In the land of Noah's descendants

duration 10 May - 19 May 2018
duration 10 May - 19 May 2018

Would you like to follow Noah’s Route?
Then you should visit Armenia!



Take a chance to visit the country that is graced with the biblical Mount Ararat, where Noah landed his ark.
Ararat has always served as a symbol of the Armenian identity and has always reminded the Armenians about their glorious past and splendid future. Armenia is one of the oldest civilized countries in the world with the recorded history of more than 2000 years.
This country with rich cultural heritage is always happy to welcome guests from all over the world to discover the treasures of the warm country.
Being at the intersection of Europe and Asia, Armenia preserved its cultural and national identity, which is reflected in traditions, literature, architecture and even the national cuisine.
The descendants of Noah will warmly welcome you in Armenia! Follow Noah’s Route with us!

ITINERARY


Day 1 Yerevan
Arrival at Zvartnots International Airport. Greeting and meeting. Transfer to your hotel and some Leisure time at your disposal.

Day 2 Yerevan: City Tour: Matenadaran – Megerian Carpets – City Walk
On the first day, our guide will be waiting for you at the lobby of the hotel to explore the capital city of Armenia − Yerevan.
We will stop in the Matenadaran, which holds a rich collection of ancient manuscripts and books that have been preserved as national treasure over many centuries.
After we finish our observation mission in the Matenadaran, we will head to Megerian carpet factory, where numerous rugs with different patterns and colors are exhibited in the museum of the factory, representing the long history of Armenian rug-making art. After admiring the museum and the process of making traditional carpets, we will be invited to taste exquisite Armenian dishes.
In the evening you will be invited to take another stroll through the evening Yerevan.
At the end of the day we will accompany you to the hotel.

Day 3 Yerevan – Geghard – Basalt Organs – Garni – Yerevan
At the beginning of this day we will head to the Western province of Kotayk to uncover two remarkable landmarks. On the way there, we will admire the mountainous gorges and wooded hillsides.
First one to be revealed by us will be Geghard Monastery, which is carved out of a solid mountain. The complex was built in the 4th century, although the main chapel was constructed in 1215. This is an incredible historic site full of natural beauty surrounding it.
Next, we will head to the village of Garni, where we will stop to admire natural ''Basalt Organs'' or, in other words, "The Symphony of Stones".
We will continue our exploratory tour visiting the next destination, Garni Temple, located in the same valley. This is the only non-Christian, religious structure in Armenia. The gorgeous view of mountains and cliffs around, it is the best place to take pictures.
At the end of the day we will return to Yerevan.

Day 4 Yerevan – Saghmosavank – Amberd – Aragats – Yerevan
The day of adventurous discoveries starts from the 13th-century monastic complex Saghmosavank, which rises high on the ridge carved by the River Kasagh. Later, we will head to the 11th-century Fortress of Amberd, situated on the top of the mountain, rewarding its guests magnificent and splendid views of untouched nature. We will continue our tour to Vahramashen Church, built on the same area. Nearby, we will have a picnic time and get ready for discovering new treasures of the country.
Put your comfortable shoes on, as we are going to hike to Lake Qari , located on the highest mountain of Armenia − Aragats (4090 meters above sea level). This is a prefect destination for hiking lovers.
Afterwards, we will continue our hiking tour to the southern peak of Aragats (3888 meters above sea level), where you will be served a magnificent panorama and a perfect view of the Mount Ararat.
At the end of the day, you will have a comfortable transfer back to your hotel.

Day 5 Yerevan – Khor Virap – Areni – Noravank – Karahunj – Goris
Today, in the morning we will drive to the southern part of the country. The first stop will be at KhorVirap Monastery, standing high in the plain valley of Ararat. We will be gifted a flawless view of the Mount Ararat on a clear day.
Next, we will drive to the wine-making center of the country − Areni. Here, we will have a traditional Armenian lunch and taste local wine at a family vineyard.
Afterwards, we will drive to Amaghu Gorge, which is always twined with Grand Canyon, where one of the most beautiful monasteries called Noravank is situated. This is a perfect location for taking pictures and admiring the red cliffs. While there, we will have a coffee break in a cozy cave-cafe.
In the evening we will arrive in Goris to stay overnight.

