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$16 Cultural & Theme Tours

Echmiadzin Mother Cathedral, Hripsime Church and Zvartnot Temple From Yerevan

Receive a morning pickup from your Yerevan hotel, after which you will be driven to the Western part of Armenia to make your first stop at the Armenian Apostolic church of St. Echmiadzin about 12 miles (20 kilometers) from Yerevan. Learn about the origins of the Cathedral of Echmiadzin, which was founded at the beginning of the fourth century and is considered one of the oldest churches in the world. According to legend, the church was built in a place where an apparition of Jesus Christ was seen to the religious leader Gregory the Illuminator in a dream. The interior of the church is covered with frescoes created by the Hovnatanyan family. Head next to the St. Hripsime church, one of the most famous ecclesiastical buildings in Echmiadzin. Learn how the church is a perfect example of  Armenia’s cross-cupola churches. You’ll also find the tomb of the Christian martyr Virgin Hripsime is in the church sacristy. Not far from the Echmiadzin Cathedral, against the background of the white peaks of Ararat, you will be able to see the silhouette of the cupola of St. Gayane church. This church was built in the 7th century and was designed in the domed-basilica style. According to legend this St. Gayane was constructed over the tomb of the Virgin Gayane, who was martyred for preaching Christianity. Make the final stop of your excursion at Zvartnot temple, an example of the craftsmanship and creativity of Armenia's 7th century architects. Having been built on several columns, the original structure only survived until the 10th century, but it was excavated and reconstructed at the beginning of the 20th century. After your visit to Zvartnot, return to central Yerevan, where your tour ends.

$130 Private & Custom Tours

Private Tour to Echmiadzin Cathedral, Zvartnots Temple, Masterclass of Dolma making

Drive to holly city Echmiadzin. Here is situated Holy Mother Cathedral of Armenian Apostolic Church and it is considered to be the oldest one in the world. The Cathedral was built in the early 4th century and was the seat of the head of the church - Catholicos. The cathedral was listed as World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2000. The cathedral, built in 480, is located in a walled compound with gardens and various structures. The word "Echmiadzin" means “The coming of the only-begotten”. Visit St. Hripsime Church that is a 7th  century Armenian Apostolic church in Armenia. It was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site along with other nearby churches, including Ejmiadzin Cathedral, Armenia's mother church, in 2000. Also visit St. Gayane Church that was also listed as a UNESCO World Heritage in 2000. Dolma making masterclass at Machanents Art and Tourism.The next place to visit will be magnificent Zvartnots Temple built in 643-652. Now in ruins, it is located at the edge of the city of Vagharshapat.

$1730 Cultural & Theme Tours

Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaijan 11 days

Friday: arrival in Tbilisi or Yerevan airport, transfer to a hotel in Yerevan; Check in after 15:00. Overnight in Yerevan. Saturday: 12:00 - visit Mother Armenia monument. Visit the Matenadaran Institute of Ancient Manuscripts. Take a tour of Vernissage. Visit fruit market Shouka. Overnight in Yerevan. Meal: breakfast. Distance: 100 km. Sunday: 09:00 - visit Khor Virap and Echmiadzin, attend the Holy Liturgy. Drive to the 1st century Garni Pagan Temple. Visit the 13th century cave monastery of Geghard. Overnight in Yerevan. Meal: breakfast. Distance: 250 km. Monday: 09:00 - drive to Lake Sevan. Visit monastery of Sevanavank on Sevan peninsula. Continue to Dilijan. After border formalities, drive to Tbilisi. Overnight in Tbilisi. Meal: breakfast. Distance: 350 km. Tuesday: 09:00 - driving towards the Caucasus Mountains, stop on the bank of the Zhinvali reservoir and visit Ananuri castle. Continuing to  Gudauri ski resort, after Cross Pass arrive in Stephantsminda, here we will enjoy view from Gergeti church, lunch in a local family. Overnight in Tbilisi. Meal: breakfast, lunch. Distance: 350 km. Wednesday: 09:00 - drive to fortified city of Signagi, visit convent of Bodbe. Continue to the tunnel winery and taste Kakhetian wines made according local traditions in Kvevri. Visit Gremi fortress and continue to Telavi, visit the old town. Overnight in Kakheti province. Meal: breakfast. Distance: 200 km. Thursday: 09:00 - we will start with Telavi food market and continue to Alaverdi Cathedral. Next stop is in the Tsinandali estate - well known for its beauty, wine tasting and continue visiting Ikalto Academy and Shuamta monastery complex; drive to Tbilisi hotel via beautiful Gombori pass. Overnight in Tbilisi. Meal: breakfast. Distance: 200 km. Friday: 09:00 - cross the border, meet your Azeri guide and drive to Sheki. On the way, visit Albanian church dating back to the 1st century AD. Have a short sightseeing tour on arrival: visit Sheki medieval fortress, Sheki Khans Palace, handicrafts workshop and local bazaar. Overnight in Sheki. Meal: breakfast. Distance: 300 km. Saturday: 09:00 - drive to Baku. On the way visit historical mosque Juma and mausoleum of Seven Domes – Yeddi Gumbez in Shamakhi town. visit the Shirvan Shah's family grave yard. Arrival in Baku. Evening tour 1 hour. Overnight in Baku. Meal: breakfast. Distance: 300 km. Sunday: 09:00 - start with Gobustan National Park. Visit Petroglyphs Museum and explore petroglyphs dating back to 10000 BC. Continue to mud volcanoes in Gobustan Reserve. Gobustan is home to almost half of world’s mud volcanoes. Later drive to Ateshgah – temple of fire worshippers. Overnight in Baku. Meal: breakfast. Distance: 250 km. Monday: transfer to Baku airport for departure.

