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11 Days Culture tour itinerary for armenia: Traipse Through An Open Air Museum

Yerevan, Vagharshapat, Garni, Mount Aragats, Sevan, Dilijan, Goris, Tatev Monastery, Noravank, Khor Virap, Geghard

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Traipse Through an Open Air Museum

Land of Noah

Yerevan-Armenia

Venture into the area where Noah landed and see numerous monuments and masterpieces of the Ancient Era and Middle Ages. Start in the capital before heading into the countryside and numerous cities filled with historic sites.

DAY 01

ARRIVAL

  • Arrive in Yerevan and transfer to the hotel.

Overnight in Yerevan.

Meals: Dinner

DAY 02

TREASURES OF YEREVAN

  • In the morning, meet other group participants and Armenian tour guide/leader for a brief pre-tour orientation meeting.

  • Start the day with a walking tour of Yerevan exploring various layers of its history – medieval shrines hidden behind imposing Soviet-style façades, narrow streets of the old center with sunlight playing on its pink walls, Closed Market and Blue Mosque on Mashtots Avenue, Republic Square, Cascade and Mother Armenia, Opera House and ambitious projects of independent Armenia – North Avenue and spacious Grigor Lusavorich Cathedral consecrated by His Holiness the Patriarch of all Armenians in the presence of His Holiness Pope John Paul 11.

  • See a cultural showcase not to be missed is Matenadaran, one of the world’s oldest repositories of Greek, Persian and Arabic manuscripts.

  • Next stop is Genocide Memorial situated on the hills overlooking the city, a solemn reminder of the first genocide of the 20th century.

  • On a lighter note, can make an optional excursion to Ararat Brandy factory.

Overnight at hotel in Yerevan.

Meals: Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

DAY 03

CLASSICAL ARMENIA

  • Rise up for breakfast at the hotel. 

  • Continue your exploration of the treasures of Armenia with a visit to the Vatican city of Armenia, Holy Echmiadzin.

  • Experience a fascinating journey through time, descend to the ruins of the pagan sanctuary beneath the altar and pay tribute to the Treasury of Mother Cathedral with a striking collection of relics of Christianity.

  • On to Zvartnots, a temple consecrated in the presence of Emperor Constantine of Byzantium; it stands out as one of the most prominent creations of medieval architecture.

  • Drive east to the magnificent Temple of the Sun at Garni and the legendary Monastery of Spear at Geghard.

  • Explore the mosaic ancient baths and ruins of the royal palace, immerse yourself in the atmosphere of this mythical place and examine remarkable cross-stones carved into sheer rock.

  • Back to Yerevan.

Overnight at hotel in Yerevan.

Meals: Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

DAY 04

SAGHMOSAVANK (MONASTERY OF PSALMS)

  • Start early today with a trip to the highest peak of Transcaucasia, Mount Aragats (4,090m), an extinct volcano.

  • The first stop of your trip is Saghmosavank (Monastery of Psalms) perched on the edge of picturesque Kasakh gorge.

  • Acclimatizing gradually as you ascend the beautiful countryside, reach Amberd Fortress on the southern slope of Aragats. Breathtaking views of the fortress and citadel, snow-covered peaks of Aragats, sun-scorched grasslands dressed in wildflowers combine to provide an unforgettable experience this morning.

  • If you come here during summer months, can visit high-mountain camps of friendly Yezidi tribes who tend their sheep under the towering peaks of Aragats. Discover the traditional way of life of these people of the mountains, visiting their tents, trying fresh cheese and yogurt.

  • A unique option this evening is a guided visit to Byurakan Observatory founded in 1946; star observations using 2.6 meter telescope, the second largest in Europe, explanations by the team working at the observatory.

  • Back to Yerevan.

Overnight at hotel in Yerevan.

Meals: Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

DAY 05

YEREVAN – LAKE SEVAN

  • In the morning, visit the Grigor Lusavorich Cathedral.

  • Afternoon, drive through the picturesque pass to come to the shores of Lake Sevan, one of the highest freshwater lakes in the world, the pearl of Armenia.

  • Enjoy relaxing time at the Lake, enjoy the scenery, take a 20-minute walk to the top of Akhtamar Trail for the best photographic views of the Lake, explore romantic Sevanavank Monastery.

  • Stay at a chalet-style hotel right on the beach.

Overnight at hotel in Lake Sevan.

Meals: Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

DAY 06

DILIJAN – SEVAN

  • Visit Old Dilijan, Dendropark and Haghartsin Monastery.

  • Then afternoon boat ride at Lake Sevan.

Overnight at hotel in Lake Sevan.

