07 Nights / 08 Days

Beautiful Yerevan

Day 1: ARRIVAL AT YEREVAN On your arrival at Yerevan Airport.
Meet and transfer to Hotel for C/in.
Day is free on own to explore.
Day 2: YEREVAN CITY TOUR Breakfast is at Hotel.
Afternoon, Yerevan city Tour:Yerevan is the capital of Armenia and one of the oldest cities in the world. It stretches under the gaze of biblical mountain Ararat and resembles a beautiful gilt bowl to those flying over it. A basalt slab with an Urartu cuneiform inscription, unearthed by archaeologists in the south-eastern part of the city shows the age of Yerevan to be 2783 years old. Modern Yerevan is mostly a rebuilt colorful city with buildings of unique architecture, constructed from basalt, marble, onyx and volcanic tufa stone and it is a contemporary to such ancient metropolises as Babylon and Nineveh.
Observing city tour including Republic Square, Yerevan State University, Victory Bridge, Tsitsernakaberd (1915 Genocide Memorial), Sports & Concerts complex, Kiev Bridge, Parliament, Palace of President, Academy of Sciences, Opera house. Transfer back to Hotel for overnight.
Dilijan is a famous spa rich in curative mineral springs, some of which are comparable to those at Vichy in France and Davos in Switzerland. The surrounding mountains are covered by forests and Alpine meadows. The climate is rather mild with cool summers and warm sunny winters. Armenians believe that if there are woods, mountains and mineral springs in paradise, then paradise has to look like Dilijan. Its picturesque locality, healthy climate, mineral springs and rich flora attract many tourists.
Sevan Lake, this wonder of nature, is 60 Km from Yerevan on a highway which cuts northward through mountains and rocks. Sevan is so austere and majestic that the gentle turquoise waters are astonishing. They fill the gigantic depression situated at the height of almost 2000 m above sea level. Sevan, with its pure air and sandy beaches, is a popular holiday resort. Sevan has always been famous for its fish "Ishkhan" which means "prince-fish" in Armenian. The fish has graced many Lords' tables in old times. One of the most interesting sites in Sevan is the monastery on the rocky peninsula founded in 874 AD by King Ashot I and his daughter Mariam. Other monuments include Sevan Monastery (874) and Astvatsatsin Church.
Tsaghkadzor city ("Valley of flowers") is considered to be one of the most popular winter resorts of Armenia. It is one of the places of our mountainous country, where the beauty of the nature appears with its whole variety. Tsaghkadzor is situated in Kotayk region, 50 kilometers North from Yerevan, on the eastern slope of Teghenis Mountain and is surrounded with virginal woods and alpine meadows.
Overnight is at Yerevan.
Day 4: YEREVAN – KHOR VIRAP – NORAVANK – YEREVAN Breakfast is at hotel.
Tour to South Armenia: KhorVirap Monastery:KhorVirap is a place of pilgrimage for Armenians all over the world. According to history annals, Armenian pagan king Trdat imprisoned Saint Gregory the Illuminator in a cave which became known as KhorVirap. He was the first Patriarch of all Armenians. From here one can enjoy the majestic view of Mount Ararat (where Noah’s ark landed according to the Bible), not too far from the Arax river. KhorVirap is the closest point to Mount Ararat from the territory of Armenia, the most convenient place for observing and taking pictures of the biblical mountain.
Lunch is on own
Proceed to Noravank Monastery Complex:Noravank monastery is considered to be the pulpit of Syunik bishops. The main church of St. Karapet was built in 1227. The reliefs on the entrance tympanum and the windows on the western facade are very interesting from an architectural point of view. To the south of the complex one can see a two-storied sepulchre church built in 1339. This tomb monument can be traced to the 4th or 5th centuries. To the right of the entrance of the tympanum, one can find recently discovered stalactite caves. The monastery had been completely reconstructed and reopened in 1999. The magnificent landscape of mountains and surrounding the monastery, display a beautiful array of colors from the sun's reflection.
Drive to Hotel in Goris for Check-in.
Overnight is in Goris. (B)
