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The Color of Armenian Pomegranate

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Overview


The Color of Armenian Pomegranate tour is a dream tour as it includes probably all historical sightseeing places, 6 UNESCO sites, monasteries and churches, natural monuments and lakes, rivers and waterfalls, canyons and breathtaking views of the mountains.

Highlights


  • Yerevan is 2805 yo 29 years older than Rome. The population is about 1.2 mln
  • Armenia has 6 UNESCO heritage sites
  • Armenia is a paradise for all active or passive people
  • Armenia is a 80% mountainous country
  • Monasteries and churches, mountains and valleys, rivers, lakes and waterfalls
  • Armenians are honest, proud and very hospitable nation
  • Armenian is a language to speak with God
  • Armenia is a first country on Earth to adopt Christianity as a state religion
The Color of Armenian Pomegranate

Description


The Color of Armenian Pomegranate

First of all pay attention that transfers from/into airport are included in the price, so you will have enough time to relax before we start/finish the tour.

DAY 1. Transfer.

Transfer and enjoy your time in the hotel or guesthouse and nearby.

DAY 2. Yerevan City Tour - Echmiadzin - Zvartnots.

We start our Yerevan city tour and continue it to Echmiadzin Holy city. Yerevan is one of the oldest capitals in the world founded in 782BC by Urartian - Armenian king Argishti I. We will visit and admire Mother Armenia statue in the Victory Park to have a nice view of Ararat biblical mountain. The Cascade is the capital's best kept secret which was built during almost 30 years. Northern Avenue is a beam between Opera and Ballet House and Republic square. Armenian Genocide memorial is a must-visit site of the country. A short drive will take as to Echmiadzin Holy city, so called "Armenian Vatican", a pontifical residence of Catholicos. The museum of the Cathedral contains a Spear which had wounded Jesus Christ and a fragment of Noah's Ark. St. Hripsime church and Zvartnots medieval ruined Cathedral are the next stops. All structures of Echmiadzin are included in UNESCO heritage sites since 2000. On the way back to Yerevan we will visit GUM market to taste the dried and fresh fruits, Lavash Armenian flatbread and cheese. Another interesting place to visit is Vernissage, an open-air market of souvenirs and jewelry.

DAY 3. Garni - Stone Symphony - Geghard.

Another UNESCO heritage sites are waiting for as. The first stop is Charents Arch, a beautiful place to have a look in Ararat valley, dedicated to Eghishe Charents, an Armenian poet who was killed during Stalin repressions. Geghard Spear monastery is the highlight of the tour, devoted to a legendary Spear which had wounded Jesus Christ at the Crucifixion. Garni pagan temple is the only standing heathen time temple in Lesser Caucasus since 77AD. After the lunch and Lavash Armenian thin bread master class we will drive to the canyon of Azat river to walk 20 minutes and admire the beauty of Stone Symphony. Back to Yerevan.

DAY 4. Khor Virap - Areni - Noravank - Tatev - Goris.

Early in the morning we leave Yerevan to explore the beauties of the Southern part of Armenia. Half an hour of driving and we stop at the Armenian - Turkish border to visit Khor Virap Royal Prison where Gregory the Illuminator was imprisoned for 14 years before Armenia's conversion from Paganism into Christianity. This is the nearest point of Armenia with Turkey. Ararat biblical mountain stands proudly close to you as if in the palm of your hand. Areni caves and wine tasting are included in the program as well as the lunch somewhere in the local family restaurant. Noravank monastery is the masterpiece of the medieval Armenian sculptor Momik. In a 2 hours we will reach Tatev monastery through "Tatever", listed in Guinness book as the world's longest double-truck reversible cable car (5752m). Overnight in Goris.

DAY 5. Old Khndzoresk - Karahunj - Shaki - Yeghegnadzor

Early in the morning after the delicious breakfast we head to Khndzoresk widely famous for its canyon with picturesque rock formations, ancient manmade cave settlements and Swinging Bridge. Next stop is Karahunj, an Armenian Stonehenge, a megalithic ancient observatory which is more than 8000 years. Shaki waterfall is so beautiful and noisy as you couldn't hear anything but the uproar. Lunch in the food court. Overnight in Yeghegnadzor.

DAY 6. Yeghegnadzor - Selim Pass - Noratus - Lake Sevan - Dilijan

We head to north through Selim Pass where XIV c Caravanserai stands without any restorations since it was built. The breathtaking view of the gorge will make you so happy as we are on the highest point of view in Armenia (2400m above sea level). Meet our local friends Armen and Anna and try the local wine made from pomegranate and grape, as well as local brandy and fruit Vodka. Noratus is a heritage of Armenian people and a cemetery of hundreds of Khachkars (Cross stones). Cheese master class will be organized for you in Noratus (optional). Lake Sevan is the world's #3 largest and highest freshwater lake. Sevanavank monastery is located on the hill and consists of St. Astvatsatsin (Mother of God) and St. Arakelots (Holy Apostles). Overnight in Dilijan.

DAY 7. Dilijan - Haghartsin - Goshavank - Parz Lake - Dilijan

We will drive to explore the north eastern part of Armenia, so called "Armenian Switzerland" National Park full of so interesting fairy tale monasteries Haghartsin and Goshavank, hiking trails, waterfalls and parks. Taste the local sweet bread Gata in Haghartsin. Parz Lake means a crystal lake. Enjoy your time over there before to drive back to Dilijan to have a small city tour in the historical Sharambeyan street and visit local wood and ceramic workshops and souvenir shops. Overnight in Dilijan.

