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Off-road tour in north Armenia 16 days


The off-road tour to the northern regions of Armenia is called "Mountain forests, vastnesses and deep gorges" and this means that during your 16 days trip you will drive and pass through thick mountain forests, vastnesses and through deep and beautiful gorges of South Armenia. For the whole way, beautiful nature sights and harmoniously combined with it monasteries, fortresses and ancient settlements are waiting for you. And here's what awaits you during these 16 days.

Tour program


Moving to the North - megaliths, ancient temple and cyclopean fortress
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Our jeep tour to North Armenia starts with Shirak region. Unlike other southern regions that are rich with mountain forests, here mostly dominate mountain-steppe landscapes.
Here, in Shirak's region many cuneiform writings, ruins of the ancient fortresses and bridges, pre-Christian churches were persisted...
The first place that we're going to visit is one of the most amazing places, where people had lived and built their town many millennials ago. It is an ancient settlement and fortress of Horom(Orom).  In the III-II millennium, a fortress and an ancient settlement were standing here. In a huge territory (about 4 sq.km) which the fortress and settlement occupied, people have founded a sacrificial altar, rocks with mysterious signs carved on them, wall ruins and many other things.
After the ancient town we will go to a modern town- to Gyumri, the history of which also goes back to millennials. In this amazingly colorful city with modern buildings, we can see lots of historical buildings that were built in the times of Russian Empire.
In Vahramaberd and Marmarashen, the places that we are going to visit next, many evidences of ancient people's life and medieval monuments are preserved.
Here, in Marmarashen stands one of the most significant medieval monasteries of Armenia- Marmarashen monastery. It was built in the X century and is a valuable example of Armenian architecture.
But the monastery isn't the only thing that this place is famous for. Here, in the territory of Vahramaberd and Marmarashen existed a developed civilization, about what many archeological findings indicate. In Vahramaberd, there is a cuneiform writing of Argishti I, which tells about his conquests.
The night stay will be in tents, near the monastery.

Mountain lake and waterfall in the mountains
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In the next morning we will go to the beauty of South- to the lake Arpi. The lake's surface is 2025 m above sea level which is higher than Sevan's level.
The ecosystem of the lake and the surrounding area have global ecological meaning. Among many rare birds, you can see a black stork here.
It is worth mentioning that it is a territory of national park.
From the territory of Vahramaberd and Marmarashen to Arpi lake and then to the city of Ani, in a historical territory of Armenia, people lived from the ancient times, about what there are many evidences, including loads of megaliths, some of which you may see on your way to the waterfall Trchkan.
We will stop here, near the picturesque waterfall of Trchkan. And for those who want to see the surrounding nature, we can organise a little hiking.
From the waterfall starts the region of Lori, which is rich with nature and history.
The night stay will be by the waterfall.

Mountain forests and an ancient temple in a picturesque gorge
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If there were vastenesses before (prehistorical settlements in Shirak's plateau),  then since the third day of your jeep tour to North Armenia, start mountain forests and deep gorges -in Tavush and Lori regions.
But, before that we will stop in another interesting place- in an ancient cave settlement.
After cave settlement, there is a monastery of Hnevanq at the junction of  two rivers, most likely built in the VII century. Exactly here we are going to go.
Moreover, you will have a choice- to get there on jeeps or have an interesting hiking to it.
The group will meet at the monastery, where our tents will be set up.

The most beautiful gorge, fortress and ancient temple
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On the fourth day we will visit the fortress of Lori. Generally, in Armenia the construction of both fortresses and monasteries were done with taking account the nature features as for practical and aesthetic purposes. You will notice it during your trip.
Lori Bird was an impregnable fortress, thanks to the fact that the fortress stood(and stands) on the edge of a gorge, at the intersection of two gorge rivers. The saved fortress was built in the X-XI centuries. But before that, there was a town, where people were busy with farming, fishing, hunting and owned various crafts.  The tombs of priests and princes, also of ordinary inhabitants, have been preserved.
If you want you can go down to the gorge.
Then, the road will pass through one of the most beautiful and deepest gorges- through the gorge of Dzoraget river. We will stop here to admire incredibly beautiful views.
Then we will go to Ardvi monastery, located on a spacious cape, on the left bank of  Debet River- at the foothill covered with mountain forests. Exactly here, <> are amazingly connected.
The monastery of Ardvi was built in the VIII-XVII centuries. There are many monuments, xachqars and gravestones here. A tree growing on the gravestone deserves a special attention.
On the right side of  Debet gorge is, on an open space plateau stands another monastery- medieval Haghpat, about the history and architecture of which you will learn at there, because it is our next destination. For those who want, we can organise a hiking to the desert of Haghpat, which is situated out of the monastery complex.
The night stay will be
in Haghpat village, either in a hotel or in a guest house.

