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Armenian Motives

Price $745 6 days
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Armenian Motives

$745 per person

The “Armenian Motives” 6-day cultural tour in Armenia is a short but deep introduction to Armenia, its history, cultural and spiritual heritage. During this radial tour, travelers stay in Yerevan and make day trips to four sides of Armenia, exploring both its most popular, as well as the hidden sites and tourist destinations.

Travelers visit ancient ruins of historical towns, explore a natural cave with a 6000-year-old winery, enjoy a stunning view of Lake Sevan, travel through deep canyons and high mountains, dense forests and vast fields of wild flowers.

Our “Armenian Motives” cultural tour offers travelers a unique opportunity to experience traditional Armenian arts and crafts and participate in workshops at local artists’ studios. Taste homemade food, get acquainted with ethnic minorities living in Armenia and their culture.

Don’t miss the chance to learn about the rich history of the country, as well as witness its modernization by visiting new factories, colleges and museums. This trip is the best choice for those travelers who are traveling to Armenia for the first time and have limited time.

Feel the authentic motives of Armenia.

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Tour highlights:
  • Yerevan city tour – get acquainted with the history of Armenia’s capital
  • Garni pagan temple and Geghard monastery, a unique UNESCO World Heritage site in Armenia
  • Travel to Etchmiadzin cathedral, the spiritual center of Armenians
  • Take a Yerevan metro tour
  • Visit a Yazidi temple in the west of Armenia
  • Explore the Khor Virap and Noravank monasteries
  • Walk around the Areni-1 cave where the world’s oldest winery and shoe were discovered
  • Lake Sevan, the magnificent blue pearl of Armenia
  • Dilijan spa resort town and Dilijan National Park
  • Armenian wine and cognac tasting
  • Traditional Armenian cuisine – experience the tastes of Armenia

IMPORTANT: The mentioned price is calculated for a group of 10 people with double occupancy at the Tufenkian Historic Yerevan Hotel. 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.

6 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 - Kond Old District - Cascade – Matenadaran - 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. A unique walking tour around the old district of Kond - see the last remains of 18th century Yerevan. Next stop is the Cascade complex and the Cafesjian park and 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. 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 – Garni Pagan Temple – Geghard Monastery – Levon’s Cave – History Museum of Armenia - TUMO Center – 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 man-made 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. Continue your journey at the History Museum of Armenia. Established in 1920, the museum represents the history of the country from ancient to modern days through its archaeology, ethnography, numismatics and documentary collections.

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

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).

3

Yerevan – Etchmiadzin Cathedral – St. Hripsime Church - Sardarapat – Aknalich – Genocide Memorial – 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.

Leaving Etchmiadzin, we head to Sardarapat, an important historical site where a battle took place in 1918. The victory of the Armenians in this battle conditioned the establishment of the first Armenian Republic. We’ll visit the local ethnographic museum, which houses a large collection dedicated to the development of Armenian nation on this land. On the way back to Yerevan, a stop in the village of Aknalich to visit a Yazidi temple. The Yazidis are the largest ethnic minority in Armenia, with whom Armenians built a centuries-old friendship.

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

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.

4

Yerevan – Yerevan Metro Tour - Sasuntsi Davit Train Station - Khor Virap Monastery – Old Artashat – Armenian Khachkar Workshop – Areni-1 Cave - Noravank Monastery – Yerevan

Yerevan metro tour. We head to Sasuntsi David train station of Yerevan to see the Soviet neo-classicist building of the station with a contemporary spatial artwork by an Italian artist. From here, a 40-minute drive will take us to the monastery of Khor Virap (translated from Armenian as ‘deep pit’), truly 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. Explore the archaeological site of Old Artashat and get acquainted with the discoveries and ongoing excavations of the city.

On our way further south, we’ll visit an artist’s house in one of the nearby villages to get acquainted with the art of Armenian cross-stones – khachkars, inscribed in the UNESCO list of Intangible Cultural Heritage.

From here, we head to Armenia’s wine making region. 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.

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 - a masterpiece of Armenian architecture, with elaborated ornaments and unique stone reliefs.

Return to Yerevan.
5

Yerevan – Lake Sevan - Dilijan – Fioletovo – Vanadzor – Aparan – Saghmosavank Monastery - Yerevan

Heading 60 km to north, to see the biggest 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 stunning panoramic view of the lake.

Continue the road to Dilijan, the spa resort city of Armenia, surrounded by the 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.

On our way up north, we’ll have a Russian rural style homemade lunch in the Fioletovo village. Fioletovo is inhabited by Russian Molokans, the second largest ethnic minority in Armenia. Next stop is the third-largest city of Armenia – Vanadzor, where you can visit an agricultural market and participate in a workshop with a local craftsman.

Leaving Vanadzor, we will travel to the town of Aparan, home to one of the most archaic Christian churches in Armenia, dating to the 4th century. The next destination is the monastery of Saghmosavank, the monastery of psalms. Situated on a plateau overlooking the Kasagh canyon, the monastery faces the Mount Ara, a stratovolcanic cone.

Return to Yerevan.
6

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

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