27 марта 2016 | Group tours | Цитата

Armenia and Nagorno Karabakh

9 Days/10 Nights

All departures are from Yerevan. The tour pick-up hour may change depending on arrival.

Arrival to Yerevan, meeting in Zvartnots airport, transfer to hotel.     

Day 1: Shuttle tour through Yerevan.

Departure at 9:00.

- Victory Park (Haghtanak Zbosaygi).

– Mathenadaran – unique museum of Ancient Manuscripts with original collection of over 20.000 books and miniature paintings.

– Cascade; architectural monument in the center of the city, that now houses the “Gafesjian” Center of Modern Arts.

- Lunch in a restaurant in the center of the city.

- Yerevan Brandy Company – tour and degustation of famous Armenian brandy.

- Walk in the city: Theatre of Opera and Ballet, Northern Avenue, Abovyan Street, Republic Square.

- Dinner in traditional Armenian restaurant accompanied with folk music and dance.

- Rest in the hotel  

Day 2: Tour to Vagharshapat

Departure at 9:00 

Westward tour, total 50km

- St. Hripsime church (VII century) - is one of the pearls of Armenian architecture (UNESCO heritage).

- Echmiadzin Cathedral – The first official Christian church in the world (301-304) It is the center of the Armenian Church.  It is where the residence of Catholicos of All Armenians (head of Armenian Apostolic Church) situated. The Cathedral is included in the list of UNESCO world heritage

- Zvartnots Cathedral ruins (VII century) – unique structure, which is a result of brave creativity of Armenian architects. Unfortunately, only the ruins reached to our days (UNESCO heritage).

- Lunch in a restaurant

- National Museum of History (Yerevan)

- Vernissage – souvenir market (Yerevan)

- Night off

Day 3: Khor Virap Monastery, Armenian winery, Noravank Monastery, Areni Cave.

Departure at 8.30. 

Southward tour, total 280km. 

- Khor Virap Monastery (VII-XVII centuries) - the most famous pilgrimage site in Armenia, as it is directly connected with the adoption of Christianity. Built over the dungeon of St. Gregory the Illuminator, it still serves as a place of pilgrimage for faithful people of Armenian apostolic Church.

- Family winery in Areni village with degustation of wine made of local sorts of grapes and fruit. One may also enjoy home-made fruit vodka.

- Noravank Monastery (IX-XIV centuries) – Located on Amagu valley, this Monastery makes an eye-captivating scene of harmony of architecture and nature. The monastery, enshrined with fine architectural solutions of medieval Armenian architect Momik, is one of the brightest examples of Armenian architecture.

- Lunch in a restaurant

- Areni 1 Cave - The Areni-1 cave complex is a cave in the Areni village of southern Armenia along Arpa River. In 2007 it was announced that the earliest known leather shoe was found in the cave. (3500 cen. BC). Kindly take into consideration that depending on the schedule of archeological works the tour through the cave may be cancelled.

- Arrival in the town of Goris.

- Karahunj (Stonehenge) – ancient  megalithic complex, the World’s most ancient observatory located  on а table land at a height of 1700 м above sea level.

- Arrival in the town of Goris.

- Dinner and overnight stop in Goris.

Day 4: Goris, Tatev Monastery, Cave Town Khndzoresk.

Departure at 9:00. 

- Shuttle tour in Goris

- Ropeway “Tatev Wings”, world’s longest reversible ropeway (5750m.).

- Tatev Monastery (IX-XIII cen.) – one of the biggest Armenian Monasteries, medieval educational center located over the gorge of Vorotan River, in one of the most picturesque corners of Armenia.

- Lunch in a restaurant.

- Khndzoresk, abandoned “cave town”, where, till the mid-20s the majority of population used to live in dwellings carved out in the caves. Walk along a rope bridge, expanding from one side of a deep gorge to the other (walking excursion).

