8 days in Armenia Itinerary

8 days in Armenia Itinerary

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8 days in Armenia Itinerary

Start: Edinburgh
Fly + Drive:  17​h 15​min
1
Alaverdi
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Dilijan
— 2 nights
+3
bus + foot + bus + taxi:  7​h 30​min
3
Goris
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Yerevan
— 2 nights
Fly:  12​h 15​min
End: Edinburgh

1
day
Alaverdi

Alaverdi ©
Alaverdi, is a town in the Lori Province at the northeastern part of Armenia, near the border with Georgia. Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Mikoyan Brothers Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery of Sanahin, expand your understanding of the military at Kayan Fortress, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Haghpatavank, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Odzun Church.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Alaverdi online trip itinerary builder .

Edinburgh, UK to Alaverdi is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Traveling from Edinburgh to Alaverdi, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Edinburgh in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Alaverdi, with lows of 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to drive to Dilijan.

Things to do in Alaverdi

Historic Sites Museums
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Odzun Church ©
Odzun Church
Mikoyan Brothers Museum ©
Mikoyan Brothers Museum
Monastery of Sanahin ©
Monastery of Sanahin

2
nights
Dilijan

Dilijan ©
An alpine haven resting in a plush evergreen national park, Dilijan has made a name for itself as the "Armenian Switzerland." A much-loved spa town rich in culture and history, uncover the majestic 10th century monasteries, undisturbed scenic vistas, and hiking trails through undulating forest.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kecharis Monastery, kick back and relax at Hayravank Monastery, make a trip to Monastery Sevanavank, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Haghartsin Monastery, and finally pause for some photo ops at Monument to the Heroes of the Film Mimino. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: walk around Dilijan National Park.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Dilijan vacation site .

Traveling by car from Alaverdi to Dilijan takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Alaverdi to Dilijan due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Alaverdi in October, things will get a bit warmer in Dilijan: highs are around 22°C and lows about 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Goris.

Things to do in Dilijan

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Monastery Sevanavank, Kecharis Monastery, Hayravank Monastery
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Dilijan National Park ©
Dilijan National Park
Kecharis Monastery ©
Kecharis Monastery
Hayravank Monastery ©
Hayravank Monastery

1
night
Goris

Goris ©
Goris, is a town in the southern Syunik Province of Armenia. Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Old Khndzoresk, delve into the distant past at Bgheno-Noravank Monastery, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tatev Monastery, and finally take some stellar pictures from Wings of Tatev. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: delve into the distant past at Zorats Karer, delve into the distant past at Karahundj (Armenia's Stonehenge), then admire the sheer force of Shaki Waterfall, then take in the dramatic natural features at Medieval Goris Cave Dwellings, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Gregory The Illuminator Church of Goris.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Goris travel planning tool .

Do a combination of bus and taxi from Dilijan to Goris in 7.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can drive to Yerevan.

Things to do in Goris

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Sisian, Syunik Province, Tatev Monastery, Wings of Tatev
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Karahundj (Armenia's Stonehenge) ©
Karahundj (Armenia's Stonehenge)
Medieval Goris Cave Dwellings
Medieval Goris Cave Dwellings
Tatev Monastery ©
Tatev Monastery

2
nights
Yerevan

Yerevan ©
Old and new sit side by side in Yerevan, showing the country's capital to be a city on the move, but also proud of its history and traditions.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Blue Mosque (Persian Mosque), make a trip to Yerevan Cascade, then see the interesting displays at Matenadaran - The Museum of Ancient Manuscripts, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Here are some ideas for day two: sample the fine beverages at Noy Yerevan Brandy Factory, make a trip to Republic Square, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Armenian Genocide Museum.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Yerevan trip planner .

You can drive from Goris to Yerevan in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. In October, daily temperatures in Yerevan can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. On the 13th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Yerevan

Museums Spas Historic Sites
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Cafesjian Center for the Arts ©
Cafesjian Center for the Arts
Spas

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