9 days/ 8 nights
Yerevan- Garni Temple-Symphony of Stones – Deped River – Lori Fortress – Stepanavan – Sanahin – Haghpat – Dilijan- Yenokavan – Lake Sevan – Tsaghkadzor – Lake Kari – Mount Aragats- Amberd Fortress – Yerevan
*Dates are flexible
Meet and greet at the airport. Transfer to the hotel. Check in formalities at the hotel. Overnight at a hotel in Yerevan. (-/-/-)
Day 2/ Yerevan (Ziplining under the Bridge)
We have a tour through the capital Yerevan - a city whose story started 29 years earlier than that of Rome. We will start our tour from Yerevan 2800th anniversary park decorated with 2800 fountains. Strolling along traditional Armenian carpet shaped ground of the park we find ourselves in Republic Square. Walking up one of the oldest streets in Yerevan – Abovyan Street - we head to the wonderfully paved Northern Avenue which high-end brand shops, coffee shops, restaurants, hotels and a shopping gallery. We will enjoy ourselves and soak up into the atmosphere strolling around Cascade Monument - a peculiar “huge staircase” decoration of the city in the form of unique architectural composition. Take you dose of extreme for today speeding up to 140km/h in Yerevan Zipline Airlines. This is the longest zipline in Armenia (about 870 m) with the highest point 123 m and the only zipline in the world that passes under a bridge at 90m height. Overnight in Yerevan.
Day 3/ Air Ballooning over Pagan Temple – Jeeping to Symphony of Stones – Yerevan
We head to catch our daily dose of extreme from the sky. After preparation we come closer to the Armenian skies taking a Balloon ride. Once in the skies, the horizon widens spectacularly and Armenia is introduced from a new point of view. A new surprise awaits us in Garni. We will visit the only survival of the Hellenic epoch in the whole territory of the Caucasus - Garni Temple. This pagan temple was built in 1st century as a worship place devoted to the local god of sun Mihr. We will take a jeep ride to the Garni gorge which boasts stunning natural rocks known as the “Symphony of Stones”. Driving back to Yerevan. Overnight at the hotel in Yerevan.
Day 4/ Rafting on the Debed River – Hiking to Lori Fortress - Stepanavan
The days starts with enjoying our rafting adventures in Debed river. After having instructions, we will start rafting tour. Debed river is formed by draining rivers Pambak and Dzoraget and has a length of 152 km. The Debed has 3rd-degree complexity level, which means it is suitable even for people who have some little or no experience in rafting. Our next stop is an 11th-century Armenian fortress Lori Berd. Built by David Anhoghin, the fortress was conveniently situated at the crossroads of trade routes and became the capital of Kingdom of Tashir-Dzoraget in 1605. Driving to Stepanavan. Overnight in Stepanavan.
Day 5/ Stepanavan – Horseback Riding from Sanahin to Haghpat – Dilijan
We visit monastery Sanahin (UNESCO) founded in the 10th century. We will have a horseback riding tour to the next UNESCO site Haghpat monastery (13th c.). Beginners will get half-an-hour horse riding lesson and then we will take lovely trail rides. We will enjoy the exhilaration of trail rides in breathtaking and inspiring natural environments. Our trail follows the traces of the ancient Sanahin road. In the beginning, we will ride towards river Archer, then cross the river and ride up to hillside village Haghpat. Our next stop is Dilijan. We have a walk in the wonderfully forested region of Dilijan to enjoy the 19th century appearance of the town. Overnight in Dilijan.
Day 6/ Dilijan – Yenokavan (Yell Extreme Park)
For today we move to Yenokavan village. Here we visit one of the most unique amusement parks of the region - Yell Extreme Park. Being located in the heart of the astonishing Yenokavan mountains Yell Extreme Park is a real paradise for those who want to combine adrenaline and eco environment. Park offers more than 10 unusual and creative activities such as rock climbing, paintball, paragliding, horseback riding, zip-lining, off-roading and so on. Overnight in Yenokavan.
Day 7/ Yenokavan – Lake Sevan (hydrocycle, zip-line)– Tsaghkadzor (ropeway) – Yerevan
We drive to the pearl of Armenia – Lake Sevan. Lake Sevan with its mountainous backdrops can impress every avid traveler. Our itinerary is complete without a hydrocycling trip around this wonderful aquatic universe, whose clear waters have travelled along many different rivers. Moving on we are given a unique opportunity to have a zip-line ride right over the lake. We fly as if by magic and drifts under the influence of the wind, making it a unique experience. Our next stop is whole-year-round resort town of Tsaghkadzor where we can take a 2-seat chairlift ropeway ride to Teghenis mountain (2851 m.) to enjoy the breathtaking view of Lake Sevan. Driving back to Yerevan. Overnight in Yerevan.
Day 8/ Yerevan – Lake Kari - Climbing Mount Aragats – Amberd Fortress – Yerevan
Today we drive to Lake Kari on Mount Aragats, which is located at an altitude of 3200 m. The lake was formed due to the snow flow, so the water is nearly always cold. From here we start our mount climbing tour to the Southern peak (3879m) of Aragats under the guidance of professional climbers. The South Summit of Aragats is an easy walk, and can be climbed quite frequently. There are no set paths, but the summit is visible from Kari Lake. The climb takes about 3,5 hours. We have picnic in the open air. Afterwards, we go down and visit medieval Amberd Fortress on the Southern slope. The site incorporates a rich variety of buildings including a church, a chapel, baths, walls and several gates. Driving back to Yerevan. Overnight in Yerevan.
After breakfast transfer to Zvartnots International Airport. (B/-/-)