Day 6 Goris – Khndzoresk – Tatev – Goris
The new day will start with a delicious breakfast in Goris. Afterwards, we will visit the Old Khndzoresk Village . This will be a real gift for nature lovers. Here, the caves and rocks look like as they cracked the mountain and came out to the surface.
Afterwards, we will continue to the Monastery of Tatev. The combination of architectural marvel together with divine nature around, make Tatev one of the most visited and photographed places in Armenia. While there, we will take the longest reversible ropeway of the world. We will have a chance to enjoy the stunning scenery of the steep gorge of the Vorotan River from the cabin of the ropeway.
At the end of the day, we will return to our hotel in Goris.

Day 7 Goris – Selim – Noratus – Hayravank – Sevanavank – Dilijan
Today, we will leave Goris and continue our tour to the caravanserai of Selim, located in the picturesque valley of Selim, which used to be a shelter for travelers and their animals.
Later, we will head to Noratus, which is an ancient cemetery covered with khachkars.
Near the village Hayrawank, on the western shore of Lake Sevan, we will visit the Hayravank Monastery built in the 9th century, which overlooks gorgeous lake Sevan.
Afterwards, we will head to Sevan peninsula to explore another precious ancient structure − Sevanavank Monastery. Due to great location, we will have a fantastic view over the ''Blue Pearl'' and its nearby area.
In the evening we will depart to Dilijan and stay in a hotel.

Day 8 Dilijan – Haghartsin – Goshavank – Gosh Lake – Yerevan
Good morning from Armenia's ''Little Switzerland''. Dense forests, pristine landscapes and rolling hills surround the city and make it a green oasis in the province of Tavush.
Not far from Dilijan, in a deep forest, Haghartsin Monastery will welcome us. It is a tranquil place surrounded by marvelous nature. Soon we will depart to Goshavank Monastery − another ancient place to admire. Later, the trekking will continue to Lake Gosh − a small piece of paradise with picturesque lake and lush forests that embrace the emerald island.
In the evening you will be dropped-off at your hotel in Yerevan.

Day 9 Yerevan: City Tour: Tsitsernakaberd – Zvartnots − Echmiadzin – Aknashen – Yerevan
The morning will begin with another city tour around the ancient city. Later we will visit Tsitsernakaberd, the Armenian Genocide Museum and Memorial.
Next, we will proceed our tour to explore Etchmiadzin − the spiritual center of all Armenians.
Along the way we will stop at the ruins of Zvartnots Cathedral located in Ararat valley. Although the cathedral is fully ruined, it remains one of the most visited sights in the country, as it offers a magnificent view of the Mount Ararat.
Our upcoming destination will be Aknashen village. Here you can take part in traditional "lavash" baking process as well as taste the best representation of Armenian local recipes.

Day 10 Return flight  
Transfer to the airport. See you later Armenia!

 

Recommended Tour Extension.
Day 10 Yerevan - Gyumri
Today we will take the train to the second biggest city in Armenia − Gyumri. This city is considered the center of the Armenian humor, hospitality and art. We will take a stroll through the streets and uncover antique architecture of the Old Town with wooden balconies and colorful facades. We can observe the daily routine of the locals as well as that of the craftsmen.

Day 11 Gyumri – Harichavank – Yererouk – Yerevan
Today we will leave Gyumri to uncover Harich village with its 7th-century Haritchavank Monastery. Together with mediaeval style structure, you will have a great view over the canyon.
Next, we will take a direction to the archeological site of the basilica church Yererouk, which is partially destroyed, but still attracts thousands of new visitors every year.
Late in the evening you will be dropped-off at your hotel in Yerevan.

Day 12 Return flight 
Transfer to the airport. Have a safe flight.

PRICES & SERVICES

Price per Person: 990 €
Single room surcharge: 170 €
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
9 nights in comfortable hotels (double room), guesthouse
Full Board
Drinking Water

Entrance
All entrance tickets

Travel preparation
Travel documentation
Maps

*International flight is not included in the price.

DATES

STATUSFROMUNTILPRICE PPSGL SUPPL.NOTES
Guaranteed departure 10.05.18 19.05.18 € 990 € 170  
Guaranteed departure 24.09.18 03.10.18 € 990 € 170  

 

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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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