Armenia 7 days
Ancient Armenia
Prices from £999

Uncover the secrets of a truly enchanting corner of Europe on a short Armenia tour that shows you a side of the continent you never knew existed. We start in Yerevan, a vibrant and rather charming city with some splendid architecture, and explore some of its key sites before heading into the surrounding countryside. At Khor Virap and Noravank we visit ancient monasteries that date back to the emergence of Christendom, and in Dilijan wander around the old centre and meet the Molokan people, one of Europe’s smallest, but most traditional ethnic groups. We discover the stunning churches of Echmiadzin and visit Kurdish and Yazidi villages where lifestyles have changed little for centuries, uncovering the rich cultural heritage of this complex but fascinating part of the world. At the dramatically located monastery of Geghard we see ancient religious treasures, and in the area around Garni we spend time in a local village as guests of a family, where we are treated to a typical Armenian meal in a traditional setting. The adventurous can extend their trip with a visit to the independent republic of Nagorno Karabakh, a country unrecognised by most of the world. This Armenia tour blends the country’s magnificent monuments and history with an insight into its rich cultural heritage, and is ideal for anyone wanting to learn about and experience this rather unusual corner of Europe.