The city was redesigned in the early 1900’s, when lovely parks and squares were added to the historic part. Begin in Victory Park, situated on a hill north of the city, where you will see the towering statue of Mother Armenia up close.The next stop is Matenadaran museum, which houses a unique collection of ancient manuscripts covering such lofty topics as philosophy, law, mathematics ,medicine and geography.
Continue to Cascade , a long stairway alongside multiple levels of fountains with it’s amazing sculptures square of world famous artists as Botero, Chadwick, Flanagan, the Republic Square with it magnificent buildings enhanced by singing fountains, via Northern Avenue, an ambitious project of independent Armenia to Freedom Square and Opera House.
Your visit includes also Genocide Memorial and Museum.
Finish tour by visit flea market named Vernissage open on weekend only. Large open air market for handmade souvenirs, carpets, silver and jewellery.
Overnight in Yerevan.
Named after the tallest mountain peak of Armenia Aragats (4090m), the region Aragatsotn boasts numerous historical and architectural monuments.On your route to Amberd fortress(7-10cc) you will see the camps of Yezidi nomads grazing their cattle in the pastures. Amberd fortress and castle (10-13th cc) was the familial estate of the Pahlavouni princes. It is one of the few feudal castles of Armenia that has been more or less preserved to our days. The location for its has been selected quite skillfully, the builders took advantage of the mountainous terrain and put the fortress on a cape surrounded on three sides by ravines.
Not far from the fortress overlooking the gorge is 11th c church Vahramashen. This tour includes a visit to typical Armenian villages famous for their monasteries Saghmosavank and Hovhnanavank The monastic complex includes a single-nave church of the 5th c, the oldest in the monastery and the principal church of St. Karapet of the cross-domed type built in 1216. The church is richly decorated with vegetative ornaments, it has a bas-relief with the depiction of Christ on a throne.
Overnight in Yerevan.
Visit monastery Khor Virab (4-17c) ,where Gregory The Illuminator was imprisoned 13 years for preaching Christianity at the end of 3rd c. Continue unforgettable tour to Vayots Dzor region. The next stop is at the monastery Noravank(9-14c), the masterpiece of master Momik.
Recently excavated very well preserved Copper Age settlement Bird’s Cavern uncovers the secret s of 6000 years old wine production in Armenia. The site boasts incredible items excavated in 2008-2010,among which is the world’s oldest shoe 5,500 years old. Explore the unique cavern’s ritual and burial halls.
Visit outstanding archaeological site Karahunj.The first excavation of 1980 focused on religious worship meaning of the standing 222 stones, while recent researches started lively discussions about site’s origin as observatory established 7500years ago.
Overnight in Goris
Visit to Tatev monastery. Tatev is a majestic monastery complex ,UNESCO world heritage candidate. . In the 14th and 15th centuries Tatev was the most acclaimed scientific and theological center s in Armenia. Reach the monastery from the village Halidzor by the longest reversible passenger aerial tramway in the world , affording spectacular views of the valley below.
Start tour from the capital of Nagorno Karabagh .
No tour is complete in Artsakh without a visit to 13th century Gandzasar Monastery, literally translates as “Treasure Hill Monastery”.
Beautiful architecture, rich history, unique carvings, fantastic mountains and gorgeous scenery from the monastery will make your visit unforgettable one.Tigranakert’s excavations in Artsakh as well as Bird’s Cavern in Vayots Dzor region, brought lively discussion on archaeology as a focusing point in Armenian tourism. This ancient city was established in 1 BC by the greatest king of Armenians of all times, Tigran the Great. It survived until 15th century. The excavated area features artifacts and ruins from Armenia’s Hellenistic as well as Christian eras which are now in safe hands since a new Museum devoted to Tigranakert was opened in 2000.
Overnight in Stepanakert.
Enjoy Shushi city tour city. Perched on a mesa between verdant mountains and dales ,Shushi is both visually striking and teeming with history and culture. In various eras since the Middle Ages, the city has been home fine arts, literature, carpet-making ,theatre and, especially, music. Today Shushi is emerging as the center of a cultural renaissance, with its monuments and artistic legacies setting the stage for a renewed spirit of creativity.
