Day 1 : Departure
Depart from your home country on your flight to Yerevan.
Overnight in Tufenkian Heritage Hotel, Yerevan
Meal plan: n/a
Nestled amongst the mountains of the southern Caucasus, Armenia is often overlooked by travellers, though as the first country in the world to adopt Christianity, there is much to be discovered in its wealth of history and culture. Begin your journey through this fascinating country in the capital Yerevan, tasting Armenia’s famous brandy and learning how to make traditional Armenian cuisine. Marvel at the unique architecture of ancient churches, monasteries and fortresses, from Khor Virap to Noravank, with the stunning backdrop of Mount Ararat’s snowcapped peaks. Discover the ancient cave village of Khndzoresk before taking a ride on the world’s longest cable car to Tatev Monastery. Follow in the footsteps of the Silk Road travellers as you journey through the Selim Pass, and witness the changing colours of Lake Sevan, one of the largest alpine lakes in the world. Visit the Armenian Genocide Memorial Museum, and learn how Armenia has emerged from its tragic past as a country of remembrance and reflection with an optimistic future.
Yerevan - Goris - Khndzoresk - Yeghegnadzor - Sevanavank - Lake Sevan - Selim Pass - Garni
Discover Armenia's abundant and varied bird species
A Taste of Armenia's rich culinary heritage
Learn about the unique ancient script of Armenia
Explore the rich and mystic religious culture of Armenia
A journey through ancient, traditional and diverse Christian cultures
Charms & contradictions of Azerbaijan, Georgia & Armenia
Discover ancient traditions, rich culture & sublime landscapes
Journey through the rich history of Armenia & Georgia
Ancient monasteries, traditional cuisine & stunning landscapes
Margaret Small , Best of the Caucasus
Loved the Caucasus with Travel the Unknown. I learnt of their ancient history and the current geopolitical significance of the cross roads between West and East. Another first class trip from Travel the Unknown with extremely knowledgeable guides and great hotels.
Pam Bowers & John Simpson , Best of the Caucasus
We had a fantastic time on our Best of the Caucasus tour. We loved eating with the families in Georgia and visiting the Molovan family in Armenia, definitely highlights of the trip. Our Georgian guide in particular was the best you could possibly have, giving a true insight into the country. He should be recommended for an award!
Irwin Drangel & Linda Schain , Tailor-made Caucasus and Soviet Fringes
We asked Travel the Unknown to come up with an unusual trip to 6 counties of the Caucasus and the ex-Soviet Union countries. They did so in a tour that flowed seamlessly the whole 38 days. The most impressive part was when Ukrainian Airlines cancelled our connecting flights from Kiev to Minsk, for 2 consecutive days. We contacted Unknown that morning and asked them to arrange an overnight train with a sleeping compartment. When arrived in Kiev, we were met at the airport, driven to the train station where tickets where waiting for us. They arranged for our pickup at the station in Minsk, as we left the train, and we went on our planned tours without losing a minute. That is what I call a great service agency