Alaverdi UNESCO sites

Our most recommended Alaverdi UNESCO sites

From Tbilisi: Day Trip to Armenia Including Homemade Lunch

1. From Tbilisi: Day Trip to Armenia Including Homemade Lunch

Start your tour at the Akhtala Monastery, a church from the 12th century which contains beautiful frescoes and is surrounded by copper smelting caves as well as a copper smelting factory. The second destination of the tour is the Haghpat Monastery, located in Haghpat Village and is a UNESCO-listed site. It is one of the most beautiful medieval masterpieces in Armenia. Then you can have lunch and try some traditional Armenian food. Following lunch, you'll make 3 stops on your way to visit the second UNESCO Heritage Site, Sanahin.  The first will be a 13th-century bridge, the second for a Debed canyon with astonishing views, and the third for the Mikoyan Brothers' museum, where an original aircraft (MiG 21) will surprise you. Finally, travel back through the border to Tbilisi.

From Tbilisi: Armenia Day Tour with Lunch

2. From Tbilisi: Armenia Day Tour with Lunch

Armenia, with its distinctive culture, its beautiful rocky mountains and ancient history is a must-see when traveling in the Caucasus region. Discover the beauty of Northern Armenia on this day trip from Tbilisi, with your tour starting at 9:00AM, after which you will head for the border. From here the landscape will begin to change, as you drive through the narrow gorges of the Debed River in between the high rocky mountains. The time seems to stand still in this part of the country, with its typical Soviet cars and huge copper factories built in the middle of the mountains, the scenery is full of bizarre beauty. The tour includes several main sightseeing objects of Northern Armenia, such as the historic Lori region, the fortified monastery of Akhtala, a unique example of wonderfully preserved frescoes from the 11th century and the two UNESCO protected monasteries of Sanahin and Haghpat. The history of the two monasteries in Alaverdi is connected by a legend of father and son and you can see many similarities, but also differences in their architecture. Both places are known for their beautiful architecture and the unique hachkars, as well as the stone crosses, a signature of Armenian art. Before heading back to Tbilisi you can taste authentic Armenian food in a traditional restaurant by the river.

From Tbilisi: Small Group Tour to Armenia with Lunch

3. From Tbilisi: Small Group Tour to Armenia with Lunch

Visit two of Armenia’s ancient monasteries and the town of Alaverdi on this small group tour from Tbilisi. Cross over the border with your experienced guide who will take you through the highlights of Northern Armenia in just 1 day.   Depart at 9:00 AM sharp for a 1.5-hour trip across the Georgian-Armenian boarder. Almost immediately you’ll start to notice changes in the landscape—the fields will become rocky mountains and the scenery takes on a certain apocalyptic touch, due to the many abandoned Soviet mines and factories. Your first stop is the fortified monastery of Akhtala, where you can marvel at the beautifully preserved frescoes and learn about the thrilling history of this Georgian-Armenian creation.   Then, you’ll reach the UNESCO-listed monastery complex of Haghpat, where you’ll learn about the Armenian stone crosses and the mystical poet Sayat-Nova. The next stop is a small authentic restaurant by the river, where you can try authentic Armenian cuisine. Travel another 30 minutes to the center of the town of Alaverdi, famous for being the hometown of MIG fighter jet engineer Mikoyan, and the 10th century monastery of Sanahin. Arrive back in Tbilisi by around 6:00 PM after a full and fascinating day.

Private:Haghpat,Sanahin Monasteries, Mikoyan Brothers Museum

4. Private:Haghpat,Sanahin Monasteries, Mikoyan Brothers Museum

During this tour, you will be travelling towards the north-east, to one of the greenest regions in Armenia – the region of Lori. Here there are two of the three monasteries that are in included the UNESCO list. The monasteries of Haghpat and Sanahin are closely connected, and located within a 20-minute drive of each other. Legend says that both monasteries were built by father and son masons, with Sanahin having been built earlier by the father. The name says it all: Sanahin literally means “this is older than the other”, whereas Haghpat means “great wall”. The main churches in both complexes were built by Queen Khosrovanuysh, for the prosperity of her two sons, Princes Smbat and Kurike, whom you can observe on the east walls of the main churches. The major church in Haghpat Complex – St. Nshan or the Holy Cross – was built in 976, and the main church in the Sanahin Complex was built some 30 years earlier. Admire both on this tour.

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What people are saying about Alaverdi

I did enjoy this tour a lot!! We had great guide (sorry but forgot the name!!) who took us on slightly off the beaten path visits ( apart of what was in the itinerary). Was really different tour to what I expected - much more entertaining!! We had amazing lunch (there were vegetarian options for me). Luckily the border crossing was very quick. I would definitely recommend going for this trip to anyone who would like to see a bit of Armenia but doesn't have much time. Great value for money and guaranteed great time!!

We had a fantastic day in Armenia. Our guide Lika was very helpful and told us a lot of interesting facts about sights we saw, local history and traditions. It was super interesting. Lunch was the highlight of the trip, we tasted delicious traditional Armenian dishes with great view and in very friendly atmosphere. I will definitely reccomend this trip to everyone

The tour was excellent with a good balance of the churches, nature and industrial influence. Beka was a superb guide! His passion for history, Georgia and the wider reason came through very strongly. His stories and humour added to the experience. The lunch with the family was superb and an added bonus. Overall - cannot recommend it highly enough.

Travel 60 years back to the times of the Soviet Union. Very good to see what communism does to a country. Nice tour guides, delicious lunch with a family.

Excellent day out. Guide and driver delivered an excellent itinerary. Never rushed and always felt safe. Highly recommended