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  • From Tbilisi: Private Day Trip to Armenia

    1. From Tbilisi: Private Day Trip to Armenia

    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 Haghpa...

    Had an awesome time. The guide, Irakli, knew so much history about every little thing that I asked about, and he was keen on pointing out what made every location unique. Moreover, he knew all of the best and coolest spots to take pictures from, and the lunch was incredible too. I enjoyed every second of this tour, and I would highly recommend Irakli as a guide.

  • Armenia: Odzun, Akhtala and UNESCO Heritage Sites Tour

    2. Armenia: Odzun, Akhtala and UNESCO Heritage Sites Tour

    In the morning, your professional team members will greet you in order to head to the northern province of Lori. It is one of the most picturesque regions in Armenia, offering dramatic changes of the views, from lush forests to rocky mountains and endless steppes. You will stop at the village of Odzun, situated on the left bank of the river Debed to explore the 5th-7th-century basilica church Odzun. Following this, you will depart to The UNESCO World Heritage Listed Monastery Sanahin which was built in the 10th century and is undeniably one of the most precious landmarks of the region. Next, you will drive towards another UNESCO listed Monastery, Haghpat, built in approximately the same period as Sanahin. Both monasteries lie in a plain green area, surrounded by numerous "khachkars" and splendid nature. Later, you will head to the Akhtala village to admire the Akhtala Monastery, famous...

  • From Tbilisi: Small Group 1-Day Tour to Armenia with Lunch

    3. From Tbilisi: Small Group 1-Day 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 a...

    Fantastic day trip. Our guide Irakli was amazing, highly memorable day thanks to him.

  • Armenia: Private Tour to Haghpat and Sanahin Monasteries

    4. Armenia: Private Tour to Haghpat and Sanahin Monasteries

    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 s...

  • Full-Day Tour to North Armenia: Sanahin and Haghpat

    5. Full-Day Tour to North Armenia: Sanahin and Haghpat

    Meet your guide in front of your hotel after the lunch to start your journey: You will cross the beautiful Aragatsotn Province hills as you drive west from Yerevan in an air-conditioned vehicle. You will arrive at the village Artashavan which is the home of the monument of Armenian Alphabet. Here you will find giant 39 stone letters dedicated to the founder of Armenia's alphabet. Your tour will make its second stop in Sanain village where the medieval Sanahin church is located. It's one of the greatest Medieval monasteries of Armenia with beautiful architecture. The complex has numerous khachkars (stones with elaborate engravings representing a cross) and bishop grave sites scattered throughout it. After lunch, you will make a stop in Alaverdi town, where the medieval Sanahin bridge is located. It's one of the most significant architectural constructions of medieval Armenia. The bridg...

  • Mountain Bike Tour in Armenia

    6. Mountain Bike Tour in Armenia

    Begin with a pick up from your hotel accommodation in Yerevan. Stopping in at the Monastery of Khor Virap, here get a great view of the Biblical Mount Ararat. Then hit the road on your bike, heading for Zangakatun, located at the gateway of the Vayots Dzor province. From here descend to the Areni Village, as the immense red cliffs are unveiled before you. Pass the Arpa Valley, and stop at the Areni cave, where many artifacts of the region's millennia-old win history have been found. This cave famously harbored the oldest shoe of the world, once. Then cycle to the Noravank Monastery through canyons. This medieval monastery will marvel you with its splendor. Rest for the night in the village of Herher.  Departing Herher, head to Noratus cemetery, stopping at the Selim pass and the Lake Sevan by car. Start your biking at the stone-cross in Noratus' Khachkars. Cycle around the side of the...

  • From Tbilisi: Private Day Trip to Armenia

    7. From Tbilisi: Private Day Trip to Armenia

    Start your day trip at 9:00 AM with a hotel pickup. Drive for approximately 40 minutes and reach the Georgian-Armenian border. After processing through customs, your exploration of Armenia begins. Meet your local Armenian guide and head to the first landmark, Akhtala Monastery. See its famous precious frescoes and admire the gorgeous landscape that surrounds the historic building. After visiting the Akhtala Monastery, visit another old religious building said to be constructed between the 5th and 7th-centuries. Discover the Basilica Odzun and after marveling at its impressive architecture, continue on to the next stop. Along the way be stunned by mesmerizing landscapes that dramatically change from one kilometer to the next. After a short drive, arrive at the monastic complex of Haghpat and Sanahin, which were historically renowned for their school of illuminators and calligraphers. In...

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What people are saying about Sanahin Monastery Complex

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 98 reviews

Had an awesome time. The guide, Irakli, knew so much history about every little thing that I asked about, and he was keen on pointing out what made every location unique. Moreover, he knew all of the best and coolest spots to take pictures from, and the lunch was incredible too. I enjoyed every second of this tour, and I would highly recommend Irakli as a guide.

Beka is very knowledgeable about the history of Armenia and the monasteries. He is very pleasant and added surprise activities. Highly recommend!

Both guides were fantastic and did a great job. I highly recommend the guides and this excursion.

Fantastic day trip. Our guide Irakli was amazing, highly memorable day thanks to him.

This was a wonderful day. My guide was extremely helpful and informative.