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Armenia Day Tour from Yerevan

_ Khor Virap: its 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 of Armenia. Saint Gregory subsequently became the king's religious mentor, and they led the proselytizing activity in the country. In the year 301, Armenia was the first country in the world to be declared a Christian nation. A chapel was initially built in 642 at the site of Khor Virap by Nerses III the Builder as a mark of veneration to Saint Gregory. Over the centuries, it was repeatedly rebuilt. This monastery rests atop a little hill in an otherwise very flat Ararat Valley. You can make it out from the highway a few km away and it grows bigger as you turn off the highway and drive towards it. When you arrive you will be as close to Mt. Ararat as you can probably get in Armenia. It is huge and towers over Khor Virap on even hazy days. You can actually see the green belt along the Arax River which denotes the boundary with Turkey from the monastery and there are some military lookout posts around this area. _ The Cave Areni I: a substantial number Chalcolithic sites have been identified across the territory of modern Armenia. One of those is the cave Areni I in the Vayots-Dzor Province. Areni I represent the second half of the Chalcolithic, dating approximately between 4500 and 3400 BC. Areni I cave complex was occupied during that same period for ritual purposes related to mortuary activities. The dry environment of the cave together with a stable temperature provided excellent conditions for the preservation of organic materials. Desiccated grains, fruits, textiles, leather, and even grass, which usually are not found at other sites, open a window onto an unknown world of perishable artefacts produced and used by Chalcolithic civilizations. Especially noteworthy is the discovery, deep in the cave, of the world’s oldest presently known wine pressing installation, dating back to around 4000 BC, and of the world’s oldest leather shoe, dated approximately to 3600 BC: this Leather Shoe is 1,000 years older than the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt and 400 years older than Stonehenge in the UK, has been found in the cave of Areni I. _ Wine Tasting in Areni Wine Factory: the Areni Wine Factory was founded in 1994 on the initiative of the Simonyan family in the village of Areni with the aim to continue and enrich winemaking traditions. In a short time, the company was able to expand its production capacity and to offer the customers two different types of high-quality wine. _Noravank: it's a 13th-century Armenian monastery, located 122 km from Yerevan in a narrow gorge made by the Amaghu River, near the town of Yeghegnadzor.

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Private Tour: Khor Virap, Areni, Noravank, Jermuk

The Khor Virap monastery is located less than an hour drive from Yerevan, with a spectacular view to mount Ararat, the oldest and most well-known mountain in Armenia Highland. “Khor Virap” translates as “deep dungeon” or "deep pit", and was a former prison and fortress, located near to historical town of Artashat. By legend, Gregory the Illuminator, the first Armenian Catholicos, was jailed her for 14 years, so this place is one of the sacred spots for Armenians and Christian Pilgrims from around the world.Areni village, also known as village of wine is located on the bank of river Arpa. Wine traditions here are having more than six thousand years history. Wine testing, wine and oghi (homemade fruit vodka) selling points are available on each corner. All kinds of wine are largely available for testing and locals are joking, that they use wine as water. You will have a wine testing at one of the oldest wine factories in Areni.The Areni-1 or Birds' Çave complex a multicomponent site and late Chalcolithic/Early Bronze Age ritual site and settlement is located near the Areni village in southern Armenia along the Arpa River. In 2010, it was announced that the earliest known shoe was found at the site.In January 2011, the earliest known winery in the world was announced to have been found. Also in 2011, the discovery of a straw skirt dating to 3,900 years BCE was reported. In 2009, the oldest brain was discovered.Noravank, literally "new monastery") is a 13th-century Armenian monastery, located 122 km from Yerevan in a narrow gorge made by the Amaghu River, near the town of Yeghegnadzor, Armenia. The gorge is known for its tall, sheer, brick-red cliffs, directly across from the monastery. The monastery is best known for its two-storey Surb Astvatsatsin (Holy Mother of God) church, which grants access to the second floor by way of a narrow stone-made staircase jutting out from the face of building.Jermuk is a mountain spa town and the centre of the urban community of Jermuk in Vayots Dzor Province at the south of Armenia, at a road distance of 53 km east of the provincial capital Yeghegnadzor. It was considered one of the popular destinations for medical tourism in the Soviet Union. The waterfall of Jermuk on Arpa river has a height of 70 meters.Jermuk is famous for its hot springs and mineral water brands bottled in the town. It is attractive for its fresh air, waterfall, artificial lakes, walking trails, the surrounding forests and mineral water pools. The town is being redeveloped to become a modern center of tourism and health services. It is also being set up to become a major chess center, with numerous chess international tournaments scheduled in the town.

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