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Inbound travel to the Republic of Armenia

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Ethno-10

Cultural-Historical, 10 days, 1825 km (1141 miles)

Ten-day comfortable and leisurely tour during which tourists will immerse themselves into the history and culture of the country, will visit many historical sites, see magnificent landscapes, mountain passes and valleys of rushing mountain rivers. This will certainly be a chance to discover the rich cultural heritage of Armenian people, their customs and traditions as well as to communicate with local people and appreciate their hospitality and warmth. In the town of Vanadzor you will visit the workshop of an artisan who specializes in the manufacture of cross-stones. And not far from Dilijan, in the village of Lermontovo, you can have tea with the local people - the Molokans, who are Russian old believers exiled to Armenia since the times of empress Ekaterina II.
Day 1
Yerevan
After a brief rest at the hotel, guests will embark on a tour of Yerevan city that includes stops at Republic Square, Victory Park, Mother Armenia, Cafesjian Center for the Arts, The Cascade, a carpet factory, the monument to A.Tamanyan, Opera House, and Tsitsernakaberd Armenian Genocide Memorial.

(Note: Arrival day activities will be adjusted as needed according to the itinerary of the traveler.)
Meals: Lunch
Hotel Accommodations: Regineh
Travel Distance: 70 km (44 miles)
Day 2
Yerevan – Oshakan – Harich – Gyumri
A trip to the southern slope of Mount Aragats in Aragatsotn province. From the road leading to Ashtarak there is a wonderful panorama of the extinct volcanoes Aragats and Arailer. Near the town of Ashtarak there opens a beautiful view on the gorge of the Kasakh River.

Visiting Oshakan village in Aragatsotn Province . Oshakan is most famous as the last resting place of Mesrop Mashtots, (d 442) founder of the Armenian Alphabet. Above his grave (19th c. gravestone) is a church rebuilt by Catholicos George IV in 1875.

A trip to the southern slope of Mount Aragats. Visiting Amberd, which means «a fortress in the clouds» a fitting name given its elevation (2300 m.).

On the way to Yerevan a stop at the Alphabet Square – a Monument to the letters of Armenian Alphabet.

The trip continues along the Shirak plateau. Visiting the Monastery Harichavank (7-9 c) – the largest religious and cultural center of Shirak marz, famous for its monastery.

Gyumri is the center of Shirak marz and the second largest and economically important city of the Republic. A trip through Gyumri city, reveals a city in recovery from the devastating earthquake of 1988. Visitors will see the restored city, new churches, a new residential area «Ani» and a Monument to favored French-Armenian singer-actor Charles Aznavour.

Lodging in hotel in Gyumri.
Meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Hotel Accommodations: Araks
Travel Distance: 250 km (156 miles)
Day 3
Gyumri – Marmashen – Dendro Park – Lori Berd – Stepanavan
Marmashen: Located in the Akhurian Valley, this 10th century monastery has four churches: two rebuilt and two in ruins. Standing in the complex, one can imagine the enormous wealth that poured into this monastery when it was a center of learning, manuscript production, and prayer.

Dendro Park: This botanical garden and tree preserve is located in Lori, Armenia’s largest province.

Lori Berd: Originally settled during the Bronze Age, the ruins of a large medieval city and fortress are found here.

Lodging in hotel in Stepanavan.
Meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Hotel Accommodations: Lori
Travel Distance: 165 km (103 miles)
Day 4
Stepanavan – Dsegh – Sanahin – Odzun
Dsegh: The road to Dsegh goes through the 500-meter deep gorge of the Dzoraghet River. Known as the birthplace of popular Armenian writer Hovhannes Tumanyan (1869-1923), Dsegh was once named for the poet. The Tumanyan House-Museum is located here.

Sanahin: An outstanding example of medieval Armenian architecture, this monastery dates from the 10th to 14th centuries. Its churches and library helped make it a religious and cultural center during the Kiurikid kingdom of the 10th – 12th centuries.

Lodging in Guest-house in Odzun.
Meals: Lunch Dinner
Travel Distance: 180 km (113 miles)
Day 5
Odzun – Haghpat – Goshavank – Sevan
St. Hovhannes: Constructed from the 5th to 7th centuries, this basilica-styled church has cloisters, wall carvings, and a funerary monument.

Haghpat: A medieval Armenian monastery from the 10th to 14th centuries. Once called the Holy Cross church, it is believed to contain holy water that has curative qualities for people with heart conditions.

Goshavank: Founded by Armenian cleric Mkhitar Gosh in the 12th century and known for being a prominent religious, cultural, and educational center during the Middle Ages. Also located here is the famous khachkar by Varpet (Master) Poghos.

Lake Sevan: Known as the “blue pearl of Armenia” this lake is the largest high altitude lake in Armenia (1900 meters / 6234 feet).

Sevanavank: Located on Sevan peninsula, this 11th century monastery was originally founded by Princess Mariam Bagratuni. Its two churches were reconstructed and restored in the mid-20th century.

Lodging in hotel near the Lake.
Meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Hotel Accommodations: Kaputak Sevan
Travel Distance: 250 km (156 miles)
Day 6
Sevan – Hayravank – Selim caravanserai – Jermuk
Hayravank: This monastery, dating to the 9th - 11th centuries, is located on a rocky promontory in a village on the western shore of Lake Sevan. Fortification and settlement remains dating from the Bronze Age to the Middle Ages are found here.

