Day 1: Meeting at “Zvartnots” International Airport. Transfer to a centrally located hotel.
Day 2: Yerevan City tour. Breakfast at the hotel. Walking tour across the main streets, the Opera House, the Republic Square. Visit the Mother Armenia Monument. Here you can enjoy the view of Yerevan from the above. Visit Matenadaran – one of the largest depositories of ancient manuscripts in the world. Lunch in a local restaurant. In the afternoon your main attractions will be Erebuni Fortress Museum and Armenian History Museum. Overnight at the hotel in Yerevan.
Day 3: Genocide museum – Echmiadzin – Zvartnots – Vernisage. Breakfast at the hotel, departure to Echmiadzin, which is the centre of Armenian Apostolic Church. Return to Yerevan with a stop at the ruins of Zvartnots temple – the pearl of the 7th c. architecture. Lunch in a national restaurant in Yerevan. Visit to the Tsitsernakaberd Memorial Park and Museum of The Victims of Genocide. Then you will visit open air market Vernissage, which offers woodcarving, antiques, fine lace and hand-knotted wool. Overnight.
Day 4: Khor Virap – Noravank – Selim Caravansary – Noraduz – Sevan. Breakfast at the hotel. Tour to Khor-Virap monastery (4- 17th century) where Grigor the Illuminator was held in captivity for 40 years for his effort in introducing Christianity to Armenia. Continue tour to Noravank monastery – a great religious and cultural center of 12th c. On the way visit toAreni wine factory to taste local wine. The oldest structure of the monastery is the church of St. Karapet (9-10 c) that has not survived but was reconstructed in the 13th c. Lunch. Drive to Selim Pass for visiting the caravanserai (XIV c.), which used to be an important trade point in the famous Silk Road. Overnight in Sevan.
Day 5: Sevan – Dilijan – Goshavank – Haghpat – Sanahin Monasteries. Breakfast at the hotel. Start tour from Sevan and visit Sevan church in peninsula. Then continue to Dilijan, where you can walk through a museum street, with the buildings preserved from 19 c. Visit to Goshavank complex (11-13 th cc.) which is situated in the woodlands of Dilijan. Lunch. Continue tour to the architectural complexes of Sanahin (966 AD) and Haghpat (976 AD). The architectural details and decoration of the monuments, which belong to the same epoch, have much in common, which gives us a ground to presume that they were created by craftsmen of the same school. Overnight in Haghpat.
Day 6: Gyumri (city tour) – Mastara – Talin – Aruch Caravansary – Yerevan. Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Gyumri – the second largest city in Armenia. City tour around Gyumri. Lunch. Drive back to Yerevan. Visit Church Mastara (7 c.). Continue to Talin village with the remains of church of 7 c. In the village Aruch, one of the oldest settlements of Armenia, you’ll see the temple of Aruch (7 c A.D) an important medieval Armenian architectural construction. The half – destroyed caravanserai is preserved on the northern side of the village, on the Ashtarak-Talin highway. Drive to Yerevan. Overnight.
Day 7: Yerevan – Ashtarak – Saghmosavank - Amberd – Yerevan. Breakfast at the hotel. Proceed to Ashtarak to visit the Church Karmravour – one of the smallest pan – Armenian churches. Saghmosavank Medieval Monastery is situated not far from Hovanavank. Lunch in a local house tasting homemade dishes. Tour to Fortress of Amberd (9th c) which is situated 6 km from the village of Byurakan. Drive back to Yerevan. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 8: Garni – Geghard – Fruit Market. Breakfast at the hotel. Tour to Garni Temple. The citadel and pagan temple of Garni is a picturesque monument of the Hellenistic period. Lunch at a local house in Garni. Geghard monastery is situated in Northeast of Garni. Though the monastery of Geghard was built before the 4th century, the main cathedral was built in 1215. Return back. Visit the fruit market. Overnight at the hotel in Yerevan.
Day 9: Departure day. Transfer to the airport.
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