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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

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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

The Silk Road represents an early phenomenon of political and cultural integration due to inter-regional trade. In its heyday, it sustained an international culture that strung together groups as diverse as the Magyars, Armenians, and Chinese. The route experienced its prime periods of popularity and activity in differing eras at different points along its length.

The Silk Road, or Silk Route, is a series of trade and cultural transmission routes that were central to cultural interaction through regions of the Asian continent connecting the West and East by linking traders, merchants, pilgrims, monks, soldiers, nomads and urban dwellers from China to the Mediterranean Sea during various periods of time.

The Silk Road gets its name from the lucrative Chinese silk trade, a major reason for the connection of trade routes into an extensive transcontinental network.

 

Day 1/ Tbilisi – Bagratashen – Akhtala – Haghpat – Sanahin – Alaverdi

Meet at the Great Silk Road Bagratashen border and transfer to Alaverdi along the Great Silk Road with a sightseeing tour in the Lori Province.
- Akhtala - The fortress was built in the 10th century by the Bagratuni dynasty’s Kyurikid branch. Here you will be fascinated by the breathtaking frescoes.
- Sanahin Monastery (UNESCO) – 10th century. The name Sanahin literally translates from Armenian as "this one is older than that one", presumably representing a claim to having an older monastery than the neighboring Haghpat Monastery.
- Lunch tasting traditional Armenian dishes in the fresh air in the magnificent Lori nature
- Haghpat Monastery (UNESCO) – 10th century, a "masterpiece of religious architecture and a major center of learning in the Middle Ages"
- Welcome dinner. Overnight in Alaverdi

Day 2/ Alaverdi (passing by Odzun, Dsegh) – Vanadzor – Fioletovo – Dilijan – Sevan

After breakfast at the hotel drive to the city of Vanadzor passing through the Great Silk Road of Odzun and Dsegh.
- Fioletovo – a village with the majority of Molokans. The village has an extremely cold winter with a cool and mild summer. It lies under a thick layer of snow during the long winter season, where only the roofs of houses could be seen from the top with their smoking chimneys. The population of the village is diminishing year by year as the immigration is growing among its residents, who are trying to look for better economical conditions, either in Armenia or abroad.
- Dilijan – the “Armenian Switzerland” leads us along the Great Silk Road Trails.
- Lunch tasting fish from the lake, cooked in the traditional way of Sevan
- Sevanavank Monastery - During the 8th century a few monks settled on the former island of Sevan and began to build their churches. Due to the strategically good location, many others came here. For a while it was the residence of the king Ashot Erkat (Ashot the Iron) who received his name due to his numerous glorious victories. With the time the walls of the monastery were destroyed and in 1930 the last monk left the monastery.
- Dinner and overnight in Sevan

 

Day 3/ Sevanavank – Hayravank – Noratus – Selim – Yeghgnadzor

After breakfast at the hotel we will start exploring some Silk Road Trails in Gegharkunik Province and will visit the following spots.
- Hayravank Monastery - 9-12th century Armenian monastery
- Noratus - Many khachkhars in the cemetery of Noratus, date back to the 13-17th centuries, and the oldest one was curved in 10th century. The cemetery is spread over a seven hectare field containing almost a thousand khachkars each of them depicting unique ornamentation. The majority of the khachkars are covered by moss and lichen. Several tombstones in the cemetery depict carved scenes of weddings and farm life.
- Selim Caravanserai – we will drive to the Selim, passing through Dzoragyugh village where the Great Silk Road stretched. Caravanserais were quite common in medieval Armenia. The Selim Caravanserai is among them. In the whole country it is the only well surviving one coming from the depth of the history. Built along the Selim Pass, it once hosted the weary travelers and their beast of burden passing by. This unique architectural monument of Medieval Armenia is a splendid relic of the days when Armenia was a crossroad for economical, cultural and military affairs.
- Dinner and overnight in Yeghegnadzor

 

