Armenia – Humans Country of Origin

Following the trace of Armenian Kings, visiting all the capitals of ancient Armenia with experienced guide, visiting temples and palaces, where Armenian kings resided, and getting acquainted to their culture and routine.

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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. Garni temple was Armenian Kings’ summer residence. You will do jeeping in the gorge of Garni and admire the waking nature of Armenia in spring.

Geghard Monastery (13 c AC) is a unique architectural construction partially carved out of the adjacent mountain. 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: A trip to Artashat ancient settlement and Khor Virap monastery, which located in the place of the citadel of historical capital Artashat, proceeding to Areni caves, located in one of the oldest and outstanding settlements in Vayots Dzor. 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 monastery (11-13th c.) located in the canyon and rich with rare flora. Monastery was 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.

Drive back to Yerevan.

Day 5: Trip to Zorats Karer – an archaeological site near Sisian city, Syunik Marz, magalithic monument, Ukhtasar (Camel rock) – rock images, an archealogica lmuseum in Sisian. Overnight in Sisian, Syunik.

Day 6: Trip to Tatev monastery, located on a large basalt plateau that dominates over Syunik from its height. On the way you can admire the famous red rocks and reach the “Wings of Tatev”, the longest reversible ropeway in the world (5752 m), recorded in the Guinness Book of Records. Proceeding to Overnight in Sisian, Syunik Marz.

Day 7: A trip to Karavansaray Selim (14th c.), proceeding to Noradus, a medieval cemetery with a large number of early khachkars or as more used cross-stones field. Drive back to Yerevan.

Day 8: Visit to Erebuni fortress-museum, that is housed in the ancient citadel of Erebuni, proceeding to the ancient settlement Shengavit.

Day 9: 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 10: Check out. Transfer to the International Airport “Zvartnots”. Departure.

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