Armenia is a beautiful mountainous country that is known for its history, culture, and natural beauty, including the amazing scenery of the mighty Mount Ararat. This article will give you an idea about the most popular places to visit in Armenia that are essential to understanding Armenian culture and history.
You will want to tour Yerevan, the capital and largest city of Armenia. It’s home to many different cultures, ethnic minorities, religious groups, and lots of interesting sites and monuments. Yerevan is also the world’s second-oldest continuously inhabited city and one of the oldest cities in the world.
In case you are wondering where else to visit in Armenia and what else there is to see, we suggest that you take a look at the following plans for a one-day trip that combines more than one destination to cover as many sites in one day as possible, we have gathered 4 such trips.
An important stop on your planned List of Tours in Armenia, especially if you also care for ecotourism. Breakfast at your hotel. On this day, you’ll visit Tsaghkadzor, the city located 50 km from Yerevan.
The main part of the city is expanded on the Eastern slope of Mount Teghenis. Tsaghkadzor is one of the leading tourism centers in the country. Tsaghkadzor meaning “the valley of flowers,” is associated with the name of the Tsaghkuniats Mountains.
Today Tsaghkadzor is a city with newbuilt streets, gorgeous night lighting, modern hotels, and rest houses. It Is charming both in summer and winter.
One of the most important parts of the city is the Ropeway with five stations the line of current international standards by the level of technical equipment and services. Here, there were also built 30 km skyways.
In winter, thousands of winter sports lovers prefer to arrive from different countries and have a rest in the Resort of Tsaghkadzor.
In Tsaghkadzor, we can see the religious and cultural site of the city- the Monastery Complex of Kecharis, which was totally reconstructed in 2001. Turn back to Yerevan.
Sevan- Dilijan- Goshavank
Start this day by visiting the blue Pearl of Armenia — Lake Seven, recognized as a national treasure in the country.
It is the largest lake in the Caucasus and Armenia. At an altitude of 1900 m above sea level. On the shore of a small island is located the Monastery complex of Sevanavank. After the water level fell about 20 m, the island transformed into a peninsula.
You can take your lunch here in Sevan, which provides approximately 90 % of the fish and 80 % of the crayfish catch in Armenia.
You’ll take the road to Armenian Switzerland, known as Dilijan, one of the most important resorts in Armenia.
You’ll have a little city tour in the old town of Dilijan, which includes Sharambeyan street in the center, complete with craftsman’s workshops, galleries, and museums.
Visit the two monastery complexes of 13th-century Goshavank, which were restored by an Islamic Individual from the United Arab Emirates.
Turn back to Yerevan to end another day of Tours in Armenia.
On this excursion day on the Tour in Armenia list, you’ll visit one of the most visited sites of Armenia: Garni Pagan Temple, located in the village of Garni, built in the 1st century CE.
The Temple of Garni survived the destruction of pagan temples following Armenia’s conversion to Christianity. After the earthquakes, the temple was reconstructed.
The latter is situated on a cliff, from where a beautiful panoramic view opens up to a range of Geghama mountains and the Azat River near the Ararat Plain.
The Medieval Monastery of Geghard is located deep within Azat valley, founded by Saint Gregory, the illuminator, as the area of a small Christian chapel.
The complex has been accepted as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2000 CE. You can have lunch here in Garni village where you can be present also at the preparation of Armenian bread “Lavash”. Turn back to Yerevan.
Etchmiadzin- Khor Virap
A must-visit on the list of Tours in Armenia. On this day, you’ll start the trip by visiting the 4th largest city in Armenia, Etchmiadzin. Before 1945 it was officially admitted as Vagharshapat.
Nowadays, the city is best known as the center of the Armenian Apostolic Church, “Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin,” and as the location of Its Cathedral.
The Cathedral of Etchmiadzin was built in Ancient Armenia in the early 4th century and was following the adoption of Christianity as a state religion by King Tiridates.
Etchmiadzin visits St. Gayane and St. Hripsime Churches of the 7th century. These two churches were listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Afterward, continue the road to Khor Virap, located on the border of Armenia, the first established monastery in Armenia in 642 CE.
This is one of the primary visiting sites in Armenia, with a panorama view of the Ararat Mountain and the Turkish border nowadays.
The legend of this monastery is associated with Saint Gregory the Illuminator, who was imprisoned here for 13 years. Turn back to Yerevan.