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Arrival to the airport Zvartnots
Transfer to the Hotel
Haghartsin monastery. Now you are in the snow-white kingdom of Armenia. The loftiness and royalty of Haghartsin will capture the spirit of even the most experienced traveler. Dense forests surrounding the monastery, the sound of a powerful mountain river, the massive ringing of bells and the kind faces of the wise holy fathers – welcome to Haghartsin.
Parz Lich. Enjoy the beauties of the Armenian northern nature near the mountain lake Parz (from the Armenian parz – “clean, clear”). Lake Parz is located on the territory of the Dilijan Reserve.
Lunch. Բարի Ախորժակ! Which in armenian means “Bon Apettit”.
Sevanavanq Monastery. Now you are in the strong arms of the blue waves of Lake Sevan – the beautiful pearl of Armenian nature. One of the most ascetic and ancient monasteries of the entire region was built on one of the peninsular hills. Sevanavank, founded by Gregory the Illuminator in the 4th century, survived many battles in its lifetime, but was able to resist and preserve its most valuable beauties for you and me.
An interesting fact: In ancient Armenia, water and love were connected by the same sacred power and were ruled by the Goddess Astghik.
Khor Virap monastery. Today you will meet with one of the most important holy places for the entire Christian world. It was in Khor Virap that back in the 3rd century AD. Gregory the Illuminator, the first Catholicos of all Armenians, was imprisoned. You can go down to the dungeon where St. Gregory would have been imprisoned for more than 13 years. From here you can endlessly enjoy the world’s best view of the biblical Mount Ararat.
An interesting fact: Khor Virap was built on the site of the royal dungeon of the ancient capital of Armenia – the city of Artashat, through which one of the most important routes of the Great Silk Road passed
Momik Wine Cube. Finally, we have reached the most delicious part of the day – complete relaxation in a traditional winery. Captivating Tour of the winery, tasting the most fragrant Armenian wine and an unforgettable traditional lunch.
An interesting fact: Armenia is considered the birthplace of winemaking – archaeologists have discovered the oldest winery in the world in the Vayots Dzor region, which is about 6 thousand years old.
Noravank monastery. Once in the fairy tale of the Vayots Dzor region, it would be a crime not to see the luxurious architecture of Noravank with your own eyes. Only here is the concept of luxury here. The tradition of medieval Armenian architecture has always adhered to the modesty of moderation in the choice of architectural elements. But this did not prevent Amagu-Noravank from becoming one of the largest spiritual centers of Armenians. Even more breathtaking from the surrounding mountain landscapes of the monastery, completely covered with a bright red hue.
An interesting fact: on one of the tympanums of the Noravank monastery, a rare bas-relief has been preserved – an image of the Lord holding the head of Adam in his hands.
Azat reservoir. Let this day begin with a dip in the arms of nature. The Azat reservoir and its surrounding hilly peaks are one of the most photogenic locations in the country.
Interesting facts: the word “Azat” is translated from Armenian as “Free”
Lunch with a master class on baking lavash. Taste the bread that once saved the life of the Armenian king. There is a legend that lavash was baked to save King Aram, who was captured by the Assyrian king Nosor. Aram was kept in captivity for 10 days without food before the fight. Sly Aram asked to bring his most beautiful protective shell. Time after time, the messengers handed over to the king a shell with thin bread hidden inside, but Aram allegedly did not like the shell. Finally, on the day of the duel, well-fed and full of strength, Aram defeated Nosor in archery and returned home.
An interesting fact: Lavash cooking technique is included in the UNESCO Intangible Heritage List.
The pagan temple of Garni. Now we are traveling in time and find ourselves in the Hellenistic era, when the powerful kings of Greater Armenia issued their orders in Greek. In a pagan temple of the first century, vivid images of ancient sacrifices to the Armenian god of the sun – Mithra appear before you. The deep mountain gorge and the noise of the Azat River help the temple make you lose your sense of reality.
Performance by a professional Armenian musician. Inside the majestic temple, a professional musician plays the national Armenian instrument – Duduk (or Tsiranapokh), the sound of which floods people’s souls with emotions.
An interesting fact: the Duduk melody is included in the UNESCO Intangible Heritage List.
Geghard rock monastery. This day becomes special, because you find yourself inside a rock with a sacred spring. Walking through the rocky churches of the Geghard monastery complex, you will learn many interesting stories about the life of Armenia in the 12th-13th centuries.
An interesting fact: in the monastery of Geghard, the spear of Longinus was kept – the very tool with which the Roman legionary pierced the body of Christ. Hence the name “Geghard” (from the Armenian “spear”).
Transfer to the airport Zvartnots