Tour around Armenia 10 days
10 days / 9 nights
Day 1: Arrival. Transfert to the hotel.
Day 2: City tour
Yerevan sightseeing including City center, Republic square,
State University, City panorama, Cascade, Parliament,
President’s Palace, Opera, Matenadaran (depository for
ancient manuscripts); Sports & Concert Complex, visit to the Genocide Memorial, dedicated to the Victims of 1915
and the Genocide Museum. 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. The program includes lunch in a local
Day 3: Echmiadzin-Zvartnots
Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Etchmiadzin, the
spiritual and administrative center of Armenian Apostolic
Church. Visit to Etchmiadzin Cathedral (4th c.), visit to
the museum, St. Hripsime’s Church (7th c.), ruins of
Zvartnots temple (7th c.), (UNESCO World Heritage
list 2000). The program includes lunch in a local
Day 4: Garni – Geghard
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).
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 longpreserved
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 (2000). The program
includes local family hosted lunch in village house with
watching of “Lavash” (Armenian traditional flat bread
baked in stone-make oven) making process.
Day 5:Khor Virap-Noravank-Areni- Zorac Qarer -Goris
Breakfast at the hotel and check out. Visit to Khor Virap
Church – the place of imprisonment of St. Gregory the
Illuminator, who stayed here in the small dungeon for 13
years without any food, accused by the Armenian King of
preaching Christianity. Khor Virap Church was built on
the dungeon and now people have a chance to go down
into the dark pit themselves. It is one of the holy places
for the Christian world. Here is also the closest and most
spectacular view of the gorgeous biblical mountain Ararat shining with its two white peaks. The hills
adjoining Khor Virap were the site of the early Armenian
capital - ancient Artashat built by King Artashes I,
founder of the Artashesid dynasty, around 180 B.C. It is
one of the few ancient towns, built by the special design
of the famous Carthaginian general Hannibal. After the
defeat in a war against Rome, he found shelter in
Armenia…After visiting Khor Virap drive through the
spectacular canyon between the red rocks toward
Noravank Monastery (13th c.). Tour to “Areni” Winery/
wine testing. The program includes lunch in a local
restaurant. Arrival in Goris town, check-in the hotel.
Day 6:Goris- Tatev – Selim – Noratus - Sevan
Breakfast at the hotel and check out. Drive to Tatev
Monastery (9th -13th cc.), enjoying spectacular view of
the scenery around, passing Davil’s bridge. View of recently
constructed rope way – the longest in the world (5,7 km)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bloh1gfDtCQ. Drive to
Sevan Lake. On a way visit Selim Pass Karavansaray and
Noratus (fields of Armenian cross-stones).The program
includes lunch in a local restaurant. Check-in hotel in
Sevan. O/n in Sevan.
Day 7: Sevan-Dilijan-Haghartsin-Erevan
Breakfast at the hotel and check out. Visit Sevan, one of
the greatest high mountainous freshwater lakes of
Eurasia, visit to Sevan Monastery (9th c.) Drive to Dilijan,
visit the handy craft street there, visit to Haghartsin
Monastery complex (13th c.), including Church St.
Stepanos, St. Mary and St. Gregory’s Church, as well as famous refectory. Appearing unexpectedly, out of the thick forests, in front of the
visitors, the Monastery creates a magical impression of the lost world. The program
includes lunch in a local restaurant. Drive back to
Yerevan and check in the hotel.
Day 8: Erevan-Haghpat-Sanahin
Breakfast at the hotel and check out. Trip to the
northern Armenia, the magical place of forested
mountains and deep canyons. Visit to the masterpieces of
Armenian medieval architecture - the Monastery complex
Sanahin (9th – 12th cc.) and Haghpat (11th – 13th cc.), that are included in the
UNESCO World Heritage List (2000).The program includes lunch in a local restaurant.
Day 9: Ashtarak – Oshakan – Saghmosavank –
Alphabet Park – Hand-made Carpet Factory
Breakfast at the hotel. Trip to the village Oshakan via
town Ashtarak. Visit to the Church St. Mesrop Mashtots,
the inventor of Armenian Alphabet, and his gravestone.
Drive to the Saghmosavank Church (13th c.) where the
beautiful view of Kasakh river canyon can be spotted.
Visit to Alphabet Park, a location where all letters of
Armenian alphabet made from tuff of human-size are scattered around volcanic stones.
Visit to hand-made Carpet factory. The program includes lunch in a local restaurant.
Day 10: Departure.Transfert to the selected hotel