Great silk road

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Length: 10 days/9 nights
Start and end point: Yerevan
Accommodation: Hotels in Yerevan, Sevan and tents in the countryside
Best season: June - the end of September

 

 

discover the secret of control over

the main branches of The Great Silk Road in 10 days

 

Armenia maintained close economic ties with neighboring countries. The East - West trade routes passed across the Armenian plateau and favored the development of the country’s economy, trade, commerce and culture. At the highest points in its political history, Armenia was a powerful kingdom and reached the zenith of its territorial expansion, stretching from the Black Sea to the Caspian Sea and from the Mediterranean to Lake Urmia in what is now Iran. It took control over main branches of the Great Silk Road in the Middle East. One of its three principal branches still stretches along the Ararat Valley through the territory of modern Armenia. We invite you to visit the country that has always played a role as the bridge between Eastern and Western civilizations, and to discover a wealth of preserved evidence from the ancient and medieval worlds.

 

Traces of pre - historic civilizations, numerous antic fortresses and temples

Ancient trade routes of the Great Silk Road

Following the traces of Strabon and Marco Polo

The ancient trade centers - Dvin, Armavir, Artashat

The stone witnesses of the Great Silk Road - Selim, Aruch and Talin caravanserais

The mute evidences of different civilizations

DAY 1. ARRIVAL   

Arrive in Yerevan at Zvartnots Airport.

Passport control, issuing of visas.

Check in to hotel.

 

DAY 2. YEREVAN SIGHTSEEING - GARNI - GEGHARD - YEREVAN

Museum of National History. City tour. Tour  the capital city of the Republic of Armenia will include visits to:

Matenadaran - The Research Institute of Armenia which houses beautiful centuries old illuminated manuscripts created by scribes.

Tsitsernakaberd Monument and Museum - Built in 1965, this monument commemorates the 1915 Armenian Genocide.

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.Geghard - The names came from the legendary lance, supposedly the one used to pierce the body of Christ, which was long kept here.

Garni - The pagan temple is  an outstanding monument of  Hellenistic culture in Armenia.

 Evening: Dinner and  “Welcome party” in one of Yerevan’s  traditional  Armenian restaurant.

 
DAY 3. YEREVAN - ECHMIADZIN - SARDARAPAT - YEREVAN

Echmiadzin- Cathedral (303AD), St Gayane (630AD), St.Hripsime (618AD) Churches, Ethnographic Museum at Sardarapat, ZvartnotsCathedral (643AD). Overnight in Yerevan.

 

DAY 4. YEREVAN - ARUCH - TALIN - MASTARA - GYUMRI

Aruch (7th c.) cChurch and caravansari, Mastara (5th.), Harichavank (7 - 13 c.), picnic lunch. Gyumri. Marmashen (10 - 11 cc.). Dinner and overnight at hotel in Gyumri.

 

DAY 5. GYUMRI - HAGHPAT - SANAHIN - ALAVERDI

Kobayr (12 - 13 c.) Haghpat (10 - 13 cc.) picnic lunch, and Sanahin (10 - 13 c.) monastery complexes, Odzun temple (6th c.). Dinner and overnight at  Dzoraget hotel in Alaverdi.

 

DAY 6. ALAVERDI - DILIJAN - SEVAN

Dilijan, Goshavank Monastery complex (10 - 13 cc.), lunch, Haghartsin Monastery(10 - 13 cc), Lake Sevan, peninsula, Sevan Monastery (9 - 13 c.). Noraduz Medieval cemetery (9 - 17 c.). Dinner and overnight at the Avan Marak, Tsapatagh.

 

DAY 7. SEVAN - SELIM - SISIAN

Lake Sevan, Selim Pass and caravanserai (10 - 15 c.), Yeghegis village, Zorats church (14th c.), Gndevank (10th c.), Sisian. Dinner and overnight at the Dina hotel in Sisian.

 

DAY 8. SISIAN - KHNDZORESK - TATEV MONASTERY - SISIAN

Karahunge ancient observatory (5 mil. BC), Khndzoresk ancient cavevillage in caves (I st millenium), lunch at the

restaurant in Goris. Tatev Monastery (9 - 13 c.).

Dinner and overnight at the Dina hotel in Sisian.

 

DAY 9. SISIAN - NORAVANK - ARTASHAT- YEREVAN

Sisian, Tanahat Monastery (13th c), Gladzor Medieval University. Noravank (13 - 14 cc.), picnic lunch. Khor Virap (4th c.). Artashat ancient trade center.

Dinner, overnight at the hotel in Yerevan.

 DAY 10. Departure
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