Armenia - Nagorno Karabakh / 9 days

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It’s a pleasure to welcome to Silk Road Armenia Travel Agency.Armenia has very ancient roots in the culture of rug weaving. Since times immemorial it has been an essential part of the life and culture of our ancestors and they have passed this tradition to all the generations. Among all provinces Artsakh Province (Nagorno Kharabagh) had the most developed and most famous culture of rug weaving. Artsakh is very famous with its rugs nowadays as well. . In fact this is what can be called paradise country. It is the country of Biblical Noah and Biblical Ararat .Here you have a great chance to see cultural, historical,architectural places, such as Dadivank monastery,Tigranakert which is an Armenian ancient city,Shushiberd,Gandzasar monastery, and the major symbol of Artsakh ‘We and our Mountains’. This legendary country waits to open its hospitable doors for you to give you best memories and impressions ever.

ItineraryDay 1: Day 1. ArrivalStop At: Yerevan Cascade, YerevanArrival at Zvartnoc International Airport and transfer to hotel. Duration: 30 minutesNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Overnight at 3* Hotel Day 2: Day 2. Yerevan – Ejmiatsin – Zvartnoc – YerevanStop At: The Churches of Echmiatsin and the Archaeological Site of Zvartnots, Vagharshapat, Armavir ProvinceBreakfast. Excursion to the city of Yerevan. Vist State Museum of History and Armenian Cognac factory. Departure for Echmiadzin, which Echmiadzin is the Holy See of the Catholicos, the spiritual heart of the Armenian Apostolic Church. Then going ahead visit the ruins of the Zvartnots Cathedral. Return to Yerevan. (B)Duration: 5 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight at 3* Hotel Day 3: Day 3. Yerevan – Haghpat– Sanahin - Dilijan Stop At: Haghpatavank, Haghpat, Lori ProvinceBreakfast. Today we will visit two unique masterpieces of Armenian architecture of X-XIV centuries: the monasteries of Sanahin and Haghpat which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Literally the name ’’Sanahin’’ in Armenian means "this one is older than the other," which probably means that this monastery is older of than Haghpat. These two monasteries are very close to each other and can be easily seen from one to the other. Both are located on an uneven plateau, separated by a deep crack formed by a small river that flows into the river Debed. Haghpat Monastery was one of the largest religious, cultural and educational centers of medieval Armenia. Drive to Dilijan. Overnight. (B)Duration: 8 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight at 3* Hotel Day 4: Day 4. Dilijan - Sevan – Noraduz - Dadivank – StepanakertStop At: Lake Sevan, Lake Sevan, Gegharkunik 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. Visit Noraduz, the largest Armenian medieval cemetery, where you can find ancient examples of "khachkars". Departure for Stepanakert, and stop to visit the Dadivank monastery on the way. Overnight in Stepanakert. (B)Duration: 9 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight at 3* HotelDay 5: Day 5. Stepanakert – Gandzasar – Tigranakert - Stepanakert Stop At: Stepanakert Shuka, Khankendi, Nagorny KarabakhBreakfast. We will start our trip having the first stop at the statue of Grandmother and Grandfather, which has become the symbol of Nagorno Kharabagh. We will continue the tour visiting the monastery of Gandzasar. Ganzasar Monastery is one of the most important architectural monument of Artsakh and the entire historical Eastern Side of Armenia. It is said that the head of John the Baptist id buried here. Visit the bazar in Stepanakert for tasting Jingjalov hac, the national meal of Artsakh. We will make a visit to the historical museum of Artsakh. After all we will visit The Archeological Museum of Tigranakert. Get back to Stepanakert. Overnight at the hotel. (B)Duration: 6 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight at 3* HotelDay 6: Day 6. Stepanakert - Shushi –Khndzoresk – Tatev – GorisStop At: Tatev Monastery, Tatev, Syunik ProvinceBreakfast. We will continue our tour driving to Shushi. It’s a small old city where we can observe the oldest streets which will transfer us to 18th century. After Shushi we will drive to cave village Khndzoresk. It’s an old village which has been inhabited until the late 1980s. Now what remains is the old cave spread on the slope of the mountain. Drive to monastery of Tatev. It is amedival monastic compex built between the ages 9-13. Formerly it was a university where very famous scientists, writers and priests have been educated. At that time this university was very famous in abroud as well. After all we will drive to Goris. Overnight in Goris. (B)Duration: 7 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight at 3* Hotel Day 7: Day 7. Goris – Noravank – Areni - Khor Virap - YerevanStop At: Noravank Monastery, Areni, Vayots Dzor ProvinceBreakfast. Take trip to Noravank - a monastery of XII century situated among amazing sheer rocks on the bench of a twisty gorge. This is the only monastery where we may find a unique sculpture of Father God. On our way back we will visit village Areni which is considered to be an important center of wine production industry You are welcome to taste its excellent wine. We will continue our tour 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. After all drive to Yerevan. Overnight in Yerevan. (B)Duration: 8 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight at 3* HotelDay 8: Day 8. Yerevan – Garni – Geghard - Yerevan Stop At: Garni Temple, Garni, Kotayk ProvinceBreakfast. Take trip to Garni. This Pagan Temple was built in the 1st century AD. It is the only temple that has been preserves from the Pagan times in Armenia. It was devoted to the god Mihr, who was the god of cleanness. In 1679 it was destroyed by earthquake. In the 1975 the Temple was restored. Then we will continue our 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. Afterwards we will a local house where you will have the chance to see and participate in the preparation of Armenian national bread: lavash. It is a very thin, usually sold in very large forms. It is usually cooked in a ground oven: “tonir''. In 2015 it has been inscribed in UNESCO intangible heritage list. Here we will enjoy the “Armenian fast food” with lavash and cheese. Get back to Yerevan. Overnight. (B)Duration: 5 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight at 3* Hotel Day 9: Day 9. DepartureStop At: Yerevan Cascade, YerevanBreakfast and transfer to the airport.Duration: 30 minutesMeals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.

