Day 1: Your journey to Kharabagh begins via the fertile plains of the Ararat valley to Khor Virab. This is the beginning of the History of Christianity in Armenia. Magnificently set against the towering slopes of Mount Ararat, Khor Virab Monastery, is set in a landscape of unparalleled beauty and majesty, presenting us with some spectacular photo opportunities. The monastery is the site where St. Gregory the Illuminator was incarcerated and is a pilgrimage destination for every Armenian as well as for foreign belivers. On the way of Noravank you will enjoy guided wine tour in the famous “Areni Wine Factory”, tasting the best Armenian red wine in the village of Areni.
Taking the path through the narrow gorge, you’ll get to Noravank Monastery - the two-storied architectural masterpiece, which was founded in 13-14th centuries by Syunik rulers and was recently reconstructed. It is nestled in the bright red backdrop of the tuf stone mountains, and used to be a vast center of manuscript-writing in ancient times. Lunch is served in a historical Refectory of the monastery. Returning to the main highway we will head South, and after a short stop by the entrance of the Syunik region we will arrive in Stepanakert- the capital of the Republic of Mountainous Kharabagh. Dinner and Overnight in the hotel of Stepanakert.
Day 2: Breakfast served. The second day of the journey begins with a tour of Stepanakert. One of the highlights of the tour will be the Artsakh State Museum, where a selection of ancient and Christian manuscripts are on display. A short stop at one of the numerous Carpet Factories will give you a chance to see the craftsmanship in progress. A short walk towards the hill offers you a view superb landscapes and the famous monument called “We Are Our Mountains”.
We will depart for Gandzasar by the impressive mountainous road to a highly artistic monumental monastery which has long attracted the attention of many specialists. Charles Dill, professor of Sorbonne University, called it "the pearl of architectural art". Visit to Armenian legendary fidaie Nikol Douman Home-Museum, Lunch in Gandzasar Being asomewhat small town, you will get to know Stepanakert and its inhabitants by walking around and enjoying a hearty and pleasant atmosphere. Dinner and Overnight in Stepanakert.
Day 3: Breakfast served On the way back to Yerevan, you will see the “Tank” Liberation Monument. It is a restored tank dedicated to the capture of the town of Shushi, also known as "Eagles Nest", which is the next stop. Shushi is surrounded on three sides by deep canyons, and is home to Ghazanchetsots Cathedral - a massive structure with a white stone facade that dominates its surroundings and remains a silent witness of the destructions of the last war. Lunch will be served in a picturesque setting on the bank of Arpa river.
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