Enjoy unbelievable nature, delicious food, magnificent architecture, and some UNESCO World Heritage Sites on this incredible Journey through Armenia.
Although there is no overnight Home Hospitality on this Journey, we will be day hosted by members of FF Yerevan.
Live With a Local
- Though we will stay in a guest house, we will have day hosts.
- Learn more about culture of Armenia with local people and their traditions of hospitality.
- Lake Sevan
- Dilijan National Park
- Goshavank (medieval monastery of XII—XIII centuries)
Armenia is a fascinating country. It is the only remaining country from the 3,000-year-old maps of Anatolia, and became the world's first Christian country over 1,700 years ago!
Legends and Treasures of Armenia
11 Days / 10 Nights Program and Itinerary:
September 14, 2019 – September 24, 2019
Coordinator: Oyuna Sengeeva, FFI
All Friendship Force Itineraries are subject to change.
Sept. 14, 2019
Ambassadors arrive at the airport
Sept. 15, 2019
Sightseeing tour of Yerevan
Tour of wine and hard liquor producing plant with tasting
Lunch in Genatsvale restaurant, with splendid Armenian and Georgian cuisine, homemade wines, and other beverages
Walking tour, Vernissage market, where you can shop for souvenirs and handmade jewelry from local craftsmen
Museum of Armenian filmmaker and artist Sergey Paradjanov
Sept. 16, 2019
Tour of Sevan – the lake of Sevan is a natural wonder, located 1916 meters above sea level
Sample the most famous fish in Armenia, called Ishkhan “Prince fish”
Tour of Arzni, the main treasure of this resort is its mineral springs. Arzni is located in the picturesque gorge of mountain river Hrazdan
Tour Abovyan, known as a “Northern Gate of Yerevan,” due to its location northeast of the capital
Sept. 17, 2019
Tour of Dilijan, a natural park city. Many famous artists, composers, scientists and filmmakers have lived here
Goshvank, an Armenian medieval monastery of XII—XIII centuries
Lake Parz, a magnificent lake hidden in the woods of Dilijan National Park
Haghartsin, an Arminian monastery, built in XI—XIII centuries and situated at a steep slope of Ijevan Ridge
Ijevan, located in the subtropical zone of Armenia at the height of 732 meters above sea level
Sept. 18, 2019
Tour of Khor Virap, a monastery situated at the foot of the biblical mountain of Ararat, where, according to the legend, Noah’s Ark found rest after the flood. The monastery is located above the underground priso
Noravank, founded in 1205, at the place of an ancient pagan temple. Extended at the edge of XIII-XIV centuries, when it became of the residence of Syunik’s bishops and a large spiritual and cultural center of Armenia
Areni, a well-known wine-producing village of Armenia. One of the most popular caves of the region, “Birds’ Cave,” is located in the area
Sept. 19, 2019
Garni, an ancient temple, well-known from manuscripts by Cornelius Tacitus, Movses Khorenatsi, etc.
Geghard, a Christian monastery and a unique architectural marvel, located in the gorge of mountain river Goht. Geghard is a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site
Lunch in a restaurant where guests can watch the process of cooking national bread, then enjoy it with sheep cheese and homemade wine
Matenadaran, officially “Mesrop Mashtots Research Institute of Ancient Manuscripts,” is the largest collection of ancient Armenian manuscripts, as well as a center of spiritual and cultural heritage in Yerevan
Sept. 20, 2019
Tour of Etchmiadzin Monastery, the most famous cathedral of Armenia
Lunch with traditional national dish, lahmajoun and matsun
Zvartnots, literally ‘celestial angels cathedral,’ is a cathedral of medieval Armenian architecture. In 2000, the ruins of the cathedral and archeological area around it were added to the UNESCO World Heritage list
Sardarapat Memorial, a sculpture and architecture complex, erected at the site of the Sardarapat Battle to commemorate the victory by Armenian militia units over regular Turkish army in 1918
Sept. 21, 2019
Time with day hosts
Byurakan Observatory – the village of Byurakan is famous for the astronomical observatory of the Armenian Academy of Sciences, located here. It is one of the leading astronomical research institutions of the Commonwealth of Independent States
Sept. 22, 2019
Museum of Armenian painter Martiros Saryan
Visit a dancing school and a public school
Take a master class in cooking national dishes in a traditional Armenian restaurant
Sept. 23, 2019
Visit a local food market, where you can buy delicious local delights and beverages
Lunch in city
Pack and getting ready for departure
Sept. 24, 2019
Check-out at 10 AM
$1670 USDPrice Includes: FFI and host fees, English-speaking guide, double accommodation in guest houses, all meals in tour, local transportation by bus to more than 10 different sightseeing cities and districts in Armenia, entrance tickets in program, and transfer to/from Yerevan airport.
Know before you go
- Journey number 19032.
- The middle of September is the most favorable time for a Journey to Armenia, rich with fruits and vegetables.
- The average temperature is 68 - 77°F (20 - 25°C.)
- It might be chilly in mountain areas, so we recommend to take some jackets, comfortable shoes, and umbrellas in case it rains.
- In Armenia, our guests are going to enjoy unbelievable nature, delicious food, magnificent architecture, with some sites listed by UNESCO.
Friendship Force International provides opportunities to explore new countries and cultures from the inside by bringing people together at the personal level. Through the signature program of home hospitality, local hosts welcome international visitors into their culture, sharing with them meals, conversation, and the best sights and experiences of their region.