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Inbound travel to the Republic of Armenia

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Weekend tour-3

Weekend, 4 days, 610 km (381 miles)

The tour program designed for four days includes the two largest cities of Armenia: the capital city of Yerevan and the second largest and economically developed city - Gyumri. Guests will see not only such famous sights as Geghard Monastery, the pagan temple of Garni, Armenia’s «pearl» Lake Sevan, but also a somewhat unknown but no less interesting place such as the excavation site of the ancient settlement of Agarak – an example of an Urartu times settlement.
Day 1
Yerevan – Echmiadzin – Yerevan
Arrival in Yerevan. Transfer to hotel.

Visit to Echmiadzin (Vagharshapat) and the First Cathedral of Saint Echmiadzin, churches of Saint Hripsime and Saint Gayane. St Echmiadzin is believed to be the first Christian church in the world, founded by Gregory the Illuminator in 303. Echmiadzin is the residence of the Supreme Catholicos of all Armenians and the center of Armenian Apostolic Church.

Visiting Zvartnots Temple (7th c). The temple of Zvartnots (temple of «Celestial Angels») is like a proud eagle, perched on a high pedestal. This majestic temple was built in 652 AD and its ruins remain as a reminder of a masterpiece of medieval Armenian architecture.

Evening sightseeing tour: Republic Square, the «singing» fountains, State Museum of Armenian History, National Gallery of Armenia: Museum of Sergey Parajanov; «Haghtanak» park (commemorating Armenia’s participation in World War II); Cascade; Cafesjian Center for the Arts, Contemporary Art Museum; Alexander Tamanyan statue; Monument to Sasuntsi David (Armenian folk hero); Museum and Monument of Armenian Genocide of 1915.

(The first day and the last day of the tour program will be adjusted based on your actual arrival and departure time).
Meals:
Hotel Accommodations: Regineh
Travel Distance: 50 km (31 miles)
Day 2
Yerevan – Garni - Geghard – Lake Sevan – Yerevan
Trip to Geghardavank, Armenia’s 12-13cc «Monastery of the Lance» (about 45 minutes outside Yerevan city center). The name of Geghard is connected with a lance which, 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).

Excursion to Garni Temple and Garni Castle (3c. BC-13c. AD) – the summer residence of Armenian kings and the site of a pre-Christian temple honoring Mithra, god of the sun.

Visiting the «blue pearl of Armenia» – Lake Sevan is situated at an altitude of about 2000 meters above sea level. A famous writer has poetically characterized Sevan as: «A genuine piece of sky, dropped down on earth among mountains».

Visiting the monastery of Sevanavank (XI c.) which is located on Sevan peninsula. Back to Yerevan.
Meals: Breakfast
Hotel Accommodations: Regineh
Travel Distance: 240 km (150 miles)
Day 3
Yerevan – Archaeological site of Agarak – Dashtadem fortress – Harich – Gyumri – Yerevan
A trip to the ancient site of Agarak lying in the southern foothills of Mt. Aragats, on the western bank of the Amberd river and covering an area of 200 hectares.

Downstream, along the course of the river Amberd, for dozens of kilometers extend without a break tuff cliffs, passages, rocky hills, and natural plateaus, as well as freestanding blocks of stone. On their surfaces and sides, these formations bear the traces of intensive stone working. The sides of the cliffs and plateaus have also been carved.

The results of field investigations in 2001-2008 show that Agarak was settled starting in the early Bronze Age. In 2004 there was discovered a unique model of Urartian sepulchral architecture on the southern cliff plateau. It’s a columbarium carved into the tuff cliff.

Dashtadem is a unique fort – residence of the Armenian princes Kamsarakan (X c.). Being located on a tiny hill, which dominates over the Ararat valley and Mount Aragats, Dashtadem (translated from Armenian as «Opposite the field») has been a strategic point since the Paleolithic period.

There were people living here still in the Bronze Age – some traces of the huge settlement can be noticed at present.

Moreover, in the walls of the fort, though dating to the 10th century and substantially rebuilt in the 19th century, one can notice some traces of cyclopean masonry.

The trip continues along the Shirak plateau. Visiting the Monastery Harichavank (VII-XIX cc.) – the largest religious and cultural center of Shirak province, which is famous for its monastery school.

Gyumri is the center of the Shirak province and the second largest and economically important city of the Republic. A trip through Gyumri, site of a devastating earthquake in 1988 which is still recovering. Tourists will see the restored city, new churches, the new residential area «Ani» and the statue to the outstanding French singer-songwriter Charles Aznavour.

Back to Yerevan.
Meals: Breakfast
Hotel Accommodations: Regineh
Travel Distance: 270 km (169 miles)
Day 4
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)
Tour Price

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Tour price includes:
  • Entrance to museums and historical-cultural centres
  • Tour service
  • Meals per itinerary
  • Accommodation in a chosen hotel
  • Daily transportation and hotel transfers
  • Professional guide
  • Transfer airport-hotel-airport

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