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Classic Armenia

Price $760 7 days
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Classic Armenia

$760 per person

“Classic Armenia” is a 1-week classic tour in Armenia that gives a deeper understanding of Armenian culture, language, architecture, music, nature and cuisine. You will be based in Yerevan during the week and will have daily trips to all four sides of Armenia. A drive to southern provinces will open the untold stories of Armenian wine culture of 6000 years. Monasteries and excavation fields will take you to pagan and medieval periods of our history, while modern buildings and museums reveal the nowadays processes in the country. All these sites have stunning locations, providing travelers with an opportunity to enjoy the mesmerizing scenery of Armenia. We find it important to emphasize the natural beauty and its harmony with man-made history on this land. Lose some weight before you take this trip as you are going to taste dishes of traditional Armenian cuisine, fruits, vegetables and herbs, Armenian brandy and wine, homemade desserts and bread. Evening Yerevan is listed as one of the ten safest cities to walk around, so feel free to relax and enjoy our friendly capital after your daily tours.

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Tour highlights:
  • Yerevan city tour
  • Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin
  • Khor Virap monastery
  • Areni-1 Cave & Noravank monastery
  • Garni pagan temple & Geghard monastery
  • Lake Sevan
  • Dilijan spa resort town
  • Amberd fortress
  • Armenian wine & cognac tasting
  • Traditional Armenian cuisine

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.

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

Arrival at Zvartnots Airport, transfer to hotel.

Yerevan City Tour – Mother Armenia – Republic Square – Yerevan Metro - Cascade – Matenadaran - Genocide Memorial – Agricultural Market - Megerian Carpet Museum

The first day of the tour program is dedicated to Armenia’s capital – Yerevan. Explore the different layers of the city’s history, visit the Mother Armenia monument located in the Victory Park. A mesmerizing panoramic view over the capital of Armenia with Mount Ararat in the background opens up from here. Explore the main square of Yerevan, the Republic Square, then take a metro to the administrative district of the downtown where the Parliament building, the Presidential Palace, the National Academy of Science and other cultural buildings are located. Walking along the Baghramyan Avenue, we’ll visit the Cascade complex and the Cafesjian park to see the contemporary art center with its unique collection. Our next stop is Matenadaran – the museum of ancient manuscripts. Learn about the ancient Armenian alphabet and the long traditions of translation skills. From here, we’ll drive to Genocide memorial to learn about one of the most tragic events in Armenian history. Another stop is at the agricultural market of Yerevan, where you can get acquainted with local produce. An evening visit to the Megerian carpet museum and factory to discover the unknown history of ancient traditions of carpet weaving in Armenia.

(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 – Zvartnots Cathedral – History Museum of Armenia – Ararat Brandy Factory

On the second day, make a pilgrimage tour 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. Next stop is the open-air museum of Zvartnots where you’ll see the ruins of St. Gregory church. Lean about its excavation and reconstruction history at the nearby museum. Etchmiadzin Cathedral, St. Hripsime church and Zvartnots cathedral are included in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list.

Return to Yerevan. Enrich 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. Finish the tour program by tasting Armenian cognac at the renowned Ararat Brandy Factory.

3
Yerevan – Sasuntsi Davit Train Station - Khor Virap Monastery – Areni-1 Cave – Noravank Monastery – Yerevan

We head to the southern regions of Armenia. A short stop by the Sasuntsi David train station of Yerevan to see the Soviet neo-classicist building of the station with a contemporary spatial art work by an Italian artist. After a 40-minute drive, we’ll reach the monastery of Khor Virap (translated from Armenian as a ‘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. And 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.

Continuing our road through the Ararat valley and up the breathtaking mountains of Urts range, we head to the cradle of wine making in Armenia. 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.

Our next destination is the 13th-century Noravank monastery, an architectural masterpiece with elaborated ornaments and unique stone reliefs, once a major religious and cultural center of medieval Armenia.

Return to Yerevan. Enjoy the stunning sunset over Ararat valley on the way.

4
Yerevan – Garni Temple – Geghard Monastery – Levon’s Cave – Vernissage Market

Visit the 1st-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 wonder – 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).

5
Yerevan – Lake Sevan – Dilijan – Goshavank Monastery – Tsaghkadzor - Yerevan

On the fifth day of our tour, we’ll 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 ranges. 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.

Leaving the lake behind, we’ll drive to Dilijan, the spa resort city of Armenia, surrounded by the dense 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. Visit the nearby medieval monastery of Goshavank, which served as a law academy in the 12-13th centuries. Education is modernized in the Dilijan International School (UWC), where you can have a guided tour to see the best high class boarding school in the region.

On the way back to Yerevan, we’ll visit the ski resort of Armenia – Tsaghkadzor. The rope-way takes travelers up to a mountain top from where some breathtaking views over the Teghenyats mountains open up.

Return to Yerevan.
6
Yerevan – Amberd Fortress – Armenian Alphabet Monument - Saghmosavank Monastery – Yerevan – Komitas Museum

The last day of the tour takes travelers to the slopes of the highest peak of Armenia – Mount Aragats (4090m). Visit the 7th-century Amberd Fortress (the fortress in the clouds) and the nearby 10th-century Vahramashen church located on the elevation of 2300 meters above sea level.

Driving down the slopes of Mt. Aragats, we’ll visit the Armenian Alphabet monument: see the two-meter high characters and find your initial letters among them. Another stop on our trip is Saghmosavank – the monastery of the Psalms. The monastery seats on the edge of a cliff, overlooking the 60-meter deep Kasagh canyon. On a sunny day, three mountains can be seen from here – Mt. Ara, Mt. Aragats and Mt. Ararat.

Return to Yerevan. Visit the museum of musicologist and composer Komitas who is considered the founder of Armenian national music school. Discover the history of Armenian music and listen to Komitas’ classical tunes.

Farewell dinner with traditional Armenian music and dance show.

7

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

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