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7 days tour: Gorgeous Armenia

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Day 1: Arrival to Zvartnots Airport. Transfer to the Hotel. Free time.

Pass By: Yerevan City
Arrival to Zvartnots Airport. Transfer to the Hotel. Our driver will meet you at the Airport. After that you will be transferred to Hotel. Free day. Overnight in Yerevan.

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: "Imperial Palace" Hotel in Yerevan

Day 2: Khor Virap - Areni Birds Cave - Noravank - Tatev Monastery and Cable Car.

Stop At: Khor Virap, Lusarat, Ararat Province
Breakfast at the Hotel.
Take trip to Khor Virap Monastery (IV-XVIII th cc.). This monastery is very prominent because of its history: Gregory the Illuminator, who introduced Christianity to Armenia, has been imprisoned here 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.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: T'rchuneri (Bird) Cave, Areni, Vayots Dzor Province
After this we will continue our tour to Areni village where located T'rchunneri (Birds) Cave. The excavation is located above the Arpa River, inside a Karst Cavern made from tens of thousands of years of mineral water dripping into limestone crevices, It consists of three rooms or halls, the first two of which are connected by passageways. There are also niches and “basement” and “attic” floors opening upward and downward from the first room. The total area of the cave is about 500 square meters. 2007-2008 excavations of the first room and surrounding area uncovered layers of material culture dating to different periods of the Copper (chalcolithic) and Stone Ages. Based on the results of radiocarbon examination, samples taken from these layers (bone fragments, coal, fabric pieces, seeds and other organic residues) are traced back to late 5th- early 4th millennium BCE.
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Noravank Monastery, Areni, Vayots Dzor Province
Heading to Noravank, a monastery of XIII 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.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Tatev Monastery, Tatev, Syunik Province
The next place we will visit today is one of the jewels of Syunik Region – Tatev monastery (IX – XVIII). From a small chapel Tatev turned into a regional center, one of the world largest educational centers, along with the Bologna and Sorbonne University. Tatev monastery combines impressive architecture and an unforgettable natural beauty. Also there is the longest reversible aerial tramway in the world.
Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight in "Goris" Hotel

Day 3: – Khndzoresk – cave town and swinging bridge - Karahunj (Zorats Karer) - Jermuk Waterfall and Water Gallery.

Stop At: Khndzoresk Swinging Bridge, Yerevan
Breakfast at the Hotel.
Take trip to Khndzoresk village located to the right of Goris - Stepanakert highway, on the steep slopes of Khor Dzor (Deep Gorge), from which, according to tradition, it got its name. Khndzoresk is widely famous for its canyon with picturesque rock formations and ancient cave settlement. The artificial caves, some of which are currently used as stables and warehouses, used to be inhabited till the 1950s. The 160-meter long swinging bridge weight 14 tons and connects the two banks of the village, the so-called old and new Khndzoresk. The amazing thing about the bridge is that it was constructed by the residents of the village, with their own hands and no machinery was used for the construction, and even for the transportation of materials (they used horses).

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Karahundj (Armenia's Stonehenge), Sisian, Syunik Province
Next stop will be in Karahunj or Zorats Karer, which 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.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Jermuk Waterfall, Jermuk, Vayots Dzor Province
We will continue our tour to Jermuk waterfall, 72 m high, flows into the river Arpa. The waterfall reminds girly hair. Hence the other name of the waterfall: mermaid's hair.
There is a wonderful belief about this waterfall. According to the legend, the castle of an Armenian nobleman was located on the steep cliffs. He had a marvelously beautiful daughter, and men from all over the world asked her to marry one of them. But she refused everyone, because her heart belonged to a brave and handsome man: shepherd’s son. Every day after midnight from the room window the lady threw a long rope into the gorge so that her beloved one could reach her house. Once the nobleman found the rope and everything became clear to him. In anger he cursed his daughter saying: “If you meet him again, I want you to become a mermaid and never be able to come out of water”.During next meeting the lady threw her hair instead of the rope. But at that very moment her father’s curse became true. She became a mermaid and her hair – the waterfall.
Gallery of waters represents several pipes, coming out from the walls. Natural and healthy mineral water flows from them right into stone urns designed for that purpose. What is special about the Water Gallery is that the temperature of water, flowing from each pipe is noted on the corresponding wall, so that people know what they are going to try beforehand.

Duration: 3 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: "Ararat Spa" Hotel in Jermuk

Day 4: Selim Carvanserai – Noratus - Lake Sevan – Sevanavank – Dilijan.