Free time or Hiking in the mountains and to the fortress
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On this day, till the afternoon, you will have a free time for resting, or we can organise a hiking to Kayan fortress. It was built in the X century, at the junction of two rivers- on a high cape. During some period it belonged to Haghpat monastery. Actually, during their reign Bagratuni kings paid a great attention to their defense. And that’s why many fortresses that reached us, date back to X century.
Then we will go to a picturesque village Sedvi, located on the slope of a cliff. Here you can choose a rest in nature or a hiking to the fortress of   Sedvi, to the gorge.
Then we will return to Haghpat village and have our overnight stay there.

Trip to ancient monasteries or excursion program
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On the sixth day of our interesting jeep tour in Armenia, you can choose one of the two programme versions offered by us.
The first is a hiking version- to get to the foothill, where the monastery of Qobayr stands and then hiking to it. Qobayr was built on the edge of the gorge and you amaze thinking how could it be built there. From Qobayr monastery we will have  hiking to another monastery, situated on the edge of the gorge, in an arduous place- to the mysterious monastery of Horomayr. We will get down from the other side and go back to Haghpat village.
The second version is an excursion- you will go to the monasteries of Sanahin and Aghtala. Together with Haghpat monastery, these two are one the main centres of medieval Armenian spiritual and scientific mind.  After the excursion, for the hight stay we will return to Haghpat.

Monasteries in mountain forests and moving to the slope of the mount Lalvar
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The seventh day of our hikking in Armenia is basically dedicated to mountain forests. This place is the lack of monuments there and possibly (need to get permission) to two of them to Khuchap monastery (XIII century) and the fortress of Basket for you can be arranged to hike
Then we will go to the slope of Lalvar mountain- rising above vastnesses of Lori.
Here, you will have a night stay in tents.

Free time or climbing Lalvar mount
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Nature of Lori region is famous for its beauty, mountain forests, picturesque gorges and of course for its swift, mountain river ''Debet''.
On this day you have a choice, whether you rest and enjoy the nature, whether climb Lalvar mountain with a height of 2544 m.
After that, on jeeps, you will get to Debet river. With its peculiar character, this river has become '' the hero of literature'' not once.
From Debet we will get to amazingly beautiful lake Tsover. On the way we will stop to see some beautiful places of our picturesque pass.
The night stay will be either by the lake, or in a guest house- as you choose.

Hiking in the mountain forest and moving to the highlands
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This day of our jeep tour starts with a visit to an awesome plateau, where you will have an opportunity to rest in nature, admiring the views...
Or you can take part in a hiking to an amazing monastery, hidden from everyone- Bardzraqash Surb(Saint) Grigor.
Then, on jeeps you will be taken to the picturesque highlands, where you can only see shepherds and many horses.
If  you want, we can organise a climbing to the mountain.
In this silent and wonderful place you will spend your night.

Descent from the mountains and moving to the picturesque gorge
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On the tenth day, we will go down to the village of Molokans. In these mountain villages amazing people live and it seems that their traditions and way of living are superior to time.
Then, again we will get to the mountains above resort city of Dilijan. From here, through Vanadzor city- a cozy, green city lying on the inter-mountain area, will get to picturesque Marts gorge. The river Marts flows through a gorge covered with forests. There are many beautiful places where we will have an opportunity to stop admire the views.
Here,  at the gorge of Marts, will be your night stay.

Through the highlands to the ancient monastery
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On the eleventh day of our tour we will visit the highlands of the other southern region- Tavush which is rich with mountain forests, from where very beautiful views are seen. We will stop here.
Then, you can choose to reach to the monastery of Kiranc on jeeps or take part in a hiking to the same place.
The monastery of XIII century stands on the edge of a wood, on a hill above the river. And the road leading to it, is more beautiful.
The overnight stay will be here, by the monastery.

