Armenia – Country of Speaking Stones

Speaking Stones

8 days / 7 nights in Armenia with high mountain picks everywhere covering the horizon.  You are in the “country of speaking stones”.  Houses, monasteries, “khachkars”/cross stones; all proclaim that this nation is a constructor, creator, builder…

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Day 1. Erebuni museum – Garni – Geghard – Yerevan

Arrival at “Zvartnots International Airport”, Yerevan

Hotel pickup. Check – in. Rest.

Visit to Erebuni museum-fortress. Drive to Garni – pagan temple, the summer residence of Armenian kings (1st C B.C).

Visit to Geghard monastery complex (12 – 13th C), incurved in one monolithic rock ( included in the cultural heritage of UNESCO). Drive back to Yerevan.

Day 2. Ejmiatsin – Hripsime – Zvartnots – Shengavit

Visit to Ejmiatsin , the fourth-largest city in Armenia and the spiritual centre of Armenians, as it is the seat of the Catholicos of All Armenians, the head of the Holy Armenian Apostolic Church. Visiting the churche of St. Hripsime (7th C). Visiting the ruins of the Zvartnots cathedral (7th C) on the way back. Notable fact: Zvartnots catherdral is included in the cultural heritage of UNESCO. Drive back to Yerevan. Visit to Shengavit early Broze Age settlement , one of the most significant archeological monuments.

Day 3. Khor Virap – Noravank – Yerevan

Visit to Khor Virap, which was host to a theological seminary and was the residence of Armenian Catholicos. The monastery is located in the Ararat plain, near the border with Turkey. Observing the majestic view of biblical mountain Ararat.Visit to the Armenian medieval architectural monument Noravank monastery (13-14th C). Drive back to Yerevan.

Day 4. Sevan – Noratus – Goshavank – Dilijan

Visit to the Lake Sevan, which is well known as the “Blue pearl of Armenia”. Visit to Sevanavank – a monastery located on the peninsula (formerly island) of Sevan. Visit to Noratus , a field of Armenian famous “Khachkars”. Visit to Goshavank – a 12th- or 13th-century Armenian monastery located in the village of Gosh in the Tavush province of Armenia. Drive to Dilijan well known as the “Armenian Switzerland”. Walk in the historic center of Dilijan. Overnight in Dilijan.

Day 5. Dilijan – Haghpat – Sanahin

Visit to Sanahin (9-12th C) and Haghpat (11-13th C) monastery complexes, which are located in only 5 km distance from each other. These complexes are unique architectural construictions which include libraries, scriptoriums, schools and refectories. Haghpat monastery is included in the cultural heritage of UNESCO. Visit to the Museum of local traditions of Vanadzor (if arranged in time).

Day 6. Saghmosavank – Amberd – Naver – Yerevan

Visit to Saghmosavank monastery complex (13-14th C), famous for its library and interesting acoustics inside. Visit to the fortress Amberd (10-12th C), located 2,300 meters above the sea level, situated on the slope of the mount Aragats. Drive to Naver, an archeological location near the village of Parpi (in Aragatsotn region). Drive back to Yerevan.

Day 7. City tour

Visit to Mother Armenia monument. From here you can enjoy the best view of the city (You may also take telescopes). Visit to Matenadaran – a big depository of ancient manuscripts. Visit to the History Museum of Armenia, after which a visit to Tsitsernakaberd – memorial dedicated to the victims of the Armenian Genocide in 1915.

Day 8.

Check-out from the hotel, transfer to “Zvartnots International Airport”.

Departure

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