The Perfect 7-Day Itinerary for First-Time Visitors
Armenia is waiting for you! Come to experience its rich history, breathtaking landscapes, and unique cultural traditions. Check out our suggestions for discovering Armenia in a week and making the most of your visit to our warm and welcoming country!
Day 1: Discover Yerevan
Your adventure begins in the capital city of Yerevan, where you’ll spend the first day exploring its vibrant streets, grand architecture, and fascinating museums. Start your day with a guided city tour to see the major landmarks, such as Republic Square, the Opera and Ballet Theater, Cascade Complex, and many more. Head to the History Museum of Armenia in Republic Square to learn about the country’s ancient past and rich culture.
Make a shopping stop at the Vernissage flea market to get unique gifts and souvenirs that will always remind you of Armenia.
Day 2: Garni and Geghard, Symphony of Stones
Take a journey to the countryside to discover two of the most impressive sights of Armenia: Garni Temple and Geghard Monastery. Start with the ancient pagan temple of Garni, and afterward visit the Symphony of Stones, a natural rock formation in the Azat River Gorge near Garni. Marvel at the unique shapes and colors of the rocks and enjoy a peaceful walk through the alley. Finally, conclude your trip with a visit to Geghard Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site carved into a rock and surrounded by breathtaking scenery.
Remember to taste some freshly baked lavash with fresh greens and local cheese at one of the local gastro yards in Garni village before you head to Geghard Monastery.
Day 3: Explore the North-East
Discover stunning Lake Sevan, the largest freshwater lake in the region and the second largest in the world by its height. Visit Sevanavank Monastery and take some striking pictures of Lake Sevan from the top of the peninsula, where the monastery stands. Next, head to the charming town of Dilijan, famous for its lush forests, pristine lakes, and scenic mountains. Here, you can visit the Old Town, the Sharambeyan Museum, and the Haghartsin Monastery (20 minutes away from Dilijan), surrounded by dense forests and tranquil streams.
You'll never forget the flavor of Dilijan's Gata with Thyme or Sevan's Fish Gata, so plan your lunch and coffee break accordingly.
Day 4: Religious Visits to Etchmiadzin and Zvartnots
Immerse yourself in Armenia’s rich religious and cultural heritage. Visit the Holy Mother See of Etchmiadzin to admire the cathedral’s stunning architecture and learn about Christian Armenia. On your way back to Yerevan, stop at the Zvartnots Cathedral, another UNESCO World Heritage Site from the 7th century known for its unique circular design and intricate carvings.
Etchmiadzin is within half an hour’s drive from Yerevan, so this trip will take approximately 3-5 hours.
Day 5: Must-Sees in Lori
When in Lori, visit the Akhtala Monastery, an ancient Armenian monastery dating back to the 10th century. Take your time to explore the vibrant colors of the frescoes that decorate its interior. Drive back to Alaverdi, and discover two more UNESCO World Heritage Sites located in the north of the region – Haghpat and Sanahin Monasteries. These two medieval monasteries are renowned for their exquisite architecture, unique design, and stunning location amidst lush forests and rolling hills.
Day 6: Explore the South
Begin your day with a visit to Khor Virap Monastery, a major pilgrimage site and a religious center. The monastery is located at the foot of Mount Ararat, and provides a breathtaking backdrop for your visit. Remember to stop on the way and take a magnificent photo of Mt. Ararat with the monastery in front of it. After Khor Virap, your next stop is the Areni Cave, one of Armenia’s most significant archaeological sites. Here you can explore the ancient cave from where the world’s oldest leather shoe (5,500 years old) and the oldest winery (6,100 years old) were found. After some local wine tasting, head to Noravank Monastery, located in a picturesque canyon surrounded by towering red cliffs. This stunning example of 13th-century Armenian architecture is a popular spot for photographers and guarantees 10/10 photos. Drive further and spend the night in Goris, a charming town surrounded by beautiful mountain landscapes. It’s the perfect place to relax and unwind after a day of exploring.
Day 7: Visit Tatev – the Gem of Syunik Region
Visit the iconic Tatev Monastery, perched on a cliff overlooking the Vorotan River Gorge. This stunning 9th-century monastery is considered one of Armenia’s architectural marvels, and the view from the monastery is absolutely breathtaking. Make sure to take the Wings of Tatev, the world’s longest reversible cable car, to reach the monastery. The views of the gorge from up above are absolutely breathtaking! On your way back to Yerevan, visit the Shaki Waterfall. Take your time to explore the area and take plenty of pictures.
On Sunday, take part in the liturgy and feel the power of this magnificent location at its best.
Wow! Your trip has already come to an end? Now is the time to say “this is not a goodbye, but see you soon” since #TheHiddenTrack has much more to offer than you can cover in a 7-day itinerary. See you back in Armenia soon!
Published on February 15, 2024