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Group Tour: Saghmosavank, Alphabet Alley, Amberd, sweet master class, Oshakan

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Hyur Service, Yerevanstarting and ending pointDuration: 15 minutesStop At: Saghmosavank Monastery, Artashavan, Aragatsotnsignificant view to the gorgeDuration: 40 minutesStop At: Armenian Alphabet Monument, Artashavan, Aragatsotnalphabet alleyDuration: 20 minutesStop At: Amberd Fortress, Byurakan, Aragatsotnhistorical fortressDuration: 1 hourStop At: Karmravor Church, Ashtarak, Aragatsotnsmall church with red cupolaDuration: 20 minutesStop At: Oshakan Cemetery, Oshakan, AragatsotnSt. Mesrop Mashtots tombDuration: 30 minutes

$20 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Group Tour: Amberd, Aragats-LakeKari, Alphabet Alley, Saghmosavank, master class

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Hyur Service, Yerevanstarting and returning pointDuration: 15 minutesStop At: Amberd Fortressmedieval fortress Duration: 1 hourStop At: Mount Aragats, Aragatsotnthe highest peak of Armenia at 4095 m, Lake KariDuration: 20 minutesStop At: Armenian Alphabet Monument, Artashavan, Aragatsotnalley of lettersDuration: 20 minutesStop At: Saghmosavank Monastery, Artashavan, Aragatsotngreat view to the gorgeDuration: 40 minutes

$400 Cultural & Theme Tours

Archaeological trip to Armenia

ItineraryDay 1: Old YerevanStop At: Erebuni Town-Fortress, YerevanErebuni archaeological museum and fortress - the birthplace of YerevanDuration: 1 hour 30 minutesStop At: Shengavit Settlement, YerevanShengavit - first organized settlement from Early bronze age Duration: 30 minutesStop At: History Museum of Armenia, YerevanHistory Museum of Armenia - all the best artefactsDuration: 1 hour 30 minutesNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 2: From Bronze age to Hellenistic periodStop At: Ashtarak Bridge, Ashtarak, AragatsotnAgarak bronze age sanctuary and Urartian rock-cut tombDuration: 45 minutesStop At: Nor Hachen Bridge, YerevanKarashamb bronze age tomb fieldDuration: 45 minutesStop At: Nor Hachen Bridge, YerevanMiddle paleolithic caves of Lusakert Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Garni Temple, Garni, Kotayk ProvinceGarni pagan temple, fortress and royal bathDuration: 1 hourNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 3: Let's combine archaeology with ethnographyStop At: Metsamor Historical-Archaeological Museum-Reserve, Taronik, Armavir ProvinceMetsamor archaeological museum, foundry and observatoryDuration: 1 hour 30 minutesStop At: Sardarapat Memorial, Araks, Armavir ProvinceSardarapat ethnographic museumDuration: 1 hourStop At: Yerevan Mall, YerevanUrartian tomb - "royal" funeral from VIIIc BC just under trade mallDuration: 30 minutesNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 4: South-East from YerevanStop At: Khor Virap, Lusarat, Ararat ProvinceRuins of Artashat - former capital of Greater ArmeniaDuration: 1 hourStop At: T'rchuneri (Bird) Cave, Areni, Vayots Dzor ProvinceAreni 1 - unique cave with the oldest wine-press in the worldDuration: 45 minutesStop At: Noravank Monastery, Areni, Vayots Dzor ProvinceNoravank - a magnificent monastery from 13 centuryDuration: 45 minutesNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.

