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Photo Tour to Armenia

10 days / 9 nights

Capture the beauty of magnificent country. Take the shoots of local life, traditional tasty Armenian cuisine, nature, historical and cultural monuments etc…

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Day 1

Arrival in Yerevan – transfer to the selected hotel

Arrival in Yerevan - transfer to the selected hotel.

Day 2

Yerevan City photo tour

Breakfast at the hotel. City tour where you can capture the beauty and the architecture of old and at the same time modern city Yerevan. Visit to Vernissage (Armenian Craft Market open only on Saturdays and Sundays) and Yerevan Central Fruit and Vegetable Market for photo shooting. 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 including manuscripts from 7th century). Taking photos is for extra charge.

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. From the top of Cascade you can have the opportunity to make impressive photos of City Panorama with Ararat Mountain at the background. It is also a popular place for open air concerts at summer season. In the evening enjoy Fountain Show in the Republic Square.

O/N in Yerevan.

Day 3

Yerevan – Ararat valley – Khor Virap – Noravank – Zorats Karer – Goris

Breakfast at the hotel. Early drive to Ararat valley to capture sunrise at Khor Virap Church: 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. Pope Francis during his visit “Visit to a first Christian Nation” to Armenia in July, 2016 made a special trip here to symbolize peace and tolerance. Drive through the spectacular canyon between the red rocks toward Noravank Monastery (13th c). Free time to take photos. Drive to Zorats Karer “Amenian Stonehenge” which is proved to be one of the oldest, observatories in the world. Drive to Goris, a city with unique architecture in natural fortress with rocks. O/N in Goris.

Day 4

Goris – Tatev – Shaqe Waterfall – Selim Pass – Sevan – Dilijan

Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Tatev Monastery, enjoying spectacular view of the scenery around, passing Devil’s bridge. View of recently constructed rope way – the longest in the world (5,7 km), recorded in Guinnes record book. On way stop for taking shoots of Vorotan gorge. After drive to the ancient cave-city Khndzoresk, where you can shoot ancient caves where people lived 100 years ago. Visit to Shaqe Waterfall one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Armenia.

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 you 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 you can watch the preparation of different national souvenirs from wood, stone and ceramics. Here you will have the opportunity to take photos of masters during their work and experience local life. O/N in Dalian.

Day 5

Dilijan – Haghpat – Sanahin – Ardvi – Yerevan

Breakfast at the hotel. Visit the masterpieces of medieval Armenian architecture - Sanahin Monastery (centuries IX - XII) and Haghpat Monastery (centuries XI - XIII), which are included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage (2000). They are located in the northern part of Armenia, in the region of Lori, near the town of Alaverdi. The monasteries were important religious centers as around 500 monks lived there. They were also schools and manuscript repositories. Bell tower of the monastery, built in 1245, is distinguished from all the main monuments, and has an architectural design worthy of mention. The complex was home to libraries, scriptoriums, schools and canteens. Here Arts and Humanities, theology and painting were taught. The most interesting feature of Haghpat is the refectory (XIII century).

Visit to an old village Ardvi, not far from Odzun, where we can take photos of an ancient monastery of St. Hovhannes, located in the same beautiful field of colorful khachkars (cross stones).

Drive back to Yerevan. O/n in Yerevan.

Day 6

Yerevan – Garni – Geghard – Carpet Factory – Yerevan

Breakfast at the hotel. 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: 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.

Visit to Armenian handmade carpet factory and watch carpet hand-making process.

O/N in Yerevan.

Day 7

Yerevan – Etchmiadzin – St. Hrispsime Church – St Gayane Church – Zvartnots – Yerevan Zoo

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. Visit to one of the attraction places of Yerevan: Yerevan ZOO which is a home of more than 2749 individuals. Here you can catch exciting shots of different animals brought from different parts of the world. You can meet the Armenian brown bears, Bezoar goats, vipers, Armenian mouflon, and black vultures.

O/N in Yerevan.

Day 8

Yerevan – Amberd – Saghmosavank – Aragats/ Qari Lake/ – Yerevan

Breakfast at the hotel. Trip to the village Oshakan via town Ashtarak. Visit to the Church St. Mesrop Mashtots, the inventor of Armenian Alphabet, and his gravestone.

Visit to Alphabet Park, a location where all letters of Armenian alphabet made from tuff of human-size are scattered around volcanic stones. Visit to Amberd fortress (11th-13th cc.) – the residence of Pahlavuni princes built on the slopes of Mt. Aragats at 2,300 meters above the sea level.

Visit to Saghmosavank monastery. The monastery complexes of Saghmosavank are on the edge of the precipitous gorge of the Kasakh River. Many richly ornamented stone crosses have been preserved on the territory of the monasteries.

Trip to Aragats Mountain where we can take photos of magnificent Qari Lake in the heights of Aragats Mountain.

Drive back to Yerevan. O/N in Yerevan.

Day 9

Yerevan Photo walking tour – Botanical Garden – Abovyan Street – Arami Steet – Yerevan Central Station

Breakfats at the hotel. Yerevan walking tour across the oldest streets of the citric with breathing history inside: Abovyan Street and Arami Street. Visit to Yerevan Botanical Garden for photo soothing. After the visit we will continue to Yerevan Central Station for making thematic photos of an incredible architecture and old fashioned retro photography. O/N in Yerevan.

Day 10

Transfer to airport. Departure