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Holy Mount Ararat

Duration: 9 days / 8 nights;

Tour Type: Cultural, Historical;

Best Period: May - October;

Distance: ~1080 km;

Country: Armenia


Day 1/ Arrival – Check in at the hotel

Meet and transfer to the hotel. Check in at the hotel. Dinner and overnight in Yerevan.

 

Day 2/ Yerevan City Tour - Matenadaran – Miracle Cave – Garni – Geghard – Yerevan

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:
- Matenadaran - Armenian people have always treated their culture with great cautiousness. Even during wars and the great Armenian tragedy, genocide, people have been first protected the ancient Armenian valuable manuscripts even if it cost their life in the process of spiritual conquest and assimilation. An innumerable number of the manuscripts have been lost as a result of invasions and robbery. 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. The building guards the most ancient parchment book that is the Gospel of Lazarus written in 887. Visitors can also see the biggest and the heaviest Armenian manuscript, weighing 34 kilograms.
- Cascade Monument, Swan Lake, Saryan Park, Republic Square, Оpera House
- 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.
- 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. Optional* Medieval vocal concert in the dome of Geghard Monastery with an astonishing acoustics.
- Dinner and overnight in Yerevan

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Day 3/ Yerevan – Khor Virap – Noravank – Areni – Yeghegnadzor

After breakfast at the hotel we will drive to the Northern part of Armenia visiting the following sites:
- Khor Virap Monastery – this is the very place where Christianity was spread in Armenia in 301 AD. It is the very place where the first Armenian Catholicos Gregory the Illuminator was jailed for long 13 years for disseminating Christianity in Armenia. Here you can enjoy the best view to the Biblical Mount Ararat.
- Areni winery - Surb Astvatsatsin of Areni (meaning the "Holy Mother of God Church") is a single-nave two-aisled domed church completed in the year 1321. It is located atop a plateau overlooking the Arpa River. 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.
- Noravank Monastery – 13th century. A monastery of picturesque panorama, ancient history and great significance.
- Dinner and overnight in Yeghegnadzor

Day 4/ Yeghegnadzor – Selim – Noratus – Hayravank – Sevanavank – Sevan

After breakfast at the hotel, we will drive to the pearl of Armenia, Lake Sevan, where we will get acquainted with the unique part of spiritual Armenia, khachkars, with a stop on the world know Silk Road.
- Selim Caravanserai – we will enjoy the unusually picturesque panorama of high mountains and deep gorges.
- Noratus - cemetery of cross-stones, the largest one in the territory of Armenia. Many khachkhars in the cemetery of Noratus, date back to the 13-17th centuries, and the oldest one was curved in 10th century.
- Hayravank Monastery
- 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

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Day 5/ Sevan – Dilijan – Haghpat – Sanahin – Alaverdi

After breakfast at the hotel, the group will drive to the green region of Armenia, Tavush Region.
- Goshavank Monastery – 1188. Goshavank used to be a medieval university with a depository of manuscripts. Mkhitar Gosh was the one who codified the first book of law and also wrote the fables with moral points.
- Haghartsin Monastesry - 10-13th century. The complex consists of St. Grigor, St. Astvatsatsin (The Mother of God), St. Stepanos churches and other buildings.
- 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 neighbouringHaghpat Monastery.
- Haghpat Monastery (UNESCO) – 10th century, a "masterpiece of religious architecture and a major center of learning in the Middle Ages".
- Dinner and overnight in Alaverdi

 

Day 6/ Alaverdi – Akhtala – Saghmosavank – Mughni – Karmravor – Yerevan

After breakfast at the hotel, we will drive back to Yerevan with stops near holy spots:
- Akhtala - a 10th century fortified Armenian Apostolic Church monastery. The fortress played a major role in protecting the north-western regions of Armenia and is among the most well preserved of all in modern Armenia. The main church is famous for its highly artistic frescoes, which cover the inside walls, the partitions, and the bearings of the building.
- Saghmosavank - 13th century monastery, surrounded by Mount Aragats, Mount Ara, and the deep Kasakh Gorge. Saghmosavank was once a religious, academic and cultural center of medieval Armenia.
- Mughni – 14th century church
- Karmravor - 7th century Armenian Church built by priests Gregory and Manas. According to a legend, three sisters lived in Ashtarak, all of whom fell in love with the same man, prince Sargis. The elder two sisters decided to commit suicide in favor of the youngest one. One wearing an apricot-orange dress and the other wearing a red dress, they threw themselves into the gorge. When the youngest sister found out, she put on a white dress and also threw herself into the gorge. Sargis then became a hermit and three small churches appeared at the edge of the gorge, named after the sisters' dress colors.

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Day 7/ Yerevan – Echmiadzin (treasury) – Zvartnots – Genocide Museum – Yerevan

After breakfast at the hotel, we will start the tour in the region of Armavir and will start the UNESCO tour:
- Holy See of Armenian Catholicos (UNESCO) - 4th century. It is the oldest church in Armenia, and one of the oldest churches around the world. Participation in holy mass. Upon desire meeting with a local priest. Visit to Echmiadzin treasury.
- St. Gayane (UNESCO) – 7th century. Its design has remained unchanged despite partial renovations of the dome and some ceilings in 1652.
- St. Hripsime (UNESCO) - one of the oldest surviving churches in Armenia. It is known for its fine Armenian-style architecture of the classical period, which has influenced many other Armenian churches since.
- Zvartnots Temple (UNESCO) – 7th century. The structure stands out among others with its unique architectural solutions.
- Genocide Museum
- Dinner and overnight in Yerevan

Day 8/ Leisure time

Day 9/ Departure

Transfer to the airport, departure.

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