Cultural-historical tour in Armenia – 10 days ( OPTION 2 )

Itinerary

Day 1 Yerevan City tour – Overnight in Yerevan
Day 2 Sardarapat, Metsamor, Ejmiatsin, Zvartnots – Overnight in Yerevan
Day 3 Khor Virap, Areni, Noravank, Zorats Karer – Overnight in Goris
Day 4 Tatev, Khndzoresk, Shushi, Stepanakert – Overnight in Stepanakert
Day 5 Gandzasar, Tigranakert, Amaras – Overnight in Stepanakert
Day 6 Selim, Sevan, Haghartsin, Dilijan – Overnight in Dilijan
Day 7 Haghpat, Sanahin, Odzun, Gyumri – Overnight in Gyumri
Day 8 Marmashen, Talin, Aruch, Amberd, Saghmosavank – Overnight in Yerevan
Day 9 Free day – Overnight in Yerevan
Day 10 Matenadaran, Garni, Geghard – Overnight in Yerevan
Day 1 - Yerevan City tour – Overnight in Yerevan

After you meet your guide in the Zvartnots international airport you’ll be transferred to your hotel (30 minutes drive). After resting and getting fresh in a 4* centrally located hotel, you’ll start the tour exploring Yerevan first, one of the oldest cities in the world founded in 782 BC. One of the highlights of the city is Erebuni Historical and Archaeological Museum-Reserve. After having a tour in the ruins of millennia old fortress and the museum you’ll visit Genocide memorial monument and museum, dedicated to the victims of the Armenian Genocide, the calamity the Armenians suffered at the end of the 19th and at the beginning of the 20th centuries. Driving along the prominent squares and streets of Yerevan you’ll see the Opera house, Parliament, Presidential residence and other important buildings. After enjoying the delights of Armenian cuisine in the traditional restaurant you’ll have a tour in Brandy factory, tasting 2 types of the most famous and prominent alcoholic beverage of Armenia. The city tour also includes a stop at the Victory Park to have a nice view of Yerevan, as well as a stop in the Cascade complex, a contemporary art garden and museum. B/L/D – Overnight in Yerevan

Day 2 – Zvartnots, Sardarapat, Metsamor, Ejmiatsin, – Overnight in Yerevan

The first sight on this day will be Zvartnots, an immense and splendid 7th century cathedral and the archaeological site, which is a UNESCO World Heritage sites. You’ll continue driving to the east visiting memorial monument, dedicated to the heroic battle of Sardarapat, as well as The National Museum of Armenian Ethnography. The rest of the places included in the itinerary on this day are UNESCO World Heritage sites, too. At first you’ll visit The Mother See of Holy Ejmiatsin, which is the religious and administrative center of the Armenian church worldwide and the residence of the supreme patriarch or the Catholicos of all Armenians. Inside the complex you’ll see The Mother Cathedral of Holy Ejmiadzin, the 1st state-built church in the world. You’ll continue exploring Armenian early medieval architectural heritage, visiting the 7th century churches St. Gayane and St. Hripsime, masterpieces dedicated to the 3rd century martyrs. B/L/- – Overnight in Yerevan

Day 3 – Khor Virap, Areni, Noravank, Zorats Karer – Overnight in Goris

On this day after checking-out from the your hotel in Yerevan you will head to Khor Virap (meaning «deep dungeon») monastery, which stands in front of the snowcapped flanks of Mount Ararat, offering a spectacular view of the mountain, the national symbol of Armenia. This is the place where St. Gregory the Illuminator, the 1st Catholicos, was imprisoned for 13 years before the conversion of the king and Armenia into the first officially Christian nation in the world in the year 301. The next destination will be a winery of Areni village to taste several types of wine and other alcoholic spirits, as Armenia has old traditions of viticulture. The oldest winery in the world has been found in a cave near this village. Not so far from Areni there is Noravank monastery nestled into a majestic mountain. It has several masterpieces of the Armenian architecture and sculpture, including one of the rare 2-floored churches in Armenia, a rare sculpture of God, a lot of beautifully carved cross-stones and many more, created by talented Armenian architect and sculptor Momik. The area, surrounded by breathtaking rocky nature, is also famous for its rich diversity of birds. The last place of interest of the day will be Zorats Karer monument (informally also famous as Karahunj or Armenian Stonehenge), which is a remarkable example of megalithic culture, as well as a Bronze Age tomb complex, where the vertically erected menhirs are considered to be used as a prehistoric observatory as well. You’ll have overnight in Goris, a town in southernmost Syunik region. B/L/D – Overnight in Goris

