Explore Armenia’s stunning mountains, beginning in cultural capital Yerevan before travelling to see the villages and monasteries of southern Armenia, including Spitakavor Monastery and 9th-century Tatev Monastery, famous for its frescoes. Next, head to Dilijan National Park for hiking trails offering the chance to see bears, wolves and eagles. An hour’s drive from Dilijan lies Lastiver, where you can walk through the forest trails and explore its ancient caves, used as a refuge from Mongol invaders. Travel to the Lori Province to see the UNESCO-listed monasteries at Haghpat and Sanahin, before ending back in Yerevan.

Key information

Destinations Destinations Yerevan, Dilijan National Park, Lori Province, Tatev Monastery, Lastiver
Activity Activity Nature & Wildlife, Culture, Active, Hiking & Trekking
Physical Level Physical Level Moderate
Season Season May - September

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Climb The Cascade in Yerevan

Climb The Cascade in Yerevan

Day 1 in Yerevan

Check out Yerevan’s art scene by climbing The Cascade staircase that connects downtown Yerevan with the museum district. Each level hosts a different installation and views over the city.

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Drink holy water at Geghard Cave Monastery

Drink holy water at Geghard Cave Monastery

Carved from the cliffside, Geghard Monastery began life in the 4th century as a small cave chapel before growing over the centuries. Today, visitors come to drink from the holy spring in Azavan chapel and for views of Azat River Gorge that surrounds the complex.

Explore Southern Armenia’s canyons

Explore Southern Armenia’s canyons

Day 2–3 in Southern Armenia

Southern Armenia is full of rugged beauty, with deep gorges and forested canyons. Visit the famous, two-storied Noravank Monastery for peaceful solitude, the ancient Areni Cave complex to see evidence of the world’s oldest winery, and the village of Vernashen for hiking.

Visit Armenia’s most famous monastery in Tatev

Visit Armenia’s most famous monastery in Tatev

Day 4 in Tatev Monastery

The 9th-century Tatev Monastery was a centre of spiritual enlightenment and home to more than 600 monks at one point. Today, you can see frescoes and carvings at Surp Poghos-Petros Church and join the faithful at the newer Surp Grigor Church.

Mountains and monasteries in Dilijan National Park

Mountains and monasteries in Dilijan National Park

Day 5–6 in 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. However, it’s the 10th-century Haghartsin Monastery in Dilijan town that attracts visitors for its unique Armenian architecture.

Explore the Lastiver Cave carvings

Explore the Lastiver Cave carvings

Day 7 in 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. Inside the caves, you can see carvings and sculptures, before hiking in the dense forest.

Visit the hidden monasteries of the Lori Province

Visit the hidden monasteries of the Lori Province

Day 8–9 in Lori Province

Armenia’s rich religious history means it has a plethora of churches and religious buildings. The 10th-century, UNESCO-listed Sanahin and Haghpat monasteries are among the most popular religious centres in the country.

Climb Mount Aragats

Climb Mount Aragats

Day 10 in Mount Aragats

Aragats is the highest mountain in Armenia, offering adventurous hikers a challenging climb. Start your hike at the mountain lake of Kari (3,200m), ascending to the southern peak at 3,887m. Summitting takes around three hours, with the entire trek lasting approximately eight hours — but the views are well worth it.

Depart from Yerevan

Depart from Yerevan

Day 11 in Yerevan


Head to the airport in Yerevan for your international departure.

Where to stay

Classic

Cascade Hotel

Three-star Cascade Hotel is located in the heart of Yerevan near the architectural complex called The Cascade. The hotel has friendly staff, professional service and spacious air-conditioned rooms. International and Armenian cuisine is available in the restaurant.

Superior

Opera Suite Hotel

The Opera Suite Hotel is located in central Yerevan, only 550 yards from the Armenian Opera Theatre.
Its suites have air conditioning, ensuite bathrooms, seating area and kitchenettes with a fridge, stove and kettle. International cuisine is available in the hotel’s Sinatra Restaurant.

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This route booked with one of our specialist tour operators would cost from £896pp. Pricing varies by accommodation class, and can be tailored to suit your budget.

Pricing is typically inclusive of hotels, transfers, meals, and all guided excursions and activities.

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