package

"Armenia for You" guaranteed departure tour

Location

Armenia

Duration

7 days

Shared

This trip is shared with other travelers from SC (or its partners); included tour guides and transportation are for the entire group.
Departure time is fixed and prices are calculated based on max capacity, so they are fixed and per person.
$ 688.85
Brief

On this tour, you will be able to admire ancient places of worship in Armenia, the first country in the world to be declared a Christian nation in the year 301 AD. The Biblical Mount Ararat stands at the horizon, a constant reminder of the country’s spiritual past, and the country itself is still host to a variety of spiritual monuments and rituals for you to see. Afterwards, sample a brandy when you visit the ARARAT Yerevan Brandy Company, and have a wine-tasting session in a land that knows Noah as the first winemaker in history.

 

Day 1

Yerevan
Transfer to your hotel from Zvartnots International Airport, and then spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight in Yerevan.

 

Day 2

Yerevan

This morning you will go on a tour through the very picturesque Capital of Armenia, Yerevan, which is 29 years older than Rome! Ride to Echmiadzin, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where you will see many centuries-old monuments such as the Church of Saint Hripsimeh and the Cathedral of Echmiadzin (301-303), which is the official residence of the Catholicos of all Armenians. You can also go to the museum of the Mother Cathedral, where you will see many reliquaries:  the Holy Lance (Geghard) which pierced the side of Christ, the relics of Noah's Ark and more.

On the way back to Yerevan, visit the ruins of the 7thC Zvartnots Cathedral. Then, visit the museum of the ARARAT Yerevan Brandy Company and taste their aged brandy in the storehouse. Spend your free time at the most popular spot in Yerevan: Cafesjian Center for the Arts. Citizens of Yerevan call it Cascade. This place is interesting with its music hall, various exhibition halls and outdoor demonstration hall-promenades.

Overnight in Yerevan (Breakfast, Lunch).

Day 3

Yerevan

You will ride to Khor Virap Monaster, located in the Ararat valley of Ararat Province. Khor Virap's notability as a monastery and pilgrimage site is attributed to the fact that St. Gregory the Illuminator was imprisoned for 13 years in the deep pit there by King Tiridates III of Armenia. Continue your way to Noravank Monastery, which is in a very spectacular location in the Vayots dzor Province (means "the Gorge of Woes"), with red rocks and a beautiful valley. Visit Areni-1 cave, where archaeologists have recently uncovered the oldest leather moccasin at 5,500 years old and wine facilities that are 6,100 years old.  Then, you will meet with the local farmer and have a wine tasting session at the small winery with interesting folk tradition show performed by the locals.

Overnight in Yerevan (Breakfast, Lunch).

Day 4

Yerevan

You will drive to Lake Sevan, which is one of the largest upland lakes with sweet water, situated 1,900m above sea level. Armenian people call it the “Pearl of Armenia” or “Blue-eyed beauty of Armenia”. Then, go on a tour to the Sevan peninsula. Visit the house of Writers of Armenia; a part of this building is famous as an example of modern architecture of USSR. After lunch at a beach restaurant, ride to Dilijan, a spa town. Dilijan is known for its natural features granting it the monker of “Small Switzerland of Armenia”. You will then see the Hagartsin and Goshavank medieval monasteries.

Overnight in Yerevan (Breakfast, Lunch).

Day 5

Yerevan

Once you arrive at the Kotayk Province, you’ll be able to visit Geghard Monastery (Spear Monastery). The name is after the spear of Longinus that pierced the body of Jesus Christ on the Cross. It is a unique architectural monument, partially carved out of the adjacent mountain, surrounded by cliffs and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Afterwards, go to the Temple of Garni, the only completely-rebuilt pagan temple in Armenia (and also in the entire former Soviet Union). Then it’s off to the historical and cultural reserve-museum to see basalt formations known as the “Symphony of Stones”. You will then attend a lavash baking show by a village woman.

Overnight in Yerevan (Breakfast, Lunch).

Day 6

Yerevan

Spend your free day in Yerevan like a local! It is recommended that you go to Vernissage where you can buy handmade jewelry, souvenirs and more interesting homemade products of talented Armenian masters. There are many wineries in Yerevan where you can find out all about Armenian winemakers and vintners. Your emotional and enlightening journey will then come to an end with a Gala dinner at a famous restaurant in Yerevan with a folk show. 

Overnight in Yerevan (Breakfast, Dinner).

Day 7

Yerevan

You will be transferred to the airport for your departure flight.

(Breakfast).

package code: AM2525
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