Day 1: Yerevan
Meeting at the airport “Zvartnots” and transfer to the hotel. City tour. Visiting the museum – fortress of Erebuni (782 BC) and the Historical Museum of Armenia. Visiting Tsitsernakaberd – the Memorial complex of victims of the Genocide in 1915.
Day 2: Garni – Geghard (80 km)
A trip to Garni – the former summer residence of Armenian kings. Exploring the pagan temple of the Sun (1st century AD) – the architectural monument of the Hellenistic era. Continuation of the trip to the monastery complex Geghard (12-13 centuries), listed in the world cultural heritage of UNESCO. Visiting Matenadaran ( The Institute of Ancient Manuscripts).
Day 3: Echmiadzin – Sardarapat – Zvartnots (140 km)
The trip to Etchmiadzin which is the spiritual and administrative center of the Armenian Apostolic Church. Visiting the Cathedral (4th c.). The presence on Sunday service and observing the museum exhibits at the church. The church of St. Hripsime (7th c.). A trip to Sardarapat and visiting the Ethnographic Museum of Armenia. On the way back exploring the ruins of the Temple of the Bending Forces of Zvartnots (7th century). Walking to the Vernisazh (the fair of folk craftsmen).
Day 4: Odzun – Sanahin – Haghpat (240 km)
A trip to the north of Armenia which is considered to be a fairy-tale land of wooded mountains and bottomless gorges. Visiting the basilica of Odzun (6th century). Observing the masterpieces of medieval Armenian architecture – monasteries of Sanahin (9th-12th centuries) and Haghpat (11-13th centuries). The monastery of Haghpat is included in the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage. Overnight at a local hotel.
Day 5: Haghartsin – Sevan – Yerevan (240 km)
A trip to the mountain resort of Dilijan, located in the middle of a picturesque area called “Armenian Switzerland”. The monastery complex Haghartsin (11-13 centuries), masterfully inscribed in a beautiful landscape. A trip to the high mountain lake Sevan (1900 m) (the “blue pearl of Armenia”). Overview of churches on the peninsula (9th c.).
Day 6: Khor Virap – Noravank (260 km)
A trip to Khor Virap, located near the border of Turkey, a tour of the Church of the Holy Virgin (17th century). From the territory of the monastery a magnificent panorama of the biblical mountain Ararat opens. A trip to the unique monument of Armenian medieval architecture – the monastery of Noravank (13-14 centuries), located on the rocky ledge of the grandiose canyon. On the way back a stop in the village of Areni for wine tasting at a local winery.
Day 7: Ashtarak – Amberd – Sagmosavank (150 km)
Trip to the town of Ashtarak. The early Christian churches of Ciranavor (5th c.) and Karmravor (7th century).The trip to Mount Aragats – the highest point in Armenia (4090m). Observing Amberd fortress (10 – 12 cc.), located at an altitude of 2300 m above sea level. Exploring the monastery complex Sagmosavank (13-14 centuries), located on the very edge of a grandiose gorge. Visiting Yerevan Brandy Factory and tasting. Farewell dinner.
Day 8: Yerevan-Tehran flight
Tehran – a sightseeing tour around the city with a visit to the palace complex of Saadabad. Observing the mausoleum of Ayatollah Khomeini.
Day 9: Flight to Shiraz
Shiraz – Persepolis (150 km)
A trip to the ruins of the ancient capital of Persia – Persepolis, one of the outstanding architectural monuments of the Ancient World. Visiting the palaces of Darius and Xerxes, cave burials of the kings of the Achaemenid dynasty, Zoroastrian shrines and rock carvings of the Sassanid era. Visiting the mausoleums of Persian poets Hafiz and Saadi.
Day 10: Shiraz – Yazd (400 km)
Trip to Yazd. On the way, you will see the palaces and graves of King Cyrus the Great. After arriving in Yazd, a sightseeing tour around the city.
Day 11: Yazd – Isfahan (320 km)
Yazd is the capital of the province of the same name and the center of the Zoroastrian religion. Survey of numerous structures of followers of Zoroastrianism. Trip to Isfahan.
Day 12: Isfahan:” half of the world”
The excursion around the city with visiting the Imam square: the Ali Kapu Palace, the Imam Mosque and Lotfalakh. A walk through the old oriental bazaar.
Day 13: Isfahan: mosques and churches
Inspection of the Friday mosque, which preserved the styles of Islamic architecture of different epochs. Survey of the Armenian Church of Vank and the Armenian Museum in the Julfa quarter. Visit to the mosque with rocking minarets.
Day 14: Isfahan – Tehran (420 km)
A trip to Tehran. On the way visiting the Friday mosque Natanz and the town of Kom, one of the centers of Shi’ite pilgrimage. Observing the magnificent mosque – mausoleum of Fatima.
Day 15: Transfer to the airport and departure to your home country.