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Eco tour

Eco, 7 days, 920 km (575 miles)

When urbanization threatens to suffocate you - it's time to go on an eco-tour to Armenia. Live the quiet and measured life in a tent, contemplate the world, enjoy the beauty and forgotten scents of the planet. The seven-day trip program includes walks through three castles - Amberd, Lori Berd and Smbataberd. The tour includes a descent into the canyon of the river Dzoraget, exploration of natural caves and ascent to a small mountain lake by car.
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 - Ashtarak - Byurakan - Amberd fortress - Spitak - Vanadzor - Stepanavan
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.

Then the trip continues to Byurakan village located on the slope of Mount Aragats. Here, on the height of 1500 meters above sea level the famous Astrophysical Observatory, founded by scientist-astrophysicist V.A.Hambartsumyan, is located.

Visiting Amberd, which means «a fortress in the clouds» a fitting name given its elevation.
A stop near the square of the Alphabet. In 2005, on the 1600th anniversary of Armenian Alphabet foundation, 39 letters made of tuff were put in this square.

Amberd fortress (7-14cc) is located on the north-western part from Byurakan, on 2300 m. above sea level, on a high triangle cliff which is formed by rivers Amberd and Arkashen. Lunch.

The route passes through Vanadzor and Spitak. A stop in Vanadzor – the city of chemical industry. Master class on khachkar carving (cross stone) conducted by a local master.

The way continues to Stepanavan to the beautiful valley of Lori on 1400 m. height above sea level. The 36 km road connecting Stepanavan with Vanadzor is on the wooded slopes of Bzovdan Range.

Lodging in the tents at Dzoraget river gorge. Overnight in camps.
Meals: Lunch Dinner
Travel Distance: 230 km (144 miles)
Day 3
Stepanavan - Loriberd - hiking along Dzoraget river gorge - Hnevank - Stepanavan
Hiking length - 20 km. Hiking starts early in the morning with a visit to the fortress Lori Berd built in the 10th century on the junction of Miskhan and Dzoraget rivers. This was the capital of the Tashir-Dzoraget Kingdom, and then was ruined during Mongol invasions. Ruins of a church, two bath- houses and the ramparts are preserved in the territory of uptown. From the fortress there is a wonderful view to the Dzoraget river gorge.

Descending along the steep path to the medieval bridge in Miskhan river gorge, then cross the river (usually water-level is up to knees) and go down-stream the river Dzoraget. There are a lot of springs in the gorge, the crystal water flows down the slopes, continuously crossing the path of hiking.

It takes 2 hours to reach the place where the left tributary of the Dzoraget - a stream Lanjajur flows into the river. Not far from this place there is a small chapel inside a grotto, and a little below a waterfall of spring water rushes down to the flow.

The following three hours the route passes through very picturesque place, the canyon becomes deeper with inaccessible rocks above and the forest and rapid river below it. There are many grottos and caves under the rocks.

Descending along the serpentine road to the river and proceeding for the last 3 hours through a dense deciduous forest, where there are hazelnut, walnut, apple, plum etc. At the end of the road the canyon expands and we go to the monastery Hnevank (V c.).

Back to Stepanavan. Dinner and overnight in tents.
Meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Travel Distance: 70 km (44 miles)
Day 4
Stepanavan - Matosavank - Jukhtakvank - Parz lich - Goshavank - Dilijan - Sevan
A trip from Stepanavan to Tavush region. Visiting the Monasteries Jukhtakvank (XII-XIII cc.) located 3 km North-West from Dilijan and Matosavank just opposite the monastery Jukhtakvank, at a distance of 3.5 km to the west from Dilijan, on the right bank of the river Bldan.

Tea drinking in Malakans’ houses in Fioletovo village. There are approximately 1500 Malakans in this village. They have their own customs and traditions, abstaining from all modern conveniences.

Trekking to the lake Parz. Water here is clear, greenish, forest is very close to the shoreline and the trees are reflected in its mirror-like surface. Lunch.

Visiting Monastery Goshavank (XII-XIV cc.). The Monastery complex includes St. Astvatsatsin church (1196), St. Gregory church (1231), vestibule (1203), a book depository with a bell tower (1291), the school building with a chapel and the gallery (XIII century).

The next route will lead to Lake Sevan - «blue pearl of Armenia», situated at an altitude of about 2000 meters above sea level. Here you can swim, sunbathe and taste the delicious fish soup or barbecue from whitefish. Visiting the Monastery of Sevanavank (IXc.) which is located on Sevan peninsula.

Overnight in tents on the shore of the lake.
Meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Travel Distance: 180 km (113 miles)
Day 5
Sevan - Caravanserai - Artabuynk - Tsakhats kar - Smbataberd - Eghegis
A trip through Selim pass to Caravanserai (IV – XIV cc.).

Visiting Artabuynk village and hiking to Smbataberd fortress (1938m, the pass length -1.8 km, duration – 1 hour) and Monastery Tsakhats kar (the path length to the monastery - 3,1 km, the ascent - 1,5 hours, the descent into the village - 3 km, the descent time- 1 hour).

Dinner and overnight in tents near Eghegis village in a deep rocky canyon on the riverside.
Meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Travel Distance: 170 km (106 miles)
Day 6
Eghegis – Noravank – Areni – Khor Virap – Yerevan
The tour continues to Vayots Dzor marz, along the picturesque gorge of the Gnishik River and comes to the monastery of Noravank (XII- XVcc.) the religious center of principality of the Orbelyan dynasty, home to prominent Armenian figures of the medieval culture.

A trip to the village Areni, known for its vineyards. Excursion in the wine factory, degustation of Areni wine.

Visiting Ararat valley home of Khor Virap («Deep Dungeon») Monastery, from which Grigor Lusavorich rose from imprisonment to become the first patriarch of the Armenian Apostolic Church. The monastery is very near the Turkish border and offers Armenia’s most splendid view of Mount Ararat, from which, according to the Holy Bible, Noah’s ark landed following the «Great Flood».

Back to Yerevan. Overnight.
Meals: Breakfast Lunch
Hotel Accommodations: Regineh
Travel Distance: 150 km (94 miles)
Day 7
Yerevan – Matenadaran – Vernissage – Yerevan Brandy Company «Ararat» – airport Zvartnots
Before departing from Armenia, this eight-day tour concludes with visits to the Matenadaran where ancient Armenian manuscripts are stored and exhibited, Vernissage crafts and flea market, and the Yerevan Brandy Company for a tour and brandy tasting.

(Note: Departure day activities will be adjusted as needed according to the itinerary of the traveler.)
Meals: Lunch
Travel Distance: 50 km (31 miles)
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