Wine Tour to Vayots Dzor Province

  • Khor Virap Monastery
  • Areni Winery
  • Birds Cave Areni-1
  • Noravank Monastery
  • Trinity Canyon Vineyards


Distance 1-3 Person 4-8 Person 9-15 Person
270 km 45 000 AMD 60 000 AMD 100 000 AMD


Trips by car can be ordered any day, time and to any destination. The presented prices include transportation expenses, below you can see the prices of entrance tickets:

  • The total price for all the entrance tickets will be 5 000 AMD per person
  • Lunch at local restaurants or rural houses will be: 3 000 – 5 000 AMD
  • You can also use the guide service, if you wish: 20 000 AMD

The tour will give you the opportunity not only to see the main sights of the region, but also to get acquainted with one of the main and oldest wine-growing regions.

The tour will begin with a visit of Khor Virap Monastery (“deep dungeon”) – Armenian monastery located in the Ararat plain, near the closed border with Turkey, Ararat Province. The monastery was host to a theological seminary and was the residence of Armenian Catholicos. Khor Virap’s (6 metres deep and 4.4 metres wide) notability as a monastery and pilgrimage site is attributed to the fact that Gregory the Illuminator was initially imprisoned here for 13 years by King Tiridates III of Armenia.

The next stop is in Areni and Aghavnadzor villages in the Vayots Dzor Province of Armenia, when you will also taste the wines. The Areni-1 shoe is a 5500-year-old leather shoe that was found in 2008 in excellent condition in the Areni-1 cave located in the Vayots Dzor province of Armenia. It is a one-piece leather-hide shoe, the oldest piece of leather footwear in the world known to contemporary researchers.

Then you will visit Noravank (“new monastery”) is a 13th-century Armenian monastery. In the 13th–14th centuries the monastery became a major religious and, later, cultural center of Armenia closely connected with many of the local seats of learning, especially with Gladzor’s famed university and library. The grandest structure is Surb Astvatsatsin (Holy Mother of God), also called Burtelashen (Burtel’s construction) in the honour of Prince Burtel Orbelian, its financier. Surb Astvatsatsin was completed in 1339, a masterpiece of the talented sculptor and miniaturist Momik, who designed it, and was also his last work. Near the church there is his tomb khachkar, small and modestly decorated, dated the same year.