$1730 Cultural & Theme Tours

Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaijan 11 days

Friday: arrival in Tbilisi or Yerevan airport, transfer to a hotel in Yerevan; Check in after 15:00. Overnight in Yerevan. Saturday: 12:00 - visit Mother Armenia monument. Visit the Matenadaran Institute of Ancient Manuscripts. Take a tour of Vernissage. Visit fruit market Shouka. Overnight in Yerevan. Meal: breakfast. Distance: 100 km. Sunday: 09:00 - visit Khor Virap and Echmiadzin, attend the Holy Liturgy. Drive to the 1st century Garni Pagan Temple. Visit the 13th century cave monastery of Geghard. Overnight in Yerevan. Meal: breakfast. Distance: 250 km. Monday: 09:00 - drive to Lake Sevan. Visit monastery of Sevanavank on Sevan peninsula. Continue to Dilijan. After border formalities, drive to Tbilisi. Overnight in Tbilisi. Meal: breakfast. Distance: 350 km. Tuesday: 09:00 - driving towards the Caucasus Mountains, stop on the bank of the Zhinvali reservoir and visit Ananuri castle. Continuing to  Gudauri ski resort, after Cross Pass arrive in Stephantsminda, we will enjoy view from Gergeti church, lunch in a local family. Overnight in Tbilisi. Meal: breakfast, lunch. Distance: 350 km. Wednesday: 09:00 - drive to fortified city of Signagi, visit convent of Bodbe. Continue to the tunnel winery and taste Kakhetian wines made according local traditions in Kvevri. Visit Gremi fortress and continue to Telavi, visit the old town. Overnight in Kakheti province. Meal: breakfast. Distance: 200 km. Thursday: 09:00 - we will start with Telavi food market and continue to Alaverdi Cathedral. Next stop is in the Tsinandali estate - well known for its beauty, wine tasting and continue visiting Ikalto Academy and Shuamta monastery complex; drive to Tbilisi hotel via beautiful Gombori pass. Overnight in Tbilisi. Meal: breakfast. Distance: 200 km. Friday: 09:00 - cross the border, meet your Azeri guide and drive to Sheki. On the way, visit Albanian church dating back to the 1st century AD. Have a short sightseeing tour on arrival: visit Sheki medieval fortress, Sheki Khans Palace, handicrafts workshop and local bazaar. Overnight in Sheki. Meal: breakfast. Distance: 300 km. Saturday: 09:00 - drive to Baku. On the way visit historical mosque Juma and mausoleum of Seven Domes – Yeddi Gumbez in Shamakhi town. visit the Shirvan Shah's family grave yard. Arrival in Baku. Evening tour 1 hour. Overnight in Baku. Meal: breakfast. Distance: 300 km. Sunday: 09:00 - start with Gobustan National Park. Visit Petroglyphs Museum and explore petroglyphs dating back to 10000 BC. Continue to mud volcanoes in Gobustan Reserve. Gobustan is home to almost half of world’s mud volcanoes. Later drive to Ateshgah – temple of fire worshippers. Overnight in Baku. Meal: breakfast. Distance: 250 km. Monday: transfer to Baku airport for departure.

