Armenia is a country with an ancient, rich, complex, and, at times, tragic history. And yet it has a story to share of resilience, exuberance, and natural beauty. Join us on this exciting journey while we seek out the medieval remnants and enduring legacies of one of the earliest Christian civilizations, especially in Etchmiadzin, the spiritual capital of the country, and the spectacular history-filled Debed Canyon. Along the way, we will also discover incredible monuments and other remnants of the Soviet era, learn the traditions behind khachkar carvings, and be charmed by Armenia’s modern culture and friendly locals. And near the end of our extensive overland travels we’ll relax on the shores of the Armenian Ocean - Lake Sevan - and in the Soviet spa town of Jermuk.
The listed price of the trip is per person based on double occupancy. The cost of the optional excursion to Garni and Geghard is $210 per person.
You’re in good company. Solo travelers typically make up about half of our small groups. With curiosity at the center of our experiences, there’s a natural camaraderie that develops over the course of a trip. We have two options for you:
Shared Room (subject to the latest Covid-19 guidelines): You’ll be matched with another solo traveler of the same gender.
Private Room: Have your own room, subject to availability, for a supplemental cost of $620. After booking your trip, please request a private room when you fill out your traveler information form and we’ll add the option to your booking and final balance.
We’ll be staying at four-star hotels, boutique lodgings, and guest houses throughout this trip. Please note that, due to the nature of the trip and the number of locations we’ll visit, we will be staying only one night in several places.
Our trip begins with a welcome dinner in Yerevan on Day 1. We recommend you arrive in Yerevan by 3 p.m. so you can settle into your accommodations before the group meets up for dinner and introductions. Our trip concludes on Day 10. If heading out directly, you can depart anytime on Day 10. If joining for the optional day trip extension to Garni and Geghard, you should plan to depart after 8 p.m., or the next morning.
Travelers should feel comfortable walking two to four miles over the course of each day, spending time in nature, remaining on their feet for long periods of time, and sometimes walking on uneven terrain. Travelers should also be comfortable spending time on the road, as most days will involve driving anywhere between 45 minutes and 2.5 hours (the average daily driving time is around 90 minutes).
Your participation in this trip will provide significant financial contributions to the communities we visit, directly supporting small businesses, schools, villages, and local families. This trip includes a visit to and financial donation to the Gallery of Mariam and Eranuhi Aslamazyan Sisters in Gyumri. The gallery preserves the complete collection of the painting, graphic, and ceramic works of Mariam and Eranuhi Aslamazyan sisters. After the ruinous earthquake of 1988 the building of the gallery was given to the homeless people and was reopened in 2004. The gallery supports cultural education programs and the promotion of Armenian culture. In addition, this trip's focus on important historical and religious sites will help to preserve and maintain them for future generations.
Most dietary restrictions can be accommodated, though in most cases ingredients can't be substituted or omitted from particular dishes. If you have a severe allergy, please contact us to find out if this is the right trip for you.
October in Armenia is typical for northern hemisphere continental autumn, gradually turning cooler and cloudier as it moves towards November. Daytime temperatures reach up to around 70°F, dropping to the low 40s°F in the evenings, while humidity can reach 64 percent. April is a comfortable spring month, with average temperatures fluctuating between 44°F and 66°F. You should expect some amount of rain during both the spring and fall.
Visa requirements for Armenia vary depending on traveler citizenship. Please check requirements for travel to Armenia and any countries passed through in transit. A passport is required for international travel. We recommend your passport expire at least six months after your return home.