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Classical Tour -8 nights

Day1 – Departure from..Arrival to Yerevan.

Day2 – YEREVAN/MATENADARAN/GENOCIDE MUSEUM

Yerevan, one of the world’s oldest continuously inhabited cities, once sat at the crossroads of several important trade routes, solidifying its importance in the region. 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.

Day3 – LAKE SEVAN/HAGHARTSIN

One of the world’s high altitude lakes Sevan is one of the main tourist attractions of Armenia. Take stairs to the top of Sevan peninsula to enjoy breathtaking scenery of splendid mountain chain surrounding glittering surface of the lake. Now it is time to uncover the secrets of Sevan monastery dating back to 9th century, St.Arakelots and St.Astvatsatsin churches are beautiful examples of Armenian church architecture of medieval period.
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.

Overnight in Yerevan .

Day4 – GARNI /GEGHARD

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 .

Day5 – KHOR VIRAP/NORAVANK/ARENI CAVERN

Driving through the most fertile Ararat valley you will make stop in 45 minutes in medieval Khor Virap monastery (4-17c) with incredible view to glorious mount Ararat. Khor Virap has its special place in the history of Armenia and adoption of Christianity as a state religion in 301. The name Khor Virap means a Deep Dungeon, where Gregory was imprisoned by King Trdat for 13 years and survived, proving the real God and true religion.
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.

Overnight in Yerevan .

Day6 – SANAHIN/HAGHPAT

Pass by local villages , Yezidi village Rya Taza ,as well as 3th largest city of Armenia Vanadzor, copper mining city Alaverdi before making your stops in Haghpat and Sanahin monasteries. Both are masterpieces of medieval Armenian church architecture and Wolrd Heritage sites by UNESCO.
The monastery of Haghpat was 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 .

Day7 – ECHMIADZIN/HRIPSIME/ZVARTNOTS

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 .
The St. Hripsime church stands out by its stern and monumental forms, solemn and monolithic, in its rightfully considered one of the masterworks of Armenian architecture.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

Day8 – AMBERD FORTRESS/SAGHMOSAVANK/HOVHANAVANK

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. 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.

Day9 – Transfer to the airport