Daily jeep tours

 

N 1 - Yerevan - Akna lake  - Yerevan

  • Jeep tour price - 40000 AMD (1 jeep) 1-4 person

  • Jeep tour + hiking to Ajdahak mountain - 70000 AMD (1 jeep) 1-4 person

  • Hiking down from Ajdahak to Vishapasar mountain and jeeps moving to Vishapasar 87000 AMD (1-3 person)

 

Maximum number of a group 20 people

 

Ajdahak mountain - height 3597 meters above sea level.

 

There are many Legends and Miths around Mount Ajhdahak. Here is one of them:

The name Ajhdahak has its origins in Armenian mythology. The Ajhdahak were half man and half dragon. In Armenian the word for dragon is "vishap". Vishaps lived in high mountains, in big lakes and in clouds of the sky. Whether they were in the sky or resting on lakes their roar could blast away everything for miles. According to legend a one thousand year old vishap could absorb the whole world, often during thunderstorms old vishaps from high mountains or lakes fly up to the sky and vishaps in the sky go down on the earth. In Persian the word "Ajhdaak" means huge, powerful and tremendous.

 

Akna lake - is a crator fresh water lake, height 3509 meters above sea level.

 

Vishapasar mountain - height 3157 meters above sea level.

N 2 - Yerevan – Dilijan – Kirants monastery – Arakelots monastery – Yerevan

  • Jeep tour price - 70000 AMD (1 jeep) 1-4 person

 

      Maximum number of a group 20 people

Dilijan city - The health resort town Dilijan surrounded by the Lesser Caucasus mountain-range lies to the north-eastern part of the Republic of Armenia, in the valley of the river Aghstev, at a height of 1100-1510 meters above sea level.

Due to archaeological investigations conducted in the 70s of the 19th century, the man has been living here since the Late Bronze and the Early Iron Ages (the end of 2000 BC-the beginning of 1000).

As a health-centre Dilijan has already become to develop in the end of the 19th century attracting campers with its exclusive healing air and wonderful landscape.

One of the most valuable natural resources in Dilijan is woods covering the 34000hectares territory. For the purpose of woods’ flora and fauna keeping, enrichment and receiving new species in local conditions the state forest reserve has been organized in 1958 and later on in 2002 “Dilijan national park” has been created on its basis. The woodland covers 94 percent of the park territory and it has about 40 types of trees and 18 ones of bushes. In the most part the main tree types are oak, beech, hornbeam. There are such broad-leaved trees as a maple, a birch, an ash, a willow, a linden, an elm and others.
Coniferous forests in park cover only restricted territory.
Here one can meet oaks of 300-400 which are of 25 meters height and are 80-100 centimeters in diameter. One of the oak-woods with such an old trees situated in the Getik basin is considered to be the biggest one in Transcaucasia.
Oak, beech, hornbeam is rated highly for timber.
There are wild fruit-trees growing at the territory of park. They are apple-tree, pear-tree and plum-tree.

The national park has a very rich fauna. Here one can meet mammals as brown bear, wolf, marten, otter, lynx, sylvan cat, Persian squirrel, sylvan dormouse, hedgehog, chamois, European red deer, wild hog and others.

 

Kirants monastery - 13th - 14th century complex situated deep inside forest. The complex consists of three churches, gavit-halls, refectory, dwelling and service structures, defensive walls with a large arched gate.

 

Arakelots monastery - 12th - 13th century

 

N 3 - Yerevan – Sevanavank – Dilijan – Haghartsin monastery – Goshavank monastery – Gosh lake – Yerevan

  • Jeep tour price - 56000 AMD (1 jeep) 1-4 person

 

      Maximum number of a group 20 people

 

Lake Sevan - is located in Gegharkunik region, 60 km far from Yerevan (capital of Armenia). It is one of the high located freshwater lakes in the world. Perched at 1900m above sea level, the great blue eye of Sevana Lich (Lake Sevan) covers 940 sq km, and is 80km long by 30km at its widest. Its colours and shades change with the weather and by its own mysterious processes, from a dazzling azure to dark blue and a thousand shades in between. The water is about 18-22 Celsius in the summer. On the peninsula there is the monastery of Sevanavank (9 century). It is worthwhile to climb up the many stairs for the view to Sevan.


Lake Gosh- is located in Tavush region near village Gosh. The length of the lake is 100 m, width – 80 m. Depth of the lake approximate is 8 m. In summer water temperature reaches up to 14 C.

