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CULTURAL TWIN

TRIP INFO:

Type of tour: Guided

Duration: 14 days / 13 nights

Distance: 1770 km / 1100 mls

Activities: Cultural; Religious; Camping; Ecotourism; Rural

Group size: 2 + pax

Accommodation: Hotels; Guesthouse; Tent

Best period: April – October

Start/End point: Yerevan, Armenia

Trip Highlights:
  • Yerevan Capital City
  • Echmiatsin Cathedral (UNESCO)
  • Zvartnots Cathedral (UNESCO)
  • Megerian Carpet Factory
  • Khor Virap Monastery
  • Noravank Monastery
  • Karahunj Observatory
  • Shaki Waterfall
  • Tatev Monastic Complex
  • Old Khndzoresk Cave Village
  • Stepanakert Capital City, Artsakh
  • Amaras Monastery
  • Giant Plane Tree
  • Tigranakert Archaeological Site
  • Gandzasar Monastery
  • Jermajur Natural Hot Spring
  • Lake Sevan
  • Dilijan Resort Town
  • Yenokavan Recreational Resort
  • Molokans' Village
  • Haghpat Monastery (UNESCO)
  • Sanahin Monastery (UNESCO)
  • Dendropark Botanical Garden
  • Garni Temple
  • Geghard Monastery (UNESCO)
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.

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Overnight: Yerevan

Transfer: Airport/Hotel

DAY 2: Yerevan City tour – Tsitsernakaberd – Echmiadzin – Zvartnots– Yerevan

Start tour in the capital of Armenia and explore the important sightseeing places of 2800 years old Yerevan city including Food Market where we can taste and buy home-made dried fruit and fresh vegetables. Visit Genocide museum with Tsitsernakaberd Monument designed to memorialize the innocent victims of the first Genocide of the 20th century. Depart for the spiritual and administrative headquarters of the worldwide Armenian Church. Visit St Hripsime church (7th c.) named after a Christian nun who refused to marry the roman emperor and fled to Armenia. 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.

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Overnight: Yerevan

Duration: 6-7 hrs

Distance: 85 km / 53 mls

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

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. Sightseeing tour to historical Khor-Virap monastery (4- 17th cc) with 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 special sorts of vines. Visit Noravank 13th c. (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. Drive to Yeghegis one of the richest cities of Medieval Armenia. But the village represents interest not only because of its history but also because of its remarkable monuments (churches, khachkars, Jewish cemetery) as without them this village would probably not be this appealing to visitors. Camping in Yeghegis.

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Overnight: Yeghegis

Duration: 8-9 hrs

Distance: 180 km / 112 mls

DAY 4: Yeghegis– Karahunj – Shaki waterfall – Tatev Monastery – Goris

Drive to the first observatory in the world – Karahunj (kar-means stone, hunj-means voice, sound). It has a history of 7.500 years and scientists believe that there is a tight connection between the observatory in Armenia and Stonehenge in Britain, since the latter is much younger (about 4000 years). Continue the trip and stop to admire Shaki Waterfall (18 m) one of the most inspiring sights in Armenia on the left side of Vorotan River Gorge. Drive to the 9th century Tatev monastic complex located on a large basalt plateau near the village of the same name in part of Zangezur. Monastery is known for the unique monument called “Gavazan” (pillar) which aimed to give early warning signals about possible earthquakes and invaders. Proceed to Goris – a beautiful city with a very charming regional style of stone architecture surrounded by high mountains and some great rock formations striving to the sky with ancient cave settlement.

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Overnight: Goris

Duration: 7-8 hrs

Distance: 205 km / 127.5 mls

DAY 5: Goris – Old Khndzoresk – Shushi – Stepanakert

Drive 20 minutes and appear in a fantastic cave village with a picturesque view to the ruins of an old village, churches, tombs, nature, springs and a new bridge that spans the gorge. Khndzoresk is an ideal place for hiking. In the end of the 19th century Old Khndzoresk was the biggest village of Eastern Armenia. Our next destination is Artsakh (Nagorno Karabagh). Drive to the border and after visa regulations move ahead to the cultural center of Artsakh - Shushi. Visit a beautiful Holy Amenaprkich Ghazanchetsots Cathedral (1868-1887). Drive to Stepanakert the capital city of Artsakh.

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Overnight: Stepanakert

Duration: 5-6 hrs

Distance: 115 km / 71.5 mls

DAY 6: Stepanakert – Amaras Monastery – Azokh cave – Tnjri – Stepanakert

Visit the picturesque bazar (Market) situated in the center of the city. Part of the bazaar, differing by the variety of juicy local fruits, vegetables, greens, pleases eyes with its rich colours, draws to pass along and bargain. There are many dried fruits here as well, made in traditional Armenian way. By the way dried cornel is made only in Artsakh. Visit the symbol of Artsakh - the monument called popularly "Tatik and Papik" (Grandmother and Grandfather), an old Armenian man and woman hewn from rock. They represent the mountain people of Artsakh. Continue tour and visit Amaras Monastery (4th c.) one of the most treasured historical and religious sites of the South Caucasus, and one of the world’s oldest Christian monuments. Drive to Hadrut District to visit the Stone Age cave-settlement situated between Azokh and Drakhtik villages, excavated for 18 years. On the way back to Stepanakert visit a huge 2030 year old Tnjri which in Artsakh dialect means Plane tree (54m). The hollow of this giant tree is 44 sq.m, where more than 40 people can stand.

