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Tour program 8 day/7 night

When you visit Armenia, take the occasion to stop and listen attentively to your inner rhythm…

Attune it to the rhythm of the life pulsing through “The country of a found and a lost Eden”. Set your pace to its pace, stroll through the bustling avenues of major cities, walk along the quaint streets of provincial towns, relax on the sun-warmed steps of a hilltop chapel, enjoy a leisurely conversation in a mountain hamlet, let the flow of the life of the country embrace you.
Sharpen your senses and feel Armenia…

 

Day 1   Yerevan-Arrival day
    Upon your arrival in Yerevan, you will meet with our representative at the airport and be transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to explore this historic cultural city. Overnight in Yerevan

Day 2   Yerevan city tour-Garni- Geghard –Yerevan
    /breakfast & lunch included/
After breakfast, we will pick you up from your hotel at 09.00AM.
   
   

•   We will first go to see the panoramic view of Yerevan. Along the way we will see the Sports and Concert complex, Kievyan Bridge, Baghramyan Avenue, the Presidential Palace, the Academy of Sciences, the National Parliament, Writers Union, the Opera House and Republic Square.
•   We will then drive to Garni to visit Garni Pagan Temple.  Its ancient architectural complex  (3rd century B.C. - 1st c. A.D.), is located 28 kilometers away from Yerevan, in the province of Kotayk, and  includes a fortress, a palace and a pagan temple. On this triangular plateau, plunging from a height of 300 meters to the rushing River Azat, stand the ruins of a powerful fortress with huge basalt slabs designed for defense of the royal summer residence of Armenia.
•    We will visit Geghard Monastery with you. The cave monastery of Ayrivank or Geghard. 6 kilometers from Garni, dates back to the 4th century. Subsequently destroyed, it was rebuilt in the 12th century. The main Cathedral of the Virgin Mary was erected in 1215. The spear that pierced Christ's body is believed to have been kept here. That is why the monastery was named Geghard ('Spear' translated from Armenian). It is a unique complex of churches carved into the mountain and linked to each other by a series of tunnels and caves. On the way out of  Geghard you can participate to the Armenian bread -called lavash- making process and you will taste lavash just out of oven.

At the end of the tour, we will transfer you back to your hotel in Yerevan.
Overnight in Yerevan


Day 3    Yerevan –Ejmiatsin-Alphabet park monument-Amberd -Ashtarak
    /breakfast & lunch included/
After breakfast, we will pick you up from your hotel at 09.00AM.
   
    •     Pilgrimage to Ejmiatsin Cathedral which is the first official Christian church in the world, built in 301. Ejmiatsin, called New City /Vagharshapat in the past/, lying 20 km from Yerevan, is the city where the Mother Cathedral - the throne of the Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians - is located. It was founded in the beginning of the 4th century A.D. According to the Revelation of Gregory the Illuminator, Jesus Christ descended from the heavens and pointed to the site on which the Cathedral was to be built. That is why it was named “Ejmiatsin” which means “The Only Begotten Descended”.
•    Alphabet Park-Armenian Alphabet Monument is located in the village of Artashavan, at the east side bottom of Mt. Aragats. It was erected in 2005 to celebrate the 1600 anniversary of creation of theArmenian alphabet by the design of the famous Armenian architect Jim Torosyan. The monument is an interesting demonstration of the stone carvings of 39 Armenian letters. The Armenian alphabet has been used to write the Armenian language since the year 405 or 406 and is still in use today.
•    We will then proceed to Amberd Fortress- the castle ruins of Amberd comprise an area of 1500 sq. meters. Currently in a ruined state, Amberd Fortress Castle - meaning a “fortress of clouds” - was one of primary military-defensive points of the Armenian Kingdom. The complex of Amberd Fortress Castle includes the defensive walls, the castle, bath and the church. The construction of the fortress lasted several centuries. It is surrounded and protected by the gorge on three sides, and only the northern side remains unprotected. According to some sources, parts of the castle were built in the 7th century. It used to serve as the summer residence for Armenian Kings and Princes.
•    We will then visit P.Proshyan house-museum at Ashtarak city and enjoy lunch followed by a national show before heading back to Yerevan. Return to hotel.
•    Overnight in Yerevan

Day 4   Yerevan-Khor Virap-Areni village-Noravank-Yerevan
    /Breakfast & lunch included/
After breakfast, we will pick you up from your hotel at 09.00AM.
   