 

Haghartsin monastery - 11th - 12th century.

 

Goshavank monastery - is an example of 12th - 13th century architecture. It was founded by Mkhitar Gosh who was medival Armenian scholar.

N 4 - Yerevan – Gegharot waterfalls (Aragats mountain)  – Yerevan

  • Jeep tour price - 47000 AMD (1 jeep) 1-4 person

 

      Maximum number of a group 20 people

 

Aragac mountain - is in the northwest of Armenia. It is the highset mountain in Armenis - 4090 m. Aragac have four peaks and one of the biggest craters in the world, created by a volcano eruption in the distant past.There is a high altitude lake nearby called Kari Litch (Stone Lake) - a favorite campsite for climbers.

Snow covers top of Aragac almost year-round, so climbing is best in July, August or September. Beware as even in August, clouds can gather in the crater by about 10am, so it’s good to start walking as early as possible.  The southern peak (3893m) is easy enough for inexperienced climbers, but the northern peak (4090m) is more challenging and requires crossing a snowfield (experienced hikers only). The northern summit can be reached in four to six hours.

 

 

 

N 5 - Yerevan – Hors lake – Spitakavor monastery – Tanahat monastery – Noravank – Areni – Yerevan

  • Jeep tour price - 75000 AMD (1 jeep) 1-4 person

 

      Maximum number of a group 20 people

 

Spitakavor monastery - it is a small monastery complex of 14th century. Road to Spitakavor is quite bad so hiking up is a good alternative.

Spitakavor S. Astvatsatsin church was built by Proshyans in 1321. The earthly remains of the famous warrior and nationalist leader Garegin Njhdeh are buried in the yard of the monastery. Remains were brought to Armenia secretly in 1983.

 

Tanahat monastery - was mentioned in 8 century as one of medieval Armenia's most important religious and cultural centers. Main church st Stepanos was built between the years 1273 - 1279 by Proshian family.

Some scholars believe that the Monastery housed Gladzor University (founded in 1282), the most prominent educational institution of its day in Medieval Armenia, where Natural Sciences, Mathematics, Theology, Geometry, Astronomy, Chronology, Miniature Painting and other subjects were taught.

Famous medieval students of the university included the historian Stepanos Orbelian, the philosophers Yesayi Nchetsi and Hovhan Vorotnetsi, the architect Momik and the miniature painters Toros Taronatsi and Avag.

 

Noravanq monastery - 13th century monastery complex situated deep in the canyon. In the 13th-14th centuries the monastery became a residence of Syunik's bishops. The architect Siranes and the remarkable miniature painter and sculptor Momik worked here in the latter part of the thirteenth and early fourteenth century.

Those rocky cliefs that surround Noravanq could tell many interesting stories. 

Master Momik was in love with the beautiful daughter of Prince Orbelian, the lord of the Syunik province. When her father found out about them, he called Momik and said

  - I will give you hand of my daughter if you will built a temple of unmatched beauty in 3 years. The young architec went to work immediately. Less then 3 years later he was on the way to finishe she temple. He was putting the last stones on the dome, on the very top. All of a sudden a man came to the temple. He walked into the church, climbed up to the dome and without warning pushed Momik  off the wall as he was ordered by his master Prince Orbelian. Momik fall down holding the last stone in his hands  which became his tombstone.

But the beauty of Noravanq didnt die with Momik. It become more bright and brilliant with centuries.

 

 

Areni village-  famous for its wine, which is the final product of more than 3.000 years of natural selection, grown only in Areni Village.

Each year in Areni village takes place already a traditional "Areni wine" festival, where besides the inhabitants of the region there are also present representatives of various departments. The “Areni Wine Fetival” opens with the bright and colorful and spectacular parade of the best wine-makers, combined with the song and dance combination.

 

 

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N 6 - Yerevan – Hayravanq – Selim pass (selim caravansaray) – Sevsar petrogliphs – Smbataberd fortress – Noravanq – Yerevan

  • Jeep tour price - 86500 AMD (1 jeep) 1-4 person

 

      Maximum number of a group 20 people

 

Hayravanq - It dates back to the 9th-12th centuries. The oldest inscription of the monastery dates back to 1211 and tells about the first restoration works of the church.

As a truly ancient church, Hayravank Monastery also has a legend connected to its name. This time Armenians were fighting against the Turkic ruler Timur. As he approached the monastery, he left nothing on his way but ruins. The priest serving at the monastery could not take the scene and threw himself off the cliff into lake Sevan. He did not die and ran on the surface of the water.

