 18 days
Yerevan (1 days) → Southern Armenia (1) → Selim Pass (1) → Lake Sevan (1) → Dilijan National Park (1) → Lastiver (1) → Khevsureti region (2) → Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park (2) → Kakheti region (1) → Sheki (1) → Lahij (2) → Baku (4)
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Hike Armenia and Georgia

Explore picture-perfect hiking trails in the mountains
Approx. 11 days
Yerevan (1 days) → Southern Armenia (1) → Lake Sevan (1) → Dilijan National Park (1) → Lastiver (1) → Tbilisi (1) → Khevsureti region (2) → Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park (2) → Tbilisi (1)
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Highlights of the Caucasus

Wine, wilderness and welcoming cities
Approx. 13 days
Baku (3 days) → Sheki (1) → Tbilisi (3) → Kakheti region (1) → Dilijan National Park (1) → Yerevan (4)
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Caucasus Discovery

Travel beyond the ordinary in Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia
Approx. 21 days
Baku (3 days) → Mount Yanar Dag (1) → Lahij (1) → Sheki (1) → Kakheti region (3) → Tbilisi (2) → Kutaisi (2) → Dilijan National Park (1) → Selim Pass (1) → Tatev Monastery (1) → Yerevan (5)
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Where to go in Armenia

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