Armenia Essentials (Am-1)4 Days | Yerevan, Garni, Geghard, Etchmiadzin, Khor Virap, Areni village, Tatev Monastery

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Take a trip to Armenia, the country of the oldest temples. You will see pagan temple Mihra (Mitra) built in honor of the God of Sun; visit a monastery of Gegard included in the UNESCO World Heritage List; enjoy a grand view of the Etchmiadzin Cathedral. During the Armenia tour you will also see the monastery of Hor Virap with a wonderful view of the Mount Ararat – the most famous symbol of this country.

Tour itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival in Yerevan
 
Your Armenia tour will start in one of the oldest cities of the world; Yerevan is famous as a pink city and calls visitors with its humble and at the same time splendid landscapes. Start city tour visiting Cascade Monument which was the main symbol of the cities 2780th anniversary with the equivalent number of stairs. Mega scale staircase is 500 meters high and 50 meters wide. A panoramic view from the monument opens up breathtaking city view with Opera House, Mount Ararat, Swan Lake, Republic Square, and Abovyan Avenue, which you will also walk by during the tour. If it is a weekend, visit Vernissage, the biggest souvenir market in Yerevan. Continue to the Armenian Genocide memorial complex on the hill of Tsitsernakaberd. An excellent round-up of the tour will be a visit to the Megeryan carpet factory where you can observe a process of creating famous Armenian rugs. You will see carpets from different regions of Armenia and find out about hidden meanings of elements used in their design. In the evening, enjoy dinner and traditional folklore show. Overnight at hotel.
Day 2: Yerevan – Garni – Geghard – Etchmiadzin – Yerevan
 
Depart Yerevan and drive to Garni, one of the major villages in Armenia famous for its fortress. The fortress is the only pagan sacred place from the 1st century that survived aggressive introduction of Christianity in the 4th century. Next stop is at the monastery complex Geghard (means a spear in Armenian). A beautiful landscape of Geghard is framed with towering cliffs. Decorative art cut into rocks reflect and explain Medieval Ages development throughout the region. The complex was introduced to the history in the 4th century as a sacred spring inside a cave. Continue to the Holy See of Armenia, Etchmiadzin. Visit Etchmiadzin Cathedral* which is the residence of the head of Armenian Apostolic Church the Catholicos of All Armenians. Drive back to Yerevan. Overnight at the hotel.
* The site is presently under renovation works.
Day 3: Yerevan – Khor Virap – Areni – Tatev – Yerevan
 
After breakfast, head to Khor-Virap monastery (“deep pit”). According to the legend, St. Gregory the Illuminator, the Baptist of Armenia, had been kept here in the basement during 13 years for the disseminating of Christianity until tsar Tradt decided to adopt new religion. Monastery location allows you to enjoy the best views of the Mt. Ararat. Continue to Areni, a city known for producing famous Armenian wine from pomegranate and apricot. Have a wine degustation in a local winery. Drive to Tatev Monastery (9-13 cent.). Approaching the jewel of medieval Armenian architecture on the longest aerial tramway in the world you will see the monastery, the powerful impregnable stronghold towering on a rock. Such a remote position of it was strategically favorable as the monastery was simultaneously religious and political centre of the region. Standing on the edge of the rock, the monastery takes your breath away: somewhere down below the river flows in the valley and crowded velvet green hills stand in silence… Return to Yerevan. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 4: Yerevan – departure
 
Check-out from the hotel till noon. Visiting traditional Armenian market.
Transfer to Yerevan International Airport. Departure.

Accommodation:

Comfort Option

Economy Option

Yerevan - 3 nights

Ani Plaza, Imperial Palace

Silachi, Hrazdan

 

  • All transfers 1-2 pax by sedan; 3-6 pax by van; 7-15 pax by mini bus;
  • Accommodation based on double/twin room sharing, breakfasts included;
  • Sightseeing tour program with local guide;
  • Entrance fees to sights as per itinerary.
  • Full board (lunches and dinners);
  • Hotel charges for additional services;
  • Visa support and consular fees for tourist visa;
  • Personal travel insurance.