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ARMENIA ::: History and Natural Beauty – 7 Day “Handmade” Tour

*NOTE: Depending on your arrival/departure dates, the duration of the tour can vary from 6-8 nights.

 

Day 1:

Morning flight into Yerevan, hotel transfer, and tour: Echmiadzin Cathedral, St. Hripsime, Temple of Zvartnots, Armenia History Museum and Matendaran

Begin your holiday with guided tour of the ancient Echmiadzin Cathedral, built in 303 on the site of a pagan temple after the adoption of Christianity as a state religion in 301. Visit St. Hripsime Church (7th century) and the ruins of the 7th century AD Temple of Zvartnots. After lunch, enjoy a tour of the Armenia History Museum and Matenadaran, with its collection of over 16000 ancient manuscripts.

Breakfast in the hotel. Lunch independent. Dinner in a local restaurant in Yerevan. Overnight at hotel in Yerevan.

Craft tour option* includes:Tour the workshop of Armenian Khachkar makers in Arshaluys village near the Metsamor.

 
 


Day 2:

Ashtarak, Ohanavank & Amberd

Start the day with a drive to Ashtarak - one of the ancient cities of Armenia. The settlement is full of historical architectural monuments (II millennium BC to XVIII AD). Here you will see the Karmravor church (VII-XIX). Down the road we’ll stop at the 4th century Ohanavank monastery complex, Mughni church and the spectacular 7th century Fortress of Amberd, located amidst the snow-covered Aragats Mountains.

Breakfast in the hotel. Lunch independent. Dinner in a local restaurant. Overnight in Yerevan.

Craft tour includes: Visit to potter’s workshop studio to watch statues and other clay pottery being made.


 


 

Day 3:

Khor Virap, Noravank, Areni, Zorats Karer, Goris

With its views across to Turkey and the twin peaks of Mount Ararat, the Khor-Virap monastery (4th-17th cc) has been a pilgrimage site for centuries. Many believe that the remains of Noah’s Ark are buried here in these mountains. If the stunning views don’t inspire you, perhaps our next stop, the 6,100-years-old Areni wine factory will.

The tour continues to the 12th century monastery complex of Noravank, set in a canyon rich with rare flora and a stop at Zorats Karer, often called Armenia’s Stonehenge. About 223 large tombs can be found in the area.

Breakfast in the hotel. Lunch in a local restaurant.
Dinner in the local restaurant or hotel. Overnight at hotel in Goris.

Craft tour includes: Visit a small wine factory to see how the famous Armenian wine is made. You may take part in the process of wine making, and can fill in the bottles of wine to take as a souvenir.


 


 

Day 4:

Goris, Tatev, Selim, Noratuz, Sevan

Enjoy sightseeing in Goris town with its beautiful old architecture. Stop at Halidzor Village to take the world’s longest tramway to the Tatev Monastery. Drive to Lake Sevan via the Selim pass. Visit the medieval cemetery of Noraduz with its largest cluster of Khachkars (ornate carved cross stones) in the republic of Armenia. Tour the 9th century Hayravank Monastery, overlooking Lake Sevan- the emerald of Armenia.

Breakfast in the hotel.
Lunch in a local restaurant.
Dinner in Sevan. Overnight at hotel in Sevan.

Craft tour includes: Visit Dzit-han, an historic oil mill that now functions as an interactive museum. It takes visitors back hundreds of years, giving them a real taste of monastic life. Near Noraduz the tourists will see how the old ladies are knitting socks, which is their main source of income.


 


 

Day 5:

Dilijan, Sanahin & Haghpat Monasteries

Drive to the Dilijan, the “Little Switzerland of Armenia” and see the beautiful13th century Haghardzin Monastery. Continue to Lori region for a tour of the 10th-13th century architectural monuments Haghpat and Sanahin set amidst forest-clad hills. The monuments are preserved by UNESCO and included in the World Heritage List.

Drive back to Lake Sevan and visit Sevanavank monastery. Dine in the open air restaurant.

Breakfast in the hotel.
Lunch in a local restaurant.
Dinner in Sevan. Overnight at hotel in Sevan.

Craft tour includes:In Dilijan, visit master workshops where tree roots are sculpted into figures. Also here we will see how the ladies are embroidering tablecloths and handkerchiefs.


 


 

Day 6:

Garni & Geghard, Yerevan

Take a scenic drive back to Yerevan via the Avan Canyon, skirting formidable cliffs and passing exotic-looking gorges until a green plateau by the Azat River comes into view. Here, in the harmony of the relief and the virgin nature you will see the pagan Garni architectural complex of the 1st century. Another ten minutes ride through the gorge will take you to the cave monastery of Geghard (12th –13th centuries). Enjoy time for individual exploration of Yerevan before a special folkloric dinner and show.

Breakfast at hotel. Lunch in a local restaurant. Dinner in a national restaurant with folk music performance. Overnight in Yerevan.

Craft tour includes: Lunch in a private house and watch the locals bake traditional Armenian brad- Lavash. After returning to Yerevan tourists will visit a carpet factory.




 

 


 

Day 7:

Departure/Airport Transfer

Transfer to the airport

 


 

*NOTE: You may choose between the main history and beauty tour or the craft tour, with its additional daily visits to the shops of artisans.

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