Summer Seasonal
10 Nights/11 Days
Day 1 - July 3, 2017

 

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

Check in. Time for resting. Rest time

OVERNIGHT IN YEREVAN

 

Day 2 - July 4, 2017

 

Breakfast served

YEREVAN CITY TOUR!

Day 2Your acquaintance with Yerevan will start with a look at the history of its foundation – a visit to Erebouni museum and Fortress founded in 782 BC. After you will take an excursion to the Cathedral of St. Gregory the Illuminator (20th c), the symbol of the 1700th anniversary of the proclamation of Christianity as a state religion in Armenia. The holy relics of St. Gregory were brought from Italy in time for the opening, and Pope John Paul II came to pay an official visit shortly after the consecration. This is one of those unrepeatable structures, the FUTURE built on the PAST. Furthermore, you will visit Tsitsernakaberd memorial and museum to the 1915 Genocide.

Lunch in Armenian Traditional Restaurant in Yerevan

Day 2Our 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 - July 5, 2017

 

Breakfast served

Day 3 (1)You will enjoy a tour in one of the most enigmatic cities, visiting the remarkable Matenadaran Library and Research Institute of Armenia which houses about 17000 rare manuscripts. This is 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.

Today 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 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.

Day 3 (2)Lunch with a traditional table/lavash making: Eat thy bread with joyin Geghard.

Return Yerevan

Visit “NOY” ARARAT Brandy, Wine Factory:  “…one does not drink brandy, one derives pleasure from it.” Let’s just do it in one of the oldest factories, in “NOY” Yerevan Brandy factory.

OVERNIGHT IN YEREVAN

 

Day 4 - July 6, 2017

 

Breakfast served  and Check out

????????????????????????????????????Driving 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 will have some quite spectacular photo opportunities being close to the landscape of unparalleled beauty and majesty. The monastery is the site where St. Gregory the Illuminator was incarcerated and it is also a pilgrimage destination for every believer. 

Later on we will taste and enjoy a guided tour of the famous “Areni Winery.”  In Armenian, there is a famous saying that “Wine is bottled poetry”. Next, we will take the path through the narrow gorge to reveal Noravank Monastery, nestled inside the deep red landscape of the tuf stone mountains.

Lunch will be served near Noravank Monastery. Then we will drive South to Goris.

CHECK IN

DINNER & OVERNIGHT IN GORIS

 

Day 5 - July 7, 2017

 

ADay 5fter 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 – spanning 5.7 kilometers across the spectacular Vorotan River Gorge, offer 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 Tatev Aerial Tramway – the longest passenger aerial tramway in the world – is poised to be one of southern Armenia’s most popular attractions, getting you to the picturesque monastery 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 and became an important religious and educational center of medieval Armenia in 9-10th cc..

Lunch in the foothills. On your return, you will have a very interesting stop in Khndzoresk, a cave village and exotic rock formations. This village looks like a vertical multi-storied rocky amphitheater. 

DINNER & OVERNIGHT IN GORIS

 

Day 6 - July 8, 2017

 

Breakfast served and CHECK OUT

Day 6On the way back we’ll visit Karahunge 7000-year-old Observatory: an uncannily similar construction to the English Stonehenge but more ancient.  Clouded in mystery, the ancient stone circle of Karahunge is an amazing feat of engineering and the most important pre-historic site in Armenia, but beyond its archaeological significance and possible astronomical role, Karahunge also holds a mystical charm.

Lunch on the way

Return to Yerevan

OVERNIGHT IN YEREVAN

 

Day 7 - July 9, 2017

 

Breakfast served

Day 7We embark on our journey to the land of ancient treasures of Christian history – Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin (UNESCO), the “religious capital” and the seat of the Supreme Patriarch-Catholics of all Armenians. The story holds that the place where Noah made the fire after the flood is the site upon which the main Cathedral, one of the earliest Christian churches, was built. Nowadays, it is located in the lower chamber, underneath the main Altar of the Cathedral.

Participation in DIVINE LITURGY (OPTIONAL)

Then, admire the Churches of Sts. Hripsime and Gayane (7th c.) named after the faithful virgins, these churches are dedicated to the virgins, 3rd century followers of Christ who were martyred.

Lunch in one of the educational and cultural centers of Etchmiadzin.

OVERNIGHT IN YEREVAN

 

Day 8 - July 10, 2017

 

Breakfast served

Day 8Visit Aragatsotn Region – 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.

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. Visiting the village of Oshakan, you will see the church which is built over the grave of Mesrop Mashtots, who is the founder of the Armenian alphabet, and one of Armenia’s greatest benefactors.

Lunch and hospitality with an Armenian Family.

CULTURAL PERFORMANCE: represents the inimitable characteristics of various events, traditions and customs of different regions, as well as national and traditional dances of both Historical Armenia and present day Armenia.

OVERNIGHT IN YEREVAN

 

Day 9 - July 11, 2017

 

Breakfast served  

DAy 9Visit Lake Sevan – the emerald of Armenia, a beauty under the blue sky. Lake Sevan is considered  to be one of the largest sweet water lakes in the world, situated at an altitude of 1,897 meters above sea level. The most picturesque view of Lake Sevan is captured from the peninsula atop which Sevan Monastery is nicely nestled dating to the 9th century; Dilijan: “A Piece of Switzerland in Armenia – Earth and sky, woods and fields, rivers, 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… Goshavank Monastery (10-13th centuries). 

Lunch in Sevan

OVERNIGHT IN YEREVAN

 

Day 10 - July 12, 2017

 

Breakfast served

FREE DAY IN YEREVAN

OPTIONAL:

Day 10“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.

EVENING: FAREWELL DINNER in a typical Armenian Restaurant with live Armenian music completing your journey with unforgettable memories.

 OVERNIGHT IN YEREVAN

 

Day 11 - July 13, 2017

 

TRANSFER TO ZVARTNOTS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

HAVE A NICE FLIGHT!!!

Day 11 in the center

 

**Itinerary is subject to change at any time  

SERVICES:

  1. Full transportation and transfers in Armenia as specified in itinerary
  2. Meals as indicated – Breakfast, 8 x Lunch, 3 x Dinner
  3. Entrance fee to all sightseeing destination Hotel Accommodation in Armenia – 10 nights 
    • 8 nights in Yerevan
    • 2 nights in Goris
  4. English speaking tour guide
  5. Events
  6. Bi-lingual tour guide
  7. A bottle of water daily

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