Ararat Valley Cradle of Civilization Tour

The Sumerians, an ancient peoples and one of the first civilizations in the world called Ararat, Arrata. In their great epic poems of Gilgamesh and Arrata, they tell of the land of their ancestors, the Arratans in the Highlands of Armenia. The Sumerians also in the epic poems describe the Great Flood and the rebirth of life after the terrible deluge that fell from the Highlands of Armenia unto the lands of Mesopotamia and the Fertile Crescent. The Sumerians had a very close connection with the ancestral Land of Ararat and considered it as their ancestral homeland (many historians and archaeologists are convinced that the Sumerians initially lived in Northern Mesopotamia and Armenian Highland)...

General Information

Detailed Sample Itinerary

Places Visited 

Yerevan, Garni, Geghard, Lake Sevan, Echmiadzin, Khor Virap, Jermuk, Alaverdi, Tsakhkadzor, Dilijan, Talin, Tatev, Ashtarak, Amberd

Departure Dates 

Flexible and customizable for private departures.

Detailed Sample Itinerary 

Day 1

Arrival, Yerevan city sightseeing tour

Mayr Hayastan (Mother Armenia), Matenadaran (museum of manuscripts), Museum of History Erebuni museum (museum of ancient Yerevan)

Day 2

Garni, Geghard

Arch of Charents, Garni pagan temple (I c. AD), Geghard (12-13th c. monastery carved into solid rock), Return to Yerevan

Day 3

Lake Sevan

Lake Sevan, Church of Peninsula, Noraduz (forest of khachkar- cross-stones), Return to Yerevan

Day 4


St. Hripsime temple (7th c.), Cathedral (4th c.), Museum of Cathedral Churches of St. Gayane, Ruins of Zvartnots (Temple of Heaven Angels, 7th c.), Return to Yerevan

Day 5

Khor Virap

Khor Virap Monastery, Noravank Monastery, Return to Yerevan

Day 6


Jermuk town, Mineral water gallery, Tsolk waterfall and Canyon of Arpa river, Return to Yerevan

Day 7


Free day, shopping

Day 8


Haghpat Monastery (10th c.), Sanahin Monastery, Odzun Monastery (6th c.), Return to Yerevan

Day 9

Tsakhkadzor city

Tsakhkadzor (Valley of flowers), Kecharis Monastery (12-13th c.), Cable-car (funicular), Return to Yerevan

Day 10


Haghartsin Monastery (11-13th c.), Goshavank Monastery (12th c.), Parz lich (Pure Lake), Return to Yerevan

Day 11


Talin, Katoghke Churches, Surb Astvatsatsin Churces, Harich Monastery, Return to Yerevan

Day 12


Free day, shopping.

Day 13


Goris, Tatev Monastery, Return to Yerevan

Day 14

Ashtarak town, Amberd

Amberd (old castle and church, 10-13th c.), Mughni, Saghmosavank Monastery (13th c.), Return to Yerevan

Day 15


Transfer to airport, departure



Orient Travel Armenia recommends the following guidelines for customized Armenia tour packages excluding international flights:

  • 5-star: USD $200 - $1,000+ per person per day
  • 4-star: Minimum USD $150 per person per day
  • 3-star: Minimum USD $100 per person per day

The customized package will include accommodations, airport transfers and other transportation within Armenia, guided tours or activities, unique experiences, trip planning, and 24X7 support during your trip.

Please inquire for a custom quote. The price is customized based on final accommodation choices, travel dates, and other custom preferences.