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Garni Temple, Geghard, and Lavash Baking from Yerevan

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  • All entrance fees included
  • Snacks and Beverages included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
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Garni Temple, Geghard, and Lavash Baking from Yerevan
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Garni Temple, Geghard, and Lavash Baking from Yerevan
US$19.00
Overview
Discover two highlights of eastern Armenia and a local culinary tradition on a 5-hour trip from Yerevan. Traveling by air-conditioned vehicle, visit the Greco-Roman pagan temple of Garni, perched high on a mountain plateau. Hear its history and then explore UNESCO-protected Geghard, a medieval monastery carved into rock cliffs. Finally, watch and join a ‘lavash’ (flatbread) making demonstration, learning how to create this Armenian staple. Entrance fees and central or hotel pickup in Yerevan included.
What to Expect
Begin your tour with pickup from your central hotel in Yerevan or from a central meeting point at 10am.

Settle inside your comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle and travel into eastern Armenia for a short stop at Charent's Arch. Soak up the wonderful views from here to Mt. Ararat, and then make your next stop at Garni Temple, a stunning temple that looms over mountain gorges.

A blend of Greco-Roman and Armenian architectural styles, this unique example of pagan culture is the only surviving of its kind in the country.

Believed to have been built by the Armenian King Trdat in the first century AD as a temple to the sun god, Mihr, it lost its significance when Armenia converted to Christianity in the early 4th century. The temple was then used a summer residence by the country’s kings and today, the remnants of the palace and its bathroom, complete with stunning mosaic work, can be seen nearby.

After exploring here, visit the Geghard Monastery, an unsurpassed masterpiece of 13th-century Armenian architecture. This UNESCO-listed complex of churches is partially carved from a mountainside, with cliffs surrounding the buildings, and was originally called Ayrivank, a name that translates as ‘Monastery of the Cave.’

The monastery was later renamed as Geghard, meaning ‘lance,’ after the spear used by a Roman soldier to stab Jesus on the cross was kept here for several centuries.

The architectural design of one of Geghard’s rock churches is such that it provides extraordinary acoustics, making sacred songs sound remarkably rich and divine. The whole complex is awash with detailed sculptures, cliffside monks’ cells, and many striking stone crosses (khachkars), elaborately etched into the rock faces.

Your last stop is the family-run Three Jugs restaurant for a presentation on Armenian lavash. This traditional flatbread is made with flour, water, and salt, and its thickness depends on how thinly it’s rolled out. Toasted sesame or poppy seeds — or both — are sometimes then sprinkled on top before baking. Traditionally, the dough is rolled out flat and slapped against the hot walls of a clay oven where it then cooks.

Watch a demonstration on how lavash is made and take the opportunity to try your hand at preparing and baking it. Then, once it’s ready, enjoy a tasting: savoring it with local cheese and green vegetables.

Afterward, return to Yerevan where your tour ends at the original central meeting point.
Reviews (39)
1 - 5 of 29 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago
Garni and lavash

It was a short, interesting trip together with Hyur Service. Good price and a nice guide having excellent level of English. The temple itself attracted us a lot. This was our second tour with you and surely not the last.

Thank virginiabedrosian
Marianna K, Manager at Hyur Service, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks a million for the lovely feedback! You are always welcome in Armenia!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Day trip Garni-Geghard

It was a good one – comfortable bus having wifi, informative guide and snacks on the way. We liked monastery Geghard a lot… thank you Hyur team

Thank belda_cl
Marianna K, Manager at Hyur Service, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

We are very grateful for the nice review! You are always welcome to Armenia!

Reviewed 5 September 2018
The MUST-visit tour

We decided to participate in Hyur's group tour to Garni, Geghard when we saw on their website that they have this destination many times a week. So we purchased the tickets and had a lovely trip on a bus. Comfortable inside, a/c on, as well...More

Thank talarpoghosian
Marianna K, Manager at Hyur Service, responded to this reviewResponded 6 September 2018

We are so pleased with your warm feedback! Hope to have another chance to host you in future!

Reviewed 29 August 2018
This tour is worth the trip

Hyur is a very reliable agency in Armenia. English speaking tour guide and very knowledgeable. On the tour, bottle of water and croissant/bread was provided. We enjoyed the tour it was worth the money.mWe regretted that we tried another tour company on which they barely...More

Thank Christine M
Reviewed 4 August 2018
Armenian memories ...

This year I decided to travel to beautiful Armenia. I took daily group tour to Garni, Geghard, lavash from Hyur Service at the recommendation of my friend. People in the office were so kind and they did their best to be helpful in everything. The...More

Thank hilagobian
Marianna K, Manager at Hyur Service, responded to this reviewResponded 4 August 2018

We very much appreciate your highest mark and recommendations! We will be very glad to organize your trips anytime you visit our lovely country!

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Adam M
6 May 2018|
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Response from lukreciaherra | Reviewed this property |
about an hour as far as I remember :)
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Nicola H
23 April 2018|
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Response from Marianna K | Property representative |
The tour finishes at about 3pm, so you will easily get to the airport.
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