Day 4 - Tatev, Khndzoresk, Shushi, Stepanakert - Overnight in Stepanakert

Firstly you’ll have the unique experience of Wings of Tatev – the longest reversible aerial tramway in the world (5752m.), which takes to Tatev Monastery, flying above the most picturesque and impressive Vorotan gorge. Tatev monastery is a 9th century historical monument and one of the oldest and most famous complexes in Armenia. In the Middle Ages it was a vital scholastic, enlightenment, spiritual, cultural and political center with around 1000 monks and played an exceptional role in the country’s history. Afterwards you’ll keep on exploring the highlights of the southern part of Armenia heading to an extraordinary cave dwelling, Old Khndzoresk, which was the largest village of eastern Armenia until mid 20th century. Natural caves were merged with manmade constructions creating a strongly fortified settlement. Here you’ll have a chance to cross a winding bridge, which connects 2 slopes of the rocky mountain. Entering Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (also known as Artsakh, a de facto independent republic), you will arrive in Shushi, the previous capital of Artsakh, which used to be an important cultural center of the South Caucasus. Shushi is famous for its medieval fortress, as well as St. Ghazanchetsots Cathedral. You will also have a stop at Tank Liberation monument, dedicated to Artsakh liberation war and its victims.  The night will be spent in Stepanakert. Originally called Vararakn (meaning rapid spring) it’s the capital and the largest city of NKR. B/L/D – Overnight in Stepanakert

Day 5 - Gandzasar, Tigranakert, Amaras - Overnight in Stepanakert

The 1st destination on this day will be Gandzasar Monastery, a 13th century walled abbey with both ecclesiastical and non-ecclesiastical buildings. The centerpiece of the monastery is St. John the Baptist Cathedral constructed on the place, where the saint’s head was buried. Gandzasar, which hosted the Catholicosate of Aghvank, having religious and political importance, is the 2nd Armenian monastery with the largest amount of exclusive decorative sculpted patterns. Then you will drive to Tigranakert, a ruined Armenian city, which was founded in 1st century BC by king Tigranes the Great, during whose reign Armenia reached the pinnacle of its might. Here you will see some precious findings, such as fortress walls, towers, mediaeval basilica, as well as an archaeological museum. The day will be incomplete without seeing Amaras monastery, which is one of the most ancient Christian cloisters, founded in the 4th century by St. Gregory the Enlightener, the 1st Catholicos. Here in 410 AD St. Mesrop Mashtots, the inventor of the Armenian alphabet, founded one of the first schools, where the new script was being taught. B/L/D – Overnight in Stepanakert

Day 6 – Selim, Sevan, Haghartsin, Dilijan - Overnight in Dilijan

Orbelian’s Caravanserai will mark the beginning of an incredible day. This caravanserai is the best preserved one in the country, which served to accommodate weary travelers and their animals as they passed through Armenia. It played important role in several world trade routes (e.g. Silk Road) and provides a magnificent view of the gorges of Vayots Dzor, being located at a height of 2410 m. Then you’ll head to the largest lake of the republic of Armenia Sevan, which is one of the highest freshwater lakes in the world. It lies at about 1900 m above the sea level in the mountain hollow. You’ll be amazed by the picturesque view of the lake, its turquoise-azure waters, pure curative air and the beauty of surroundings. In the northwestern shore of Lake Sevan you will visit Sevan monastery founded in 874 AD. Driving further you’ll reach Haghartsin, a monastery hidden in the forest of hornbeams, oaks and other trees. This 10-13th century monastery consists of several religious and secular beautiful structures, which had profound restoration in 2013. At the end you will stop in Dilijan, a spa town surrounded by thick forests with rich flora and fauna. The town is famous for its fresh air, mild climate, mineral water springs, as well as arts and crafts, such as rug and carpet making, carpentry, ceramics, metallurgy etc. B/L/D – Overnight in Dilijan

