ARMENIAN SUN -5 DAYS TOUR
Arrival in Yerevan, transfer to the hotel
Yerevan city tour – Etchmiadzin Mother Cathedral – Zvartnots Cathedral – Yerevan
Observing city tour in the capital of Armenia. During the city tour you will get acquainted with the main streets and the main buildings of Yerevan, will visit the depository of the manuscripts, Matenadara, where 18000 pieces of works are kept. These works are included into UNESCO World Heritage. Tour t Etchmiadzin, during which we will visit the Mother Cathedral, will have a meeting with the priest. Tour to Zvartnots Cathedral, which is a 7th-century cathedral. Now in ruins, it is located at the edge of Etchmiadzin. Cathedral and Churches of Etchmiadzin and the Archaeological Site of Zvartnots are included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Back to Yerevan. In the evening we will have welcome dinner in a traditional Armenian restaurant with national songs and dances. Overnight: Yerevan
Yerevan – Garni – Geghard – Yerevan
Breakfast in the hotel. Tour to Garni, the only pagan temple left in Armenia. It is a blend of Greco-Roman and Armenian styles built by King Trdat I in the first century A.D. and dedicated it to the God of Sun. Then we will keep our way to Geghard. Geghard monastery (13th century) carved out of the adjacent mountain and initially called Ayrivank (the Monastery of the Cave ) is included in the World Heritage Site. Due to the fact that the famous spear, with which the Roman soldier wounded Jesus, was kept here for 500 years, the monastery was called Geghardavank (the Monastery of the Spear). Here we will have a meeting with the priest. On the way back to Yerevan we will have a stop near memorial arch made in honor of a prominent Armenian writer Yeghishe Charents can be seen. A magnificent view of Ararat and Armenia opens from the arch. Overnight in Yerevan.
Yerevan – Khor Virap – Areni – Noravank
Breakfast in the hotel. Tour to Khor Virap, which is one of the three holy places in Armenia and the closest point to the mount Ararat. The notability as a monastery and pilgrimage site of the monastery is attributed to the fact that Gregory the Illuminator was imprisoned here for 13 years. Then we will have a stop in Areni winery, which is famous for its wines. Tour to Noravank Monastery (13th-century), which is best known for its two-storey Surb Astvatsatsin church (to get to the second floor one need to take the narrow stone-made staircase jutting out from the face of the building) and the breathtaking view to the gorge.Overnight in Yerevan.
Transfer to the airport from the hotel.