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To Armenia... For a weekend
To Armenia... For a weekend

3 days / 2 nights

PROGRAM

Day 1: Arrival in Yerevan / Transfer to the hotel / Accommodation / City Tour

Arrival at Yerevan airport. Transfer to the hotel.

Accommodation.

Start 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. 

Overnight in hotel in Yerevan..

 

Day 2: Yerevan / Garni* / Geghard* / Sevan* / Sevanavank / Yerevan

Yerevan. Breakfast at the hotel.

Heading to Kotayk region.

Visit open-air museum of Garni pagan temple. Temple of Garni 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.

Continue to Geghard - Airivank Monastery included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. This ancient monastery was carved out of a solid rock- 7th/8th centuries. The spectacular towering cliffs surrounding the monastery are part of the Azat river gorge, and are included together with the monastery in the World Heritage Site listing. Some of the churches within the monastery complex are entirely dug out of the cliff rocks, others are little more than caves, while others are elaborate structures, with both architecturally complex walled sections and rooms deep inside the cliff. The combination, together with numerous engraved and free-standing khachkars is a unique sight, being one of the most frequented tourist destinations in Armenia.  Geghard cave monastery, where Holy spear was preserved until 1918, is the former hermitage complex for the monks to live and meditate in isolation. 

Then drive 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 3: Yerevan / Yerevan flea market Vernissage / Zvartnots / Echmiadzin* Ytansfer to the airport

Yerevan. Breakfast at the hotel.

Check-out formalities.

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.

 

 

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.

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.

After excursion ttransfer to the airport. Departure.

 

 

 

PRICE FOR THE TOUR

Hotel 3* Option 1

Caucasus  (5по цене 3*)

ROOM TYPE

PRICE P/P

DBL / TWN

288 USD

 

Hotel 3* Option 2

Nare /Silachi

ROOM TYPE

PRICE P/P

DBL / TWN

297 USD

 

Hotel 4*

Ani Plaza

ROOM TYPE

PRICE P/P

DBL / TWN

333 USD

 

ARRIVAL TO EVERY FRIDAY

MINIMUM 2 PAX

 

Price covers:

  • Transfers* 2;
  • Transportation by air-conditioned comfortable bus  – 3 days;
  • Professional Enflish-speaking guide’s service  – 3 days;
  • Entrance fees as per program;
  • Water 0.5 l for excursion days.

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.

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

* 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. BUT organization of these activities depands on departure time. 

 

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).