Day 1 Friday: Arrival in Yerevan – transfer to the selected hotel
Arrival in Yerevan – transfer to the selected hotel.
Day 2 Saturday: Yerevan City tour
Breakfast at the hotel. City tour- Yerevan sightseeing including City center, Republic square, State University, City panorama, Mother Armenia Monument, Parliament, President’s Palace, Opera, Sports & Concert Complex. Visit to the Genocide Memorial, dedicated to the Victims of 1915 and the Genocide Museum.
Visit to Matenadaran (depository for ancient manuscripts, which collection is one of the biggest in the world). This outstanding collection includes manuscripts dating from 7th century and is widely appreciated by history and art amateurs and professionals.
Visit to Cascade complex, which is considered the modern art center of Yerevan, with art pieces displayed throughout the whole area: the boulevard and up the stairs, from top of which you can enjoy the panoramic view on the city and Mountain Ararat. Cascade is home to Cafesjan modern art museum. This place becomes even more charming in the evenings, when it is full of people, both locals and tourists from all over the world, enjoying the magic and the warmth of the capital. You will enjoy spending time in one of the cosy open-air cafes surrounded by beautiful sculptures, redolent flowers shining brightly with magic colors. . Visit to the ruins of Erebuni fortress, founded during the Urartian Kingdom by King Argishti in 782 BC and the Erebuni museum (1968) with Urartian period exhibits. Erebuni has been renamed into Yerevan since the 7th century A.D., when it was the capital of Armenia. O/N in Yerevan.
Option: Visit the Brandy Factory (+ wine tasting tour of 2 types of the Armenian brandy).
Day 3 Sunday: Yerevan - Etchmiadzin – Zvartnots – Yerevan
Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Etchmiadzin, the spiritual and administrative center of Armenian Apostolic Church. Visit to Etchmiadzin Cathedral (4th c.)
, the museum, St. Hripsime’s Church (7th c.),
ruins of Zvartnots temple (7th c.),
(UNESCO World Heritage list 2000). Drive back to Yerevan. O/N in Yerevan.
Day 4 Monday: Yerevan - Garni – Geghard - Yerevan
Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to the only remaining pagan temple
in Armenia devoted to the God of Sun – Myrth, in Garni,
built in 77 AD by King Trdat (Arshakid Dynasty). Photo stop at Charentc Arc. The temple is Greco-Roman style with characteristic pillars. It stands proudly on a rocky ridge with a deep canyon presenting a beautiful view. The temple was a summer residence for Arshakid dynasty. Visit to the ruins of Royal Palace
and Royal bath
-house nearby. Drive to the unique caved temple St. Geghard (12th -13th cc.)
, the name of which means “holy spear
” in the honor of the long-preserved spear, the same spear that pierced the body of crucified Christ. It is now exhibited in the museum of Etchmiadzin Cathedral. Geghard Monastery is included in the UNESCO World Heritage list
Day 5 Tuesday: Lake Sevan – Dilijan (Haghartsin) - Yerevan
Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Sevan, one of the greatest high mountainous freshwater lakes of Eurasia, visit to Sevan Monastery (9th c.)
. Drive to mountainous resort Dilijan, walk on craftsmen street, visit to Haghartsin Monastery complex (13th c.),
including Church St. Stepanos, St. Mary and St. Gregory’s Church, as well as famous refectory then visit to (Goshavank Monastery 13th c.)
. Appearing unexpectedly, out of the thick forests, in front of the visitors, the Monastery creates a magical impression of the lost world. Drive back to Yerevan. O/N in Yerevan.
Day 6 Wednesday
Transfer to Airport