4 Day Tour To Armenia
Day 1: Departure from home country
Day 2: Arrival / Yerevan City Tour / Etchmiatsin / Zvartnots
Arrival at Zvartnots International airport. Meet and greet transfer to the airprot Start city tour around Yerevan. During your tour, you will see the Republic Square, “Cat statue”, Cascade, Opera house, Victory Park with Mother Armenia statue. Visit Tsitsernakaberd Memorial park and museum of the victims of Genocide. Departure to Echmiadzin which is mere 20 km from Yerevan. On the way optional stop at St Hripsime church which is considered to be one of the 7 wonders of Armenia. Lunch in a local community tasting local food and communication with the locals. Return to Yerevan with the stop at the ruins of Zvartnots temple - the pearl of the 7th c. architecture (inscribed in UNESCO World Heritage list). Opportunity to have welcome dinner in a traditional Armenian restaurant. Overnight at the hotel in Yerevan.
Day 3: Yerevan / Khor Virap / Noravank / Yerevan
After breakfast drive to Khor Virap Monastery. This fortified monastery is the place of pilgrimage and one of the most worshipped ones in Armenia and the holy site for the Armenian Apostolic Church. The monastery was erected in the 6 th – 17 th centuries above the dungeon where St. Gregory the Illuminator, the Baptist of Armenia, had been kept for the disseminating of Christianity until tsar Trdat decided to adopt this religion. The dungeon where the holy elder was tortured used to be the tsar's dungeon (“Khor Virap” – “deep pit”). The pit swarming with poisonous snakes and scorpions served as a prison. According to the legend St. Gregory the Illuminator stayed I that pit for 13 years. Drive to Vayots Dzor region. Visit Areni winery for tasting local wine. Visit to Noravank Monastery. Noravank (meaning "new monastery") is a 13th century monastery, located 122 km from Yerevan in a narrow gorge made by the Darichay river, nearby the city of Yeghegnadzor, Armenia. The gorge is known for its tall, sheer, brick-red cliffs, directly across from the monastery. The monastery is best known for its two-storey S. Astvatsatsin church, which grants access to the second floor by way of narrow stones jutting out from the face of building. 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 closely connected with many of the local seats of learning, especially with Gladzor's famed university and library. Lunch in a local cave cafe tasting local food. Drive back to Yerevan. Dinner and overnight in Yerevan.
Day 4: Yerevan / Lake Sevan / Garni / Geghard
Drive to the high mountanious Lake Sevan. Lake Sevan is the largest lake in Armenia and one of the largest high-altitude lakes in the world. The huge mountain lake takes up 5% of Armenia's surface area and is 2,000 meters above sea level. On a clear and sunny day, the water is a deep turquoise color. Sevan is a freshwater lake. Departure to Garni Temple. Garni became the last refuge of king Mithridates of Armenia, where he and his family were assassinated by his son in law and nephew Rhadamistus. Several constructions and buildings have been identified within the enclosed area, including a two-storey royal summer palace, a bath complex, a church built in AD 897, a cemetery and the site's most famous and best preserved edifice, a peristyle Greco-roman temple built in the Ionic order. Lunch in a local house with the opportunity to watch the Armenia national bread "lavash" making process. Drive to Geghard Monastery. The monastery of Geghard is a unique architectural construction in the Kotayk province of Armenia, being partially carved out of the adjacent mountain, surrounded by cliffs.While the main chapel was built in 1215, the monastery complex was founded in the 4th century by Gregory the Illuminator at the site of a sacred spring inside a cave. Drive back to Yerevan. Farewell dinner and transfer to the airport. Departure home!
Minimun passangers per tour is 2pax. Rates based on DBL/TWIN occupancy
-Accommodation in 3* hotel in Yerevan
-Transportation and transfers
-English speaking guide-driver service in case of 2 pax
- Cahering FB: breakfast at the hotel, lunches, dinners
-1 bottle of mineral water per day
Rates do not include:
-Meals except described
-Armenia vise fee
-Tips and portage