Armenia & Russia
12 nights/13days

Day 1

On arrival at Zvartnots International Airport in the morning, you will be welcomed by your Tour Guide and begin your unique journey with the Great Trains of Armenia.

Transfer to the hotel; CHECK IN

CITY TOUR!

Day 1Yerevan…. known as the rose-colored capital… as most of its buildings use a pink shade of “tuf” stone which is quarried in Armenia. Acquaintance with Yerevan should start with Erebouni Museum and Fortress which was founded in 782 B.C.. You will enjoy a tour in one of the most enigmatic cities, visiting the remarkable Matenadaran Library and Research Institute of Armenia with houses about 17,000 rare manuscripts, 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. This center of manuscripts is centuries old and continues into the 21st century with modern upgrades.

Lunch in an Armenian Traditional Restaurant

Tsitsernakaberd memorial and museum to the 1915 Genocide, one of the most impressive monuments in Yerevan.

OVERNIGHT IN YEREVAN

 

Day 2  

Breakfast served

Day 2Driving 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 Biblical Mount 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 is a pilgrimage destination for every Armenian, as well as for foreign believers.

It is especially a time to reflect upon the work of our Church’s patron saint, Gregory the Illuminator, who spread the light of Christianity in Armenia and inspired King Trdat to proclaim Christianity as a state religion in 301, which had a determinate impact on the Armenia  people and their history.

On the way to Noravank, you will enjoy a guided tour of the famous “Areni Winery” as well as have a chance to taste some wine.  In Armenian, “Wine is bottled poetry”. After this take the path through the narrow gorge, revealing the wonder of  Noravank Monastery, nestled inside the deep red landscape of the tuff stone mountains.

Lunch in Noravank

OVERNIGHT IN YEREVAN

Day 3

Breakfast served

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OPTIONAL: Participation in DIVINE LITURGY (Only on Sundays).

It’s the “religious capital” of the Armenian Church 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 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 in Etchmiatsin. 

Day 4

Breakfast served

Day 4No trip to Armenia is ever complete without a visit to the sparkling blue waters of Lake Sevan“The Emerald of Armenia”, set 1900 m above sea level, situated high in the mountains and famed for its glorious and ever changing hues. Upon arrival, we will stop by the lakeside churches on the top of peninsula and have a chance to admire a spectacularly picturesque scene overlooking the lake and distant mountains.  There is a story which tells us that a famous archimandrite had a vision, in which the 12 apostles gave their blessing to this land and instructed the building of churches on this island. Indeed the vision became true. The churches were built and one of them was named after the apostles – St. Araqelots Church.

Lunch in Sevan

Continuing our journey across Armenia’s ever changing topography, you will travel to the lush environs of Dilijan“A Piece of Switzerland” in Armenia and one of Armenia’s most appealing resort towns. The town is peppered with numerous examples of traditional Armenian architecture. The magnificent Haghartsin Monastery complex the romantic settings of the 11th century, still remembers the first uttering, in Armenian, “Lord Have Mercy”.

OVERNIGHT IN YEREVAN

Day 5 

Breakfast served

Day 5After we will travel to Garni, the location of the rare pre-Christian pagan temple maintained in Armenia. Later on, we will reach the Geghard, cave monastery, (UNESCO World Heritage) architectural complex (12-13th centuries), 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…

Lunch in Geghard

“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.

Visit “NOY” Yerevan Brandy, Wine Factory:  “…one does not drink brandy, one derives pleasure from it.” Now let’s do it in one of the oldest factories in Yerevan “NOY” Brandy factory. 
Cascade –  a huge white stairwell built on a Yerevan hillside in the 1970s, with water fountains running down the sides, all reminiscent of a natural river or stream cascading. It connects the central district to Haghtanak Park – “Victory” Park to the center of the city. The structure has escalators so that it is unnecessary to manually ascend the stairs all the way to the top. A visit to Geghard is truly a spiritual experience.

 

Day 6

Breakfast served

Day 6 Ashtarak – where you can find numerous churches and various ancient buildings at every turn.

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.

Oshakan – most famous as the last resting place of Mesrop Mashtots;

Lunch and traditional table/lavash-making: “Eat thy bread with joy”; with a local family, where you will experience the true hospitality of Armenian people.

