Cultural tour Armenia: “Discover Armenia” 10 days

Cultural tour Armenia: "Discover Armenia" 10 days

Armenia is a mountainous, landlocked country. It has a territory of 29,800sq.km (11,490 sq. miles) and borders Georgia on the north, Azerbaijan on the east, Turkey and Iran on the west and south respectively. The route of this tour passes from the South to North and from the East to West through the central parts of the country. Five overnights are in Yerevan the other four overnights are in different towns of Armenia: in the resort town of Jermuk, on the shores of Lake Sevan, in the town of Dilijan and in the second largest city – Gyumri. Armenia has 11 regions including the capital – Yerevan. During this tour you will have the opportunity to see 10 of them.

Being part of our cultural and historical tour you will have the opportunity to see monasteries that stand still over the ages, fast flowing rivers and green valleys that look like a carpet under your feet, to meet local people and gain new friends. In a few words this journey will show you the most popular major sights in Armenia as well as attractions in the quite remote areas of the country.

If you are interested in experiencing new customs and traditions at home with our hospitable people as well as in gaining more knowledge about one of the oldest countries in the world than ”Discover Armenia” trip is designed especially for you.

Let’s discover Armenia together!

 

Type of tour: Guided cultural tour in Armenia

Duration: 10 days/9 nights

Distance: 1101 km / 685 miles

Group size:  2+ pax

Accommodation: Hotels, B&B

Best period: May – November

Start/End point: Yerevan, Armenia

 

Tour route:

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Highlights:

  • The capital city – Yerevan with History Museum, Tsitsernakaberd Memorial, Genocide museum, Matenadaran and Ararat Brandy Factory
  • Ararat province with Khor Virap monastery where Armenian first Catholicos was imprisoned for 13 years
  • Vayots Dzor province with the resort town of Jermuk, Orbelian’s Caravanserai on the famous Silk Road, Kechut reservoir, Noravank monastery and Areni winery
  • Gegharqunik province with the highest freshwater lake in Caucasus, Lake Sevan with the monastery on the peninsula, Noratus ancient cemetery with medieval khachkars (cross stones)
  • Tavush province with Dilijan resort town known as the small Switzerland with Goshavank monastery and Lake Parz (Clear Lake)
  • Lori province with Haghpat monastery (UNESCO) and Odzun village with the old church, Lermontovo village where Molokans live
  • Shirak province with the second large city – Gyumri and Marmashen church
  • Aragatsotn province with Arutch Cathedral and Caravanserai
  • Armavir Province with the religious center of Echmiadzin city and Zvartnots temple (UNESCO)
  • Kotayk province with the only pagan temple in Armenia Garni and Geghard monastery (UNESCO)

 

Detailed Itinerary:

DAY 1

Arrival

Depart from your country and start a nice journey to Caucasus Region. Arrive at the airport. Meet and greet, transfer to the accommodation.

Meals: (–/–/–)

OvernightYerevan

Transfer: Airport / Hotel

 

DAY 2

Yerevan City tour – Brandy Factory – Tsitsernakaberd

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Start tour in the capital of Armenia and explore the important sightseeing places of 2796 years old Yerevan city including Food Market where we can taste and buy home-made dried fruit and fresh vegetables. Then we visit Ararat Brandy Factory to try the exceptional taste of Armenian brandy which has preserved the traditions of the legendary brandy manufacturing since 1887. Drive towards Tsitsernakaberd Monument which is designed to memorialize the innocent victims of the first Genocide of the 20th century. Visit Genocide museum. Enjoy evening near singing fountains in the Republic Square.

Meals:(B/–/–)

Overnight: Yerevan

Distance: 80 km / 50 miles

 

DAY 3

Yerevan – Carpet Factory – Khor Virap – Areni – Noravank – Jermuk                          

Khor Virap

Drive to the Megerian rug Factory which is a great opportunity not only to see the unique examples of handmade rugs but also to watch the process of the rug weaving. Continue the tour to historical Khor-Virap monastery (4- 17th cc.). Take the opportunity to enjoy a beautiful view to the biblical Ararat Mountain. Khor-Virap monastery (means «deep dungeon») rests atop a little hill; it is where Grigor Luisavorich (St. Gregory the Illuminator) was imprisoned for 13 years before adapting Christianity as a state religion in 301 AD. Proceed and visit Areni wine factory to taste local wine made from special sorts of vines. Visit Noravank 13thc. (means “New Monastery”) a masterpiece of Armenian architecture which is situated in a narrow gorge and encircled by tall, sheer, brick-red cliffs highlighting spectacular nature of Vayots Dzor province. Drive to Jermuk a spa town in the southern Armenian.

