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Small-group Tour Khor Virap, Areni Cave, Noravank, Areni Winery, Traditional Lunch

  • Excellent value for the money

  • Good choice for first-time visitors

  • Wine tasting and refreshments included

Small-group Tour Khor Virap, Areni Cave, Noravank, Areni Winery, Traditional Lunch
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Small-group Tour Khor Virap, Areni Cave, Noravank, Areni Winery, Traditional Lunch
USD 25.88

An excellent option for first-time visitors, this full-day tour includes several small adventures in one package. Visit Mt. Ararat, the country’s most famous landmark, and see the beautiful cliffs of Gnishik Canyon. Learn about Armenian history, visit religious sites, and taste Areni wine, which is said to be made from the oldest grape vines in the world.

What to Expect

Although there are various historical landmarks in Armenia, the oldest and most well-known is probably the Biblical Mount Ararat. This is why our tour promises a spectacular view from the closest spot possible.

The Khor Virap monastery is located about an hour’s drive away from the capital Yerevan, and offers an amazing view of Armenia’s defining symbol – the majestic Ararat. “Khor Virap” translates as “deep dungeon”, and was built of the place of the former royal prison, located on the historical site of Artashat.  It was this very prison in which they kept Gregory the Illuminator, the first Armenian Catholicos, for a whole 13 years. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that this place is one of the most sacred spots for Armenians around the world. Likewise, it’s also the closest point to the Mount Ararat from Armenia; very often this spot becomes the number 1 reason to visit our country!

Aside from Khor Virap, another place that can’t be missed is Noravank. It is one of the gems of medieval Armenian architecture, nestled high among the stunning brick-red cliffs in the end of the Gnishik Canyon.  Here you will see the one and only depiction of God the Father in Armenia, which is just as astonishing as the face of Jesus Christ that appeared on the dome of the Church’s narthex. Built by Orbelian noblemen, it stands out among our churches as the sepulcher of this noble family, making it unique since it was absolutely prohibited to bury people inside a church since the 5th century.

A 15 minutes’ drive back from the monastery of Noravank will take you to the Bird’s Cave. In 2008, archeologists discovered several of the world’s oldest artifacts, including a leather shoe and a winery. The site, overlooking Arpa River near the town of Areni, is claimed to date mostly to the Early Bronze Age (around 5,000-6,000 years ago). It also contains evidence of elaborate burial rituals and agricultural practices.

What concerns the “finishing touch” to this tour, you will be given a chance to taste and even purchase Armenia’s renowned Areni wine made from the oldest grape variety in the whole world. The wine is available in several wineries in the actual town of Areni. There will be traditional lunch served in a local restaurant.

Reviews (14)
1 - 5 of 13 reviews
Reviewed 19 August 2018
Book without hesitation!

At around £20, I was not expecting much, and nearly didn't book it. I am so glad I did! For a start the minibus was modern, clean and comfortable with excellent air conditioning, wifi and cold water. The driver was professional and punctual for the...More

2  Thank mp4d
Reviewed 31 July 2018 via mobile
Very professionel company

Excellent tour to Khor Virap, Noravenk and Areni caves and winery. Good minibus with free Water and even Wifi, absolutely fantastic guide who spoke good English, great local lunch. Highly recommended!

1  Thank Martin K
Yerani_Travel, Owner at Yerani Travel, responded to this reviewResponded 6 August 2018

Dear Guest, Thank you for your kind words. We are happy that you enjoyed the tour and looking forward to see you again! Sincerely, "Yerani travel" team

Reviewed 30 July 2018
Amazing Views

Should not be missed! Noravank is a must-see with stunning views of the mountains. Khor Virap is quite interesting too with view of Mt. Ararat. However, the small bus is not so well-ventilated. It was too hot and the ride was too bumpy. Our tour...More

1  Thank Berlin728
Yerani_Travel, Owner at Yerani Travel, responded to this reviewResponded 6 August 2018

Dear Guest, Thank you for your review and for choosing our agency. We are so glad to hear that you like your tour with us! Hope to see you again soon. Best regards, "Yerani Travel" Team

Reviewed 11 July 2018 via mobile
Incredible day tour

A wonderful day tour. Very impressed with this company. Arman, the guide, was informative and thoughtful. The provided bottled water was a huge perk in 100° plus weather. The van was comfortable and well air conditioned. The view of Mount Ararat was fantastic. This is...More

1  Thank Britt B
Yerani_Travel, Owner at Yerani Travel, responded to this reviewResponded 13 July 2018

Dear Guest, Thank you so much for taking time to review your experience. It's our pleasure to read your kind words about our services. We will be glad to welcome you back in the future! With best wishes, Yerani Travel Team

Reviewed 10 July 2018
Great scenery of this tour

I really enjoyed visiting the two monesteries as they as located in very picturesque places. The winery however was kind of a tourist trap. The food was a little overpriced, but okay. The cave with excavation didn't impress me much, but probably because I have...More

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4 October 2018|
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Response from bendel250 | Reviewed this property |
The tour bus will pick you up at your hotel, the tour last about 8 hours. Your hotel front desk will help you, no worries. Wishing you a great trip.