Day 1: Yerevan – Khor Virap – Noravank – Sisian
In the morning we proceed to Syunik region. But before it we will see some important touristic attractions: Khor Virap (meaning “deep pit”), the monastery located in the Ararat valley, where a beautiful view over Ararat Mount opens. The monastery was host to a theological seminary and was the residence of Armenian Catholicos. Khor Virap’s notability as a monastery and pilgrimage site is attributed to the fact that Gregory the Illuminator was initially imprisoned here for 14 years by King Tiridates III. In the year 301, Armenia was the first country in the world to be declared a Christian nation.
The next destination of our tour is Noravank monastery located in the gorge among the tall, sheer, brick-red cliffs. The monastery complex is best known for Surb Astvatsatsin (Holy Mother of God) church. It is considered a medieval architectural masterpiece.
After lunch we will go to town of Sisisan. In Sisisan we will visit the center of “Sisian ceramics “ founded by Vahagn Hambardzumyan and Zara Gasparyan in 2004.
Vahagn and Zara offer two master classes for tourists: pottery and paining on batik technology. Tourists are offered coffee and tea after classes. They can get the scarves made by themselves. But what about clay bowls, it takes them 48 hours to get dry, after which if desired, the completed product can be delivered to Yerevan. At “Sisian ceramics” you can also buy pottery, jewelry and batik works made by masters.
Duration of the master-class: 2 hours
Group: 1-6 pax
Transfer to a local hotel for night.
Day 2: Sisian – Tatev – Khndzoresk
After breakfast you will drive to Halidzor where you take a ropeway ride to the Tatev monastery.
“Wings of Tatev”, the longest reversible cableway in the world (5752 m) recorded in the Guinness Book of Records, is the aerial tramway to the natural and historic treasures of Syunik, the shortest, most picturesque and impressive route to Tatev Monastery.
Twelve minutes of unforgettable flight above the ravine of the fierce Vorotan River and you are at the Tatev monastery. The Tatev Monastery is a 9th century historical monument, a pearl of Armenian architecture, one of the oldest spiritual centers and largest university of medieval Armenia.
In Tatev we are offering Tatev Monastery Tour:
Take an hour-long guided tour of the Tatev Monastery Complex, one of the oldest monasteries in Armenia. During the tour visitors learn about the mysteries and legends of the 9th century monastery. Guests will learn about the medieval lifestyle of the monks and the surrounding villagers and how the monastery acted as an important medieval stronghold. At the end of the tour visitors will visit the Tatev village market where they can browse for Armenian sweets and handmade crafts.
Duration of the tour: 1 hour
Group: 1-10 pax
After the monastery tour we will go to Khndzoresk. Old Khndzoresk is situated on the two slopes of the mountainous valley. It is famous for its beautiful canyon and ancient caves.
Here in Old Khndzoresk our tourists will have Cave Dwelling Tour.
This guided walking tour includes a visit to the caves, churches and natural springs and other sites that make up the old cave village of Khndzoresk. Along the way , a local guide will relate stories from the abandoned village , where people lived in cave homes until the middle of the 20- th century. Visitors also visit the small museum next to the suspension bridge to see a modest reconstruction a typical cave home.
Duration of the hiking tour: 1-2 hours
Group: 1-10 pax
Transfer to Yeghegnadzor for overnight in a local hotel.
Day 3: Areni –Yerevan
After breakfast we are going to discover the Wine Route in Areni. We will visit some famous wineries where you feel the deep taste of famous Armenian wines.
Return to Yerevan.