What's included

  • 8x Breakfast
  • Accommodation included: 8 nights
  • Accomodation in hotels in DBL rooms for 8 nights
  • Professional English speaking guide
  • AC Transportation / 2-4 pax- Mini van, 5-13 pax- Mercedes Sprinter, 14-20 pax, Mercedes Atego
  • All entrance fees to monuments mentioned in the program
  • A bottle of water per day per person
  • Wine factory visit and degustation in Areni
  • Master class of “lavash”
  • Tatev Ropeway
  • Entry/Admission - Yerevan Cascade
  • Entry/Admission - The Churches of Echmiatsin and the Archaeological Site of Zvartnots
  • Entry/Admission - Haghpatavank
  • Entry/Admission - Lake Sevan
  • Entry/Admission - Stepanakert Shuka
  • Entry/Admission - Tatev Monastery
  • Entry/Admission - Noravank Monastery
  • Entry/Admission - Garni Temple
  • Entry/Admission - Yerevan Cascade

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Air Tickets
  • Visits outside the program
  • Meals

Itinerary

Day 1: Day 1: Day 1. Arrival Stop At: Yerevan Cascade, Yerevan Arrival at Zvartnoc International Airport and transfer to hotel. Duration: 30 minutes No meals included on this day. Accommodation included: Overnight at 3* Hotel

Day 2: Day 2: Day 2. Yerevan – Ejmiatsin – Zvartnoc – Yerevan Stop At: The Churches of Echmiatsin and the Archaeological Site of Zvartnots, Vagharshapat, Armavir Province Breakfast. Excursion to the city of Yerevan. Vist State Museum of History and Armenian Cognac factory. Departure for Echmiadzin, which Echmiadzin is the Holy See of the Catholicos, the spiritual heart of the Armenian Apostolic Church. Then going ahead visit the ruins of the Zvartnots Cathedral. Return to Yerevan. (B) Duration: 5 hours Meals included: • Breakfast Accommodation included: Overnight at 3* Hotel

Day 3: Day 3: Day 3. Yerevan – Haghpat– Sanahin - Dilijan Stop At: Haghpatavank, Haghpat, Lori Province Breakfast. Today we will visit two unique masterpieces of Armenian architecture of X-XIV centuries: the monasteries of Sanahin and Haghpat which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Literally the name ’’Sanahin’’ in Armenian means "this one is older than the other," which probably means that this monastery is older of than Haghpat. These two monasteries are very close to each other and can be easily seen from one to the other. Both are located on an uneven plateau, separated by a deep crack formed by a small river that flows into the river Debed. Haghpat Monastery was one of the largest religious, cultural and educational centers of medieval Armenia. Drive to Dilijan. Overnight. (B) Duration: 8 hours Meals included: • Breakfast Accommodation included: Overnight at 3* Hotel

