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Tour to Khor Virap – Noravanq

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Your path of spiritual development begins here…

Price Includes

  • Private transport for the entire route
  • Professional Engish speaking guide
  • Areni Winery
  • Bottled spring water (2 bottles per person)

Price Excludes

  • Guide Service Fee
  • Driver Service Fee
  • Any Private Expenses
  • Room Service Fees
What to Expect

We will help you to penetrate as deeply as possible into the history and culture of Armenia and feel the full power of its unique beauty. The only thing you will get from this tour is an unforgettable experience and hundreds of photos in the phone gallery.

Itinerary

Day 1Khor Virap Monastery - Noravank Monastery - Areni winery - Return to Yerevan

Departure from the hotel. A professional, experienced driver in a comfortable car picks you up from the hotel and your unforgettable journey begins.

 

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.

 

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 modesty and moderation in the choice of architectural elements. But this did not prevent Amagu-Noravank from becoming one of the largest spiritual centers of antiquity. 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.

 

Areni winery. A little more than an hour later you find yourself in the wine-making kingdom of the east – the village of Areni, where archaeologists have discovered the oldest winery in the world, about 6 thousand years old. Clay jars, seeds of different grape varieties were found, among which the Areni variety, which grows only in Armenia, stands out, even ancient burials and traces of sacrifices were found. In Areni you will taste delicious Armenian wines that will definitely make your day sweeter.

An interesting fact: in the same place, archaeologists found the oldest leather shoes in the world, which is about 5500 years old. Today the slipper is kept in the History Museum of Armenia in Yerevan.

 

Return to Yerevan.

 

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