Timur was shocked and as a respect to such a divine act, he promised to make only one wish of the priest come true. The priest asked Timur to let the people of the village enter the church and he wouldn’t touch the people that the space inside the church could take. The church was very small, so Timur agreed, being sure that the priest won’t be able to save too many people.

So people started to enter the church. After some time there was nothing left outside. Timur got angry thinking that the priest was cheating. He rushed into the church and saw it completely empty. He also noticed how the priest transformed the last person into a dove, who flew from the church window. The priest’s name was Hovhan, and the church was named Hovhanavank, later becoming Hayravank (“Hayr” meaning “Father”).

 

Selim pass - In medieval Armenia many buildings were built along traveling routes for the accommodation of travelers. One of those is Selim caravansarai that was built in 14th by Prince Chesar Orbelian.

 

Smbataberd fortress - is defense complex of the 10-11th centuries. It is one of the most interesting and memorable travel destinations in Armenia.

The name of this fortress is not clear yet. Traditionally, it’s called Smbataberd. It supposedly has to do with King Smbat who is buried in the nearby village of Yeghegis and who is believed to have reconstructed the fortress.

Another version is that the fortress got its name from Prince Smbat of Syunik who lived in the tenth century. In his work “History of Sisakan” (Syunik ) Armenian historian Stepanos Orbelyan wrote: “When in 922 upon the order of Yusuf amira of Atrpatakan, general Nsr attacked Syunik, ruling Prince Smbat organized resistance in Yeghegis. Seeing they are unable to bring down the defenders the enemy retreated. Meanwhile, wise Smbat was quietly sitting in Vayots Dzor Province.”

 

Noravanq monastery - 13th century monastery complex situated deep in the canyon. In the 13th-14th centuries the monastery became a residence of Syunik's bishops. The architect Siranes and the remarkable miniature painter and sculptor Momik worked here in the latter part of the thirteenth and early fourteenth century.

Those rocky cliefs that surround Noravanq could tell many interesting stories. 

Master Momik was in love with the beautiful daughter of Prince Orbelian, the lord of the Syunik province. When her father found out about them, he called Momik and said

  - I will give you hand of my daughter if you will built a temple of unmatched beauty in 3 years. The young architec went to work immediately. Less then 3 years later he was on the way to finishe she temple. He was putting the last stones on the dome, on the very top. All of a sudden a man came to the temple. He walked into the church, climbed up to the dome and without warning pushed Momik  off the wall as he was ordered by his master Prince Orbelian. Momik fall down holding the last stone in his hands  which became his tombstone.

But the beauty of Noravanq didnt die with Momik. It become more bright and brilliant with centuries.

N 7 - Yerevan – Vayk – Martiros (little lake and rock-cut monastery) – Gomq lake and Gomq khachkar’s rock – Artavan lake – Yerevan

 

Spitakavor monastery - it is a small monastery complex of 14th century. Road to spitakavor is quite bad so hiking up is a good alternative.

Spitakavor S. Astvatsatsin church was built by Proshyans in 1321. The earthly remains of the famous warrior and nationalist leader Garegin Njhdeh are buried in the yard of the monastery. Remains were brought to Armenia secretly in 1983.

 

Martiros rock carved monastery - The rock cut church has hidden tunnels, probably to provide alternative exits if necessary. Martiros is one of the oldest rural communities of Armenia. The history of Martiros is full of famous figures, starting from the medieval age.

Near the village , high up on the mountainside, lies a huge khachkar dating back to 1283 attesting to the command of Prince Prosh and his son Paron Hasan. Opposite the khachkar is a basilica built in 19 th and extensively rebuilt in the 1980s, including half-finished buildings for a future theological academy. There are ruins of rooms where people stopped in transit.

 

  • Jeep tour price - 92000 AMD (1 jeep) 1-4 person  (min. 2 jeeps needed)

 

      Maximum number of a group 20 people

N 8 - Yerevan – Haghpat monastery – Texut – Kozman – (Mshkavanq-optional) – Dilijan – Yerevan

 

Haghpat monastery - documentary evidence and monuments of material culture suggest that these structure date back to the middle of the 10th century. Haghpat is one of Armenia’s most beautiful monasteries. It was founded by Queen Khosrovanush around 976.

 

 

  • Jeep tour price - 92000 AMD (1 jeep) 1-4 person  (min. 2 jeeps needed)

 

      Maximum number of a group 20 people

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