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Aragats-7

Trekking and Hiking, 7 days, 780 km (488 miles)

The program offers ascent to the highest mountain in Armenia - Aragats (4090 m). This is a unique chance not only to explore one of the most ancient and large extinct volcanoes of the world, but also get thrill from the conquest of the technically challenging northern and western peaks of the mountain. The snow in the crater (ice circus) of the mountain does not completely melt even during the hottest August days. During the descent from the crater, in the gorge of Gekharot ("Beautiful Valley"), the tourists will see three waterfalls. According to the legend, the «Lamp of the Illuminator» glows here at nights and under this light prayed the founder of Armenian Apostolic Church - Gregory the Illuminator.
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 - Zvartnots - Ejmiadzin - Amberd - Kari Lich
Excursion to the remains of Zvartnots Temple (VIIc.). The Zvartnots Temple («Celestial Angels») is like a proud eagle, perched on a high pedestal.

Visit one of 12 old capitals of Armenia – Ejmiadzin (Vagharshapat) and the First Cathedral of Saint Ejmiadzin, church of Saint Ripsime (VIIc). Saint Ejmiadzin is believed to be the first Christian church in the world, founded by Gregory the Illuminator in 303 A.D. It is the Holy Seat and the centre of the Armenian Apostolic Church, with the Residence of the Catholicos, spiritural leader of All Armenians.

A trip to the southern slope of Mount Aragats in Aragatsotn province. From the road leading to Ashtarak there is a wonderful panorama on the extinct volcano of Mounts Aragats and Arailer. And from here, near the town of Ashtarak there opens a view on the gorge of the Kasakh River.

The trip continues to Amberd fortress («Fortress of clouds» of 7-14cc.) which is located at 2300 m. above sea level, on a high triangle cliff which is formed by rivers Amberd and Arkashen. From here there is a wonderful view on Mount Ararat and Ararat Valley. A walking tour around the fortress (1.5 km-2 hours).

Climbing up to 3200 meters and a stop near the high mountainous lake – Kari Lich. Camping. Walking around. Spending the night in tents.
Meals: Lunch Dinner
Travel Distance: 120 km (75 miles)
Day 3
Southern and Western peaks of Mount Aragats
Breakfast. Climbing the Southern (3887m) and Western (4001m) peaks of Mount Aragats. Lunch on the peak. Descending to the camp.

Supper and lodging in tents.
Meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Travel Distance: 140 km (88 miles)
Day 4
Northern peak – Eastern peak – Gegharot gorge
Breakfast at 8:00. Descending to the crater (3683m.) through the arch of northern and eastern peaks. Climbing the northern peak, which is the highest (4090m.). Dinner on the peak.

Climbing the eastern peak (3916m.) and descending through the picturesque gorge Gegharot. The length of the tour is 8 km. The average time - 6-7 hours.
Upon the descent from the crater through the gorge Gegharot – you will see three waterfalls. According to the legend, «Icon-lamp of the educator» shined here at nights and under this light Gregory the Illuminator – the founder of Armenian Apostolic church and the First Catholicos of all Armenians – prayed.

Supper and lodging in tents near the eastern peak.
Meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Travel Distance: 230 km (144 miles)
Day 5
Aragats village – Aparan – Saghmosavank - Yerevan
Breakfast at 9:00. Descending to Aragats village. Proceeding to the city Aparan. A stop in the city with a visit to the beautiful three-nave basilica of S. Khach (the Holy Cross, IV-V cc.). (Visiting the church of S. Peter and Paul, depending on the season).

A trip to the Monastery of Saghmosavank (XII-XIIIcc). A wonderful view on the gorge of the Kasakh river. On the highway, where the road turns to the mountains there will be a stop to see the Monuments of Armenian alphabet (Aibbenaran).

Returning to Yerevan. Lodging at the hotel.
Meals: Breakfast Lunch
Hotel Accommodations: Regineh
Travel Distance: 70 km (44 miles)
Day 6
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
Hotel Accommodations: Regineh
Travel Distance: 100 km (63 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:
Travel Distance: 50 km (31 miles)
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  • Meals per itinerary
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  • Daily transportation and hotel transfers
  • Professional guide
  • Transfer airport-hotel-airport

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