Tourists in Gyumri

A group of tourists is gathered around local guides in Gyumri (Photo by Karen Nersisyan, My Armenia Program)

Guides in the North

Saro Ohanyan

​Saro Ohanyan

Born and raised in Lori, Saro has always been a big fan of his native landscapes, and now his love for his birthplace has become a second profession. For several years already Saro has been organizing hiking and horse-riding tours in the most beautiful corners of Lori. With a degree in Oriental studies, Saro expertly navigates through all the hidden gems of Toumanian’s world and shares his vast knowledge with visitors. Best known for his horse-riding tours, Saro will also show you the cultural and natural wonders of the region.

Main destinations: Alaverdi, Akhtala, Haghpat, Sanahin, Ardvi, Odzun, Dsegh, etc

Languages: Armenian, English

www.facebook.com/medtrailrides
Email: saro.ohanyan@yahoo.com
Tel. 374 43 807092

Rose Hovhannisyan

Rose Hovhannisyan

Having studied Chinese at the university, Rose put her language skills into her new profession as tour guide. She has received many guests from China and has shown them around Armenia’s most popular historical and natural attractions. However, because she especially enjoys guiding around her native Lori, Rose is happy to accompany you on Debed River rafting tours, as well as religious, cultural, and hiking tours of your choice.

Main destinations: Sanahin, Haghpat, Zarni-Parni, Odzun, Ardvi, Akhtala, Negհots, Sedvi

Languages: Armenian, Chinese

Email. rhovhannisyan@mail.ru
Tel. 374 98 923808

Naira Avagyan

Naira Avagyan

Naira teaches at a school in Karinj village and dedicates her free time to guiding tourists. In the summer months, Naira can show you around her birthplace with its natural and cultural monuments. As a teacher, Naira also works with school groups and children, guiding them to the most popular sights of the region and teaching them about Armenian history, life, and traditions.

Main destinations: Karinj, Sanahin, Haghpat, Akhtala, Dsegh and Odzun

Languages: Armenian, Russian

Email. avagyan567765@gmail.com
Tel. 374 98 990353

Garik Titanyan

Garik Titanyan

As a graduate of the art criticism department at Yerevan State University of Architecture and Construction, Garik is a lover of all things art. He aims to make the Alaverdi community’s history and cultural heritage accessible and known to locals and tourists alike. His tours are filled with art history, philosophy, Lori’s urban and village life stories, and of course beautiful natural sights.

Main destinations: Alaverdi and neighboring communities

Languages: Armenian, Russian, English

Email. titanyan95@gmail.com
Tel. 374 98 822030 | 374 96 822030

Liana Stepanyan

Liana Stepanyan

Just a few years ago, many regarded Gyumri only as a city that suffered a deadly earthquake in 1988. But the city is now alive with many stories, people, and emotions to explore. To make these accessible to visitors, Liana and two of her friends started the “Come to Gyumri” initiative. An artist by profession, Liana adds this special perspective to her tours, which are organized for both domestic and international visitors. Private and group tours are available.

Main destinations: Gyumri city tour

Languages: Armenian, Russian, English

www.facebook.com/arigyumri
Email. liana.ner@mail.ru
Tel. +374 98 16 47 66

Liza Gasparyan

Liza Gasparyan

Genuine love for her home pushes Liza, a journalist and PR specialist, to find time in her busy agenda to show guests around Gyumri. Liza is very committed to this fun-but-responsible job, and does her best to make trips around Gyumri most memorable. She will guide you to famous places, including those where well-known Armenian movies were shot.

Because Liza’s dream is to make Gyumri an established tourism hotspot, she has already developed a good network of partners, including guesthouses, transportation companies, and other guides. When in need, you can trust Liza with your logistics as well.

