Overview

Enjoy unbelievable nature, delicious food, magnificent architecture, and some UNESCO World Heritage Sites on this incredible Journey through Armenia.

Home Hospitality

Although there is no overnight Home Hospitality on this Journey, we will be day hosted by members of FF Yerevan.

Live With a Local

  • Though we will stay in a guest house, we will have day hosts.
  • Learn more about culture of Armenia with local people and their traditions of hospitality.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Yerevan
  • Lake Sevan
  • Arzni
  • Abovyan
  • Dilijan National Park
  • Goshavank (medieval monastery of XII—XIII centuries)
Armenia is a fascinating country. It is the only remaining country from the 3,000-year-old maps of Anatolia, and became the world's first Christian country over 1,700 years ago!

Legends and Treasures of Armenia

11 Days / 10 Nights Program and Itinerary:

September 14, 2019 – September 24, 2019
Coordinator: Oyuna Sengeeva, FFI
[email protected]

All Friendship Force Itineraries are subject to change.

Sept. 14, 2019

Ambassadors arrive at the airport

Accommodation

Lunch

Sept. 15, 2019

Breakfast

Sightseeing tour of Yerevan

Tour of wine and hard liquor producing plant with tasting

Lunch in Genatsvale restaurant, with splendid Armenian and Georgian cuisine, homemade wines, and other beverages

Walking tour, Vernissage market, where you can shop for souvenirs and handmade jewelry from local craftsmen

Northern Avenue

Republic Square

Cascade

Museum of Armenian filmmaker and artist Sergey Paradjanov

Welcome party

Sept. 16, 2019

Breakfast

Tour of Sevan – the lake of Sevan is a natural wonder, located 1916 meters above sea level

Lunch

Sample the most famous fish in Armenia, called Ishkhan “Prince fish”

Tour of Arzni, the main treasure of this resort is its mineral springs. Arzni is located in the picturesque gorge of mountain river Hrazdan

Tour Abovyan, known as a “Northern Gate of Yerevan,” due to its location northeast of the capital

Sept. 17, 2019

Breakfast

Tour of Dilijan, a natural park city. Many famous artists, composers, scientists and filmmakers have lived here

Goshvank, an Armenian medieval monastery of XII—XIII centuries

Lake Parz, a magnificent lake hidden in the woods of Dilijan National Park

Lunch

Haghartsin, an Arminian monastery, built in XI—XIII centuries and situated at a steep slope of Ijevan Ridge

Ijevan, located in the subtropical zone of Armenia at the height of 732 meters above sea level

Sept. 18, 2019

Breakfast

Tour of Khor Virap, a monastery situated at the foot of the biblical mountain of Ararat, where, according to the legend, Noah’s Ark found rest after the flood. The monastery is located above the underground priso

Noravank, founded in 1205, at the place of an ancient pagan temple. Extended at the edge of XIII-XIV centuries, when it became of the residence of Syunik’s bishops and a large spiritual and cultural center of Armenia

Areni, a well-known wine-producing village of Armenia. One of the most popular caves of the region, “Birds’ Cave,” is located in the area

Sept. 19, 2019

Breakfast

Garni, an ancient temple, well-known from manuscripts by Cornelius Tacitus, Movses Khorenatsi, etc.

Geghard, a Christian monastery and a unique architectural marvel, located in the gorge of mountain river Goht. Geghard is a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site

Lunch in a restaurant where guests can watch the process of cooking national bread, then enjoy it with sheep cheese and homemade wine

Matenadaran, officially “Mesrop Mashtots Research Institute of Ancient Manuscripts,” is the largest collection of ancient Armenian manuscripts, as well as a center of spiritual and cultural heritage in Yerevan

Sept. 20, 2019

Breakfast

Tour of Etchmiadzin Monastery, the most famous cathedral of Armenia

Lunch with traditional national dish, lahmajoun and matsun

Zvartnots, literally ‘celestial angels cathedral,’ is a cathedral of medieval Armenian architecture. In 2000, the ruins of the cathedral and archeological area around it were added to the UNESCO World Heritage list

Sardarapat Memorial, a sculpture and architecture complex, erected at the site of the Sardarapat Battle to commemorate the victory by Armenian militia units over regular Turkish army in 1918

Sept. 21, 2019

Breakfast

Time with day hosts

Byurakan Observatory – the village of Byurakan is famous for the astronomical observatory of the Armenian Academy of Sciences, located here. It is one of the leading astronomical research institutions of the Commonwealth of Independent States

Sept. 22, 2019

Breakfast

Museum of Armenian painter Martiros Saryan

Visit a dancing school and a public school

Take a master class in cooking national dishes in a traditional Armenian restaurant

Farewell party

Sept. 23, 2019

Breakfast

Visit a local food market, where you can buy delicious local delights and beverages

Little walk

Lunch in city

Free time

Pack and getting ready for departure

Sept. 24, 2019

Check-out at 10 AM

Departure

Rate:

$1670 USD

Price Includes: FFI and host fees, English-speaking guide, double accommodation in guest houses, all meals in tour, local transportation by bus to more than 10 different sightseeing cities and districts in Armenia, entrance tickets in program, and transfer to/from Yerevan airport.

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Know before you go

  • Journey number 19032.
  • The middle of September is the most favorable time for a Journey to Armenia, rich with fruits and vegetables.
  • The average temperature is 68 - 77°F (20 - 25°C.)
  • It might be chilly in mountain areas, so we recommend to take some jackets, comfortable shoes, and umbrellas in case it rains.
  • In Armenia, our guests are going to enjoy unbelievable nature, delicious food, magnificent architecture, with some sites listed by UNESCO.
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