$2350 Food, Wine & Nightlife

9 Day Gastronomic and Cultural Tour of Armenia

Day 1:Arrive at Zvartnots Airport, transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Yerevan.Day 2: (B,L,D)Breakfast at the hotel, then visit the History museum and Ararat brandy factory. You will be acquainted with brandy and its production phases before enjoying the delicious taste and flavors of different Ararat brandy. You will then participate in the food master class and enjoy the delicious local food prepared by famous Armenian Chef.Day 3: (B,L,D)Breakfast at the hotel before visiting Etchmiadzin Cathedral, the first official Christian church in the world, built in 301 AD. Then visit Zvartnots temple and Ashtarak Karmravor Church that was built in the 7th Century in Ashtarak. Have lunch in Ashtarak and then attend a tasting session of different types of dried fruits and natural honey. Dinner in Yerevan.Day 4: (B, L, D)Breakfast at the hotel. Visit Garni temple which is the unique survived example of Armenian heathen culture. Then head to the beautiful Christian Monastery of Geghard; carved out of solid rock between the 11th and 13th centuries. Lunch in Geghard. Taste the freshly made Armenian lavash bread by the locals at the restaurant. Bus transfer to Yerevan and dinner in Yerevan.Day 5: (B, L, D)Breakfast at the hotel. Taste the best wine assortments in Areni village winery, then visit Noravank which is a 13th century Armenian monastery and has a unique constructive and sculptural work. After having lunch in Noravank transfer to Goris. Dinner in Goris and overnight.Day 6: (B, L, D)Breakfast at the hotel in Goris before visiting Tatev Monastery that used to be the wealthiest medieval monastery in Armenia. Take the world’s largest cable-way between Halidzor and Tatev Monasteries that passes through a deep gorge of the River Vorotan. There will be a surprise waiting for in Halidzor; lunch at local village house. Back to Goris. Dinner in Goris and overnight.Day 7: (B, L, D)Breakfast at the hotel in Goris before going to Yeghegnadzor for lunch. Enjoy the most delicious Karmrakhayt fish (high mountain fresh water lake fish) in a local restaurant. Drive to Noratus and the forest of khachkars (cross-stone) open-air museum. Pass the fascinating mountains of Lake Sevan, which is one of the world's greatest high altitude fresh-water lakes. Go to Dilijan, famous for its fresh air and mild climate. Enjoy the tasty food made by locals at a restaurant in Dilijan. Overnight in Dilijan.Day 8: (B, L, D)Breakfast at the hotel in Dilijan. Visiting Haghartsin Monastery situated in the woodlands of Tavush. Back to Yerevan, free time before a special farewell dinner at the local restaurant in Yerevan.Day 9: (B)Breakfast at the hotel before transfer to Zvartnos Airport.

$943 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Pilgrimage to the First Christian Country / 8 days

