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Armenia (7 nights, 8 days)
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Armenia (7 nights, 8 days)

 

1 день

Meeting at the Zvartnots airport with English – speaking guide.

Transfer to the hotel. Overnight in hotel.

 

2 день

Yerevan city tour. Walking tour in the evening.

Dinner at the Armenian national restaurant.

Overnight in hotel.

 

 

 

 

3 день

A trip to the cave monastery Geghard (Monastery of the Lance, XII-XIII cc.), where for many centuries was kept the spear that, according to the legend, pierced the side of crucified Jesus (UNESCO World Heritage Sites).

Lunch in a peasant’s house in the village of Garni, where you can watch and take part in, the process of making of lavash. Visit to the pagan temple (I c.), dedicated to the god of sun – Mithra.

A trip to Tsaghkadzor. Visit to Kecharis monastery and Tsaghkadzor ropeway.

Kecharis is a medieval Armenian monastic complex dating back to the 11th to 13th centuries.

Return to Yerevan. Overnight in hotel.

 

 

 

4 день

A trip to Khor Virap.

The Khor Virap (“deep well”) is an Armenian monastery located in the Ararat plain in Armenia, near the border with Turkey, about 8 kilometres (5.0 mi) south of Artashat, Ararat Province. Khor Virap is one of the most popular destinations in Armenia for a number of reasons, primarily because it is where Grigor Luisavorich (St. Gregory the Illuminator) was imprisoned for 13 years before curing King Trdat III of a disease. This caused the conversion of the king and Armenia into the first officially Christian nation in the world in the year 301. To this day you can visit the underground chamber which he was imprisoned in, located in the nondescript St. Gevorg Chapel apart from the main church.

A trip to Noravank Monastery (XIII—XIV cc.). Noravank Monastery is one of the most spectacular tourist attractions in Armenia. This magic monastery is located in the south of Armenia – in Vayots Dzor province. NORAVANK means NEW MONASTERY in Armenian.

A trip to the Areni village. Wine tasting in the wine plant which produces the famous red wine “Areni” …

Lunch.

Trip to Tatev Monastery. A possibility to take the longest cable car in the world – Wings of Tatev. Visit to the Tatev (“tal tev” – “to give wings”) Monastery (VIIII c.). The monastic ensemble stands on the edge of a deep gorge of the Vorotan River. The Tatev plateau has been in use since pre-Christian times, hosting a pagan temple. The temple was replaced with a modest church following the Christianization of Armenia in the 4th century.Development of the Tatev Monastery began in the 9th century when it became the seat of the bishop of Syunik.

In 1995, the monasteries of Tatev, Tatevi Anapat and their adjacent areas of the Vorotan Valley were added to the tentative list of World Heritage Sites of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

Return to Yerevan. Overnight in hotel

5 день

A trip to the village of Oshakan. Visit to the crypt with the relics of St. Mesrop Mashtots – the creator of the Armenian Alphabet (405 AD).

Visit to the Saghmosavank Monastery (XIII c.) which stands on the edge of the gorge.

A trip through the Tareri Purak (Armenian Alphabet Monument) to the Amber fortress (Fortress of clouds, X-XIII cc.).

The Armenian Alphabet Monument was built in 2005 and dedicated to the 1600th anniversary of the invention of the Armenian scripts. The park comprises the 39 letters of the Armenian alphabet as well as the statues of Ananya Shurakatsi and Hovhannes Tumanyan.

Dinner.

The Armenian alphabet restored or invented St. Mesrop Mashtots (c. 405 AD), which was a fundamental step in strengthening Armenian statehood and the bond between the Armenian Kingdom and Armenians living in the Byzantine Empire and the Persian Empire. He was also, according to a number of scholars and contemporaneous Armenian sources, the creator of the Caucasian Albanian and Georgian alphabets.

Visit to the Amberd Fortress.

Amberd is a fortress complex with a church built on the slopes of Mt. Aragats at 2,300 meters above sea level in the XI-XIII centuries. The road leading up to it on Mt. Aragats is virtually uninhabited and has gently sloping hills with the occasional shepherd and beekeeper. many wildflowers and great views. Amberd is a tall fortress built on a rise in between two streams. The church, built in 1026 by the architect Vagram Pakhlavuni, is slightly down the hill from the fortress, nearer to where the two streams join.

Return to Yerevan. Overnight in hotel

6 день

A trip to the blue pearl of Armenia – Sevan Lake (1900m). Fish lunch. Visit to the Monastery Sevanavank (IX c.). Initially the monastery was built at the southern shore of a small island. After the artificial draining of Lake Sevan, which started in the era of Josep Stalin, the water level fell about 20 meters, and the island transformed into a peninsula.

A trip through Dilijan to Haghartsin and Goshavank.

Visiting the “Queen of Forests” – Haghartsin Monastery, history of which goes back to 13th century.

Goshavank was built in 1188, adjacent to Getik monastery that was ruined during an earthquake. Built by Mkhitar Gosh it was firstly named Nor Getik (New Getik), while after his death, in 1213, it was named Goshavank, after Mkhitar Gosh.

Returning to Dilijan and walking through the center of the old town, visiting souvenirs shops and artisan – stores. Dinner at the restaurant.

Return to Yerevan. Overnight in hotel.

7 день

A trip to the ancient capital city of Armenia, Echmiadzin (Vagharshapat). Visit to the Cathedral of Holy Echmiadzin (303 AD). Echmiadzin Cathedral is the mother church of the Armenian Apostolic Church.

Visit to the Zvartnots Temple. Located 5 km from Echmiadzin, is one of the brightest landmarks of medieval Armenian architecture – the magnificent Temple constructed in the 7th century. Together with churches in Echmiadzin, Zvartnots was added to the UNESCO World Heritage in 2000.

A visit to the Institute of Ancient Manuscripts – Matenadaran. Matenadaran or the so – called Mesrop Mashtots Institute of Ancient Manuscripts is the pride of Armenian Culture, rich in historical resonance and inspiration that never fails to dazzle both locals and international travelers. The Armenian Culture would be much poorer without this museum.

A visit to the Yerevan Vernissage. Yerevan Vernissage is a large open – air market in Yerevan. There you can find carved wood and art works, traditional carpets, old collections of coins and medallions, books, jewelry, musical instruments, souvenirs, electronics and even pets.

A visit to the Yerevan Brandy Company. ArArAt has preserved the traditions of the legendary brandy manufacturing since 1887 when a merchant named Nerses Tairyan built the first wine and brandy factory in Yerevan. In 1899 the company was acquired by a Russian industrial company “Shustar and Sons”. At the beginning of the 20th century the company “Shustar and Sons” acquired the status of Armenian brand supplier to the court of His Imperial Majesty Nicholas II.

8 день

Transfer to the airport. Departure from Yerevan

 

The price includes:

  • Transfer airport – hotel – airport
  • Accommodation in hotel
  • Meals – BB
  • English – speaking guide.
  • Comfortable transport
  • Entrance fees to museums.