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TRIP INFO:

Type of tour: Guided

Duration: 8 days / 7 nights

Distance: 860 km / 534.4 mls

Activities: Cultural; Religious

Group size: 2 + pax

Accommodation: Hotels; Apartment

Best period: April – November

Start/End point: Yerevan, Armenia

Trip Highlights:
  • Yerevan Capital City
  • Megerian Carpet Factory
  • Khor Virap Monastery
  • Areni Wine Factory
  • Noravank Monastery
  • Echmiatsin Cathedral (UNESCO)
  • Zvartnots Cathedral (UNESCO)
  • Ararat Brandy Factory
  • Lake Sevan
  • Dilijan Resort Town
  • Tsaghkadzor Resort Town
  • Alphabet Park
  • Amberd Fortress
  • Byurakan Observatory
  • Levon's Divine Underground
  • Garni Temple
  • Geghard Monastery (UNESCO)
  • Vernissage Market
DAY BY DAY ITINERARY:
DAY 1: Departure/Arrival

Depart from home country and start a journey to the Republic of Armenia. Arrive at the airport. Meet and greet, transfer to the accommodation.

Meals: (--/--/--)

Overnight: Yerevan

Transfer: Airport/Hotel

DAY 2: Yerevan City tour – Cafesjian Center – Erebuni museum & fortress – Tsitsernakaberd Memorial

Start tour in the capital of Armenia and explore the important sightseeing places of 2799 years old Yerevan city including Food Market where we can taste and buy home-made dried fruit and fresh vegetables. Explore the Cascade a giant stairway and visit Cafesjian Center for the Arts dedicated to bringing the best of contemporary art to Armenia and presenting the best of Armenian culture to the world. Then we visit Erebuni Museum with the fortress and Tsitsernakaberd Memorial. Erebuni museum will tell us the history of today’s capital which was built in 782 BC by King Argishti I. Erebuni is one of the biggest towns on Arin-berd hill on the south east end of Yerevan. The Tsitsernakaberd Monument is designed to memorialize the innocent victims of the first Genocide of the 20th century. Visit Genocide museum.

Meals: (B/--/--)

Overnight: Yerevan

Duration: 6-7 hrs

Distance: 50 km / 31 mls

DAY 3: Yerevan – Carpet Factory – Khor Virap Monastery – Areni winery – Noravank Monastery – Yerevan

Drive to the Carpet Factory which is a great opportunity not only to see the unique examples of handmade rugs but also to watch the process of the rug weaving. Start a sightseeing tour to historical Khor-Virap monastery (4- 17th cc.). Take the opportunity to enjoy a beautiful view to the biblical Ararat Mountain, were Noah's arch cast anchor. Khor-Virap monastery (means «deep dungeon») is the most visited pilgrimage site in Armenia where Grigor Lusavorich (St. Gregory the Illuminator) was imprisoned for 13 years before adapting Christianity as a state religion in 301 AD. Proceed and visit Areni wine factory to taste local wine made from the sort of Areni grape. It is famous for its various kinds of wines. Visit Noravank 13thc. (means “New Monastery”) a masterpiece of Armenian architecture which is situated in a narrow gorge and encircled by tall, sheer, brick-red cliffs highlighting spectacular nature of Vayots Dzor province. Return to Yerevan.

Meals: (B/--/--)

Overnight: Yerevan

Duration: 9-10 hrs

Distance: 260 km / 161.5 mls

DAY 4: Yerevan – Matenadaran – Echmiadzin – Zvartnots Temple – Brandy Factory

Visit the Institute of Ancient Manuscripts – Matenadaran the state repository that holds one of the world's richest depositories of medieval manuscripts and books. Depart for the spiritual and administrative headquarters of the worldwide Armenian Church. Visit the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin (302-303 AD) the oldest state-built church in the world and the seat of the Catholicos. On the way back to Yerevan, stop for Zvartnots temple (means "celestial angels") 7th century wonderful architectural masterpiece. The remnants of Zvartnots, even in ruins, are a majestic sight. Cathedral and Churches of Echmiadzin and the Archaeological Site of Zvartnots are listed among the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Continue the excursion and visit Ararat Brandy Factory to try the exceptional taste of Armenian brandy which has preserved the traditions of the legendary brandy manufacturing since 1887.

