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$17 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.

$90 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.

$21 Day Trips & Excursions

Day Tour from Yerevan including Tsitsernakaberd, Mother See Echmiadzin and Zvartnots Temple

Receive a morning pickup from your Yerevan hotel, after which you will be driven to the memorial-complex to the victims of the Armenian genocide, Tsitsernakaberd. At the center of the monument there is an eternal flame and twelve basalt slabs, and granite stele symbolize the spiritual rebirth and bold spirit of the Armenian people. The Genocide Museum contains many photos taken by witnesses, archival documents, documentary films, and original documents. The next destination will be in the Western part of Armenia 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 St. Hripsime church, the one of the famous ecclesiastical buildings in Echmiadzin. Learn about why this religious structure offers a perfect example of one of Armenia’s famous “cross-cupola” churches, while also admiring various highlights of its architectural simplicity. 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 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. Lunch will be held in the Cultural-Creative center "CAU", where besides dining one will have an opportunity to explore some sectors of Armenian culture. It will be offered to choose the meal between 4 options in the vehicle before arrival to the restaurant and pay on the spot.  Make the last stop of your excursion at Zvartnots temple, an example of the craftsmanship and creativity of Armenian architects in the 7th century. Having been built on several columns, the original structure only survived only till the 10th century. However, at the beginning of the 20th century when the site was excavated and reconstructed. After your visit to Zvartnots, you will then be returned to the local operator’s head office in central Yerevan.

$145 Day Trips & Excursions

Private 9-hour Echmiadzin, Zvartnots, Garni and Geghard trip 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. Stop in Zvartnot temple, built by Armenian architects in the 7th century. After stopping for lunch (own expense), continue to Garni pagan temple which towers over a triangular cape, is the unique survived example of heathen culture in Armenia. It is a blend of Greco-Roman and Armenian styles. King Trdat the First ordered building the temple in the first century A.D. and dedicated it to the God of Sun. After adopting Christianity in 301 the pagan temple lost its significance and the fortress of Garni became the summer residence of the kings. Nowadays the ruins of the royal palace and the bathroom with a stunning mosaic work can be found near the temple. You will then visit Geghard monastery, the unsurpassed masterpiece of the 13th century Armenian architecture. Some of the churches of the complex are masterfully hewed in a huge rock. From the outset the complex was called Ayrivank (cave monastery), later it was renamed Geghard (lance), as the lance used by the roman soldier to sting Jesus Christ's side, was kept in this monastery for many centuries. Due to its construction Geghardavank serves the best place for singing spiritual songs. The complex is rich in subtle sculptural embellishments and many striking khachkars (cross-stones). Your tour ends back in Yerevan.

$2844.94 Multi-day & Extended Tours

14-Day Tour to Azerbaijan, Georgia & Armenia from Baku

Day 1 Baku City Tour 10:00 am pickup from your hotel in Baku. Baku sightseeing and visit: Mountain Park and Baku Bay, Old City, Shirvanshakhs Palace, Karvansaray, "Giz Galasi". Overnight in Baku. Day 2 Baku-Sheki Breakfast. Start the route to the town Sheki. Visit Mountain Mausoleum "Diri-Baba" & Shemakha Mosque. Also visit Sheki Fortress, Sheki Khan Palace, Caravanserai and Mosque. Overnight in Sheki. Day 3 Sheki-Sighnaghi Breakfast. Excursion in Kish village and visit Alban Church. Drive to the Azerbaijan-Georgia border. Continue the trip to Georgia. Arrive in Signagi and visit Sighnaghi museum. Overnight in Signagi. Day 4 Sighnaghi-Velistsikhe-Tsinandali-Shumi-Telavi-Tbilisi Breakfast. Drive to Velistsikhe village, taste local wine. Explore Tsinandali house-museum with a glass of wine. Continue to Shumi winery, wine-tasting with snacks. Overnight in Tbilisi. Day 5 Tbilisi City Tour Breakfast. Have Tbilisi Sightseeing tour and visit: Holy Trinity Cathedral, Metekhi church, Shardeni Street, Bridge of Peace, Narikhala fortress by aerial cable car, Legvtakhevi, Abanotubani. Overnight in Tbilisi. Day 6 Tbilisi-Mtskheta-Ananuri-Gudauri Breakfast. Drive to Mtskheta. Visit two UNESCO sites: Jvari church and Svetitskhoveli cathedral. Stop at Ananuri castle. Overnight in Gudauri. Day 7 Gudauri-Kazbegi-Tbilisi Breakfast. Visit the top of the Mount Gergeti, Holy Trinity Church and Stepantsminda village. Drive back to Tbilisi for overnight. Day 8 Tbilisi-Gori-Uplistsikhe-Borjomi-Akhaltsikhe Breakfast. Drive to Samtskhe region.Visit Stalin's house-museum. Explore Uplistskhe, one of the oldest inhabited caves in Georgia. Next stop is a town Borjomi. Walk in Central park and taste mineral waters. Overnight in Akhaltsikhe. Day 9 Akhaltsikhe-Vardzia-Bavra-Gyumri Breakfast. Visit Rabati medieval Castle situated on the rocky inn. Drive to Vardzia rock-hewn caves. Continue to Georgia-Armenian border and continue to Gyumri for overnight. Day 10 Gyumri-Ejmiatsin-Zvartnoc-Yerevan Breakfast, sightseeing in Gyumri. Continue to Echmiadzin. Visit to Zvartnoc. Drive to Yerevan and visit to Manuscript museum Matenadaran. Overnight in Yerevan. Day 11 Yerevan-Garni-Geghard-Yerevan Breakfast. Excursion around Yerevan. Visit History museum, Republic Square, Geghard Monastery, Garni Temple. Overnight in Yerevan. Day 12 Yerevan-Khor Virap-Areni-Noravak-Yerevan Breakfast. Visit Khor Virap Monastery. Next continue to Village Areni and have wine-tasting in the factory. Visit Noravank monastery. Overnight in Yerevan. Day 13 Yerevan-Sevan-Sanahin-Hagpat-Sadakhlo-Tbilisi Breakfast. Trip to Lake Sevan. Drive to Dilijan and visit the Sharamberyan Street. Next visit to the medieval Sanahin and Haghpat Monasteries.Transfer to Tbilisi for overnight. Day 14 Tbilisi Breakfast. Check out time until 12:00 pm. End of service.

$1781.10 Classic

Best of Georgia & Armenia

Georgia and Armenia may sound like unconventional destinations, but trust us, they ought to top your list of places to visit. Our eight-day trip is a wonderful showcase of the cultural and natural highlights the Caucasus Region has to offer, with a huge helping of beautiful architecture and delicious cuisine to boot. Stroll the narrow streets of Tbilisi, tour ancient monasteries, stare down massive mountain ranges, visit with friendly locals, and soak up all the exotic culture of this underexplored region.

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