DAY 8. Dilijan - Haghpat - Sanahin - Gyumri

In the morning after the breakfast we drive through Honey Pass mountains of Lori Province to visit 2 UNESCO medieval monasteries Haghpat and Sanahin dated back to X-XIII cc. Sanahin Bridge is another interesting sightseeing places of the region. Two hours of drive and we are in Gyumri city, the father capital of Armenia, the centre of arts and crafts, music and theatres, museums and churches. Explore the city with your guide and visit Sev Berd (Black Fortress), the past reminder of Tsarist Russia existence in Armenia. Have a look on another Mother Armenia statue of Gyumri. Vardanants Square, AllSavior and Mother if God churches are mandatory to visit. Do not forget to have an excursion in Dzitoghtsyan museum. Overnight in Gyumri.

DAY 9. Gyumri - Amberd - Saghmosavank - Yerevan

Early in the morning we will head back to Yerevan. On the way we will see the ruined castle of Amberd on the slope of the highest peak of Armenia. Armenian Alphabet memorial was created in 2001 during the 1700th anniversary of the creation of Alphabet by Mesrop Mashtots in 301AD. Last stop of our trip is XIII c Saghmosavank monastery (a monastery of Psalms) proudly standing on the edge of Kasagh canyon. Back to Yerevan.

DAY 10. Free day and transfer.

What's included


  • Inclusions:
  • Experienced tour guide /driver
  • Safe, clean SUV car with huge rooftop box, free WiFi, AWD, A/C, 2012
  • Entry fees to all museums, sightseeing places, fortresses, caves, etc
  • Lavash master class, wine tasting
  • Daily unlimited sparkling water, tea, coffee
  • Transfers (2)
  • 24 hours assistance and help in case of emergency
  • Guide fees and car service
  • Assistance to help in booking of accommodation outside of Yerevan
  • Lunch (8)
  • Exclusions:
  • Accommodation
  • Dinner
  • Cheese master class is optional: 12€ per person
  • Tatev cable car: 17€ per person

Itinerary


  1. Visited Places:
  2. Yerevan
  3. Garni
  4. Geghard
  5. Khor Virap State Sanctuary
  6. Areni
  7. Noravank
  8. Tatev
  9. Goris
  10. Old Khndzoresk Church
  11. Karahunj
  12. Shaki Waterfall
  13. Vardenyats Pass
  14. Noratus Cemetery
  15. Lake Sevan
  16. Dilijan National Park
  17. Goshavank Monastery
  18. Haghpat
  19. Sanahin Monastery Complex
  20. Gyumri
  21. Amberd
  22. Armenian Alphabet Monument
  23. Saghmosavank
  24. Vagharshapat
  25. Zvartnots

DAY 1. Transfer.

Do not use the hotel shuttle. The transfers are included in the price. In case you book my tour the transfers are free of charge.

DAY 2. Yerevan City Tour - Echmiadzin - Zvartnots.

Usually we start our city tour exactly at 9am or 9:30am because if many highlights of the trip. My suggestion is to try the local fast food which is different from European or American fast foods. It is good for both meat lovers and vegetarians. Another highlight of the tour is a lunch in the oldest restaurant "Agape" dates back to 1659.

DAY 3. Garni - Stone Symphony - Geghard.

10am - Charents Arch

11am - Geghard monastery

1pm - Garni Temple

2pm - Lavash master class and lunch

4pm - Stone Symphony

5:30 - drop off at the hotel

DAY 4. Khor Virap - Areni - Noravank - Tatev - Goris.

9am - pick up from the hotel

9:45am - Khor Virap

12pm - Noravank

1pm - Areni wine tasting and lunch

4:30pm - Tatev cable car

6pm - drop off at Goris hotel

DAY 5. Old Khndzoresk - Karahunj - Shaki - Yeghegnadzor

9am -breakfast

10am - Khndzoresk

12:30pm - Karahunj

2:30pm - lunch

4pm - drop off at the hotel in Yeghegnadzor

DAY 6. Yeghegnadzor - Selim Pass - Noratus - Lake Sevan - Dilijan

9:30am - breakfast

10:30am - Selim Caravanserai

1pm - Noratus cemetery

3pm - Sevan Lake and Sevanavank monastery

5pm - drop off at Dilijan hotel

DAY 7. Dilijan - Haghartsin - Goshavank - Parz Lake - Dilijan

10am - breakfast

11:30am - Goshavank

1pm - Haghartsin

2pm - Parz Lake

4pm - Dilijan drop off

DAY 8. Dilijan - Haghpat - Sanahin - Gyumri

9am - breakfast

11am - Haghpat

12:30pm -Sanahin Bridge

1:45pm - Sanahin

3pm - Gyumri

6pm - hotel drop off in Gyumri

DAY 9. Gyumri - Amberd - Saghmosavank - Yerevan

9am - breakfast

11:30am - Amberd

1:30pm - Alphabet memorial

2pm - Saghmosavank

4pm - Yervan hotel drop off

DAY 10. Free day and transfer.

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