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Stonehenge - The Oldest In The World

  Duration: 10 days / 9 nights; Tour Type: Cultural, Historical; Best Period: May - October; Distance to be passed: 1300 km; Country: Armenia See more details

Holy Mount Ararat

Duration: 9 days / 8 nights; Tour Type: Cultural, Historical; Best Period: May - October; Distance: ~1080 km; Country: Armenia See more details

Guaranteed Departures

Duration: 8 days / 7 nights; Tour Type: Cultural, Leisure; Best Period: according to set dates; Distance: ~500 km; Country: Armenia See more details

Armenia – Top Destination of the year

Duration: 8 days / 7 nights; Tour type: Cultural, Historical, Wine; Best Period: March - November; Distance to be passed: ~1150 km; Coutnry: Armenia See more details

ARMENIA UNESCO

Duration: 8 days / 7 nights; Tour Type: Historical, Wine, Cognac, Hiking; Best Period: May - October; Distance to be passed: ~1550 km; Country: Armenia See more details

Following the Great Silk Road

Duration: 8 days / 7 nights; Tour Type: Silk Road, Cultural, Historical, Wine; Best Period: May - October; Distance to be passed: ~1050 km Countries: Georgia, Armenia See more details

Feel The Road from Armenia to Karabakh

  Duration: 14 days / 13 nights; Tour Type: Jeeping, Historical, Adventure, Wine Best Period: May - October; Distance: ~1900 km; Countries: Armenia, Nagorno-Karabakh See more details

Pearls of Caucasus

Duration: 13 days / 12 nights Tour type: Cultural, Historical, Wine, Gourmand Best Period: March - December Distance: Countries: Armenia, Georgia See more details
Kotayk

Unlike any other region in Armenia, Kotayk located in the central part of the country yet being the only internal region.

As a tourist destination Kotayk is rich indeed both in nature and culture. Some of them are Bjni, famous for its fresh air and natural spring waters; the only survived pagan temple of Garni and the monastery of Geghard; churches of Zoravor and Kecharis.

Besides the named traditional attractions of Garni, Geghard, and Tsaghkadzor, the region abounds in wonderfully sited rural monasteries such as Havuts Tar, St. Stepanos, Teghenyats and Meghradzor, forts such as Bjni and Sevaberd, and the splendid folk shrine of Virgin Varvara inside the Mt. Ara volcanic crater.

The gorge of the Hrazdan River is striking for its varied climate and rock formations, and in its northern reaches, mountains and forests are the setting for an array of summer guest-houses and sanatoria. The riven crater of Mt. Ara dominates the western skyline of the marz. Beyond the upland valleys of the Getar River, the Geghama range becomes a wild but beautiful upland of eroded volcanic cones, almost uninhabited, while the southern border is the dramatic gorge of the Azat river and Garni/Geghard.

 

The architectural complex of Garni, situated 28 km away from Yerevan, on the right bank of the Azat River, is one of the famous examples of ancient architecture.

The fortress of Garni is thought to have been founded in the 1st century BC and was dedicated to the God of the sun Mihr. The temple is comprised of 24 columns and symbolized the 24 hours of the day. The temple remained standing until the sixteenth century, and was destroyed in 1679 because of the devastating earthquake in Armenia.

The fortress was built by the Armenian king Tiridates I. The fortress crept into Roman history through a discreditable incident from the reign of Claudius, around AD 52, recounted by Tacitus in book 12 of his Annals.

 

 

Another complex, which occupies an important place in Armenian architecture, is the monastery of Geghard situated on a wild narrow mountain gorge of unusual beauty. The Monastery of Geghard (geghard meaning spear) is a unique architectural construction. The chapel was built in 1215, but the monastic complex was founded in the 4th century by Gregory the Illuminator, as the site of a sacred spring inside a cave. The monastery had thus originally been named Ayrivank, meaning “the monastery of the cave”. Nowadays nothing has remained of the structure of Ayrivank. The monastery was destroyed by the Arabs in the 9-10th centuries, and the architectural parts that survived belong for the most part to the 12-13th centuries. According to the inscription on the west door, there is a church dating from 1215 inside the monastery walls.

 

Kecharis is a monastic complex of the 11-13th centuries. It is located in famous ski-resort town of Tsakhkadzor (the latter means “gorge of flowers”). The site is purely visible from above the mountain slopes.

 

The complex was under the rule of nakharar (hereditary title of the highest order given to houses of the ancient and medieval Armenian nobility) families who turned it into a major center for learning. The educational process was led by the greatest Armenian academics and statesmen of the time. One of them, Grigor Magistros, who also came from a powerful ruling family, supported the monastery with gold and silver, furnishings and decorations.

 

Tsakhkadzor is the most favorite whole-year-round resort in Armenia. Here you can enjoy the wildlife and different, especially winter sports.

In the early Middle Ages, the area around Tsakhkadzor belonged to the royal dynasty of the Arsacids being governed by one of the noble houses of Armenia. By the time it subsequently became the property of other Armenian princes (nakharars) who built a monastery Kecharis. The dense forests around Tsakhkadzor had been the favorite place for the Armenian nobles whose pastime was hunting and other open-air entertainment.