Armenia horse riding tour

“A nine day, small group horse riding holiday in the Tavush region of Armenia, with five days of riding. With plenty of camping. Starts and ends in Yerevan.”

Highlights

Yerevan | Five days of horse riding in Tavush region | Yenokavan village | Okon | Dehdzut and Samsonavank Monasteries | Apaga | Geghard Cave Monastery | Temple of Garni

Description of Armenia horse riding tour

This Armenia horse riding tour takes place mostly in the Tavush region in the north of the country. This region is perfect for exploring on horseback, with its typically Armenian rocky hills, ancient forests, gorges and natural springs, proffering a rural idyll for trekking and camping.

The region is also home to many ancient monasteries such as the UNESCO Geghard Cave complex which contains churches and tombs cut into the rock at the entrance to the Azat Valley. We ride through traditional, tranquil villages, camp by riversides, take in views across the valleys and enjoy the peace of this most underrated country which is slowly but surely becoming better known.

Travelling in a group of maximum twelve people, the trip starts and ends in Yerevan which, despite being one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world is a very cosmopolitan capital city. As well as camping for three nights, we also stay in a hotel and rural guesthouse, with nearly all meals included in the price of the holiday.

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Responsible tourism: Armenia horse riding tour

Environment

Responsible travel and sustainable tourism are fundamental ideas that we have been committed to since our birth. It is our strong belief that these words should not be simply ‘tagged on’ to dossiers and websites but should be at the very core of each trip, and our adventures are therefore designed with the local people, culture and eco-system in mind. We believe that a successful trip not only delivers a unique and unsurpassable journey for our clients, but that it also benefits the peoples whose lands we are privileged to visit.

In Armenia we use local ground handlers - this means that all the operational costs go directly into the local economy and helps to improve employment opportunities in remote regions. By incorporating homestays, locally owned hotels, family run restaurants and the services of guides and drivers into our itineraries, we ensure that money you spend on your trip goes directly into the local economy and local communities benefit from tourism. Travelling by locally-bred horses and camping most nights naturally makes this tour friendly to the environment from the word go!

Community

We have a strict environmental policy to make sure that the environments we visit are not damaged or spoilt in any way. Our “Leave No Trace” ethic is applied to this trip and as tour operators, it is something we are careful to promote. Your guide on this trip will have been trained to uphold this policy and all clients are fully briefed on appropriate/responsible behaviour whilst in wilderness areas.

We are very aware of the economic, ecological and ethical impact tourism can have on ancient cultures and fragile environments. We realise that taking clients through this region can have a negative impact on the environment if not handled responsibly and as such, on all of our trips we go to great lengths to minimise the negative and accentuate the positive - after all, there are also many good things that the traveller can bring. We support many UNESCO World Heritage sites, such as the archaeological site of Zvartnots visited on this tour alongside local markets such as the Vernissage Market in Yerevan.

By keeping the group size to a maximum of 12, we can also minimise the human impact on the fragile sites we visit – particularly important as this trip visits some delicate ecosystems.

When you take one of our trips, we make a contribution to “Carbon Clear” – an organisation devoted to ‘offsetting’ or ‘neutralising’ harmful greenhouse gas emissions caused by your flight. This is done by funding projects across the world that will reduce greenhouse gases on your behalf through sustainable energy or rainforest restoration.

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