Armenia & Artsakh (Nagorno Kharabakh)
June 8-19, 2018

AMAZING ARMENIA & ARTSAKH (NAGORNO KHARABAGH)

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Day 1 - June 8, 2018

Arrival in Yerevan. Meeting at the airport. Transfer to the hotel in Yerevan.

CHECK IN. Rest time

OVERNIGHT IN YEREVAN

 

Day 2 - June 9, 2018

Breakfast served

Your acquaintance with Yerevan will start with a look at the history of its foundation – a visit to Erebouni museum and Fortress founded in 782 BC. You will enjoy a tour of the most enigmatic of cities, visiting the remarkable Matenadaran Library and Research Institute of Armenia which houses about 17000 rare manuscripts. This is one of the richest depositories of manuscripts and books in the world. The history of the Matenadaran dates back to the creation of the Armenian alphabet in 405. Today the lunch will provide  in special restaurant part of Megerian Carepet Factory which is one of the opportunity  taste of Armenian traditional meals with old recipes by “Araratyan Khohanots” – “Armenian Cuisine”. “MEGERIAN RUGS” Factory & Show room: Which brings together time-honored traditions and a rang of exquisite aesthetics to create objects of art for modern living and you will become acquainted with the ancient technology of Armenian carpet making.

After we will take an excursion to the Tsitsernakaberd memorial and museum to the 1915 Genocide – which is dedicated to the memory of the 1.5 million Armenians who perished in the first genocide of the 20th century, at the hands of the Turkish government. 

OVERNIGHT IN YEREVAN

 

Day 3 - June 10, 2018

Breakfast served

4We embark on our journey to the land of ancient treasures of Christian history – Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin (UNESCO) the “religious capital” and the seat of the Supreme Patriarch-Catholics of all Armenians. The story holds that the place where Noah made the fire after the flood is the site upon which the main Cathedral, one of the earliest Christian churches, was built. Nowadays, it is located in the lower chamber, underneath the main Altar of the Cathedral. Participation in DIVINE LITURGY

Then, admire the Churches of Sts. Hripsime and Gayane (7th c.) named after the faithful virgins, these churches are dedicated to these virgins, 3rd century followers of Christ who were martyred.

Lunch is in one of the educational and cultural centers of Etchmiadzin

OVERNIGHT IN YEREVAN

 

Day 4 - June 11, 2018

Breakfast served

4Today is the day which will best contrast the difference between the pre-Christianity /paganism era and the conversion of Armenia to Christianity.  This morning you will travel to Garni, the location of the only pre-Christian pagan temple maintained in Armenia. Later on, we will reach Geghard (Cave monastery) (UNESCO) architectural complex (12-13th centuries), carved out of one monolithic rock. Due to the extraordinary acoustics, when the local singer 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 with a traditional table/lavash making: “Eat thy bread with joy” in Geghard

Return to Yerevan

OVERNIGHT IN YEREVAN

 

Day 5 - June 12, 2018

Breakfast served and CHECK OUT

Driving through the fertile plains of the Ararat valley, you will reach Khor Virap Monastery – the beginning of the History of Christianity in Armenia, magnificently set against the towering slopes of 3the Biblical Mountain, Ararat. You have some quite spectacular photo opportunities before a landscape of unparalleled beauty and majesty. The monastery is the site where St. Gregory the Illuminator was incarcerated and it is a pilgrimage destination for every believer. Later on we will taste and 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 near Noravank Monastery. Karahunge – ancient observatory.

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

Hotel accommodation in Goris

DINNER & OVERNIGHT IN GORIS

 

Day 6 - June 13, 2018

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 to6 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.

After it we have a very attractive stop in Khndzoresk, a cave village and exotic rock formations. This village looks like a vertical multi-storied rocky amphitheater.  Troglodytic dwelling at Khndzoresk – Prehistoric era. Winding road leads your pleasant ascent.

Drive to Stepanakert, the capital of Artsakh (Mountains of Karabagh).

Hotel accommodation in Goris

DINNER & OVERNIGHT IN STEPANAKERT

 

Day 7 - June 14, 2018

sBreakfast served

CITY TOUR of 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

On the way of Shushi 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 destructions of the last war.  

DINNER & OVERNIGHT IN STEPANAKERT

Day 8 - June 15, 2018

15Breakfast served and CHECK OUT

In the morning 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”. Lunch

After lunch we have another breathtaking stop in Dadivank Monastery which is the monastery of St. Dadi, otherwise called Dadivank or Khutavank (i.e. “Monastery Upon-The-Hill,” in Armenian), and is the largest monastic complex in Artsakh-Karabakh and one of true masterpieces of Armenian medieval architecture. Back from Artsakh we’ll use very new opened Vardenis-Mardakert Highway. This part of the road likes a “real” dream of untouched nature. Its wildlife thrives in ecosystems ranging from prairies and lush forests to mountains. The river Tartar flows through and have transformed the relief of area into deep canyons and picturesque valleys of unreality. Which is also the connection with Lake Sevan.  Drive back to Yerevan

OVERNIGHT IN YEREVAN

 

Day 9 - June 16, 2018

Breakfast served

16Visit 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.

OVERNIGHT IN YEREVAN

 

Day 10 - June 17, 2018

Breakfast served

Visit to Lake Sevan – the 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 altitide 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.

7Trip to Dilijan: “A piece of Switzerland in Armenia – Earth and sky, woods and fields, rivers, the 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 19th century living with all its local customs and handmade wood furnishings…..10-13th centuries Goshavank Monastery. Lunch

OVERNIGHT IN YEREVAN

 

Day 11 - June 18, 2018

Breakfast served  

FREE DAY

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

 OVERNIGHT IN YEREVAN

 

Day 12 - June 19, 2018

Breakfast served and CHECK OUT

TRANSFER to ZVARTNOTS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

HAVE A NICE FLIGHT!!!

 

**Itinerary is subject to change at any time

Price includes: 

  • Full transportation and transfers in Armenia as specified in itinerary
  • Meals as indicated – Breakfast, 9 x Lunch, 4 x Dinner,
  • Entrance fee to all sightseeing destination
  • 11 x night at Hotels – based on double occupancy in Armenia
  • 8 x nights in Yerevan
  • 1 x night in Goris
  • 2 x night in Stepanakert
  • English speaking tour guide
  • Visa to Artsakh
  • A bottle of water daily

Price does NOT include:

  • Airplane Ticket
  • Visa to Armenia (Free entrance for US and EU citizens)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Additional tours and transfers not included in itinerary