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CRAZY OFF-ROAD TOUR: Smbataberd fortress, Zorats Church, Horbategh Geyser, Noravank Monastery

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12 Hours

Tour Type

Off-road tours

Group Size

12 people


Vayots Dzor region, RA


“Do not always go where there's a path. Go instead where there's no path and leave a trail for others.”

Are you ready for a crazy off-road trip to Smbataberd? The walls of the fortress with their gates remind the city of Ani. A beautiful and unrepeatable road awaits us before reaching the impregnable fortress of Prince Smbat. During this off-road tour, we will also visit Zorats Cathedral, which is the only one nowadays with its unique history and structure. It is the only one whose tabernacle has a special height, because it was a holy place where soldiers going to war entered on horses to receive a blessing. This tour brings together the past and the present, traveling through the 5th-14th centuries in a special current vehicle. After getting your dose of adrenaline during the off-road tour, wrap up the day with tea/coffee and sweets.

  • Smbataberd is a defense complex located in Vayots Dzor province, built by Prince Smbat of Syunik, which is the reason why the fortress is also called Smbat Fortress. The castle is divided by a wall into two parts, northern and southern, in which the ruins of the citadel, residential buildings, and water basins have been preserved. The water was brought from the springs near the Tsaghats Kari monastery by aqueduct.
  • Zorats church is located in Yeghegis village and has a very interesting history. Seeing the church, one can immediately notice that its dome is higher than that of other churches. The reason is that before the wars, soldiers always entered the church on horses to pray and receive a blessing, that's why the church is also known as the Soldier's Church by the locals. It was built in the 14th century by Stepanos Tarsayich, Metropolitan of Syunyats province.
  • Noravank or Amaghu Monastery is an Armenian apostolic monastery complex built in the 13th-14th centuries. The monastery is located about 3 km from the village of Amaghu in Vayots Dzor. According to legend, Master Momik falls in love with the daughter of prince of Syunik. The prince promises him to let him marry his daughter if he builds a unique building for the prince in 3 years. Momik, accepting the condition, starts construction and near the end of time, when Momik has almost finished the construction, the prince sends his servant to Momik. The young master was killed, he was pushed down the steeple of the church
  • The Horbategh geyser is located in the village of Horbategh, Vayots Dzor region.

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

This tour is valid every day 07:00-09:00

Full payment or 30% deposit required


Wi-Fi in transportation

Bottled water

Transportation on comfortable vehicles and professional drivers

Free pick-up & drop-off within Yerevan

Traffic accident insurance


Snacks and tea/coffee in the car

Lunch boxes (if chosen)

Barbecue making and outdoor dinner (if chosen)


Crazy Photos


Essential medicine

Alcoholic drinks

Audio guide


Useful information

Please note


  1. The tour can be organized in other languages upon request. In this case the prices can be changed.
  2. 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
  3. The tour is contraindicated for people with pressure problems, pregnant women and children under 10 years old.
  4. The company is not responsible for any of your items lost or damaged in the vehicles and in the sites during private tours.
  5. During the off-road tour, it will not be possible to use the WC for a certain period of time in the middle of the fixed stops (3-4 hours).
  6.  If choosing the option with barbecue making, get in touch with the office       beforehead in order to choose the type of meat: quail, fish or chicken.
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.

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.

Safety rules
  • Follow the lead's instructions
  • Remain calm in unforeseen situations during the tour
  • Do not open the door of the car or get out of it during the process of ride
Required during the tour
  • Wear comfortable, weather-appropriate clothing and shoes
  • Have enough food and water for one day
  • Have necessary medication in case of health problems
  • Comfortable backpack, flashlight and raincoat
  • Follow the drivers instructions
  • If you choose the no-lunch option, enough food for one day


Information about food

As it is mentioned above, there are two options of food to choose: lunch boxes and barbecue picnic. Below you can see some information about the inclusions.

Lunch Box options.

Lunch Box 1:

  • Chicken languette
  • Rice with vegetables
  • Salad with vegetables
  • Bread


Lunch Box 2

  • Chicken wings
  • French fries
  • Cabbage salad
  • Bread


Lunch Box 3

  • Meat ragout
  • Buckwheat
  • Beet salad
  • Bread


Barbecue options.

There are 3 options for barbecue, after choosing the most suitable option for you, please, get in touch with the office in advance.

  • Chicken/pork
  • Fish ishkhan
  • Quail



  • Lunch boxes are intended for serving light meals. To change the number of lunch boxes for per person, please contact the office in advance.
  • For one group you can choose one option.
  • In case of preferring vegan or vegetarian food, please, get in touch with the office in advance.
  • Both in case of barbecue and lunch, after choosing the most suitable option for your group, plesase get in touch with the office in advance.
  • Tea/coffеe/water and snacks are provided for free.

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Based on 1 review
Very Good
milana asilova

milana asilova

15/02/2023 17:56

So much emotions!

It was a really fun experience. As a lover of adventures, I decided to take an off road trip instead of standard one, and I didn't regret about it. They took us to a gorgeous fortress and for the first time in my life I have seen also a geyser. I experienced so much good and extreme emotions that I can't even describe. I have traveled with my brother and his friend and all of us are absolutely happy. The assistance from the office and our caring guide-driver David made our trip unforgettable.
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