 Meals:(B/–/–)

Overnight: Jermuk

Distance: 210 km / 130.5 miles

 

DAY 4

Jermuk – Kechut reservoir – Vardenyats Pass – Noratus cemetery – Lake Sevan  

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City tour in Jermuk a major first-rate health resort zone and recreational area in Armenia. Continue the trip to Kechut reservoir and admire the flower shape beauty. Drive through the Vardenyats Pass (2410m) and visit Orbelian’s Caravanserai built in 1332, by Prince Chesar Orbelian. It used to be an important trade point on the famous Silk Road in order to accommodate weary travelers and their animals as they crossed from, or into, the Vayots Dzor Mountains. Drive across Lake Sevan and visit Noratus Cemetery a medieval cemetery with a large number of early khachkars (cross-stones) dating back to 10th century. Finally we reach Lake Sevan the largest lake in Armenia and the Caucasus region. It is also one of the largest fresh-water high-altitude lakes in the world. This huge mountain lake is situated at an altitude of about 1,900 meters above sea level.

 Meals:(B/–/–)

Overnight: Sevan

Distance: 180 km / 112 miles

 

DAY 5

Sevanavank – Goshavank – Lake Parz – Dilijan

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Visit Sevanavank 9thc. (Sevan monastery) located in the peninsula which used to be an island before. Note that the stairway leading to monastery consists of 220 stairs. Passing Sevan-Dilijan tunnel we appear in the fabulous forested resort town of Dilijan. Continue and visit the impressive monastic complex of Goshavank (12-13th cc.) which has remained in relatively good condition also houses one of the world’s finest examples of a khachkar. Not far from the monastery there is a small beautiful lake called Lake Parz (clear lake) which is located in Dilijan National Park at the altitude of 1400m above sea level. Armenian nature has created the beautiful views and landscapes. You may keep them while participate in our photo tour in Armenia. You may book the tour following the link.

 Meals:(B/–/–)

Overnight: Dilijan

Distance: 90 km / 54 miles

 

DAY 6

Dilijan – Molokans Village – Haghpat – Odzun – Gyumri 

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Drive to Lermontovo village to meet Molokans a religious movement, among the Russian peasants that refused to obey the Russian Orthodox Church in the beginning of 17th century.  It has the feel of an ethnic Russian village where villagers live according to long-held traditions. After a nice host in Molokans’ village, drive to a medieval Armenian monastery complex in Haghpat village. Haghpat monastery (976) is inscribed in UNESCO world heritage list. Continue the trip across Debed river and visit Odzun Church a rare example of a domed basilica built at the end of the 6th century in Odzun village. In the end of this day we drive to the second largest city of Armenia for overnight.

Meals:(B/–/–)

OvernightGyumri

Distance: 230 km / 143 miles

 

DAY 7

Gyumri city tour – Marmashen – Arutch – Yerevan

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Start city tour in Gyumri that is the cultural center of Armenia known for its traditions and talented people. Here we can also enjoy the delicious taste of good humor. We visit the monastic complex known as Marmashen Monastery located to the northwest of Gyumri. Marmashen churches are the best surviving examples of “Ani school” of medieval Armenian architecture. Drive towards Yerevan and visit Aruch village on the way where we can see the Cathedral (7th c.) a remarkable monument of Armenian architecture and the Caravanserai (13th c.) a medieval roadside inn which had an important role in the development of international trade.

Meals:(B/–/–)

Overnight: Yerevan

Distance: 205 km / 127.5 miles

 

DAY 8

Yerevan – S.Parajanov Museum – Echmiadzin – Zvartnots – History Museum of Armenia

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Start a tour with visiting Sergei Parajanov Museum which is a tribute to one of the greatest figures of 20th-century world cinema. Depart for the spiritual and administrative headquarters of the worldwide Armenian Church. Visit St Hripsime church (7th c.). Visit the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin (302-303 AD) the oldest state-built church in the world and the seat of the Catholicos. On the way back to Yerevan, stop for Zvartnots temple (means “celestial angels”) 7th century wonderful architectural masterpiece. The remnants of Zvartnots, even in ruins, are a majestic sight. Cathedral and Churches of Echmiadzin and the Archaeological Site of Zvartnots are listed among the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Continue the excursion and visit History museum of Armenia represents an integral picture of the history and culture of Armenia from prehistoric times (one million years ago) till our days. Back to hotel.

Meals:(B/–/–)

Overnight: Yerevan

Distance: 60 km / 37 miles

 

DAY 9

Yerevan – Matenadaran – Garni – Geghard – Yerevan 

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Start a day with a visit to the Institute of Ancient Manuscripts –Matenadaran the state repository that holds one of the world’s richest depositories of medieval manuscripts and books. Drive to Kotayk province and visit Garni fortress (3rd-2nd cc.BC) the summer residence of the kings and Garni temple (1st c.) which is the only survived pagan temple of heathen culture in Armenia. Nowadays the ruins of the royal palace and the bathroom with a stunning mosaic work can be found near the temple.  Northeast of Garni, higher up the gorge of Azat River, there is an outstanding monument of medieval Armenian architecture – Geghard monastery (4-12th cc.) listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site. Drive back to Yerevan and spend a free evening on your own.

Meals:(B/–/–)

Overnight: Yerevan

Distance: 85 km / 53 miles

DAY 10

Departure

Transfer to the airport 2 hours before the departure. Have a safe flight home.

Meals:(–/–/–)

Transfer: Hotel / Airport

For more details concerning to the holiday availability go on How to Book or simply send us an e-mail to info@ayastour.com.

Photos by: Vigen Hakhverdyan, Ashot Arushanyan


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