Feel The Road
- Duration : 5 days / 4 nights
Day 1/Yerevan – Arrival
Arrival in Yerevan. Meet and greet at the airport. Transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel in Yerevan.
Day 2/Yerevan - Khor Virap - Noravank - Selim Caravanserai - Sevan
Meet at the hotel, and drive from Yerevan to the south of Armenia approaching the point closer to the mountain Ararat, from where you can enjoy the panoramic view of big and small Ararats. This place is also called Khor Virap (Ancient Deep Prison), where the future first patriarch of Armenian Apostolic Church, Grigor Lusavorich, was imprisoned for 13 years. Continuing driving to Noravank via grand canyon, looking through famous caves where the ancient wine factory (6100 years ago) and oldest leather shoes (5500 years old) have been found and excursion in Noravank Monastery. Noravank Monastery is situated on a ledge of a deep winding gorge of a tributary of the Arpa River in Vayots Dzor District. One of the masterpieces of medieval Armenian architecture Noravank means “New Monastery”. Built during the 13th – 14thcenturies by architects Siranes and Momik, it grew in the reign of Princes Orbelyan of Syunik. In the 13th -14th centuries the monastery became a residence of Syunik’s bishops and, consequently, a major religious and, later, cultural center of Armenia. Driving through Selim pass via the road gradually climbing up over 2,410m and following the historic Silk Road. This is one of the best places to see what fabled Silk Route looked like centuries ago visiting on the way Selim Caravanserai built by Prince Chesar Orbelian in 1331, this inn accommodated travelers and their animals as they traversed the Silk Road through the Selim Pass. Driving from Selim Caravanserai to Sevan. Hotel accommodation in Sevan and picnic at the shore of Lake Sevan (Sevan’s famous fish barbeque). Visiting Peninsula and Sevanavankmonastery once located on the Sevan island (now peninsula in Gegharkunik district). The island was strengthened with fort walls during the bronze century. During the 9th century Sevan became the royal citadel of the Syuniats kings. In 874the daughter of King Ashot Bagratuni - Mariam, built the Arakelots and the St. Astvatzatzin (Holy Virgin) churches. Overnight at a hotel in Sevan.
Day 3/Sevan – Dilijan National Park - Parz Lake - Mshkavank - Koghb village
After breakfast at the hotel drive to Dilijan National Park including the upstream pool of Aghstev river, surrounded by the Lesser Caucasus mountains. Here we will visit Lake Parz (Clear Lake), which is one of the beautiful lakes of Armenia. It is situated in the heart of the dense forest at the altitude of 1400 meters above the sea level. We will explore an admirable breathtaking harmony of the lake, surrounded by rich fauna and flora. Picnic at the shore of Parz Lake. Driving to Acharkut village entering onto the Kirants Gorge, which consists of hilly slopes, covered with broad-leaf forests, interspersed with open glades of various types and rock outcrops in the upper and wider parts of the gorge. Driving along the Gorge by the bank of Kirants river to visit a beautiful lake, and enjoy the surrounding natural sights. Driving towards Koghb village passing Mshkavank Monastic Complex built in XIII century. The complex is located close to the Koghb village, on a high plateau, surrounded by a forest. Continue driving by forest lands of adjacent Zikatar Sanctuary, which is represented by species, various types of relief and rich plant diversity, characteristic to the Caucasus broad-leave forests. Driving through forest route to the gorge of Koghb River, towards the natural mineral water called “TTU Water” to have a coffee break in the forest. Driving through forest route to Zikatar Hotel located in the forest surrounded by the rich flora. Dinner and accommodation in the Zikatar hotel.
Day 4/Koghb – Alaverdi town - Stepanavan - Yerevan
After breakfast at the hotel drive to Sanahin Village, where the road leads through several north Armenian villages and where we will explore hospitality of the locals by having a cup of coffee in one of houses, tasting Armenian dishes. We will be introduced to their traditions and also enjoy the surrounding nature rich of mountainous forest. Driving via village road and taking forest route, we will visit one of the most beautiful places in northern Armenia, called Sanahin monastery complex (UNESCO Heritage Site), built in 966 A.C. The complex stands on a high plateau, amidst low structures, rising sharp against the background of steep forest-grown slopes of Bazum ridge. Entering the structure with amazing architecture we will find out interesting stories about this religious, educational and cultural center, which is also rich with marvelous Armenian Cross Stones (Khachkars). Driving along Debed River canyon to the connection of Dzoraget river, from where we will drive up to the mountains, surrounded by beautiful natural and historical sites. After a small picnic with sweets and coffee break, we will continue driving to Stepanavan Dendropark. Strolling in the Dendropark area, which is one of the most remarkable natural zones in Armenia. The park is a wonderful place which makes you feel like in a fairy tale with its fabulous nature, fresh air, and birds’ songs. One could walk there all the time and will never get bored. The area of the botanic garden is about 35 hectares. It consists of a natural forest (17,5 ha) and trees of different types (15 ha). Mostly the plants were brought from Yerevan botanic garden, but there are also species from different countries all over the world: Georgia, Ukraine Russia, Germany, France, Portugal, China, USA and so on. Now in Dendropark there are about 500 species of plants. Drive to Yerevan. Dinner in the hotel. Overnight in Yerevan.
Transfer to the airport. Farewell.
|HB suppl.||40 EUR (4x breakfasts, 3х dinners)|
|FB suppl.||70 EUR (4х breakfasts, 3х lunches, 3х dinners)|
The rates include*
- Accommodation at a hotel
- Transfer to/from the airport
- Transfer during the tours in a comfortable air conditioned car or bus
- 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