The whole beauty of Armenia during 7 days

It’s our great pleasure to invite you to participate in a very interesting and unforgettable tour to Armenia. In 7 days you’ll have chance to visit all the well-known religious, cultural and historic Armenian monuments, make tour around the most beautiful places. As well as, we’ll make you discover the best restaurants of Armenia and taste their famous dishes.

The whole beauty of Armenia during 7 days (programme PDF)

Day 1 – Arrival in Yerevan. Accommodation at the hotel.

Day 2 – Yerevan / Matenadaran / City tour / Tsitsernakaberd / Vernissage

Breakfast at the hotel. Visit to Institute of ancient manuscripts- Matenadaran that possesses one of the greatest collection of medieval books and manuscripts in the world. City tour at Cascade. Lunch at the restaurant Lebanon. Then drive towards Tsitsernakaberd memorial complex dedicated to Armenian Genocide. Visit the Armenian Genocide Museum which has opened its doors in 1995. Continue the city tour around the Opera House, Northern Avenue and Republic Square. Afterwards visit open air market Vernissage – exhibition of art works. Free time. Dinner at the restaurant Mer Gyugh (Our village). Overnight at the hotel.

Day 3 – Khor Virap / Noravank / Zorats Karer / Khndzoresk / Goris

Breakfast at the hotel. Departure towards Ararat region to visit Khor Virap Monastery which notability as a monastery and pilgrimage site is attributed to the fact that Gregory the Illuminator, was imprisoned here for more than 13 years according to command of Armenian King Tiridates III. After escaping the prison of Khor Virap, the Illuminator made Christianity as the state religion of Armenia in 301. A beautiful view to Biblical Mount Ararat is opened from the territory of the monastery. Continue the drive towards Vayots Dzor region to visit Noravank Monastic Complex (13th c.). In the 13th–14th centuries the monastery was the residence of Syunik’s bishops and consequently a major religious and, later, cultural center of Armenia. Near the church there are khachkars (cross stones) and museum of the talented sculptor and miniaturist Momik. Here is situated the unique and the only sculptured representation of the God in Armenia. Lunch at Noravank. Drive to Syunik region to Zorats Karer (Karahoundje) which is an ancient megalithic observatory. Departure to Old Khndzoresk which is notable with its Swinging Bridge and cave village. Continue drive to Goris. Dinner and overnight at the hotel Christy.

Day 4 – Goris / Tatev / Vardenyants Pass / Noratous / Sevan / Dilijan

Breakfast at the hotel. City tour in Goris. Departure to Tatev Monastic Complex which was founded in the 4th century and the major church was built in 906. Just in the center of the yard there is a pendulum column (Gavazan) which is one of the unique structures of medieval Armenian architecture. One can reach the monastery by the world’s longest reversible aerial tramway known as Tatever (Wings of Tatev) built in 2010. Lunch at the restaurant Tatevatun. Departure to Vardenyants Pass via  Orbelyan’s Caravanserai. Departure to Gegharkunik region and visit Noratous ancient Khachkars (Cross stones). This is the largest complex of cross-stones in Armenia (approximately 800 cross-stones). The oldest khachkar is dated to 996. Departure towards Sevan to visit Sevan Monastery, founded by Gregory the Illuminator in 305. Departure to Dilijan, a resort town of Tavush which is known as “Armenian Switzerland”. Dinner and overnight at Dilijan Resort and Spa 4*.

Day 5 – Haghartsin / Odzun / Haghpat / Sanahin

Breakfast at the hotel. Visit to Haghartsin Monastery (10-13th cc) then departure to Lori region. Visit Odzun Church which is an Armenian basilica built in the 5th-7th centuries. It was rebuilt by Hovhannes III from Odzun in the 8th century. Visit Haghpat Monastery, which is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1996. It was founded in the 10th century. Haghpat’s school and storehouse was known in the 11th and 13th centuries. Lunch in Alaverdi. Visit Sanahin Monastery, founded in the 10th century, by the King of Armenia, Ashot III Merciful. The monastery has been included in the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1996. The complex consists of churches of St. Astvatsatsin and St. Amenaprkich, 3 courts, books’ archives, bell towers, academy building and St. Gregory chapel. If there is time visit Akhtala fortress-Monastery. Dinner and overnight at Qefo or Tezh Ler hotels.

Day 6 – Holy Cross / Armenian Alphabet monument / Saghmosavank / Amberd / Byurakan

Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to Surb Khach (Holy Cross) Monument Memorial, consisting of 1717 large and small crosses symbolizing Christianity as state religion in Armenia. The height of the cross (33 meters) symbolizes Jesus Christ’s age when he was crucified. Nearby, the monument dedicated to Armenian alphabet, built in 2005. The monument consists of 39 Armenian letters. Departure to Saghmosavank (13th century), located in the village of Saghmosavank, on the right bank of the Kasakh River, on the edge of the canyon. Departure to the hotel Amberd, lunch and free time (sauna, hamam, biliards, bicycles, two pools). Visit the fortress of Amberd. Dinner at the hotel. At 22:00 visit the Byurakan Astronomical Observatory, where one can admire stars and planets. Dinner and overnight at the hotel Amberd.

Day 7 – Etchmiadzin / Sardarapat / Zvartnots / Yerevan

Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to Armavir region, Etchmiadzin town which is the residence of the Catholicos of all Armenians and the spiritual center of the Armenian Apostolic Church. Visit the Main Cathedral (4th century). If the day is Sunday, participation in the liturgy. The city Etchmiadzin is included in the UNECSO World Heritage List. Departure to Sardarapat Memorial, dedicated to the Battle of Sardarapat on May 22-28. Lunch at Sardarapat. Afterwards visit Zvartnots (meaning “celestial angels”) archaeological site (7th century). The temple of Zvartnots is a unique example of the Armenian architecture in the early Christian era which is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. It was built in the middle of the 7th century by Nerses III Catholicos.  Return to Yerevan. Free time. Dinner at Mer Tagh tavern. Overnight at the hotel.

 

Day 8- Garni / Geghard / Yerevan

Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to Kotayk region. Visit to Garni, a pagan temple built in the 1st century by King Tiridates. The 24 columns symbolize 24 hours of the day. The temple is dedicated to the God of Sun Mithra, which is now the only building survived from the rest of the Hellenistic era. Visit Geghard Monastic complex (4th century) which is a unique architectural structure, partially carved from a mountain surrounded by adjacent cliffs. It is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. The complex was founded in the 4th century by Gregory the Illuminator. Inside the cave there is a sacred spring. Degustation of Armenian traditional Gata. Return to Yerevan. Lunch at Tsirani restaurant. Free time. Gala Dinner at Parvana restaurant. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 9 – Departure to Zvartnots International Airport.

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