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Western Armenia 7 days tour

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Tour price: starts from 690 USD Duration of the tour: 7 days The tour distance: 2600 km ( 1615 miles ) Tour type: Tour to Western Armenia

Anitour travel agency is the founder of the tours to Historical Armenia and has been providing high quality service (VIP) for over 20 years. The majority of the tourists are from abroad, they appreciate the comfort (hotels, meals, transport, guide, etc).
The actual price of the tour depends on the number of members in the group.
30 people 690$ /Mercedes Tourismo 48 seats, 2017/
20 people  725$ / 2 Mercedes Sprinter 17 seats, 2017/
10 people  770$ / 1 Mercedes Sprinter 17 seats, 2017/
9-7 people 830$-980$ / 1 Mercedes Sprinter 17 seats, 2017/
4-6 individual order / 1 Mercedes Viano 8 seats, 2017/

Day 1

You leave Yerevan and by way of Gyumri you set off to Akhlkalaki which is the centre of Javakhk. You cross the Armenia Georgia border at Bavra.  You arrive in Akhalkalaki where you visit St. Cross church. After a short rest you  set off to Karzakh, the birthplace of Armenian ashugh (bard) Jivani. Here you visit the house-museum of Jivani. You cross the Georgia Turkey border at Karzakh.
After crossing the border you visit Lake Cildir, surrounded by a mountainous region. You continue your way to Kars. It is one of the former five capitals in Western Armenia. In 928 Kars was the 10th capital of Armenia. You have dinner at “Ojakh Bashi” where very tasty dishes are served and after a short rest you start the tour around Kars. St. Apostle’s church which was built during the reign of king Abas Bagratuni /928-953/ is a magnificent structure, still standing but it has been turned into a mosque. You admire the beauty of the fortress. Those who want can go up to the fortress from where they can have a beautiful panorama of the city. You go over across St. Vardan Bridge, see well preserved two-storeyed buildings in black tuffa and the ruins of Charents’ paternal house alongside them.
You leave for Ani. You are met by the Smbatashen walls on which just in front of the entrance you can see the coat of arms of the Bagratunis – a running lion. In 961 Ani became the 11th capital of Armenia. It is famous for its churches. The Mother Cathedral was built by architect Trdat (989-1001). It is considered to be the masterpiece of Armenian architecture. The general structure of the church of Holy Redeemer was so solid that when it was ruined in two halves, its dome wasn’t damaged. The church of Tigran Honents is decorated with different reliefs and frescos inside and outside. Walking about Ani you will see numerous churches and ruins of magnificent buildings. You come back to Kars.
Overnight at the Katerina Sarayi 5*

  • St. Apostle’s church
  • Kars Fortress
  • The Mother Cathedral
  • The church of Holy Redeemer
  • The church of Tigran Honents
Day 2

You leave for one of the magnificent places in Western Armenia – the first capital of Armenia, Van. On the way you have a stop at Bayazet where you see Bayazet Fortress. You also see the picturesque Waterfall of Berkri, a real wonder of nature.
In the evening you arrive in Van. First you visit Van Castle (built during the Urartian period) where the mausoleums of Menua, Argishti and Rusa are situated. Then you visit Mher’s Door which never opens.
You check-in at the hotel  Elite World Van hotel 5*.

  • Bayazet Fortresss
  • Waterfall of Berkri
  • Van Fortress
  • Mher’s Door
  • Van
Day 3

40km way to Akhtamar Island lies along the shores of Lake Van. You cannot help admiring the beauty of the lake that looks like a pearl surrounded by mountains. It takes 15 minutes to get to Akhtamar Island by boat. On approaching the island you are met by St. Cross church which was built by architect Manvel from 915 to 921. You have dinner in “Akhtamar” restaurant on the shore of Lake Van.
You set off to Mush. Here you visit St. Marine church, the Armenian cemetery, Sulukh Bridge where Gevorg Chaush was killed in an unequal fight.
Overnight at the hotel Diar Paris 4*.

