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Zvartnots International Airport
Arrive at Zvartnots International Airport and transfer to the hotel.
We start the tour with capital of Armenia: Yerevan. So we will visit Republic Square, Mashtots Street, House of Opera and Ballet by Aram Khachatryan, Park “Cascade”. Then we will visit the Manuscript Museum of Armenia which is called Matenadaran; all ancient Armenian manuscripts are kept here.
Visit Wine & Grape Spa in Yerevan, the first and unique spa center in the world. Armenian Wine and Grapes Spa!Grapes and Wine SPA gives you the opportunity to feel the magical power of the sweet grape of Ararat Valley. After immersing yourself in the wine made from these fruits, you will feel the magical properties of the Armenian drink; feel healthy, strong and young. You will enjoy wine bathing, steaming, skin peeling with grape seeds and fresh mixture, massage with grape oil and many other procedures. You will taste grape honey juice and wine made from it, which is a divine drink (free of charge). Overnight in Yerevan.
Here we offer you 3 different packages and you can choose one of them. They are either for the feet, for the hands or for the face. (B/-/D)
Visits to the monastery of Khor Virap (“Deep Dungeon”), where Gregory the Illuminator was imprisoned for 13 years until he was proclaimed the first Armenian Catholicos. From here there is an incomparable view of the sacred Mount Ararat. Drive to Areni, a wine village in Armenia. Here we will visit a wine cellar. You will get acquainted with the history of wine production and of course you will taste some sorts of wine. Continue to Noravank – a 12th century monastery. This monastery is situated under amazingly sheer cliffs on the bank of a winding gorge. Drive to Jermuk, the famous resort town in Armenia. After accommodation, we will be received in the hotel’s spa center, which offers a wide range of magical treatments for the skin and body. You will be treated using the “Cleopatra’s bath” procedure. Let your body feel this magic! Overnight in Jermuk. (B/L/-)
Jermuk is the most famous resort on the territory of Armenia due to its minerals and hot springs. The unique composition of the mineral springs is ideal not only for the treatment and prevention of cardiovascular diseases. In Jermuk there are more than 20 thermal springs with a temperature of 64 °C. By composition, the springs belong to carbon hydro-sulphate-sodium water. Drive to Yeghegis. Smbataberd is one of the few Armenian fortresses that has “somehow” survived to this day. Tsakhats Qar Monastery (13th century) is very close by and is also worth a visit. Incredible view of mountainous landscape from Vayots Dzor, here we will stop for a photo. Overnight in Yeghegis. (B/-/-)
Enjoy the mountain air. Drive to Lake Sevan via Vardenyants pass (2410 m). Drive to Medina village and from here climb to Mount Armaghan (2821 m, 2-2.5 hours). Lunch box at the top of the mountain. With a short drive from Jeghegis to Horbategh you can see natural mineral water – an added benefit for health and well-being. After that they drive to Lake Sevan, one of the largest sweet lakes in the world. It is characterized by its sweet and amazingly blue water. Drive to Dilijan – the «Armenian Switzerland». Overnight stay in Dilijan. (B/L/D)
(hiking distance – 8-9 km)
Here you will take a walking tour of Sharambeyan Street. Explore Dilijan, one of the favorite destinations of many travelers. Dilijan National Park is a nature lover’s paradise. It is the ideal place to regenerate body and mind while practicing yoga. In fact, the fresh air alone is enough to improve your health, but a yoga practice here will transport you to another dimension. Drive to Gosh and Parz Lakes. Overnight in Dilijan. (B/L/-)
We will visit Molokans who know culture and life. With a visit to a family we will get tea from the Somawar. After that we drive to Hankavan – a resort town. In Hotel and Spa Nairi you will get different packages and you can choose one of them. Overnight in Hankavan. (B/L-)
Drive to Garni. This pagan temple was built in the 1st century AD. Then we will continue our journey to Geghard Monastery. Its name comes from the legendary lance used to pierce the body of Christ. It has been kept here for centuries. Although the exact foundation of the monastery is unknown, the current complex was built in the mid-13th century. After that we will visit a local house where you will have the opportunity to see and participate in the preparation of the Armenian national bread: lavash. It’s a very thin one, usually sold in very large shapes. It is usually cooked in a floor oven: “Tonir”. In 2015 it was inscribed on the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List. Here we enjoy the “Armenian fast food” with lavash and cheese. Our drive takes us to the Brandy Factory “Ararat” which was built on the site of Hin Erivan Fortress. Overnight in Yerevan. (B/L/-)
We will drive to the center of the Armenian Apostolic Church at Ejmiadzin. The city, which is holy to the Armenians, has three churches, among other things, which are considered important examples of early Armenian church architecture. The cathedral is said to be the first cross-domed church. Visit the nearby Hripsime Church, a masterpiece of early medieval Armenian architecture. On the way back to Yerevan, a stop at the ruins of Zvartnots, a palace church built in the 7th century. Visit the Nairian Natural Cosmetics company. It is a world famous Armenian company that represents a world of 100% natural skin, face and body care products. Here we will take a short tour to see the products and learn how they are produced and manufactured. Overnight in Yerevan. (B/L/-)
Transfer to airport. Say goodbye to Armenia!