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Group Tour: 3 days-2 nights in Artsakh/ Nagorno Karabagh

ItineraryDay 1: Lake Sevan, Dadivank, Gandzasar, Stepanakert (overnight)Stop At: Hyur Service, Yerevanstarting pointDuration: 30 minutesStop At: Lake Sevan, Lake Sevan, Gegharkunik Provinceshort stop Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Dadivank Monastery, Vengancient monastery surrounded with natureDuration: 1 hourStop At: Gandzasar Monastery, Aghdara, Aran Regiontranslated as mountain of treasuresDuration: 1 hour 10 minutesPass By: Stepanakert Shuka, Khankendi, Nagorny Karabakhcapital of Artsakh (NKR)Meals included: • Lunch: included • Dinner: includedAccommodation included: Overnight at Heghnar hotel (optional: Armenia or Vallex Garden hotels at an additional price)Day 2: Stepanakert city (History museum, local market), Tigranakert, Askeran fortress, Shoushi (Ghazanchetsots), StepanakertStop At: Stepanakert Shuka, Khankendi, Nagorny Karabakhcity tour visiting history museum and local marketDuration: 1 hour 45 minutesStop At: Tigranakert of Artsakh, Aghdara, Aran Region the fifth capital city of historical Armenia Duration: 45 minutesStop At: Askeran Fortress, Askeran, Nagorny Karabakhold fortressDuration: 20 minutesStop At: Shoushi, Shusha, Nagorny KarabakhGhazanchetsost church and legendary Jdrduz gorgeDuration: 1 hour 50 minutesPass By: Stepanakert Shuka, Khankendi, Nagorny KarabakhovernightMeals included: • Breakfast: included • Lunch: included • Dinner: includedAccommodation included: overnight in Heghnar Hotel (optional: Armenia or Vallex Garden hotels at an additional cost)Day 3: Tatev - Ropeway, Noravank monastery, "Hin Areni" wine factory (tour and tasting)Stop At: Wings of Tatev, Halidzor, Syunik Provincethe longest rope-way in the WorldDuration: 15 minutesStop At: Tatev Monastery, Tatev, Syunik Provincebreathtaking viewsDuration: 1 hour 30 minutesStop At: Noravank Monastery, Areni, Vayots Dzor Provincesurrounded with mountainsDuration: 1 hourStop At: Hin Areni Winery, Areni, Vayots Dzor Provincetour and tastingDuration: 35 minutesPass By: Hyur Servicereturning pointMeals included: • Breakfast: included • Lunch: includedNo accommodation included on this day.

$160 Cultural & Theme Tours

Tour to Artsakh 2 day 1 nighte with Bari Tour Armenia

ItineraryDay 1: Tour to Dadivank,Gandzasar,StepanakertStop At: Dadivank Monastery, VengDadivankDuration: 40 minutesStop At: Gandzasar Monastery, Aghdara, Aran RegionGandzasarDuration: 1 hourStop At: Stepanakert Shuka, Khankendi, Nagorny KarabakhStepanakertDuration: 2 hoursMeals included: • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Hotel Europe in StepanakertDay 2: Tour to Tigranakert,Shushi,St GhazanchetsotsStop At: Tigranakert of Artsakh, Aghdara, Aran RegionTigranakertDuration: 40 minutesStop At: Shushi Tank Memorial, Shusha, Nagorny KarabakhShushi tankDuration: 20 minutesStop At: Ghazanchetsots Cathedral, Shusha, Nagorny KarabakhSt GazanchetsotsDuration: 45 minutesMeals included: • Breakfast • LunchNo accommodation included on this day.

$122.51 Cultural & Theme Tours

Armenia,2 full-days Group Tour from Yerevan to Artsakh (accommodation+Meals)

