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5 Day Tour To Armenia Day 1: Departure from home country Day 2: Arrival / Yerevan City Tour / Etchmiatsin / Zvartnots Arrive at Zvartnots International airport. Meet and greet transfer to the airport Start . .
Country: Armenia
City: Yerevan
Duration: 5 Day(s) - 4 Night(s)
Tour Category: Culture Tours
Departure Date: Thu 01 Jan '99
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5 Day Tour To Armenia

Day 1: Departure from home country

Day 2: Arrival / Yerevan City Tour / Etchmiatsin / Zvartnots

Arrive at Zvartnots International airport. Meet and greet transfer to the airport Start city tour around Yerevan. During your tour, you will see Republic Square, “Cat statue”, Cascade, Opera house, Victory Park with Mother Armenia statue. Visit Tsitsernakaberd Memorial park and the museum of the victims of Genocide. Departure to Echmiadzin which is a 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 communicating 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 6th – 17th 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 of St. Gregory, the Illuminator stayed in that pit for 13 years. Drive to Vayots Dzor region. Visit Areni winery for tasting local wine.

Visit 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-story S. Astvatsatsin church, which grants access to the second floor by way of narrow stones jutting out from the face of the 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 / Ashtarak / Fotress of Amberd / Saghmossavank / Yerevan

In the morning after breakfast drive to the Aragatsotn region. Visit the smallest pan-Armenian church Karmravour (7th c.) in Ashtarak - one of the most ancient Armenian cities. Drive to the Fortress of Amberd* (9th c.), stands halfway up Mt. Aragats, at the height of 2300m. The fortress stands on a rocky cape. Lunch in a local restaurant and opportunity to participate at a folk show.

Drive to Saghmossavank Monastery. Saghmosavank Monastery was founded in 1215 when 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 Yerevan. Dinner and overnight in Yerevan.

NOTE*: Amberd is possible to visit only starting mid-May as it’s 2300 m above sea level and the Armenian highland is covered with snow until the end of April.

Day 5: Yerevan / Lake Sevan / Garni / Geghard

Drive to the high mountainous 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-story 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 Armenian 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

Rates include:

-Accommodation in 3* hotel in Yerevan

-Transportation and transfers

-English speaking guide-driver service in case of 2 pax

- Catering FB: breakfast at the hotel, lunches, dinners

-1 bottle of mineral water per day

Rates do not include:


-Meals except described

-Alcoholic beverages

-Travel insurance

-Armenia visa fee

-Tips and portage

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