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Wings Of Tatev Tour

Wings Of Tatev Tour Packages
Country: Armenia
City: Syunik Region
Duration: 8 Day(s) - 7 Night(s)
Tour Category: Culture Tours
Departure Date: Thu 01 Jan '99

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THE LONGEST ROPEWAY OF THE WORLD

It will lead to the medieval Tatev Monastery (UNESCO) located in the Tatev village of Syunik region, southern Armenia.

The cable car travels at a speed of 5.7 kilometers per hour and a one-way journey takes 11 minutes. At its highest point over the gorge, the car travels 320 meters above ground level.

The ropeway is already included in the Guinness Book of Records.

Day 1: Departure from the home country

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

Arrival at Zvartnots airport. Meet and greet transfer to the hotel. Accommodation at the hotel. Rest. After breakfast start a 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. Echmiadzin 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 restaurant. 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 / Areni / Noravank / Garis

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 St. Gregory the Illuminator stayed I 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. Opportunity to have lunch in a local cave cafe tasting local food. Drive to Syunik region. Overnight at the hotel in Goris.

Day 4:Goris / Khndzoresk / Tatev / Goris

Start the tour from Goris to explore the city, visiting the exciting Dig Dig stones – a natural monument. Nestled in a bowl of green hills and mountains, with interesting formations and many previously inhabited caves in them, Goris has some of the nicest overall Armenian architecture in Armenia.

Excursion tour to Khndzoresk which is a cave village and there are many signs of past settlement throughout the valley which are just waiting for discovery. You will see that many of the caves have been carved out by man and they served as houses for people. Continue exploring the monastic complex of Tatev.

The jewel of medieval Armenian architecture, Tatev, was constructed in the 9th – 13th centuries. The access to it is very complicated due to the terrain features. Nevertheless, the true lovers of unique ancient monuments do find ways to visit this masterpiece of medieval architecture. Take the chance to travel by the longest ropeway in the world. The world’s longest 5.7-kilometer ropeway called “Wings of Tatev” opened in Armenia on October 16, 2010. It will lead to the medieval Tatev Monastery located in the Tatev village of Syunik region, southern Armenia. The ropeway that can carry a visitor to the Monastery in 12 minutes will also be included in the Guinness Book of Records. Overnight at the hotel in Goris.

Day 5: Goris / Karahounge / Jermuk / Yerevan / Fruit Market

After breakfast start the tour to Karahunge (Stonehenge), an ancient observatory 6mil B.C. It is located at 1770 m. above sea level and occupies 7 hectares of territory. The monument consists of about 223 basalt slabs of which 84 have 4-5cm long openings in them (which, for Stone Age, have been rendered with incredible smoothness). Drive to Jermuk city which is one of the resorts of Armenia. It’s famous for its hot springs and its brand of mineral water that is bottled in the vicinity.

The town is considered to be attractive for its huge waterfall, the natural bridge, the lake, its forests with walking trails, and mineral water pools. Drive back to Yerevan and visit the fruit market where Armenian famous dried fruits are also held. Overnight at the hotel in Yerevan.

Day 6: Yerevan / Lake Sevan / Goshavank / Dilijan / Yerevan

After driving 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. Drive to the resort town of Dilijan - a 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. The Sharambeyan street in the centre, has been preserved and maintained as an "old town," complete with craftsman's workshops, a gallery, and a museum. Hiking, mountain biking, and picnicking are popular recreational activities.

Visit Goshavank - meaning Monastery of Gosh - is a 12-13th century Armenian monastery located in a village of Armenia named Gosh (Tavush marz), which was originally known as Nor-Getik. It was the home of Mkhitar Gosh, after whom the village and monastery were named. Opportunity to have lunch in a local house tasting local homemade dishes. Drive back to Yerevan. Overnight at the hotel in Yerevan.

Day 7: Garni / Geghard / Matenadaran

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-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. 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 Europe and Asia throughout the many countries. Opportunity to have farewell dinner in an Armenian restaurant with folk music. Overnight at the hotel in Yerevan.

Day 8: Departure

Transfer to the airport. Departure home!

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