DEPARTURE GUARANTEE TOUR SEASON

 / Hot Tour 1

 

During this special tour you will become acquainted not only with Armenian historical and cultural monuments, but you will also discover Armenian songs and music, secrets of Armenia nature; you will taste purely Armenian fruits every day and free of charge. This special tour will be organized for you by GEOGRAPHIC TRAVEL CLUB.

 

Duration: 8 days/ 7 nights

 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

Breakfast. Excursion around Yerevan city. Visit Erebuni Fortress  (782 BC). Ancient Yerevan was founded by King Argishti in 782 BC and named Erebuni. Visit to Manuscript museum, Matenadaran. Then our tour continue to Genocide museum. Dinner at “Our Village” Restaurant, where you can taste National Armenian cuisine and enjoy  Armenian folklore.  (B/-/D)

 

DAY 3. YEREVAN – EJMIATSIN – ZVARTNOTS - YEREVAN

Breakfast. Visit the ruins of the glorious 7th century  Zvartnots.  Tour will continue to Cathedra 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 pierced 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.  (B/-/-) 

 

DAY 4. YEREVAN – GARNI – GEGHARD - YEREVAN

 Visit   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  house  "  Three  Jugs  ", 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.  (B/L/-)

 

DAY 5. YEREVAN – HAGHPAT – SANAHIN – DILIJAN

Trip to Alaverdi region. Visit to Take a trip to Sanahin Monastery (10-13cc.) ( A UNESCO World Heritage site), which is comprised of several churches and chapel. Visit Haghpat Monastery (10-13cc). Lunch at the local restaurant. The construction of this monastery is associated with the glory of the Bagratuni Royal. Our tour continue to Dilijan. (B/L/-)

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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.   Take a trip 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. Visit to Sevanavank monastery. Overnight in “Bohemian Resort”  hotel in Sevan.
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DAY 7.  SEVAN - NORAVANK – ARENI - KHOR VIRAP – YEREVAN

Breakfast. Trip to 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. Visit Areni Winery, where you observe the manufacturing of wines, and be treated to wine tasting.. 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. Drive to Yerevan . Dinner at the National restaurant «Yerevan Pandok». Accommodation at the hotel. (B/-/D)

 

DAY 8. DEPARTURE – Transfer  to airport.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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