  • Lake Van
  • Akhtamar Island
  • St. Cross church
  • St. Marine church
  • Sulukh Bridge
Day 4

After breakfast you leave for Diyarbakir, where St. Kirakos church reopened quite recently. Diyarbakir is also famous for the 1500 years' old bridge built on the river Tigris. The 8-km-long Diyarbakir walls run throughout the city.
You drive up Mount Nemrut, but you have to climb some part of the way on foot. The way to Gods is rather difficult but there are benches to have a rest on. Many tourists from all over the world come to see the royal mausoleum of the Yervandunis and the statues of pagan Gods /Aramazd, Mihr, Vahagn, Anahit/ which are 8m high.
You continue your way to Malatya, the birthplace of Hrant Dink. Here you see Holy Trinity church and the Armenian district.
Overnight at the Ramada Plaza hotel 5*.

  • St. Kirakos church
  • the Walls of Diyarbakir
  • Mount Nemrut
  • Mount Nemrut
  • Holy Trinity church, Malatya
Day 5

You leave for Erzurum. The way passes through Kharberd. Here it’s important to see the fortress of Kharberd, the Armenian district, St. Mariam church which is said to have a curing effect. On the way you also visit Dersim and beautiful Erznka Waterfall.
You arrive in Erzrum and check-in at the hotel. Here you visit Erzrum Castle, Sanassaryan College, Armenian Church which was turned into a mosque.
Overnight at the Polat Erzurum Resort Hotel 5*.

  • Kharberd
  • Kharberd
  • Kharberd
  • Erznka Waterfall
  • Erznka Waterfall
Day 6

You leave for Trabzon.  On the way you stop at Matchka. You visit Sumela Monastery, a Greek Orthodox monastery dedicated to the Virgin Mary. The monastery nestled in a steep cliff was founded in 13th century during the reign of the Emperor Theodosius I. Then you continue your way to Bayburt, once an important center on the ancient Silk Road. It was visited by Marco Polo. Remains of its medieval castle still exist. You arrive in Trabzon. You visit St. Sophia church, a beautiful and picturesque church converted into a mosque and later into a museum that still has stunning frescoes within. You also visit Trabzon Fortress, constructed on foundations dating back to Byzantine era with cut stones from former structures at site. The castle stretches from a hill on the backside of the city to the Black Sea shore. You drive to Hopa (Hamshen). You have a tour around the city. You arrive in Artvin and have a tour around the city of Artvin. Here you visit the church of Holy Mother of God and Artvin fortress.
Overnight at the hotel Grand Artvin 5*.

  • Trabzon fortress
  • Trabzon fortress
  • St Sophia, Trabzon
  • Armenian church in Artvin
  • Artvin Fortress
Day 7

You leave for Tortum Waterfall. Tortum Waterfall is both a unique and not to be missed attraction full of natural beauty and wonder. With a total drop of 48 meters, the waterfall creates a giant splash. You also visit Oshkvank Monastery, built in the second half of the 10th century. Departure for Turkish-Georgian border. Crossing of the border.

Arrival in Yerevan

  • Lake Tortum
  • Lake Tortum
  • Tortum Waterfall
  • Oshkvank monastery
  • Oshkvank monastery

Additional information

Testimonials

Iveta Babayan

My first trip was a 7 day tour to Western Armenia; the second one was tour to Western Armenia and Cilikia. During the second tour we had a chance to organize a wedding ceremony in the church Surb Khatch of Akhtamar Island; it was the 41st anniversary of marriage. It is difficult the introduce what kind of feelings I had at the time of the ceremony, but more stirring was the moment, when thanks to Mr. Arushanuan I appeared in Patichavan village of Basen province, from where my forbears had migrated in 1828.

Iveta Babayan Engineer
Syuzi Petrosyan

The impressions I got from journey were more than pleasant and joyful. Now I am very proud that I went and saw my fatherland. I am grateful to directorate of “Anitour” for presenting me such pleasant moment.

Syuzi Petrosyan Logopedist

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