- Dinner and overnight stop in Stepanakert

Day 5: Goris, Gandzasar Monastery, Shusha fortress, Stepanakert 

Departure at 9:30

Tour through Nagorno Karabakh, total 150 km

- Stop at the monument of “We and our mountains”, also known as Grandma and Grandpa, which is the symbol of Karabakh.

- Gandzasar Monastery (XIII cen.), situated in picturesque mountain landscape over Vank village. It was restored after Karabakh war.  

- Lunch in Vank village.

- Shusha fortress, Ghazanchetsots Cathedral (XIX cen.)

- Shuttle tour through Stepanakert, Presidential Resident, Parliament, Prospect of Freedom Fighters (Azatamartikner)

- Dinner and overnight stop in Stepanakert

Day 6: Stepanakert, Selim Mountain Pass, Lake Sevan, Sevanavank Monastery, Dilijan.

Departure at 8:30

Tour through Nagorno Karabakh, total 300 km

- Lunch in Vayk or Yeghegnadzor

- Selim Mountain Pass – ancient Silk Road. Caravanserai (XIV cen.), medieval guesthouse on the Silk Road, serving as a place for overnight stop and trade for merchants.

- Noratus, a village on the shores of Lake Sevan. The village is known with its cemetery, which has the largest cluster of khachkars (cross stones) of several epochs. (X-XI X cen.).

- Sevan Lake, the fascination and the pearl of mountainous Armenia, which is one of the world's greatest high altitude fresh-water lakes.  This unique lake is of volcanic origin and is surrounded with mountains. It is about 1900 m above sea level (depending on season and tourists’ wish boating may be organized).

- Sevanavank Monastery and St.Harutyun Church ruins. (IV- IX cen.) are located on the peninsula in the north-western part of Sevan Lake.

- Dinner and overnight stop in Dilijan.

Day 7: Dilijan, Sanahin and Haghpat Monasteries.

Departure at 9:00

Northwardtour, total 170km.

- Old Dilijan.

- Passing by Fioletovo and Lermontovo villages, where the major part of molokans (national minorities) of Armenia live.

- Sanahin Monastery (X - XIII cen.) is located in the most picturesque green landscapes of Armenia. The Monastry is among the largest and most important scientific and educational centers of medieval Armenia (UNESCO heritage).

- Lunch in Haghpat and Alaverdi

- Hahpat Monastery complex (X - XIII cen.) - located on the table land opposite Sanahin. Together with Snahin, it is treated to be one of the most important spiritual and educational centers of Tashir-Dzoraget princedom.

- Dinner and overnight stop in Dzoraget.

Day 8: Amberd fortress, stone alphabet, Armas winery.

Departure at 09:00

Tour to the central part (in the Direction of Yerevan), total 250km.

- Medieval fortress of Amberd (IX cen.), located on the hillside of the highest mountain of Armenia - Aragats (4090m.), was built by dukes of Pahlavuni. 

- Stop at Armenian “stone alphabet” (huge letter-shaped stone monuments) located at the foothill of the same mountain.

- Lunch in a restaurant.

- “Armas” winery, visiting vineyards, degustation of one of the best vintage wines of Armenia. 

- Return to Yerevan, off night.

Day 9: pagan temple of Garni, Geghard Monastery, Armenian Genocide Museum.

Departure at 9:00

Eastward tour, total 75 km.

- Garni (I cen. A.D.), the only pagan temple on the territory of former USSR. The temple is located on the picturesque valley of Azat lake. Since III century A.D. Garni used to serve as summer residence of the kings (UNESCO heritage). A little concert with duduk (national instrument).

- Geghard (IV- XIII cen.), unique medieval monastery partially carved in a cliff. Great complex where the lance used by the roman soldier to sting Jesus Christ's side, was kept for six centuries (UNESCO heritage). Special concert of spiritual and national music will be organized in of the rock buildings. 

- Lunch in a private house or a restaurant, baking national bread – lavash.

- Armenian Genocide Museum (in Yerevan).

- Central market – obtainment of national sweets, dry fruit etc.

- Night off

- Transfer to the airport, flight from Zvartnots airport.

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