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Discover Armenia, discover this enjoyable country full of cultural masterpieces and breathtaking nature.

Discover Armenia to get acquainted with the unique style of architecture, diverse colours and lavish surroundings. See how the old and the new have made a harmony perfectly, how culture and nature live side by side completing one another.
8-day/7-night trip to Armenia, May 16-23, 2020

Tour Details

What to expect:

  • High-quality service
  • Convenient transportation
  • Excellent mood
  • Unforgettable experience

Departure & Return Location

Zvartnots International Airport 

Departure Time

3 Hours Before Flight Time

Price Includes

  • Transfer from and to the Airport
  • Round-trip Transportation According to the Program with English-speaking Driver
  • Accommodation and Breakfast (4 nights in Yerevan and 3 nights in the region)
  • Entrance Fees and Local Guides to all the Mentioned Sights
  • Wine and Brandy Tasting
  • Tatev Rope-way
  • Bottled Water

Price Excludes

  • Lunches and Dinners
  • Optional Activities
  • Alcoholic Beverages (except for the tastings)
  • Tips
Itinerary

Day 1May 16: Arrival at night. City Tour

Discover Armenia
Once you arrive at Zvartnots International Airport, you will meet Feel Armenia team. Then, we will transfer to the hotel. You will have a rest, as in the morning at about 11 or 11.30 am you will start your trip in Armenia.

City Tour: Genocide Memorial Complex-Victory Park-Cascade Complex-Matenadaran-Megerian Carpet Factory – Ararat Brandy Factory
Breakfast at the hotel.
We start to discover Armenia from the capital city. Yerevan is the city of the sun having 2801long years of history. Firstly, pay a visit to Genocide Memorial dedicated to the Armenians massacred in 1915. Then, head to Victory Park located on the top of a huge hill from where the whole city is in front of you. Enjoy the lively atmosphere of the park and take the way down through the Cascade Complex which is an open-air museum presenting unique pieces of modern art. Afterwards, visit Matenadaran which is one of the biggest and oldest book depositories in the world. There you will see so many ancient books, manuscripts, and the long history of our nation. And finally, pay a visit to Megerian Carpet Factory where thousands of carpets and rugs are kept. All of them are different. All of them are exceptional. Afterwards, head to Ararat Brandy Factory where you will get acquainted with cognac making process and taste two types of real Armenian royal cognac.
Overnight in Yerevan.
Meals: B,

Day 2May 17: Geghard -Garni-Symphony of Stones*-Vernissage.

Breakfast at the hotel.
Make your way out towards Geghard Monastery, the 9th-century monastic complex with huge history and great importance. The monastery is carved out of a huge rock and is in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites’ List. The next step will be at an idyllic village Garni where you will see the Hellenistic-style pagan temple on the edge of the gorge. Garni is the only pagan temple in Armenia dating back to the 1st century. The territory of the temple once was the royal residence. It overcame a lot of difficulties including even earthquake. Coming back to Yerevan, you will head to Vernissage, which is an open-air museum with thousands of hand-made works. They are pieces of arts. They all represent the Armenian unique culture and heritage.
*Optional: If you want we can arrange a hiking or jeeping tour to Symphony of Stones. They are natural wonders and are really worth visiting. They are in the gorge of the Azat River. You will go to the gorge and enjoy the sound of the Azat river and birds, watch the royal mountains, get amazed by the uniqueness of the Symphony and indulge yourself in the surroundings. (extra fee $20).
Overnight in Yerevan.
Meals: B,

Day 3May 18: Saghmosavank-Haghpat-Akhtala-Dilijan

Breakfast at the hotel.
Feel the antiquity. Saghmosavank is a magical monastery on the edge of the gorge by the Kasagh river. It is an early 13th-century monastery in Aragatsotn region. The monastery was famous for its manuscripts and book-depository. Saghmosavank has had one of the largest and most important depositories before, where a lot of miniatures-illustrations have been copied and created as well. Then head to the northern region of Armenia Lori, where you will see two amazing architectural pieces. The first one is Haghpat. It is included in UNESCO World Heritage List. The monastery is unique due to its architectural style and Amenaprkich cross-stone (Khachkar). Afterwards, head up and visit Akhtala, another masterpiece of Armenian architecture. The walls of the monastery are all covered with frescos which tell you the stories of the Bible.
Overnight in Dilijan.
Meals: B

