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The taste of Armenian summer
The taste of Armenian summer

7 days / 6 nights

PROGRAM

Day 1: Arrival at Yerevan airport / Transfer to the hotel

Arrival at Yerevan airport. Transfer to the hotel.

Accommodation. Free time.

Overnight in the hotel in Yerevan.

 

Day 2: Yerevan / City Tour / Tsitsernakaberd / Yerevan flea market Vernissage / Yerevan

Yerevan. Breakfast in the hotel.

Start overall city tour in Yerevan. Yerevan is the capital and largest city of Armenia, and one of the world's oldest continuously inhabited cities. Situated along the Hrazdan River, Yerevan is the administrative, cultural, and industrial center of the country. It has been the capital of Republic of Armenia (1-st Armenian Republic) since 1918, the thirteenth in the history of Armenia, and the seventh located in or around the Ararat plain. The history of Yerevan dates back to the 8th century BC, with the founding of the fortress of Erebuni in 782 BC by king Argishti I at the western extreme of the Ararat plain. Erebuni was "designed as a great administrative and religious centre, a fully royal capital. In 2015 Yerevan celebrated its 2797-th year. Yerevan was named the 2012 World Book Capital by UNESCO. Yerevan is an associate member of Euro cities.

During the tour you will also visit Tsitsernakaberd - the memorial complex of 1915 Armenian Genocide by Ottoman Turkey, (Museum and Memorial). The Armenian Genocide Museum & Institute (AGMI) located on the hills of the Tsitsernakaberd Park, makes up part of the Armenian Genocide Victims’ Memorial Complex. This sacred site embraces and reflects the memories and values for Armenians worldwide. The Memorial is an ideal location to introduce anyone who would like to learn about or just become better informed about this tragic page of Armenia’s history. The Museum functions as a source of understanding and acknowledgement of this monumental tragedy, acknowledging that it is still a taboo subject in Turkey with the intent that Turkey will come to terms with its own history. 

Visit Yerevan flea market Vernissage. Here you will find a wide variety of antiques and unique Armenian souvenirs, as well as extraordinary products made of precious metals.

 

 

Overnight in the hotel in Yerevan.

 

Day 3: Yerevan / Garni* / Geghard* / Yerevan

Yerevan. Breakfast in the hotel.

Heading to Kotayk region.

Today you are going to visit open-air museum of Garni pagan temple. Temple of Garni is dedicated to the God of the sun. It is the only surviving monument of the Hellenistic period in Armeia. The temple is dedicated to the God of the sun Mithra and was built in the 2nd half of the 1st c AD during the reign of king Tiridates I. The temple was completely destroyed  during the earthquake of 1679. It was restored in the 1970s, using the surviving fragments and carving the missing ones renewed. The territory of the fortress, that was used as the Summer residence of Armenian royalty, included the palace, the royal bath – house, the garrison barracks and other structures that did not survive. Garni pagan temple has unique design and is the only type of temple across the Caucasus and the former Soviet Union.

Visit monastery Geghard cut into the rock (13th c) and the only type of pagan temple across the Caucasus and the former Soviet Union Garni (2nd half of 1st c AD). Monastery Geghard is one of the most famous medieval monasteries in Armenia. The complex of medieval buildings is set into a landscape of great natural beauty, surrounded by towering cliffs at the entrance to the Azat river valley. According to legend monastery housed the spear which had wounded Christ on the Cross, allegedly brought there by the Apostle Thaddeus, from which comes its present name, Geghardavank (the Monastery of the Spear), first recorded in a document of 1250. The church with its surrounding structures is included in the UNESCO World Cultural heritage List.

Drive back to Yerevan. Overnight in the hotel in Yerevan.

 

Day 4: Yerevan / Khor Virap / Echmiadzin* / Zvartnots / Yerevan

Yerevan. Breakfast in the hotel.

Today’s excursion will take you to Ararat region. Here Khor Virap monastery is located. The Khor Virap (meaning “deep pit” or "deep well") is an Armenian Apostolic Church monastery located in the Ararat valley in Armenia. The monastery was host to a theological seminary and was the residence of Armenian Catholicos. Khor Virap's notability as a monastery and pilgrimage site is attributed to the fact that Saint Gregory the Illuminator, was initially imprisoned here for 13 years. A chapel was initially built in 642 AD at the site of Kirat Virap by Nerses III the Builder as a mark of veneration to Saint Gregory. Over the centuries, it was repeatedly rebuilt. In 1662, the larger chapel known as the "St. Astvatsatsin" (Holy Mother of God) was built around the ruins of the old chapel, the monastery, the refectory and the cells of the monks. Now, regular Church services are held in this church. It is probably the most visited pilgrimage site in Armenia. Here you have a chance to watch the most beautiful view of Holy mount Ararat.

Heading to Echmiadzin - the spiritual center of the Armenian Apostolic Church and the residence of the Catholicos of All Armenians. Visit the Mother Cathedral of Holy Etchmiadzin - one of the most ancient and most beautiful examples of Christian architecture.  It was founded to commemorate the proclamation of Christianity as the national religion of Armenia.  The original building was completed in 303 AD. The Echmiadzin Cathedral is the location of the throne of the Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians. Since 2000, it is a UNESCO world heritage site.

