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Breakfast at the hotel. City tour- Yerevan sightseeing including City center, Republic Square, State University, City panorama, Mother Armenia Monument, Parliament, President’s Palace, Opera, Sports & Concert Complex. Visit to the Genocide Memorial, dedicated to the Victims of 1915 and the Genocide Museum. Visit to Matenadaran (depository for ancient manuscripts, the collection of which is one of the biggest in the world). This outstanding collection includes manuscripts dating from the 7th century and is widely appreciated by history and art amateurs and professionals. Visit to The Cascade complex, which is considered the modern art center of Yerevan, with art pieces displayed throughout the whole area: the boulevard and up the stairs, from the top of which you can enjoy the panoramic view of the city and Mountain Ararat.
Lunch at the local restaurant.
Cascade is home to the Cafesjian modern art museum. This place becomes even more charming in the evenings, when it is full of people, both locals and tourists from all over the world, enjoying the magic and the warmth of the capital. You will enjoy spending time in one of the cozy open-air cafes surrounded by beautiful sculptures, redolent flowers shining brightly with magic colors. It is also a popular place for open air concerts at the summer season. Visit Armenian Hand-made Carpet Factory. Excursion in the factory, watching handmade waiving process, introducing painting technique with natural materials. Continue to the small museum of ancient carpets. Visit to Armenian central market.
Optional: Very interesting one hour tour around Armenian brandy factory offers tourists familiarization with the history of the plant, process of brandy preparation, showrooms and halls of storage. Visitors will also have degustation of 2 types of brandy in degustation hall. Brandy shop at the factory territory will be available for purchasing these famous Armenian brandy directly from the factory.
Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Etchmiadzin City, which is used to be the ancient capital of Armenia. Since the 4th century, it has been the largest religious center, the residency of Catholicos of all Armenians. Etchmiadzin cathedral is one of the ancient churches in the Christian world, included in the UNESCO World Heritage List (2000). It is the center of Armenian Apostolic Church, founded in 301 A.D by St. Gregory the Illuminator. Later, it was rebuilt and currently it stands as a complex including the Cathedral, Spiritual Academy, residency of the Catholicos of all Armenians, Synod of Armenian Church and a library. The museum of the Cathedral, located behind the Altar, has a collection of religious artifacts about Holy Mass, subjects made of gold, silver, precious stones, decorations, colossal silver boiler for making the myrrh and legendary Holy spear. Lunch at the local family with the possibility to be involved in a culinary master class.
A trip to one of the architectural wonders of Armenia – Zvartnots temple (641-661 BC), that got its name from the word “Zwart”, meaning “joyful and beautiful”. The remaining ruins give an idea of the rare beauty of this temple. The temple is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site (2000).
Drive to Ara village, visit the Nairian local bio cosmetic farm producing natural cosmetics using locally sourced ingredients from Armenian highlands. The excursion starts with walking through the garden rich with medical herbs and flowers, so called experimental garden, where different types of plants are grown, then observation of essential oil distillation process. Tour ends with a visit to the laboratory and production facility, meeting with local researchers who explain the process of cosmetic formulation, soap preparation from extracts of plants, cut and maturity, and show packaging process. Drive to Yerevan.
Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to the only remaining pagan temple in Armenia devoted to the God of Sun – Myrth, in Garni, built in 77 AD by King Trdat (Arshakid Dynasty). Photo stop at Charentc Arc. The temple is Greco-Roman style with characteristic pillars. It stands proudly on a rocky ridge with a deep canyon presenting a beautiful view. The temple was a summer residence for Arshakid dynasty. Visit to the ruins of Royal Palace and Royal bath-house nearby. Canyon of Garni – magnificent and outstanding scene which creates the image of falling crags. It obtained the name “Symphony of Stones” due to its view. The fantastic landscape of Garni canyon shakes the human imagination.
