Meeting at Zvartnots airport, transfer, accommodation at the hotel. Continue tour to the famous Ararat Cognac factory: tour in the factory with tasting of 3 kinds of brandies. Tour to Erebouni Museum and Fortress. Erebouni Museum of the History of the Foundation of Yerevan was established in 1968. The opening of the Museum was timed to coincide with the 2750th anniversary of Yerevan. The Museum stands at the foot of the Arin Berd hill, on top of which the Urartian Fortress Erebouni has been constructed. The City-Fortress was excavated, some parts of the structure were reinforced and restored and the fortress was turned into an outdoor Museum. Overnight at the hotel in Yerevan.
Breakfast at the hotel. Sightseeing tour to Garni the Pagan temple. It was built in the first century A.D. by the Armenian King Tiridates with the money he received after visiting Emperor Nero in Rome. Continue tour to Gueghard Cave Monastery. Gueghard is another incredible ancient Armenian monastery, partly carved out of a mountain. Though the monastery has been around since before the 4th century, the main cathedral was built in 1215.Walk in Vernissage (this market is open on Saturday and Sunday) the market where you can buy souvenirs and jewelers silver handicrafts made by Armenian masters. Farewell dinner at national restaurant with national folk music. Overnight at the hotel in Yerev
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Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to Echmiadzin. Ejmiatsin is the spiritual center of Armenia and the seat of the Catholics of All Armenians, the head of the Holy Armenian Apostolic church. Continue tour to Hripsime church. St. Hripsime Church in Echmiadzin, Armenia, completed in 618, is one of the oldest surviving churches in Armenia, and is known for its fine Armenian architecture of the classical period, which influenced many other Armenian churches. The church, together with other nearby sites, is a UNESCOWorld Heritage Site, and is dedicated to Saint Rhipsime. Trip to St. Gayane church built in 630. Overnight at the hotel in Yerevan.
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Breakfast at the hotel. Sightseeing tour to Khor Virap monastery. The Khor Virap (meaning ) monastery is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Armenia. Its location, near the closest point to Mount Ararat within Armenian borders, offers a spectacular view of the mountain, the national symbol of Armenia. Continue tour to Noravank monastery. Noravank is a 13th century Armenian Apostolic Church monastery, located 122 km from Yerevan in a narrow gorge made by the Darichay river. 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 S. Astvatsatsin church. Trip to Vedi wine factory for tasting wonderful wine. Overnight at the hotel in Goris.
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Breakfast at the hotel. Excursion tour to Khndzoresk which is a cave village and there are many signs of past settlement throughout the valley which are just waiting for discovery. There are a very large number of caves, although most of them are rather small. You will see that many of the caves have been carved out by man and served as houses for people. You will find the ruins of a village, a beautiful ancient church, very old tombstones. Continue tour to Karahunge (Stonehenge), ancient observatory 5mil B.C. Carahunge or Karahundj, Zorakarer is 3, 500 years older than England's Stonehenge and 3, 000 years older than the Egyptian pyramids. The total area of the observatory is 7 hectares. According to the scientist's findings, a temple consisting of 40 stones built in honor of the Armenians' main God, Ari, meaning the Sun, is situated in the central part of Carahunge. Besides the temple, it had a large and developed observatory, and also a university that makes up the temple's wings. Drive to Lake Sevan through Selim Pass visiting the caravanserai (XIV c.). For many centuries the Great Silk Road connected a complex network of trade routes from Europe with Asia. It was a way to establish contact with the great civilizations of China, India, the Near East and Europe. Trade caravans, diplomatic missions, merchants representatives of religious circles, dervishes, warriors – millions people have passed on this road through time with nothing frightening these brave travelers, neither the difficult roads, nor the waterless deserts. The East -West trade routes passed across the Armenian plateau (Selim pass) and favored the development of the country's economy, trade, commerce and culture. About 70 miles north of Yerevan sits lake Sevan the largest alpine in the world. This huge mountain lake which takes up to 5% of Armenia's surface area and is about 2,000 meters above sea level is one of the highest among the freshwater lakes in the world. Some three dozen of streamers pour into it and only one river origins from the lake – Hrazdan.With its history and scenary lake Sevan is among the most inviting destinations in the world. Overnight at the hotel in Sevan.
Breakfast at the hotel. Trip to Haghpat and Sanahin Monasteries.These two Byzantine monasteries in the Tumanian region from the period of prosperity during the Kiurikian dynasty (10th to 13th century) were important centres of learning. Sanahin was renowned for its school of illuminators and calligraphers. The two monastic complexes represent the highest flowering of Armenian religious architecture, whose unique style developed from a blending of elements of Byzantine ecclesiastical architecture and the traditional vernacular architecture of the Caucasian region. Overnight at the hotel in Yerevan.
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