Armenia classic

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Length:11 days/10 nights
Start and end point: Yerevan
Accommodation: Hotels in Yerevan, Sisian, Sevan, Alaverdi

Best season: June - the end of September

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

touch the old stones of Armenia, get to know its

ancient traditions and rich culture

 

DAY 1. ARRIVAL

Arrive Yerevan at Zvartnots Airport. Passport control, issuing of visas. Check  in to Hotel.

 

DAY 2. YEREVAN SIGHTSEENG TOUR

Excursion around Yerevan city. Visit Erebuni Fortress  (782 BC). Ancient Yerevan was founded by King Argishti in 782 BC and named Erebuni. The castle town Arin Berd is like an  open air  museum. Explore  the State Museum of Armenian History and the National Gallery of Armenia. (The State Museum of Armenian History and the National Gallery of Armenia  are situated together at Republic Square, in the center of the city. With their extensive collections of artwork and historical artifacts, the Museum and Gallery can give you a good general understanding of the history and culture of Armenian’s people. Lunch at  “Jazzve” café. Tour the Ararat Brandy Factory. Here, you will discover the living legend of Armenian brandy. During the tour you will be let in on the tricks of the trade, from brewing the brandy to the bottling process. Visit the Sergey Parajanov Museum, one of the newest museums in Armenia, built in honor the renowned filmmaker. The Parajanov museum houses a marvelous collection of his works, from films to collages. This museum, built in a reproduction of a 19th century Yerevan home, is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Armenia today. Dinner at “Our Village” Restaurant, where you can taste National Armenian cuisine and enjoy  Armenian folklore.

 

DAY 3.  Ashtarak town –Amberd Fortress – Saint Mary Church - Yerevan

Tour of Ashtarak. Visit the  Church of Karmaravor (7th century) in Ashtarak. Visit Church of Tsiranavor (5-6th centuries) and Church of Marine (1291). Discover Saghmosavank Monastery (1215). Tour the family castle of the Pahlavouni Princes at Amberd, one of the few castles in Armenia that has been preserved. Tour the Church and fortress of Amberd, built on a rocky promontoryin the Middle Ages and situated near Mt. Aragats (4091 m above the sea level) and the Byurakan Astrophysical Observatory. The domed Church was built in 1026 and is one of the most unique churches of its type in Armenia. Enjoy Qarilich Lake ( 3200 m  above the sea level). Dinner at Teghaer Village. – After dinner, visit the unique Saint Mary’s  Church (1213 ), where you can  see the  amazing panorama of the Holy Ararat Mountain an Valley. Return to Yerevan .

 

DAY 4. Yerevan – Khor Virap – Areni Winery – Noravank Monastery – Sisian town

Trip to  Khor Virap (4-17 cc), one of Armenia’s most popular tourist destinations, Armenia’s from all over the world come to  Khor Virap on pilgrimages tradition, in the 3rd century AD, the Armenian pagan king Trdat imprisoned St. Gregory the Illuminator in a pit which became known as Khor Virap. Later he became the first Catholicons of all Armenians. From here, one can enjoy the majestic view of Mount Ararat, not too far from the Arax River. Khor Virap is the closest point to Mount Ararat in Armenia, the most convenient place for observing and taking pictures of the biblical mountain. Visit Areni Winery, where you observe the manufacturing of wines, and be treated to a tasked-test.  Explore  the medieval Monastery of Noravank, a 13th century structure with beautiful stone crosses. This monastery is considered to be the pulpit of Syunik bishops. The main church, St. Karapet, was built in 1227. Lunch at a local restaurant. Enjoy Shake Waterfall, near the city of Sisian. Check-in to hotel in Sisian.

 

DAY 5. Sisian – Tatev Monastery  - Khndzoresk Village – Karahunj observatory 

Tour to the most magnificent monastery in  all Armenia,  Tatev Monastery  (9-13cc), a former center for the sciences and art, where many famous Armenians lived and worked centuries ago. The Tatev complex consists of three churches, a refectory, a library, a vault, and several residence. Magnificent canyons surround the monastery. On the way you will stop near    “Devil’s bridge”.on the way of Monastery of Tatev. Lunch at a local restaurant in Goris. Visit the cave village of Khndzoresk, a picture –perfect valley with a stream running through it, where many caves and rock formations are waiting to be explored. Explore Karahun, an ancient observatory quite similar to Stonehenge in England. The columns sit like soldiers on a hill. The 204 stones near Sisian have been ascribed with mystical, fertility and cosmic powers, but rarely have ancient monuments caused such a sensation in astronomical circles. Return to  Hotel in Sisian.

