ARMENIA 2017

SHARED TOURS


GROUP INFORMATION:
PERIOD: 2017
DURATION: 08 DAYS (07 NIGHTS)
HOTEL: 3*, 4*
GROUP SIZE: 1-18 PAX
ITINERARY: ARMENIA (SHARED TOURS)
GUIDE: ARMENIAN/RUSSIAN/ENGLISH-SPEAKING GUIDE
MEAL: NO MEAL
TRANSPORT: TOURIST CLASS BUS WITH A/C

DAY 01 - THURSDAY: ARRIVAL IN YEREVAN
Arrival in Yerevan (Zvartnots Airport). Meeting and greeting. Transfer to hotel. Accommodation. Check-in. Overnight in Yerevan.
DAY 02 - FRIDAY: YEREVAN - MATENADARAN, ECHMIADZIN: (Hripsime, Gayane, Mother Cathedral) - CULTURAL-CREATIVE CENTER CAU - ZVARTNOTS – YEREVAN
Tour packages in Armenia Duration: 6-7 hrs.
Tour starts at 10:00.
Breakfast at hotel.
Matenadaran. On the northern part of Mashtots avenue there is Matenadaran (a book depository), one of the world's most ancient libraries. Its collections comprise ancient Armenian books and miniature paintings that have gained world-wide fame. Among its unique treasures are the works of ancient classical authors and rare manuscripts that have come to our days only in the Armenian translation. Several monuments to the outstanding Armenian cultural figures are located in the courtyard of Matenadaran.
St. Hripsime. St. Hripsime church is the one of the famous ecclesiastical buildings in the city of Echmiadzin. This is the developed and perfect example of cross-cupola churches in Armenia. The church is notable with its architectural simplicity and loftiness. The tomb of the Christian martyr Virgin Hripsime is in the sacristy of the church.
St. Gayane. Not far from the Echmiadzin Cathedral against the background of white peaks of Ararat one can see the silhouette of the cupola of St. Gayane church. The church was built in the 7th century and belongs to the domed-basilica style. According to the legend this church was constructed over the tomb of Virgin Gayane, who was martyred for preaching Christianity.
Tour packages in Armenia Mother Cathedral of St. Echmiadzin. The center of Armenian Apostolic church- St. Echmiadzin is located 20 km far from Yerevan. The Cathedral of Echmiadzin was founded at the beginning of the forth century and is one of the oldest churches in the world. According to the legend the church was built in the place where apparition of Jesus Christ was seen to Grigory the Illuminator in the dream. The interior of the church is covered with frescoes created by Hovnatanyan family. The residence of the Catholicos and the Theological Academy are situated near the Cathedral.
Visit to Cultural-Creative center CAU.
Zvartnots. This marvelous temple is a result of skillfulness and brave creativity of Armenian architects of the 7th century. Having been built on several columns it could survive only till the 10th century. When in the beginning of the 20th century this site was being excavated many specialists could hardly accept its reconstruction model designed by famous Armenian architect Toros Toramanyan as it was difficult to believe that such a huge and complicated construction could have been built those days, and amazingly at that time one of the bas-relieves of St. Chapelle church in Paris came to prove Toramanyan's version; the bas-relief depicts Zvartnots temple with Noah's Ark and it looks like the model represented by the architect.
Return back to Yerevan. Overnight in Yerevan.
DAY 03 - SATURDAY: YEREVAN - TSAGHKADZOR (Kecharis, Ropeway) - LAKE SEVAN - DILIJAN (Goshavank, Haghartsin), IJEVAN WINERY – YEREVAN
Tour packages in Armenia Duration: 9-10 hrs.
Tour starts at 10:00.
Breakfast at hotel.
Tsaghkadzor. Tsaghkadzor city ("Valley of flowers") is considered to be one of the most popular winter resorts of Armenia. It is one of the places of our mountainous country, where the beauty of the nature appears with its whole variety. Tsaghkadzor is situated in Kotayk region, 50 kilometers North from Yerevan, on the eastern slope of Teghenis Mountain and is surrounded with virginal woods and alpine meadows.
Kecharis. Kecharis monastery is in the north-western part of Tsakhkadzor. It was built in 11-13th centuries. The monastery consists of four churches and a half-destroyed mausoleum of Grigorius Pahlavuni, who financed building the monastery.
Tour packages in Armenia Lake Sevan. The fascination and the pearl of mountainous Armenia is Sevan Lake, which is one of the world's greatest high altitude fresh-water lakes. It is about 1900 m above sea level. The lake is of volcanic origin and is surrounded with mountains of 3000 m and higer. The beautiful landscape and the crystal water serve nice preconditions for excellent rest.The lake is also famous for its peninsula and medieval church complex built in 874.
