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Classic Armenia

Classic Armenia

276,000AMD [524 EUR, 43111 RUB, 580 USD]

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Classic Armenia

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This tour will be great opportunity for you to discover all sides of Armenia. You'll open an invaluable Christian country of heavy high-mountain waters of Sevan. And surely you'll taste world famous Armenian cognac. We guarantee a very joyful time and unforgettable memories.


Route of the tour: Arrival at Zvartnots airport - sightseeing tour of Yerevan - Ararat cognac factory - Echmiadzin city - Zvartnots temple - Yerevan - Lake Sevan - Dilijan city - Parz lake - Yerevan - Gyumri city tour - Yerevan - Arch of Charents- Garni ancient temple - monastery complex Geghard - Yerevan - Goris - Shaki waterfall - "Tatev Wings" cable car - Tatev Monastery - Yerevan - transfer from the hotel to Zvartnots airport








 

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Classic Armenia

8 days/7 nights

Day 1

Arrival at the International airport Zvartnots.

Meeting at the airport with Happy Holidays name plate and transfer to the hotel.

Free time for the tourists.

Day 2

Breakfast at hotel.

A sightseeing tour about Yerevan - one of the most ancient cities in the world, founded three thousand years ago in the heart of  Ararat valley.

During the tour the tourists will see the main sights of the city:  Sasuntsi Davit (station Square), Tsitsernakaberd memorial complex, Genocide museum, Mother Armenia monument, Cascade, France square, Swan Lake, Opera and Ballet Theatre, North Avenue, Republic Square, Matenadaran museum

Sasuntsi David is one of the masterpieces of the sculptor Kochar, built in the center of the station square in honor of the hero of the Armenian folk epic David Sasuntsi, who throughout many centuries embodied the freedom-loving aspirations of the Armenian people.

Armenian Genocide memorial complex is Armenian’s official memorial dedicated to the victims of the Armenian Genocide, built in 1967 on the hill of Tsiternakaberd in Yerevan. Over the years a wide range of politicians, artists, musician, athletes and religious figures have visited the memorial.

Victory Park, or, as it is also called Monument by Armenians is one of the most important places of rest among the citizens, from where a magnificent view of the whole city opens.

Cascade is a giant stairway in Yerevan, Armenia. It links the downtown of Yerevan with the Monument neighborhood. The construction of the cascade designed by architects Jim Torosyan, Aslan Mkhitaryan and Sargis Gurzadyan. At the top of the Cascade is the residence of Charles Aznavour, in which he stops during his visits to his homeland. At the foot of the cascade you will discover the sculptures of contemporary artists, Botero, Brechtova etc.

On the way to the Opera House we will admire Jule Bastien's statue, a sculpture by famous French artist Francois Rodin, unveiled on Yerevan's France Square.

Armenian National Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet named after Alexander Spendiaryan in Yerevan was designed by the Armenian architect Alexader Tamanyan. On the east side of the theater the tourists can see Swan Lake.

The Republic Square - central square in Yerevan. It is famous for its monumental architecture in national style. In the evening the tourists can enjoy “the dancing fountains”.

North Avenue is a pedestrian avenue in Yerevan. It is located in the central district. Located in downtown Yerevan, the avenue is mainly home to luxurious residential buildings, high-end branded shops, commercial offices, coffee shops, hotels, restaurants and nightclubs.

We will pass along one of the oldest streets of Yerevan along Abovyan Street, partially preserved the look of the old city.

Matenadaran is a repository of ancient manuscripts, research institute and museum in Yerevan. It holds one of the world’s richest depositories of medieval manuscript and books which span a broad range of subjects, including history, philosophy, medicine, literature, art history and cosmography in Armenian and many other languages.

Day 3

Breakfast at hotel.

Yerevan -Ararat Cognac factory -  Etchmiadzin - Etchmiadzin Treasury-Museum - Zvartnots -  Yerevan

Ararat Brandy Company. The culture of winemaking in Armenia goes back centuries and the Armenian brandy that is famous around the world today appeared at the end. Of the 19th century. Armenian brandy production was started in 1887 in Yerevan by the merchant and philanthropist Nerses Tairyan who was the first to introduce classic French alcohol production technology in his factory. Nobody else recognized as well as he did nature’s gift –the unique conditions of Ararat Valley and the high-quality of the local grapes.

A trip to the center of Christianity of Armenia, to the city of Etchmiadzin. During the tour we will get acquainted with the history of adoption of Christianity and visit the majestic church of St. Hripsime (VII century AD).

Etchmiatzin Cathedral is the mother church of the Armenian Apostolic Church located in the city of Vagharshapat (Etchmiatsin). This cathedral was built in ancient Armenian and is considered the oldest cathedral in the world. The original church was built in the early fourth century between 301 and 303 according to tradition by Armenian’s patron saint Gregory the Illuminator, following the adoption of Christianity as a state religion by King Tiridates III. It replaced a preexisting temple, symbolizing the conversion from paganism to Christianity.

