Erebuni Yerevan
September 25-October 3, 2018
Day 1 - September 25, 2018

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

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OVERNIGHT IN YEREVAN

 

Day 2 - September 26, 2018

Breakfast served

Yerevan….the rose-colored capital of Armenia…. it is named as such because most of its buildings use a pink shade of “tuf” stone which is quarried in Armenia. This is the most prominent feature of Yerevan’s cityscape.

2As we get acquainted with Yerevan, we should start with the Erebouni museum and Fortress, which was founded in 782 B.C., 29 years before Rome, the “Eternal City”, was built; we’ll pass through Republic Square, as well as by Yerevan State University. Our next stop is essential to all who visit Armenia… Tsitsernakaberd memorial and museum for the 1915 Genocide, this is one of the most impressive monuments in Yerevan. Lunch in one of the Armenian Traditional Restaurants in Yerevan.  You will enjoy a tour of this enigmatic city, 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. Cascade – which is a huge white staircase built on the 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.

OVERNIGHT IN YEREVAN

 

Day 3 - September 27, 2018

Breakfast Served

3Driving 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 the 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. It is especially a time for reflection upon the work of our Church’s patron saint, Gregory the Illuminator, who spread the light of Christianity in Armenia and inspired King Drtad to proclaim Christianity as a state religion in 301.  This had a determinate impact on the Armenian people and their history. 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. Areni1 cave complex multicomponent site and late Chalcolithic/Early Bronze Age ritual site and settlement  is located near the Areni village in southern Armenia along the Arpa River. The oldest leather shoe was found in Areni and it also is the site of the earliest known winery in the world.

OVERNIGHT IN YEREVAN

 

Day 4 - September 28, 2018

Breakfast served

4This morning youwill travel to Garni, the location of the rare pre-Christian pagan temple maintained in Armenia.  
Later on, we will reach (UNESCO) Geghard (Cave monastery) 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… be aware it is only one man…

A visit to Geghard is truly a spiritual experience.

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

Return to Yerevan.

5Today there is the festival of Tea & Coffee in Swan Lake Park of Yerevan. The Tea & Coffee festival will be organized for the second time in Yerevan. During the festival, lovers of aromatic and refreshing drinks can enjoy tasting coffee and tea with delicious desserts. The various types of tea, coffee and local herbal tea will be presented during the event. This is a great opportunity to take a magical journey to the world of tea and coffee, participate in competitions, and listen to live open air music.

OVERNIGHT IN YEREVAN

 

Day 5 - September 29, 2018

EREBUNI-YEREVAN FIRST DAY OF CELEBRATION

The first official celebration of “Erebuni-Yerevan” was held in October of 1968: the 2750th anniversary of our capital was celebrated and today its 2800th anniversary of foundation of EREBUNI-YEREVAN. 

66In the 5th year of his reign the king, Argishti the First, built it as a town-fortress. Cuneiform record left by Argishti the First say the following: “In the greatness of the god Khald, Argishti, Menua’s son, has built this impregnable fortress and called it Erebuni for the power of the country of Biaini and to enemies’ horror. Argishti says… The land was unpopulated, and here I have done great work. In the greatness of the god Khald, Argishti, Menua’s son, powerful king, the king of the country of Biaini, the ruler of the city of Tushpa”. This remained in historical record and gave scientists the opportunity to make a more accurate date of birth for Yerevan – 782 B.C. Erebuni-Yerevan was founded 29 years earlier than Rome and has about the same age as Babylon, Nineveh and Persepolis, but unlike them it has become one of prosperous cities of the 21st century.

FREE DAY

6In general the day is started with the parade of water sprinkling trucks from the France Square, moving towards the

Republic Square through the Mashdots Avenue, announcing the beginning of the celebrations of ancient & modern Erebuni-Yerevan.

Continuously the day will be very interesting for everyone, as numerous programs have already become traditional for the City Day celebration, including many stage performances of jazz, rock, folk music and dance, even flash mobs to be also held in various parts of city and many other special events dedicated 2800th anniversary of our capital Erebuni-Yerevan.  

Take a breath and just enjoy it today and the following day’s celebration of Erebuni-Yerevan. 

OVERNIGHT IN YEREVAN

 

Day 6 - September 30, 2018

Breakfast served

THE SECOND DAY OF CELEBRATION OF 2800TH ANNIVERSARY OF FOUNDATION OF EREBUNI-YEREVAN

666We’ll have a short tour today so we do not miss the other half of the Erebuni-Yerevan celebration.

Today we embark on our journey to the lands of ancient treasures of Christian history…the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, where you will participate in DIVINE LITURGY. Etchmiadzin is the “religious capital” of the Armenian Church and holds 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 the Armenian classical architecture and considered to be one of the world’s earliest Christian churches. We will also admire Hripsime and Gayane Churches (7th c) named after faithful virgins.

Lunch in one of Educational and Cultural Centers in Etchmiadzin

OVERNIGHT IN YEREVAN

 

Day 7 - October 1, 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 mo7st picturesque view of Lake Sevan is seen from the peninsula atop which Sevan Monastery is nicely nestled dating to the 9th century. Lunch in Sevan.

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. 

OVERNIGHT IN YEREVAN

 

Day 8 - October 2, 2018

Breakfast served

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

A8rtashavan – 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 perched on the edge of the precipitous gorge of the Kasakh River. Visiting the village of Oshagan, you will see the church which is built over the grave of Mesrob Mashdots, 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 9 - October 3, 2018

TRANSFER to ZVARTNOTS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Have a nice and safe flight!!!

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**Itinerary is subject to change at any time

Price includes per person in Double occupancy:

  • Full transportation and transfers in Armenia as specified in itinerary
  • Hotel Accommodation based on Double occupancy – 8 nights
  • Meals as indicated – Breakfast, 6 Lunches
  • Entrance fee to all sightseeing destinations
  • Bi-lingual tour guide
  • Water complimentary (1 bottle p/p each day)

Price does NOT include:

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