Visit Zvartnots - 7th century centrally planned aisled tetraconch type Armenian cathedral built by the order of Catholicos Nerses the Builder from 643-652. Now in ruins, it is located at the edge of the city of Echmiadzin in Armavir Province of Armenia. Zvartnots remained standing until the end of the 10th century, but historical sources are silent as to the cause of its collapse. A close copy of the cathedral was erected at Ani  by Tiridates the Architect under the reign of Gagik I Bagratuni during the final decade of the 10th century. Zvartnots is added to the list of World Heritage Sites of UNESCO.

Drive back to Yerevan. Overnight in the hotel in Yerevan.

 

Day 5: Yerevan / Tsaghkadzor / Kecharis / Sevan* / Sevanavank / Yerevan

Yerevan. Breakfast in the hotel.

Drive to Kotayk region, town Tsaghkadzor (a spa town and a popular ski resort). Visit Kecharis monastery. The monastery was founded  in the 11th century, and construction continued until the middle of the 13th century. In the 12th and 13th centuries, Kecharis was a major religious center of Armenia and a place of higher education. Today, the monastery has been fully restored and is clearly visible from the ski slopes. 

Then tour will continue to Gegharqunik region where lake Sevan is located. Lake Sevan, known in the ancient times as the Geghama Sea, is the "blue-eyed beauty" of Armenia. Being one of the biggest highland freshwater lakes in the world it is 1900 m above sea level. It was formed as a result of volcanic activity in the Geghama mountain range: the erupted lava blocked the riverbed; and melted ice from ice-houses and river water began to accumulate in the formed hollow. Later the flow of water cut through the reservoir wall in the direction of river Hrazdan. Now Sevan Peninsula, with its two 9th century churches adding a romantic touch to it, is the best place to admire the beauty of the lake.

The monastery of Sevan which stands on what was once an island of the same name, can be dated to the 9th-10th centuries. For several hundred years, as an important spiritual centre, housing many monks, it was visited by thousands of pilgrims from all parts of Armenia. As it stands today, the monastic complex consists of two churches, one dedicated to St. Arakelots (the Holy Apostles), the other to St. Astvatzatzin (the Holy Mother of God), and the remains of a completely destroyed gavit.

Drive back to Yerevan. Overnight in the hotel in Yerevan.

 

Day 6: Yerevan / Free day / Yerevan

Yerevan. Breakfast in the hotel.

Free day.

Overnight in the hotel in Yerevan.

 

Day 7: Yerevan / Transfer to the airport / Departure

Yerevan. Breakfast in the hotel.

Check-out formalities.

Transfer to the airport. Departure.

 

 

PRICE FOR THE TOUR FOR THE PERIOD

 01.06.2017 ПО 31.08.2017

Hotel 3* Option 1

Caucasus  (5* at 3* price)

 

ROOM TYPE

PRICE P/P

DBL / TWN

383 USD

 

 

Hotel 3* Option 2

Nare /Silachi

ROOM TYPE

PRICE P/P

DBL / TWN

409 USD

 

 

Hotel 4*

Ani Plaza

ROOM TYPE

PRICE P/P

DBL / TWN

499 USD

 

 

ARRIVAL TO EVERY SATURDAY

MINIMUM 2 PAX

The price covers:

  • Transfers;
  • Transportation by comfortable bus with air-control system;
  • Professional English-speaking guide’s service (11 days);
  • Entrance fees as per program;
  • Water 0,5l p/p for excursion days.

 

The price doesn't cover:

  • Air ticket;       
  • Medical insurance;
  • Personal expenses;
  • Alcohol drinks;
  • Activities specified in footnotes.

 

 


* In the house of local peasant located in Garni village may be organized very delicious hommade lunch. Also here may be organized a master-class on Armenian national bread lavash baking (bread lavash is included in the List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO) and Armenian national sweet gata making.

* In the porch of the monastery Geghard may be organized chorus singing of spiritual songs. The porch has a unique acoustic under which the sounds of choral singing vibrate in the ears.

* There is a  cultural tourism centre in Vagharshapat town (where Echmiadzin Cathedral is located). Here may be organized lunch and master-class on national dish dolma making.

* You may taste national dishes cooked from local fish in the restaurant located on the shore of Sevan lake. Mmm… Tasty!

 

At an extra cost:

  • Lunch in the house of local peasant in Garni village – 12 USD  p/p;
  • Master-class on lavash baking – 25 USD p/group;
  • Master-class on gata making – 25 USD p/group;
  • Chorus singing in Geghard – 130 USD p/group;
  • Lunch in cultural tourism centre in Vagharshapat – 12 USD  p/p;
  • Master-class on dolma making – 45 USD p/group;
  • Lunch in the restaurant located on the shore of Sevan lake - 12 USD  p/p;
  • Visit to Armenia History museum (day 2 or day 3) – 11 USD for local guide and 2 USD p/p for ticket;
  • Visit to Armenian National gallery(day 2 or day 3) – 11 USD for local guide and 2 USD p/p for ticket;
  • Visit to Matenadaran - (a book depository) - one of the world's most ancient libraries (day 2) – 11 USD for local guide and 2 USD p/p for ticket;
  • Visit to Maran winery in day 3 – 10 USD p/p (excursion in the winery and tasting of 6 sorts of wine with cheese and lavash);
  • Visit to Cognac factory in day 3 – 10 USD p/p (excursion in the factory and tasting of 2 sorts of cognac with chocolate).