One day tour in Armenia from Yerevan to the south-east of the country, to old temples and monasteries of the land that accepted Christianity as an official religion one of the first in the world. The trip is not comprised of visiting only architectural monuments. The excursion will also include a visit to hot mineral springs in Jermuk. A pleasant ending to a busy tour program will be a trip to the winery in Areni with degustation of amazing Armenian wines.
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 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 Noravank monastery (XII c.) located on the ledge of narrow winding gorge of Arpa River. Drive to Jermuk, famous for its thermal-mineral springs and surrounded by rich Alpine verdure and woods where you can try local mineral water. Last stop is at Areni, city known for producing famous Armenian wine from pomegranate and apricot. Have a wine degustation in a local winery. Return to Yerevan. Drop off at your hotel.
Duration: 10 hours (~400 km, 6 hours on road)
- Service of guide;
- Entrance fees to sights as per itinerary;
- Wine degustation in winery (Areni).