Geghard is another incredible ancient Armenian monastery, partly carved out of a mountain. Though the monastery has been around since before the 4th century, the main cathedral was built in 1215. The complex of medieval buildings is set into a landscape of great natural beauty, surrounded by towering cliffs at the entrance to the Azat Valley. The spectacular towering cliffs surrounding the monastery are part of the Azat River gorge, and are included together with the monastery in the UNESCO World Heritage Site listing.
After the Geghard Monastery, we head over to explore The Temple of Garni, a pagan temple and one of the oldest sights in Armenia. The cyclopic stone walls that surround the royal summer residence and temple were first laid in the 3rd millennium BC by ancestral Armenians. Garni was designed according to the sacred geometry of the day: It perfectly follows the Pythagorean and Platonic theories of sacred geometry in its design, a design for civilization carved from the wilderness. After Armenia’s conversion to Christianity in the early fourth century, it was converted into a royal summer house of Khosrovidukht, the sister of Tiridates III. According to some scholars it was not a temple but a tomb and thus survived the universal destruction of pagan structures. We make our way to Garni Canyon, which lies across the length of the Azat (Garni) River and its confluent Goght. The canyon is attractive for the wonderful natural rocks, formed of regular hexagonal cylinders. These rocks start from the beginning up to the highest point of the canyon. The composition is called “Symphony of Stones” or “Basalt Organ” and is a sight to behold.
- We will head from Yerevan to Geghard monastery which is unique as it is carved in one piece of rock. It is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- Then we will visit also Garni pagan temple – the only pagan temple preserved in Armenia. This unique Hellenistic temple is at the edge of the Azat river canyon. We will also go down the gorge and admire the natural wonder – the Symphony of Stones.
Hotel in Yerevan
Tour and transfers in a private car
English speaking guide
Map of Armenia
All entrance fees
Guide and driver gratuity
Meals and drinks
- Duration is 6 hours – 8 hours
- Please wear comfortable walking shoes
- Please carry sunscreen, sunglasses if you take this tour in summer
- Please wear warm clothes if you take this tour in spring or autumn
- Don’t forget to carry a camera
- Please do carry a digital copy of your confirmation voucher