Armenia & Iran
13 nights/ 14 days

Day 0 

Day 1

Day 1Early morning Arrival to Yerevan. Meeting at the airport. Transfer to the hotel in Yerervan.
Check in to the hotel in Yerevan. Time for rest.
Breakfast Served

Our adventure through the territories of Armenia and Iran begins today in Yerevan – the capital, one of the ancient cities in the world – Erebouni Fortress which was founded in 782 BC. Continuing the city tour, your second stop will be in Tsitsernakaberd memorial and museum to the 1915 Genocide.

Lunch in an Armenian Traditional Restaurant
You will enjoy a tour in one of the most enigmatic cities, visit 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.

DINNER  AND OVERNIGHT IN YEREVAN

 

Day 2

Breakfast served

Today we embark on our Journey to the lands of ancient treasures of Christian history. Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin (UNESCO World Heritage), you will also participate in the

OPTIONAL: Participation in the DIVINE LITURGY (only on Sundays).

It’s the “religious capital” of the country and the seat of the Supreme Patriarch-Catholics of all Armenians. It has 4 main churches, including the Cathedral. Built in 303 AD, the cathedral is a masterpiece of Armenian classical architecture and is considered to be one of the world’s earliest Christian churches. Admire Sts. Hripsime and Gayane Churches (7th c) named after faithful virgins.

Lunch in educational and cultural center of Etchmiadzin town.

The locations we will visit in the afternoon will be spectacular and memorable.
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 it has all around. It is definitely worth seeing the four magnificent peaks of the highest mountain in Armenia- Mt. Aragats.

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. Ashtarak – where you can find numerous churches and various ancient buildings at every turn. Oshakan – most famous as the last resting place of Mesrop Mashtots.

DINNER AND OVERNIGHT IN YEREVAN

 

Day 3

Breakfast served

Day 3Waking up for breakfast with the sun reflecting over the shimmering waters of Lake Sevan. Lake Sevan is considered one of the biggest lakes in the world with sweet water situated at the altitude of 1,897 meters above sea level. This gorgeous view to Lake Sevan is opened from the peninsula atop which Sevan Monastery which is nicely nestled, dating to the 9th century.
Lunch in the restaurant of Sevan.
Later on we will be directed to Dilijan, “A Piece of Switzerland in Armenia”, one of Armenia’s most important resort towns, where it is impossible not to notice the fascinating landscapes. This is truly an old town with a unique architecture and wonderfully preserved workshops. You’ll also visit the romantic setting of the 11th century Monastery of Haghartsin.

DINNER AND OVERNIGHT IN YEREVAN

 

Day 4

Breakfast served

Day 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 sings 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

DINNER AND OVERNIGHT IN YEREVAN 

 

Day 5

Breakfast served and CHECK OUT
Day 5There are some long days on our journey and today is the first one of them. Starting early morning you pass through the fertile plains of Ararat valley to Khor Virap. Magnificently set against the towering slopes of Mount Ararat, in a landscape of unparalleled beauty and majesty, lays Khor Virap Monastery. On the way to Noravank, you will enjoy a guided tour in the famous “Areni Winery” as well as have the chance to taste some wine. 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.

Returning to the main highway we shall start driving South to Goris on the way, we have a short stop as you enter the Syunik Region. CHECK IN

DINNER & OVERNIGHT IN GORIS

 

Day 6

Breakfast served
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 – the longest passenger aerial tramway in the world – is poised to be one of southern Armenia’s most popular attractions. Spanning 5.7 kilometers across the spectacular Vorotan River Gorge, offers 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. The picturesque monastery is 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 century, becoming an important religious and educational center of medieval Armenia in 9-10th cc..

Lunch in the foothills

DINNER & OVERNIGHT IN GORIS

 

Day 7

Day 7Breakfast served and Check out

Drive to Iran

Passing ARMENIA – IRAN border.

Meeting in Armenian–Iranian Border, Document formalities.

Transfer to Tabriz.

On the way we will stop by St. Stephanus, which is one of the oldest and most beautiful Armenian churches in the area (10-12 century A.D). The church that is named after St. Stephanus, one of the first Christian martyrs, is located in the green valley of Dareh Sham, 15 km west of the city of Jolfa. A thick, tall wall made of stones with seven watchtowers has provided a good protection for the church. On the facade of the church one can see pictures of Mary and Jesus, as well as angels and apostles beautifully carved on stones.

Arrive in Tabriz City and check in to the hotel.

DINNER AND OVERNIGHT IN TABRIZ

 

Day 8

Breakfast served

Day 8After breakfast we will have a full day of visits, including the Tabriz Bazaar, Blue Mosque and Museum, then a short excursion to Kandovan Village. The Blue mosque of Tabriz was built upon the order of Jahan Shah the ruler of Kara Koyunlu dynasty which made Tabriz the capital of his Kingdom. His Kingdom covered major parts of modern Iran, Azerbaijan and Turkey.  Later, our guide will lead you through the wonderfully constructed Tabriz Bazaar, second oldest in the world after the one in Aleppo, Syria another UNESCO World Heritages Site. The Silk Road passed through Tabriz; today silk, wool and cotton Tabriz carpets with figures on a pink background are a well-known export to France and Germany. Afterwards we will visit the picturesque village of Kandovan to see an old village where people have cut their homes out of the volcanic rocks.

