Autumn Seasonal

8 nights /9 days

Day 1

 

On arrival at Zvartnots International Airport our representative will be waiting to welcome you at the meeting point. Transfer to your hotel, check in and relax in comfortable rooms with full facilities.

OVERNIGHT IN YEREVAN

 

Day 2

 

Picture2Our trip through Armenia begins today in Yerevan – the capital, one of the most ancient cities in the world – Erebouni Fortress which was founded in 782 BC. We will start from Erebouni museum located at the top of Arin-Berd hill. You will also have a chance to discover this ancient fortress.

Afterwards, we will stop by the eternal flame and memorial symbolizing the Armenian Genocide in 1915Tsitsernakaberd. It is dedicated to preserving the memory of the Armenian Genocide and to honoring 1.5 million innocent Armenian victims who went through the horrors in the beginning of the 20th century.

While we are driving we see many of the other remarkable landmarks in Yerevan as: Sports and Concert Complex, Kievian Bridge, Bagramyan Avenue, President’s Palace, Academy of Sciences, National Parliament, Opera Theater.

“MEGERIAN RUGS” Factory & Showroom which brings together time-honored traditions and a range of exquisite aesthetics to create objects of art for modern living, and you will become acquainted with the ancient technology of Armenian carpet making. Today the lunch will be provided in a special restaurant part of Megerian Carpet Factory which is one of the opportunities to taste the Armenian traditional meals with old recipes by “Araratyan Khohanots”, chief Artavazd Sarukhanyan.

Free time in the evening.

OVERNIGHT IN YEREVAN

MEALS: Breakfast/Lunch

 

Day 3

 

Picture2Today we will visit Garni, the location of the rare pre-Christian pagan temple maintained in Armenia. After we’ll walk down to the Garni Canyon, it’s also very well-known as “Symphony of stones” – some of the most dramatic scenery in Armenia.  Later on, we will reach the Geghard cave monastery (UNESCO) an architectural complex (12-13th c.), carved out of one monolithic rock. A visit to Geghard is truly a spiritual experience.

Lunch and traditional table/lavash making in Geghard.  Lavash is loved and famous all over the country as traditional Armenian bread. Armenian cuisine without lavash simply does not exist. Until today this thin bread is baked using the traditional Armenian way – in tonirs with dry grapevines – a traditional Armenian hearth. Now it’s the time to feel the real taste of fresh lavash.  “Eat thy bread with joy”.

 

OVERNIGHT IN YEREVAN

MEALS: Breakfast/Lunch

 

Day 4

 

We embark on our journey to the land of ancient treasures of Christian history (UNESCO). At the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, the “religious capital” and the seat of the Supreme Patriarch-Catholics of all Armenians. Then, admire the Monasteries of Sts. Hripsime and Gayane Churches (7th c) dedicated to these faithful nuns, 3rd century followers of Christ who were martyred.

Picture6Next is the ruins of the Zvartnots Cathedral… It’s special for its rare construction technique that was not common during the 7th century and the methods used were considered extremely advanced.  

The final visit of the day is “Karas Wines” Winery – seated in the shadows of sacred Mount Ararat. Today’s wine tour will include a drive through the vineyards, a stop at the panoramic viewpoint for breathtaking views of the Ararat Valley and a tour of the wine-making facilities. The highlight of the tour is of course the wine tasting of white and red wines.  

OVERNIGHT IN YEREVAN

MEALS: Breakfast/Lunch

 

Day 5

 

7Today we’ll drive to Lake Sevan -the emerald of Armenia, a blue-eyed beauty under the sky. Lake Sevan is one of the largest freshwater lakes in the world, situated at an altitude of 1,897 meters above sea level. The most picturesque view of Lake Sevan is seen from the peninsula atop which Sevan Monastery (9th c.) towers over the lake. 

Drive to 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, museums, and ultimately showing typical 19th century living with all its local customs and handmade wood furnishings…

Dilijan National Park is one of the four national parks of Armenia.

We will also visit the 10-13th centuries Haghartsin & Goshavank Monastery, nestled in the forest and Cross Stones are remarkable due to their special type of handcraft work, called as “needle-made”- the pride of Armenian architecture.

 

OVERNIGHT IN DILIJAN

MEALS: Breakfast/Lunch

 

Day 6

 

We’ll depart this morning and travel to the south, passing via one of the princiPicture3pal routes of the “Great Silk Road” – Vardenisyan (Selim) Pass, linking the southern region of Vayots Dzor to the eastern region of Gegharkunik.

After we have another stop in one of the ancient Orbelian’s Caravanserai from 14th century. Continually on the way, you will admire the splendid view of the area.

Not far from Airivank Monastery on the shore of Lake Sevan is the settlement of Noraduz famous for its big khachkars (crosses-stones) cemetery. There are about 900 khachkars of various styles and epochs there. The prominent feature of the majority of khachkars is the cross with a solar disk under it.

We will continue our trip and visit Mikayelyan Family Farm, where we will have a chance to see the Gourmet cheeses production (Master Class) and will taste variety of chesses with a glass of wine, here you will feel the spirit of Armenian Family.

Visit Jermook – Mountain SPA Town – famous for its hot springs and mineral waters. It is attractive for its fresh air, waterfalls, artificial lakes, walking trails, the surrounding forests and mineral water pools.

OVERNIGHT IN JERMOOK

MEALS: Breakfast/Lunch

 

Day 7

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Breakfast Served

Enjoy the calm atmosphere in Jermook.

OVERNIGHT IN JERMOOK

 MEALS: Breakfast/Lunch

Day 8

 

We’ll head back to Yerevan this morning.

Picture4We will take the path through the narrow gorge, revealing Noravank Monastery, nestled inside the deep red landscape of the tuf stone mountains. 

Our Jeep tour takes you places few are able to explore, and leaves you with unforgettable memories of the landscapes and wildlife of Vayots Dzor. We will learn about the red rock geology of the area and admire the iconic landscape.

Close by is the village of Areni, famous for its wine and surrounded by a landscape of towering peaks.

Driving through the fertile plains of the Ararat valley, you will reach Khor Virap Monastery – the beginning of the History of the Christian nation in Armenia, magnificently set against the towering slopes of the Biblical Mountain of Ararat. You have some quite spectacular photo opportunities before a landscape of unparalleled beauty and majesty. The monastery is the site where St. Gregory the Illuminator was incarcerated and is a pilgrimage destination for all Christian believers, as well as having had a determinate impact on the Armenia people and their history.

OVERNIGHT IN YEREVAN

MEALS: Breakfast/Lunch

 

Day 9

 

TRANSFER to AIRPORT 

Have a nice and safe flight!!!

 

SERVICES:

  • Full transportation and transfers in Armenia as specified in itinerary
  • Hotel Accommodation in Armenia –  8 nights 
    • 5 nights in Yerevan
    • 1 night in Dilijan
    • 2 nights in Jermook
  • Meals as indicated
  • Entrance fee to all sightseeing destinations
  • Bi-lingual tour guide

 

**Itinerary is subject to change at any time