Sometimes you just need a break… In a beautiful place… Alone… To figure everything out…
From any hotel of Yerevan
9 a.m. every morning
Feel the old and modern city Yerevan, which is one of the oldest cities in the world (2979 years old), it is also unique, cause it is called “pink city” because of its buildings all made of naturally colored volcanic rocks of varying shades of pink.
Enjoy the view of Yerevan high above from the Victory Park! It is a big park located at the top of Cascade in Yerevan. Mother Armenia is the female personification of Armenia. The Mother Armenia statue symbolizes peace through strength.
Visit Institute of Ancient Manuscripts after Mesrop Mashtots, commonly referred to as “Matenadaran”, which is one of the most ancient manuscript repositories in the world. It holds one of the world’s richest depositories of medieval manuscripts and books, which span a broad range of subjects, including history, philosophy, medicine, literature, art history and cosmography in Armenian and many other languages. The “Matenadaran” collection was inscribed on UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register in 1997 in recognition of its world significance.
Armenia is well known throughout the world also for its cognac. When Winston Churchill was asked about the secret of his longevity , he replied “Never be late for breakfast, smoke Cuban cigars and drink Armenian brandy!” Surely, you would like to visit Armenian brandy factory… Let’s discover it!
Enjoy the tour to Geghard monastery which is partially carved out of the rock. The name Geghard appeared because of the spear kept there, with the help of which the Roman soldier pierced Jesus Christ while on the cross. In Armenian it is called “Geghard”. Now the spear is exhibited at the museum of Etchmiadzin.
Continue your wonderful tour to the only existing pagan temple Garni dating back to the 1st Century A.D. which was once the summer residence for the Armenian Kings of the day. Garni is the only standing heathen temple in Armenia and also in the territory of Former Soviet Union. The temple stands on a high plateau overlooking the gorge of Azat river. The plateau itself is incredibly beautiful and is included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site along with the surrounding area. It is also home to the roman bath house with the mysterious mosaic, made out of 30,000 pieces of natural stones, as well as the ruins of the royal palace, dating back to the 3rd century A.D..
Then you will enjoy the baking of traditional Armenian bread called lavash with local people. This flat bread is also included in the UNESCO list of the intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
If you want to enjoy the nature of Armenia then we offer you to head to Lake Sevan, where the 4th century monastery of Sevanavank is waiting for you. Sevanavank was built by the Armenian Princess Mariam to honor her deceased husband in the 9th century. It is home to the most wonderful Amenaprkich cross stones (khachkar), which is one of the rarest cross stones depicting Jesus.
Your next destination is Parz Lake (Clear Lake ) as water in the lake is transparent, a little greenish. The forest is very close to the shoreline and the massive trees, leaning to the lake, are reflecting on the hyaline. If you are a lover of adventure, so you can enjoy the flying on zip line.
Then head to town Dilijan , where you will get a chance to try some local craft -pottery together with the master.