GETTING ACQUAINTED WITH ARMENIA

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Active Tour (3 days, 2 nights)

Route: Yerevan-Kotayk region (Garni, Geghard), Gegharkunik region (lake Sevan, Sevan), Ararat region (Khor Virap), Vayots Dzor region (Noravank, Areni village), Armavir region (Echmiadzin, Zvartnots).

Description

Day 1
 
 
Arrivals.
Meeting at the airport “Zvartnots” with representatives of the “Land of Noah”.
Transfer to the hotel.
Lunch Time.
Resting.
The originality and uniqueness of Armenia stands on three pillars – the unique charms of its mountain scenery, the ancient Christian heritage that Armenia has adopted the first and the original national culture.
The modern Yerevan stretches itself in the picturesque valley of Ararat in an area of 300 square km. This is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Yerevan is built on the principle of the circle from which the streets radiate. From the north to the west crosses the Yerevan Hrazdan gorge with picturesque parks, lakes and waterfalls, cafes and restaurants. Through the gorge goes a bridge called “Haghtanak”. It offers a beautiful view of the city. Buildings made of colored tuff give the streets an extraordinary diversity. From a distance, the houses look like toy houses, made of blocks of different colors.
From the bridge “Haghtanak” begins an avenue named after the creator of the Armenian alphabet Mesrop Mashtots – the main street of Yerevan, which stretches for two kilometers. Mashtots Avenue –is the center of all the cultural attractions of the city, where there are numerous museums, a theatre for opera and ballets. And at the end of the avenue is a treasury of the complete Armenian script – the building of Matenadaran. On the hill, behind Matenadaran, is a monument to Mother Armenia, depicting a woman with a sword in her hand. Downtown, fringed boulevard rings adorn the Republic Square, surrounded by government buildings. On the square there are also museum complexes (which include the Art Gallery of Armenia, the Historical Museum, the Museum of Literature and Art, the Museum of Yerevan History, Museum of Russian Art, the Museum of Modern Art), and a number of other attractions.
Making acquaintance with Yerevan, its many museums, numerous monuments and landmarks.
Republic Square Park “Haghtanak” Cascade, Opera House Square, a monument to David Sasuntsi, Ring Boulevard, a monument to Vardan Mamikonian. Visiting the Erebuni Museum and the ruins of an ancient fortress, where you will see the basalt “Birth Certificate of Yerevan ” dating 782 BC, a visit to Matenadaran – the repository of ancient manuscripts and Tsitsernakaberd – a monument to the victims of the genocide in 1915.
Night time Yerevan.
Walking to the “Singing Fountain” at the Republic Square.
Dinner. Overnight.
 
 
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Day 2
 
 
Breakfast at the hotel.
Excursion to the summer residence of Armenian kings – the fortress of Garni (III century BC.–XIII c. BC) and the pagan temple of the Sun (I century), built by King Trdat in the year 77. – The only surviving Hellenistic temple on the territory of the CIS countries.
A trip to the monastery Gegardavank.
Examination of the unique cave (carved into the rock) of Geghard (XII-XIII century), several buildings of which some have unsurpassed acoustics.
Tour to Tsaghkadzor: making acquaintance with the surroundings, visiting the monastery of Kecharis. Spending pleasant pastime in Tsaghkadzor, travel by cable car.
A trip to the blue pearl of Armenia – Lake Sevan (1900m).
Lunch at the beach.
Visiting the Monastery of Sevan (IX c.) On the Sevan peninsula.
Excursion to the Yerevan Brandy Factory. Tasting.
The most popular national drink – brandy from selected grapes grown in the Ararat valley. You cannot talk about Armenia and not remember the famous Armenian cognac. Products of YBC Shustovs received official permission to call the drink “cognac” in 1900 – in those days this was considered an honor and a privilege for a manufacturer located outside France.
Return to the hotel.
Dinner. Overnight.
 
 
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Day 3
 
 
Breakfast at the hotel.
Visit one of the 12 capitals of Armenia – Echmiadzin (Vagharshapat)
Visit to the First Cathedral of the holy Echmiadzin and churches of Ripsime and Gayane.
Visiting the ruins of Zvartnots temple (VII Century), destroyed by an earthquake in 939.
Visiting the monastery Khor Virap (deep dungeon).
In this dungeon the future head of the Armenian Apostolic Church St. Gregory the Illuminator languished in limbo for 13 years. The monastery is located a few hundred meters from the border with Turkey, on the banks of the border river Araks at the foot of the biblical Mount Ararat (5165 m).
A visit to the Noravank monastery (XIII c.).
The beautiful Noravank monastery complex was built on a narrow ledge on the gorge of the Arpa River near the town of Yeghegnadzor. The gorge is famous for its steep red cliffs, towering behind the monastery.

During the reign of the princes of Orbelian the monastery became a major religious center, and in the XIII-XIV Century – the residence of Syunik’s bishops and, accordingly, major religious and, later, a cultural center of Armenia closely connected with many local institutions – especially the famous university and library Gladzor. According to legend, in Noravank there is a hidden piece of a cross, covered in the blood of Christ.
Noravank, thanks to the magnificent creations of medieval architects and its location in the beautiful landscape, leaves a lasting impression. In 2002 the church was completely restored and is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Return to Yerevan.
Dinner.
Depending on the departure time, spare time.
Transfer to the airport.
 

The price includes:

  • All transfers (In comfortable modern minibuses);
  • Staying at the hotel (accommodation in double rooms);
  • Full board: Breakfast (hotel), lunch, dinner (restaurant / menu); and drinks – coffee, tea, water are available on request throughout the trip;
  • Excursions in the program with a professional guide;
  • All entrance fees (museums, galleries, participation in various events);
  • During the trip you will be accompanied by a group representative of the
    “Land of Noah”.

The price does not include:

  • Insurance;
  • Personal and other expenses not covered by the program (souvenirs);
  • Airplane ticket (we can help you find the best and most convenient ticket);

At 6 people the price of the tour per person will be €572, when there are less than 6 people, the price per person will increase – when there are more than 6 people the price per person will be lowered.

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