The Emerald of Armenia (4 nights/5 days)

Day 1: ARRIVAL
Arrival in Yerevan and transfer to the hotel at your choice.

Day 2: KHOR VIRAP /NORAVANK /ARENI/ SELIM/ NORATUS/ HAYRIVANK/SEVAN
Breakfast at the hotel.
Our tour starts with a visit to Khor-Virap (4th-17th cc). Khor Virap is one of the romantically sited monasteries in Armenia with views across a bast plain to Turkey and the twin peaks of Mount Ararat. Here, in the atmosphere of historical environment and vivid imagination you will notice the Noah’s Ark in the snows of Ararat.
Today we also visit Areni wine factory.
The tour will on to the 12th century monastery complex of Noravank set in a canyon rich with rare flora.
Drive to Sevan via Selim pass. Visit Noratus -medieval cemetery with a large number of early khachkars located in the village of Noratus. The cemetery has the largest cluster of khachkars in the republic of Armenia. It is currently the largest surviving cemetery with khachkars. Visit Hayrivank dating to the 9th century.
Visit Lake Sevan- the emerald of Armenia. Arrive and check in the hotel in Sevan.
Lunch at a local restaurant.
Dinner at a local restaurant or at the hotel in Sevan.
Overnight at the hotel in Sevan.

Khor VirapNoravank MonasteryLake Sevan

Day 3: SEVAN /SANAHIN & HAGHPAT MONASTERIES/ AKHTALA/ SEVAN
Breakfast at the hotel.
Drive to Lori region for the sightseeing of Haghpat and Sanahin Monasteries.
Visit Akhtala church. Above Sanahin and Haghpat there lies less known but very worthwhile fortified monastery of Akhtala with breathtaking frescoes. (The key is with a villager; don’t leave without seeing the interior!) The Akhtala fortress with its temple complex is situated in Akhtala village of Tumanyan region in a high valley. The fortress’ territory is surrounded by rocky deep canyons from three sides, and the north side joins the plain.
Drive back to Lake Sevan and visit Sevanavank monastery.
Lunch at a local restaurant.
Dinner at a local restaurant or at the hotel in Sevan.
Overnight at the hotel in Sevan.

Haghpat MonasterySanahin MonasterySevanavank

Day 4: SEVAN/ GARNI & GEGHARD/ YEREVAN
Breakfast at the hotel.
Transfer to Yerevan via sightseeing of the picturesque 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 relief and the virgin nature you will see the pagan Garni architectural complex of the 1st century and feel the spirit of ancient ages. Another ten minutes ride through the gorge will take you to the cave monastery of Geghard (12th –13th centuries). After visiting these wonderful sites we will continue our way and will drive to Yerevan.
Before dinner free time at leisure for individual exploration and packing.
Lunch at a local restaurant.
Dinner at a national restaurant with folk music performance.
Overnight at the hotel in Yerevan.

Temple of GarniGeghard MonasteryRepublic Square

Day 5: DEPARTURE
Transfer to the airport for flight back home.

 

 

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