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Feel Armenia…

Feel the breath of Armenia

Departure & Return Location

Zvartnots International Airport

Departure Time

3 Hours Before Flight Time

Price Includes

  • Meet and Greet Service
  • 7 Night Accommodation in Royal Plaza Hotel
  • Premium Transportation
  • Professional English Speaking Guide
  • All Entrance Fees
  • Transfer to and from the airport
  • Meals: 7*Breakfast, 6*Lunch, 1*Gala Dinner
  • Wine tasting
  • Tsaghkadzor Ropeway
  • Duduk Concert in Garni Temple
  • Lavash Baking Master Class
  • Bottled Water
  • Tour Director for the whole trip

Price Excludes

  • Dinners
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Any Private Expenses
  • Tips
What to Expect

Amazing Experience

Itinerary

Day 1 April 26 Friday Arrival, Transfer to hotel City tour (Victory Park, Matenadaran, Megerian Carpet, Ararat Brandy Factory)

Take a look to Yerevan from the Park of Victory, which is a big park located at the top of
Cascade. The park is a large forested area with an artificial lake, an amusement park, cafes,
the Mayr Hayastan statue and museum. Mother Armenia is the female personification of
Armenia. It symbolises peace through strength.
Feel the antiquity and take a trip to Institute of Ancient Manuscripts after Mesrop Mashtots,
commonly referred to as “Matenadaran”, which is one of the most ancient manuscript repositories in
the world. The “Matenadaran” collection was inscribed on UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register
in 1997 in recognition of its world significance.
Visit Megerian Carpet in Yerevan, which has a spectacular showroom where visitors can make
their purchases. Visitors and guests are welcome to watch the production of the rugs. Enjoy a unique
experience worth remembering! Here you will have lunch.
Armenia is well known throughout the world also for its cognac. When Winston Churchill was
asked about the secret to his long life, he replied with “Cuban cigars, Armenian brandy!” Surely, you
would like to visit Armenian brandy factory… Let’s discover it!

Day 2 April 27 Saturday Khor Virap Monastery-Areni Cave-Wine tasting-Noravank Monastery

Drive through the pretty Ararat Valley to the 4th century monastery Khor Virap, where
you will enjoy the view of Mt. Ararat. Ararat is the mountain, which will let you feel where
your ancestors come from. “Khor Virap” means “deep dungeon”, where the first Armenian
Catholicos Gregory the Illuminator has been detained for 13 years for spreading Christianity
in the 4th in Armenia.
Continue your tour to Areni cave it is where the oldest shoe in the world was found
exactly during the archaeological excavations. Several years ago a place, equipped for wine
production was found in Bird Cave. This most ancient winery in the world has 6000 year
history. Taste some Armenian wines near the cave!
Visit the most beautiful Noravank monastic complex, which was constructed in the 13th
century. Consequently, a major religious and later cultural center of Armenia was closely
connected with many educational institutes, primarily with Gladzor’s university and library.

Day 3 April 28 Sunday St. Hripsime Church-St. Gayane Church-Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin-Zvartnots Cathedral

Feel the breath of Christianity!
Do you know that Armenia has another capital besides Yerevan? It is Etchmiadzin, the
spiritual capital of Armenia.
Enjoy an excursion out to the Church of the Holy Virgin Hripsime which offers good
views of Mounts Ararat and Aragats. This building has stood since 618 AD. Visit also the 7th
century church of the Holy Virgin Gayane, which is an important architectural structure in
Armenia. These virgins martyred to spread Christianity in Armenia.
Stop for a minute and find your peace in Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, the religious
center of Armenia. The church was built in the place, where the Son of God (Jesus Christ)
appeared in the dream of the first Catholicos of Armenia St. Gregory the Illuminator, pointed
out. This is where the name Etchmiadzin (Only begotten came down) emerged. You will
take part in holy liturgy.
On the way back to Yerevan enjoy the next Armenian 7th century sanctuary Zvartnots,
which means “Angels meeting”. Both Zvartnots temple and Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin
are listed in UNESCO World’s Cultural Heritage Sites.

Day 4 April 29 Monday Tbilisi city tour (not included in the price)

Start at Holy Trinity cathedral, one of the largest orthodox cathedrals in the world. Continue
to Metekhi church and the monument to Vakhtang Gorgasali, the legendary founder of
Tbilisi. Take cable car to Narikala Fortress to enjoy breathtaking panoramic view of the city.
Walk down to the district of Sulphur bath houses passing by the only mosque in Tbilisi.
Stroll through the Sharden area full of narrow streets with cozy cafés, wine tasting bars,
souvenir shops, and breathe in the living past. Visit Sioni Cathedral, Anchiskhati Basilica,
and the clock tower of famous Rezo Gabriadze Theatre.

Day 5 April 30 Tuesday Garni Temple-Geghard Monastery

Feel the mystery and go reveal the 4th century Geghard monastery which is cut into the
side of the rock. The name Geghard appeared because of the spear kept there, with the help
of which the Roman soldier pierced the side of Christ. In Armenian it is called “geghard”.
Now the spear is situated in the museum of Etchmiadzin.
Besides discovering this wonderful monastery you will have an opportunity to listen to
the choir music in the monastery, you don’t even imagine how it sounds.
Continue your wonderful tour to the 1st Century A.D. Pagan Temple, which is the only
standing heathen temple in Armenia. The plateau, on which the temple stands, is incredibly
beautiful and is included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site along with the surrounding
area.
Special for you a musician will play an Armenian national instrument duduk, which is
also included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Everybody knows that Armenian cuisine is very rich… So we give you the opportunity
to be present in the master class of baking traditional Armenian bread, which is called lavash.
This flat bread is also included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Day 6 May 1 WednesdaySaghmosavank-Alphabet Monument-Amberd

Have a nice day choosing this trip! Visit the 13th century Saghmosvank, which was built
in the village of Saghmosavan near the deep gorge of Qasagh River. Overall, its excellent
location provides additional beauty and comeliness to the monastery. In the 13th century it
was one of the educational, cultural and spiritual centers of Armenia.
Discover Armenian Alphabet Monument in Artashavan. Giant stone letters are dedicated
to the founder of Armenia’s alphabet, Mesrop Mashtots. Find your first letter of the name!
Conitnue your tour to Amberd, which is an important historical site that survived and
reached us from the 7-th century. Some say that it was built in the 11-13th centuries,
attributing it to the near located church. Amberd means ‘fortress in the clouds’; the name is
due to its location 2300 meters above sea level.

Day 7 May 2 ThursdayKecharis Monastery-Tsaghkadzor Ropeway-Sevanavank

Begin your trip to Tsaghkadzor, which is a spa town and a popular health resort in
Armenia. But do you know that Kecharis monastic complex is situated in Tsaghkadzor? It
was founded in the 11th century and was one of the most important attractions in Medieval
Armenia. Besides exploring this monastic complex you will also visit the ropeway of
Tsaghkadzor, which is located on the slope of Teghenis Mount. In clear weather, it offers a
breathtaking view of Mount Ararat.
To enjoy the nature of Armenia go on a tour to Lake Sevan, where the 9th century
Sevanavank is located. It was built by the Armenian Princess Mariam to honor her deceased
husband.
Have dinner in one of the best corners of Armenia in Sevan!

Day 8 May 3 FridayDeparture

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