Day 7 - Haghpat, Sanahin, Odzun, Gyumri - Overnight in Gyumri

On this day you will explore Haghpat and Sanahin, 2 sister monasteries included in the list of UNESCO world heritage sites and separated from each other by a distance of merely 15km. These monasteries were important cultural, educational and scientific centers and were founded in the 10th century, when the Armenian kingdom was enjoying a prosperous and flourishing period. These monasteries had many prominent scholars and a rich collection of manuscripts decorated with miniature art. Sanahin was more famous for its university, which offered studies in humanities, arts, medicine and other domains of science. The afternoon will include a visit to Odzun church, which is a 5-7th century 3 nave domed basilica. The next place to visit will be Marmashen, a 10-11th century monastery, which consists of 5 churches characterized by architectural features similar to Ani, a magnificent historical capital of Armenia. Then you’ll drive to Gyumri, the 2nd largest city in Armenia, where you’ll visit Museum of Architecture and Urban Life, Seven Wounds Holy Mother of God Cathedral, Old Town, Holy Sion church, Mother Armenia monument etc. B/L/D – Overnight in Gyumri

Day 8 – Harichavank, Talin, Aruch, Amberd, Saghmosavank – Overnight in Yerevan

The tour on this day will include a lot of places of interest, starting with Harichavank, a 7-13th century monastic center renowned for its seminary and scriptorium. Afterwards you will admire the 7th century Talin cathedral for its magnificent architectural features. The next one will be Aruch, where you will find a beautiful cathedral, ruins of the place and a caravanserai.  You will keep on exploring the treasures of Armenian medieval culture visiting Amberd fortress (meaning a “fortress in the clouds”), situated high on the picturesque slopes of Mt. Aragats. The fortress, defined by good natural defenses and fortified walls, incorporates a rich variety of buildings (castle, church, chapel, baths, walls, gates, etc.) and was a primary military-defensive point. On the way you’ll also stop at the Alphabet monument, which is dedicated to the 1600 anniversary of the creation of Armenian unique alphabet. The last stop will be in Saghmosavank, a 13th century monastery with additional beauty of spectacular canyon and amazing buildings, some of which are rare in their composition. It was a significant educational, spiritual and calligraphy center in The Middle Ages. B/L/- – Overnight in Yerevan

Day 9 – Free day - Overnight in Yerevan

On this free day you will have an opportunity to spend time as you wish either with passive rest, or visiting places not included in the itinerary, or doing shopping or exploring more about Yerevan, people or Armenian culture, or in any other way you prefer.  B/-/- – Overnight in Yerevan

Day 10 – Matenadaran, Garni, Geghard - Overnight in Yerevan

You’ll start the last day of the tour gaining deeper understanding of Armenian rich culture due to a visit to Matenadaran, the largest repository of Armenian manuscripts with around 20000 books. Afterwards you will drive out of Yerevan to visit Garni, which is a Hellenistic fortified fortress constructed in 3-2nd century BC. It’s located on a spectacular triangular canyon, unique with its perfectly vertical cliffs called “The symphony of stones”. The secular and religious buildings of the fortress include the palace, bath house, medieval church and most importantly the only preserved pagan temple in Armenia. You’ll continue the tour visiting Geghard monastery, UNESCO World Heritage site. This is a 12-13th century cave monastery with rock-cut churches and tombs, which was more famous for one the most celebrated relics that it housed, the Holy Lance, which used by a Roman soldier to pierce Jesus Christ’s side. After returning Yerevan you’ll have farewell dinner accompanied by Armenian traditional music. You will have airport transfer for your return flight, taking with you unforgettable and delightful memories from our wonderful country. B/L/D – Overnight in Yerevan

Cost per person in a room with double occupancy

Number of Pax Price in AMD
 1
 2
 3
 4
 5-7
 8-12
 13-18
 19-25
 26-50

Our offer includes

  • Accommodation in 4* hotels
  • Ground transportation with luxury air-conditioned vehicles
  • All the meals
  • Professional guide
  • Entrance fees to the museums and sights
  • Two 0.5L still water bottles per person per day
  • Maps

Our offer doesn’t include

  • Air transportation
  • Medical and repatriation insurance
  • Visa fee to Armenia (the citizens of EU and CIS countries don’t need visa to enter Armenia)
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Porterage
  • Tips and other personal expenses

Please note that the itinerary is subject to any modification.

 We wish you a nice and enjoyable trip!!! 

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