DAY 6. Selim Pass – Lake  Sevan

Tour Selim Pass in medieval Armenia, numerous structures were built along commercial routes with the to provide accommodation for travelers. Prince Chesar Orbelyan built one of these, the caravanserai of Selim, in 1332. This caravanserai offered hospitality to travelers who used the highway for crossing the Selim (Seluma mountains) to Lake Sevan, one of the world’s largest high-altitude lakes (2000 meters above the sea level). Lake Sevan has become a well-know vacation spot. Lunch “Harsnakar” hotel restaurant. Visit the Hayrivank Monastery,  with a late 9th century Church, a 12th century gavit and khachkars. Explore  Shorzha beach. Lunch. Visit beautiful chapel (17 c.). Driving or surfing tours can also be arranged. Dinner at the hotel Restaurant where sample   delicious trout and crabs.

 

DAY 7. Lake Sevan  – Goshavank Monastery – Haghartsin Monastery - “Dzoraget” Hotel

Trip to the Monastery of Goshavank (12-13cc). The Monastery  was established by Mkhitar  Gosh, the famous scientist and author of medieval Armenia. The oldest structure in the Monastery is the Blessed Virgin Church, built in 1196. Walk to the medieval Haghartsin Monastery. The refectory of Hagahrtsin is very unique. There are a number of very interesting khachkars (cross stones) in the Monastery. Lunch at the “Sport Complex” Restaurant of Dilijan. Arrive in Alaverdi , check-in to  hotel.

 

DAY 8. Alaverdi – Sanahin Monastery – Hahgpat Monastery -  Monastery Odzune  - Yerevan

Trip to the medieval Sanahin Monastery (10-13cc.) ( A UNESCO World Heritage site), which is comprised to several churches and chapel. Visit Haghpat Monastery (10-13cc). The construction of this monastery is associated with the glory of the Bagratuni Royal Family. The oldest structure of the monastery, the holy Cross Church was built in 977 -911. Lunch at a local restaurant in Alaverdi . Visit Odzun Monastery. Odzun Cathedral was built in the 6th century by the Catholicos Hovhan. The building, constructed of red and white local stone with a domed basilica, is in remarkable condition. Return to Yerevan

 

DAY 9. Yerevan – Echmiadzin town – Medzamor – Yerevan

Visit the Mother See of Holy Echmiadzin, the spiritual and admin of the Armenian  Church. En route, your guide will tell you the story of Armenia’s conversion to Christianity.

Upon entering   the city of Echmiadzin ,  you will see a 7th century church, where the shrine of St. Hripsime (3rd Century) and the  relics of the other 40 martyred Hripsimian nuns lie. Next, visit the Main Cathedral and its museum, where  you can see the Holy Relics of many saints, a piece from Noah’s Ark, the Holy Lance ( from Geghard) that piersed Christ’s side, and many more. The name Echmiadzin (descent of the only begotten) comes from a legend, according to which St. Gregory Illuminator saw Christ in a dream descending with a golden hammer indicating the location where the cathedral. Should be built Now Echmiadzin is the residence of the Catholicos, the head of Armenian Apostolic Church.  Lunch at a local restaurant. - Journey through time to a place that boasts 6,700 years of continuous inhabitation, Medzamor. Medzamor culture survived through the Bronze and early Iron Ages, when it was integrated into the Urartu Empire in the 7th century BC, and later continued under the Persians, Greeks, Romans, Byazantines, and Ottomans until the 18th century, when it was abandoned.  – Tour will continue to the ruins of the glorious 7th century  Zvartnots Cathedral. - Return to Yerevan.

 

DAY 10. Yerevan – Gegahrd Monastery  - Garni Pagan Temple – Yerevan

Hike  to the Geghard Monastery ( Whose name came from the legendary lance, that was  used to pierce the body of Christ, which was  kept here for centuries. Though the exact foundation of the monastery is unknown, the present complex was built in the mid – 13th century.) Here, you will have the chance to listen to a beautiful choir. Will walk along the canyon, by the beautiful columnar basalt 9th century stone bridge over the Azat River to Garni the Pagan Temple, built in  the 1 Century AD.  In 1679 it, was destroyed by earthquake. In the 1975 the Temple was restored. - Lunch at the local restaurant, where you will have the unique opportunity to bake the national Armenian bread,  lavash. Lavash is the special bread, which can be stored for a very long time.  – Explore to the man-made underground labyrinth of Master Levon. This is unique construction, was created by him alone, during 23 years hard manual labor.

 DAY 11. DEPARTURE

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