Meals: (B/--/--)

Overnight: Yerevan

Duration: 5-6 hrs

Distance: 60 km / 37 mls

DAY 5: Yerevan – Sevanavank Moanstery – Haghartsin Monastery – Tsaghkadzor – Yerevan

Drive across Lake Sevan and visit Noratus Cemetery a medieval cemetery with a large number of early khachkars (cross-stones) dating back to 10th century. Lake Sevan is the largest lake in Armenia and the Caucasus region. It is also one of the largest fresh-water high-altitude lakes in Eurasia (1900m). Visit Sevanavank 9th c. (Sevan monastery) located in the peninsula which used to be an island before. Climbing up the 220 stairs towards the monastery and following a grassy path you will find peaceful and wonderful scenery to the lake. Passing Sevan-Dilijan tunnel we appear in the fabulous forested resort town of Dilijan. Visit to Haghartsin monastery (10-14th cc.) is nestled in a temperate rainforest on a mountainside. It is one of those spots in Armenia that feels like you are walking through a huge, unreal movie set. Proceed to Tsaghkadzor (means 'gorge of flowers') a spa town and a popular health resort located at 1750m above sea level on the southeast slope of mount Teghenis. It’s a favorite winter recreation resort for native and foreign visitors. Drive back to the capital city.

Meals: (B/--/--)

Overnight: Yerevan

Duration: 8-9 hrs

Distance: 255 km / 158.5 mls

DAY 6: Yerevan – Alphabet Park – Amberd Fortress – Byurakan Observatory – Ashtarak – Yerevan

Drive to Alphabet Park - an interesting demonstration of the stone carvings of 39 Armenian letters as well as statues of notable Armenians including the founder of Armenian alphabet, Mesrop Mashtots. Visit one of the impregnable fortresses of medieval Armenia - Amberd fortress complex (7-13th cc.) with the walls, Vahramashen church (1026), the bathroom and other sections built on the rocky eminence on the slopes of Mt. Aragats at 2,300 meters above sea level. Visit Byurakan Observatory located on the picturesque southern slope of the mountain Aragats. Founded in 1946 by Viktor Hambardzumyan, it was one of the main astronomy centers of the USSR. On the way to Yerevan visit Ashtarak one of the oldest cities of Armenia with numerous historical and cultural monuments that allowed the town to retain the flavor of the ancient and beautiful Armenian town on the left bank of Kasagh River along the gorge.

Meals: (B/--/--)

Overnight: Yerevan

Duration: 6-7 hrs

Distance: 125 km / 77.6 mls

DAY 7: Yerevan – Underground cave – Garni Temple – Geghard Monastery – Vernissage Market – Yerevan

Drive to Arinj village and visit the underground cave/museum dug by Levon. It’s interesting to realize that it’s a handmade labyrinth of a cave, with stairs, rooms, chambers, open shafts and sculpting was supposed to be a simple potato cellar. Drive to Kotayk province and visit Garni fortress (3rd-2nd BC) the summer residence of the kings and Garni temple (1st c.) which is the only survived pagan temple of heathen culture in Armenia. Nowadays the ruins of the royal palace and the bathroom with a stunning mosaic work can be found near the temple. Northeast of Garni, higher up the gorge of Azat River, there is an outstanding monument of medieval Armenian architecture - Geghard monastery (4-12th cc.) listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site. Drive back to Yerevan. Visit Vernissage Flea Market an open air museum with full of art, carpets, old collections of coins and medallions, jewelry, music, books, carved wood, lace, embroidery, ceramics, posters, tools, parts for electronics and even pets (opened only in weekends).

Meals: (B/--/--)

Overnight: Yerevan

Duration: 6-7 hrs

Distance: 110 km / 68 mls

DAY 8: Departure

Transfer to the airport. Have a safe flight home.

Meals: (--/--/--)

Transfer: Hotel-Airport

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