Dilijan. Dilijan entices people with its unforgettable beauty and mild climate. The city stretches on the banks of Aghstev river, surrounded with mountains and forests. Dilijan has the fame of a health resort. The warm sun, fresh air and natural spas have great healing influence on people. Dilijan is also rich in interesting architectural monuments.
Goshavank. Goshavank was founded by the famous medieval scientist, fabulist Mkhitar Gosh. The complex consists of several religious and secular buildings. The unrivalled khachkar put in front of the one-naved basilica was created by the skillful master Poghos in 1291.Goshavank used to be one of the most famous religious and cultural centers in medieval Armenia.
Haghartsin. Haghartsin monastery situated in the woodlands of Tavush region represents an indescribable example of blend of nature with architecture. It was founded in the 10-11th centuries, though new buildings were added in the 12-13th centuries. Now it consists of St. Grigor, St. Astvatsatsin (Holy Mother of God), St. Stepanos churches and some other buildings.The refectory due to its skillful architectural composition is of great interest. The huge oak tree, which is almost at the age of the monastery, completes the whole scene.
Visit to Ijevan winery.
Return back to Yerevan. Overnight in Yerevan.
DAY 04 - SUNDAY: YEREVAN - KHOR VIRAP - ANCIENT CAVE ("Birds-Cave") - ARENI (winery) – YEREVAN
Tour packages in Armenia Duration: 6-7 hrs.
Tour starts at 10:00.
Breakfast at hotel.
Khor Virap. Khor Virap is the most famous pilgrimage site in Armenia, as it is directly connected with the adoption of Christianity. As a state religion Christianity in Armenia was adopted in 301 due to endeavors of Saint Gregory the Illuminator, who before converting king Trdat the 3rd to Christianity, was imprisoned in the dungeon over which a church of Khor Virap monastery was built in the 17th century. From the monastery one can admire the stunning view of the Biblical Mount Ararat.
Visit to ancient cave “Birds-Cave“.
Areni (winery). The village of Areni is in Vayots Dzor region. This sunny village is famous for its best wine assortments. Due to its specific flavor and delicate taste "Areni" wine has its respectful place among the best Armenian wines. The visit to the wine factory of the village will serve a good testimony to the above mentioned. The St. Astvatsatsin church built by skillful architect and sculpture Momik is in Areni village, too.
Return back to Yerevan. Overnight in Yerevan.
DAY 05 - MONDAY: YEREVAN - SAGHMOSAVANK - ALPHABET ALLEY - AMBERD - barbecue picnic - KARMRAVOR - OSHAKAN – YEREVAN
Tour packages in Armenia Duration: 6-7 hrs.
Tour starts at 10:00.
Breakfast at hotel.
Saghmosavank. 5 km far from Hovhanavank monastery on the edge of Kasakh river canyon, in the 13th century Vachutian dukes built Saghmosavank monastery. The main church is adjacent to the scriptorium, where many manuscripts have been produced during centuries. Saghmosavank underwent the devastating influence of the earthquake in 1988. The reconstruction comleted in 2000 returned the church its beauty and glory.
Armenian Alphabet Monument is located in the village of Artashavan, at the east side bottom of Mt. Aragats. It was erected in 2005 to the 1600 anniversary of creation of the Armenian alphabet by the design of the famous Armenian architect Jim Torosyan. The monument is an interesting demonstration of the stone carvings of 39 Armenian letters. The Armenian alphabet has been used to write the Armenian language since the year 405 or 406 and is still used to present Armenian language in written form. It was devised by Saint Mesrop Mashtots, an Armenian linguist and ecclesiastical leader, in order to make the Bible accessible to Armenians and spread Christianity. Originally it contained 36 letters and had been completed in the Middle Ages.
Amberd Fortress. The principal architectural features of medieval fortress-building have found their reflection in this fortress. Having been built on a naturally well-defended cape, Amberd has for long time served as an important military fort. Next to this secular edifice there is a church built in 1026 by the duke Vahram Pahlavuni.
Karmravor. This exquisite church is considered to be the jewel of Ashtarak. It resembles a monolith pillar due to its small sizes and architectural solutions. It was built in the 7th century and has come to our days almost intact. It has a cross-shaped ground plan from inside and outside.
Oshakan, Tomb of St. Mesrop Mashtots. Oshakan village has been a holy place since the 5th century, when in 440 due to the duke Vahan Amatuni's efforts the creator of Armenian alphabet Mesrop Mashtots was buried there and a small church was built over his tomb. In the 19th century a bigger church bearing the name of St. Mesrop Mashtots was constructed in the place of the old one. Every year many first class schoolchildren learn the first letter of the alphabet in this church after an oath at the tomb of St. Mashtots.
