Tour Duration 6 Days / 5 Nights
Tour type Eco

Hiking Tour

itinerary for Hiking Tour

Day 1: Arrival in Yerevan

Arrival in Yerevan. Meet & transfer to the hotel for check in. Day at leisure. 

Overnight at hotel in Yerevan

Day2: Yerevan – Hiking tour to Khosrov state reserve – Yerevan

Breakfast at hotel. Continue hiking tour to Garni Visitor Center – Havuts Tar Monastery –Vahagni’s and Astghik’s Waterfalls – Pokr Shen village ruins –  Geghmahovit early medieval church –  Garni Visitor Center.

The trip starts by an off-road vehicle or a horse moving towards Havuts Tar monastic complex which was a remarkable cultural and religious center of medieval Armenia. Havuts Tar was a well-known center for manuscript creation and the oldest known manuscript created here dates from 1214 AD.  The next stop of this trip is by the St. Stepanos church – the main church of  Aghjots  monastic complex which is located on 1750 m above sea level in about 6 kms south-east from Garni village. It was built in the beginning of 13th century and it  was one of the important spiritual centers of medieval Armenia. The church has a cross-shaped floor plan, 4 depository sections. Next to the northern wall of  St. Stephanos there is a vaulted church called Poghos-Petros. There is a remarkable detail on both sides of the entrance of this church: the bas-relief sculptures of apostles Philip and Petr (Poghos and Petros). The sculptures are made of almost natural size and they are one of the unique examples of medieval Armenian sculptural art. St. Stepanos church was destroyed from earthquake in 1679. Here in middle ages were created pictures and illustrated manuscripts related to religion, history and philosophy. Next on this route is Glan village from where starts the trail to Vahagni’s waterfall, and then Astghik’s waterfall. The visit to these waterfalls is a perfect opportunity to rest in hot summer days. The trail has some difficult passages but the magical impressions from surrounding nature and refreshing energy of waterfalls will help you gain your power back and continue the hike. These two waterfalls are connected to each other by their mythological names: in Pagan times Astghik was the Goddess of love and fertility, the lover or wife of Vahagn the Dragonfighter – God of war and fire. After Astghik’s waterfall, the trail goes to Pokr Shen and Geghmahovit early medieval church. 

Overnight at the hotel in Yerevan

Day3: Yerevan City Tour – Dilijan

Breakfast at hotel and check out. Yerevan City tour – Yerevan sightseeing, including Republic square, Yerevan State University, City panorama, “Mother Armenia” Monument, Opera House, Northern Avenue, Parliament House, President’s Residence, Sports & Concert Complex, Tsitsernakaberd memorial complex (Genocide memorial complex). Visit “Cascade” complex, which is considered the modern art center of Yerevan, with art pieces displayed throughout the whole area: the boulevard and up the stairs, from the top of which you can enjoy the panoramic view of the city and Mountain Ararat. Cascade is home to “Cafesjian Center for the Arts”. 

Visit Megerian Carpet to explore the world of  Megerian rugs and interesting tour that will take you through the history of Armenian carpet making. Continue drive to Dilijan resort town.

Overnight at the hotel in Dilijan

Day 4: Hiking Tour in Dilijan

Breakfast at the hotel.  Hiking tour to Lake Parz. At the bottom of a deep basin – surrounded by mountains on three sides – is the mirror-like Parz Lake. Take a moment to admire the infinite reflections of the scenery within it, before setting on a journey to discover the nature and historic human interaction with the area. Although catching sight of animals is considered a rare opportunity, keep your eyes peeled for their traces; footprints in the mud, scratched bark around the bases of trees and the scented surprises they leave behind. Such a perfect setting has a timeless potential for inhabitation. Nowadays the lake houses a restaurant and cottages you can rent, and people can be seen swinging from the trees hanging from zip-lines. In the past, the basin is thought to have been home to a small settlement. Follow the loop around the lake to see the remains, including a concentration of khachkars (cross-stones). After the hike, take a moment to explore the lake area.

Overnight at hotel in Dilijan

Day 5: Dilijan – Tsaghkadzor – Lake Sevan – Yerevan

Breakfast at the hotel and check out.  We will return to Yerevan. On  the way back we will visit Tsaghkadzor resort (means “gorge of flowers”) town, the magical place of forested mountains. Opportunity to go up to the mountain peaks by ropeway, where you will catch an unforgettable gorgeous panoramic view of this part of the world (going up the first level and back). In winter Tsakhkadzor is a well- known ski resort with several levels of ropeways leading up the mountains. In summer it’s a pleasant place to spend the afternoon in nature and enjoy the sun. Visit Kecharis monastery and after on rope way to Teghenis Mountain. After Tsaghkadzor tour will drive to Sevan lake, the largest body of freshwater in Armenia and Caucasus region and visit Sevanavank monastery.

Overnight at hotel in Yerevan

Day 6: Transfer to the airport

Breakfast at the hotel. Check out.

Transfer to the airport. 

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