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Promised Land

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 10 - 11 day(s)
Group Size: 4 - 15 people
Destination(s): Armenia  
Specialty Categories: Hiking & Trekking  
Season: June - October
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 550 Euro (EUR)
Maximum Per Person Price: 970 Euro (EUR)

Combined hiking program with a cultural trip for 11 days and 10 nights (3 nights in hotel, 6 nights in tents)

Day 1 Yerevan – Matenadaran. Arrival in Yerevan. Transfer to hotel, rest.

City tour: Republic Square, Park “Haghtanak”, monument “Mother Armenia”, Cafesjian Center for Art, Carpet Factory, Cascade, Monument to Alexander Tamanian, the square of the Opera House, Tsitsernakaberd - Memorial to victims of the genocide of 1915.

Visiting the exhibition hall at «Cafesjian Center for the Arts», which exhibits unique sculptures, murals, a collection of artifacts made of glass. Large exposition of paintings in oil, pencil, gouache, ink, charcoal, made by different techniques. Visit to the Institute of Ancient Manuscripts, named after Mashtots - Matenadaran. The museum is a repository of ancient manuscripts. Tour of the carpet factory, where hand-weaving technique used centuries ago is still practiced. Inspection of the production process and the exhibition hall. (Excursions of the first and last days will depend on the time of your arrival and departure).
-Meals: Lunch, Dinner
-Accommodation: Hotel Metropol
-The route for the day: 70 km

Day 2 Yerevan - Khor Virap - Noravank - Jermuk

A trip to the Ararat valley. Visiting the monastery Khor Virap (Deep Dungeon). In this dungeon for 13 years languished in imprisonment the future head of the Armenian Apostolic Church – Gregory the Illuminator. The monastery is located a few hundred meters from the border of Armenia with Turkey, on the banks of the border river of Araks, at the foot of the Biblical Mount Ararat (5165 m). From the walls of the monastery opens a panoramic view of the majestic Mount Ararat.

Further on, the itinerary runs along the picturesque gorge of the river Gnishik to the monastery Noravank (New Monastery, XII-XV cc.) - the spiritual center of the Orbelian principality, where prominent figures of Armenian medieval culture lived and worked. A trip to the village Areni, which is famous for its vineyards. Tour of the winery, familiarization with the technology of the making of the wine Areni, wine tasting.

Visiting the cave Areni 1, or as it is also called, «Bird cave». This is a three-hall karst cave, which originated in the limestone rock formations of the valley of Arpa River. Thanks to archaeological excavations made here in 2007-2008 relics of the material culture of the stone and copper ages were found, among which of special interest is the complex of earthen buildings, found in the first hall, which are adjacent to each other and apparently were of industrial and economic importance. Tour of city-resort Jermuk. Visiting the drinking gallery of "Jermuk" mineral water. Walk around the city. Magnificent panorama of the valley of the river Arpa, the waterfall and surrounding mountains.
-Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
-Accommodation: Overnight in tents near Kechut Lake.
-The route for the day: 200 km

Day 3

Jermuk - Kechut - Gndevank - Gndevaz - Hot Springs - Jermuk
A trip to the Kechut reservoir, then a hike through the gorge of the river Arpa to the medieval monastery Gndevank (X cent.) and to the village Gndevaz. A trip by an off-road vehicle along mountain roads to the hot springs. Picnic. Return to Jermuk.
-Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
-Accommodation: Hotel Jermuk World
-The route for the day: 100 km

Day 4 Jermuk - Zorats Karer - Ukhtasar - Yegheghis

Vorotan Pass (2400 m). Symbolic gates of Syunik. Magnificent panorama of Syunik mountains. At a distance of 3 km from the town of Syunik of the Sisian marz (region) a tour across the outstanding monument of the Bronze Age – Karazor (Karahunj, IV-II mil. BC), which includes monuments of megalithic and prehistoric observatory.

