Goris Tours

Explore the ancient history and stunning beauty of the Goris region with a local English speaking guide. See more about my tours on https://goris.tours

Ara was born in Khndzoresk in 1980 where his parents still live today. His parents were born in Old Khndzoresk, known as the City of Caves. Ara spent his childhood exploring the City of Caves, giving tourists a unique opportunity with an experienced local. Before becoming a tour guide, Ara was a chemistry teacher. Ara provides personalized local tours to Tatev and Khndzoresk as well as tours throughout Armenia and Nagorno Karabakh.

The Secrets of the Stones

There are 64 Graves –some of them inscribed in Hebrew. They are the only evidence of a small community of Jewish people who lived in South Armenia in the 12th and 13th centuries. Today, Armenia is 98% homogenous.

Apart from the ethnic Armenians, there are small communities of Yazidis–often working as shepherds and herders– and of Malakhans –often red-haired, and unfailingly peaceable and modest– who are ethnically Russian, and who are usually found in the North of Armenia. Since the 1400s there have been no Jews.

All that remains of the Vayots Dzor Jewish community is this small graveyard. There is no history of where these people came from, or what happened to them. It probably wasn’t good.

The graveyard was excavated only a few years ago. Then, some of the stones were are used to form the base of a bridge. Luckily, someone quickly recognized the rarity of what they had found. The graves were not looted or further tampered with. Jewish communities from other parts of the world were told of the discovery. Some clubbed together to build steps from the river up to the graveyard, near the village of Yeghegis. There is now a wall and a gate with a blue Star of David.

Previous visitors, almost certainly Jewish, had placed stones in neat lines on top of many of the graves. I am not sure why. Perhaps you know?

The Jewish cemetery of Yeghegis is only one of the mysteries of Armenia. Around every corner there are more rocks and stones and carvings with secrets they will not tell. On the way to Vayots Dzor we stopped to visit Armenia’s Stonehenge. I love it there and try to visit everytime I am driving nearby. The situation is glorious, and I am hooked on the ancient intrigue. The settlement is believed to be at least 7000 years old, meaning it predates the standing stones in the south of England by a millennium or two. Many of the stones have perfect circles somehow cut in an age before Precision tools. No one knows how or why. Clearly, there are graves and the remains of ancient dwellings. Locals and international experts bicker about whether the surrounding stones are evidence of an observatory, or were placed to make a wall for defense. It’s impossible to say.

As more and more tourists come to visit Armenia, the mysteries and ongoing discoveries only add to the fun.

Half-Day Hiking Tour in Old Goris

Goris is special among Armenian cities. In addition to its unique history and architecture, and its famous mulberry vodka, it is also worth visiting to explore the craggy rocks and stone pinnacles that surround the city.

Join me for a half-day hike past St. Hripsime church and the graveyard in old Goris. Take photos of our volcano rocks, stretching like needles towards the sky. Then climb the large hill or small mountain instantly recognizable in any panoramic view of Goris. At the top of "Lasti Khut" we can enjoy a great view of the city, and can watch many huge birds soar. I'll bring high quality binoculars, which you are welcome to use.

Thanks to UK visitor Fiona Chesterton for sharing her photos from our walk.

Interesting in other walking tours in Goris? Check out my city walk and learn more about the city's writers, buildings and famous lavash. We can also hike from the abandoned monastery Great Hermitage of Tatev / Tatevi Mets Anapat / up to the monastery at Tatev, enjoy the fascinating view of old Khot and old Khndzoresk.

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My favourite, amazing Ughtasar, petroglyphs mountain. And while I was freezing in the lake with icy and snowy water, people down there were torturing by hot July weather and +45 temperature !!!
And of course my thankfulness to Tony and Anne jan for these beautiful photos and the chance to be there !

[07/15/18]   My favourite, amazing Ughtasar, petroglyphs mountain. And while I was freezing in the lake with icy and snowy water, people down there were torturing by hot July weather and +45 temperature !!!
And of course my thankfulness to Tony and Anne jan for these beautiful photos and the chance to be there !

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The country breeding a generation of chess whizz kids

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Marigold Moment

Looking at the blog of this beautiful woman, PCV Liz Barron, who is living in Goris, you will discover many new aspects of Armenians and their life !
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The petroglyphs mountain Ughtasar

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Travel to Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh)

A trip to Nagorno Karabakh / Artsakh / is a special one for me, because I am proud to tell to foreigners the truth about this historical Armenian land, and its distressing history including the 1992-1994 war. You will also see its amazing nature, including the oldest tree – Tnjri – in land that used to be part of the Soviet Union. [ 427 more words ]

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Hamlet is the off-road driver who I work with on summer trips to see the petroglyphs or to visit the Black Lake. He knows Ughtasar very well and he is a very safe driver.

[07/17/17]   Summer is the perfect time to visit Goris!

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Ten Places That Deserve More Travelers

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Timeline Photos

Here are some pictures from our hike in the gorge around Tatev.

Here are some pictures from our hike in the gorge around Tatev.

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Tour Guide Ara

Photo Credit: Thong Do

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