Spring Seasonal
8 Nights/9 Days
Day 1 - May 1, 2017

 

Arrival in Yerevan – Transfer to the Hotel, Check – in, unpack, rest

OVERNIGHT IN YEREVAN

 

Day 2 - May 2, 2017

 

gYEREVAN CITY TOUR – Our trip through the territories of Armenia begins today in Yerevan – the capital, one of the most ancient cities in the world – Erebouni Fortress which was founded in 782 BC. You begin with your first walk from the museum of Erebouni to the top of Arin-Berd hill to discover the ancient fortress. Continuing the city tour, your second stop in Tsitsernakaberd memorial and museum to the 1915 Genocide, one of the most impressive monuments in Yerevan.

Lunch in Yerevan Armenian Traditional Restaurant  

Our next stop is the Cascade, which is 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.

OVERNIGHT IN YEREVAN

 

Day 3 - May 3, 2017

 

Breakfast served

tWalking around the Aragatsotn Region, you will find a church or ancient structure at every turn. In the village of Oshakan, you will see the wonderful church which is built over the grave of Mesrop Mashtots, the inventor of the Armenian alphabet, and one of the greatest benefactors of the Armenian people. During this day you will see the most beautiful and highest mountain peaks in Armenia, Mt. Aragats.
You will take part in the traditional Armenian table.

Lunch will be served at a private house of a traditional Armenian family.

Saghmosavank Monastery perch on the edge of the precipitous gorge of the Kasakh river.

OVERNIGHT IN YEREVAN

 

Day 4 - May 4, 2017

 

Breakfast served

wwVisit Lake Sevan, “The Emerald of Armenia”; Sevan Monastery on the peninsula – Dilijan, “A Piece of Switzerland in Armenia” – Earth and sky, woods and fields, rivers, mountains are 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….. Goshavank Monastery (10-13th century).

Lunch in Sevan tasting fresh fish from the Lake

OVERNIGHT IN YEREVAN

 

Day 5 - May 5, 2017

 

Breakfast served
Twoday you will enjoy a tour of 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.

Then we  will travel to Garni, the location of the rare 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 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.sss

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

OVERNIGHT IN YEREVAN

 

Day 6 - May 6, 2017

 

Breakfast served

aDriving through the fertile plains of the Ararat valley, you will reach Khor Virab Monastery – the beginning of the History of the Christian nation in Armenia, magnificently set against the towering slopes of the Biblical Mountain of 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 all Christian believers, as well as having had a determinate impact on the Armenia people and their history.

On the way to Noravank, you will enjoy a guided tour at the famous “Areni Winery.” It is believed in Armenian that “Wine is bottled poetry”. You will definitely be given the opportunity to taste Armenian wine.
After this, we will take the path through the narrow gorge which reveals the wonder of Noravank Monastery, nestled inside the deep red landscape of these tuf stone mountains.
Lunch nearby Noravank Monastery.

OVERNIGHT IN YEREVAN

 

Day 7 - May 7, 2017

 

Breakfast served

ffWe embark on our journey to the land of ancient treasures of Christian history – At the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin (UNESCO), the “religious capital” and the seat of the Supreme Patriarch-Catholics of all Armenians.

Participation in DIVINE LITURGY
Then, admire the Monasteries of Sts. Hripsime and Gayane (7th c) dedicated to the faithful virgins, 3rd century followers of Christ who were martyred.

Lunch in Etchmiadzin

On the way back to Yerevan, visit the magnificent ruins of Zvartnots (celestial angels) Cathedral (7th c) (UNESCO) which will show you the uniqueness of the Armenian church architecture, where once stood an impressive three-tiered circular structure with a spectacular central dome.

Later in the afternoon we will round off our tour with a stroll through the “Vernissage”, a bustling open air handicraft market.

OVERNIGHT IN YEREVAN

 

Day 8 - May 8, 2017

 

Breakfast served

FREE DAY IN YEREVAN! 

USE TO EXPLORE THE CITY BY YOUR SELF!

Tonight we meet for a FAREWELL DINNER in a typical Armenian Restaurant with live Armenian music and Folk Dance to celebrate our wonderful journey!

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 OVERNIGHT IN YEREVAN

 

Day 9 - May 9, 2017

 

TRANSFER to the Airport   

Have a nice and safe flight!!!

 

**Itinerary is subject to change at any time

 

SERVICES:

  • Full transportation and transfers in Armenia as specified in itinerary
  • Hotel Accommodation-  8 nights
  • Meals as indicated – Breakfast, 6 x Lunch, 1 x Dinner
  • Entrance fee to all sightseeing destinations
  • Bi-lingual tour guide
  • A bottle of water

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