Armenia - Artsakh

duration 01 June - 11 June 2018
duration 01 June - 11 June 2018

At the dawn of Armenian Christianity

Since the very beginnings of Christianity, the adoption of language, the alphabet and the church formed a tightly interwoven bond. This "trinity" unites all Armenians worldwide.

Throughout the centuries, before acquiring their own state, the Church held the Armenians together, calling for the national unity and promoting Armenian culture. In such a way, the Church built up its educational and school system. It also produced a number of valuable books and manuscripts, globally unique, and it saved them from destruction. It was the Church that kept the flames of "Armenian Identity’’ alive. Armenians are proud of being the first Christian nation in the world. They are always very glad to welcome you in Armenia and Artsakh.


Experience the difference!

ITINERARY

Day 1 Yerevan (Armenia)
Arrival in Yerevan, the capital of Armenia. Transfer to the hotel. Overnight.

Day 2 Yerevan - Matenadaran – Megerian Carpets – City Tour
The colorful, warm city of Yerevan is delighted to invite you to stroll through the city. We’ll visit Matenadaran Museum- the largest storage of spiritual cultural heritage and ancient manuscripts. The building is located at the end of Mesrop Mashtots Boulevard and overlooks the whole city.
Next, we visit the Megerian Carpet factory where we will admire a wide range of diverse hand-knotted carpets. You will also have an opportunity to use the subway (Yerevan Metro), to walk through one of the oldest streets of Yerevan, Abovyan street, and admire the singing fountains. They are worth seeing especially summer evenings. When full of colors and lights, they resound famous compositions.

Day 3 Yerevan – Zvartnots - Etchmiadzin – Aknashen – Yerevan
Exploration trip to Etchmiadzin, the most important religious center of Armenia. On the way we will visit the ruins of the circular Cathedral of Zvartnots and St. Hripsime Church. Both date back to the 7th century. Later on, we will pay a visit to the Cathedral of Etchmiadzin. The trip continues to the village of Aknashen. Exciting encounters and warm hospitality will invite you to the Armenian table, interesting conversations, laughter and joy. You will get the unique opportunity to take part in the preparation of Lavash, traditional Armenian flat bread and taste Armenian specialties in a warm and cozy atmosphere. Full of splendid impressions we drive back to Yerevan. Leisure time.

Day 4 Yerevan – Lake Sevan – Geghard – Basalt Organs – Garni – Yerevan
At the beginning of the day we travel to Kotayk, the western province of Armenia. At the entrance to the Upper Azat Valley you will visit the Monastery of Geghard which dates back to the 13th century. In 2000, it was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The trip continues onwards to Garni. We admire the symphony of stones, the wonderful ensemble of organ pipes made of basalt. We will climb up to the pagan temple of Garni dating back to the 1st century AD. Return to Yerevan. Leisure time.

Day 5 Yerevan – Hovhannavank – Saghmosavank – Amberd - Yerevan
Today we are heading to the Aragatsotn province. First, we will visit the Hovhannavank Monastery of St. John the Baptist dating from the 4th century. The monastery stands on the edge of the Kasagh River canyon. Only 5km north from Hovhannavank is the Monastery Saghmosavank, dating back to the 13th century. In the afternoon, we will visit the partially destroyed fortress of Amberd (2300m above sea level) dating back to the 11th century, we will visit the Vahramashen Church. Return to Yerevan. Free time at your leisure.

Day 6 Yerevan - Khor Virap-Zangakatun – Areni – Noravank – Karahunj - Goris
The picturesque South of Armenia awaits us with its fertile valleys and magnificent landscapes. We explore Khor Virap Monastery, a famous pilgrimage dating back to the 4th century AD. Armenia has an ancient winemaking tradition. Next, in Zangakatun, we visit the house-museum of the most eminent Armenian writer, Paruyr Sevak. Armenia has an ancient winemaking tradition. You will have the opportunity to taste Armenian wine and have a traditional lunch at a family vineyard in Areni, in the “Armenian Bordeaux’’. To the South of Areni, in the Amaghu Gorge, we will admire the beauty of Noravank, one of the most beautiful monasteries in Armenia.
On the way to Goris, we will visit Karahunj - one of the most ancient megalithic constructions of the world. It is referred to as “the Armenian Stonehenge’’ (5000-5500 BC). Arrival in Goris. Leisure time.

