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Armenia- the Cradle of Civilization

Detailed itinerary

 

DAY 1 WED/SUN:  DEPARTURE/ ARRIVAL

Depart for Armenia.

 

DAY 2: THU/MON: ASHTARAK/AMBERD/ YEREVAN

Arrive to Yerevan.

Transfer to the hotel for overnight.

Breakfast in the hotel.

The first stop of our trip is Saghmosavank (Monastery of Psalms) perched on the edge of picturesque Kasakh gorge. Acclimatizing gradually as we ascend the beautiful countryside, we reach Amberd Fortress on the southern slope of Aragats. Breathtaking views of the fortress and citadel, snow covered peaks of Aragats, sun scorched grasslands dressed in wildflowers combine to provide an unforgettable experience this morning. If we come here during summer months we can visit high-mountain camps of friendly Yezidi tribes who tend their sheep under the towering peaks of Aragats. We will discover the traditional way of life of these people of the mountains, visiting their tents, trying fresh cheese and yogurt. A unique option this evening is a guided visit to Byurakan Observatory founded in 1946; star observations using 2.6 meter telescope, the second largest in Europe, explanations by the team working at the observatory.

Lunch in a local restaurant.

Dinner in a local restaurant.

Overnight at the hotel in Yerevan.

 

DAY 3 FRI/TUE: YEREVAN/ EJMIADZIN/ CITY TOUR/ YEREVAN

Breakfast in the hotel.

Full day excursion to Armavir Region: tour to Echmiadzin – the holy seat of the Supreme Patriarch-Catholicos of all Armenians. The Cathedral was built in 303 on the site of a pagan temple after the adoption of Christianity as a state religion in 301. Visit St. Hripsime Church (7th century). A few kilometers from Echmiadzin are the ruins of the 7th century AD Temple of Zvartnots. Afternoon visit to ArmeniaHistoryMuseum and Matenadaran having a collection of over 16000 ancient manuscripts.

 

Lunch in a local restaurant.

Dinner in the local restaurant in Yerevan.

Overnight at hotel in Yerevan.

 

DAY 4 SAT/WED: KHOR VIRAP /NORAVANK /ARENI/ ZORATS KARER/ GORIS

Breakfast in the hotel.

Visit Khor-Virap (4th-17th cc). Khor Virap, one of the romantically sited monasteries in Armenia with views across a bast plain to Turkey and the twin peaks of Mount Ararat. Here, in the atmosphere of historical environment and vivid imagination you will notice the Noah’s Ark in the snows of Ararat. Areni wine factory. The tour will on to the 12th century monastery complex of Noravank set in a canyon rich with rare flora. Visit Zorats Karer: The site is located on a rocky promontory near Sisian. About 223 large stone tombs can be found in the area. It was explored by a team of archaeologists from the Institut für Vorderasiatische Archäologie, who published their findings in 2000.

 

Lunch in a local restaurant.

Dinner in the local restaurant or hotel.

Overnight at hotel in Goris.

 

DAY 5 SUN/THUR: GORIS / TATEV/ SELIM/NORATUZ/ SEVAN

Breakfast in the hotel.

Sightseeing of Old Goris town. Stop al Halidzor Village to take the longest in the world tramway to the Tatev Monastery. According to historian Stepanos Orbelian, the first church of what later became the mighty walled complex of Tatev was actually built in the 4th century. In the 8th century, it was made the throne of the Syunik bishopric and in the 9th century, it expanded, becoming a major feudal power. Take the longest in the world tramway, newly build in October 2010Drive to Sevan via Selim pass. Visit Noraduz -medieval cemetery with a large number of early “Khachkar” located in the village of “Noratus” Noratus. The cemetery has the largest cluster of khachkars in the republic of Armenia. It is currently the largest surviving cemetery with khachkars. Visit Hayrivank dating to the 9th century.  Visit LakeSevan- the emerald of Armenia. Arrive and check in the hotel in Sevan.

 

Lunch in a local restaurant.

Dinner in a local restaurant or hotel in Sevan.

Overnight at hotel in Sevan.

 

DAY 6 MON/FRI: SEVAN/ DILIJAN/ HAGHPAT & SANAHIN/ ALAVERDI

Breakfast in the hotel.

Visit Sevanavank monastery.

Drive to the Dilijan town for the sightseeing of 13th century Haghartsin Monastery.

After lunch in Molokan village, we will continue to Lori region and visit 10th-13th centuries Haghpat and Sanahin historical and architectural monuments set amidst forest-clad hills close to the town of Alaverdi (178 kilometers from Yerevan). The monuments are preserved by UNESCO and included in the World Heritage List. Arrive to Alaverdi.

 

Lunch in private house at Molokan village.

Dinner in the hotel.

Check in the hotel n Alaverdi.

 

DAY 7 TUE/SAT: AKHTALA/ LORI FORTRESS/ YEREVAN

Breakfast in the hotel.

We continue to explore some of the less traveled routes of Lori, the largest of Armenia’s 11 provinces. Start our day with a visit to Akhtala monastery. Akhtala is a 10th-century fortified “Armenian Apostolic Church” . The monastery is currently inactive. The fortress played a major role in protecting the north-western regions of Armenia and is among the most well preserved of all in modern Armenia. The main church at the compound is famous for its highly artistic frescoes, which cover the inside walls, the partitions, and the bearings of the building. The modern name of Akhtala was first recorded in a royal decree of 1438.

Our next visit will be to the ruins of one of feudal Armenia’s main fortresses, Lori Berd situated on a naturally fortified plateau between two river gorges. Explore the site and take in the beauty of dramatic mountain scenery. After that we have time to walk and relax in Stepanavan Dendropark, a huge botanical garden founded in 1931, on site explanations by the team at the park.

Drive to Yerevan and check in the hotel.

 

Lunch in a local restaurant.

Dinner in a local restaurant or hotel in Yerevan.

Overnight at hotel in Yerevan.

 

DAY 8: WED/SUN: GARNI & GEGHARD/ YEREVAN

Breakfast in the morning.

Sightseeing of the picturesque Avan Canyon, skirting formidable cliffs and passing exotic-looking gorges until a green plateau by the Azat River comes into view. Here, in the harmony of the relief and the virgin nature you will see the pagan Garni architectural complex of the 1st century and feel the spirit of ancient ages. Another ten minutes ride through the gorge will take you to the cave monastery of Geghard (12th –13th centuries). Before dinner free time at leisure for individual exploration and packing.

 

Lunch in a local restaurant.

Dinner in a national restaurant with folk music performance.

Overnight in Yerevan.

 

DAY 8 THU/MON:  DEPARTURE

Early morning transfer to the airport ..