The Treasury-Museum, complete with its majestic staircases made of marble imported from Italy and massive exhibition halls, houses more than 3,000 religious artifacts that trace the history of Armenian Christendom through the ages in Armenia and around the world.

The museum contains ancient manuscripts and Christian relics: Longin's spear, Grigory the Illuminator's right hand, the hand of John the Baptist and the miraculously preserved remains of Noah's Ark.

 

On the way back we will visit the Temple of Bending Forces or Celestial Angels Zvartnots– the brightest monument of the Armenian architecture of the Middle Ages. In previous centuries, the temple was a 3-storey building made of volcanic tufa silver and black in color about 49 m high and round base. The ruins of Zvartnots, the Cathedral and the churches of Echmiadzin are included in the list of World Heritage.

Day 4

Breakfast at hotel.

Yerevan - Sevan lake - city of Dilijan - Yerevan

The lake as if merges with the sky, since it is located in a mountain bowl at an altitude of almost two kilometers above sea level. According to legend, the pure water of this lake in ancient times could drink only the gods and stars. Today, Sevan and its environs are a well-known landmark of Armenia, which is worth seeing to all the admirers of the Caucasus and its beauties.

Survey of the IX century monastery of Sevanavank, located on the peninsula of Sevan with the same name.

   Did you know?

Lake Sevan is located at an altitude of about 1900 m from sea level, which makes it the second high-mountain fresh lake in the world, after Lake Titicaca.

Trip to Tavush region

Dilijan  is a spa town in the Tavush Province of Armenia. Usually called Armenian Switzerland or Little Switzerland by the locals, it is one of the most important resorts of Armenia, situated within the Dilijan National Park. The forested and reclusive town is home to numerous Armenian artists, composers, and filmmakers and features some traditional Armenian architecture. The Sharambeyan street in the center, has been preserved and maintained as an "old town", complete with craftsman's workshops, a gallery and a museum. Hiking, mountain biking, and picnicking are popular recreational activities.

Visit to the monastery Haghartsin - XI-XIII century. It is the pearl of the canyon, one of the most mysterious places in Armenia, drowning in the greenery of mountain forests. Haghartsin monastery is nestled in a temperate rainforest on a mountainside. It is one of those spots in Armenia that feels like you are walking through a huge, unreal movie set. 

Lake Parz is located in a shallow valley between wooded uvals and has an oblong outline. The water in the lake is transparent, greenish in color; The forest is close to the coastline, and powerful trees, inclined to the lake, are reflected in its mirror-like surface. The lake is at an altitude of 1300m above sea level and its water comes from mountain springs.

Return to Yerevan.

Day 5

Breakfast at hotel.

City Tour about Gumri

Ensemble of the central square, Mother Armenia, Black Fortress, Central Park, Russian Chapel, Frunzik Mkrtchyan House Museum.

Shirak Marz is located in the north-west of Armenia at an altitude of 1800-2200 m and borders with Georgia and Turkey. 

City Tour about Gyumri.  Gyumri  is the second largest city in Armenia and the capital of the Shirak Province in the northwestern part of the country. By the end of the 19th century, when the city was known as Alexandropol, it was one of the largest cities of  Eastern Armenia with a population similar to that of Yerevan. The  population grew above 200,000 prior to the 1988 Spitak earthquake, when it was devastated.The earthquake had a disastrous impact on the city, as many buildings are still not recovered.

Gyumri was celebrated as the Capital of Culture of the Commonwealth of Independent States for 2013. Major events took place in the city on 30 June 2013. On 25 June 2016, Pope Francis delivered a Holy Mass at Gyumri's Vartanants Square. His Holiness Catholicos of All Armenians Garegin II also took part in the ceremony.

Freedom Square is the heart of the city and the entrance of the old historic city. The square is surrounded by ancient temples - Yot Verk (Seven Wounds) and Surb Amenaprkich (The Savior).

The Black Fortress in Gyumri.

Historically Shirak was the first to become a part of Russian Empire. It happened in 1804 during the Russian-Persian war.In 1837 Russian Czar Nicholas the 1st arrived in Gyumri and renamed the town Alexandropol. The name was chosen in honor of the wife of Czar Nicholas I, Princess Charlotte of Prussia, who had changed her name to Alexandra Fyodorovna after converting to Orthodox Christianity. A major Russian fortress was built on the site in 1837.

The big round black fortress on the top of the hill overlooking Gyumri is a good spot to take in the view. It once protected the Russian Empire from the Ottoman Empire. Nearby is the huge statue of «Mother Armenia».

Central Park is a cozy park, in which the spirit of the 50s has been preserved. In the park you will find a viewing platform with a colonnade, telephone booths of the Soviet model and even a fountain with an authentic sculpture of a girl with a paddle.

