Armenia and Kharabakh
10 Nights/11 Days

DISCOVER THIS ANCIENT LAND THROUGH YOUR EYES

ARMENIA & KHARABAGH

Day 1 - June 9, 2017

 

Arrive at Zvartnots International Airport;

Transfer to the Hotel

OVERNIGHT IN YEREVAN

 

Day 2 - June 10, 2017

 

Breakfast served

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YEREVAN CITY TOUR – Republic Square, Acquaintance with Yerevan should start with Erebouni Museum and Fortress which was founded in 782 B.C., 29 years before Rome, the “Eternal City”, was built; Yerevan State University, Tsitsernakaberd memorial and museum to the 1915 Genocide, Sports and Concert Complex, Kievian Bridge, Bagramyan Avenue, Presidential Palace, Academy of Sciences, National Parliament, Opera Theater.

Lunch in Yerevan – Armenian Traditional Restaurant

Today you will enjoy a tour in one of the most enigmatic cities, visiting the remarkable Matenadaran Library and Research Institute of Armenia with close to 17,000 rare manuscripts, one of the richest depositories of manuscripts and books in the world.

 

OVERNIGHT IN YEREVAN

 

Day 3 - June 11, 2017

 

Breakfast served

ffWe embark on our journey to the lands of ancient treasures in Christian history, the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin (UNESCO), the religious capital of Armenia, and the seat of the Supreme Patriarch – the Catholics of all Armenians.  The story holds that the site upon which the main Cathedral stands today is the place where Noah made the fire after the flood.  Where one of the earliest Christian churches, was built. Today, it is located in the lower chamber, underneath the main Altar of the Cathedral.

OPTIONAL: Participation in Divine Liturgy 

Then, admire the Hripsime and Gayane Churches (7th c) named after faithful virgins of the 3rd century, followers of Christ who were martyred.  St. Hripsime was a nun from the Church of Rome.  Due to the persecutions of the Emperor Diocletian, she and the other sisters of her order fled the empire with their mother superior Gayane, finding their way to Armenia.  Their relics are housed in these churches.

Lunch in Etchmiadzin

OVERNIGHT IN YEREVAN 

 

Day 4 - June 12, 2017

 

Breakfast served and Check Out

mmTRIP TO KHARABAGH

In the morning we’ll depart from Yerevan to Nagorno KharabaghDriving through the fertile plains of the Ararat valley, you will reach Khor Virab Monastery – the beginning of the History of Christianity in Armenia, magnificently set against the towering slopes of Biblical Mount Ararat. This setting offers some of the most spectacular photo opportunities in all of Armenia. The monastery is the site where St. Gregory the Illuminator was incarcerated and is a pilgrimage destination for every Armenian, as well as for foreign believers. On the way to Noravank, you will enjoy a guided tour of the famous “Areni Winery.”  In Armenian, there is a famous saying that “Wine is bottled poetry”. Next, we will take the path through the narrow gorge, revealing Noravank Monastery, nestled inside the deep red landscape of the tuf stone mountains. 
Lunch will be served in the historic 12th c. refectory of Noravank Monastery

Returning to the main highway we shall start driving South to Goris.

CHECK IN

DINNER & OVERNIGHT IN GORIS

 

 

Day 5 - June 13, 2017

 

Breakfast served and Check out

After Breakfast we leave Goris for Tatev Monastery in the early morning; on the way you will admire a splendid view of the area. The Aerial Tramway of Tatev – spanning 5.7 kilometers across the spectacular Vorotan River Gorge, offer a spectacular journey with breathtaking views of the river gorge below, but most significantly, it will link you to one of the jewels of Armenia’s medieval legacy – Tatev Monastery  as well the Tatev Aerial Tramway – the longest passenger aerial tramway in the world – is poised to be one of southern Armenia’s most popular attractions. Arriving you the picturesque monastery nestled at the top of an impregnable plateau, crowned by the ramparts walls from the upper part of the territory. After you will have time to discover the interior of the monastery which was founded in the 4th cent., becoming an important religious and educational center of medieval Armenia in 9-10th cc..

Lunch in the foothills.

nOn your return, you have a very attractive stop in Khndzoresk, a cave village and exotic rock formations. This village looks like a vertical multi-storied rocky amphitheater. 

Khndzoresk – Prehistoric era. Winding road leads your pleasant ascent. Returning to the main highway, we will arrive in Stepanakert – the capital of the Republic of Mountainous Kharabagh.

DINNER AND OVERNIGHT IN STEPANAKERT

 

Day 6 - June 14, 2017

 

Breakfast served

The second day of the journey begins with a tour cof Stepanakert. One of the highlights of the tour will be the Artsakh State Museum, where a selection of ancient and Christian manuscripts are on display; A short walk towards the hill offers you a view of the superb landscapes and the famous monument called “We Are Our Mountains”.

