Haghpat, Zarni-Parni Cave Castle Complex, Akhtala, Sanahin

$38/ per person

  • Duration: 14 hours
  • Start: 08:30

Armenia is a popular destination for nature-based tourism. People looking forward to experiencing natural scenery, through outdoor activities while caring about the sustainability and the impact on the environment of these activities, will find their happy place in Armenia. The tour starts from Yerevan, the capital and heads to the north of the country.

What's Included

  • Professional guide
  • Entrance tickets
  • Master classes & tastings
  • WiFi in vehicles
  • Hotel pick-up (city center)
  • Air Conditioning in vehicles
  • Vehicle & passengers insurance
  • Bottled water
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  • Discover the majestic history of Sanahin and Haghpat
  • Feel the beauty of Zarni-Parni Cave Castle Complex
  • Discover the mystic story of Akhtala Monastery

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Haghpat. Situated not far from Sanahin Haghpat monastery has its significant place in the historical and cultural life of Armenia. It was built during the reign of king Ashot Bagratuni. Numerous valuable manuscripts and miniature paintings have been produced in the scriptorium of Haghpat for many centuries. In the 18th century the famous Armenian bard Sayat-Nova used to live and create in this monastery. The belfry with its unique architectural composition is of stunning interest.

Zarni-Parni. Zarni-Parni is a cave castle complex in Lori region. It is located in a forest canyon with a magnificent view of the Kayan fortress, which is close to the village of Haghpat, famous for its monastery. The complex consists of the "Zarni er" and "Parni er" castles, as well as the "Tsak er" cave. Some historical records note, that renowned scholar and philosopher Hovhannes Imastaser used to live and work in this cave. Currently the area is turned into a historical museum, where one can find number of rare ancient agricultural tools and household items.

Akhtala. The Akhtala fortress is in Lori district and is constructed on a plateau resembling a peninsula surrounded with deep gorges from three sides. In the 10th century the masons could exactly derive benefit from the nature in order to make the fortress more fortified. The fortress is strengthened with huge ramparts and there are two pyramid-shaped watchtowers rising above from both sides of the main entrance. The monastery of Akhtala comprised of three churches is in the territory of the fortress.

Sanahin. The monastery of Sanahin is on the right bank of Debed River. This architectural complex consists of several churches, seminary, book depository. The building of the seminary, which connects St. Astvatsastin (Holy Mother of God) and Allsaviour churches was from the outset built to make the edifices more earthquake resistant.


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