Meals: Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

DAY 07

SEVAN – GORIS

  •  After breakfast, proceed to visit the Stone Garden at Noraduz with a unique collection of exquisite khachkars, Armenian cross-stones and Hayravank Monastery.

  • Then a heart-pumping southward trip through the rugged Selim Pass.

  • Climbing steep paths and enjoying the views of Lake Sevan below, reach the amazingly intact Selim Caravanserai, an important trading post on the Great Silk Road where little has changed since the fourteenth century.

  •  Before arriving in Goris, visit Karahunj site.

Overnight: Hotel Mina

Meal plan: B / L / D

DAY 08

GORIS

  • The first visit is to Tatev Monastery, an architectural masterpiece dating from the 10th century.

  • Drive through a narrow ravine so deep that the sun hardly reaches the bottom, later ascend to a high-mountain plateau with striking views of jagged mountains and gorges.

  • On the way back, soar above the gorges in the world’s longest aerial tramway, a must-see attraction opened in 2010. The whole journey to Tatev takes 4 hours and is a totally absorbing and unique experience.

  • Off to Khndzoresk cave town. Walk down the gorge to explore the mysterious caverns cut in the face of the rocks by people seeking refuge from persecution in the natural protection of high cliffs.

  • Back to Goris, take a stroll in the narrow tree-lined streets and charming old town.

Overnight: at a hotel in Goris

Meal plan: B / L / D

DAY 09

GORIS – YEREVAN

  • After a hearty breakfast consisting of so many fresh and home-made products, leave Goris.  

  • Driving back to Yerevan, you have the last chance to experience the untamed beauty of Southern Armenia – surreal red rocks providing an eerie echo, honey-coloured villages sandwiched between them.

  • Land up in the agricultural heart of Armenia and do not miss the chance to sample some of the fantastic produce: private wine touring in Maran (cellars) of a small winery in Aghavnadzor.

  • Visit Noravank, the masterpiece of medieval architect Momik situated above an awesome gorge.

  • Next stop of your trip is Khor Virap, the site of the royal prison where St. Gregory the Illuminator was held for thirteen years before converting Armenia into the first Christian nation in 301.

  • Guided by the remote majesty of biblical Mount Ararat, explore the site, its underground chambers, elegant chapels and are captivated by the ascetic atmosphere of the site.

  • Back to Yerevan.

Overnight: at a hotel in Yerevan

Meal plan: B / L / D

DAY 10

YEREVAN

  •  In the morning, visit the National Museum of History. 

  • Afternoon on your own to enjoy Yerevan.

  • Visit Vernisage, the huge arts & crafts market, the best place in the Caucasus to buy souvenirs. Open only on weekends it is a lot of fun to wander in.

  • Explore the treasures of the cultural life of Yerevan, ramble in the oldest part of the city or just relax in shady parks or busy outdoor cafes, enjoying the young and lively atmosphere of this ancient city, the contemporary of Babylon and Rome.

Overnight: at a hotel in Yerevan

Meal plan: B

DAY 11

DEPARTURE TRANSFER

  • Receive a transfer for your departure journey.

Meal: B

  • 740000 AMD Per Group (* 2-4 people Price in Armenian Dram.)
  • Accommodation.

  • Airport-hotel-airport transfers.

  • Meals AI, Armenian guide.

  • Transport and excursion services.

  • Entrance tickets.

  • Meals : Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner.

  • Extras: flight your city-Yerevan-your city.

  • Documents: passport, birth certificate for children.

  • Venture into the area where Noah landed and see numerous monuments and masterpieces of the Ancient Era and Middle Ages. This tour, divided as Yerevan, Treasures of Armenia, Classical Armenia, Amberd Fortress, Yerevan- Lake Sevan, Dilijan-Sevan, Sevan-Goris and Goris-Yerevan; takes you to the cradle of civilization.

  • An Open Air Museum 

  • Children accepted from 7 years of age

  • The tour price is valid for a group of 2 and more persons.

  • Please check if nationals are exempted from obtaining a visa.

Attention:

  • When booking, clarify the cost!

  • The company reserves the right to change the sequence of the program without changing the volume of services provided. The duration of its individual elements may vary on the eve of departure and in the process of carrying on a tour. Elements of the program depending on the climatic conditions and services and organizations (road, local administration, etc.) being beyond the control of the organizer of the services may be excluded from the program based on the actual situation on the route.

  • Check-out time: according to the tour program.

Yerevan, Vagharshapat, Garni, Mount Aragats, Sevan, Dilijan, Goris, Tatev Monastery, Noravank, Khor Virap, Geghard

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