Day 1-2: Arrival to Yerevan/Yerevan City tour
Arrival to Yerevan, meeting at Zvartnots International airport. Transfer to the hotel. Leisure time.
Breakfast at the hotel. The guide will meet you at the hotel lobby. Yerevan city tour: Yerevan is one of the oldest cities in the world. We’ll see the Republic Square, the National Opera and Ballet Theater, cultural - architectural complex Cascade, the monument "Mother Armenia". Visit Matenadaran - Institute of ancient manuscripts. Here are kept more than 15,000 manuscripts and the collection is constantly updated with new discoveries, acquisitions and gifts. Visit of the Tsitsernakaberd Memorial Complex dedicated to the memory of the victims of the genocide of 1915 and Armenian Genocide Museum. Visit Vernissage , which is a large open-air market in Yerevan, Armenia. The market lies along Aram and Buzand streets at a length of 350 metres, connecting the Hanrapetutyun street with the Khanjyan street. The market mainly features a collection of different types of traditional Armenian art works. O/N in Yerevan
Day 3: Yerevan / Echmiadzin / Zvartnots / Megerian Carpet /Yerevan
Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Echmiadzin, the spiritual and administrative center of the Armenian Apostolic Church. Visit the world's first Christian Cathedral (301AD). We will visit the unique museum of Echmiadzin Cathedral. On the way back stop at the ruins of one of the most famous temples in Armenia - Zvartnots Cathedral (7th century). Return to Yerevan. Visit Megerian Carpet Factory, where you will take a tour and you will get acquainted with Armenian carpet history. O/N in Yerevan
Day 4: Yerevan / Khor Virap / Noravank / Areni / Jermuk
Breakfast at the hotel and check out. The road from Yerevan leads through the plains of Ararat, where suddenly an attractive view of Khor-Virap Monastery appears, where the first Catholicos of the Armenian Apostolic Church was imprisoned for 13 years for promoting Christianity. The monastery is located 200 metres away from the Turkish border. It is the nearest spot to Mount Ararat from Armenia. Drive to the Vayots Dzor region, which is Armenia’s most storied wine growing region. Visit Areni cave, where was found the oldest leather shoe in the world, as well as grape seeds, wine press for stomping grapes, drinking cups and withered grape wines. We visit the Areni wine factory in Areni village, which is especially famous for its rich vineyards. After our wine tasting we will drive to visit the Noravank Monastery which is built in an inaccessible location in a beautiful natural setting. We continue to one of the most picturesque towns in Armenia – Jermuk. En route we visit Kechut Reservoir – a beautiful star-shaped spillway. The health-resort and spa town of Jermuk is famous for its hot mineral waters, which has been known for their medicinal properties since early medieval times. Here we will visit Jermuk waterfall, which tumbles down from the height of 70 m. O/N in Jermuk.
Day 5: Jermuk/ Khndzoresk/ Qarahunj/Tatev/Stepanakert
Breakfast at the hotel and check out. Trip to the cave village of Khndzoresk, which offers the most spectacular view of ancient Armenia. The old city is famous for its canyon and is located at 1580 metres above sea level. Transfer to Syunik Province where we’ll visit Qarahunj (the Speaking or Singing Stones) – an astronomical observatory and pre-historic megalithic structure, also known as “Zorats Qarer”. It is said that the Armenian Stonehenge is 7500 years old. There are 203 stones, 76 of which have 5-7 cm diameter holes bored through them. The heights of the stones range from 0.5 to 3 metres (above ground) and weight up to 10 tons. We drive to the Medieval Monastery of Tatev (9th century) - one of the most famous spiritual and educational centres of the Middle Ages. On the way we will be able to see the rocks surrounding the city of Goris known as “The Goris Stone Forest”.
We will take the world’s longest ropeway - 5,752 metres long and enjoy the spectacular views of the rugged valley and mountains around the ancient Tatev Monastery. Located 1600 metres high in the mountains it is surrounded by a magnificent canyon. Continue to Artsakh. Our tour continues to Stepanakert - the largest city and capital of Artsakh (Nagorno Karabakh). O/N in Stepanakert.
Day 6: Stepanakert /Gandzasar/ Shushi/ Stepanakert
Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Gandzasar’s 10-13th century monastery situated in Martakert region. Gandzasar’s most important structure is the imposing Cathedral of St. Hovhannes Mkrtich. It is a large church with a cupola in the inscribed cross plan. The Cathedral was built between 1216 and 1238, and has been hailed as a "crown jewel". Drive to Shushi city. In the middle of the 18th century, Shushi became a cityfortress and is known by its historical monuments. We’ll admire the Ghazanchetsots St. Amenaprkich Church. Drive back to Stepanakert. City tour in Stepanakert. We will visit the famous statue of Tatik - Papik, known as “Menq enq Mer Sarery” which means “We are Our Mountains”. It is a large monument from tufa of an old Armenian man and woman and is recognized as a national symbol of Karabakh. Then we will transfer to Martakert region. O/N in Stepanakert.
Day 7: Stepanakert/Dadivank/ Noratus/Sevan/ Dilijan
Breakfast at the hotel and check out. Drive to the largest monastic complex in Artsakh-Karabakh- Dadivank- one of true masterpieces of Armenian medieval architecture. It is located in the northwestern part of Martakert district of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic. Drive to the village Noratus, an ancient cemetery from the Middle Ages. This is the biggest cemetery of Khachkars (cross-stones) in Armenia - the oldest stones date back to the late 10th century. Continue to Sevan Lake which is situated at an altitude above 1900 metres. You can visit Sevanavank Monastery, located on the peninsula. This offers magnificent panoramic views of the lake and surrounding mountains. The tour will be continued to the forested resort town of Dilijan, which is also called “Armenian Little Switzerland” for its nature. We will drive through a plush forest to reach the Haghartsin Monastery, an 11th-13th century church situated deep in the woods. Drive to Dilijan. O/N in Dilijan.
Day 8 Dilijan / Haghpat / Sanahin/ Yerevan
Breakfast at the hotel and check out. Walk along one of the most beautiful and oldest streets of the Old Dilijan - Sharambeyan where we will find small art schools and souvenir shops. After we start to the Northern region of Armenia. Inspection of the medieval Sanahin bridge over the river Debed. Excursion to the Monasteries of Sanahin and Haghpat (10 -13 cc), which are among the outstanding works of medieval Armenian architecture. In their artistic merits they transcend the limits of national culture and they are now listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Property. Drive to Yerevan. O/N in Yerevan
Day 9 Yerevan / Geghard / Garni / Yerevan
Breakfast at the hotel. A trip to the cave Monastery Geghard (5-13cc), which consists of three churches and a huge mausoleum carved into the mountain. Continuation of the tour will bring us to the pagan temple of Garni (77 AD) - only Hellenistic temple extant in the region. Inspection of "Temple of the Sun" and the ancient royal baths, situated on the edge of the picturesque valley. Return to Yerevan. Visit “Ararat” Brandy Factory with excursion and brandy tasting.
Day 10 Departure
Check out. Transfer to the airport.
The price includes:
- Hotel accommodation
- Meals /breakfasts, 8Lunches and 4Dinners/
- Guide services per program
- Excursion with degustation in brandy factory
- Entrance tickets per program
- Comfortable air-conditioned transportation with professional driver for the entire route
The price does not include:
- Air tickets
- Travel insurance
- Extra services
Validity: March 15, 2019 -October 30, 2019