Hiking or moving along the picturesque gorge to the monastery
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On this day, again you will have to choose- whether you drive on jeeps through the picturesque gorge to the mysterious and lost in the wood monastery of Araqeloc, whether hike to this mysterious place enjoying nature, especially when you have to get to the monastery by going down but not up.  
Not far from the monastery we will set our tents up.

A panoramic view of the surrounding area, hike to the waterfall and caves
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On this day we will go to Makaravank, which stands a bit higher from the mountain village, on the mountain cliff, which is covered with thick forests. Before we reach to the monastery, we will stop in a place, from where opens a beautiful view to the whole area of river gorge and mountain range. The monastery was built in the IV-XIII centuries and till now it has a special meaning for Armenian spiritual life.
From Makaravank we will go to another mountain village, where there are many things for both passive and active rest. For example, you can fly above the gorge with the help of zipline or you can just lay on a chaise lounge in a café. For those who want, there will be organised trips to the waterfall and Lastiver caves.
Lastiver is a perfect place for those who look for silent and peace. This is an area full of gorges, forests, caves and mountain waterfalls. The caves have
 centuries-old history and many hidden mysteries.
Closer to the evening we will get to the highland through the road that practically no one uses. And here our tents will be set up.

The ascent of mount Miapor or camping
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On the fourteenth day of our north tour we will go to the foothill of the highest mountain in Tavush- the Miapor volcano. Its height is 2993 m. Miapor stands on the border of two regions and from the top of it opens the most incredibly view to the both regions.
Here, you will also have an opportunity to choose- to climb Miapor and get down from the other side or drive there on jeeps.
From the other side of the foothill, in the region of Gegharkunik, we will stay for night.

Drive through the mountains to lake Sevan
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On the penultimate day of the jeep tour, through the picturesque mountain village we will go to Sevan lake, which is peacefully located on the ring of volcanic mountains. But, perhaps on our way to Sevan we will visit some interesting places.
The night stay of this day will be in an equipped camping or in a guest house- as you want.

Rest on the lake Sevan, the hot springs, return to Yerevan
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On this day, till the afternoon you will have a free time, which you can spend on the shore of Sevan.
Then we will go to one of the volcanic mountain- to Artanish, which surrounds Sevan. The mountain isn’t so high- 2461 m. You can climb to the mountain in order to see the whole Sevan from the top, or you can just rest on the mountain slope.

Group prices

Number of peopleBudgetBusinessPremium
11950 $ 2690 $ 3360 $

Individual prices

Number of peopleBudgetBusinessPremium
5 - 7 1350 $ 1590 $ -
4 - 5 1510 $ 1870 $ 2400 $
3 - 4 1610 $ 2140 $ 2700 $
2 - 3 1950 $ 2690 $ 3360 $
1 - 2 2690 $ 3630 $ 4590 $

The cost of off-road tour in the North of Armenia includes:

Budget option

  • All movements on a comfortable SUV (driver guide)
  • Products for the whole time of the campaign
  • Overnight in the guest house on 4, 5 and 6 days with Breakfast and dinner
  • Visiting places specified in the tour program
  • General field equipment

Business

  • All movements on a comfortable SUV (3 people in the back seat)
  • Guide service
  • Products for the whole time of the campaign
  • Overnight at the hotel in 4, 5 and 6 days with Breakfast and dinner
  • Visiting places specified in the tour program
  • General field equipment

Premium

  • All movements on a comfortable SUV (2 people in the back seat)
  • Guide service
  • Cook for the whole tour
  • Products for the whole time of the campaign
  • Overnight at the hotel in the superior room in 4, 5 and 6 days with Breakfast and dinner
  • Visiting places specified in the tour program
  • Personal equipment (tents, sleeping bags, etc)
  • General field equipment

The price of off-road tour in the North of Armenia does not include:

Budget option

  • Air ticket
  • Guide service
  • Cook service
  • Accommodation in Yerevan before and after the tour
  • Rent of personal Hiking equipment (tents, sleeping bags, etc)
  • Insurance
  • Personal expenses

Business

  • Air ticket
  • Cook service
  • Accommodation in Yerevan before and after the tour
  • Rent of personal Hiking equipment (tents, sleeping bags, etc)
  • Insurance
  • Personal expenses

Premium

  • Air ticket
  • Accommodation in Yerevan before and after the tour
  • Insurance
  • Personal expenses
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During these 16 days we will show and tell you as much as possible about nature and history of North Armenia. 

Also, we can arrange for you a jeep tour of Armenia for a smaller number of days

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