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Western Armenia 4 day tour

Tour price: starts from 0 USD Duration of the tour: 4 days The tour distance: 2400 km ( 1491 miles ) Tour type: Tour to Western Armenia

Minimum number of people in the group - 15

Day 1

At 05.00 am 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. After a short rest you cross the Georgia Turkey border at Karzakhi.
After crossing the border, you leave for one of the magnificent places in Western Armenia – the first capital of Armenia, Van. On the way you visit the picturesque waterfall of Berkri, a real wonder of nature.
In the evening you arrive in Van. You visit Mher’s Door which never opens.
You check-in at the hotel Urartu (4*).

  • Waterfall of Berkri
  • Berkri waterfall
  • Van
  • Mher’s Door
  • The Door of Mher
Day 2

After breakfast you visit Van Castle (built during the Urartian period) where the mausoleums of Menua, Argishti and Rusa are situated.
A 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. Here Van tarekh is served. Then you have a rest, swim and enjoy Lake Van. You continue your way to Datvan.
Overnight at the hotel Grand Iskender 4* on the shore of lake Van.

  • Van Fortress
  • Holy Cross church
  • Akhtamar Island
  • Lake Van
  • Lake Van
Day 3

After breakfast you drive to Taron, Mush. Here you visit St. Marine church, the Armenian cemetery, where Gevorg Chaush is buried. You continue your way to Sulukh Bridge on the Aratsani River where Gevorg Chaush was killed in an unequal fight. You leave for Erzurum.  Here you visit Erzrum Castle, Sanassaryan College, Armenian Church which was turned into a mosque. 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 arrive and check-in at the hotel.
Overnight at the hotel Grand Ani 4*.

  • Sulukh Bridge
  • St. Marine church
  • Armenian Church in Erzurum
  • Erzrum Castle
  • Panorama of Kars
Day 4

After breakfast 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 tuff and the ruins of Charents’ paternal house alongside them.
40 minutes on the road and you arrive in 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 frescoes inside and outside. Walking about Ani, you see numerous churches and ruins of magnificent buildings.
You leave for the Turkish Georgian border. You leave for Akhalkalak. Arrival in Yerevan.

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

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Tour to Western Armenia
Tour to Western Armenia
Tour to Western Armenia
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