Stop At: Orbelian Caravanserai
Breakfast at the Hotel.
Take trip to Orbelian's Caravanserai (also known as Sulema Caravanserai and Selim Caravanserai). It was built along the Vardenyats Mountain Pass in 1332, by prince Chesar Orbelian to accommodate weary travelers and their animals as they crossed from, or into, the mountainous Vayots Dzor region.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Noratus Cemetery, Noratus, Gegharkunik Province
We will continue our tour to Noratus cemetery, which is a medieval cemetery with a large number of early khachkars located in the village of Noratus, Gegharkunik marz near Lake Sevan.
Duration: 1 minute

Stop At: Lake Sevan, Lake Sevan, Gegharkunik Province
The next stop will be at Sevanavank, a monastic complex located on a peninsula at the northwestern shore of Lake Sevan, the largest lake in Armenia and the Caucasus region. It is one of the largest freshwater high- altitude lakes in the world. Lake Sevan is situated in the central part of the Republic of Armenia, in the Gegharkunik Province, at the altitude of 1,900 m (6,200 ft) above sea level. The total surface area of its basin is about 5,000 km2 (1,900 sq mi), the lake itself is 940 km2, and the volume is 34.0 billion m3. It is fed by 28 rivers and streams.
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Dilijan National Park, Dilijan, Tavush Province
Heading to Dilijan. Dilijan usually is called Little Switzerland by the locals. Mild climate and gorgeous nature made this town well known as a beautiful resort. Walking in the Sharambeyan Street, Old Town Dilijan.
Duration: 1 hour

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight in "Vanatun"

Day 5: Haghartsin Monastery - Goshavank - Tsaghkadzor Ropeway – Yerevan.

Stop At: Haghartsin Monastery, Dilijan, Tavush Province
Breakfast at the Hotel.
Take trip to Haghartsin Monastery (13th-century) located near the town of Dilijan. It was built between the 10th and 13th centuries (in the 12th under Khachatur of Taron); much of it under the patronage of the Bagratuni Dynasty.

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Goshavank Monastery, Gosh, Tavush Province
Then we will continue our tour to Goshavank which is a 12th- or 13th-century Armenian monastery located in the village of Gosh. Goshavank was erected in the place of an older monastery once known as Nor Getik, which had been destroyed by an earthquake in 1188. Mkhitar Gosh, a statesman, scientist and author of numerous fables and parables as well as the first criminal code, took part in the rebuilding of the monastery. At Goshavank, Mkhitar Gosh founded a school. One of its alumni, an Armenian scientist by the name of Kirakos Gandzaketsi wrote The History of Armenia. The architect Mkhitar the Carpenter and his disciple Hovhannes also took an active part in the building of the monastery. The complex was later renamed Goshavank and the village named Gosh in his honor.
The monastery of Haghartsin, together with that of Goshavank, may become part of a natural site based on the state protected area of Dilijan National Park, an important forest in north-eastern Armenia.

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Tsaghkadzor RopeWay
After lunch we will drive to Kotayk Region where is located spa town Tsaghkadzor (was called Darachichag before). It was well known as Armenian ski resort since the Soviet period, and was the training camp for the national soviet team. Now Tsaghkadzor is still popular among skiers. And, obviously, no ski resort can do without the cable railway – you can enjoy the picturesque views and colors of nature both in winter and in summer – white, green, red colored mountainsides far below your feet.
Duration: 3 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: "Imperial Palace" Hotel in Yerevan

Day 6: Yerevan City Tour. Free time.

Stop At: Yerevan City
Breakfast at the Hotel.
After breakfast we will visit to Tsitsernakaberd: The Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute and the monument, memorializing the victims of Armenian genocide.
Our short tour will continue to the Republic Square, North Avenue, Opera House, Cascade Complex, Mother Armenia monument.
Free time. Overnight in Yerevan.

Duration: 4 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: "Imperial palace" Hotel in Yerevan

Day 7: Transfer to the Airport. Departure.

Pass By: Evntransfer - Yerevan Airport Transfer, Yerevan
Transfer to the Airport. Departure.

Meals included:
• Breakfast
No accommodation included on this day.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Traveler pickup is offered
Duration
7 days
Inclusions
  • 6x Breakfast
  • Accommodation included: 6 nights
  • Airport transfers
  • Hotel accommodation
  • Transportation service according to the program
  • Professional guide service
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • 1 bottle water per person per day in the car
  • Breakfast
  • Bottled water
  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • Entry/Admission - T'rchuneri (Bird) Cave
  • Entry/Admission - Tatev Monastery
  • Entry/Admission - Tsaghkadzor RopeWay
Exclusions
  • Airfare
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Insurance
  • Lunches and dinners
  • Tips for driver and guide
  • Other expenses not mentioned in the package
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
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