ItineraryDay 1: Day 1: Lake Sevan, Gandzasar and Dadivank Monasteries, Stepanakert (capital city of Artsakh) Stop At: Lake Sevan, Lake Sevan, Gegharkunik ProvinceThe blue gem of Armenian mountains. Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Dadivank Monastery, VengAn ancient monastery complex in the Karvachar region of Artsakh Republic, situated in the picturesque valley between the Artsakh and Mrav mountain-chains.Duration: 45 minutesStop At: Gandzasar Monastery, Aghdara, Aran RegionA monastery located in the Mardakert district of Artsakh Republic, which is translated from Armenian as “Treasure Mountain”.Duration: 45 minutesMeals included: • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at a 3 star hotelDay 2: Day 2: Shushi (Ghazanchetsots Cathedral, Khndzoresk, Tatev Monastery and cable-way, "Hin Areni" wine factoryStop At: Ghazanchetsots Cathedral, Shusha, Nagorny KarabakhThe symbol and the landmark of Shushi. The chruch is distinguished with its majestic domed basilica shape and is considered to be one of the largest Armenian Churches.Duration: 40 minutesStop At: Old Khndzoresk, Syunik ProvinceA village with a chain of man-made caves and a 160-meter long swinging bridge. Duration: 40 minutesStop At: Wings of Tatev, Halidzor, Syunik ProvinceThe longest cable-way in the world (approx. 6 km), which was registered in the Guinness book of records in 2010. Duration: 1 hourStop At: Tatev Monastery, Tatev, Syunik Province9th century monastery built on a high plateau in the Vorotan river gorge and surrounded by breathtaking mountains and dense forests.Duration: 45 minutesStop At: Hin Areni Winery, Areni, Vayots Dzor ProvinceA factory bearing the name of one of the oldest grape varieties in the world- "areni". Duration: 30 minutesMeals included: • Breakfast • LunchNo accommodation included on this day.

$261.97 Cultural & Theme Tours

2 Days Private Tour from Yerevan to Artsakh

ItineraryDay 1: Lake Sevan, Dadivank, Gandzasar, StepanakertStop At: Lake Sevan, Lake Sevan, Gegharkunik ProvinceWhilst staying in Armenia, you simply cannot miss the opportunity of visiting one of the country’s most renowned landmarks – the beautiful lake Sevan. Merely an hour’s drive from the capital city of Yerevan, Sevan is situated at the height of 1900m above sea level and surrounded by a vast chain of mountains. The tour begins by climbing a flight of stairs to the Sevan peninsula – a pleasant morning work-out that will compensate itself with an unforgettable panoramic view of the lake from the top. We will also visit the monastery of Sevanavank, built by the princess Mariam to honor the life of her deceased husband in the 9th century. Sevanavank is also home to one of the most beautiful Amenaprkich (all savior) Khachkars of Armenia. This is one of the 13 rarest crosstones depicting Jesus. The final stop of the private tour will be the capital of Armenia- Yerevan.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Stepanakert Shuka, Khankendi, Nagorny KarabakhStepanakert is the capital of Nagorno-Karabakh. It is situated on the Western incline of Karabakh mountain range, on the left bank of the tributary of the Karkar River Vararakn, 850 m above sea level. Stepanakert has an antiquated history. In the Middle Ages, at the place of present-day Stepanakert was a settlement called Vararakn. The modern blooming city Stepanakert encompassed by the mountains.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Gandzasar Monastery, Aghdara, Aran RegionNevertheless, the symbol and the landmark of Shushi is the Church of Surb Ghazanchetsots, or All Holy Savior. Dating back to the 19 th century, with its majestic domed basilica shape, the Surb Ghazanchetsots church is also one of the largest Armenian Churches. Gandzasar monastery also dates back to the 10 th century, and is located in the Martakert district of Nagorno-Karabakh Republic. Translated from Armenian as “Treasure Mountain”, the Gandzasar is indeed the treasure of the Armenian Mediaeval Architecture, being one of the most beautifully designed Armenian churches, endowed with elegant ornaments. It is also home to relics believed to belong to St. John the Baptist and his father St Zachariah. Downhill from the church, near the Khachen River, you can also see a cave turned into a lion head – a highly popular landmark.On the 2nd day the tour will start from Tigranakert. The city of Tigranakert is a Hellenistic city, one of four Tigranakerts founded by the Armenian King Tigran the Great (95-55 B.C.) in during 100 BC. The city is located in the Martakert region of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, near the river Khachenaget.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Dadivank Monastery, VengDadivank (or Khutavank «monastery on the hill») is an ancient monastery complex in the Karvachar region of Nagorno Karabagh Republic. It is situated in the picturesque valley between the Karabakh and Mrav mountain-chains, and may just be one of the most charming and beautiful places in the world. The monastery was founded in 1 st century AD by St. Dadi, a disciple of Thaddeus the Apostle, who spread Christianity in Eastern Armenia during the first century AD. In June, 2007, the grave of St. Dadi was discovered under the holy altar of the main church.Duration: 1 hourNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 2: Shushi, Khndzoresk, Tatev, Areni wineryStop At: Shushi Tank Memorial, Shusha, Nagorny KarabakhSituated at an altitude of 1,400–1,800 meters in the picturesque mountainscape of Karabakh, Shushi is one of the main cities of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic. During the 19 th century, Shushi was one of the main cultural and educational cities in the Caucasus, housing numerous schools, printing houses and theaters. It was especially famous for its musical schools. Due to its mixed population, it was also home to several Christian Armenian Churches and Islamic Iranian Mosques. One of the mosques is currently being restored.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Khndzoresk Swinging Bridge, YerevanKhndzoresk is another spot included in this private tour. Right up until the 20th century, this network of manmade caves was the biggest village in Eastern Armenia. You are welcome to explore the cave system as well as a 5th century church and the spring of the 9 orphans in the old Khndzoresk. But to do all of this, we will go through a 160-meter long suspension bridge that was built in 2012, connectingOld Khndzoresk and New Khndzoresk, literally bridging Armenia’s history with the present day.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Tatev Monastery, Tatev, Syunik ProvinceWe will arrive at the longest airway tramway in the world (approx. 6 km), which was registered in the Guinness book of records in 2010. The Wings of Tatev will take us straight to the 9th century Tatev Monastery, which once was the educational and spiritual center of Armenia. It’s built on a high plateau in the Vorotan river gorge, and is surrounded by breathtaking mountains and dense forests. During your ride, you will enjoy a spectacular view over one of the most beautiful spots in Armenia (if not in the world). Here you will see the Harsnadzor Watchtower and Devil’s Bridge,which is a natural viaduct formed on the river.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Hin Areni Winery, Areni, Vayots Dzor ProvinceArmenia is known for its spectacular history in winemaking. Areni is a town bearing the name of one of the oldest grape varieties in the world. So if you are a Wine connoisseur, don’t miss out on the opportunity to visit winery in Areni. The final stop of the tour will be the capital of Armenia- Yerevan.Duration: 1 hourNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.

