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Silk Road Destinations in Armenia

9 days

≈ $63 per day

$571

COUNTRY

Armenia

STARTS / ENDS IN

Yerevan / Yerevan

DESTINATIONS

7 (Yerevan, Yerevan - Etchmiadzin - Zvartnots – Yerevan, Yerevan - Ararat valley - Khor Virap - Noravank – Areni -- Goris , Goris - Tatev - Selim Pass - Noraduz - Sevan , Garni - Gegard - Bio Cosmetic fabric ,, Nairian’’, Yerevan - Ashtarak - Osahkan - Amberd fortress - Alphabet park, Yerevan)

TOUR TYPE

Adventure

TOUR GROUP

Any day

START DATE

22 May 2019

END DATE

30 May 2019

SEATS LEFT

7+

AGE RANGE

0 to 85 year olds

Other Services

  • Culinary master class in carpet factory- price per group

    $170
  • Brandy degustation- price per person

    $13
  • Coral in Geghard monastery (20-30 minutes)- price per group

    $170
  • Performance of Armenian national instrument Duduk in Khor virap(20 minutes)- price per group

    $170
  • Cruise on Lake Sevan (1 hour)- price per group per boat (max 30 pax)

    $227
  • Show of celebration of Armenian national folk tradition ,,Barekendan’’ or Armenian national wedding

    $227

Guide's Language

  • English
  • German
  • Russian

Available Months

  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October
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  • December
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Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Yerevan

    Arrival in Yerevan – transfer to the selected hotel

    Price mentioned per person in a group of 10 pax

  • Day 2

    Yerevan

    Breakfast at the hotel. City tour- Yerevan sightseeing including City center, Republic square, State University, City panorama, Mother Armenia Monument, Parliament, President’s Palace, Opera, Sports & Concert Complex. Visit to the Genocide Memorial, dedicated to the Victims of 1915 and the Genocide Museum. Visit to Matenadaran (depository for ancient manuscripts, the collection of which is one of the biggest in the world). This outstanding collection includes manuscripts dating from 7th century and is widely appreciated by history and art amateurs and professionals. Visit to Cascade complex, which is considered the modern art center of Yerevan, with art pieces displayed throughout the whole area: the boulevard and up the stairs, from top of which you can enjoy the panoramic view on the city and Mountain Ararat. Cascade is home to Cafesjan modern art museum. This place becomes even more charming in the evenings, when it is full of people, both locals and tourists from all over the world, enjoying the magic and the warmth of the capital. You will enjoy spending time in one of the cozy open-air cafes surrounded by beautiful sculptures, redolent flowers shining brightly with magic colors. It is also a popular place for open air concerts at summer season.
    Visit Armenian Hand-made Carpet Factory. Excursion in the factory, watching handmade waiving process, introducing coloring technics with natural materials. Continue to the small museum of ancient carpets.
    Lunch in a factory restaurant where visitors could participate in the preparation of special dish of Armenian cuisine - "Ghapama". It is made by making a hollow in a pumpkin and filling it up with layers of rice, chopped pumpkin, nuts and dried fruits. Indispensable during Armenian weddings, Ghapama used to represent young life full of abundance. Visit to Armenian central market.

    Optional: Very interesting one hour tour around Armenian brandy factory offers tourists familiarization with the history of the plant, process of brandy preparation, showrooms and halls of storages. Visitors will also have degustation of 2 types of brandy in degustation hall. Brandy shop at the factory territory will be available for purchasing of these famous Armenian brandy directly from the factory.