Return back to Yerevan. Overnight in Yerevan.
DAY 06 - TUESDAY: YEREVAN - NORAVANK - TATEV - ROPEWAY - KARAHUNJ (Zorats Karer) – YEREVAN
Tour packages in Armenia Duration: 13-14 hrs.
Tour starts at 09:00.
Breakfast at hotel.
Noravank. Passing a narrow road surrounded by rocks of hundred caves one discovers a scene of harmony of architecture with nature. The monastery enshrined with fine architectural solutions and luxurious embellishments is one of the brightest examples of Armenian architecture of the 13th century. Noravank consists of St. Karapet, St. Grigory the Illuminator churches and St. Astvatsatsin (Holy Mother of God) two-storey church, which is notable for its ideal constructive and sculptural work.
Tatev. Among the architectural pillars of Zangezour the monastery of Tatev doesn't have its rivals. This used to be wealthiest medieval monastery in Armenia. Besides being a religious center Tatev was also the important strategical center of Syunik kingdom. Being situated on a naturally defended place Tatev monastery has always been an impregnable fortress for alien. In non-stable political conditions the several secret ways in the territory of the fortress led the way to the canyon and served as a link between the monastery and external world.
Tour packages in Armenia Tatev Ropeway. Church bells were ringing loud in Tatev on October 16 of 2010, heralding the launch of a program to revive a medieval monastic complex and the opening of an aerial tramway called Wings of Tatev. The 5.7-kilometer ropeway was built within 11 months, passes through a deep gorge of the River Vorotan and over hills covered with lush forests. The tramway is supported by three towers between its two terminals. One terminal is on a hill overlooking the village of Halidzor and the other is near Tatev Monastery, on the road to Tatev village. Two cabins operate at once, traveling in opposite directions. There are six cables altogether (3 for each cabin), each uniquely foreseen for the specifications of this project. Within about 11 minutes a tramway cabin takes passengers, 25 at a time, from the village of Halidzor to the magnificent complex of Tatev.
Karahunj (Zorats Karer). The scientific expeditions proved Karahunj to be one of the oldest observatories in the world. It is said to be about 7500 years old. Some of the precisingly arranged huge stones have holes bored into them, which were used for astrological observations. The petroglyphs found nearby Karahunj reveal that the early inhabitants in Armenia were well aware of astrology.
Return back to Yerevan. Overnight in Yerevan.
DAY 07 - WEDNESDAY: YEREVAN - GARNI - GEGHARD - LAVASH BAKING – YEREVAN
Tour packages in Armenia Duration: 4-5 hrs.
Tour starts at 10:00.
Breakfast at hotel.
Garni. Garni temple which towers over a triangular cape, is the unique survived example of heathen culture in Armenia. It is a blend of Greco-Roman and Armenian styles. King Trdat the First ordered building the temple in the first century A.D. and dedicated it to the God of Sun. After adopting Christianity in 301 the pagan temple lost its significance and the fortress of Garni became the summer residence of the kings. Nowadays the ruins of the royal palace and the bathroom with a stunning mosaic work can be found near the temple.
Geghard. Geghard monastery is the unsurpassable masterpiece of the 13th century Armenian architecture. Some of the churches of the complex are masterfully hewn in a huge rock. From the outset the complex was called Ayrivank (cave monastery), later it was renamed Geghard (lance), as the lance used by the roman soldier to sting Jesus Christ's side, was kept in this monastery for many centuries. Due to its construction Geghardavank serves the best place for singing spiritual songs. The complex is rich in subtle sculptural embellishments and many striking khachkars (cross-stones).
Lavash baking during the tour (Armenian national bread).
Return back to Yerevan. Overnight in Yerevan.
DAY 08 - THURSDAY: DEPARTURE
Transfer to Airport. Departure.


ARMENIA RATES PER 1 PERSON IN DOUBLE/TWIN ROOM:
HOTEL 1 PERSON IN DOUBLE/TWIN ROOM SGL SUP
ROYAL PLAZA 3* $ 480 $ 190
ANI PLAZA 4* $ 500 $ 270
Royal Plaza 3* - www.royalplaza.am
Ani Plaza 4* - www.anihotel.com

PRICE COVERS:

1. Hotel accommodation with breakfast in Yerevan (07 nights);
2. Shared group tours;
3. Transfer service;
4. Guide service;
5. Entrance fee to all sightseeing destinations;
6. Local taxes.

PRICE DOES NOT COVER:

1. Expenses of personal nature;
2. Drinks;
3. Ropeway ticket; $4
4. Barbecue picnic; $9
5. Lunches and dinners;
6. Additional tours and transfers not included in itinerary.

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