Armenia New Year Small Group Tour 2017 gives you an opportunity to meet New Year in exotic surroundings of the Caucasus, in the ancient city of Yerevan. You will have interesting and intense city tour on New Year Eve and a festive delicious dinner in one of the best restaurants in the capital. You will start 2017 exploring Armenia, where you will see the main attractions of the country, and at the same time you will enjoy skiing or snowboarding. In addition, you will meet new people from different corners of the world. All this together is a true receipt of holiday that energizes for the whole upcoming year.
Group size: 3-10 pax
Day 1 – December 30 (FRI): Yerevan – arrival
You will be met by our driver upon your arrival in Yerevan. Transfer and check in to the hotel.
Day 2 – December 31 (SAT): Yerevan
Meet your guide to start sightseeing in the capital of Armenia. 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, the main symbol of the city’s 2780th anniversary with the equivalent number of stairs, that is 500 meters high and 50 meters wide. On the top of the mega scale staircase get ready your camera on panoramic mode to capture a breathtaking city view with Opera House, Mount Ararat, Swan Lake, Republic Square, and posh Northern Avenue on the background. You will also walk by these sights during the tour.
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. Return to Yerevan for hotel.
Enjoy New Year dinner at the hotel (available for additional payment to the hotel restaurant).
Day 3 – January 1 (SUN): Yerevan – Khor Virap – Noravank – Yerevan
In the morning, head to Khor Virap monastery, meaning a deep pit in a local language. 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 the new religion. Monastery location allows you to enjoy the best views of the Mount Ararat.
Continue to famous complex of Noravank, situated on a ledge of a deep winding gorge of a tributary of the Arpa River near the village of Amaghu. Noravank ensemble stands amidst the bizarre-shaped precipitous red cliffs. Built in place of an ancient cloister, it grew in the reign of Princes Orbelian of Syunik. In the 13th-14th centuries it became a residence of Syunik's bishops. Consequently, a major religious and later cultural center of Armenia was closely connected with many educational institutes, primarily with Gladzor’s university and library. Return to Yerevan for overnight.
Day 4 – January 2 (MON): Yerevan – Garni – Geghard – Tsaghkadzor Ski Resort – Yerevan
Another full of impressions and adventures day starts with the 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 in this region. The complex originated in the 4th as a sacred spring inside a cave.
Drive to Tsaghkadzor mountain resort located on the altitude of 1750 m above sea level (60 km, ~1 h). It is the main winter resort in Armenia where you can rent all necessary equipment for skiin or take a cable car to enjoy fascinating views on Teghenis Mountains. Return to Yerevan in the evening.
Day 5 – January 3 (TUE): Yerevan – departure
Check-out from the hotel till noon. Transfer to Yerevan International Airport. End of the tour.
|Yerevan - 4 nights|
Paris Hotel 4*
- All transfers;
- Accommodation based on double/twin room sharing, breakfasts included;
- Sightseeing tour program with local English-speaking guide;
- Entrance tickets to sights as per itinerary.
Price does not include:
- Full board (lunches and dinners);
- Hotel charges for additional services;
- Visa support and consular fees for tourist visa;
- Personal travel insurance;
- Rent of ski equipment.