In The Tracks of UNESCO World Heritage
Armenia is very rich in cultural heritage. Throughout the centuries Armenians have left their track in the world culture and art. This special tour gives you the opportunity to explore the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Armenia, which will come to prove the centuries-old culture and life of this ancient nation.
Day -1 Arrival
Arrival at the Zvartnoc International Airport and transfer to the hotel.
Day -2 City tour Yerevan
Breakfast. We will start the tour with the tour in the capital of Armenia: Yerevan. For ages this city has been known as a “pink city” because of the color of the stone it has been built with. So we will visit Republic square, Mashtoc Avenue, the House of Opera and Ballet after Aram Khachatryan, the park “Cascad”. Then we will visit the Manuscript Museum of Armenia, which is called Matenadaran; here all ancient Armenian Manuscripts are kept. Then we should visit Erebuni museum and Genocide Memorial known as Tsitsernakaberd. Overnight in the hotel.
Day- 3 Yerevan-Garni-Geghard-Yerevan
Breakfast. Take trip to Garni. This Pagan Temple was built in the 1st century AD. It is the only temple that has been preserves from the Pagan times in Armenia. It was devoted to the god Mihr, who was the god of cleanness. In 1679 it was destroyed by earthquake. In the 1975 the Temple was restored. Then we will continue our trip to Geghard Monastery. Its name came from the legendary lance that was used to pierce the body of Christ. It has been kept here for centuries. Though the exact foundation of the monastery is unknown, the present complex was built in the mid – 13th century. Geghard Monastery and the Upper Azat Valley entered in the list of UNESCO 2000. Afterwards we will get a local house where you will have the chance to see and participate in the preparation of Armenian national bread: lavash. It is a very thin, usually sold in very large forms. It is usually cooked in a ground oven: “tonir''. In 2014 Lavash was inscribed in UNESCO Intangible Heritage List. Get back to Yerevan and overnight at hotel.
Day -4 Yerevan- Ejmiatsin-Zvatrnoc-Yerevan
Breakfast. We will start the excursion to centuries-old monuments Ejmiatsin and Zvartnots. These sites are listed on UNESCO World Heritage list. The Cathedral of Ejmiatsin, founded in 303, is the official residence of the Catholicos of Armenia. We’ll continue the trip to Zvartnots Temple, which was built on 7th century by Nerses Builder Catholicos. The Mother Cathedral and Churches of Ejmiatsin and The archeological Site of Zvartnoc have been inscribed in UNESCO World Heritage List in 2000. Get back to Yerevan. Overnight in Yerevan.
Day - 5Yerevan-Sanahin-Haghpat-Yerevan
Breakfast. Today we will visit two unique monuments of Armenian architecture of X-XIV centuries: the monasteries of Sanahin and Haghpat which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Literally the name ’’Sanahin’’ in Armenian means "this one is older than the other," which probably means that this monastery is older of than Haghpat. These two monasteries are very close to each other and can be easily seen from one to the other. Both are located on an uneven plateau, separated by a deep crack formed by a small river that flows into the river Debed. Haghpat Monastery was one of the largest religious, cultural and educational centres of medieval Armenia. The monasteries of Sanahin and Hgahpat were included in UNESCO World Heritage list in 1996. Drive back to Yerevan and overnight there.
Day - 6 Departure