Our Armenia vacations
Our Armenia vacations roam this mountainous, deeply religious country, as well as its winemaking heritage and unique position on the Silk Road. Tourism is vital for the preservation of Armenia’s many ancient monasteries, such as beautiful Khor Virap, and for sustaining remote communities where families welcome you into their homes. When trekking the Lesser Caucasus Mountains, Armenian guides go far beyond showing you around and ensuring you stick to the trails. They’re an amazing source for understanding Armenia’s traditions and Christian faith. Combine Armenia with neighbouring Azerbaijan and Georgia to appreciate the cultural subtleties of each.
Our top Armenia vacations
From £1595 to £16458 days ex flights
Group tour to Armenia's culture, nature, cuisine & history
Small group2022: 3 Sep, 2023: 6 May, 24 Jun, 29 Jul
From £149610 days ex flights
Observe rare birds on this Armenia small-group vacation
About our Armenia vacations
Monasteries & churches in Armenia
Armenia is one of the oldest seats of Christianity – and it’s got over 4,000 monasteries and churches to prove it. Etchmiadzin Cathedral in Vagharshapat is the most ancient, with foundations dating to the 4th century. Monasteries take to the Caucasus Mountains and the peace they provide. Haghpat and Sanahin overlook villages that continue rural life as they have done for centuries; Geghard Monastery is carved directly out of the cliffs; Tatev Monastery can be reached by a 5.7km-long cable car ride. Read more about churches and monasteries in Armenia.
Capital city Yerevan is the start and finish of most vacations to Armenia. Religious monuments stand out: Saint Gregory the Illuminator Cathedral is dedicated to the country’s patron saint and a bright turquoise dome adorns the Blue Mosque. But you’ll also find blunt Soviet buildings that take on a rosy hue at sunset, plus museums that range from ornate (the Cascade Complex) to vital (the Tsitsernakaberd Armenian Genocide Memorial Complex). Mostly, Yerevan is a city that’s lived in; visiting the cool boulevard cafés and open-air Vernissage Market are equally rewarding.
Vacations in Armenia & Georgia
Georgia is irresistibly close to Armenia – just a hop over the northern border. Many tours make that leap, offering you a circuit that lays out the cultural subtleties of two countries that might seem similar to an outsider. Armenia and Georgia are both keen on their churches and monasteries, yes – but Georgian capital Tbilisi favours thermal baths and river bars, the Kakheti harbours age-old vineyards, and the Black Sea has party-and-prom resorts as well as secretive shingle beaches. Find out more about Armenia and Georgia vacations.
Vacations in Armenia, Georgia & Azerbaijan
Visiting the terrific trio of Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan gives you a deeper insight the nations of the Southern Caucasus. Religion comes in a vision of churches, monasteries and mosques and there’s a Soviet stamp on all three countries, but each of their relationships with Russia is very different. Organised tours are a great way of unpicking the thousands of years’ worth of history; the best vacations will use a local guide from each country so that you see all three sides of the story, as well as smoothing border crossings and melting language barriers.
Family vacations in Armenia
Traveling with children in Armenia means starting in Yerevan. The Cascade and Victory Park woo children with waterfall-like staircases and a Ferris wheel. Armenian families vacation on Lake Sevan, so there’s plenty to keep the kids busy here, including boat trips, cycling paths and watersports. Come sunset, barbecues fire up along the beaches. There’s lots of easy hiking in the foothills of the Caucasus Mountains too – plus more challenging paths for sturdier teenagers.
Walking vacations in Armenia
Walking vacations in Armenia are usually two-week explorations of the mountains, valleys and villages that play out beyond the city limits of Yerevan. An experienced guide will lead the way, helping you pick your way through the Caucasus Mountains via cliffside monasteries and cosy guest houses. Even the easier routes are poorly waymarked, so small group walking vacations are by far your best bet; you can leave the map-reading to the guide and concentrate on admiring the green-gold wildflower valleys and cave-like churches. If you’d like to hike in Georgia and Azerbaijan too, just add another week onto your vacation.