$1730 Cultural & Theme Tours

Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaijan 11 days

Friday: arrival in Tbilisi or Yerevan airport, transfer to a hotel in Yerevan; Check in after 15:00. Overnight in Yerevan. Saturday: 12:00 - visit Mother Armenia monument. Visit the Matenadaran Institute of Ancient Manuscripts. Take a tour of Vernissage. Visit fruit market Shouka. Overnight in Yerevan. Meal: breakfast. Distance: 100 km. Sunday: 09:00 - visit Khor Virap and Echmiadzin, attend the Holy Liturgy. Drive to the 1st century Garni Pagan Temple. Visit the 13th century cave monastery of Geghard. Overnight in Yerevan. Meal: breakfast. Distance: 250 km. Monday: 09:00 - drive to Lake Sevan. Visit monastery of Sevanavank on Sevan peninsula. Continue to Dilijan. After border formalities, drive to Tbilisi. Overnight in Tbilisi. Meal: breakfast. Distance: 350 km. Tuesday: 09:00 - driving towards the Caucasus Mountains, stop on the bank of the Zhinvali reservoir and visit Ananuri castle. Continuing to  Gudauri ski resort, after Cross Pass arrive in Stephantsminda, we will enjoy view from Gergeti church, lunch in a local family. Overnight in Tbilisi. Meal: breakfast, lunch. Distance: 350 km. Wednesday: 09:00 - drive to fortified city of Signagi, visit convent of Bodbe. Continue to the tunnel winery and taste Kakhetian wines made according local traditions in Kvevri. Visit Gremi fortress and continue to Telavi, visit the old town. Overnight in Kakheti province. Meal: breakfast. Distance: 200 km. Thursday: 09:00 - we will start with Telavi food market and continue to Alaverdi Cathedral. Next stop is in the Tsinandali estate - well known for its beauty, wine tasting and continue visiting Ikalto Academy and Shuamta monastery complex; drive to Tbilisi hotel via beautiful Gombori pass. Overnight in Tbilisi. Meal: breakfast. Distance: 200 km. Friday: 09:00 - cross the border, meet your Azeri guide and drive to Sheki. On the way, visit Albanian church dating back to the 1st century AD. Have a short sightseeing tour on arrival: visit Sheki medieval fortress, Sheki Khans Palace, handicrafts workshop and local bazaar. Overnight in Sheki. Meal: breakfast. Distance: 300 km. Saturday: 09:00 - drive to Baku. On the way visit historical mosque Juma and mausoleum of Seven Domes – Yeddi Gumbez in Shamakhi town. visit the Shirvan Shah's family grave yard. Arrival in Baku. Evening tour 1 hour. Overnight in Baku. Meal: breakfast. Distance: 300 km. Sunday: 09:00 - start with Gobustan National Park. Visit Petroglyphs Museum and explore petroglyphs dating back to 10000 BC. Continue to mud volcanoes in Gobustan Reserve. Gobustan is home to almost half of world’s mud volcanoes. Later drive to Ateshgah – temple of fire worshippers. Overnight in Baku. Meal: breakfast. Distance: 250 km. Monday: transfer to Baku airport for departure.

$75 Cultural & Theme Tours

Private Half-day Echmiadzin Cathedral, Hripsime and Zvartnots Temple from Yerevan

The starting place and time of the tour can be tailored to your preferences. The first stop of the day is the Armenian Apostolic church of St. Echmiadzin, just outside of Yerevan. The Cathedral of Echmiadzin was founded at the beginning of the forth century and is one of the oldest churches in the world. According to the legend the church was built in the place where an apparition of Jesus Christ was seen by Grigory the Illuminator, and its interior is decorated with beautiful frescoes.The next stop is St. Hripsime church, another one of the famous ecclesiastical buildings in the city of Echmiadzin, and a perfect example of an Armenian cross-cupola church. The tomb of the Christian martyr Virgin Hripsime is in the sacristy of the church. Continue to visit St. Gayane church, which was built in the 7th century and belongs to the domed-basilica style. According to the legend this church was constructed over the tomb of Virgin Gayane, who was martyred for preaching Christianity. The last stop is Zvartnot temple, built by Armenian architects in the 7th century. Your tour ends back in Yerevan.

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