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Armenia in a Week

Location

Armenia

Duration

7 days

Private

This trip is private; included guides and transportation are for you and your group only.
Departure time may be flexible depending on the visit/activity and prices usually depend on group size.
from
$ 603.75
Brief

On this week-long trip to Armenia, you’ll be able to explore a city older than Rome and be stunned by the majesty of the Biblical Mount Ararat. Experience the freshness of the second highest alpine lake in the world and explore the last pagan temple in the whole Caucasus. As the first nation to make Christianity its state religion, many major structures and artifacts of the Christian faith can be found here, like the Etchmiadzin Cathedral, the first church in Armenia, and the Khor Virap monastery, where St. Gregory was initially imprisoned before he introduced Christianity into the kingdom and a chapel was built his honor.

Day 1

Yerevan

Welcome to Yerevan, the city of coffee, jazz and brandy! Upon arrival at Zvartnots International Airport, a representative will meet and transfer you to your hotel.

Overnight in Yerevan.

Day 2

Yerevan

Get ready for a sightseeing tour around the vibrant city of Yerevan. Established in 782 BC, Yerevan is a thriving historical city with all the excitement of a modern capital. You’ll start your exploration from the Republic Square, the masterpiece of the architect Alexander Tamanian. You will continue to the Opera House, a stunning piece of architecture and the hub of Yerevan. Freedom Square is located nearby, surrounded by parks which have been taken over by outdoor cafes, before you finally arrive at Swan Lake café.

You will visit the Cascade Complex, an open-air museum of modern art with massive stairways leading up to the Victory Park providing a fantastic overview of the entire downtown area from above. The Complex connects the historic residential and cultural centers of the city with a vast area of waterfalls and outdoor gardens. Visit Tsitsernakaberd Memorial park, alongside the museum of the victims of the Armenian Genocide. After lunch in a local restaurant, you’ll visit the Ararat Brandy Company to taste “The Aged Brandies” of different years. The legendary Ararat brandy is considered the pride of many generations and a global symbol of Armenia. For many years, world leaders provided Armenian brandy to Winston Churchill.

Afterwards, visit Armenian History Museum where more than 87,000 objects are exposed telling a vivid story about the past and the present of the capital city and its people (closed on Mondays). Dinner at the local restaurant.

Overnight in Yerevan (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner).

Day 3

Yerevan

During a morning drive to Etchmiadzin Cathedral, you will stop at the ruins of Zvartnots Temple (closed on Mondays), the pearl of 7th C architecture and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Etchmiadzin Cathedral is the oldest standing church in Christendom built in 303 AD over a pagan fire altar. This landmark is also protected by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. As you have lunch at a local art school, you will be able to tour through the art salons with creative artworks by children.

You will visit the Armenian alphabet park, where huge stones stand, each representing one of every Armenian letter, a favorite spot for photography lovers. Set against the backdrop of Armenia’s Mt. Aragats, the letters and a statue of St. Mashtots- the creator of the Armenian alphabet- pay tribute to the region’s complex and unique language, a national point of pride for Armenia. You will then visit the Saghmosavank Monastery- a 13th C Armenian monastic complex located in the village of Saghmosavan in the Aragatsotn Province of Armenia. Saghmosavank is situated atop the precipitous gorge carved by the Kasagh river.

Overnight in Yerevan (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner).

Day 4

Yerevan

You will drive to Khor Virap monastery, a real piece of history. This was where St. Gregory was imprisoned for 13 years, left to die yet surviving only off bread that was snuck to him daily by a local woman. St. Gregory became known as the Illuminator when he later helped establish Christianity as the state religion by miraculously curing and converting the pagan King Tiridates III, and a chapel was built in his honor. The monastery stands before the snowcapped flanks of Mount Ararat offering astounding views of the mountain, the national symbol of Armenia. Proceed to Etchmiadzin, the spiritual center of all Armenians and the seat of the Armenian Catholicos. Your tour continues at Noravank monastery - a great religious and cultural center of 12th C Noravank (literally meaning “New Monastery”) is found in a remote region surrounded by nature, 122km away from Yerevan. After lunch at a local restaurant, you will visit Tushpa Wine Cellar, where you will have a wine tasting session. Drive back to Yerevan. Dinner in a local restaurant.

Overnight in Yerevan (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner). 

Day 5

Yerevan

You will drive to Noratus, a cozy village adjacent to Sevan Lake. The village has a huge medieval-modern cemetery and an impressive array of early khachkars (Armenian cross-stones). Our next stop is Sevan Lake, also known as the “Blue Pearl of Armenia”. This huge mountain lake, which takes up to 5% of Armenia’s surface area, is about 2,000m above sea level and is the second highest freshwater lake in the world. Visit Sevanavank Monastery before you have lunch at a local restaurant. Then you will explore the resort town of Dilijan, often referred to as the “Little Switzerland of Armenia’’. The mountainous areas are all covered with thick forests occupying 94% of the territory. Take a walk in Old Dilijan and have a photo stop at Sharambeyan Street. Visit Haghartsin Monastery, a 13th C monastery located near the town of Dilijan in the Tavush Province.

Overnight in Yerevan (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner). 

Day 6

Yerevan

After breakfast, you will visit Garni Temple at Garni village, which dates back to the 1st C. The citadel and pagan temple of Garni is a picturesque monument of the Hellenistic period and an impressive piece of ancient Armenian architecture. It is also the last pagan temple in the region. You will have lunch at a local house in Garni, where you will have opportunity to watch the Armenian national bread “lavash” baking and barbeque making process in an underground stove called “tonir”. Then you will visit Geghard monastery. The spectacular towering cliffs surrounding the monastery are part of the Azat River Gorge, which is included together with the monastery in the UNESCO World Heritage Site listing. The chambers within the complex are entirely dug out of the cliff rocks; some are little more than caves, while others are elaborate structures with both architecturally complex walled sections and rooms deep inside the cliff. When you return to Yerevan, you will visit the Fruit Market, where you can look through a variety of fresh Armenian fruits and vegetables. You will then visit Vernissage Flea Market, where you can find handmade jewelry, carpets and paintings (open on weekends).

Overnight in Yerevan (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner). 

Day 7

Yerevan

You will transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

(Breakfast). 

package code: AM194633
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