Want a holiday for your body and soul? Want a fresh breath of cultural air in your spirit? Then the Cultural Tour we offer is your right choice. Sightseeing, excursions to the local galleries and exhibitions, shows and concerts. And this is only the smallest part of what kind of opportunities open before you the very moment you step on Armenian land. You will also get acquainted with habits and traditions of the inhabitants of this blessed land, become a witness of many rituals, both with ancient roots, and modern ones. You are sure to be full of romanticism, joy and satisfaction by the end of this tour.
Day 1: On the 1st Day you'll be welcomed at Zvartnots airport and roomed in a hotel in Yerevan. After a short rest you'll undertake a tour around Yerevan, the magnificent capital of Armenia, representing a sweet mixture of East and West cultures, ancient and modern. You are in Yerevan for the first time? Then prepare yourself for fresh experiences and unknown feelings, for that's what you are sure to have seeing sites of Yerevan by the daylight, and even more seeing magic Yerevan at night. You have been to Yerevan before? Then get ready to surprising changes in the appearance of the city, for Yerevan has welcomed the 21st century with new hotels, restaurants, theaters, attractions and shopping centers.
Day 2: You'll spare on visiting the temple of Garni (I c. AD), suspended between earth and sky, on the top of huge granite rocks. Garni area is also famous for Garni gorge with volcanic columns soaring 500-800 meters above the canyon, known for its "Stone Organ". You'll also go to ageless monastery of Geghard (IV c. AD), carved in stone, settled under the wing of a grand rock. Overnight in Yerevan.
Day 3: You'll enjoy sightseeing in the vicinity of Yerevan with first stop at Echmiatsin, with the Mother Church, The Cathedral of Holy Echmiatsin. You'll see the Museum of the Cathedral. Your second stop will be Sardarapat. This is a memorial complex, erected in the honor of the Armenian victory over Turkish invaders in May 1918. The architectural and sculptural complex with a park and Museum of Ethnography was laid out on the battlefield in 1968. Next site will be at ruins of Zvartnots temple (built in 7-th c., destroyed by an earthquake in 10-th c.), a magnificent massive complex of temple, palace, wine cellars and food storage. Overnight in Yerevan.
Day 4: Is given to visiting the Fortress Town of Erebuni, the ancient forerunner of Yerevan, located at Arin-Berd hilltop. At present Erebuni is partially restored and made into an open-air museum. The second place of great importance you'll visit this day is Matenadaran, one of the world's largest depositories of ancient manuscripts (more, than 17,000 documents) and the Institute for manuscript study. Overnight in Yerevan.
Day 5: Visit to Amberd, a medieval (IX) defensive complex on the slopes of Mt. Aragats includes impressive ruins of castle and walls, as well as splendid small church on junction of mountain rivers. The monastery of Saghmosavank, constructed in XIII century is perching on the edge of precipitous gorge. The ensemble is famous for its depository of manuscripts. Overnight in Yerevan.
Day 6: Embroidery, lace making, weaving, wood-carving and many other handicraft products can be purchased at Vernissage and their creation process can be viewed at different artisan shopettes. Traditional costumes can be seen at museum in Yerevan, and some details of it can be found at Vernissage, too. You'll start for Lake Sevan, one of the most idyllic beauty spots. You'll visit its peninsula, with two churches on its top, providing a panoramic view. After that you'll move to Dilijan to be hosted at GuestHouse. Mrs. of house will familiarize you with some secrets of Armenian cuisine, as well as accompany you to rug-makers and other craftsmen in Dilijan. Overnight in Dilijan.
Day 7: The beginning of the day will starts with visits to craftsmen and later you'll visit Goshavank (XII-XIII), monastery complex situated in dense oak wood, in the gorge of a small but turbulent river, in the place of an older monastery, Ghetik, destroyed by an earthquake. Then you'll see Haghartsin (X-XIII), an architectural ensemble the building of which took about 300 years. Overnight in Dilijan.
Day 8: The beginning of the day will starts with visits to craftsmen and in the evening you'll have open-air feast at Parz Lake shore. Overnight in Dilijan.
Day 9: After midday you'll be taken to a breathtaking excursion to Sanahin monastery (X c.), which you'll reach over Sanahin Bridge (1195) of supreme artistic merit across Debed River. Then you'll continue your tour to Haghpat monastery (X c. AD) rising sharply against a background of steep forested slopes. Exploring this tremendous work of architecture you'll start for Odzoun basilica (VI c.), famous for its large memorial monuments of V-VII centuries, representing some degree of approximation to the antique triumphal arch. Overnight in Dilijan.
Day 10: On the way back to Yerevan you'll visit Tsakhkadzor, the so-called Flower Gorge is a picturesque mountain resort, famous for its spectacular countryside, healthy climate and numerous springs. This name is always associated with modern tourism, recreation and sports. While in Tsakhkadzor we advise you to visit a wonderful example of Armenian architecture, a marvelous monastery complex Kecharis (XI-XIII), standing at the edge of a thickly forested site of eastern slope of Panbak Ridge. Overnight in Yerevan.
Day 11: This day will be the day of earnfull departure. You are sure to leave Armenia anticipating your next visit to the wonderful country of Armenia.
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