Tour Program

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Day 1: Arrival in Yerevan
Itinerary
Arrival in Yerevan, accommodation in hotel, free time.
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Day 2: Yerevan - Ejmiadzin – Zvartnotc - City tour
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Breakfast. A visit to the Mother See of Holy Echmiadzin, the spiritual and admin of the Armenian Church. In route, your guide will tell you the story of Armenia’s conversion to Christianity. The name Echmiadzin (descent of the only begotten) comes from a legend, according to which St. Gregory Illuminator saw Christ in a dream descending with a golden hammer indicating the location where the cathedral should be built. Now Echmiadzin is the residence of the Catholicos, the head of Armenian Apostolic Church. Tour will be continued by the ruins of the glorious 7th century Zvartnots Cathedral.

Then our tour continues with Tsitsernakaberd Monument and Museum - built in 1965. This monument commemorates the 1915 Armenian Genocide. Visit to Megerian Carpets rug weaving factory. The Megerian Family has been involved in selling, restoration, and prodaction of fine iriental rugs for over four generations. Originally from Armenia, the Megerians established their rug trade business in the United States in 1917, and quickly developed an expertise in rud reparing and restoration. Over time, they began to realize the growing demand for dufferent trends and subtle design changes, and took their well honed skills to the loom to create their own decorative rugs. Tourists will have an opportunity not only to see the unique examples of handmade rugs but also to watch the process of the rug weaving.

Dinner at the traditional restaurant with folk music. Overnight in Yerevan.

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Day 3: Yerevan – Garni – Geghard - Yerevan
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Breakfast. Visit to Manuscript museum, Matenadaran. Visit to Ararat breandy factory. Lunch at the local house, where you can participate in pteparation of Armenian bread Lavash. Visit Garni the Pagan Temple, built in the 1 Century AD. In 1679 it was destroyed by an earthquake. In the 1975 the Temple was restored. Tour continues with Geghard Monastery (the name came from the legendary lance, which was used to pierce the body of Christ, which was kept here for centuries. Though the exact foundation of the monastery is unknown, the present complex was built in the mid – 13th century. Overnight in Yerevan.
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Day 4: Yerevan - Khor Virap – Areni - Noravank - Goris
Itinerary
Breakfast.Take trip to Khor Virap Monastery (4-18th cc.). This monastery is very prominent because of its history; Gregory the Illuminator, who introduced Christianity to Armenia, has been imprisoned there about 13 years as at that time there was a prison in the place of the monastery. Here we can enjoy the spectacular view of the sacred Ararat Mountain - an immortal symbol of Armenia. After Khor Virap we will drive to village Chiva, which is typical Armenian village with old traditions and lifestyle. At a local house we will have lunch Barbeque Party. You will taste a very famous Armenian National meal made by your own hands. This village is very famous with its traditional games, in one of which you will have your participation. After this fun we will continue our tour to Armenian Wine Village Areni. This village is very famous with its red wine. Visit the wine factory of the village where we will have wine degustation. Noravank - a monastery of XII century situated among amazing sheer rocks on the bench of a twisty gorge. This is the only monastery where we may find a unique sculpture of Father God. In Noravank we will have a meeting with the priest who will tell you about the religious life and traditions of Armenia. Overnight in Goris.
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Day 5: Goris – Tatev Monastery - Shuhi - Stepanakert (Mountain Karabakh)
Itinerary
Breakfast. We will start our trip visiting the monastic complex of Tatev. The complex was found within the ages of 9-13. Formerly it was a very famous educational center in Armenia and all famous contemporary scientists and philosophers were educated there. It used to accept students from abroad as well. Here we can use the world’s longest rope way, which has length of 5700 m. We will visit the city of Shushi. Visit the Monastery of Ghazanchetsots (19th century), Tank (1993) Shushi liberation monument. We will get Stepanakert. Accommodation at the hotel. Dinner.
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Day 6: Stepanakert - Gandzasar – Tigranakert - Stepanakert
Itinerary
Breakfast. We will start our trip having the first stop at the statue of Grandmother and Grandfather, which has become the symbol of Nagorno Kharabagh. We will continue the tour visiting the monastery of Gandzasar. Ganzasar Monastery is one of the most important architectural monument of Artsakh and the entire historical Eastern Side of Armenia. It is said that the head of John the Baptist id buried here. Visit the bazar in Stepanakert for tasting Jingjalov hac, the national meal of Artsakh. We will make a visit to the historical museum of Artsakh. After all we will visit The Archeological Museum of Tigranakert. Get back to Stepanakert. Here you will get acquainted with the famous tradition of Kharabakhian rugs. Dinner. Overnight at the hotel.
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Day 7: Stepanakert – Selim Pass – Lake Sevan
Itinerary
Breakfast. We will drive to Lake Sevan passing through the Selim Caravanserai, which served as an important center of exchange trade and for overnight during the times of Great Silk Road. Lunch at the local restaurant. After here we will drive to Lake Sevan which is one of the largest lakes in the world. It stands out with its sweet and astonishingly blue water. Here we can enjoy the breathtaking scenery of the beautiful lake. Then we will visit Sevanavank Monastery which is situated on Sevan Peninsula. There are 2 monasteries actually; one of them is destroyed but the other stands still. They have been built in the middle Ages, around 10th century. Overnight in Sevan.
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Day 8: Sevan - Dilijan – Goshavank – Haghartsin - Dilijan
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Breakfast. Today we’ll have a trip to Dilijan. Passing by the city, visit the Sharamberyan Street, considered a symbol of The Old Dilijan is now still charming with its artistic workshops, small shops that have exposure in Armenian traditional objects and souvenirs, the museum, which has a house nineteenth century decorated with local furniture. Two traditional houses in the historic Sharamberyan Street, built of wood, with tiled roofs and balconies with meticulously carved being typical examples of Dilijan, have been restored. Tour to the Monastery of Goshavank (12-13cc) and Haghartsin. The Monastery was established by Mkhitar Gosh, the famous scientist and author of medieval Armenia. The oldest structure in the Monastery is the Blessed Virgin Church, built in 1196. Overnight and dinner in the hotel of Dilijan.
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Day 9: Dilijan – Sanahin – Haghpat – Yerevan
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Breakfast. Today we will visit two unique masterpieces of Armenian architecture of X-XIV centuries: the monasteries of Sanahin and Haghpat which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Literally the name Sanahin in Armenian means this one is older than the other, which probably means that this monastery is older of than Haghpat. These two monasteries are very close to each other and can be easily seen from one to the other. Both are located on an uneven plateau, separated by a deep crack formed by a small river that flows into the river Debed. Haghpat Monastery was one of the largest religious, cultural and educational centers of medieval Armenia. Then we will drive to the village Dsegh, which is the birthplace of famous Armenian writer Hovhannes Tumanyan. Here we will have a short theatrical play upon the works of the writer prepared by the local schoolchildren. After here we will drive to Yerevan. Farewell dinner at the restaurant.
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Day 10: Yerevan - airport
Itinerary
Breakfast. Transfer to the airport, flight to home.
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