Following the trace of Armenian Kings

Armenia – Humans Country of Origin

Following the trace of Armenian Kings. Visiting residences and ancient cathedrals, historical experiences and royal foods.  

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Day 1: Arrival. A trip to Kotayk Marz with a visit to Garni Temple and Geghard Monastery.

Garni  is a pagan temple built in the 1st c. AC.  was Armenian Kings’ summer residence. And now it is one of the main cultural sites in Armenia. When tourists travel to Armenia they want to see Garni without fail. You will do jeeping in the gorge of Garni and admire the stunningly beautiful nature of Armenia. The next point of our tour will be Hatis mountain. The elevation above sea level is 2528 metres.

Geghard Monastery (13 c AC) is a unique architectural construction partially carved out of the adjacent mountain. Geghard Monastery  was listed in the World human heritage by UNESCO.

Day 2: Tour of  Yerevan City that includes visit of History museum and Matenadaran depositary of rare manuscripts.

Day 3: Trip to Ashtarak town: Ashtarak ( Tower) is a capital of Aragatsotn Marz, it’s spread out in and above the gorge of the Kasagh river and rich with old churches such as Karmravor, Tsiranavor, fortress Amberd, Aghtsk: King’s tomb.

Day 4: Visit to Archealogical museum of  Gyumri city, the second largest city in Armenia, walking tour by “old town” proceeding to the ancient settlement Baniamin: stop at Horom- Cyclopean castle. Overnight in Gjumri, Shirak Marz.

Day 5: Trip to the ancient settlement Shamiram: stop at Aruch church which is situated on a rocky plateau at the western side of Mount Aragats, proceeding to Karavansaray Dashtadem and Mastara churches (5th c.). Overnight in Gjumri, Sirak Marz.

Day 6: Visit to Erebuni fortress-museum, that is housed in the ancient citadel of Erebuni, proceeding to the ancient settlement Shengavit.

Day 7: Artashat: ancient settlement, monastery Khor Virap is considered the cradle of Armenian Christianity. Here Grigor the Illuminator was captured for 13 years. From the hill  opens a stunningly beautiful view over Mount Ararat.

Areni caves: The Areni-1 cave complex a multicomponent site and late Chalcolithic/Early Bronze Age ritual site and settlement is located near the Areni village in southern Armenia along the Arpa River. In 2010, it was announced that the earliest known shoe was found at the site. In January 2011, the earliest known winery in the world was announced to have been found. Also in 2011, the discovery of a straw skirt dating to 3,900 years BCE was reported.In 2009, the oldest brain was discovered.

Noravank: Built in the 13th century, the monastery is a lovely example of the ornate architecture of the period. The site is comprised of three surviving churches, each decorated in intricate designs and religious reliefs. The sculptor of the grandest portions of Noravank was a man by the name of Momik, who created the lovely stonework that survives today. He also carved a number of uniquely Armenian religious monuments known as “khachkars” which usually depicted an image of a cross surmounting a circular symbol. The sculptor is also buried in a simple grave at the site.

Day 8: Trip to Echmiadzin, the spiritual centre of Armenian People, the seat of the Catholicos, proceeding to the ancient settlement Metsamor, an ancient fortress in Ararat Valley. Drive back to Yerevan.

Day 9: Check out. Transfer to the International Airport “Zvartnots”. Departure

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