Armenia & Greece

Length: 13 days/12 nights
Start and end point: Yerevan - Athens
Accommodation: Hotels in Yerevan, Sevan, Athens, Santorini, Mykonos
Best season: June - the end of September

 

a combined tour, taking you from the mountains and

canyons of Armenia to the islands of Greece

DAY 1. ARRIVAL

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

 

DAY 2. YEREVAN SIGHTSEENG TOUR - GARNI - GEGHARD - YEREVAN

Breakfast. Tour the capital city of the Republic of Armenia will include visits to:

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

Tsitsernakaberd Monument and Museum, built in 1965, to commemorate the 1915 Armenian Genocide.

Erebuni - Fortress and Museum (782 BC).

The Central Market or “Shuga”. Take a walk through the huge central market in Yerevan.

Lunch. Garni - the pagan temple is an outstanding monument of Hellenistic culture in Armenia. The temple was built in the second half of the 1st century BC. In 1679, it was destroyed by the earthquake. In 1975, the temple was restored.

Geghard – the name came from the legendary lance used to pierce the body of Christ, which was  kept there for centuries. The time of foundation of the monastery is not established. The present architectural complex was constructed in the middle of 13th century. The main church-Katoghike is one of the oldest buildings in the complex. Return to Yerevan.

 

DAY 3. Yerevan – Khor Virap – Areni Winery – Noravank  MONASTERY-  Yerevan

 Trip to the most popular tourist’s destination Khor Virap (4-17 cc). Khor Virap monastery is a place of pilgrimage for Armenians from all over the world. According to tradition, 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. Then, your trip will continue to Areni Winery, where you will tour the winery and have a taste-test. Then, you will visit the medieval Monastery of Noravank, a 13th century structure with beautiful stone crosses. This monastery is considered to be the pulpit of Syunik bishops.

Return to Yerevan.

 

DAY 4. JUNE 16 – TSAGHKADZOR - NORADUZ – SEVAN

Tsaghkadzor. Most of the preserved forests lie along the Marmarik River Valley – on the eastern and southern spurs of the  Tsaghkunyants Mountain. The healthy mountain air is probably one of the reasons why ancient people have chosen to settle here.

The town of Tsaghkadzor (Gorge of Flowers) is situated in a scenic, forested area on the left bank of the Marmarik River.

  Tsaghkadzor is a popular winter ski resort.  Here, you will visit the medieval Monastery of Kecharis (11-13 cc.).   Noraduz . No trip to Armenia is complete without a visit to Lake Sevan, one of the largest and highest altitude lakes in Eurasia, at about 1900 meters above the sea level. At Lake Sevan, you will visit these monasteries, than take a stroll on the beach and enjoy a boat ride in season. By then, you will have worked up an appetite and will be ready to taste the most delicious trout, fresh from the lake. Overnight in Sevan.

 

DAY 5. SEVAN - DILIJAN - ALAVERDI - YEREVAN

Dilijan Region – one of the main resorts towns of Armenia, is surrounded by a temperate forest. Many berries and fruit trees are found here. Visit the historical monument complex Haghartsin (12-13cc). Alaverdi is famous since the reign of  King Artashes the First (189-160 BC). Monasteries and temple complexes with amazing architecture are found in Alaverdi and its vicinity. Other historic sites abound, including the incomparable Haghpat (UNESCO Site) and Sanahin monasteries (10-12 cc). Great hiking and a gentle climate offer a wide range of possibilities to enjoy this pristine woodland – mountain environment. Lunch. Odzun (temple 6th c.).

Return to Yerevan. Hotel accommodation. 

 

DAY 6. Yerevan - Sardarapat - YEREVAN

Echmiadzin Monastery. Visit the Echmiadzin Cathedral, the most ancient Christian temple in Armenia and the Holy See of the Armenian Apostolic Church. You will visit the underground site of the pagan temple upon which the present cathedral stands. You will also visit the Museum, Churches St. Gayane and St. Hripsime.

Lunch. Sardarapat. Ethnographic Museum in Sardarapat.

 

DAY 7. DEPARTURE from Zvartnots Airport to Athens – Athens SIGHTSEENG TOUR

Arrival in Athens Airport. Passport control, issuing of visas. Condensed city-tour of Athens. Arrival to the

Hotel City Plaza or similar and accommodation. After a rest, a panoramic tour, with an English or Spanish speaking guide.

 

DAY 8. Port of PIRAEUS – Santorini 

Excursion to the Port of Piraeus. Embarkation on Blue Star Ferry and departure for Santorini. Arrival in Santorini and transfer to the Hotel Rose Bay in Kamari beach.  Check in to Hotel.

 

DAY 9.  Free day in Santorini

Breakfast at the hotel. Free day for leisure.  

 

DAY 10. Santorini – Mykonos 

Trip to the Port of Santorini. Mykonos. Arrival to the Hotel Kosmo Plaz or similar  accommodation on Platis Yialos beach.

 

DAY 11. Free day in Mykonos

Breakfast at the hotel. Free day for leisure.

 

DAY 12. Mykonos – Athens

Tour to the Port of Mykonos. Ferry boat Mykonos. Port of Piraeus Athens. Transfer to the Hotel President Athens and accommodation. Afternoon at disposal.

Overnight in Hotel President.

 

DAY 13. DEPARTURE


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