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From Yerevan: Full-Day Tatev Monastery Complex Tour

1. From Yerevan: Full-Day Tatev Monastery Complex Tour

The tour starts early in the morning at 7:00 am. After breakfast, you'll be on the road. The first destination is Khor Virap which is the closest stop to mount Ararat. Then, you'll continue the trip to Areni Wine Factory. After some wine tastings and even some shopping, you'll head to Halidzor village where you'll hop on the longest cable car in the world covering a distance of almost 6km. While enjoying breathtaking views from above Vorotan gorge, you''ll reach Tatev monastery complex, which is one of the largest monasteries in Armenia. Then, you'll return to Halidzor village with cable car again and continue the tour to Noravank monastery, the only only place where you can see father God's face carved. Enjoy lunch with fantastic views of red cliffs and then return to Yerevan.

From Yerevan: Mount Ararat, Monasteries, and Winery Tour

2. From Yerevan: Mount Ararat, Monasteries, and Winery Tour

See where some of the world's oldest artifacts have been uncovered at Areni-1 cave with this tour from Yerevan. Admire views of Mount Ararat at Khor Virap and Noravank monastery. Visit a charming old Areni winery and try some traditional Armenian cuisine. Meet your guide and enjoy views of Mount Ararat as you drive to Khor Virap monastery. Walk through a monastery that was initially built as a prison. See where the first Armenian Catholicos, Gregory the Illuminator, was imprisoned. Head to Areni-1 cave where archeologists discovered several of the world's oldest artifacts, including a leather shoe and a winery. Explore the site which overlooks the Arpa River near the town of Areni and is thought to date back to the Early Bronze Age. Continue to Noravank to marvel at medieval Armenian architecture. Experience the beauty of this place that is nestled high among brick-red cliffs in Gnishik Canyon. Have the chance to try the oldest grape variety in the world at an old Areni winery.


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Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 11 reviews

Fantastic Service, Knowledgable Staff!

Our experience with Nvard and Dikran had been a fantastic one. Nvard was extremely knowledgable in all places we visited. Dikran was a safe driver and doubles as a fantastic photographer! Let him show you all the hidden places at each destination to take fantastic photographs!! We thoroughly enjoyed our day trip to Tatev with the both of them and I would highly recommend them to any first-time visitors to Armenia!!

Great day. Guide and driver were terrific. Guide (Katerine) was very knowledgeable and her English is very good). Unfortunately was thick fog at Tatev Monastery so could see little, but that is no one's fault. A very long day.

Really informative guide. Good pacing. Beautiful scenery. Roads are bit rough at some points.