Main destinations: Gyumri city tour

Languages: Armenian

Email․ lizagasparyan85@gmail.com
Tel․ +374 98 71 15 25

Gayane Papikyan

Gayane Papikyan

Thanks to its rich cultural and artistic traditions, Gyumri has been named the city of art and crafts. The city prides itself on having a distinctive architectural style that you can see while strolling around its narrow downtown streets. Gyumri is a city that can be best explored with a guide, especially someone like Gayane, an artist who is also a lecturer at a university.

Gayane introduces her visitors to Gyumri’s architecture—especially its aesthetic and cultural values. She also offers cinematography, musical, cycling, archeological, gastronomical, and other informative tour packages.

Main destinations: Gyumri city tour

Languages: Armenian, Russian

Email․ gaya-papikyan@mail.ru
Tel․ +374 93 75 89 44

Avetik Vardanyan

Avetik Vardanyan

Art lovers have much to discover in Gyumri—a city filled with beautiful art and architecture. Trained as an architect in Milan, Avetik welcomes guests to his family studio. There you will meet his brother Hrachya, and their father Albert Vardanyan, whose sculptures may be found on a walk around Gyumri. The tour of the studio may precede a tour of Gyumri, where Avetik will gladly show and explain Gyumri’s most important monuments of architectural heritage.

Main destinations: Vardanyan’s family studio, Gyumri city tour

Languages: Armenian, Russian, English, German

Email․ avovardanyan@gmail.com
Tel․ +374 93 19 94 45

Vahe Mayilyan

Vahe Mayilyan

Woodcarver Vahe welcomes guests at his workshop in Ijevan and teaches them how to carve wood. The rich forests and beautiful landscapes surrounding Ijevan inspire Vahe not only to carve intricate patterns, but also to share his passion for nature. He will gladly organize half-day or full-day tours to natural and historical wonders in the area.

Main destinations: Ijevan and surrounding areas

Languages: Armenian, Russian

Email․ mshatur@yandex.ru ​
Tel․ +374 93 02 29 21

Elina Kocharyan

Elina Kocharyan

If you are visiting Tavush, plan to explore the Ijevan Wine Factory with professional wine guide Elina. She will tell you all about wine production in Tavush, including a wine tasting at the end where you will learn how to correctly taste wine and evaluate its quality. Elina can also organize regular tours and hikes around Ijevan.

Main destinations: Ijevan Wine Factory, areas around Ijevan

Languages: Armenian, Russian, English, French

Email․ elina.kocharyan@mail.ru​
Tel․ +374 77 09 39 93​

Rouzan Amiryan

Rouzan Amiryan

An economist by profession and tourism lover at heart, Ruzan introduces her guests to Dilijan—one of the most popular towns in Armenia. Ruzan works at Tufenkian Old Dilijan Hotel and often takes its guests on walking tours around Dilijan or hiking trips inside Dilijan National Park. Ruzan can teach you much about the history and cultural heritage of this charming region.

Main destinations: Dilijan and surrounding areas of Tavush

Languages: Armenian, Russian, English

Email․ amiryanruzan@gmail.com​
Tel․ +374 98 48 59 44, +374 95 58 84 44​

David Hovhannisyan

David Hovhannisyan

Growing up in a tourism hotspot means you are already an insider no matter your profession. David happens to be a developer and an instructor at a tech school in Dilijan, who loves sports and music, but who also organizes informative city tours in Dilijan and hiking trips across the entire Tavush region.

Main destinations: Dilijan and the rest of Tavush

Languages: Armenian, Russian

Email. david.hovhannisyan.92@mail.ru ​
Tel․ +374 98 64 44 20

David Margaryan

David Margaryan

David is a French-language lecturer at the Ijevan branch of Yerevan State University. However, in his free time, he enjoys guiding visitors around his hometown and the region. David will share with you his extensive knowledge of history and culture, as well as help you discover some of the hidden and most scenic corners of Tavush’s natural beauty.

Main destinations: Dilijan, Ijevan, Noyemberyan and nearby areas

Languages: Armenian, English, French

Email. davidfrance1991@mail.ru ​
Tel․ +374 77 23 26 26

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