Day 7 Goris – Khndzoresk – Tatev - Goris
Morning drive to the old village Khndzoresk. Exploration of numerous cave dwellings, and drive to the Monastery of Tatev. It is an important spiritual center of Armenia where a number of manuscripts were produced. From the ropeway "Wings of Tatev” you enjoy breathtaking panoramic views and stunning scenery of the steep gorge of the Vorotan river.

Day 8 Goris – Gandzasar – Tigranakert - Stepanakert (Artsakh)
Exploratory trip to Artsakh (the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic). First we drive to Gandzasar, a medieval monastery dating back to the 13th century. In Armenian, "Gandzasar’’ means “mountain of treasures". This pearl of Artsakh is surrounded by beautiful dense forests. The trip continues to the city of Tigranakert, founded by the Armenian king Tigranes the Great (95–55 BC). Visit to the archeological museum. Afterwards we drive to Stepanakert, the capital of Artsakh.

Day 9 Stepanakert - Tnjri - Amaras - Shoushi - Stepanakert
Approximately 24km away from Stepanakert, we will marvel at the 2000 year old plane tree, with a height of 30m, afterwards visiting the monastery of the Church of Amaras dating from the 4th century. The visit will be accompanied by a priest. Drive to Shoushi. The magnificent Cathedral of Christ the Holy Savior occupies the city’s main square. The Echmiadzin Cathedral served as a model for the construction. Free time for individual sightseeing.

Day 10 Stepanakert - Yerevan – Tsitsernakaberd
At the beginning of the day we drive through Goris to Yerevan. On the way we marvel at the beauty of majestic landscapes. Arrival in Yerevan. After resting, we visit Tsitsernakaberd, the Armenian Genocide Memorial Complex. Getting prepared for the journey home.

Day 11 Return flight 
Transfer to the airport. End of our services.



Recommended trip extension. 

Day 11 Yerevan - Gyumri
Train journey to Gyumri, the second biggest city of Armenia. Gyumri is a city of art and culture, tradition, hospitality, humor and indomitable zest for life. Here you can explore the old town with its beautiful old town houses, colorful facades and typical wooden balconies. On this beautiful city tour we will have the opportunity to observe not only locals’ everyday life, but the craftsmen’s as well.

Day 12 Gyumri – Harichavank - Yererouk - Yerevan
Descent into the village of Harich. We will explore the Harichavank Monastery dating back to the 7th century. Many famous poets of the 20th century studied here at the monastery school. Also, nowadays, many students study at the Seminary. The Monastery is a very significant spiritual centre. Then, we will visit the ruins of Yererouk Basilica. Return to Yerevan. Leisure time. Preparation for the journey home.

Day 13 Return flight 
Transfer to the airport. End of our services.

PRICES & SERVICES

Price per Person: 1250 €
Single room surcharge: 190 €
Small group: 4-12 people

Services offered

Transport
• All transfers and transportation

Supervision
• Local English speaking guide
• Geologist (1 day)
• Architect (1 day)

Accommodation, Food, Drinks
• 10 nights in comfortable hotels (double room)
• Full Board
• Drinking Water

Entrance
• All entrance tickets

Travel preparation
• Travel documentation
• Maps


*International flight is not included in the price.

DATES



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Available 01.06.18 11.06.18 € 1250 € 190  

 

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NOTES

The tour route may be modified due to reasons of security, climate conditions, unexpected environmental damages, problems with road access, strikes, or local festivities. In such cases, we will strive to find the best possible solution.

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ITINERARY: «At the dawn of Armenian Christianity»

 

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