Adventure Explorations in Armenia
This tour is an interesting mixture of culture and adventure. It includes trekking, riding, hiking and culture. So we will explore the culture of Armenia by adventures.
Day 1: Arrival
Arrival at Zvartnoc International Airport and transfer to the hotel.
Day 2: Yerevan – Zvartnoc – Ejmiatsin - Yerevan
Breakfast. We will start the excursion to centuries-old monuments Ejmiatsin and Zvartnots. These sites are listed on UNESCO World Heritage list. Zvartnots Temple was built in 7th century by Nerses Builder Catholicos. Here we will enjoy the fantastic concert by the choir, which will be organized by our company by your group. We will enjoy the music of Classical Armenian Music of world famous composers. The choir consists of Operate Professional Singers. Our next step is the spiritual center of Armenia: Ejmiatsin. The Cathedral of Ejmiatsin, founded in 303, is the official residence of the Catholicos of Armenia. We will also visit the museum of Ejmiatsin where a small part of Noah’s ark is kept. After all get back to Yerevan. Short rest in the hotel. In the evening you may enjoy the night life of modern Yerevan. Overnight in Yerevan.
Day 3: Yerevan – Odzun – Qober (hiking 3-4 hours) Haghpat – Dilijan
Breakfast. At 8 am departure to the Lori region. Visit to Odzun monastery. Odzun is famous for a magnificent church of the sixth century right downtown. It is a three-nave basilica building with a special architectural technique. From here hiking for 3-4 hours we will reach Qober monastery of XII century. Then visit the monastery Haghpat. Haghpat was founded during the reign of Ashot III Bagratuni dynasty. The oldest structure of the monastery was built by Queen Khosrvanuch in 977-991 and was called the Church of Saint Cruse. Our tour continues to the town of Dilijan. Overnight in Dilijan.
Day 4: Dilijan – Haghartsin - Parz lich (hiking 3 hours) – Goshavank – Gosh lich – Dilijan
Breakfast. We will visit an ancient street of Sharambeyan with shops and museums of art crafts. Tour continues to the monastery of Haghartsin (X-XIII centuries), an example of the harmony of nature and architecture. There are a number of very interesting khachkars (stone crosses carved huge) in the monastery. Then we continue our tour to Lake Parz, from here we will do hiking through the magnificent woods we reach the monastery of Goshavank and Lake Goshi. Overnight in Dilijan.
Day 5: Dilijan – Sevan-Noraduz – Sélim – Horse riding (2 hours’ riding) – Karahunj – Goris
Breakfast. We will start the trip driving to Lake Sevan. Lake Sevan is very famous for its astonishing, clear blue water. Visit Sevanavank Monastery, which is situated on Sevan Peninsula. Then the tour takes us to the village of Noraduz, here is the largest cemetery of Khachkars in the territory of modern Armenia. Then we continue the trip to the Selim caravanserai. It is one of the caravanserais of Armenia which was used as a place of overnighting and exchange during the times of Great Silk Road. It was just on the road which at that time connected Europe to the East. Here we will meet horses and guides who will accompany us during our rides. After all we will drive to Goris and overnight there.
Day 6: Goris – Khndzoresk - Tatev – Ltsen (Hiking 4 hours) - Goris
Breakfast at the hotel. The tour begins from Goris. Visit the village Khndzoresk (troglodyte city). It is a cave village just on the slope of a mountain with fantastic landscape and nature. People have been living in these caves until 1900s. After this we will drive to Tatev where the longest cable car of the world will bring us to the most beautiful monastery throughout Armenia, to the monastery of Tatev (IX-XIIIcc). Formerly it was a educational center for sciences and arts, where centuries ago lived and worked many famous Armenian writes, scientists and outstanding politicans. The complex of Tatev consists of three churches, a refectory and a library. From the monastery we walk towards the village Ltsen е can visit the basin Shambi. Overnight in Goris.
Day 7: Goris – Noravank (hiking 1, 5 hours) - Khor Virap - Yerevan
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to the province of Vayots Dzor. Visit to Noravank monastery of the thirteenth century. The monastery is sometimes called Amaghu-Noravank, named after the village of Amaghu above the canyon, to distinguish it from Bgheno-Noravank, near Goris. In the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries the monastery became a residence of Syunik's bishops and consequently an important religious center in Armenia. We continue towards the province of Ararat and visit the monastery Khor Virap. After all we will drive to Yerevan and overnight in here.
Day 8: Yerevan - Garni –Khosrov State Reserve (Hiking 6 hours) – Geghard - Yerevan
Breakfast. The tour begins with a visit to Garni Pagan Temple which is located between earth and sky, on top of huge granite rocks. Garni Temple was built in the first century. In 1679 the temple has collapsed because of an earthquake and rebuilt in 1975. Visit the Monastery of Gheghard. Its name derives from the famous spear that was used to pierce Christ in order to make sure of his death, which according to legend was brought to Armenia by Taddeo and stored amongst many other relics. While the main chapel was built in 1215, the monastery was founded in the fourth century. Afterwards we will do 2-hour hiking in Khosrov State Reserve and see two waterfalls. Return to Yerevan and overnight.
Day 9: Yerevan – Qari Lich – Amberd (hiking 2 hours) – Yerevan
Breakfast. We will drive to Qari Lake. Then we will walk to the lake for two hours we reach the fortress Amberd. Amberd Fortress was built in the eleventh to the thirteenth centuries. It has been well preserved throughout the ages. The main features of architectural buildings of the medieval fortress have found their reflection in this fortress. Drive back to Yerevan.
Day 10: Departure
Breakfast. Transfer to the hotel.
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