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Highlights of Armenia Tour, Discover Zvartnots

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 5 - 6 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 15 people
Destination(s): Armenia  
Specialty Categories: Cultural Journey  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 396 Euro (EUR)
Maximum Per Person Price: 447 Euro (EUR)

We are happy to invite you to marvel these places and discover our other best-kept secrets. As home to one of the oldest surviving peoples of the ancient world, Armenia is situated in what is considered the “cradle of civilization”.

Itinerary:
Day 1.
Meeting at “Zvartnots” International Airport. Transfer to a centrally located hotel. Yerevan City tour (main streets, the Republic Square, the Opera House, the Cascade, the Genocide Museum). Return back to the hotel. Overnight.

Day 2: Yerevan – Erebuni – Echmiadzin – Metsamor – Zvartnots – Yerevan.
Breakfast at the hotel. Visiting the fortress of Erebuni atop the Arin Berd hill. Erebuni Fortress was built on top of a hill as a strategic military center and royal residence in 782 BC. Then tour to Echmiadzin - the holy center of Armenia and the Holy See of the Armenian Catholicos. Here you will visit Echmiadzin - the main cathedral (4th century), the church of St. Gayane (7th century), St. Hripsime (7th century), St. Shogakat (17th century). All of them are included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Then a trip to the castle Metsamor which has been inhabited since the 5th millennium BC to 18th century AD. Visit to the Museum of History and Archaeology which opened in 1968. Here you can see about 22,000 copies which were found in the fortress and cemeteries from the early Bronze Age to the Middle Ages. Return to Yerevan with a stop at the ruins of Zvartnots (7th century). Zvartnots is also included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 3: Yerevan – Khor Virap – Noravank - Eghegis.
Breakfast at the hotel. We will be led through the plains of the Ararat valley to the magnificent monastery of Khor Virap set against the backdrop of towering Mount Ararat. The monastery is a place of pilgrimage and is the site of the prison where St. Gregory the Illuminator (who brought Christianity to Armenia in 301 AD) was imprisoned. We will continue our way to Noravank. The monastery is best known for its two-stored S. Astvatsatsin church, which grants access to the second floor by way of narrow stones jutting out from the face of a building. A trip to Eghegis. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 4: Eghegis – Smbataberd – Tatev Monastery – Eghegis.
Breakfast at the hotel. Tour to Smbataberd. Afterwards trip to Tatev which is itself is a sight to visit. Tatev Monastery was founded in the 9th century. Here you will not only feel the spiritual atmosphere but also have the chance to use the longest ropeway in the world - “the Wings of Tatev”. Return back to the hotel. Overnight.

Day 5: Eghegis – Uxtasar – Khndzoresk – Yerevan.
Breakfast at the hotel. Trip to Ukhtasar, which is one of the most important archaeological finds in the Republic of Armenia. The area around the mountain, and the mountain itself are famous for various petroglyphs. Petroglyphs are images of black and gray rocks of volcanic origin. On these stones you can see circles, spirals, dots, lines and other geometric and abstract forms and figures of animals and humans, hunting scenes, and worship space of primitive man, flora and fauna in all its richness. Trip to Khndzoesk – a cave. Return back to Yerevan. Overnight.

Day 6: Yerevan – Agarak – Aghtsk.
Breakfast at the hotel. You will have the archeological trip to Agharak where you will take part in the excavations. The monument is situated near the southern approaches of the mount Aragats, on the shores of the Lake Amberd. Its territory is about 200 ha which has become a cultural-historical reserve by the RA allowance. The “ritual” buildings are of great importance there. The latter comes from the bronze Age. The excavations of 2001-2008 state that there have been inhabitants in Agarak in the Bronze Age too. Tour to the village Aghtsk. The burial of the Armenian kings Arshakids is located in the village Aghtsk. Here the three-nave basilica church is located. The church, which is built of black, yellow tuff and using lime mortar was subjected to considerable damage. Only the lower part of the pylons and walls, fragments of stones with inscriptions and sculptured decorations were survived. Return back to Yerevan. Overnight.

Day 7: Yerevan – Garni – Geghard – Yerevan.
Breakfast at the hotel. Visit to Garni pagan temple (I Century AD).Trip to Geghard Monastery, UNESCO World Heritage Site. Return back to Yerevan. Overnight.

Day 8: Transfer to the airport.

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

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- Accommodation as per the itinerary
- Breakfasts
- Professional guide service
- Entrance tickets
- Transportation
- Transfers

About This Supplier
Location: Armenia
Joined InfoHub: Jul 2011

M21006 was founded in 2000. Within those 11 years we have managed to realize our key objective: to create all the possibility of experiencing Armenia in its richness and variety and to establish rigid relationships between Armenia and rest of the world. What sets M21006 apart from others? - Our love to our country...

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