Example tour of 5 days (4 nights)

 

Discover Armenia

  

 Country Profile:

Population: 3,213,011 (96% are ethnic Armenians)

Land area: 29,800 sq km

Borders: Georgia, Azerbaijan, Turkey and Iran

Climate: Continental, dry. Summers 22° and 36 °C, winters-10°

and -5 °C

Independence: since September 1991

State system: Presidential Republic

Capital city: Yerevan (pop. – 1,103,488 ppl)

Language: Armenian

Religion: Christianity (Armenian Apostolic Church), since 301 AD

Currency: Armenian Dram (AMD)

Entrance: You can get VISA at the airport - 40$ for 4 months 

If you are looking for adventures!                        

If you want to try something different, you just have to

discover Armenia!

Armenia- an ancient country, where you can find the blessed mountain for Armenians, biblical Ararat where the Noah's ark came to rest. Armenia – the land of Gods, huge mountains,unique ancient churches and cathedrals! Armenia – the first country in the world to adopt Christianity as a state religion in 301 AD and the cradle of civilization. Welcome to the crossroads of East and West, ancient and modern cultures, to the land, where side by side you can find historical and modern buildings: high-class hotels, newly opened discos and restaurants with delicious food and traditional hospitality. We offer you tours for the whole year in Armenia. In winter you

can enjoy your holidays in Tsachkadzor – an international ski resort , in summer you can take rest at Sevan – the pearl of Armenia, which is the second largest lake in the world. Armenian resorts are famous for their marvelous views, mineral streams and curing mountain air.

Discover yourself a new destination, new world of tourism and

take a piece of Armenia with you!

5 days / 4 nights

Day 1

City tour in the capital city Yerevan

             Yerevan is the pink “pearl” of Armenia, the 12th and the last capital of Armenia founded in 782B.C. This ancient European city is mostly built by different shades of the local pink stone called tuff.The city tour will  start with the visit of  Erebuni Fortress & Citadel(the birthplace of Yerevan),founded in 782 B.C. by the king of Urartu  Argishti the 1st. The citadel was built to protect the city from enemies and is considered to be the basis of Yerevan. It is still possible to admire the old spirit of the citadel.Then you will see  Republic Square, Opera House, Cascade Monument and stairs, designed by the Armenian architecture Alexander Tamanian.  "Mother Armenia" Monument with a fantastic view of Yerevan, The monument is located in  a big park located at the top of Cascade. From cascade you can walk to the  park  named Victory Park in commemoration of Soviet Armenia's participation in the second World War. There is a beautiful view of Yerevan from the place where stands the memorial dedicated to the second World War.Then follows Victory Bridge, Hrazdan Stadium, Sports and Concerts Center, Presidential Palace,and the most important and interesting visit to  Matenadaran ,“The Research Institute of Armeniawhich houses beautiful illuminated manuscripts created by scribes centuries ago. The Matenadaran is named after Mesrob Mashtots, founder of the Armenian alphabet. Over ten thousand manuscripts detailing history, philosophy, medicine, and geography written in Armenian, Greek, Arabic, and other languages are preserved here.The city tour can`t be without visiting “Ararat” Brandy Factory(During the tour you’ll visit the distillation department, the cooperage department, the museum, the wine-cellar. Tasting three wine varieties from 1913, 1924 and 1944 and two cognac varieties of 10 and 20 years’ maturity).

Day 2

Yerevan - Garni Temple, Geghard Cave -carved Monastery,Sevan lake , Dilijan forest, Haghartcin monastery -Tsakhkadzor- Yerevan

Driving to the cave carved monastery Geghard. Geghard is a partly dug in the rock monastery. Initially it was known as Ayrivank (the monastery of the cave). The present name – Geghard (Armenian – “lance, spear”) – derives from biblical lance used by a Roman to pierce the rib of crusified Christ. Now the spear is in the Echmiadzin treasury.After Geghard drive to the Garni temple which was built in the second half of the I   century A.D. by king Trdat I. It is dedicated to a heathen god Mithra – god of the sun. After Christianity the temple was probably used as a summer residence of the kings. The temple consists of dwellings and bath quarters built in the 3rd  century in the Roman style. In Garni village you will have opportunity to have a lunch in inhabitant`s  house and see the traditional process of making lavash.  

After lunch follows Sevan lake which  is the most famous lake in Armenia – the blue beauty. The perfect view of the Lake Sevan is from the peninsula called Sevanavank, because of the monastery. It consists two churches: Sourb Arakelots (Holy Apostoles) and Sorb Astvatsatsin (Holy Mother of God). According to an inscription which was  found in one of the churches, the monastery was founded in 874 AD by princess Mariam, the daughter of Ashot I who became a king a decade later. Following is the forests of Dilijan which is one of the most important is a spa town in Armenia, situated in Dilijan National Park. The forested and reclusive city is home to numerous Armenian artists, composers, and filmmakers and features some traditional Armenian architecture.In Dilijan you will also visit 13 th century Haghartcin monastery.The monument’s architecture blends in very harmoniously with its surrounding nature. After Dilijan driving back to Yerevan, on the road visiting ski resort town Tsakhkadzor. It   is a spa town and a popular health resort in Armenia.Tsaghkadzor means valley of flowers in Armenian. The city is located 50 kilometers north of Yerevan, on the southeastern slope of Teghenis Mountains, at a height of 1750 meters above sea level, surrounded with alpine meadows.Back to Yerevan.

Day 3

Yerevan – Amberd fortress – Haghpat monastery comples-Sanahin monastery complex – Sanahin bridge – Yerevan

Driving to the North of Armenia to see Haghpat and Sanahin monastery complexes.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 renown 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. On the road you will climb to the highest point of Republic Armenia to the mountain Aragatc (4090m) on the slopes of which on  2,300 meters (7,500 ft) above sea level located the fortress Amberd, "fortress in the clouds" in Armenian. It is 7 century Fortress.In Sanahin besides the monasteries you will also see the bridge of  Sanahin, important among Armenian secular monuments which was built queen Vaneni, wife of king Abas,  by the end of the 12th century.

 Day 4

Yerevan – Khor Virap – Noravanq -  Tatev monastery – The longest cable car in the world ( Wings of Tatev)- Yerevan

Driving to Khor Virap (deep dungeon) monastery has got his name from the dungeon which is now inside the monastery walls. There was thrown Grigor the Illuminator for 13 years in the 4 century,who professed Christianity in Armenia in 301 A.D. making the first official Christian nation in the world. The monastery is situated on the top of a hill overlooking Mount Ararat.After driving to Noravanq 12 -14 century complex. Noravank is one of the beautiful places in Armenia. It is built in the heart of the nature, among sharp,red cliffs and the deep gorge. Noravank attracts tourists attention with the stair-like carvings on the facade which leads to the second floor. After continuing to Tatev Monastery,  founded in the 9 century in place of a tabernacle well-known in ancient times. The strategically advantageous location on a cape formed by a deep river gorge with precipitous rocky slopes favored the construction of a mighty defense complex there. Tatev monuments stand out for high quality of building work. The world’s longest 5.7-kilometer ropeway, Wings of Tatev, opened in Armenia on October 16. The 5,700 meters long ropeway got a certificate from the Guinness Book of Records on October 23, 2010.