     •    We will first drive to the Ararat Region, to visit Khor Virap Monastery. If you want to see Mt. Ararat at its best, Talina Travel highly recommend you to visit Khor Virap!!! It was a royal dungeon in Artashat (Artaxata), the ancient capital of Armenia which is located just in front of the biblical mountain. KhorVirap is the most famous pilgrimage site in Armenia, as it is directly connected with the adoption of Christianity. As a state religion Christianity in Armenia was adopted in 301 thanks to endeavors of Saint Gregory the Illuminator, who before converting king Trdat III to Christianity, was imprisoned in the dungeon over which the church of Khor Virap monastery was built in the 17th century. From the monastery one can admire the stunning view of the Biblical Mt Ararat.
•    Afterwards we will drive to Vayots Dzor Region to visit a Winery and to taste wine in Areni Village. We will also visit Noravank and its architectural complex (13-14th centuries) before driving back to Yerevan
•     Overnight in Yerevan

Day 5   Yerevan-Sevan-Dilijan-Yerevan
    /Breakfast & lunch included /
At 09.00AM we will pick you up from your hotel.
   
    •    We will accompany you to visit Lake Sevan and Sevan Monastery on the peninsula.
•    We will then drive  to Dilijan a small paradise in Armenia with its charming nature and extraordinary architecture.
•    We will visit Sharambeyan street in Dilijan, the well  preserved "Old Town" complete with craftsmen's workshops, small shops with traditional Armenian products and crafts, museum  showing a typical 19th century home with all its locally made furnishings, guest house and a Tufenkian Restaurant.
•    We will then reach Parz Lake, one of Dilijan’s most attractive natural sites. It is situated in the northern part of the town at a height of 1400 meters above the sea level. Water in the lake is transparent, a little greenish. The forest is close to the shoreline and the massive trees, leaning to the lake, are reflecting on the hyaline. While Parz Lake is a small lake, it has much to offer to each of its visitors: boats, crafts, fishing, etc.
•    Enjoy fish lunch by the lake.
•    Overnight in Yerevan

Day 6   Yerevan-Sanahin-Haghpat-Aparan-Yerevan
    /Breakfast & lunch included/
After breakfast, we will pick you up from the hotel at 09.00AM.
   
    •    We will drive to Alaverdi and visit Haghpat and Sanahin Monasteries. They are in the northern province of Lori, in a wooded area near the city of Alaverdi (178 km from Yerevan), reach of famous medieval monasteries. The 10th century Sanahin Monastery with its ancestral sepulcher, university, library and scriptorium was the administrative and religious center of the Kingdom of Kyurikians. The complex includes the churches of St. Astvatsatsin, Amenaperkich and St. Gregory.
•    On the way back to Yerevan we will have a short stop at Gntunik supermarket at Aparan. Overnight in Yerevan

Day 7   Yerevan-day at leisure
    After breakfast, we will pick you up from the hotel at 09.00AM.
   
    •    Upon request we can visit Yerevan Brandy and Cognac Factory: this is agreat opportunity to do a little shopping for souvenir for your friends or family.
•    Visit Old Food Market in Yerevan.
•    Overnight in Yerevan

Day 8   Yerevan-End of the tour
    After breakfast, we will pick you up from the hotel at 09.00AM.
   
    •    Check out with your luggage & transfer to Zvartnots International Airport.