Historical Armenia
5 nights/6 days

DISCOVER THIS ANCIENT LANDS THROUGH YOUR EYES

HISTORICAL ARMENIA (TURKEY)

5 nights / 6 days

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Day 1

 

Early morning Depart from Yerevan; Cross the Armenian – Georgian border;

Cross the Georgia – Turkey border;

First stop in the Historical Armenia is Kars – stands at an altitude of 1750 meters and has played an important role in Armenian history.

DINNER OVERNIGHT IN KARS

 

Day 2

 

Breakfast served and Check out
tKars City Tour (walk).  Kars is a town that is dominated by the ruins of the ancient castle, which sits at the top a rocky hill, over-looking Kars and St. Arakelots (Holy Apostles) Cathedral (10th century), old Armenian houses & Kars Museum, with a wide collection of antiquities. 

About 42 kilometers east of Kars, on the ancient Silk Road, is the medieval city of Ani, one of the capitals of Armenia. Today the great City of Ani is in ruins… a ghost town, a mere shadow of the once world-renowned splendor of over a 1,000 years ago; can attract us even today; panoramic view of Mt. Ararat from the Western Armenia. Lunch

The city of Igdir stands on a large, fertile plain where fruit and, unusual for this geographical region, cotton grow. The Bible relates that when the flood waters receded, Noah and his family descended from Mount Ararat toward the fertile plain. From here, their progeny most likely settled to the south and west along the Euphrates and Tigris rivers, established the second generation on mankind.  From this plain you have the best view of Biblical Mount Ararat. Igdir with its high mountain ranges, remote plateaus, plains splashed with color, and some of the amazing architecture, this region brings history to life.

Dougbayazid was settled by Armenians in the Daroynk Fortress during the time of the Kingdom of Urartu (over 3000 years ago).

Agri has 1650 meters-high plateau, is 183 km east of Erzrum.

Berkry Waterfall – the miraculous waterfall to the northeast, not surprisingly, has plenty of fish restaurants serving local delicacies.

DINNER OVERNIGHT IN VAN

 

Day 3

 

Breakfast served

gVan-Tushpa: one of the ancient and the first capitals of Great Armenia in the second millennium B.C., ancient fortress of Van Kingdom, Mher’s Door – with the famous Urartian cuneiform inscription. This city is set in a verdant oasis at the foot of a rocky peak. An imposing 9th century B.C. citadel overlooks the new and the old parts of town. Steps carved in the dock lead to the Urartian fortress. Halfway up the steps, inscriptions in cuneiform pay homage to Xerxes.  Within the fortress are several Urartian royal rock tombs.

The exotic  Van Cat, protected specie, has thick white fur and a blue and a green eye. Lake Van is at an altitude of 1720 meters and is ringed by beautiful mountains.

Lunch in Van

Mount Sipan (4058 meters) is on the northwest side.

Forty one kilometers southwest of Van – Akhtamar island, on which only the majestic 10th century Holy Cross Church has survived and has been renovated; every place with a breathtaking view of Lake Van as it has been said “Van is in this World – Paradise is in the Next”.

DINNER OVERNIGHT IN VAN

 

Day 4

 

Breakfast served and Check out

rVaragavank –  about 10km east of the town of Van, are the remains of the once huge complex of Varagavank Monastery, known by locals as Yedi Kilise or Yedikilise (Seven Churches), reflecting it’s past glory. The ruins are still worthy of a visit. A few churches of the monastery remain in various states of collapse, two without roofs, one with frescoes, and some splendidly carved crosses, particularly along the front under the arches. Once the best known monastery of Vaspurakan and the seat of the Archbishop of Van, the monastery takes it’s name from Mt. Varag (now Erek Dagi), whose southern slopes it rests on. The monastery was destroyed by the Turkish army on April 30th 1915, during the siege of Van. Lunch

Datvan Mt. Nemrut makes a challenging climb. In its center a deep crater bubbles with volcanic hot springs. Mush is the center of both Paganism and Christianity in Armenia.

DINNER OVERNIGHT IN MUSH

 

Day 5

 

Breakfast served and Check out

Mush valley  a rare picturesque setting, in the highest region of this area, presently in Turkey. The plains of Mush have a natural beauty, with lakes and greenery between high mountains; they are especially very famous for the fields of tulips. Many Armenians were inspired by the landscapes of “blanket of tulips” (Mush valley) and created their artistic masterpieces.             

bSulukh Bridge – with 12 arches. Visit to the remains of St. Garabed Monastery, in the mountains of Mush. Lunch

About 8 km east of the town of Mush is situated St. Arakelots Church. According to local tradition, and also recorded in a document dated 1079, Arakelots monastery was founded in the 4th century by Saint Gregory the Illuminator to house various relics he received in Rome. Those relics (which included the left arms of Saint Peter and Saint Paul and right arm of the apostle Andrew) account for the monastery’s name. Most of the monastery was contained within a circuit of high walls. Behind those walls was a large church with a dome, a three-tiered bell tower that stood in front of the church, two chapels to the north and south of the large church, and various monastic accommodations and ancillary buildings. A little to the south, and outside the walls, was a second domed church. If you hope to experience this unrepeatable monastery let’s muster up our courage to do it.      

Erzrum – is one of the largest cities in the area, sprawls on a high plateau at an altitude of 1950 meters.

DINNER OVERNIGHT IN ERZRUM

 

Day 6

 

Breakfast served and Check out

Short city tour in Erzrum – visiting the Armenian Church, Fortress – one of the important remains from the Byzantine period. It is a well preserved fortress city that has been a military base since Roman times.

Lunch on the way.

Pass two borders: TURKISH-GEORGIAN, GEORGIAN-ARMENIAN

Arrive to Yerevan

 

SERVICES:

  1. Transfers and transportation as specified in the itinerary with A/C (Armenia – Turkey – Georgia)
  2. Hotel Accommodation – 5 nights 
    • 1 night in Kars
    • 2 nights in Van
    • 1 night in Mush
    • 1 night in Erzrum
  3. Meals as specified in itinerary (Breakfast, Lunch/Dinner)
  4. Guide service
  5. Entrance fees to museums and sightseeing destinations
  6. A bottle of water daily

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