The Beauty of Armenia


Day 1: Arrival
Arrival at Zvartnots International Airport. Meet and greet to Yerevan. Transfer to your selected hotel. Check-in and rest. Dinner at the local restaurant.

Day 2: Yerevan City Tour – Megerian Carpet
Breakfast at the hotel. Start exploring Yerevan which is also named “Pink City” for buildings with pink color which gives the stone “tufa”. It’s an old and ancient city therewith considered also a modern and splendid city. Start your tour from Republic Square which was build 1950s by the project of Tamanian 20 years of after his death. Walking through the Northern Avenue, which is the modern part of the capital and considers to be the heart of Yerevan. Afterwards we are next to Opera House and Swan Lake where we can have photo stop. Continue to Cascade monument which is an open-air museum. Climbing up the stairs you will enjoy the fascinating view of Yerevan. Walking through memorial park and stop by the Mother Armenia. Visit to Megerian carpet. Here you will discover the history of Armenian carpet making. A rich collection of carpets from Armenia and other countries worldwide are displayed in the museum. Visit Vernissage flea market which offer many kinds of national souvenirs, jewelry and many traditional items. Dinner at the local restaurant.

Day 3: Yerevan – Tsaghkadzor – Sevan – Diljan – Haghartin – Yerevan
Breakfast at the hotel. The pride of Tsaghkadzor is the pure Alpine air. Armenia is rich in various monasteries, picturesque landscapes, views. There are a lot of sightseeing Tsakhkadzor. Tsaghkadzor, translated, means ‘’Gorge of flowers’’ and it truly deserves the name because during spring, Tsaghkadzor is covered with lush, green forests and flowers and the views are just mesmerizing. The Tsaghkunyats Mountains surround the cozy town. Located in the northern part of town, the unique church was erected at the beginning of the 11th-century and is considered one of the historical gems of Tsaghkadzor. It is a well-kept facility surrounded by beautiful mountains and ancient cross-stones (khachkars). Kecharis Monastery is a great place to get in touch with the history of Tsaghkadzor. Drive to Lake Sevan. Here, in Lake Sevan, which has a very beautiful peninsula, we are going to climb many stairs up to see the church located in the peak – Sevanavank, from where opens also a beautiful view to the “blue-eyed” lake. The tour continues to the town of Dilijan, known for its healing, filled with pine aromas air. Here you will stroll around the historic part of the town. After lunch, you will visit Haghartsin Monastery (XI—XIII cent.) located among picturesque mountains covered with dense forest. Back to Yerevan. Dinner at the local restaurant. Overnight at the hotel in Yerevan.

Day 4: Khor Virap – Areni cave – Noravank – Yerevan
Morning departure to Khor Virap Monastery (4-17cc.) which is located very close to the Biblical Mount Ararat. Here’s the closest point to the mount where we can make a photo stop. The significance of the church is connected with Grigor Illuminator who was prisoned in the church for 13years for adapting Christianity as state religion. Visit Noravank (means “New Monastery) Monastery (13th c.), which is a masterpiece of Armenian architecture located in the narrow gorge and encircled with red-stoned mountains which gives one the harmony of nature and culture. Departure back to the capital. Leisure time on your own and overnight at the hotel in Yerevan. Visit Areni cave, which is now recognized as the oldest winery in the world. The oldest leather shoe was also found in Areni Cave, stuffed with grass and stowed away for storage. Its owner must have made it around 3,500 BCE, in a style that is still common to this day across the Caucasus and the Balkans. Overnight in Yerevan.

Day 5: Yerevan – Geghard – Symphony of Stones – Garni – Yerevan
After breakfast departure to Geghard Monastery (13th c.) – a monastery which is hewn out from a cave. The monastery had been originally named Ayrivank meaning “the Monastery of the Cave”. The name commonly used for the monastery today, Geghard, or more fully Geghardavank meaning “the Monastery of the Spear”. The monastery is also included in the UNESCO World Heritage list. Continue our journey to Garni Pagan Temple from 1st c. The temple was built by Armenia King Tiridates and was dedicated to the God of Sun Mithra. Garni is the only Hellenistic temple existing nowadays in Armenia. The stairs of the temple are made huge and high which means that every human being climbing up the stairs is condescending to God of Sun. Visit the Symphony of Stones or “Basalt Organ”. This is a natural monument located in the basin of the Azat River, in the area of Garni village. It is included in the list of natural monuments of Armenia. The monument consists of huge symmetric hexagon and pentagon basalt columns (nearly 50 meters high), which seem to be handmade due to their amazing symmetry. Back to Yerevan. Optional: Armenian flat bread “lavash” baking ceremony in an underground heater called “tonir” in a local house. Here you will learn also how to make Armenian local sandwiches with “lavash” and cheese. – total 15 USD. Back to Yerevan.

Day 6: Free day Day 7: Departure According to the flight details, transfer to the airport and departure home! INCLUSIONS:
  • 6 x nights’ accommodation at the Hotel in Yerevan
  • Transfers and transportation according to the program
  • English speaking guide
  • Breakfasts at the hotel
  • Entrance fees where necessary
  • 1 bottle of water per person per day
  • Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Meals and alcoholic beverages
  • Tips and Portage
  • Invitation letter for Visa – 15$ per person
  • Covid tests
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