Day 4: Day 4: Day 4. Dilijan - Sevan – Noraduz - Dadivank – Stepanakert Stop At: Lake Sevan, Lake Sevan, Gegharkunik Province Breakfast. 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. Visit Noraduz, the largest Armenian medieval cemetery, where you can find ancient examples of "khachkars". Departure for Stepanakert, and stop to visit the Dadivank monastery on the way. Overnight in Stepanakert. (B) Duration: 9 hours Meals included: • Breakfast Accommodation included: Overnight at 3* Hotel

Day 5: Day 5: Day 5. Stepanakert – Gandzasar – Tigranakert - Stepanakert Stop At: Stepanakert Shuka, Khankendi, Nagorny Karabakh Breakfast. We will start our trip having the first stop at the statue of Grandmother and Grandfather, which has become the symbol of Nagorno Kharabagh. We will continue the tour visiting the monastery of Gandzasar. Ganzasar Monastery is one of the most important architectural monument of Artsakh and the entire historical Eastern Side of Armenia. It is said that the head of John the Baptist id buried here. Visit the bazar in Stepanakert for tasting Jingjalov hac, the national meal of Artsakh. We will make a visit to the historical museum of Artsakh. After all we will visit The Archeological Museum of Tigranakert. Get back to Stepanakert. Overnight at the hotel. (B) Duration: 6 hours Meals included: • Breakfast Accommodation included: Overnight at 3* Hotel

Day 6: Day 6: Day 6. Stepanakert - Shushi –Khndzoresk – Tatev – Goris Stop At: Tatev Monastery, Tatev, Syunik Province Breakfast. We will continue our tour driving to Shushi. It’s a small old city where we can observe the oldest streets which will transfer us to 18th century. After Shushi we will drive to cave village Khndzoresk. It’s an old village which has been inhabited until the late 1980s. Now what remains is the old cave spread on the slope of the mountain. Drive to monastery of Tatev. It is amedival monastic compex built between the ages 9-13. Formerly it was a university where very famous scientists, writers and priests have been educated. At that time this university was very famous in abroud as well. After all we will drive to Goris. Overnight in Goris. (B) Duration: 7 hours Meals included: • Breakfast Accommodation included: Overnight at 3* Hotel

Day 7: Day 7: Day 7. Goris – Noravank – Areni - Khor Virap - Yerevan Stop At: Noravank Monastery, Areni, Vayots Dzor Province Breakfast. Take trip to Noravank - a monastery of XII century situated among amazing sheer rocks on the bench of a twisty gorge. This is the only monastery where we may find a unique sculpture of Father God. On our way back we will visit village Areni which is considered to be an important center of wine production industry You are welcome to taste its excellent wine. We will continue our tour 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. After all drive to Yerevan. Overnight in Yerevan. (B) Duration: 8 hours Meals included: • Breakfast Accommodation included: Overnight at 3* Hotel

Day 8: Day 8: Day 8. Yerevan – Garni – Geghard - Yerevan Stop At: Garni Temple, Garni, Kotayk Province Breakfast. Take trip to Garni. This Pagan Temple was built in the 1st century AD. It is the only temple that has been preserves from the Pagan times in Armenia. It was devoted to the god Mihr, who was the god of cleanness. In 1679 it was destroyed by earthquake. In the 1975 the Temple was restored. Then we will continue our 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. Afterwards we will a local house where you will have the chance to see and participate in the preparation of Armenian national bread: lavash. It is a very thin, usually sold in very large forms. It is usually cooked in a ground oven: “tonir''. In 2015 it has been inscribed in UNESCO intangible heritage list. Here we will enjoy the “Armenian fast food” with lavash and cheese. Get back to Yerevan. Overnight. (B) Duration: 5 hours Meals included: • Breakfast Accommodation included: Overnight at 3* Hotel

Day 9: Day 9: Day 9. Departure Stop At: Yerevan Cascade, Yerevan Breakfast and transfer to the airport. Duration: 30 minutes Meals included: • Breakfast No accommodation included on this day.