Selim Caravanserai: Built by Prince Chesar Orbelian in 1331, this inn accommodated travelers and their animals as they traversed the Silk Road through the Selim Pass. Restored in the 1950s, this caravanserai has unique decorations and stone carvings.

Jermuk: Known as a health resort with healing mineral waters Jermuk is surrounded on three sides by mountains covered with alpine forests. There is also a scenic panorama of the Arpa River gorge.

Lodging in hotel in Jermuk.
Meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Hotel Accommodations: Verona
Travel Distance: 220 km (138 miles)
Day 7
Jermuk – Karahunj – Tatev – Khndzoresk – Goris
Visiting the territory of the stunning Bronze Age «Armenian Stonehenge» – Karahunj – which dates to the second millennium B.C. According to scientific consensus today, the arrangement of stones was most probably meant for astronomical observation. Karahunj is situated 3 km north of Sisian. The site consists of hundreds of vertically constructed boulders situated in a deliberate arrangement covering over 3 hectares. At first glance they appear to be randomly scattered but aerial views reveal a surprisingly precise arrangement of these giant stones.

Panorama of the Syunik Mountains and Vorotan river gorge (500 meters deep) takes your breath away. A stop on the bridge called Satani Kamurj («devil’s bridge»), and site of mineral waters.

A trip to the Monastery of Tatevavank (9-17c) – the spiritual and cultural center of medieval Armenia, which is famous for its university (14-15c), an inspirer of the conquer of national-liberation of Syunik Armenians against Iranians and Osmanli Turk invaders (18c).

Visiting Khndzoresk village, the panorama of cave town «Old Khndzoresk». Khndzoresk is a historic place, with very interesting caves and mysterious rocks. Since the Bronze Age and almost till the 20th century, these caves were used as homes.
Lodging in Goris.
Meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Hotel Accommodations: Mirhav
Travel Distance: 220 km (138 miles)
Day 8
Goris – Noravank – bird's caves - Areni - Khor Virap – Yerevan
Noravank: One of the masterpieces of medieval Armenian architecture Norvank means “New Monastery”. Built during the 13th – 14th centuries by architects Siranes and Momik, this monastery complex is known for its laced stone ornaments.

T'rchunneri (Bird) Caves: Known for their stalactites and stalagmites, these caves are an example of Armenia’s unique geological formations. Here is a packed clay platform dated to between 3700-4200 cal BC and discovered in the cave of Areni-1 in southwestern Armenia appears to represent the earliest wine production installation yet discovered the first ancient winery

Areni: This small village is known for its homemade wine and annual wine festival. Tour the local wine factory to learn about Armenian wine technology and sample Areni’s dry, semi-dry, pomegranate, and cherry wine.

Khor Virap: Located in the Ararat valley, this monastery houses the pit where, according to the 5th century Armenian historian Agatangeghos, the future first patriarch of Armenian Apostolic Church, Grigor Lusavorich, was imprisoned for 13 years. Situated along the border between Armenia and Turkey the monastery also offers a panoramic view of Mount Ararat.

Lodging in hotel in Yerevan.
Meals: Breakfast Lunch
Hotel Accommodations: Regineh
Travel Distance: 310 km (194 miles)
Day 9
Yerevan - Geghard - Garni - S. Parajanov House-Museum / Museum of M. Saryan - Yerevan
Geghardavank: Constructed from the 12th to 13th centuries, Geghard means “Monastery of the Lance”. Its name was connected with a lance that, according to the Holy Bible, was used to pierce the side of the crucified Christ. What is believed to be a remnant of the lance is preserved in the museum at Holy Echmiadzin.

Garni: Dating from the 3rd century BC to the 13th century AD, this area not only housed the summer residence of Armenian kings but was also the site of a pre-Christian temple honoring Mithra, god of the sun.

Sergei Parajanov Museum: Known as both a filmmaker and fine artist, Parajanov (1924-1990) was an innovative and controversial figure during the Soviet years. This small and intimate museum houses more than 250 works of art that include assemblages, collages, drawings, dolls, and film sketches.

Martiros Saryan Museum: Born in the Russian Empire, Saryan (1880-1972) traveled extensively in Turkey, Egypt, and Iran before settling in Armenia in the 1920s. In addition to viewing works of art influenced by his travels (landscapes, portraits, sketches, watercolors) visitors will also see his home and studio.

Overnight in the hotel.
Meals: Breakfast Lunch
Hotel Accommodations: Regineh
Travel Distance: 100 km (63 miles)
Day 10
Yerevan – Vernissage – Oriental market - Echmiadzin – Zvartnots - Zvartnots airport
A largely dormant concrete park during the week, Vernissage blossoms at the weekends as all kinds of national crafts, including jewelry, carpets, woodwork, ceramics, canvases, paintings, and many other works of art can be found.
Visiting the Oriental market. Shopping.

Visiting the old capital of Armenia – Vagharshapat. Excursion in the territory of residence of the Catholicos – the head of Armenian Apostolic church, then visit to the First Cathedral of Saint Echmiadzin (303 AD), which means the «The Descent of the Only Begotten Son».

A visit to church of Saint Hripsime (VIIc) as well as the ruins of Zvartnots Temple which is a monument that embodies the centuries old traditions of Armenian architects.

Transfer to Zvartnots International Airport.
Meals: Lunch
Travel Distance: 60 km (38 miles)
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  • Daily transportation and hotel transfers
  • Professional guide
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