Khor Virap Monastery the closest point to Mt Ararat


Khor Virap Monastery is one of the three holy places in Armenia and the closest point to the Mount Ararat. The notability as a monastery and pilgrimage site of the monastery is attributed to the fact that Gregory the Illuminator was imprisoned here for 13 years. The etymology of the name Khor Virap comes from this fact (‘’khor’’ – deep, ‘’virap’’ – pit). The trip is a short one, with the duration of  3-4 hours. Due to this, it is a reachable destination for any season and any day. The one - way road takes approximately 1 hour. Early European visitors to Khor Virap included Joseph Pitton de Tournefort, James Bryce (1876), H. F. B. Lynch (1893). Pope Francis also visited the monastery in 2016.  

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4 hours
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Why take this tour?

The closest point to Mount Ararat in Armenia is Khor Virap Monastery. During this trip you will visit one of the three holy places in Armenia.

What’s included?

  • Transport by private vehicle

  • Professional guide

  • Food and drinks

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Before you book

  • Duration: 4h

  • Mobile tickets accepted

Cancellation Policy

    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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ONE WAY TOUR is domestic and inbound tour operator organizing tours in Armenia, Artsakh and Georgia. We are a team of enthusiastic professionals in love with our country. We explore every single corner of our homeland and study all pages of our history to immortalize beauty of landscapes, to feel freedom of mountains and power of prayer in ancient churches lost in forests and the taste of Armenian sun.

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