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Country: Armenia
City: Gegharkunik Region
Duration: 9 Day(s) - 8 Night(s)
Tour Category: Heritage Tours
Departure Date: Thu 01 Jan '99

Package Itinerary

Standing on the Silk Road 


The Silk Road, or Silk Routes, is an extensive interconnected network of trade routes across the Asian continent connecting East, South, and Western Asia with the Mediterranean world, including North Africa and Europe.  The Silk Road earns its name from the extensive Chinese silk trade, the main reason for which the road was created. The Silk Road represents an early phenomenon of political and cultural integration due to inter-regional trade. In its heyday, the Silk Road sustained an international culture that strung together groups as diverse as the Magyars, Armenians and Chinese.

This program gives you a nice opportunity to discover some routes of the Great Silk Road in Armenia!

Day 1: Departure from home country 

Day 2: Arrival / Yerevan city tour 

Arrival at Zvartnots international airport. Meet and greet transfer to the airport. Accommodation at the hotel. Rest. After breakfast start city tour around Yerevan. Yerevan is the capital and largest city of Armenia and one of the world's oldest continuously-inhabited cities. Situated along the Hrazdan river. Yerevan is the administrative, cultural, and industrial center of the country. It has been the capital since 1918, the thirteenth in the history of Armenia. During your tour you will visit also Memorial Park and Tsiternakaberd memorial and the museum of victims of Genocide. In the second half of the day visit Armenian National History Museumhere the important archaeological collection from Stone Age through Medieval periods is dark and almost unlabeled, but should not be missed. Opportunity to have welcome dinner in a traditional Armenian  restaurant. Overnight at the hotel in Yerevan.

Day 3: Yerevan / Etchmiatsin / Zvartnots / Vernisage

Departure to Echmiadzin which is mere 20 km from Yerevan. Echmiadzin Cathedral is one of the oldest standing churches in Christendom. Opportunity to have lunch in a local community tasting homemade dishes and communication with the loacls. Drive back to Yerevan with a stop at the ruins of Zvartnots Temple (7th c.). In the second half day visit open air Vernissage flea market that bustles with hundreds of vendors selling a variety of crafts on weekendsOvernight at the hotel in Yerevan.

Day 4: Yerevan / Khor Virap / Noravank / Selim / Noratous / Lake Sevan 

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 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. Opportunity  to have lunch in a local cave cafe tasting local food. Drive to Selim Pass for visiting the caravanserai (XIV c.). The Selim caravanseray was built in 1332 by Prince Chesar Orbelian, according to an inscription in Armenian and Arabic, this used to be an important trade point in the famous Silk Road. Drive to Noratous cemetery which is a medieval cemetery with a large number of early khachkars located in the village of Noratus, Gegharkunik marz near Gavar and Lake Sevan, 90 km north of Yerevan. The cemetery has the largest cluster of khachkars in the republic of Armenia. It is currently the largest surviving cemetery with khachkars. Drive to Sevan. Overnight at the hotel in Sevan. 

Day 5: Sevan / Dilijan / Goshavank /Haghpat / Sanahin / Dzoraget 

After breakfast sightseeing on the peninsulaLake 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. Visit Sevanavank (8-9th cc.). Drive to the resort town of Dilijan - green city located in the northern Armenian province of Tavush, Called by locals the "Little Switzerland" of Armenia, it is a worthwhile place to see, and spend the night. It is one of the most important resorts of Armenia, situated in Dilijan National Park. Vsiit Goshavank - meaning Monastery of Gosh - is a 12-13th century Arme nian monastery located in a village of Armenia named Gosh (Tavush marz), was originally known as Nor-Getik. It was the home of Mkhitar Gosh, after whom the village and monastery were named. Visit Haghpat Monastery. The location of Haghpat Monastery was chosen so that it overlooks the Debed River in northern Armenia's Lori region. It was built, not on a peak, but halfway up a hillside on a site chosen to afford protection and concealment from prying eyes and also in respon se to a kind of monastic humility. It is built on a verdant promontory located in the middle of a mountain cirque, which is often wreathed in clouds. A peak on the opposite side of the river is over 2,500 meters high. Visit Sanahin Monastery. Built in the monasteries over three centuries were more than 20 various churches and chapels, four annexes, sepulchers, bell-towers, the building of the Academy, book depositories, refectories, galleries, bridges and other monumental structures, to say nothing of numerous dwelling and service premises. The main monastery buildings are grouped around their chief temples, forming integral architectural organisms. They are asymmetrical relative to their main axes, which lends them picturesqueness. Drive to Dzoraget. Overnight at the hotel in Dzoraget.

Day 6: Dzoraget / Gyumri City Tour / Talin / Aruch / Yerevan 

After breakfast srive to Gyumri - the second largest city of Armenia. Start city tour around  Gyumri. The road leads to Talin village where you'll visit the curch of Talin. Talin is one of the oldest residential areas in the region, confirmed by evidence dated back to the 2nd millennium B.C. (among others bronze swords). During the 2nd century, Talin is mentioned by the Greek geographer Ptolemy, which he calls Talina. Excavations in the vicinity of the Talin Cathedral, near the hill, have revealed ancient building materials as well as receptacles. Visit also Aruch 

Day 7: Yerevan / Ashtarak / Saghmossavank / Amberd / Yerevan

Leave Dzoraget and drive to Saghmossavank Monastery. Saghmosavank Monatery was founded in 1215 when the prince Vache Vachyutian ordered to erect there the temple of Surb Zion (Holy Zion). Later the temple acquired extensions from the western and southern sides – the vestibule (1250), the book-depository (1255), the church of St. Astvatsatsin (1235). Drive to Fortress of Amberd. Amberd is a fortress complex with a church built on the slopes of Mt. Aragats at 2,300 meters above sea level in the XI-XIII centuries. The road leading up to it on Mt. Aragats is virtually uninhabited and has gently sloping hills with the occasional shepherd and beekeeper. many wildflowers and great views. Amberd is a tall fortress built on a rise in between two streams. The church, built in 1026 by the architect Vagram Pakhlavuni, is slightly down the hill from the fortress, nearer to where the two streams join. Drive to Yerevan. Overnight at the hotel in Yerevan. 

Day 8: Matenadaran/ Garni / Geghard / Fruit Market 

After breakfast departure to Geghard temple. 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 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. Opportunity to have lunch in a local house and watch the Armenia national  bread "lavash" making process. Drive back to Yerevan. Visit Matenadaran depository of manuscripts which contains historical documents from all over the Europe and Asia throughout the many countries. Opportunity to have farewell dinner in an Armenian resturant with folk music. Vsiti Fruit Market where local merchants sell fresh and dried fruits and vegetables, spices, and delicacies. Opportunity to have farewell dinner in an Armenian restaurant with folk music. Overnight at the hotel in Yerevan.

Day 9: Departure 

Transfer to the airport. Departure home!


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