A trip from Sisian on special cars to one of the most interesting and attractive mountains Ukhtasar (3,300 m), which besides the beautiful panorama and a small lake is also famous for its perennial petroglyphs (4-7 mil.BC).

A trip to the town of Yeghegnadzor.
-Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
-Overnight in tents near the village of Yegheghis
-The route for the day: 250 km

Day 5 Yegheghnadzor - Artabuynk - Smbataberd - Tsahats car - Caravanserai- Sevan

A trip to the village Artabuynk and hike to the fortress Smbataberd (1938 m, the path length - 1,8 km, journey time - 1 hour) and the monastery Tsahats car (the length of the path to the monastery - 3,1 km, the ascent - 1,5 hours, the descent into the village - 3 km, the descent - 1 hour). Lunch at the monastery.

Travel by car via Sulem’s Pass (2400m) and visit to the caravanserai (IV - XIV centuries.). Coming down to the pearl of Armenia - Lake Sevan. The territory of the Sevan basin, with the largest alpine freshwater – lake Sevan, is a unique nature reserve with its microclimate and magnificent scenery.
-Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
-Overnight in tents on the shore of Lake Sevan
-The route for the day: 250 km

Day 6 Sevan - Shorzha - climbing Artanish – Dendropark - Stepanavan

A trip to the village Shorzha on the Artanish peninsula. Climbing to the top of Artanish (2460m above sea level, length of the route 2km one way, the ascent - 1.5 hours, descent -1 hour). From the summit opens a magnificent view of Lake Sevan; hence it can be seen as a whole.
Trip through the region of Tavush.

Then the road continues in the region of Lori marz. Vanadzor - the center of Lori, the third largest city by population and economic importance of the country, is situated on the banks of the river Pambak at an altitude of 1350 m.

Further on the way, a stop in the town of Vanadzor. In the town of Vanadzor lives and works craftsman Bogdan, an artisan unique in his kind – who produces Khachkars - cross-stones. In Armenian, «Khach» - means cross, «kar» - stone. In ancient Armenia there was a town famed for its cross-stones by the name of Jugha. Many of the masterpieces were not preserved, but the drawings remain. Now Bogdan is working on restoring the lost values of the town Jugha. Of course, he has many cross-stones of his own creation. Bogdan is a very sociable person. He is a fine singer of national songs. The road passes through a tunnel under the Bazum ridge and out into the basin of Dzoraget. Tour to Dendropark. Everything around is buried in greenery, and the park offers a great view of the mountains.

A trip to the resort town Stepanavan
-Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
-Overnight in tents in the gorge of the river Dzoraget
-The route for the day: 250 km

Day 7 Stepanavan - Loriberd - hiking in the gorge of Dzoraget - Hnevank - Stepanavan

The length of the pass is 20 kilometers. The trip begins early in the morning with a tour of the fortress Loriberd, built in the tenth century at the junction of the rivers Dzoraget and Mishan. In the Middle Ages the fortress was the capital of Tashir - Dzoraget kingdom, and then was destroyed during the Mongol invasion. Only the church, the baths and walls have reached our days. From the fortress opens a magnificent view over the canyon of the river Dzoraget.

Descent along a steep path into the gorge of the river to the medieval bridge Mishan, the peer of the fortress, then downstream to cross the river ford (the water level is usually below the knees) and down the river Dzoraget. The valley abounds of springs, the clear water flows down the slopes, constantly crossing the path.

After an hour or two the path approaches the spot where the left tributary – the stream Ledzhandzhur flows into the river. At this point, to the top, right under the cliffs, a trail leads to a small chapel, built inside the grotto, and just below a waterfall of spring water rushes down the tributary.

The following three hours the route passes through a very picturesque place - the canyon becomes deeper; at the top – impregnable high cliffs, at the bottom – the forest and the raging river. Under the rocks there are many grottos and caves.

