Backpacking Tour PackageDuration:
Days 1-2: Arriving at airport, transfer to the hotel, accommodation. After breakfast visit excavated site of Erebuny fortress 782 B.C. and its archaeological museum. Lunch at the restaurant in the city. Visit State Museum of the History of Armenian People. Transfer to Gegharkuniq province. Dinner and overnight at the hotel (probably home stay) in Gavar town. Meal Plan: B/L/.
Day 3: Gavar. Drive to Noratus Khachkars (cross-stones of 7-17 cc) then continue to Selim pass (2410 m). Lunch-picnic near Selim caravanserai (14th c). Start the hiking towards the foot of Mt. Astkhonk. Dinner and overnight in tents. Meal Plan: B/L/D. Hiking distance: 16 km.
Day 4: Astkhonk. Ascending the top of Mt. Astkhonk (3470 m) without luggage, return back. Lunch. Continue hiking to the slopes of Mt. Vardenis. Dinner and overnight in tents near the water spring. Meal Plan: B/L/D. Hiking distance: 28 km.
Day 5: Vardenis. Ascending the top of Mt. Vardenis (3521 m). Lunch on the way. Dinner and overnight in tents near Mets Alagyol lake. Meal Plan: B/L/D. Hiking distance: 18 km.
Day 6: Alagyol. The day for the leisure. Leaving tents - ascending the mountains in surroundings or walking around the lake Mets Alagyol. Lunch in the camp, dinner and overnight in tents. Meal Plan: B/L/D. Hiking distance: 10 – 15 km.
Day 7: Alagyol. Taking the road Vardenis-Jermuk hiking to Jermuk town. Lunch on the way. Accommodation at the hotel. Time at leisure. Dinner at the restaurant. Overnight at the hotel. Meal Plan: B/L/D. Hiking distance: 27 km downhill.
Day 8: Jermuk. Drive back to Yerevan. Visit on the way Gndevank (10th c) and Noravank (13-14 cc) monasteries. Lunch at the restaurant. Visit the winery in Areni village with wine tasting. Overnight at the hotel in Yerevan. Meal Plan: B/L/.
Day 9: Yerevan. Free day for shopping and leisure. In the evening – parting dinner at the restaurant. Overnight at the hotel. Meal Plan: B//D.
Day 10: Yerevan. Transfer to the airport, departure. Meal Plan: B//.
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