May Holidays In Armenia - Individually
- Duration : 7 days / 6 nights
Day 1/Arrival - Yerevan city tour (Matenadaran, Genocide Museum, Brandy Factory)
Meet at the airport. Transfer to the hotel. After a short reset at the hotel, we will have an early morning walk in the pink city of Yerevan.This ancient city is 29 years older than Rome. The city has witnessed four settlement phases from the end of the 4th millennium BC to the beginning of the 2nd millennium BC. Lying on the main trade routes between East and West, Yerevan was constantly fought back and forth during the course of the time. You will enjoy your time in the fascinating fall weather of the sunny Yerevan while walking around Cascade Monument. It has 2780 stairs designating the 2780 anniversary of the capital city. If you walk up the “huge staircase” of 500 meters height and 50 meters width, you can enjoy the wonderful panorama of the city with the spectacular Opera House, Mount Ararat as well as the view to the whole city. Pay a visit to the depository of ancient manuscripts Matenadaran. This unique institution is a major center for study and preservation of Armenian works of ancient literature. Now it protects about 16477 surviving materials and around 300,000 archive documents, among them about 2500 fragments collected in the depository. A short drive along the cozy streets of Yerevan will take us to Tsitsernakberd Hill, where we will visit the Genocide Museum, devoted to the 1.5 million victims of the Armenian Genocide by the Ottoman Empire in 1915. Later we will taste exquisite Armenian cognac at Yerevan Brandy Factory. Overnight at the hotel in Yerevan.
Day 2/Yerevan – Garni – Geghard - Yerevan
After breakfast at the hotel, we will explore the top tourist attractions of Armenia: Garni Temple (a pagan temple built in 1st century, the only survival of the Hellenic epoch in the whole territory of the Caucasus) and the Monastery of Geghard (UNESCO). The monastery was first recorded in a document of 1250. Geghard is famous due to the relics, among which the most important one is the spear which had wounded Christ on the Cross presumably brought there by the Apostle Thaddeus. Here in Geghard, you can also watch the process of “lavash” making in the traditional underground oven “tonir”. We will drive back to Yerevan. Dinner and overnight at a hotel in Yerevan.
Day 3/Yerevan – Khor Virap – Areni – Noravank – Jermuk – Goris
After breakfast at the hotel we will pay a visit to the Monastery of Khor Virap, where you can enjoy the best view to the Biblical Mount Ararat. This is the very place where Christianity was spread in Armenia in 301 AD, and the very place where the first Armenian Catholicos Gregory the Illuminator was jailed for long 13 years for disseminating Christianity in Armenia. Drive to the Areni Wine Factory for degustation of delicate Armenian wine. Armenia is famous with its deep rooted wine making culture. The tradition of wine making in Armenia comes from old times and the secrets of this marvelous country are still being explored. The discovery of 6100 year old winery in this region is a perfect proof for that. The winery discovered in the village of Areni quite recently in 2007 is the oldest proved winery facility in the world. The archeological expeditions in this area have discovered numerous relics of wine producing culture in Armenia including various fermentation vats, wine press, storage jars, pottery shards of different sizes, metallic and stone artifacts, remains of clothing and many other things referring to wine making and the household of those times. In fifteen minutes’ drive we will appear in a most unusual and peaceful spot. The whole magic of Noravank (13th century) trip attracts a traveler just at the point of turning the road to Monastery. The narrow road leading to the monastery is blocked by beautiful rocks on both sides. And after a few minutes’ drive you will appear on the rock where the complex is situated. Once there high above the main road you have the impression as if you are in heaven, and if you stretch your hand you will touch the sky. Drive to Jermuk. The town is located at a height of 2080 meters above sea level. Jermuk has long been famous as spa center of Armenia. The word Jermuk is translated from Armenian as “warm”. The mineral waters in Jermuk belong to the list of the most compound sorts. The city has its own brand of mineral water bottled near the natural springs. Dinner and overnight in Goris.
Day 4/Goris – Khndzoresk – Tatev – Selim – Noratus – Sevan
After breakfast at the hotel we will start the tour in the captivating nature of Syunik Province, 8 km away from the town of Goris. Here you can find yourself in the past and see the cave dwellings that the primeval people lived in. Surprisingly though, people still lived there some 50-60 years ago notwithstanding the development of science and life in general. The sight is called Khndzoresk, a place where a visitor can feel as if the time stopped at some point in the past just for us to admire all the beauty of the wildness. The caves, many of which were carved by men, were used not only as dwellings, but also as a military base. According to an Armenian Catholicos, the houses were situated 20-30 meters far from each other and the inhabitants had to go up and down with the help of ropes. The roof of each cave house was kind of a garden for the other making the impression of a block of flats. Continue the tour to the 9th century Tatev Monastery. Perched atop the Vorotan River Gorge, this monastic complex was an important political stronghold and one of Armenia’s most advanced medieval universities hosting students in humanitarian sciences. Because of its forbidding location, it was once hard to access, but now a 5.7 kilometer long cableway (Wings of Tatev) has been built to take visitors to the monastery, offering an exciting journey with breathtaking views of the river gorge bellow. Later drive to Selim. 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 pay a visit to the village of Noratus. The village is 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 was curved in 10th century. The cemetery is spread over a seven hectare field containing almost a thousand khachkars each of them depicting unique ornamentation. The majority of the khachkars are covered by moss and lichen. Several tombstones in the cemetery depict carved scenes of weddings and farm life. Dinner and overnight at a hotel in Sevan.
Day 5/Sevan – Dilijan – Haghpat – Sanahin – Yerevan
After breakfast at the hotel, we will drive to the wonderfully forested region of Dilijan and pay a visit to the center of Armenian traditional arts and crafts. Visit Haghartsin Monastery (10-13th c.c.). This monastery has its special place in the culture and architecture of Armenia. The monastery is situated in the woodlands of Tavush region, near the densely forested region of Dilijan. The Monastery may be described as a school of architecture. It took about 300 years to build with every generation of architects adding on new structures, outer and inner dressing of artistic expressive means. We will not notice the time pass when we will appear in the region of Lori to visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Armenia - monasteries of Sanahin (10th century) and Haghpat (10th century). 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. Drive to Yerevan. Dinner and overnight in Yerevan.
Day 6/Yerevan – Echmiadzin – Amberd – Zvartnots – Yerevan
After breakfast at the hotel, we will visit the Holy See of Armenian Catholicos (UNESCO) - 4th century. It is the oldest church in Armenia, and one of the oldest churches around the world. Continue the tour driving to Amberd - a 7th-century fortress located 2,300 meters (7,500 ft) above sea level, on the slopes of Mount Aragats at the confluence of the Arkashen and Amberd rivers. The name translates to "fortress in the clouds" in Armenian. It is also the name incorrectly attributed to Vahramashen Church, the 11th-century Armenian Church near the castle. We will later drive to Yerevan with a stop near the temple of the 7th century Zvartnots (UNESCO). The structure stands out among others with its unique architectural solutions. Dinner and overnight in Yerevan.
Transfer to the airport. Departure.
The rate starts from 536 USD per person
The rate includes*
- Accommodation at a hotel on a DBL basis
- Transfer to/from the airport
- Transfer during the tours
- All entrance tickets
- Degustation of Armenian Cognac
- Degustation of Armenian Wine
- "Wings of Tatev"
- Guide and driver services
- Meals (ВВ)
- A bottle of water per person per day
- Porterage at the hotels
The rate excludes*
- Air tickets
- Travel insurance
- Meals other than described
- Armenia visa 3000 AMD (~7 USD)
- 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