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PRIVATE TOUR: Khor Virap Monastery

Ararat region

Excellent from 1 reviews
100% of guests recommend


3 Hours

Tour Type

Cultural tours

Group Size

19 people


Ararat region, RA


Khor Virap monastery is located in the territory of the Artashat historical city, between the Lusarat and Poqr Vedi villages. On the hills of Khor – Virap the citadel of the capital has been located. Khor – Virap is one of the armenian famous sanctuaries connected with the name of Gregory the Illuminator. The fortress-monastery of Khor – Virap was built in the 17 century in the place of the royal prison. The latter was a pit full of snakes and venomous insects where the prisoners were kept. According to the ”History” of historic Agatangeghos, Gregory the Illuminator has also been imprisoned there. In 642 Catholicos Nerses 3rd built here a Zvartnoc – type chapel, which was ruined in the future. The chapel, standing now, was built in 1662. The territory of the cloister is surrounded by a pyramidal rampart along the lenght of which a refectory, cells of the monastery and other auxiliary constructions are located. In the center of the territory the main church St. Astvatcatcin with its belfry is located. Khor – Virap was a literature and edocational centre. In the 13th century there was a clerical college there with 40 pupils. In 1260s Vardan Areveltsi was the headmaster here. Nerses Msheci, Hovhannes Erznkatsi, Gevork Lambronetsi and many other taught here. Most of the monuscripts of Gevork Lambronetsi, Murat Dpir, Grigor Syuneci and others were also created here, a part of which is kept in the Yerevan Matenadaran (depository of ancient monuscripts) named after Mesrop Mashtotz.

Cancel up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund

This tour is valid every day 09:00 - 15:00

Full payment or 30% deposit required


Guide service (if chosen)

Wi-Fi in transportation

Bottled water

Lunch (if chosen)

Transportation on comfortable vehicles and professional drivers

Free pick-up & drop-off within Yerevan

Brief information about excursion stops in digital or paper form

Traffic accident insurance


Alcoholic drinks

Audio guide

Useful information

Please note
  1. Please e-mail us if there are children under 4 years with you.
  2. The tour can be organized in other languages upon request. In this case the prices can be changed.
  3. During Excursions, extra stops or places can be visited only if there is a real opportunity. Significant changes of itinerary are possible only with the agreement of the head office and recalculation of unexpected costs.
  4. When visiting churches, men and women are advised not to wear open clothes. For women, a scarf is desirable.
  5. The company is not responsible for any of your items lost or damaged in the vehicles and in the sites during private tours.
Purchase, Changing & Cancellation policy

You can buy this service in full or book it by paying 30% of the total amount. In case of booking, you will pay the rest of the cost of your service online before providing the service or in cash / non-cash at the organization's office.

In case of changing the date of service, no fee will be charged if you inform the organization at least 24 hours before the service is provided, and in case of later notification on change - 10% of the total cost will be charged. It is possible to change the direction or type of service only at least 24 hours before the service is to be provided. In this case, the final calculation is made, the corresponding changes are made, if possible.

In the case of extreme weather conditions or force majeure, the entity has the right to change, reduce or cancel the approved purchase. In case of cancellation by the organization, you are offered another equivalent service.

Without any penalty purchase cancellation is available at least 24 hours in advance. After that, the whole value of the service is non-refundable in case of purchase, cancellation, as well as without the consent of the service provider. For full information on money refund and other costs related to that can be found in the Public Contract.

Pricing policy for children

Children / kids aged 0-3 can participate in individual (private) excursions free of charge. The number of kids may change depending on the type of car & the number of guests and children participating in the tour for free. Please contact the organization in advance.

Payment methods
  1. Bank transfer is the transfer of an corresponding amount to the bank account of the organization. You can pay in drams, rubles, dollars and euros.
  2. Online payment is the payment made through the official website of the organization. At the moment it is possible to make a payment with Visa / Master cards of any exchange rate.
  3. Card payment is the payment via Visa / Master card through the POS terminal in the organization's office. The amount of the excursions/service is presented in Armenian drams, but you can pay with any exchange rate card (your bank changes the exchange rate of the corresponding amount). The organization does NOT CHARGE extra amount during card payment.
  4. Cash payment is the payment at the office of the organization by cash. Payments are accepted only in Armenian drams. There is a bank and ATM next to the organization's office.
COVID-19 safety rules

We strictly follow the COVID-19 safety rules of the RA government. Please, take masks and individual sanitizers with you.

Tour Location

Ararat region


Based on 1 review
Very Good
Filip Krikorian

Filip Krikorian

16/03/2023 11:24

100% recommended

After spending 15 years in USA, I have returned to my Armenia and decided to visit all of the popular and hidden destinations of my homeland. The first company that I have dealt with in Armenia, was JAN Armenia tours and I have booked 4 excursions from them. I went to Garni and Geghard, was in Khor Virap, participated in horseback riding and have a little hike to the hidden waterfall of Haghartsin. I have travelled with my wife. Both of us were very pleased and surely will choose them again whenever in Armenia once more. My wife has always had issue with self feeling during long roads, but our driver David amazed us, honestly. We didn't even feel that some of the roads were really quite long. We didn't choose guide service, because we had read a lot before coming to Armenia about its history and the visited places, so we just needed a good companion and seeing the places that we have dreamt to see for such a long time. I am so happy to find such a good service in Armenia.
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