Properties inscribed on the World Heritage List
This specific tour is designed to explore the UNESCO Heritage in Armenia. There are only 5 sites there are listed on UNESCO World Heritage list, but Armenians have left many pieces of immortal culture that are listed in the Intangible Heritage List of UNESCO. Among them there is Armenian National Musical Instrument Duduk, Armenian National Bread “Lavash”, the famous statue of The Horse of Davis of Sasun and many others, which you may explore with this interesting program.
Day 1: Arrive
Meeting at the Zvartnoc International Airport. Transfer to the hotel.
Day 2: City tour
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. We will stop near the Sasunci Davit statue (It has got first prize among Unesco Horse satutes). Then our tour countinue to the museum of Ervand Kochar. Here you wantch animation cover of Armenian National epic poem ‘‘Sasna Tsrer’’(has been inscribed in the Unesco integnible Heritrage list). Ervand Qochar was the first creator of 3D statues. Dinner at a local house where you will enjoy the piano “concert” by the hostess and will taste the masterpieces of Armenian cuisine. Overnight in the hotel. (B/-/D)
Day 3: Yerevan – Sanahin – Haghpat – Dilijan
Breakfast. Today we will visit two unique masterpieces 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 centers of medieval Armenia. Drive to Dilijan. On the route visit at a local house and meeting with a craft man who makes kachkars (has been inscribed in the Unesco integnible Heritrage list). Overnight in Dilijan. (B/-/D)
Day 4: Dilijan – Sevan – Garni – Geghard – Yerevan
Breakfast. Walking along the Sharambeyan Street, which is one of the oldest streets of the city, we may buy souvenirs and see the life of the small city. During the walk you will breathe the clean mountain air. After here we will drive to Lake Sevan which is one of the largest lakes in the world. It stands out with its sweet and astonishingly blue water. Here we can enjoy the breathtaking scenery of the beautiful lake. Another surprise is expected for our tourists; we will have a cruise in Lake Sevan and take the chance to admire the beauty of blue pearl of Armenian highland. Afterwards we will visit 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 2015 it has been inscribed in UNESCO intangible heritage list. Here we will enjoy the “Armenian fast food” with lavash and cheese. Besides this here we will see how clay things are being made. We can also participate in this process and take a memory with us. Take trip to Garni. This Pagan Temple 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 (UNESCO World Heritage Sites). 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. Overnight in Yerevan. (B/L/-)
Day 5: Yerevan – Khor Virap – Chiva – Areni - Noravank – Yerevan
Breakfast.Take trip to Khor Virap Monastery (4-18th cc.). This monastery is very prominent because of its history; Gregory the Illuminator, who introduced Christianity to Armenia, has been imprisoned there about 13 years as at that time there was a prison in the place of the monastery. Here we can enjoy the spectacular view of the sacred Ararat Mountain - an immortal symbol of Armenia. After Khor Virap. We will drive to village Chiva, which is typical Armenian village with old traditions and lifestyle. At a local house we will have lunch “Barbeque party”. You will taste a very famous Armenian National meal made by your own hands. This village is very famous with its traditional games, in one of which you will have your participation. After this fun we will continue our tour to Armenian Wine Village Areni. This village is very famous with its red wine. Visit the wine factory of the village where we will have wine degustation. Noravank - a monastery of XII century situated among amazing sheer rocks on the bench of a twisty gorge. This is the only monastery where we may find a unique sculpture of Father God. In Noravank we will have a meeting with the priest who will tell you about the religious life and traditions of Armenia. After all we will visit a local house to have a meeteng with duduk maker and player. Duduk has been inscribed in UNESCO intangible heritage list. Overnight in Yerevan. (B/L/-)
Day 6: Yerevan – Ejmiatsin – Zvartnoc – 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 (in case of group), 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 centre of Armenia: Ejmiatsin. The Cathedral of Ejmiatsin, founded in 303, is the official residence of the Catholicos of Armenia. We will also vist the museum of Ejmiatsin where a small part of Noah’s ark is kept. After all these excursions we have another attractive activity which will help you to get acquainted with another branch of Armenian culture. Then our tour countinue to ‘‘Ararat’’ breandy factory, where we will degustate famous Armenian Congnac. Dinner at a traditional restaurant with folk music. Overnight in Yerevan. (B/-/D)
Day 7: Departure
Breakfast. Transfer to the airport