Then on a streamer down the river and during the last 3 hours the road passes through a dense deciduous forest, where, among other trees hazelnut, walnut, apple, plum can be found. At the end of the route the canyon expands and the road comes to the monastery of Hnevank (V century). Return to Stepanavan.
-Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
-Overnight in tents in the gorge of the river Dzoraget
-The route for the day: 60 km

Day 8 Stepanavan - Garni - Gegard –Amberd

Visit to the summer residence of Armenian kings - the fortress of Garni (III century - XIII century) and the pagan temple of the Sun ( I century), built by King Trdat in 77 – the only remaining temple of the Hellenistic type on the territory of CIS countries. A trip to the monastery Gegardavank. Visit to the unique cave (rock-cut) Gegard monastery (XII-XIII century), some of whose premises have unsurpassed acoustics.

National dinner in the garden of a peasant. Here the tourists can try this home-made Cornelian Cherry vodka, as well as witness the process of making pita bread and shish kebab in tonir - Armenian national furnace.
A trip to the mountainside of Aragats. To the north-west of the, at an altitude of 2300m, on the high plateau of a triangular shape formed by the rivers Amberd and Arkashen, is the medieval fortress Amberd with towers, turrets and arches ("Fortress in the clouds», VII-XIII cent.).
Ascend to a height of 3200m, stop at the mountain lake of Kari Lich. Campcraft.
-Meals: Breakfast, Lunch , Dinner
-Overnight in tents on the shore of the mountainous lake
-The route for the day: 300 km

Day 9 Kari Lich - Climb to the southern and (or) western summits of Aragats - Kari Lich. Climb to the southern (3887m), and (or) western (4001 m) peaks of mount Aragats. The ascent takes 4-7 hours. Return to the camp at the lake.
-Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
-Overnight in tents on the shore of the mountainous lake
-The route for the day: 10 hours of hiking

Day 10 Kari Lich - Echmiadzin - Zvartnots - Yerevan

A trip to the ancient capital city of Armenia Vagharshapat. Tour of the territory of the residence of the Catholicos – Head of Armenian Apostolic Church. Visit to the Apostolic cathedral of St. Echmiadzin (St. Echmiadzin, 303 AD), whose name translates as "The Descent of the Only Begotten," which means "Place of the Descent of Christ." Survey of the monuments of Armenian architecture in the VII century Church of Surb Hripsime (St. Hripsime), and the ruins of the temple Zvartnots. Return to Yerevan. Transfer to hotel, rest. Free evening in the city.
-Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
-Accommodation: Hotel Metropol
-The route for the day: 140 km

Day 11 Transfer to the airport. Departure from Yerevan.
-Meals: Breakfast
-The route for the day: 25 km


We bear a right to change the program in case of unforeseen circumstances like weather changes or other force major situations, by substituting it with a new destination, adequate by significance and cost.

Member discount:
10% discount for InfoHub customer. Request a free gift certificate.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- Transfer airport - hotel - airport
- 2 x overnights in 3* hotel in Yerevan
- 1 x overnight in 3* hotel in Jermuk
-1 x overnight in 3* hotel in Stepanavan
- seven nights accommodation along the route in tents
- Bivouac gear, tents, sleeping bags, mats, gas burner, utensils for cooking
- Meals: on the route - breakfast, lunch, dinner; during the nights in Yerevan - breakfast, lunch
- Entrance fees to museums and historical and cultural centers
- Accompanying vehicle, and all transfers as per the itinerary
- Off-road vehicles for particular section of the road
- Professional multilingual guide.

Price Excludes:
- Air ticket
- Entry Visa 7 EUR
- Health insurance
- Alcohol beverages.

About This Supplier
Location: Armenia
Joined InfoHub: Dec 2010

M20637 is a tour operator, specialized in incoming tourism to Armenia, and extending its activities in Regional travel. Founded in 2006, it has steadily grown into one of the most successful and reliable destination management companies in Armenia. Since 2009 ATB is a member of Union of Incoming Tour Operators of...

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