Return to Tabriz for overnight.

DINNER AND OVERNIGHT IN TABRIZ

 

Day 9

Breakfast served and Check out

Day 9Early morning we will fly to Tehran. Here we have a full day of sightseeing in Tehran. We will visit the Archaeological Museum displaying an authenticated collection of pre-historic and ancient artifacts with pottery dating back to 6-7 millennium B.C. Afterwards we will visit the Glass and Ceramics Museum which houses a valuable collection of pre-Islamic and Islamic glass and ceramics, beautifully displayed in an elegant early 20th-century mansion. Our sightseeing day will end at the Golestan Palace, a complex of buildings and now museums of the Qajar dynasty in Iran.

DINNER AND OVERNIGHT IN TEHRAN


Day 10

Breakfast served and Check out

Day 10Today after an early morning breakfast we check out of our hotel and drive towards Isfahan, Here you will visit the beautiful and historic Fin Garden and the city of Kashan.

Kashan is a city in the Isfahan province of Iran. Kashan is the first of the large oases along the Qom-Kerman road which runs along the edge of the central deserts of Iran. Its charm is thus mainly due to the contrast between the parched immensities of the deserts and the greenery of the well-tended oasis. Archaeological discoveries in the Sialk Hillocks which lie 2.5 miles (4 km) west of Kashan reveal that this region was one of the primary centers of civilization in pre-historic ages. Hence Kashan dates back to the Elamite period of Iran. The Sialk Ziggurat still stands today in the suburbs of Kashan after 7000 years. After world known Iranian historical cities such as Isfahan and Shiraz, Kashan is a common destination for foreign tourists due to numerous historical places. After visiting Kashan we continue our way to Isfahan.

DINNER AND OVERNIGHT IN ISFAHAN    

 

Day 11

Breakfast served

Day 11Today enjoy a city tour of the beautiful city of Isfahan. Visit the Armenian Quarter and the important Cathedral of Vank. Afterwards you will visit one of the world’s biggest squares – the Maidan-e-Naghsh-e-Jahan.

The complex has several sites to visit including the A’li-Qapu Palace with its enchanting music rooms and balcony overlooking the Maidan, from where the Safavid Kings watched polo games, and two of Islamic world’s greatest mosques – The Sheikh Lotfollah and The Shah – with magnificent architecture and tile work. We will finish with a visit to the Qeisarieh Bazaar with hundreds of shops displaying the arts and handicrafts for which Isfahan is world famous.

Furthermore, we will continue sightseeing Isfahan, visiting the Chehel Sotoon, or Palace of 40 Columns, and some of Isfahan’s famous historical bridges.

DINNER AND OVERNIGHT IN ISFAHAN

 

Day 12

Breakfast served and Check out

Day 12Today after an early morning breakfast we check out of our hotel and drive towards Shiraz, with stops at Persepolis, site of the several palaces of Iran’s great Achaemenid kings, Darius the Great, Xerexes and Artaxerxes. We will also visit Naghsh-e-Rostam to visit the Kabe-e-Zardosht (fire temple/sanctuary), and Royal Tombs of Achaemenid kings, plus seven magnificent Sassanian rock-reliefs. Continue to Shiraz, arriving late in the afternoon, and we see the city by night.

DINNER AND OVERNIGHT IN SHIRAZ

 

Day 13

Day 13Breakfast served and Check out

Fly to Tehran

FREE DAY IN TEHRAN

EVENING: FAREWELL DINNER IN TEHRAN

OVERNIGHT IN TEHRAN

 

Day 14

Breakfast served and Check out

TRANSFER TO THE AIRPORT

 

**Itinerary is subject to change at any time

SERVICES:

  1. Full transportation and transfers in Armenia and Iran as specified in itinerary
  2. Hotel Accommodation based on Double occupancy 4/5*  – 14 nights
    • 2 nights in Goris
    • 2 nights in Tabriz
    • 2 nights in Isfahan
    • 1 night in Shiraz
    • 2 nights in Tehran
  3. 5 nights in Yerevan (early check in)
  4. Meals as indicated – Breakfast, 12 x Lunch, 12 x Dinner
    Entrance fees to all sightseeing destinations
    Bi-lingual tour guide
  5. 2 domestic flights

 

Does Not Include:

  1. Airplane Ticket
  2. Visa for Armenia (no visa for EU and US citizens)
  3. Visa for Iran
  4. Travel Insurance
  5. Alcoholic drinks
  6. Additional tours and transfers not included in the itinerary

 

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