Day 7

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TRANSFER TO THE AIRPORT

Have a nice flight to Moscow!!!

Arrival to Moscow. Met and welcomed by the guide.  Transfer to the hotel.

CHECK IN

OVERNIGHT IN MOSCOW

 

Day 8

Breakfast served

Day 8 Panoramic city tour of Moscow: including Red Square which is a place that is more beloved of Muscovites and visitors to the city within the varied beauty of the architecture and the magical atmosphere.  St. Basil’s Cathedral – this legendary building which is also called “The Cathedral of the Intercession of the Virgin by the Moat“, New Maiden Convent and New Maiden Cemetery – it was intended to serve not only as a religious institution but also as a defense fortification in its time, the building of Moscow University with panoramic view of the whole Moscow, as well as Victory Park one of the famous centers of Moscow’s celebrations. Lunch

Old Arbat Street once served as a main Moscow artery and is one of the oldest original streets in the Russian capital – walking tour at Old Arbat Street with guide.

Metro tour (the clients return to Hotel by metro with the guide)

OVERNIGHT IN MOSCOW

 

Day 9

Breakfast served

Day 9The morning will start with the visit of the State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow which  is one of the largest museums in Russia with over 100,000 works of art – icons, paintings, graphics and sculpture – spanning the entire history of Russian art. Lunch

After lunch will be another visiting through the art in the capital of Russia it’s the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, the largest museum of European art in Moscow.

OVERNIGHT IN MOSCOW

Day 10

Day 10 Breakfast served

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Transfer to Railway Station

Departure for St. Petersburg by SAPSAN fast train

Arrival in St. Peterborough. Met and welcomed by the guide. Transfer and check-in to the hotel.

OVERNIGHT IN St. PETERSBURG

 

Day 11

Breakfast served

Day 11Panoramic city tour of St. Petersburg: one of the world’s most beautiful cities, which has all the ingredients for an unforgettable travel experience: high art, lavish architecture, wild nightlife, an extraordinary history and rich cultural traditions. The day is full of visiting places including  Palace Square which is considered to be the city’s main square and serves as an excellent example of different architectural styles. We will visit St. Isaac’s Square which was laid out during the reign of Tsar Nicholas I; the Bronze Horsema an impressive monument to the founder of St Petersburg, Peter the Great, standing on Senatska Ploschad’ (Square), facing the Neva River; the main Admiralty building which was designed to be a dockyard, where some of the first ships of Russia’s Baltic fleet were built; Field of Mars which has a long and varied history dating back to the very beginning of the city’s history; Nevsky Avenue, the main avenue and one of the best-known streets in Russia; Peter and Paul Fortress, the oldest and one of the tallest buildings in St. Petersburg, popular for the spectacular view provided by the thin, gilded needle-like spire rising from its bell tower. Lunch

Tour continues in the famous Hermitage: its collection includes more than three million works of art and artifacts of the world culture. Among them are paintings, graphic works, sculptures and works of applied art, archaeological finds and numismatic material.

OVERNIGHT IN ST. PETERSBURG

Day 12

Breakfast served

Day 12Another amazing day with the visit to one of St. Petersburg’s most famous and popular visitor attractions, the palace and park at Peterhof (also known as Petrodvorets) are often referred to as “The Russian Versaille“. Lunch

The Tsarskoe Selo estates, is St. Petersburg’s most charming suburb which includes Catherine Palace, named after Catherine I, the wife of Peter the Great, who ruled Russia for two years after her husband’s death, and a Beautiful Park.

OVERNIGHT IN ST. PETERSBURG

 

Day 13

Day 13Breakfast  Served

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Departure for Moscow by SAPSAN fast train

Arrival in Moscow. Met and welcomed by the guide.

TRANSFER TO THE AIRPORT

  

SERVICES:

  • Full transportation and transfers in Armenia and Russia as specified in the itinerary
  • Meals as indicated
  • Entrance fees to all sightseeing destinations
  • Hotel –  based on double occupancy in Armenia and Russia
  • Bi-lingual tour guide
  • SAPSAN fast train

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