$1195 Cultural & Theme Tours

Armenia - Nagorno Karabakh / 9 days

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.

$258.33 Cultural & Theme Tours

Armenia and Artsakh (Nagorno Karabagh) for 2 days, 1 night

ItineraryDay 1: Lake Sevan - StepanakertStop At: Hayravank Monastery, Hayravank, Gegharkunik ProvinceMonastery Hayravank, which dates back to the 9th-12th centuries. The three main constructions of the monastery are the church, the chapel and a gavit. The interior of the church is rather simple, but very thrilling when the sun hits the narrow windows of the church. The rays of the sun attack the interior, creating a thrilling sensation of holiness for every single visitor.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Dadivank Monastery, VengDadivank Monastery is the largest monastic complex in Artsakh-Karabakh and one of the true masterpieces of Armenian medieval architecture. It is located in the northwestern part of Martakert district of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Gandzasar Monastery, Aghdara, Aran Region“Gandzasar” means treasure mountain in Armenian. On site is the Church of St. John the Baptist, which was built between 1216 and 1238. Duration: 1 hourStop At: Stepanakert Shuka, Khankendi, Nagorny KarabakhStepanakert is the capital of Nagorno Karabakh Republic.Duration: 1 dayNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 2: Stepanakert - YerevanStop At: Ghazanchetsots Cathedral, Shusha, Nagorny KarabakhIn Shushi we will visit Surp Amenaprkich Ghazanchetsots Cathedral (St. Savior Ghazanchetsots Cathedral), which was built in 1868-1887.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Tatev Monastery, Tatev, Syunik ProvinceTatev Monastery was built in the 9th-13th centuries. In translation from the old Armenian (grabar) "tatev" means "give wings"Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Wings of Tatev, Halidzor, Syunik ProvinceWings of Tatev is the longest cable car in the world (5.7 km), the complex has become one of the most visited places in Armenia.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Areni Wine Factory, Areni, Vayots Dzor ProvinceDuring our trip you will have an opportunity to visit the winery and taste armenian wine.Duration: 30 minutesNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.

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