Cultural Tours To Treasures Of Armenia
- Duration : 10 days / 9 nights
Day 1/Arrival - City Tour - Food Market
Arrival, meet and transfer to the hotel. After breakfast at the hotel start the tour driving along Abovyan Avenue. Continue the tour in the Brandy Factory. Lunchtime tasting Armenian traditional food. After lunch start to Matenadaran, the depository of ancient manuscripts, enjoy the panorama of Cascade Monument. Visit Cafesjian Center for the Arts, enjoying the marvelous collection of glass, painting, and sculpture, print and drawing. Proceed to Opera House visiting the roundabouts: State Conservatory, the Monument “Men” in the Saryan Park. The monument is devoted to a famous Armenian film called “Men”, then visit Lake Swan, Monument of Aram Khachatryan, William Saroyan, Arno Babajanyan, Hovhannes Tumanyan. Visit the antique carpet’s shop and food market. Dinner and overnight in Yerevan.
Day 2/Yerevan - Khor Virap - Areni - Noravank - Jermuk
After breakfast at the hotel drive to the 17th century Khor Virap monastery, which is famous for its deep dungeon where the first Armenian Catholicos was kept for long 13 years. Proceed to the gorgeous Noravank passing through high picturesque rocks. Lunch tasting traditional Armenian dishes in a cave café. After lunch continue to the village of Areni to taste delicate smooth and gentle Armenian wine. Recent archeological expeditions in this region have unearthed the oldest in the world winery, thus proving that the village has the oldest traditions of wine production. Continue to the spa town Jermuk famous with its healthy mineral waters. Dinner and overnight in Jermuk.
Day 3/Jermuk - Karahunj - Devil’s Bridge - Tatev - Goris
After breakfast at the hotel start the tour to Karahunj (Zorats Karer) or Stonehenge. This astronomical observatory is older than the Stonehenge in Britain. Lunch tasting traditional Armenian dishes. Go to the 9th century Tatev Monastery which is considered to be one of Armenia’s wonders. The longest cableway in the world will help you capture all the magic of the nature in the region of Syunik. Drive to the gorgeous town of Goris. Dinner and overnight in Goris.
Day 4/Goris - Khndzoresk - Selim - Noratus - Sevanavank - Sevan
After breakfast at the hotel start the tour to see the cave dwellings of Khndzoresk where the primeval people lived. Even more, you will be astonished if I say that people still lived here some 50-60 years ago not taking into consideration the development of science and life in general. Continue the tour to Selim Caravanserai. Built along the Selim Pass, it once hosted the weary travelers and their animals passing by. This unique architectural monument of Medieval Armenia is a splendid relic of the days when Armenia was a crossroad for economical, cultural and military affairs. Continue the tour to Noratus - an ancient Armenian village famous for its cemetery of cross-stones, the largest one in the territory of Armenia. Many khachkhars in the cemetery of Noratus date back to the 13-17th centuries, and the oldest one dates back to the 5th century. Lunch tasting traditional Armenian dishes. Go to the monastery of Sevanavank. Dinner and overnight in Sevan.
Day 5/Sevan - Dilijan - Parz Lake - Goshavank - Haghartsin - Lori
After breakfast at the hotel start the tour to the wonderfully forested region of Dilijan to enjoy the 19th century appearance of the town with a visit to an Armenian traditional art and craft center and observe local women weave carpet in the Tufenkian Carpet Showroom. Visit Haghartsin Monastery (10-13th c.c.). This monastery has its special place in the culture and architecture of Armenia. Visit the Monastery of Goshavank (13th century). Goshavank used to be a major medieval university with a depository of monastery books. Drive to the region of Lori. Dinner and overnight in Lori.
Day 6/Sanahin - Haghpat - Shirak
After breakfast at the hotel start the tour visiting the monasteries of Sanahin (10th century) and Haghpat (10th century). Both are inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage Site. During the period from the 10-13th centuries, Sanahin was an important and reputable center of learning, where humanitarian sciences and medicine were taught. Scientific treatises were written, paintings and miniatures were created here. As for Haghpat, it was here in this holy site, that the great Armenian poet Sayat-Nova had lived and created his wonderful songs and poems. Lunch tasting traditional Armenian dishes. Drive to region of Shirak. Dinner and overnight in Shirak.
Day 7/Shirak - Arutch - Oshakan - Yerevan
After breakfast at the hotel start the tour to Aruch to see the 7th century temple, remnants of the bronze century tombs, the old fortress and the caravanserai preserved till our days. Lunch tasting traditional Armenian dishes. Drive to Oshakan village to visit the church of Mesrop Mashtots, the inventor of the Armenian alphabet. Later he was buried here. Drive to Yerevan. Dinner and overnight in Yerevan.
Day 8/Yerevan - Genocide Museum - Etchmiadzin - Zvartnots - Yerevan
After breakfast at the hotel start tour to Tsitsernakaberd Memorial Park visiting the Genocide Museum. Continue the tour to Etchmiadzin, the holy city of Armenia. Visit the Holy See of Armenian Catholicos, Echmiadzin with its main Cathedral (4th c.), St. Gayane (7th c.), St. Hripsime (7th c.), St. Shoghakat churches (17th c.). All of them are included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue the tour to Memorial Park of Sardarapat. Drive back to Yerevan with a stop at the ruins of Zvartnots (7th c.). The latter is also included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Dinner and overnight in Yerevan.
Day 9/Yerevan - Garni - Geghard - Vernissage
After breakfast at the hotel start the tour visiting Garni pagan temple, which is a wonderful piece of Hellenistic architecture and the only surviving pagan temple in Armenia. Lunch tasting Armenian traditional food and watching lavash baking and barbeque making process in Armenian traditional underground oven “tonir”. Proceed to the magnificent monastic complex Geghard, which is inscribed in UNESCO World Heritage Site. Return to Yerevan with a stop at the open air market art and craft market called Vernissage. Dinner and overnight in Yerevan.
Transfer to the hotel. Farewell.
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The rates include*
- Accommodation at a hotel
- Transfer to/from the airport
- Transfer during the tours in a comfortable air conditioned cars or buses
- Guide and driver services
- Meals (BB): Breakfast at the hotel
- Entrance tickets to all museums and attractions
- A bottle of water per person per day
- Company presents
- Porterage at the hotels
- 24 hour service
- Maps of Armenia and Yerevan
The rates do not include*
- Air tickets
- Travel insurance
- Meals except described
- Armenia visa fee 3000 dram (~6 EUR)
- Medieval vocal concert in Geghard Monastery (lasts 30 minutes) – 150 EUR total
- Opera and Ballet Theatre – starting from 6 EUR per person
- Tonacuyc Theatre – 150 EUR total
- Cooking Master Class – 20 EUR per person
- Dinner (including wine) and big folk show in Ararat Restaurant – 50 EUR per person
- Lavash baking master class – 16 EUR per person
- One full day trip to Mount Aragats for unforgettable views and Armenian style breakfast