  • Day 3

    Yerevan - Etchmiadzin - Zvartnots – Yerevan

    Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Etchmiadzin City, which is used to be the ancient capital of Armenia. Since 4th century, it is the largest religious center, the residency of Catholicos of all Armenians. Etchmiadzin cathedral is one of the ancient churches in the Christian world, included in the UNESCO World Heritage List (2000). It is the center of Armenian Apostolic Church, founded in 301 A.D by St. Gregory the Illuminator. Later, it was rebuilt and currently it stands as a complex including the Cathedral, Spiritual Academy, residency of the Catholicos of all Armenians, Synod of Armenian Church and a library. The museum of the Cathedral, located behind the Altar, has collection of religious artifacts about Holy Mass, subjects made of gold, silver, precious stones, decorations, colossal silver boiler for making the myrrh and legendary Holy spear.
    A trip to one of the architectural wonders of Armenia - Zvartnots temple (641-661 BC), that got its name from the word "Zwart", meaning "joyful and beautiful". The remaining ruins give an idea of the rare beauty of this temple. The temple is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site (2000).
    Drive back to Yerevan.

  • Day 4

    Yerevan - Ararat valley - Khor Virap - Noravank – Areni -- Goris

    Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Ararat valley. Visit to Khor Virap Church – the place of imprisonment of St. Gregory the Illuminator, who stayed here in the small dungeon for 13 years without any food, accused by the Armenian K ing of preaching Christianity. Khor Virap Church was built on the dungeon and now people have a chance to go down into the dark pit themselves. It is one of the holy places for the Christian world. It is also the best point to enjoy the most spectacular view of the gorgeous biblical mountain Ararat shining with its two white peaks. The hills adjoining Khor Virap were the site of the early Armenian capital - ancient Artashat built by King Artashes I, founder of the Artashesid dynasty, around 180 B.C. It is one of the few ancient towns, built by the special design of the famous Carthaginian general Hannibal. After the defeat in a war against Rome, he found shelter in Armenia.
    Optional: Small performance of Armenian national musical instrument ,,Duduk’’ (Tsiranapogh- means Tsiran- abricot, pogh- trumpet) in front of the panorama of Ararat mountain. After the local musician will describe the origin, nature, symbolism of Duduk and fully experience its rich and versatile m usic. One of the most famous performance of it was in the movie “Gladiator’.
    Drive through the spectacular canyon between the red rocks toward Noravank Monastery (13th c.). On the way visit local winery in Areni village - wine testing. Areni used to be one of the centers of wine production in Armenia. Recent archaeological findings makes place worldwide famous. In September 2010, archaeologists discovered a 6,100-year-old 5 winery and wine cellar in Areni (Vayots Dzor province) in Armenia. Within the underground wine cellar, a wine press for stomping grapes, fermentation and storage containers, drinking cups, grape vines, skins, and seeds were found. This is the one of the earliest winery and wine cellar found to date. The findings indicated large scale wine production, quite possibly the earliest retail winery. Wine tasting.
    Departure to the south of Armenia, to the city of Goris noted for its unique architecture, surrounded by high rocks that likes the petrified forest.

  • Day 5

    Goris - Tatev - Selim Pass - Noraduz - Sevan

    Breakfast at the hotel. Ride on the longest ropeway ,,Tatever’’ in the world (5,7 km), recorded in Guinnes record book, over the canyons to the Monastery of Tatev. It is one of the unique and beautiful monasteries in Armenia. It is located on the steep of deep gorge surrounded with very strong settings. It was built during the 9-13th centuries as an Armenian intellectual center where philosophers, musicians, painters, calligraphers and monks lived. Tatev used to be a religious and political center of Syunik princedom.
    Drive to Sevan Lake one of the greatest high mountainous freshwater lakes of Eurasia, via Selim pass. On a way visit Selim Pass Karavansaray, which was used for having a rest by Silk road caravans. Visit Noraduz cemetery, like field full of well preserved khachkars or cross stones of medieval times. It represents the pearl of medieval Christian culture.