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Overnight: Stepanakert

Duration: 6-7 hrs

Distance: 155 km / 96 mls

DAY 7: Stepanakert – Askeran – Tigranakert – Gandzasar

Drive to Askeran’s remarkable fort (18th century). Since ancient times the fort together with the medieval Armenian village next to it has been called Mayraberd. Continue tour and visit Tigranakert (an important archaeological site) a ruined Armenian city dating back to the Hellenistic period. Visit Tigranakert Hellenistic city museum. Drive to Vank village with an interesting entertainment complex. Visit Gandzasar Monastery (10-13thcc.) one of the most renowned and well-preserved ecclesiastical complexes of medieval Armenia and a first-class example of outstanding universal value of the Armenian architectural and decorative tradition. Walk and explore the village.

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Overnight: Vank village

Duration: 5-6 hrs

Distance: 95 km / 59 mls

DAY 8: Vank – Sarsang reservoir – Dadivank – Jermajur – Tsapatagh

Drive through Drmbon village and reach Sarsang reservoir a large lake formed by a hydroelectric dam (125 m) with beautiful surrounding nature. Proceed to the most magical place in all of Artsakh – Dadivank monastery (9-13th cc.) where the road winds along a gorge with a river and beautiful forests. Turn off the road towards the natural warm water which comes from underground. The water stream runs up to 7m. The mineral water has healing property. Return to the main road and continue to Vardenis town (Armenia). Drive to the village Tsapatagh.

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Overnight: Tsapatagh

Duration: 8-9 hrs

Distance: 235 km / 146 mls

DAY 9: Tsapatagh – Sevan – Dilijan – Makaravank – Yenokavan

Drive along the lake Sevan the largest lake in Armenia and the Caucasus region. It is also one of the largest fresh-water high-altitude lakes in the world. This huge mountain lake is situated at an altitude of about 1,900 meters above sea level. 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. Stop at the town for a short walk and rest. Continue trip and visit Makaravank (10-13th cc.) a medieval architectural church complex situated on the forested slopes of the Bazum mountain ridge. Drive to Yenokavan village and enjoy the evening.

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Overnight: Yenokavan

Duration: 7-8 hrs

Distance: 215 km / 133.5 mls

DAY 10: Yenokavan free day

Enjoy your free day in a wonderful recreational resort surrounded by beautiful nature. Ride a horse in the vicinity of high mountains, hike to the virgin forests along the bank of the Aghstev (Khachaghbyur) or just have a rest and to get ready for the next day.

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Overnight: Yenokavan

DAY 11: Yenokavan – Fioletovo village – Sanahin & Haghpat Monasteries – Stepanavan

Drive to Fioletovo village to meet Molokans a religious movement, among the Russian peasants that refused to obey the Russian Orthodox Church in the beginning of 17th century. It has the feel of an ethnic Russian village where villagers live according to long-held traditions. After a nice host in Molokans’ village drive to medieval Armenian monastery complexes of Haghpat (976 AD) and Sanahin (966 AD) which are inscribed in UNESCO world heritage list. Continue the trip across the river Debed and drive to Stepanavan.

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Overnight: Stepanavan

Duration: 8-9 hrs

Distance: 230 km / 143 mls

DAY 12: Stepanavan – Dendropark – Hovhanavank – Saghmosavank – Yerevan

At the head of Stepanavan’s central square, the Stepan Shahumyan museum is situated. After visiting the museum drive to Dendropark Botanical Garden (35 hectare) that features a diversity of tree species brought from different regions of the world. It is also a place of rest, green and fresh, even during hottest times of summer. Continue and visit the monastery complexes of Hovhannavank (4-13th cc.) and Saghmosavank (13th c.) are five kilometers apart and perch on the edge of the precipitous gorge of the Kasakhriver. The most ancient structure in Hovhannavank is a basilica typical of the fifth century. Return to Yerevan and enjoy the evening.

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Overnight: Yerevan

Duration: 7-8 hrs

Distance: 165 km / 102.5 mls

DAY 13: Yerevan – Matenadaran – Garni – Geghard – Yerevan

Visit the Institute of Ancient Manuscripts –Matenadaran the state repository that holds one of the world’s richest depositories of medieval manuscripts and books. Drive to Kotayk province and visit Garni fortress (3rd-2ndcc.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 Azatriver, there is an outstanding monument of medieval Armenian architecture –Geghard monastery (4-12th cc.) listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site. Drive back to Yerevan.

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Overnight: Yerevan

Duration: 5-6 hrs

Distance: 90 km / 55 mls

DAY 14: Departure

Transfer to the airport. Have a safe flight home.

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Transfer: Hotel-Airport

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