Treasures of Ancient Culture

CLASSIC TOUR
The treasury of ancient culture, sheltered by the biblical Ararat.  The tour includes visits to Matenadaran, Echmiadzin, UNESCO Cultural Heritage sights.  

Enjoy sunny ancient and historical Armenia! 

7 days/6 nights
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Description

Day 1: Yerevan
Arrival in Yerevan, at the International Airport “Zvartnots”
Transfer to  the hotel. Check in. Rest.
You will have a  City tour with  visiting  main attractions and museums of our capital –Matenadaran – the Institute of Ancient Manuscripts, the Museum – Fortress Erebuni, the National Gallery and History Museum of Armenia,  TsitsernakaberdGenocide Memorial Complex. The last point of our tour will be Yerevan Brandy Factory with  brandy tasting.

Day 2: Garni – Geghard (80 km)
After breakfast at the hotel we start our tour with the excursion to Garni and Geghard.  Garni is the only pagan temple preserved since ancient times, the  former  summer residence of Armenian Kings (1st C). We will finish our tour visiting  Geghard monastery complex (12-13th C), cut in one monolithic rock. Return to Yerevan. We advise you walk around the Vernissage – open-air handicraft market.
Free evening.

Day 3: Echmiadzin -Sardarapat (140 km)
In the morning  we will drive to Echmiadzin – the administrative and spiritual center of Armenian Apostolic Church. In Echnmiadzin you will also visit  the church of St. Hripsime (7th C).
The next destination is  Sardarapat and the  Ethnographic Museum of Armenia. On the way back You will observe  the ruins of the cathedral  Zvartnots (7th C). Return to Yerevan.

Day 4: Haghartsin-Sevan-Tsakhkadzor (260km)
This day a beautiful trip is waiting for you.  You will visit the monastery complex Haghartsin (11-13th C.) and “Armenian Switzerland” Dilijan. Next thing to be admired is “blue pearl of Armenia” –  Lake Sevan, 1900 m above the sea level. You will go up the Sevan peninsula and watch St. Astvatsatsin and Apostoles churches (9th C). Next destination will be   Tsaghkadzor and  Kecharis monastery (11-12th C).We offer you to climb  Mount Tegenis (3100 m) by the cable way and admire the beauty of Tsaghkadzor surroundings. Return to Yerevan.

Day 5: Khor Virap- Noravank (260 km)
The tour program of this day  consists of two sites-Khor Virap  and Noravank.
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. We finish the program proceeding to Noravank monastery which is located among beautiful red rocks of Vayots Dzor.

Day 6: Sanahin – Haghpat – Yerevan (400 km)
After breakfast at the hotel you will proceed to Alaverdi town in Lori region  and visit the monasteries Sanahin (9-12th C) and Haghpat (11-13th C). Haghpat monastery is included into worldwide cultural heritage of humanity by UNESCO. Watch the two unique  examples of Armenian classical architecture and admire the beauty of Lori nature. Return to Yerevan.

Day 7: Ashtarak – Amberd – Saghmosavank (150km)
In  Ashtarak  we will see the churches Tsiranavor (5th C) and Karmravor (7th C)and  Drive to mountain Aragats, the highest point of Armenia (4090 m). You will also visit the fortress Amberd (10-12th C) (2300 m above the sea level) and Saghmosavank monastery complex (13-14th C), famous for its library. The monastery houses excellent acoustics. Return to Yerevan. Farewell dinner.
Check out, transfer   to the Airport “Zvartnots”.

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