Family hosted lunch in the village house while watching the “Lavash” (Armenian traditional flat bread baked in stone-make oven) making process. Tasting the hot fresh bread with local cheeses and greens. Lavash is included in UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity (2014). A great variety of local dishes will be served during lunch.
Drive to the unique cave temple St. Geghard (12th -13th cc.), the name of which means “holy spear” in honor of the long-preserved spear, the same spear that pierced the body of crucified Christ. It is now exhibited in the museum of Etchmiadzin Cathedral. Geghard Monastery is included in the UNESCO World Heritage list (2000).
Optional: Concert of liturgical songs in the monastery Geghard where amazing acoustics allows everyone to enjoy crystal-clear sounds.
Drive back to Yerevan.
Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Ararat valley. Visit to Khor Virap Church – the place of imprisonment of St. Gregory the Illuminator, who stayed here in the small dungeon for 13 years without any food, accused by the Armenian King of preaching Christianity. Khor Virap Church was built on the dungeon and now people have a chance to go down into the dark pit themselves. It is one of the holy places for the Christian world. It is also the best point to enjoy the most spectacular view of the gorgeous biblical mountain Ararat shining with its two white peaks. The hills adjoining Khor Virap were the site of the early Armenian capital – ancient Artashat built by King Artashes I, founder of the Artashesid dynasty, around 180 B.C. It is one of the few ancient towns, built by the special design of the famous Carthaginian general Hannibal. After the defeat in a war against Rome, he found shelter in Armenia.
Optional: Small performance of Armenian national musical instrument ,,Duduk’’ (Tsiranapogh- means Tsiran- apricot, pogh- trumpet) in front of the panorama of Ararat mountain. After the local musician will describe the origin, nature, symbolism of Duduk and fully experience its rich and versatile music. One of the most famous performances of it was in the movie ”Gladiator’’.
After visiting Khor Virap drive through the spectacular canyon between the red rocks toward Noravank Monastery (13th c.).
On the way stop at Areni village, one of the centers of wine production in Armenia. Recent archeological findings make place worldwide famous. In September 2010, archaeologists discovered a 6,100-year-old 5 winery and wine cellar in Areni (Vayots Dzor province) in Armenia. Within the underground wine cellar, a wine press for stomping grapes, fermentation and storage containers, drinking cups, grape vines, skins, and seeds were found. This is the earliest winery and wine cellar found to date. The findings indicated large scale wine production, quite possibly the earliest retail winery. After visiting the wine degustation hall with tasting different.
Take Selim pass, on the way visit Selim Pass Karavansaray, which was used for having a rest by Silk Road caravans. Visit Noraduz cemetery, like a field full of well preserved khachkars or cross stones of medieval times. It represents the pearl of medieval Christian culture. Drive to the mountainous Dilijan, or so called “Armenian Switzerland”, which is well-known for its forests as well as for its mysterious flora and fauna. Check in at the hotel. Dinner at the hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel. Visit to Haghartsin Monastery complex, located in a secluded place of the forest. Haghartsin dates back to 11-13th century and represents a magnificent piece of history, culture and architecture. The place is so unique and the scenery with the nature surrounding it is so breathtaking that most of the visitors are in awe. Appearing unexpectedly, out of the dense forests, in front of the visitors, the Monastery creates a magical impression of a lost world. Complex includes Church St. Stepanos, St. Mary and St. Gregory’s Church, as well as famous refectory. Small walking city tour in Dilijan, visit the handicrafts’ street, where one can watch the preparation of different national souvenirs from wood, stone and ceramics.
During the drive you can enjoy the unbelievable change of the surrounding environment and land shaft from the green and rich forest mountains to one of the greatest high mountainous freshwater lakes of Eurasia – lake Sevan. Visit Sevanavank monastery, which stands in its greatness on the peninsula overlooking the lake for centuries. Drive back to Yerevan.
Free time in Vernissage, an open-air exhibition-market, where you can find unique examples of art and craft work, traditional carpets, jewellery, old collections of coins and medallions, musical instruments, electronics (is opened only on Saturdays and Sundays).
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