Armenia is a country where the wine making has its roots for more than 6000 years. There are many grape fields which are our cultural heritage. Armenia, located on the cross road of East and West, will enable you to visit many historical sites and caravansaries which were the dwellings of the merchants of the Great Silk Road. Ancient atlases and descriptions of Roman, Greek, Persian and Venetian countries give clear evidence that Armenia had trade relations with the neighboring and far countries. Not only the fruitful lands, arts and crafts of the native people but also the geographical site of Armenia has attracted the surrounding world.
Features of the Program
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“Zvartnots” International Airport.
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Breakfast at the Hotel. City tour in Pink Town of Alexander Tamanyan (1878- 1936). During the tour you will see City Center, Republic Square, Opera House. You will also walk around in the Cascade where you will see the sculptures of the famous Fernando Boterro, Barry Flanagan, etc. Visit to Cafesjian Center of Arts and the panorama of the Cascade where you will see the beauty of our City. Trip to Echmiadzin – the administrative center of the Armenian Apostolic Church. It is the Holy City of Armenia. It was in 301, when the Christianity was adopted as a state religion. Lunch in art center called “Armenian Unity”. On the way back to Yerevan you will visit Zvartnots, the so-called “Temple of Ruins”. Afterwards you will visit the Museum of Genocide Tsitsernakaberd and Yerevan Brandy Factory. Here you will taste “Ararat” brandy. In the evening you will go to dinner at the club “In Vino”. Overnight at the Hotel.
Breakfast at the Hotel. We will be led through the plains of 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-level St. Astvatsatsin church, which grants access to the second floor throug narrow stones jutting out from the face of building. Visit to Areni village where you will taste our tasty Armenian wines. Continue your way to Goris. Dinner and overnight at the Hotel.
Breakfast at the Hotel. Tour to one of the best known and most interesting archaeological landmarks in Armenia – Karahunj, often called Zorats Karer. According to an alternative theory, this is the world’s oldest astronomical observatory, built in the 6th millennia BC. On the east side of Goris is Khndoresk. It is an ancient cave settlement which remained occupied until a few decades ago. The nature here is simply marvelous. Other than its surrounding, Tatev Monastery itself is a sight to see. Tatev Monastery was founded in the 9th century. The revival of this medieval monastery is the principal goal of the Tatev Revival Project under which the Wings of Tatev Aerial Tramway was built. It is the longest ropeway in the world. Lunch place – national Armenian dishes. Trip to Vayots Dzor – wine region of Armenia. Master class of Armenian national dishes. Overnight at the Hotel.
Breakfast at the Hotel. Drive to Selim Pass for visiting the caravanserai (XIV c.) which used to be an important trade point in the famous Silk Road. Continue your way to Lake Sevan. It is one of the high-altitude lakes in the world, situated at the altitude of 1896 meters above the sea level. On clear and sunny days it looks like a piece of sky that has descended to the earth among the mountains. A visit to Sevanavank Monastery located on the Northwestern shore of Lake Sevan. According to an inscription in one of the churches, it was founded in 874 AD by Princess Mariam. Arrival at Dilijan – small Swiss of Armenia. Visit to Goshavank – a Monastery which gives a special look to Dilijan region. It is situated in dense oak woods, in the gorges of small but steep mountain fallings. There is also a unique Khachkar which is worth seeing. Dinner and overnight at a 4* Hotel in Dilijan.
Breakfast at the Hotel. Trip to Lori region where Vanadzor is the administrative center. Continue your way to Shirak region where you will visit Monastery Marmashen founded in X century by Vahram Pahlavuni. Arrival at Gyumri which was called Alexandrapol, Kumayri and Lininakan. It was in Leninakan, where in 1988 the earthquake blew up the city. City tour in Gyumri. Lunch at a traditional restaurant. Overnight at a 3* Hotel in Gyumri.
Breakfast at the Hotel. Trip to Aragatsotn region where you will visit the temple Talin (VII c.). You will continue your way to the village of Sasun people – Ashnak. Here you will meet with an artist which makes Armenian costumes and puppets. Then you will participate in lavash baking process, Lunch at the Place. Continue your way through Aruch Caravasarai to Yerevan. Pay a visit to fruit market. Overnight in Yerevan.
Breakfast at the Hotel. Trip to the monastery of Geghard (IV-XIII centuries) with its remarkable rock-cut churches and tombs. The complex is an exceptionally well preserved and complete example of medieval Armenian monastic architecture. Geghard is listed as a UNESCO world heritage site. You will continue your way to Garni – the only pagan temple in Armenia, where you can admire the unique mosaic baths and ruins of the royal palace. Lunch at a very nice place surrounded with rich nature. Return back to Yerevan. Visit to Matenadaran – which is one of the richest and fascinating depositories of ancient manuscripts and books in the world. The collection now numbers over 100,000 manuscripts, documents, fragments and dates back to 405, when Saint Mesrop Mashtots created the Armenian Alphabet. Degustation of Wine. Overnight at the Hotel.