  • Day 6

    Goris - Tatev - Selim Pass - Noraduz - Sevan

    Breakfast at the hotel. Ride on the longest ropeway ,,Tatever’’ in the world (5,7 km), recorded in Guinnes record book, over the canyons to the Monastery of Tatev. It is one of the unique and beautiful monasteries in Armenia. It is located on the steep of deep gorge surrounded with very strong settings. It was built during the 9-13th centuries as an Armenian intellectual center where philosophers, musicians, painters, calligraphers and monks lived. Tatev used to be a religious and political center of Syunik princedom.
    Drive to Sevan Lake one of the greatest high mountainous freshwater lakes of Eurasia, via Selim pass. On a way visit Selim Pass Karavansaray, which was used for having a rest by Silk road caravans. Visit Noraduz cemetery, like field full of well preserved khachkars or cross stones of medieval times. It represents the pearl of medieval Christian culture.

  • Day 7

    Garni - Gegard - Bio Cosmetic fabric ,, Nairian’’

    Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to the only remaining pagan temple in Armenia devoted to the God of Sun – Myrth, in Garni, built in 77 AD by King Trdat (Arshakid Dynasty). Photo stop at Charentc Arc. The temple is Greco-Roman style with characteristic pillars. It stands proudly on a rocky ridge with a deep canyon presenting a beautiful view. The temple was a summer residence for Arshakid dynasty. Visit to the ruins of Royal Palace and Royal bath-house nearby.
    Optional: Take 4x4 cars to reach Canyon of Garni - magnificent and outstanding scene which creates the image of falling crags. It obtained the name "Symphony of Stones" due to its view. The fantastic landscape of Garni canyon shakes the human imagination.
    Family hosted lunch in village house with watching of “Lavash” (Armenian traditional flat bread baked in stone-make oven) making process, testing authentic Armenian food, get acquainted with local village life. Degustation of homemade vodka made from different fruits (apricot, grape, pitch, apple or mulberry) and homemade wine.
    Drive to the unique caved temple St. Geghard (12th -13th cc.), the name of which means “holy spear” in the honour of the long-preserved spear, the same spear that pierced the body of crucified Christ. It is now exhibited in the museum of Etchmiadzin Cathedral. Geghard Monastery is included in the UNESCO World Heritage list (2000).
    Drive to Ara village, visit Nairian local bio cosmetic farm producing natural cosmetics using locally sourced ingredients from Armenian highlands. The excursion starts with walking through the garden rich with medical herbs and flowers, so called experimental garden, where different types of plants are grown, then observation of essential oil distillation process. Tour ends with a visit to the laboratory and production facility, meeting with local researchers who explain the process of cosmetic formulation, soap preparation from extracts of plants, cut and maturity, and show packaging process. Drive back to Yerevan.

  • Day 8

    Yerevan - Ashtarak - Osahkan - Amberd fortress - Alphabet park

    Breakfast at the hotel. Trip to the village Oshakan via town Ashtarak. Visit to the Church St. Mesrop Mashtots, the inventor of Armenian Alphabet, and his gravestone. Visit to Alphabet Park, a location where all letters of Armenian alphabet made from tuff of human-size are scattered around volcanic stones. Drive to Amberd fortress (11th-13th cc.), the residence of Pahlavuni princes built on the slopes of Mt. Aragats at 2,300 meters above the sea level.
    Optional: Watching a show of celebration of Armenian national folk tradition ,,Barekendan’’ accompanied by folk dances and songs performed by local children. Another interesting show can be Armenian traditional wedding celebration with description of the symbolism of national dress and all the actions.
    Drive back to Yerevan.

  • Day 9

    Yerevan

    Transfer to the airport. Departure

What's included

  • Hotel

    3* Silachi or similar in Yerevan- 3* Goris hotel or similar in Goris- 3*Blue Sevan or similar in Sevan- 7 nights in Yerevan,1 night in Goris, 1night in Sevan

  • Meals(B,L,D)

    HB- breakfasts, 7 lunches, 2 dinners with water, coffee

  • Guide

    German/ English/Russian speaking guide service

  • Transport

    Transportation service with A/C

  • Excursions

    Entry tickets Wine degustation in Areni Tatev rope way

  • Medical Insurance

  • Dinner

    Extra dinner

  • Rent a car

    4x4 car rent to reach Garni canyon

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