Day 1, October 26, Friday: Arrive at Zvartnotz International Airport; Meeting; Transfer to Hotel.
Day 2, October 27, Saturday: Breakfast served. City Tour. Acquaintance with Yerevan should start with Erebouni museum and Fortress which was founded in 782 B.C., 29 years before Rome, the “Eternal City”, was built; Republic Square, Yerevan State University, Tsitsernakaberd memorial and museum to the 1915 Genocide, Sports and Concert Complex, Kievian Bridge, Bagramyan Avenue, Presidential Palace, Academy of Sciences, National Parliament, Opera Theater; Lunch inArmenian Traditional Restaurant.
Day 3, October 28, Sunday: Breakfast served. Today we embark on our Journey to the lands of ancient treasures of Christian history. Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, you will also participate in DIVINE LITURGY. It's the "religious capital" of the country and the seat of the Supreme Patriarch-Catholics of all Armenians. It has 4 main churches, including the Cathedral. Built in 303AD, the cathedral is a masterpiece of Armenian classical architecture and considered to be one of the world’s earliest Christian churches. Admire Hripsime and Gayane Churches (7th c) named after faithful virgins. Lunch.
DayY 4, October 29, Monday: Breakfast served. Vanadzor City – the historical and modern center of the province of Lori; Alaverdy town in a canyon which is famous for its copper mines. Dsegh Village beautiful and magnificent mountains, rolling green hills, singing brooks, streams and rivers accomplish you till the village where is situated the Home/Museum of famous Armenian writer Hovhannes Toumanyan; Lunch; We proceed to another outstanding masterpiece of Armenian architecture Haghpat Monastery (World UNESCO Heritage) in which artistic merits transcended the limits of the national culture.
Day 5, October 30, Tuesday: Breakfast served. Garni the rare pre-Christian pagan monument maintained in Armenia; wonderful canyon of Garni, where you can see magnificent sheer vertical cliffs, which look manmade; Geghard (Cave monastery) architectural complex in the 12-13th century, cut in one monolithic rock. Lunch in Geghard
Day 6, October 31, Wednesday: Breakfast served. Khor Virap Monastery (St. Gregory the Illuminator’s underground pit); amazingview of Biblical Mt. Ararat: “The blessed Mountain for Armenians”; enjoy and taste a guided wine in the famous “Areni WineFactory” as in Armenia: “Wine is bottled poetry”; Noravank monastery (9th – 14th centuries): “Human-and-nature-created wonders”. Lunch in Noravank.
Day 7, November 1, Thursday: Breakfast served. Ashtarak – where you can find numerous churches or various ancient buildings at any step; Artashavan – New Complex of Armenian Letters: “It is difficult to express the deep feeling Armenians have for their language, which many regard as the lifeblood of their culture”, Saghmosavank Monastery perch on the edge of the precipitous gorge of the Kasakh river. Oshakan – the most famous as the last resting place of Mesrop Mashtots; Lunch and hospitalityin the Armenian Traditional Family within traditional lavash making: “Eat thy bread with joy”.
Day 8, November 2, Friday: Breakfast served. Visit to Lake Sevan – the emerald of Armenia, a beauty under the sky. Lake Sevan is considered to be one of the biggest lakes in the world with sweet water situated at the altitide of 1,897 meters above sea level. Gorgeous view to Lake Sevan is opened from the peninsula atop which Sevan Monastery is nicely nestled dating to 9th centuray; Dilijan: “A piece of Switzerland in Armenia” - Earth and sky, woods and fields, rivers, the mountains are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn otherwise… The old approach in the new century. “Old Town Dilijan” complete with craftsmen workshops, small shops with traditional Armenian products and crafts, museum, showing typical 19th century living with all its local customs and handmade wood furnishings 10-13th centuries Haghartsin Monastery. Lunch in Sevan.
Day 9, November 3, Saturday: Breakfast served. Matenadaran - Depository and Museum of ancient manuscripts. Lunch. Vernisage shopping - outdoor market featuring hand made arts and crafts.
Day 10, November 4, Sunday: Breakfast served. Free day in Yerevan. In the evening: FAREWELL DINNER in a typical Armenian Restuarant with live Armenian music and Folk Dances, completing your journey with unforgettable memories.
Day 11, November 5, Monday: Transfer to airport.
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