On Tubalcain's Tracks

Discover Armenia, one of the cradles of civilizations ...
Armenia, it is not a well-known country, both geologically and economically. However, its history, language and culture are dating back to thousands of years. The sites of Metsamor and Karahunj will allow you to understand how this land has welcomed the first blacksmiths and the first astronomers of the planet. While visiting Etchmiadzin, you will discover the first church in the world, which was built in 303, just after the adopting Armenia the Christianity as its official religion. During your stay, you will especially enjoy the legendary hospitality of the Armenians and take part in their daily life.

ITINERARY

Day 1         Yerevan
Arrival at Zvartnots International Airport. Welcome and transfer to the hotel for check-in and leisure time.

Day 2         Yerevan City Tour
At 09:00 meeting with the guide in the lobby of the hotel.
Our exciting day will start with a visit to Shengavit (3000 BC), it is a small town populated since the old times, which is also today one of the most famous archeological sites in Armenia. Next, we will visit the Historical Museum. During the guided tour, we will be informed of the main facts, culture and history of the country. After having some rest, Yerevan will invite us to a nice stroll through the city, where we will see the subway - Yerevan Metro, Abovyan Street, which is one of the oldest streets in Yerevan, and the "Singing Fountains" in the Republic Square.

Day 3         Yerevan - Metsamor - Sardarapat - Yerevan
In the morning, we will drive to Metsamor, in order to visit one of the old settlements on the Armenian plateau. Hence, we will visit the archaeological sites and the Metsamor Museum (5000 - 4000 BC). Also, we will have a visit to one of the first metal workshops set on the rock. After an enjoyable open-air picnic, we will explore the ethnographic museum in Sardarapat. Overall, we will return to Yerevan and have a leisure time.

Day 4         Yerevan - Amberd - Aragats – Yerevan
In the morning, we will depart to the highest mountain in the country, Aragats (4090 meters above sea level). On our way, the first discovery will be the Amberd Fortress at an altitude of 2300 m., a rare piece of the Armenian military architecture of the Middle Ages. Also, we will visit the Vahramashen Church, which was built in 1026. After our open-air picnic at the same place, we will head to Kari Lich (Stone Lake), which is located at an altitude of 3300 m. above sea level. Later, we will hike to the southern peak of Mount Aragats (3880 m.), while admiring the beautiful surrounding landscapes.
We will return to Yerevan City and have a leisure time.

Day 5         Yerevan - Khor Virap - Areni - Noravank - Karahunj - Goris
Today, the direction will be to the south of the country. The first stop will be in Ararat Region: in order to visit the Khor Virap Monastery, which is situated on the Armenian-Turkish border. Afterwards, the traditional Armenian wine will be waiting for us in Areni (Armenian Bordeaux). The route will continue to the Noravank Monastery (13th century). It is one of the architectural wonders of Armenia, inscribed on UNESCO World Heritage List. Here, we will have a lunch in a picturesque restaurant located inside a cave. At the end of the afternoon, we will visit Karahunj, one of the oldest observatories in the world (5000-5500 BC).
In the evening, we will arrive in Goris, check-in at the hotel, leisure time.

Day 6         Goris - Khndzoresk - Tatev - Goris
This morning will be dedicated to the discovery of Khndzoresk Village and its artificial caves. In the afternoon, we will arrive in Tatev, here is the new and longest ropeway in the world, "Wings of Tatev", through which we admire the magnificent panoramic views of the mountainous and the overwhelming landscapes of Vorotan Gorge. Also in Tatev, we will admire one of the country's religious gems - Tatev Monastery of the 9th century, which was formerly a great intellectual center and academic university.
In the evening, we will have a walking tour in the Old Town of Goris. Overnight.

Day 7         Goris - Selim - Odzaberd - Noratus - Hayravank - Sevanavank – Lchashen - Sevan
The continue of our trip will be to Lake Sevan in Gegharkunik Province. First of all, we will discover the Selim Caravanserai of the 14th century, and the ruins of Odzaberd in Tsovinar Village. Later, we will see the most important and famous Khachkars (Cross Stones), which are situated in Noratus. Then we will head to the western shore of Lake Sevan in order to visit the Hayravank Monastery of the 9th century. Furthermore, we will continue to explore the ruins of Lchashen, which is a primeval settlement.
In the evening, we will arrive in Seven and leisure time.

Day 8         Sevan - Sevanavank - Geghard - Symphony of the Stones - Garni - Yerevan
Before farewelling the beautiful Lake Sevan, we will visit the Sevanavank Monastery with its two churches settled on a hill. Later, the tour will continue to the Kotayk Region, in order to discover Geghard, which is a cave monastery from the 13th century. Since 2000, this monastery was inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Afterwards, we will stroll to Garni Gorge in order to admire the beautiful basalt columns. Furthermore, we will visit the pagan Temple of Garni (1st century).
Overall, we will return to Yerevan and have a leisure time.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 9         Yerevan: Free Day
Today you will have a free day. We recommend you to visit Matenadaran, where ancient manuscripts have been preserved over many centuries and Tsitsernakaberd Memorial. From both sites you may enjoy a perfect view over the capital city. In the evening you will have a chance to admire the singing founatins' show in the Republic Square.

Day 10       Yerevan – Zvartnots – Echmiadzin – Aknashen – Yerevan
After the breakfast, we will depart to Armavir Region to discover the ruins of Zvartnots Cathedral (7th century). It is the masterpiece of the Medieval Armenian architecture. Later, we will visit the Saint Hripsime Church (7th century) and the Mother Cathedral of Echmiadzin, one of the first Christian churches in the world (301-303). We will have a traditional meal in Aknashen Village and participation in the preparation of Lavash - the traditional Armenian bread.
In the evening, we will return to Yerevan. Preparations for departure.

Day 11       Return flight
Transfer to the airport. End of our services.

PRICES / SERVICES

Price per person:

1180 €

Extra charge for single room:

180 €

Small group:

4-12 people

Included Services

  • Transport
  • • All transfers and transportation to the visiting places during the tour
  • Accompaniment
  • • English-speaking local guide
  • • Geologist (For 1 day)
  • • Archaeologist (For 1 day)
  • • Architect (For 1 day)
  • Accommodation, meals and drinks
  • • 10 nights (comfortable hotels in double rooms)
  • • Full board (breakfast and dinner from the 2nd day of the tour to the 14th day (excluding drinks))
  • • Mineral water
  • Visits
  • • All entrance tickets
  • Travel preparation
  • • Travel documentation
  • • Map

Excluded Services

  • Flight tickets
  • • International flight

DATES

STATUSDEPARTRETURNPRICE P/PEXTRA SGLNOTES
At least 4 participants 13.09.18 23.09.18 €1180 € 180 In case of bad weather, the ascent of Mount Aragats will be replaced by the sightseeing of Saghmosavank and Hovhanavank Monasteries.

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