Day 4May 19: Haghartsin-Goshavank-Old Dilijan

Breakfast at the hotel.
You are in Dilijan, sometimes called Armenian Switzerland for its incredibly green, forested and rich nature. The richness of the surrounding will amaze you as everything is in green. And amid all this, you discover Haghartsin, the monastic complex which has once been the centre of Armenian educational, cultural life. The monastery was restored by the Sheikh of Sharjah. He was so impressed by the beauty and greatness of the monastery that he decided to take that responsibility. And last but not least, you head to Goshavank. It is a great monastery dating back to the twelfth century. One of the most remarkable philosophers Mkhitar Gosh has lived there. He has made the first book of Law which has been the bases for different countries in the world. Afterwards, head to Old Dilijan. It is in the city of Dilijan. Just a street with a distinctive style of architecture and culture.
Overnight in Dilijan.
Meals: B,

Day 5May 20: Sevanavank-Selim-Karahunj-Old Cave Dwellings of Goris

Breakfast at the hotel.
It is a fresh early morning. You continue to discover Armenia and its wonderful culture. Therefore, you head to the northern region of Armenia. Firstly, visit Lake Sevan, the blue-eyed beauty of Armenia. The Sevan is the largest freshwater lake in the Caucasus. Going up the hill you will see Sevanavank, which is a 9th-century monastic complex. The view from the monastery is awe-inspiring. The monastery, the blue up and down, the seagulls and the peaceful sound of the waves… amazing combination. Continue your way to Selim which has been a caravanserai for travellers along the Silk Road. It has been a large inn for hundreds of people. Then, head to Karahunj. Do you know what it is? It is the Armenian Stonehenge. Yes, yes. A number of unique stones with special holes on the upper part are gathered together based on some calculations. In addition, Karahunj is older than Stonehenge itself (scientists state so). Then, you will head to Goris which is one of the most important towns in the country. In town, you will visit Old Cave Dwellings, which have been shelters for Armenians for many centuries. It is so interesting to explore the cave-rooms some of which are connected with each other like a flat.
Overnight in Goris.
Meals: B

Day 6May 21: Goris-Tatev Monastery– Noravank-Areni Cave-Wine Tasting- Khor Virap-Yerevan

Breakfast at the hotel.
You will leave Goris for Tatev monastery. Take the longest cable car to get to the monastery. Enjoy the divine harmony surrounding you and discover the unique medieval construction. The monastery once was an educational centre-university for international students. Head to Noravank hidden amid the red rocky mountains. The monastic complex is the queen of the mountains surrounding her. Next stop of the day will be at Areni Cave. The recent excavations have shown that wine has been produced in Armenia as early as 6000 years ago. And then come down from the cave and taste the exceptional wines of Areni cellar. Last but not least, you will head to Khor Virap, one of the greatest constructions in Armenia. The monastic complex is the place where Gregory the Illuminator was kept for 13years before Christianity was adopted as the state religion of Armenia. Do you want to go into the dungeon where he was kept?
Overnight in Yerevan.
Meals: B,

Day 7May 22: St Hripsime-St Gayane -Etchmiadzin-Zvartnots

Breakfast at the hotel.
This time you head to the spiritual city Etchmiadzin. On the way, first of all, visit St Hripsime church an incredible building devoted to St Hripsime who was preaching Christianity in Armenia. Then, head to St Gayane. This one is also a church devoted to the other preacher named Gayane. Not far from the St Gayane, visit Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin. Inside you will enter the Treasury Museum where you will find very important pieces from Christianity, such as the ‘Geghard’, with the help of which the Roman soldiers pierced Jesus Christ. On the way back to Yerevan, pay a visit to Zvartnots Cathedral. The amazing temple is standing in ruins, but its beauty is incomparable even in that way. Behind the temple, biblical Mt Ararat is rising. In short, breathtaking scenery.
Overnight in Yerevan.
Meals: B,

Day 8May 23: Departure: Transfer to the airport

According to your flight time, we will take you to Zvartnots International Airport 3hours before your flight.

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