The celebration of “Vardavar” among the Armenian nation is considered to be the most beloved holiday in summer. It has deep roots in our history. The key message of the celebration is the adoration of the nature. During pagan era the holiday was dedicated to Astxik – the goddess of love and beauty. She threw away water with roses and inspired people with love. After adoption of Christianity the holiday has gained a religious reputation. When celebrating the fiesta people throw away water to one another as a symbol of prosperity and love.
“Zvartnots” International Airport.
Arrival to Yerevan, transfer from the airport to Best Resort “Aghveran” (www.aghveranhotel.am) situated on a steep mountain slope. The hotel provides full services that will make your vacations comfortable. Overnight.
Breakfast at the hotel. Yerevan City Tour. Trip to Ethnographic Museum Erebuni. Afterwards, visit to to Matenadaran – Armenia’s state repository of ancient manuscripts, which holds one of the world’s richest depositories of medieval manuscripts and books which span a broad range of subjects, including literature on history, philosophy, medicine, art history and cosmography in Armenian and other languages. Return back to Aghveran.
Breakfast at the hotel. We will be led through the plains of the Ararat valley to the magnificent monastery of Khor Virap set against the backdrop of towering Mount Ararat. The monastery is a place of pilgrimage and is the site of the prison where St. Gregory the Illuminator (who brought Christianity to Armenia in 301 AD) was imprisoned. We will continue our way to Noravank. The monastery is best known for its two-stored S. Astvatsatsin church, which grants access to the second floor by way of narrow stones jutting out from the face of building. Return back to Aghveran. Overnight.
Breakfast at the hotel. Tour to the Holly See Echmiadzin – the centre of the Armenian Apostolic Church, where the Holly Cathedral and the residence of the Catholicos of All Armenians are located. Here you will visit Echmiadzin Museum where the treasures of all the Armenians are kept. Afterwards Sardarapat and Zvartnots “temple of ruins” will be followed. Return back to Aghveran. Overnight.
Breakfast at the hotel. This day will be dedicated to the visit of Yerevan Brandy company. Here you will not only taste our delicious Armenian brandies but also be presented to its making processes. Return back to Aghveran. Overnight.
Breakfast at the hotel. Trip to Geghard Monastery, a unique architectural monument, founded in the fourth century, partially carved out of the adjacent mountain, surrounded by cliffs and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We will continue our way to Garni, the only pagan temple in Armenia, where you can admire the unique mosaic baths and ruins of the royal palace. Here you will be the witness how Armenians celebrate Vardavar. Return back to Aghveran. Overnight.
Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast we are leaving for the lake Sevan – the Blue Pearl of Armenia. This huge mountain lake about 2,000 meters above the sea level. On clear and sunny days, the waters, of a deep turquoise color, are like a piece of the sky that have descended to the earth among the mountains. Afterwards an impressive trip to picturesque Dilijan, nestled in the heart of the forests of the Northern Armenia. You will be captured by the breathtaking architectural monuments: Haghartsin and Goshavank monasteries, as well as khachkars / cross-stones/. Overnight at Aghveran.
Breakfast at the hotel. It is impossible to have holidays in Armenia without visiting Tsaghkadzor – our marvelous and beautiful winter resort. Here you can fully enjoy the richness of nature, use the ropeway. Tsaghkadzor turns into a fairy tale not only in winter but also during other seasons. After short city tour and enjoying the nature from the rope-way you will be accompanied to Kecharis Monastery-an ancient and rather large assembly. Return back to Aghveran. Overnight.