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Armenian Chapter

Price $1165 10 days
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Armenian Chapter

$1165 per person

“Armenian Chapter” is a unique 10-day family tour in Armenia created for families who want to explore new cultures and spend some fun time together. Travelers spend five nights in Yerevan and four nights in the provinces of Armenia.

A mesmerizing journey around Armenia: travel to cozy towns and villages, explore medieval monasteries, mysterious caves and waterfalls, meet local artists, learn new skills and attend traditional crafts workshops, visit museums and educational centers, and many more.

This trip is especially designed for families who like active journeys, new experiences and alternative destinations.Together with your children, you learn the history of Armenia, the contribution of Armenian scholars to the world science and the contemporary challenges of the country.

Furthermore, “Armenian Chapter” family tour also introduces tourists to local business ideas that revive the immense potential of this land. From ancient caves with six thousand-year old history to pagan and Christian times to modern Armenia, you walk this route together making it one of the most memorable journeys of your family.

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Tour highlights:
  • Yerevan city tour – explore Armenia’s capital
  • TUMO center for creative technologies
  • UNESCO World Hertage site Etchmiadzin cathedral
  • Admire Lake Sevan, the magnificent blue pearl of Armenia
  • Have fun at the Yell Extreme Park and hike to Lastiver waterfall
  • Vardenyats mountain pass
  • Khndzoresk cave town
  • Tatev monastery and Wings of Tatev aerial tramway
  • Zorats Karer, a mysterious prehistoric archaeological site
  • Areni-1 cave where the world’s oldest winery and shoe were discovered
  • Garni pagan temple and Geghard, the monastery of Holy Lance
  • Byurakan observatory
  • ArmAs vineyards
  • Traditional Armenian cuisine
  • Armenian wine and cognac tasting

(The tour program may be subject to minor changed depending on the age of the children to shape the journey accordingly).

IMPORTANT: The mentioned price is calculated for a group of 10 people with double occupancy at the Tufenkian Historic Yerevan Hotel. Accommodation outside Yerevan is provided at Arpa Hotel (Yeghagnadzor), Mirhav Hotel (Goris), Tufenkian Old Dilijan Complex (Dilijan). Travelers can choose to stay in a different hotel. Please note that the final price may change depending on the number of the travelers, or your preferences.

10 days
  • Included
    Accommodation
    Meals
    Museum Tickets
    Personal Guide
    Transfer to/from airport
    Transportation
  • Not Included
    Air tickets
    Alcohol
    Insurance
    Visa
    Wine tasting
1

Arrival, transfer to hotel.

Yerevan City Tour – Mother Armenia – Yerevan History Museum and City Hall – Republic Square – Metro tour - Cascade – Matenadaran – Grand Candy - Megerian Carpet Museum

A city tour in Yerevan. Explore the different layers of the history of Armenia’s capital. Visit the Mother Armenia monument located in the Victory Park, which provides one of the best panoramic views over Yerevan with Mount Ararat in the background. A tour in the Yerevan History museum will introduce the three transformation phases of the city. Take a metro tour to Baghramyan Avenue - the administrative district of Yerevan. Walk to the Cascade complex and the Cafesjian park, visit its contemporary art center with a unique collection of art works. From here, we head to Matenadaran – the museum of ancient manuscripts. Learn about the ancient Armenian alphabet and the long traditions of translation skills. After the museum, take a short break at a famous Armenian candy shop that makes popular local donuts. In the evening, we’ll visit the Megerian Carpet museum and factory to discover the unknown history of Armenia’s carpet weaving traditions.

(The schedule of the first day of the tour program will be adjusted in accordance with the arrival time.)

2

Yerevan – Etchmiadzin Cathedral – St. Hripsime Church – Genocide Memorial – TUMO center – Yerevan Brandy Factory - Yerevan

On the second day, make a pilgrimage to the spiritual center of all Armenians. See the mother cathedral of Etchmiadzin that was founded in 301AD, a year when Armenia officially adopted Christianity as its state religion. Visit the St. Hripsime church to learn the history of women martyrs and explore the typical Armenian national architecture principles developed in the 7th century. Both Etchmiadzin Cathedral and St. Hripsime Church are included in the UNESCO World Heritage list.

In Yerevan, visit the Genocide memorial representing a dramatic phase of Armenian history in the 20th century.

Take a guided tour inside the most innovative TUMO center for creative technologies, the best technological school of the region.

The tour program of the day ends at the Yerevan Brandy Factory famous for its Ararat brandy. Learn about the preparation process of Armenian brandy during the tour around the factory and discover the exquisite taste of this drink.

3

Yerevan – Lake Sevan – Artanish - Dilijan

Travel to the largest body of water in the Republic of Armenia – Lake Sevan. Considered the second highest freshwater lake in the world, Lake Sevan has an elevation of over 1900 meters above the sea level and is surrounded by volcanic mountain chains. The lake is also famous for its peninsula, where a 10th-century monastery is located. The monastery provides a magnificent panoramic view of the lake.

On one of the shores of Lake Sevan, visit the “Cilicia” ship, a replica of a 13th-century merchant sailing ship that war reconstructed in accordance with the medieval methods of shipbuilding. Participate in a workshop and make your own boat.

Continue the road to Dilijan, a spa resort town in Armenia, surrounded by lush forests of the Dilijan National Park. You will see the rural style wooden houses with traditional furniture and attributes exhibited in the town’s ethnographic museum.

A guided tour inside the Dilijan International School (UWC) will introduce travelers to the best high-class boarding school in the region.

