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Haghpat Monastery, Sanahin Monastery

Armenia, Lori region, Haghpat Monastery, Sanahin monastery complex

10-11 hours

Tour Type

Specific Tour

Group Size

6 people


Armenian, English, Russian


This private tour is for 1 to 4 people. from 4 to 6 people.


Lasting almost a full day, this private tour will at the same time turn into an indescribably positive experience.The first stop is provided at the majestic 10th century monastery Haghpat, where at the end of the 18th century the famous ashug Sayat-Nova lived and created.On your next stop at Sanahin monastery, where you will join the 10th century skillfullness of the masters, who made such a peculiar architectural decision – thus, preventing the destruction of the complex from possible earthquakes. By the way, both Haghpat and Sanahin monasteries are included in the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List.


Haghpat Monastery
Haghpat Monastery

he Monastery Complex of Haghpat is located in the village of Haghbat , Lori region. Haghpat Monastery was founded in the X-XIII centuries by the royal Bagratuni dynasty.Of all the monastic buildings preserved - the main church of St. Nshan (967-991) with sculptural images from the outside and murals (XIII-XIV centuries) inside, the church of St. Gregory (1005) and a small dome church of St. Astvatsatsin (XII-XIII centuries. ), a refectory of the 13th century, a book depository of the 13th century, a tiered bell tower (1245), khachkars(cross-stones).The Hghpat monastery was the largest scientific center with a rich collection of manuscripts. There were rooms for the census of manuscripts of the library, refectory and universities. Since 1996, the Haghpat monastery is protected by UNESCO and included in the List of World Heritage Sites.

Sanahin Monastery
Sanahin Monastery

Sanahin Monastery is located in the village of Sanahin, Lori region. Sanahin Monastery was built in 10th - 13th centuries. This monastery was the educational centre of Armenia. There were academies, libraries, scriptoriums and schools where the books were copied.
In the first half of the 10th century Armenian clerics expelled from Byzantium constructed St. Astvatsatsin (the Mother of God) in Sanahin. The main monastery church, Amenaprkich (962), Gregory Magistros academy (11 th century), the round St. Gregory the Illuminator temple (1061), scriptorium (1063) and belfry (13th century) were later built around it. The complex is under protection of the UNESCO.


  • Comfortable car with an experienced driver
  • Food
  • Specialized experienced guide
  • We can provide photography services upon request
  • If desired, we can provide players
  • We can provide a lunch box upon request


Full day (7+ hours)

Tour's Location

Armenia, Lori region, Haghpat Monastery, Sanahin monastery complex


Is the tour safe and comfortable?

For the safety and comfort of tourists the high quality buses with air conditioner, TV, comfortable seats, and first air supplies, are chosen. Thanks to the skilled drivers you will have no worries about the route.
The best hotels in each town are chosen for overnight.

What about the guide’s knowledge level?

The guide gives detailed information about the places of interests included in the tour.

Is the deviation from the route possible?

Tour is mainly organized according to the route. There may be exceptions only in case of agreement among the group members if there is a wish to visit the places not far from the route. Otherwise, visits to other places with the guide are possible to arrange with additional payment.

Where can I buy souvenirs?

Souvenirs can be purchased in Vernissage, which is located in the centre of Yerevan, near the Republic Square. Numerous traditonal and contemporary art exhibits are sold here. There are also many other souvenir shops on Abovyan and Tumanyan streets.

How good is Armenia for trekking/hiking tours?

If you are an adventurous, venturesome person and without any fears of risks, for you we offer tour packages which include adventure tours in Armenia. Armenia has favorable conditions for organizing hiking and trekking tours. The combination of natural resources together with cultural and historical places of interest is making our adventurous country more suitable for hiking and trekking lovers who appreciate the nature and active type of travel. By purchasing our travel packages, you will be able to take part in interesting and unique adventure tours, including hiking trips, mountain climbing, visits to caves, jeep tours and so on. This is a great opportunity to make your visit to Armenia and Yerevan unforgettable.

Where to go with children?

Are you planning a visit to Armenia with your family? Excellent! For a good rest with children there are plenty of options to choose from – many cafes and entertainment centers, a modern city zoo and aqua park with water attractions. In Armenia, there is a special attitude towards children, therefore, without any doubt, in any public institution all possible facilities will be offered to you for a comfortable (special highchair, "children's" menu, etc.).

Are touristic attractions open on public holidays?

Most of the touristic attractions are open on public holidays, unless some situations may not permit them to be open, such as a ceremony occurring there. Some places' opening times and days are fixed regardless of holidays. Therefore, before visiting anywhere its best to make sure that the place is open by asking the front desk of your hotel or a travel agency.

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