A country, which has been the first country in the world to adopt Christianity as a state religion and has always been known a country of thousands and one churches must be a perfect place for a pilgrimage. This program is designed for those who seek for sacred values and want to see the most unexpected masterpieces. Holy land is waiting!
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Breakfast. We will start 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. Dinner at a traditional Armenian restaurant where you may taste the masterpieces of Armenian cuisine. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 3. 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, which will be organized by our company by your group. We will enjoy the Armenian Classical church music. 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. Dinner at a very beautiful restaurant. Overnight in 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 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. Continue the trip to 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. We will explore the ancient observatory of Karahunj quite similar to Stonehenge in England. The columns sit like soldiers on a hill. The 204 stones near Sisian have been ascribed with mystical, fertility and cosmic powers, but rarely have ancient monuments caused such a sensation in astronomical circles. Drive to Goris. Overnight in Goris.
Day 5.Goris – Tatev – Khndzoresk - Goris
Breakfast. We will continue our trip visiting the monastic complex of Tatev. The complex was found within the ages of 9-13. Formerly it was a very famous educational center in Armenia and all famous contemporary scientists and philosophers were educated there. It used to accept students from abroad as well. Here we can use the world’s longest rope way, which has length of 5700 m. Visit the cave village of Khndzoresk. After all drive to Goris. Check in the hotel. Dinner at a local house where we will enjoy the specific meals typical to that region. And everything will be accompanied by the beautiful music played by the host. In the evening you may enjoy the night view of the small city which is very beautiful. Overnight in Goris.
Day 6. Goris –Selim – Noraduz - Sevan – Dilijan
Breakfast. Today we are going to pass the pathways that have been used by the travellers of Great Silk Road. We will drive through the Selim Caravanserai, which served as an important center of exchange, trade and for overnight during the times of Great Silk Road. Here we can see the immortal tracks of world history. Visit to Noraduz. 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. Lunch, during which we will taste the “Ishkhan” fish of Lake Sevan. This fish is an irreplaceable phenomenon in Armenian Culinary culture. Then we will visit Sevanavank Monastery which is situated on Sevan Peninsula. There are 2 monasteries actually; one of them is destroyed but the other stands still. They have been built in the middle Ages, around 10th century. Then we will drive to Dilijan. 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. Overnight in Dilijan.
Day 7. Dilijan – Haghartsin - Haghpat -Yerevan
Breakfast. Visit the medieval monastery of Haghartsin, where we will meet the priest of the church who will tell us about the monastery and its history and about the religious life in general. Today we will visit one of unique masterpieces of Armenian architecture of X-XIV centuries: the monastery of Haghpat which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Haghpat Monastery was one of the largest religious, cultural and educational centers of medieval Armenia. After all we will taste Armenian national dishes in the beautiful restaurant when we are back to Yerevan.
Day 8. Yerevan-Saghmosavank- Amberd- Karmravor- Yerevan
Breakfast. Visit the monastery of Saghmosavan of 13th century. Visit the medieval fortress of Amberd (7th century) with a cross-dome church dating back to 1026, near the Aragats (4,096 m). Lunch in a local house, where you can experience the preparation of the Armenian pasta "Arishta" and the traditional pastry "Gata". Visit of the cross-dome church Karmrawor. Drive to Yerevan. Overnight in Yerevan.
Day 9. Yerevan – Garni – Geghard - Yerevan
Breakfast. 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. 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. Afterwards we will 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. Dinner at a traditional Armenian restaurant where you will enjoy Armenian folk music. Get back to Yerevan and overnight at hotel.
Day 10. Departure
Breakfast. Transfer to the airport.
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