DISCOVER THIS ANCIENT LAND THROUGH YOUR EYES
ARMENIA, ARTSAKH/KARABAGH and TATEV
There are some long days on our journey and today is the first one of them. Starting early morning for Tatev Monastery you pass through the fertile plains of Ararat valley to Khor Virap. Magnificently set against the towering slopes of Mount Ararat, in a landscape of unparalleled beauty and majesty, lays Khor Virap Monastery. On the way to Noravank, you will taste and enjoy a guided tour of the famous “Areni Winery.” In Armenian, there is a famous saying that “Wine is bottled poetry”. Next, we will take the path through the narrow gorge, revealing Noravank Monastery, nestled inside the deep red landscape of the tuf stone mountains.
Lunch will be served near Noravank Monastery.
Returning to the main highway we will start driving to the south; to Goris. On the way, we have a short stop as you enter the Syunik Region.
The Aerial Tramway of Tatev – spanning 5.7 kilometers across the spectacular Vorotan River Gorge, offers a spectacular journey with breathtaking views of the river gorge below, but most significantly, it will link you to one of the jewels of Armenia’s medieval legacy – Tatev Monastery. Tatev Aerial Tramway – the longest passenger aerial tramway in the world – is poised to be one of southern Armenia’s most popular attractions. You will arrive to the picturesque monastery nestled at the top of an impregnable plateau, crowned by the ramparts walls from the upper part of the territory. After you will have time to discover the interior of the monastery which was founded in the 4th century, becoming an important religious and educational center of medieval Armenia in 9-10th cc.
Drive to Stepanakert, the capital of Artsakh – Mountains of Karabagh.
DINNER & OVERNIGHT IN STEPANAKERT
Firstly we will visit Shushi in Artsakh, which is surrounded on three sides by deep canyons, and is home to the 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. On the way to Shushi 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.
Next trip is Amaras Monastery, the famous religious and cultural center of medieval Armenia, which is situated in the province of Myus Aband of the historical Artsakh. According to the Armenian historian of the 4-5th centuries Pavstos Byuzand the church of Amaras monastery was built at the beginning of the 4th century by Grigor Lousavorich (Gregory the Illuminator).
Drive back to Stepanakert and Lunch.
City Tour in 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.
DINNER & OVERNIGHT IN STEPANAKERT
Breakfast served and Check out
In the morning a short walk towards the hill offers you a view of the superb landscapes and the famous monument called “We Are Our Mountains”. One of the very important visits in Artsakh is Tigranakert – one of the four ancient capitals with the same name, Artsakh’s Tigranakert was founded in the first century BC under the order of Tigran the Great, though the first written accounts of the city only came in the 7th century. Tigranakert waslocated on the shores of the Khachen River, one of Artsakh’s primary rivers, where the Artsakh mountains turn into flatlands. 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”. Lunch in Gandzasar
After lunch we have another breathtaking stop in Dadivank Monastery which is the monastery of St. Dadi, otherwise called Dadivank or Khutavank (i.e. “Monastery Upon-The-Hill,” in Armenian), and is the largest monastic complex in Artsakh-Karabakh and one of true masterpieces of Armenian medieval architecture.
We will drive back from Artsakh through newly constructed Vardenis-Mardakert Highway. This road is special since it is surrounded by the “real” dream of untouched nature. Its wildlife thrives in ecosystems ranging from prairies and lush forests to mountains. The river Tartar flows through and has transformed the area into deep canyons and picturesque. The road also connects to Lake Sevan.
OVERNIGHT IN YEREVAN
Price per person includes: $
- Full transportation and transfers in Armenia and Kharabagh as specified in itinerary
- Meals as indicated – Breakfast, 3 x Lunch, 2 x Dinner
- Entrance fees to all sightseeing destinations
- 2 nights at 4* Hotels in Karabagh
- English speaking tour guide service
- Visa for Kharabagh
Price does NOT include:
- Travel Insurance
- Alcoholic drinks
- Additional tours and transfers not included in itinerary