Lunch

We will depart for Gandzasar by the impressive mountainous road to a highly artistic monumental monastery which has long attracted the attention of many specialists. Charles Dill, professor of Sorbonne University, called it “the pearl of architectural art”.

DINNER AND OVERNIGHT IN STEPANAKERT

 

Day 7 - June 15, 2017

 

Breakfast served and Check out

Obbn the way back to Yerevan, you will see the “Tank” Liberation Monument. It is a restored tank dedicated to the capture of the town of Shushi, also known as “Eagles Nest”which is the next stop. Shushi is surrounded on three sides by deep canyons, and is home to the Ghazanchetsots Cathedral – a massive structure with a white stone facade that dominates its surroundings and remains a silent witness of the destruction of the war.

On the way back we’ll visit Karahunge, 7000-year-old Observatory: an uncannily similar construction to the English Stonehenge but more ancient.  Clouded in mystery, the ancient stone circle of Karahunge is an amazing feat of engineering and the most important pre-historic site in Armenia, but beyond its archaeological significance and possible astronomical role, Karahunge also holds a mystical charm.

Lunch on the way

Return to Yerevan

OVERNIGHT IN YEREVAN

 

Day 8 - June 16, 2017

 

Breakfast served

Visit Lake Sevan – taahe emerald of Armenia, a beauty under the sky. Lake Sevan is considered  to be one of the largest sweet water lakes in the world, situated at an altitude of 1,897 meters above sea level. The most picturesque view of Lake Sevan is seen from the peninsula atop which Sevan Monastery is nicely nestled dating to the 9th century;  Dilijan“A piece of Switzerland in Armenia” – Earth and sky, woods and fields, rivers, mountains become excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn otherwise… The old approach in the new century … “Old Town Dilijan” complete with craftsmen workshops, small shops with traditional Armenian products and crafts, museum, showing typical 19thcentury living with all its local customs and handmade wood furnishings… Goshavank Monastery (10-13th centuries);

Lunch in Sevan

OVERNIGHT IN YEREVAN

 

Day 9 - June 17, 2017

 

Breakfast served

mThen we  will travel to Garni, the location of the rare pre-Christian pagan temple maintained in Armenia. Later on, we will reach Geghard, a cave monastery, architectural complex (12-13th centuries) (UNESCO), carved out of one monolithic rock. Due to the extraordinary acoustics, when the local monk begins to sing in this chamber it is hard to believe a large choir isn’t singing… be aware it is only one man… A visit to Geghard is truly a spiritual experience.

Lunch and LAVASH making in a traditional Armenian way, in “tonir” (special pit for making Armenian Traditional Bread: LAVASH)“Eat thy bread with joy” in Geghard

Vernissage – outdoor market featuring handmade arts and crafts;

OVERNIGHT IN YEREVAN

 

Day 10 - June 18, 2017

 

Breakfast served

Visit Aragatsotn Region – this part of Armenia, especially Mt. Aragats, has always attracted the attention of travelers, tourists and geologists due to a tremendous number of historical monuments and beautiful landscapes.

Artashavan – New Complex of Armenian Letters: “It is difficult to express the deep feeling Armenians have for their language, which many regard as the lifeblood of their culture”. Saghmosavank Monastery perch on the edge of the precipitous gorge of the Kasakh river. Visiting the village of Oshakan, you will see the church which is built over the grave of Mesrop Mashtots, who is the founder of the Armenian alphabet, and one of Armenia’s greatest benefactors.

Lunch and hospitality with an Armenian Family.

CULTURAL PERFORMANCE: Represents the inimitable characteristics of various events, traditions and customs of different regions, as well as national and traditional dance of both Historical Armenia and present day Armenia.

OVERNIGHT IN YEREVAN

 

Day 11 - June 19, 2017

 

Breakfast served  

FREE DAY

EVENING: FAREWELL DINNER in a typical Armenian Restaurant with live Armenian music completing your journey with unforgettable memories.

 

 

Day 12 - June 20, 2017

 

TRANSFER to Zvartnots Airport

HAVE A NICE & SAFE TRIP!!!!

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**Itinerary is subject to change at any time

SERVICES:

  1. Full transportation and transfers in Armenia  and Kharabagh as specified in itinerary
    Meals as indicated – Breakfast, 9 x Lunch, 4 x Dinner
    Entrance fee to all sightseeing destination
  2. Hotel accommodation in Armenia and Kharabagh – 11 nights  
    • 8 nights in Yerevan
    • 1 night in Goris
    • 2 nights in  Stepanakert
  3. Bi-lingual tour guide
  4. Visa for Kharabagh
  5. A bottle of water daily

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