4

Dilijan – Haghartsin Monastery - Ijevan – Yenokavan – Dilijan

Explore the medieval monastic complex of Haghartsin, located away from the main roads and settlements, in a secluded forested area. The monastery’s isolated location and the serene atmosphere surrounding the site allows travelers to connect with its spiritual heritage.

Passing through the town of Ijevan, we’ll travel to the village of Yenokavan to spend a day at the Apaga resort. Hike to Lastiver waterfall, enjoy a ride on a horse and of course, fly the longest zip-line in Armenia.

Return to Dilijan.
5

Dilijan – Lake Sevan - Noratus – Vardenyats Mountain Pass – Yeghegnadzor

Visit the medieval cross-stone field in the village of Noratus, home to the largest collection of Armenian khachkars (cross stones) dating from 9th to 20th centuries.

Cross the breathtaking Vardenyats mountain pass, known among locals as Selim pass. Once a part of the famous Silk Road, the Vardenyats pass is home to the only well-preserved caravanserai in Armenia. It was built by the Orbelian noble family as an overnight stop for merchants.

Depending on the season of your journey, a short stop at an observation point in the village of Shatin will be organized; travelers will have an opportunity to see wild bezoar goats unique to the Armenian Highlands.

Travel to the town of Yeghegnadzor town, the administrative center of Vayots Dzor province. Meet a local artist who creates sculptures with local stones and metal.

Overnight in Yeghegnadzor.
6

Yeghegnadzor– Tatev Monastery – Khndzoresk Cave Town - Goris

On the sixth day of our family tour in Armenia we’ll visit the village of Tatev. Take a ride on the longest reversible aerial tramway in the world listed in Guinness Book of world records. The aerial tram takes travelers to Armenia’s largest medieval monastery and educational center – the monastery of Tatev. Situated on a vast plateau, it overlooks the Vorotan gorge and provides some breathtaking views. A choir of local children will introduce you to the spiritual and folk music in the monastery’s garden.

To conclude our exploration of Tatev village, we’ll visit a craftsman’s house who makes traditional Armenian leather shoes called ‘trekh’ and a local wool production in the nearby village of Halidzor.

Head to Khndzoresk - a cave town that was inhabited until the middle of 20th century. Hike down the steps and walk over the longest suspension bridge in Armenia that connects the two sides of the canyon. Explore the natural and man-made cave dwellings, the 17th-century small basilica nestled in the canyon and taste fresh mountain spring water. Spend some time with local youngsters collecting wild herbs used for brewing tea.

Overnight in Goris.
7

Goris – Zorats Karer- Noravank Monastery – Areni-1 Cave – Khor Virap Monastery – Yerevan

Travel to the mysterious prehistoric archaeological site of Zorats Karer, known among travelers as the Stonehenge of Armenia. Learn about the ancient petroglyphs discovered in the nearby mountains.

Following a winding road through the volcanic canyon of Amaghu, we’ll travel to the monastery of Noravank, a secluded Christian monastery built in 13th century. Truly a masterpiece of Armenian architecture, with elaborated ornaments and unique stone reliefs.

Archaeological excavations of the last decade unveiled a history of local viticulture dating back to 3rd millennium BC. Visit the Areni-1 Cave where several major discoveries were made, including the world’s oldest leather shoe and the oldest winery.

On the way back to Yerevan, we’ll visit the monastery of Khor Virap (translated from Armenian as ‘deep pit’), the witness of historical conversion of Armenia from paganism to Christianity. The first Armenian Catholicos and the patron saint of the Armenian Apostolic Church was imprisoned here for 13 years. The area where Khor Virap is located was once part of one of the ancient capitals of Armenia - Artashat, known as the “Armenian Carthage” during the Roman era.

Return to Yerevan.
8

Yerevan – Garni Pagan Temple – Geghard Monastery – Levon’s cave – Yerevan Vernissage Market

Visit the 1th-century AD Hellenistic temple of Garni, located in the Kotayk province of Armenia, a 40-minute drive north-east of Yerevan. The temple seats on a cliff overlooking the breathtaking Azat gorge. Continuing the road, we’ll reach a stunning monastery carved out of a mountain – the monastery of Holy Spear or Geghard, sometimes referred to as the Armenian Petra. Part of the monastery was carved in a single massive rock in the 13th century AD. Both the temple of Garni and the Geghard monastery are recognized as UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Back in Yerevan, visit another manmade miracle – the Levon’s Divine Cave. It’s an astonishing large maze dug right under a small house where the family of the cave’s creator still lives.

Visit the open-air Vernissage market in the heart of Yerevan, where you can find variety of handmade works by local artisans representing Armenian culture. In the evening, enjoy the city night life and the Fountain Show on the Republic Square (from 9 to 11pm).

9

Yerevan – Nairian Factory – Saghmosavank Monastery – Byurakan Observatory – ArmAs vineyards – Yerevan

The last day of the tour will take travelers to the Aragatsotn province of Armenia. Learn about the local production of organic cosmetics at Nairian factory in the village of Ara. Then visit Saghmosavank, the monastery of psalms, situated on a plateau overlooking the Kasagh canyon. Mountains Ara, Aragats and Ararat can be seen from here on a sunny day.

Our next destination is the Byurakan Observatory, where travelers will participate in a short scientific tour to get acquainted with Armenian astronomers and their discoveries. After the tour around the observatory, we’ll visit a folk theater to see a performance by local kids in traditional garments singing and dancing Armenian tunes.

Sum up the day at the ArmAs winery. Have a tour around their vast vineyards and factory, taste fine Armenian wine.

Return to Yerevan.
10

Checkout from hotel. Transfer to Zvartnots Airport. Departure from Yerevan.

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