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Week in Armenia

8 days / 7 nights

arrival - departure  by MEA flight

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Day 1

Arrival in Yerevan - transfer to the selected hotel

Arrival in Yerevan by MEA flight - transfer to the selected hotel O/N in Yerevan.

Day 2

Yerevan City tour

Breakfast at the hotel. City tour- Yerevan sightseeing including City center, Republic square, State University, City panorama, Mother Armenia Monument, Parliament, President’s Palace, Opera, Sports & Concert Complex.

Visit to Matenadaran (depository for ancient manuscripts, the collection of which is one of the biggest in the world). This outstanding collection includes manuscripts dating from 7th century and is widely appreciated by history and art amateurs and professionals.

Visit to Cascade complex, which is considered the modern art center of Yerevan, with art pieces displayed throughout the whole area: the boulevard and up the stairs, from top of which you can enjoy the panoramic view on the city and Mountain Ararat. Cascade is home to Cafesjan modern art museum. This place becomes even more charming in the evenings, when it is full of people, both locals and tourists from all over the world, enjoying the magic and the warmth of the capital. You will enjoy spending time in one of the cosy open-air cafes surrounded by beautiful sculptures, redolent flowers shining brightly with magic colors. It is also a popular place for open air concerts at summer season.

Optional: In the evening visit to Jazz club. An exceptional combination of instruments composing extraordinary ethno-jazz music. Unusual melody will certainly grab your attention and leave you surprised with unimaginary impressions.

O/N in Yerevan.

Day 3

Etchmiadzin - Zvartnots

Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Etchmiadzin, the spiritual and administrative center of Armenian Apostolic Church. Visit to Etchmiadzin Cathedral (4th c.), the museum, St. Hripsime’s Church (7th c.), ruins of Zvartnots temple (7th c.), (UNESCO World Heritage list 2000).

Drive back to Yerevan. O/N in Yerevan.

Day 4

Ararat valley - Silk road way/ Noravank

Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Ararat valley, visit to Khor Virap Church – the place of imprisonment of St. Gregory the Illuminator, who stayed here in the small dungeon for 13 years without any food, accused by the Armenian King of preaching Christianity. It is one of the holy places for the Christian world. It is also the best point to enjoy the most spectacular view of the gorgeous biblical mountain Ararat shining with its two white peaks. The hills adjoining Khor Virap were the site of the early Armenian capital - ancient Artashat built by King Artashes I, founder of the Artashesid dynasty, around 180 B.C. It is one of the few ancient towns, built by the special design of the famous Carthaginian general Hannibal. After the defeat in a war against Rome, he found shelter in Armenia…

After visiting Khor Virap drive through the spectacular canyon between the red rocks toward Noravank Monastery (13th c.).

Drive back to Yerevan. O/N in Yerevan.

Day 5

Carpet factory - Garni - Geghard

Breakfast at the hotel. Visit to Factory of Handmade Carpets and watch carpet hand-making process.

Drive to the only remaining pagan temple in Armenia devoted to the God of Sun – Myrth, in Garni, built in 77 AD by King Trdat (Arshakid Dynasty). Photo stop at Charentc Arc. The temple is Greco-Roman style with characteristic pillars. It stands proudly on a rocky ridge with a deep canyon presenting a beautiful view. The temple was a summer residence for Arshakid dynasty. Visit to the ruins of Royal Palace and Royal bath-house nearby. Canyon of Garni -magnificent and outstanding scene which creates the image of falling crags. It obtained the name "Symphony of Stones" due to its view. The fantastic landscape of Garni canyon shakes the human imagination.

Drive to the unique caved temple St. Geghard (12th -13th cc.), the name of which means “holy spear” in the honor of the long-preserved spear, the same spear that pierced the body of crucified Christ. It is now exhibited in the museum of Etchmiadzin Cathedral. Geghard Monastery is included in the UNESCO World Heritage list (2000).

Optional: Opportunity to organize family hosted lunch in village house with watching of “Lavash” (Armenian traditional flat bread baked in stone-make oven) making process, testing authentic Armenian food, get acquainted with local village life.

O/N in Yerevan.

Day 6

Sevan - Armenian Switzerland Dilijan

Breakfast at the hoel. Drive to Sevan, one of the greatest high mountainous freshwater lakes of Eurasia, climb on Akhtamar peninsula from where the fascinating view on the Lake is open. Visit Sevanavank monastery, which stands in its greatness on the peninsula overlooking the lake for centuries. 

Drive to mountainous resort Dilijan, or so called “Armenian Switzerland”, which is well-known for its forests as well as for its mysterious flora and fauna. During the drive one can enjoy the unbelievable change of the surrounding environment and land shaft from the mountainous lake to the green and rich forest mountains. Small walking city tour in Dilijan: visit to handicrafts’ street, where one can watch the preparation of different national souvenirs from wood, stone and ceramics. 

Optional: Cruise on Sevan Lake in а sailing ship.

Drive back to Yerevan. O/N in Yerevan.

Day 7

Shopping tour

Breakfast at the hotel. Visit Vernissage (an open-air exhibition-market, where you can find unique examples of art an d craft work, traditional carpets, jewellery, old collections of coins and medallions, musical instruments, electronics). 

Drop to Dalma Garden or Yerevan Mall for shopping.

O/N in Yerevan.

Day 8

Free day - Departure

Breakfast at the hotel. Check out. Transfer to the aiport.