Next, we will visit the Russian chapel, which was built in 1879-80. and served in Alexandropol as a funerary chapel: here the burial service of Russian soldiers who died during the numerous assaults of the Turkish fortress Kars. The local called it Plplan (Brilliant), since the dome reflects sunlight glare.

Every street in Gyumri breathes art

Next, we will visit the Russian chapel, which was built in 1879-80. and served in Alexandropol as a funerary chapel: here the burial service of Russian soldiers who died during the numerous assaults of the Turkish fortress Kars. The local called it Plplan (Brilliant), since the dome reflects sunlight glare.

Frunzik Mkrtchyan is the greatest Armenian actor of the 20th century and one of the most outstanding actors of Soviet cinema. In the museum you can see a unique collection of exhibits - household items and costumes, photographs and much more, related to the life and work of a talented artist.

The museum of sisters-artists of Aslamazyan was opened in 1987. Exhibits of the museum (about 600 paintings and objects of decorative art) were presented by sisters-artists Aslamazyany. On the first floor, the works of Mariam Aslamazyan are exhibited, and on the second floor there are works of Erevanui. During the earthquake, the building of the museum was destroyed, and it was restored in 2002.

Day 6

Breakfast at hotel.

Yerevan – Arch of Charents - hiking to Symphony of Stones – Temple of Garni – monastry of Geghard – Sevan – Yerevan

At one of the passes right by the road there is the Arch of Charents (architect R. Israelian, 1957), from which opens a breathtaking view of the Ararat valley with Ararat (aka Masis) soaring on the horizon. The arc of the Arch of Charents bears the following words: "Pass the whole world with its mountains white, to the beauty of Masis equals none!"

The Temple of Garni. It is the best-known structure and symbol of pre-Christian Armenia. It is the only standing Greco-Roman colonnaded building in Armenia.neopaganism. Near the temple there are ruins of an ancient fortress, royal chambers and also baths built in the 3rd century AD. From here you can see a picturesque view of the Azat River and Garni Gorge.

The monastery complex Geghard or Gegardavank is a two-story temple carved in stone and the adjoining church. The name commonly used for the monastery today, Geghard, or more fully Geghardavank , meaning "the Monastery of the Spear", originates from the spear which had wounded Jesus at the Crucifixion, allegedly brought to Armenia by Apostle Jude, called here Thaddeus, and stored amongst many other relics. Now it is displayed in the Echmiadzin treasury.Now it is displayed in the Echmiadzin treasury. Gueghard is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Right at the entrance, local grandmothers sell sweets from dried apricots and a local gata.


Day 7

Breakfast at hotel.

Goris – Shaki waterfall – World's longest ropeway Wings of Tatev – Tatev monastery – Yerevan

The Shaki waterfall is an amazingly beautiful waterfall, 18 meters high. It is located on the Vorotan River in the southern part of Armenia. According to the legend, the waterfall got its name in honor of the beautiful Shake, who, not wanting to submit to violence from one of the conquerors, rushed from the high cliff. During the fall, the girl's long dress opened from the wind and turned into a waterfall, which was later called the Shaki waterfallWings of Tatev, a cableway from Tatev to Halidzor village was opened in October 2010. It is included in the Guinness World Records as world's "longest non-stop double track cable car."

Tatev monastery is a 9th-century Armenian Apostolic monastery located on a large basalt plateau near the Tatev village in southeastern Armenia. The term "Tatev" usually refers to the monastery. The monastic ensemble stands on the edge of a deep gorge of the Vorotan River. Tatev is known as the bishopric seat of Syunik and played a significant role in the history of the region as a center of economic, political, spiritual and cultural activity.

Zorats Karer is 3,500 years older than England’s Stonehenge and 3,000 years older than the Egyptian pyramids. The total area of the observatory is 7 hectares. According to the scientist’s findings, a temple consisting of 40 stones built in honor of the Armenians’ main God, Ari, meaning the Sun, is situated in the central part of Zorats Karer. Besides the temple, it had a large and developed observatory, and also a university that makes up the temple’s wings. 

Driving back to Yerevan.

Day 8

Breakfast at hotel.

Transfer to the airport.

The price includes:

  • Transfer from the airport to the hotel and back.
  • Accommodation in the hotel in Yerevan of the selected category
  • Breakfasts in hotels    
  • Moving on comfortable transport with a given driver throughout the tour
  • Professional tour guide services throughout the tour
  • Excursions specified in the program
  • Entrance tickets to historical and cultural attractions
  • Cognac testing in Ararat factory
  • The tickets of Tatev ropeway

The price does not include:

  • Flight
  • Dinner and supper
  • Medical insurance

*** The company reserves the right to change the sequence of the program without changing the volume of services provided.

 

 

Additional Information

Tour duration min. 1 day, min.2 days, min.3 days, min.4 days, min.5 days, min.6 days, min.7 days, min.8 days
Arrival dates No
Type of tour Classical Tours, Cultural Tours, Family Tours

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