ItineraryDay 1: Arrival Stop At: Yerevan Cascade, YerevanArrival to the Zvartnoc International Airport. Transfer to hotel.Duration: 30 minutesNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Overnight at 3* Hotel Day 2: Conversion and Proclamation / Yerevan - Ejmiatsin - Zvartnots - Yerevan Stop At: The Churches of Echmiatsin and the Archaeological Site of Zvartnots, Vagharshapat, Armavir ProvinceBreakfast. We will start our pilgrimage with a prayer proceeded by a visit to a magnificent cathedral having the Holy Relics of St. Grigor Lusavorich (St. Gregory the Illuminator) who played decisive role in the adoption of Christianity as a state religion in 301 and later became the Catholicos of the Armenian Church. Here we get the blessing for our pilgrimage. After lunch in the centre of Yerevan we will continue our pilgrimage and visit the spiritual and administrative centre of the Armenian Apostolic Church - the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin. In route the guide will tell you the story how Armenia became the first country in the world to adopt Christianity asa state religion. Upon the entrance to the city of Etchmiadzin we will see a 7th century church where the shrine of a St. Hripsime (3rd c.) and the relics of the other 40 martyred nuns are. The Mother Cathedral will embrace us next, with its museum opening the doors for us to see the Holy Relics of known saints, the unique piece from Noah's Ark, the Holy Lance with which our Lord was pierced and many more. A 10 minutes' drive from Echmiadzin will bring us to the ruins of once glorious Zvartnots Cathedral of 7th century translated as “Place of Angels”. The temple was built on 7th century by Nerses Builder Catholicos. Drive back to Yerevan. Overnight. (B)Duration: 4 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight at 3* Hotel Day 3: Translating and Surviving / Yerevan - Oshakan - Mughni - Hovhanavank Stop At: Mughni Church, Ashtarak, AragatsotnAfter breakfast we will leave for Oshakan, a sacred place for each Armenian as here is the shrine of St. Mesrop Mashtotz, who by God’s grace invented the Armenian Alphabet in 405 AD. Then we will continue our way to St. Gevorg (St. George) church of Mughni (13th c.), with a nice fresco of 19th century. Then we will continue our pilgrimage to Hovhannavank monastery (4th c.) on the relics of St. John. Then we will go to see a 5th century martyr's shrine near Aparan Lake. Get back to Yerevan and Overnight here. (B)Duration: 5 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight at 3* Hotel Day 4: Law and Theology / Yerevan - Haghpat - Goshavank - Dilijan Stop At: Goshavank Monastery, Gosh, Tavush ProvinceThe Morning Prayer will open our day to discover the shrines of Armenian medieval saints still as places of pilgrimage in the north-east of the country. First, we will visit Odzun Church, situated on the mountaintop and considered one of the finest Armenian basilicas with a cupola of 6th century, and to the nearby St. Hovhannes Odznetsi's shrine (a 7th century Catholicos) who was a very bright Christian figure not only in Armenia but also in whole world. Evening prayer will be in the Monastery of Haghpat where the shrine of Deacon Hovhannes Imastaser is. Haghpat monastery is a UNESCO world Heritage site. Then a beautiful road will lead us to Goshavank where the shrine of Mkhitar Gosh is. He was a well-known Armenian scientist and bishop, the author of Datastanagirq – a unique book of law codex first printed in Venice in 1790. We will be headed finally to the resort town of Dilijan with its contrasting colours, forests, the pure mountain air and curative mineral water springs. Overnight in Dilijan. (B)Duration: 9 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight at 3* Hotel Day 5: Scholasticism and Stones / Dilijan - Sevan - Noratus - Selim - Tatev - Goris Stop At: Tatev Monastery, Tatev, Syunik ProvinceBreakfast. We will drive to Lake Sevan which is one of the largest lakes in the world. It stands out with its sweet and astonishingly blue water. Here we can enjoy the breathtaking scenery of the beautiful lake. Then we will visit Sevanavank Monastery which is situated on Sevan Peninsula. There are 2 monasteries actually; one of them is destroyed but the other stands still. They have been built in the Middle Ages, around 10th century. We will alo visuit the greatest cross stone cemetry of the world in Noratus village.We will continue our way to see another miracle – Tatev Monastic Complex founded in the 4th century, which once was a huge spiritual and cultural centre. Nevertheless, it is a magnificent monastery built on a gorge; it is in nice harmony with the nature and is full of spirituality. Here is the shrine of a 14th century Saint Grigor Tatevatsi, who was a great theologian. We will take here the longest cable car of the world to cross the huge gorge to the complex. Drive to Goris in the end. Overnight here. (B)Duration: 11 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight at 3* HotelDay 6: Forerunning and Protection / Goris - Noravank - Khor Virap - Yerevan Stop At: Khor Virap, Lusarat, Ararat ProvinceAfter having our morning prayer we will move to Monastic Complex of Noravank (4-13th cc.) that was considered the see of the Siunik bishops. Here we have a chance to admire the work of a well-known monk-architect Momik and among a large number of khachkars (cross-stones); we will find the one dedicated to the genius. The magnificent landscape of mountains and red cliffs surrounding the monastery display a beautiful array of colours from the sun's reflection. Take trip to Khor Virap Monastery (4-18th cc.). This monastery is very prominent because of its history; Gregory the Illuminator, who introduced Christianity to Armenia, has been imprisoned there about 13 years as at that time there was a prison in the place of the monastery. Here we can enjoy the spectacular view of the sacred Ararat Mountain - an immortal symbol of Armenia. Drive back to Yerevan. Overnight. (B)Duration: 7 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight at 3* Hotel Day 7: Past, Present and Future / Yerevan - Geghard - Yerevan city tour Stop At: The Monastery of Geghard, Geghard, Kotayk ProvinceTake trip to Geghard Monastery. Its name came from the legendary lance that was used to pierce the body of Christ. It has been kept here for centuries. Though the exact foundation of the monastery is unknown, the present complex was built in the mid – 13th century. Return Yerevan for city tour. Visit St. Zoravor, a charming church in the centre of Yerevan, will start the day. Here the precious relics of St. Anania, the disciple that opened Saul’s (future apostle St. Paul’s) eyes, are kept. Then we will visit the Matenadaran - the world's largest depository of ancient manuscripts, a museum and scientific institute named after Mesrop Mashtotz (the inventor of Armenian Alphabet). After free time for lunch, we will have time for shopping and enjoying the last walks along the Yerevan streets or just having rest before our farewell party that will sum up the week’s impressions and we will say good-bye with the hope to meet again. (B)Duration: 7 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight at 3* Hotel Day 8: Departure Stop At: Yerevan Cascade, YerevanSo take advantage of being here, join us on the road of pilgrimage, discovery and prayer, Duration: 30 minutesMeals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.