Make the most of your journey to or from Yerevan: Khor Virap, Norovank, Areni wine–and also Zvartnots and Etchmiadzin cathedrals

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Norovank. Picture credit Thong Do

You can start in Goris or Sisian and end your day-trip in Yerevan or at Zvartnots airport–or do the journey the  other way around. Either way, we will take in the monasteries at Khor Virap and Norovank, and visit Areni, home of Armenia’s finest wines–and the place where the world’s oldest shoe was discovered. (You can see the 5,500 year-old shoe in Yerevan at the History Museum of Armenia, but the site where it was found is also worth exploring). Enjoy stunning views of Mount Ararat (if the day is clear), and gorges and mountains of amazing colours. Take part in a wine-tasting and learn what makes Armenian wine so special. Learn the legends of Gregory the Illuminator, and Momik the Architect, and speculate about the history of  our world-famous shoe. This day-trip combines history, archaeology, opportunities to photograph fabulous landscapes, and great food and wine. Depending on the time of  year, feast on apricots, apples, or walnuts sold by the side of the road–and take home a bottle or two of our beautiful  wine as a momento of your trip.

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Upon request, this trip can be extended to include a visit to Zvarnots Cathedral, an ancient site just outside Yerevan, and to Etchmiadzin, the Holy See of the Armenian Apostolic Church. 

Author: goris.tours

English-speaking tour guide based in Goris, Armenia. See Armenia from the comfort of my Mercedes and benefit from my knowledge of history, culture, wildlife--and the best places to eat and drink. I offer tours nationwide from airport pick-up to drop-off, or you can book me for a day-trip. Popular tours include: Tatev monastery with the longest ropeway in the world; Old Khndzoresk and the swinging bridge; Armenia's Stone Henge, Shaki Waterfall plus Vorotnavank Monastery and Vorotnaberd Fortress; Jermuk including the waterfall and funicular; in summer, a visit to the Petroglyphs in Ughtasar; and tours of all Armenia , Artsakh (Nagorno Karabakh) and to Georgia

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