Day 4/ Yeghegnadzor – Karahunj – Tatev – Khndzoresk – Sisian

After breakfast at the hotel we will continue along the trails of the Great Silk Road and will drive to Syunik Province, visiting the below sites:
- Karahunj or Zorats Karer - this archeological site, which dates back to the second millennium BC, is spread on a rocky promontory near the city of Sisian in the province of Syunik 1770 meters high above the sea level. Thus, we can boast of having the oldest astronomical observatory ever found in the history even older than the British Stonehenge and even the pyramids in Egypt. This is another evidence of primeval civilization in Armenia existing from times immemorial, when neither Mesopotamia, nor Egypt, nor any other civilization on earth existed.
- Tatev Monastery and Wings of Tatev - advanced medieval university. A 5.7 kilometer long cableway has been built to connect visitors to the monastery and its surrounding villages, offering an exciting journey with breathtaking views of the river gorge bellow.
- Lunch tasting traditional Armenian dishes at the same time enjoying the breathtaking view to the gorges around
- Khndzoresk - cave dwelling where people lived some 50-60 years ago notwithstanding the development of science and life in general.
- Dinner and overnight in Sisian.

 

Day 5/ Sisian – Noravank – Areni – Yerevan

After breakfast at the hotel we will drive back to Yerevan driving along the Great Silk Road and visiting the below sites:
- Noravank Monastery – 13th century. A monastery of picturesque panorama, ancient history and great significance.
- Lunch tasting traditional Armenian dishes in a cave café
- Areni winery - The winery discovered in the village of Areni quite recently in 2007 is the oldest proved winery facility in the world. It is 6100 years old. Optional* wine degustation in the Wine Factory.
- Dinner and overnight in Yerevan

 

Day 6/ Yerevan City Tour

After breakfast at the hotel start the City tour in Yerevan. The pink and ancient and at the same time cheerful city welcomes all its visitors in all its modesty and luxury. This ancient city is older than Rome. The city has witnessed four settlement phases from the end of the 4th millennium BC to the beginning of the 2nd millennium BC. Lying on the main trade routes between East and West, Yerevan was constantly fought back and forth during the course of the time.
The tour will include the following sites:
- Cascade Monument - It has 2780 stairs designating the 2780 anniversary of the capital city. If you walk up the “huge staircase” of 500 meters height and 50 meters width, you can enjoy the wonderful panorama of the city with the spectacular Opera House, Mount Ararat as well as the view to the whole city.
- Matenadaran - The institution is a major center for study and preservation of Armenian works of ancient literature. Matenadaran now protects about 16477 surviving materials and around 300,000 archive documents, among them about 2500 fragments collected in the depository.
- Lunch tasting traditional Armenian dishes
- Erebuni Museum - 782 BC
- Dinner and overnight in Yerevan

 

Day 7/ Yerevan – Miracle Cave – Garni – Geghard – Yerevan

After breakfast at the hotel start the tour visiting Kotayk Province, to get acquainted with the must-see spots of Armenia.
- Brandy Factory in Yerevan - The legendary Armenian land has a long history behind of making wine of really delicate taste. According to a well known legend Noah planted the first vine in the fertile Ararat valley. After that people tasted the first wine, and thus the production began and spread throughout the country.
- Miracle Cave - miraculous subterranean cave of 21 meters depth. After descending 80 stairs you find yourself in a round hall, in a pavilion decorated with candles. Each person should enter here individually and making a wish they should light a candle. As the master used to say, a candle lit here by all means serves its purpose and the wish comes true. It took more than two decades to the Master to build this cave-shrine. This cave is often compared with the Noah’s Ark and considered to be the second ark which is to save the humanity not from flood but from fire.
- Garni Temple – a pagan temple built in 1st century BC. It is the only survival of the Hellenic epoch in the whole territory of the Caucasus.
- Lunch tasting traditional Armenian dishes. Here in Garni, you can also watch the process of “lavash” making in the traditional underground oven “tonir”.
- Monastery of Geghard (UNESCO) – It was first recorded in a document of 1250. The monastery is also famous due to the relics, among which the most important one is the spear which had wounded Christ on the Cross presumably brought there by the Apostle Thaddeus.
- Farewell dinner. Overnight in Yerevan

 

Day 8/ Departure

Transfer to the airport. Departure.