Nagorno-Karabakh & Armenia: 10-Day Tour

Nagorno-Karabakh & Armenia: 10-Day Tour

Day 1: Arrival to Yerevan (D)
 

  1. We’ll meet all tour participants at the airport, then 

  2. head to a boutique hotel Villa Delenda, located in the city center, to check in and rest a bit

  3. Soon afterward, we’ll go on a walk to show you the lively and cozy city of Yerevan

    1. Full of picturesque streets, delicious restaurants and hospitable residents

  4. Dinner

  5. Night in Yerevan

 

Day 2: To Karvajar via Sevan lake (B/L/D)
 

  1. In the early morning we’ll be off to Lake Sevan

    1. Armenians call it a ‘sea’ for its great size and beauty 

  2. We’ll make a couple of stops along the way to see beautiful Hayravank Monastery and to taste rare Armenian cheeses at a farm 

  3. Next, the road will take us to Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh) and its northern region of Karvajar 

  4. We will have several stops on the way 

  5. Then we will arrive to Karvajar town – capital of the region 

  6. Have a nice dinner with locals

  7. Night at local guesthouse

 

Day 3: Trip to Tsar village and Istisu resort (B/L/D)
 

  1. Today, we’ll travel to the republic’s highest-altitude village, Tsar (2000 m) 

  2. We’ll meet a family of settlers from Russia 

  3. Enjoy lunch with them

    1. Accompanied by breathtaking views of a 300m-deep canyon 

  4. We will explore the village with its Armenian and Azeri heritage

  5. We’ll travel upstream of the Tartar River to the abandoned Soviet spa resort of İstisu

  6. We’ll bathe in a thermal spring and explore the picturesque ruins 

  7. At the end of theday, we will arrive back at Karvajar

  8. Overnight at guesthouse 



 

Day 4: To Stepanakert via Khachen valley (B/L/D)
 

  1. We’ll leave to Stepanakert in the morning 

  2. First stop at Dadivank village to meet some local settlers

  3. Then we will stop at the village of Vank to visit Gandzasar, 

    1. Karabakh’s largest and best decorated monastery and see the village streets renovated by an Armenian philanthropist

  4. Lunch with locals at their house or at the house-museum of Nnikol Duman (Armenian war hero)

  5. At the end of the day, we will arrive in Stepanakert

  6. Check in for 4 nights at the Park Hotel

  7. Evening walk around the city center 

  8. Welcome dinner

  9. Overnight in Stepanakert

 

Day 5: Central area of Karabakh (B/L)
 

  1. The first part of the day we will spend in the city 

  2. We will explore the local bazaar

  3. Meet with officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for a short talk 

  4. Then we’ll drive to Tigranakert

    1. An ancient Armenian town that was established in the 1st century BC by the Armenian king, Tigranes the Great. The town was excavated only a few years ago, so we will be accompanied by a local archaeologist as we explore its fortified walls and traces of early Christianity. The excavation site is near the huge (abandoned) town of Aghdam, which will make the trip there even more exciting

  5. Overnight in Stepanakert

 

Day 6: Day in Shushi (B/L)
 

  1. In the morning, we’ll ascend to the old capital of Karabakh, the fortress town of Shushi where we’ll spend the whole day 

  2. We’ll visit the private Museum of Karabakh Carpets 

  3. See the ancient abandoned mosques and mansions and explore the fortress walls

  4. Meet with locals 

  5. Then we will go to the gorge of the Karkar River, which flows under the Sushi rock. 

    1. This narrow canyon, sandwiched between vertical cliffs, hides the ruins of an old village of millers, and an awesome forest with waterfalls and rocks 

  6. Walk along the river 

  7. Drive back to Stepanakert

  8. Overnight in Stepanakert

 

Day 7: Trip to Southern Karabakh (B/L)
 

  1. Today we’ll travel to the Hadrut province, which was once the historical region of Dizaq 

  2. The main adventure of the day is the ascent to Toghasar mountain 

  3. The medieval temple of Gtich Monastery is at the top of the mountain 

  4. After descending to the bottom, we’ll lunch with locals

  5. Then we will explore the village of Togh, 

    1. The historical center of Dizaq and home to the winery of the Avetisyan family. 

    2. Here, we’ll taste Kataro, one of Armenia’s finest wines made from the indigenous Khindogny variety of grapes 

  6. On the way back to Stepanakert, we’ll stop to visit one of the planet’s oldest trees, a 2000-year-old sycamore

  7. Overnight in Stepanakert

 

Day 8: From Karabakh to Syunik (B/L)
 

  1. In the morning we’ll leave Karabakh via the Lachin corridor

    1. The “road of life,” which connected Stepanakert to Armenia during the last war. 

  2. Right after crossing the border, we’ll visit the cave town of Khndzoresk, 

    1. Where people used to live in houses carved into the rocks right up until the mid-20th century

  3. After Khndzoresk, we’ll ride the ultra-modern reverse cableway (also the world’s longest), to get to the Tatev monastery. 

    1. This convent, which stands at the edge of a deep canyon, was the key religious and learning center of medieval Armenia, complete with a university and a book-producing workshop staffed by outstanding miniaturists 

  4. Dinner 

  5. Overnight at the Mirhav Hotel, located in the nearby town of Goris 

 

Day 9: Via Vayots Dzor to Yerevan (B/L)
 

  1. We’ll begin our journey back to Yerevan 

  2. The first stop will be the “Armenian Stonehenge” 

    1. A megalithic complex called Zorats Karer, whose stone structures have been a part of this empty plateau for over 4,000 years 

  3. By lunchtime, we’ll be at village of Areni

    1. The center of Armenia’s principal wine region

    2. Vine cultivation began here as early as the Copper Age 

  4. We’ll visit a local cave where evidence of the world’s oldest winemaking activities were discovered by archeologists

  5. Lunch at a cave tavern, located in the middle of the red rock canyon 

  6. After the meal, we’ll walk along the canyon to Noravank Monastery, 

    1. Where you’ll be dazzled by intricate khachkar cross stones and base reliefs produced by the celebrated artist, Momik

  7. The last leg of our journey to Yerevan runs through the Ararat plain 

  8. We’ll take a detour to visit Khor Virap 

    1. A medieval monastery that stands on a low-rise rock and offers a tremendous view of the mighty Mount Ararat. 

  9. After visiting the monastery, we’ll drive back to Yerevan

  10. Dinner 

  11. Overnight at the Villa Delenda hotel in the city center

 

Day 10: Last day in Yerevan (B)

  1. After much adventuring, our journey is over! We’ll say our goodbyes and make sure you get to the airport on time for your flight

 

Price Includes:

 

  • English–speaking guide services for the whole trip

  • Transportation according the itinerary (Mercedes Sprinter microbus)

  • Meals and tastings as specified (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)

  • Overnights in the hotels according to the itinerary (Twin room)

  • Tickets to all museums, natural reserves and sites

  • Local guides

  • Visa to Artsakh

 

Price does not include:

 

  • Visa for Armenia

  • Meals/services other than specified

  • Medical insurance

  • Gratuities

  • Single supplement – 250$

Included

  • English–speaking guide services for the whole trip

  • Transportation according the itinerary (Mercedes Sprinter microbus)

  • Meals and tastings as specified (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)

  • Overnights in the hotels according to the itinerary (Twin room)

  • Tickets to all museums, natural reserves and sites

  • Local guides

  • Visa to Artsakh

Not Included

  • Visa for Armenia

  • Meals/services other than specified

  • Medical insurance

  • Gratuities

  • Single supplement – $250

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