Continue exploring Syunik region of Armenia visiting cave village of Khndzoresk- not every village in Armenia can afford a whole bunch of activities. The Village of Khndzoresk is a huge complex with an interesting caves waiting to be explored.
Jermuk is nice vacation spa town famous for its fresh air, mineral water and hot springs. Take a walk in town , get in touch with the warm and friendly locals, admire the beauty of outstanding canyons and valleys .
Overnight in Jermuk.
Drive to Lake Sevan via South North shortcut of Great Silk Road discovering archaeological devises and majestic churches, monasteries:
Proceed to Sevan by Selim pass,on the way visiting Selim caravanserai, situated in the Selim (Sulema) mountain pass, 2410 m above the sea level, on the old road that connected historical Gegharkunik with Vayots Dzor. According to the two building inscriptions (one of which is in Arabic) the caravanserai was built in 1332 by Prince Orbelyan Chesar.
Next stop is Noraduz cemetery of crosstones(khachkars).
One of the world’s high altitude lakes Sevan is one of the main tourist attractions of Armenia. Visit to Sevan monastery dating back to 9th century, St.Arakelots and St.Astvatsatsin churches are beautiful examples of Armenian church architecture of medieval period.
Overnight in Dilijan.
Known as Armenian Switzerland, Dilijan attracts visitors with lash forests, fertile meadows, rushing river Aghstev, stunning and quiet nature Stroll through the picturesque old quarter, particularly Sharambeyan street and its pottery, carpentry and other artisan shops. And taking another 18km drive through forest road find out the hidden treasure- 13th c Haghartsin monastery.
Immerse yourself into the idyllic beauty of Lori region. Debed canyon ,Pambak and Lori mountain chains, rushing river Debed will make your drive into very enjoyable experience.
Explore the World Heritage UNESCO site Haghpat monastery founded in 976 during the reign of king Ashot III Bagratouni. The oldest structure of the Monastery is the church of St. Nshan. It is of the domed hall type and was consecrated in 991.The monastic complex also includes: a small domed church of St.Grigor, the chapel of St.Astvatsatsin, the scriptorium, the refectory which is outside of the monastery limits.
Overnight in Yerevan.
Garni temple is the only pagan temple in a territory of Armenia built in 1st C AD by the Armenian King Trdat the First. It is dedicated to God of Sun Mithras.The Garni temple lies about 32KM East of Yerevan and the complex hosts a number of buildings including a royal palace, Roman bath and a church. Destroyed by an earthquake in 1679, the Garni Temple was reconstructed in the 1970’s and is now made up of both original and replacement masonry.
Geghard( UNESCO world heritage site in Armenia) is incredible medieval Armenian monastery, partly carved out of a mountain. Though the monastery has been around since before the 4th century, the main cathedral was built in 1215. The existing ensemble dates back to the 12th—13th centuries, the time of the flourishing of national culture, especially architecture.
Overnight in Yerevan.
Echmiadzin is the spiritual center of Armenia, the Armenian Vatican. It is truly amazing experience to visit to Echmiadzin Mother Cathedral, one of the world’s ancient churches built and consecrated by St. Gregory the illuminator and St.Trdat the Great in 303 AD . Echmiadzin translates literally “the place” where the Only Begotten Son of God descended. According to tradition, St. Gregory the illuminator saw a vision of the Only Begotten descended from heaven and with a golden hammer stroke the ground where the Cathedral was to be located.
Echmiadzin is also The See of the Armenian Apostolic Church and residence for its head, the Catholicos.
The magnificent church of St. Hripsime was built in 618 by Catholicos Komitas on the site of the legendary martyrdom of virgin Hripsime that had fled to Armenia from Rome with her friends. The relics of St.Hripsime are contained in a tomb under the church .
Five kilometers towards Yerevan from Echmiadzin there are the ruins of Zvartnots.
The temple was a tree tiered central – domed structure that astounded with its magnificence. According to the opinion of European specialists the temple of Zvartnots may be ranked with greatest monuments of ancient architecture.
Overnight in Yerevan.