Return to historic roots (ANI, VAN, KARS)

Return to historic roots tour includes 3-day program to lost homeland, particularly visit to Kars, Van and Ani. In Kars you will manage to visit Charents house, Church of Apostles, Kars fortress and other cultural and historic monuments. The program also includes visit to Lake Van and The Holy Cross Cathedral as well as to Ani “the city of one thousand and one churches”. Yan Voyage is ready to realize your pilgrimage to historic homeland.

Day 1 

Javakhk / Medieval Capital Ani / Dogubayazit / Berkri waterfall / Van

Departure from Yerevan to the Armenian-Georgian border. Crossing the border at the Bavra point and entrance to Javakhk. Crossing the Georgian-Turkish border from the town of Akhalqalaqi Departure to legendary Ani, the magnificent capital of the Armenian kingdom (9-11th centuries) which was once called “the city of one thousand and one churches”, which is 45 km far from the city of Kars. City tour in the medieval city (visit to Holy Mother of God cathedral, St. Saviour, Tigran Honents, Gagikashen, Church of Apostles). Departure to Igdir where famous military and political statesman Drastamat Kanayan (Dro) was born. Arrival in Dogubayazit. Visit to Daroinq fortress and palace of Ishak Pasha where PersianArabian and Armenian architectural styles are intertwined. Departure to Van. On the way rest near Berkri waterfall. Overnight in Van.

Day 2

Lake Van / Varagavanq / Door of Mher / Aghtamar island/Holy Cross Cathedral / Urartian Tushpa-Van Fortress/ Van Cat Breeding

In the morning drive up the Varaga mountain to Varagavanq church complex the archbishopric seat of medieval Vaspourakan Kingdom. Visit to the rock-cut door of “Sasna Tsrer” legend’s hero Junior Mher. .  Visit to Aghtamar island which hosts the unique Sourb Khach (Holy Cross) cathedral (10th century). Sourb Khach is considered to be the most beautiful monument of Armenian (as well as world) religious architecture, all covered with magnificent Biblical relieves outside and frescoes inside. Besides it is now the only Armenian Church in service in Historical Western Armenia. Rest on the beach. Degustation of  the famous “Vana Tarekh” fish. Visit to well-preserved Urartian Tushpa-Van fortress (9th century BC) that has impressing cuneiform inscription of king Argishti (the founder of Yerevan). Afterwards visit to Van Cat breeding. Overnight in Van.

Day 3

City of Kars / Kars Fortress / Church of Apostles/ Charents House/ “Vardan” Bridge

Departure to Kars. Walking along narrow streets where many 19th century buildings of Russian and Armenian architecture can still be found. Visit to the medieval “Vardan” bridge, the ruins of the house, where Yeghishe Charents, a celebrated Armenian writer lived, the Church of Apostles (10th century), the royal fortress of Kars, once the seat of Bagratid kings. Then through Akhalqalaqi and Gyumri  return to Yerevan.

The price includes:

  •  Overnight at the hotel Van
  •  Transfer
  •  Half board
  •  Entrance tickets to historic and cultural institutions
  •  Professional guide

Schedule 201

MARCH

06.03-08.03
18.03-20.03
25.03-27.03

APRIL

01.06-03.04
08.04-10.04
15.04-17.04
22.04-24.04
29.04-01.05

MAY

07.05-09.05
13.05-15.05
20.05-22.05
27.05-29.05 

JUNE

03.06-05.06
10.06-12.06
17.06-19.06
24.06-26.06 
  

JULY

01.07-03.07
08.07-10.07
15.07-17.07
22.07-24.07
29.07-31.07   

AUGUST

 05.08-07.08
12.08-14.08
19.08-21.08
26.08-28.08 

SEPTEMBER

02.09-04.09
09.09-11.09
16.09-18.09
23.09-25.09 

OCTOBER

 30.09-02.10
07.10-09.10

 

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