Day 5: TATEV- YEREVAN Breakfast is at Hotel. Check out from the Hotel and proceed for Tour to Tatev.The TatevMonastery is a 9th-century monastery located on a large basalt plateau near the Tatev village in Syunik Province. The term "Tatev" usually refers to the monastery. The monastic ensemble stands on the edge of a deep gorge of the Vorotan River. Tatev is known as the bishopric seat of Syunik and played a significant role in the history of the region as a center of economic, political, spiritual and cultural activity. In the 14th and 15th centuries Tatev Monastery hosted one of the most important Armenian medieval universities, the University of Tatev, which contributed to the advancement of science, religion and philosophy, reproduction of books and development of miniature painting. Scholars of the Tatev University contributed to the preservation of Armenian culture and creed during one of its most turbulent periods in its history. We will Visit Monastery complex on a ropeway which calls Wings of Tatev which is 5.7 km in length. It is the longest reversible aerial tramway built in one section only. It was built in 2010. It has two cabins, each capable of carrying up to 25 passengers. On 23 October 2010 it was officially recorded in the Guinness World Records book. Walking on the territory, visiting devils bridge which is the most beautiful and the most amazing natural miracle of Vorotan gorge is in one of the deepest parts of it. This natural bridge is 30m long and 50-60m wide. There are mineral springs. From the sides of the bridge are hanging charming stalactites and from the rocky slopes are dribbling cascades. In some parts where there, are hot springs, natural bathes have occurred by the nature’s grace and they can be used for medical purposes.
Lunch on own
Return to Yerevan.
Overnight is at Hotel. (B)
Day 6: YEREVAN – FREE DAY Breakfast is at Hotel. Day is free today.
Overnight is at Yerevan (B)
Day 7: YEREVAN -GARNI –GEGHARD - YEREVAN Breakfast is at Hotel. Proceed on a half day trip to Garni Temple and Geghard Monastery.
The pagan temple of Garni was built in 1st. c. AC and was devoted to one of the Armenian Pagan Gods - Mitra. After Armenia converted to Christianity in the 4th c., the rulers of the country used the temple as their summer residence. King Khosrov stayed there often as the area was his favourite hunting ground. Garni was destroyed when the Arabs conquered Armenia but was rebuilt in the beginning of the 10th c. Its final destruction came in 1638 during the Turkish invasion. A violent earthquake buried what remained from it in 1679. The complete restoration of the temple began in 1970 and was over in 1978. The temple consists of dwellings and bath quarters built in the 3rd century in the Roman style. The fantastic landscape of Garni canyon shakes the human imagination.
Proceed to Geghard Monastery (UNESCO World Heritage):Geghard was initially known simply as Ayrivank (Cave Monastery). The present buildings comprising it date back to 10-13th cc., at which time it was renamed as Geghard meaning "lance" (spear) in Armenian. The name refers to the biblical lance used by a Roman soldier to pierce Christ's body to find out if he was alive or not. The lance was kept in Geghard for a long time before being moved to the museum of Echmiadzin Cathedral. The main church, constructed in 1215, is the oldest building in the monastery complex. Avazan church, 1283, is carved right into the solid rock and is an incomparable work of art. It leads to a rectangular portico and then to another church deeper in the rock. Along the southern and eastern walls of the monastery, high above the valley, medieval dwellings appear. The monastery has withstood many assaults during a period of seven hundred years. Its walls have sheltered many scholars and it was revered throughout Armenia as one of the greatest spiritual and cultural centres in the country. Hundreds of khachkars (cross-stones) and caves are built in the rocks surrounding the Monastery.
Return to Yerevan.
Overnight is at Hotel. (B)
Day 8: DEPARTURE YEREVAN Breakfast is at Hotel. Departure transfer to Airport
Tour cost includes: • Hotel accommodation (7 nights)
• Daily Breakfast at Hotel
• Private Transportation service
• 2 way airport transfer;
• Professional English-speaking guide service
• 01 bottle of Mineral water per day during tours
• Sightseeing as per the itinerary including Entrance fees to the historical and cultural attractions;

Tour cost does not include: • Visa fees (Payable on Arrival for Indian Nationals @ Usd 8 per person)
• Photography and video making fees at the sites;
• Personal insurance;
• Meals i.e. Lunch and Dinner
• Tips and gratuities;
• Joiner fee at hotel;
• Any services not included in the above itinerary;
• Domestic or International Airfare
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Optional Cost: Indian Dinners supplement: 20 USD per person per meal
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