Take a fascinating two-day tour to Tatev Monastery, one of the wonderful monastery complexes in Armenia that had once been an intellectual center of the country. You will soar on the "Wings of Tatev", the longest cable car road in the world, and enjoy breathtaking landscapes. In the course of the tour, you will also visit ancient monasteries of Khor-Virap and Noravank, taste the best Armenian wines in the Areni village and study unique cliff caves of Khndzoresk.
Day 1: Yerevan – Khor Virap – Areni – Khndzoresk – Goris
Meet your guide and driver at your hotel in Yerevan and head to Khor Virap Monastery (“deep pit”). According to the legend, St. Gregory the Illuminator, the Baptist of Armenia, had been kept there in the basement during 13 years for the disseminating of Christianity until tsar (king) Tradt decided to adopt new religion. Monastery location allows you to enjoy the best views of the Mount Ararat. Continue to Areni, a city known for producing famous Armenian wine from pomegranate and apricot. Have degustation of various fruit and berry wines and oghi, Armenian traditional spirit. Drive to Khndzoresk village. There is a cave city spread on the slope of the gorge, Old Khndzoresk that used to be one of the most populated villages in Syunik region. The caves were used not only as dwellings but also as refuge. Dwellers used rope to get up to their caves located 20 m above the ground. The caves were arranged as terraces where roof of a cave was a garden to a higher level cave. People populated the area till the middle of the 20th century. Reach Goris for overnight.
Day 2: Goris – Tatev – Noravank – Yerevan
In the morning, drive to Tatev Monastery (9-13th centuries). 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. Drive back to Yerevan. On the way, visit Noravank Monastery (12th century) located on the ledge of narrow winding gorge of Arpa River. Drop off at your hotel in Yerevan.
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Price per person, USD
|Half-Board (2 lunches)||40|
|Mirhav or similar, 3*||1|
1. Transportation as per itinerary;
2. Sightseeing tour program in with local guide;
3. Entrance tickets to sights as per itinerary;
4. Wine and oghi tasting in Areni;
5. Accommodation based on double/twin room sharing; breakfast included.