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Northern Routes

Price $900 8 days
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Northern Routes

$900 per person

The 8-day cultural tour in Armenia “Northern Routes of Armenia” is a unique opportunity to explore Armenia and its untouched beauty. If you love dense forests, deep canyons and mountainous landscapes, you will definitely enjoy this trip. This cultural tour gives you a chance to travel through time by taking you from the museums to the actual historical sites with a living story behind.

Visit the excavations of one of the ancient capitals of pagan Armenia – Artashat. Trace the steps of the first Christians, uncovering the story of struggle and faith. Travel northbound to discover some of the UNESCO World Heritage sites in Armenia representing pagan and Christian periods of our history. One of the highlights of the tour is the one of a kind botanical garden in the north-west of the country, a manifestation of the fertile land and mild climate of the region.

During the tour, travelers will also participate in workshops of local artisans and craftsmen. Experience Armenian hospitality and taste mouth-watering homemade food, walk around the second biggest city of Armenia – Gyumri, get acquainted with the young generation of Armenians studying in the best creative schools of the region. Enjoy the evenings relaxing, singing and dancing with folklore groups, listen to Armenian jazz music, or simply admire the colorful fountain show in the center of Yerevan, one of the friendliest cities in the world.

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Tour highlights:
  • Yerevan city tour
  • UNESCO World Heritage site Etchmiadzin cathedral
  • Yerevan metro tour
  • Areni-1 cave & Noravank monastery
  • Lake Sevan
  • Dilijan spa resort town and Dilijan national park
  • Haghpat monastery
  • Stepanavan dendropark – a unique botanical garden in Armenia
  • Gyumri city tour
  • ArmAs vineyards
  • Garni pagan temple & Geghard monastery
  • Traditional Armenian cuisine
  • Armenian cognac & wine tasting

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 Gayane Hotel (Haghpat) and Nane Hotel (Gyumri). 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.

8 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
    Workshops
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 – 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.

3

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

The third day of our cultural tour in Armenia starts with a 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. Enjoy the stunning sunset over Ararat valley on the way.

4

Yerevan – Lake Sevan - Dilijan – Fioletovo – Vanadzor - Haghpat monastery - Dzoraget

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 magnificent 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 the agricultural market and participate in a workshop with a local craftsman.

From Vanadzor, we travel to the monastery Haghpat, a large monastery complex listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. With its unique location and elaborate architecture, this monastery is an impressive site to sum up the day’s program at.

5

Dzoraget – Dsegh - Odzun Church – Stepanavan Dendropark – Gyumri

The fifth day of our tour around Armenia’s north will take us from Lori province to Shirak. We’ll travel to the nearby village Dsegh to see Armenia’s national poet Hovhaness Tumanian’s house-museum and visit the newly opened innovative Smart center for kids.

Following a winding road, we’ll continue our journey to the 5th-century basilica of Odzun, then travel along the Debed canyon towards the city Stepanavan, home to an extraordinary botanical garden in Armenia. We’ll have a relaxing walk around the garden and will then head to the city of Gyumri.

Proclaimed the cultural capital of Armenia, Gyumri was severely damaged during the 1988 earthquake. Witness the revival of the city, with its classical style buildings and narrow cobblestone streets.

6

Gyumri City Tour – Marmashen Monastery – ArmAs Vineyards – Yerevan

City tour in Gyumri. Walk in the city center and explore Gyumri’s 2-century old buildings, parks and cultural sites. Visit the Dzitoghtsyan museum to learn about the daily urban life of Gyumri. Meet villagers at the agricultural market to get acquainted with local produce.

Leaving Gyumri, we then head to Marmashen, a medieval monastery situated on the bank of Akhuryan river, facing the Armenian-Turkish border. On the way back to Yerevan, we’ll make a stop at the ArmAs winery for a tour around its vineyards. Taste some fine Armenian wines.

Return to Yerevan. Free time to enjoy the friendly atmosphere of Yerevan in the evening.

7

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).

8

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

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