Classical Tour to Armenia - 4 days
day 1 -
Arrival to Zvartnots Airport - Transfer to the Hotel - Lunch - Walking in City center. After your arrival, you will be transferred to the Hotel. Then you will have lunch in a traditional Armenian restaurant. After lunch we will have a walking city tour around Yerevan, the capital of Armenia that celebrated his 2800 anniversary this year. During the city tour you will visit Cascade, Theater of Opera and Ballet, Mashtots Avenue, and Republic Square.
day 2 -
Yerevan - Arch of Charents - Garni - Geghard - Yerevan Breakfast at the Hotel. Take trip to Geghard - a medieval monastery being partially carved out of the adjacent mountain, surrounded by cliffs. It is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. While the main chapel was built in 1215, the monastery complex was founded in the 4th century by Gregory the Illuminator at the site of a sacred spring inside a cave. The whole complex is awash with detailed sculptures, cliffside monks’ cells, and many striking stone crosses (khachkars), elaborately etched into the rock faces.We will continue our trip to Garni. This Pagan Temple was built in the Ist century AD. It is the only temple that remains from the Pagan times in Armenia. It was devoted to the God of the Sun Mihr, and was a gift to the queen. In 1679 it was destroyed by earthquake. In the 1975 the Temple was restored.Lavash(Armenian Bread) baking ceremony and degustation. This traditional flatbread is made with flour, water, and salt, and its thickness depends on how thinly it’s rolled out. Toasted sesame or poppy seeds — or both — are sometimes then sprinkled on top before baking. Traditionally, the dough is rolled out flat and slapped against the hot walls of a clay oven where it then cooks. Watch a demonstration on how lavash is made and take the opportunity to try your hand at preparing and baking it. Then, once it’s ready, enjoy a tasting: savoring it with local cheese and green vegetables.Afterward you will see Charents Arch that is located on the road to Garni and is used as a spectacular place to view Mt. Ararat and its valley.Back to Yerevan. Overnight.
day 3 -
Yerevan - Echmiadzin - Zvartnots - Markets. Breakfast at the Hotel. Drive to holly city Echmiadzin. Here is situated Holy Mother Cathedral of Armenian Apostolic Church and it is considered to be the oldest one in the world. The Cathedral was built in the early 4th century and was the seat of the head of the church - Catholicos. The cathedral was listed as World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2000. The cathedral, built in 480, is located in a walled compound with gardens and various structures. The word 'Echmiadzin' means “The coming of the only-begotten”. Visit St.Hripsime church that is a 7th century Armenian Apostolic church in Armenia. It was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site along with other nearby churches, including Echmiadzin Cathedral, Armenia's mother church, in 2000. Also visit St. Gayane Cathedral that was also listed as a UNESCO World Heritage in 2000. The next place to visit will be Zvartnots Temple. It is a 7th century cathedral built in 643-652. Now in ruins, it is located at the edge of the city of Vagharshapat. Back to Yerevan. A visit to traditional food market – GUM, and handmade and jewelry market Vernissage in Yerevan.
day 4 -
Airport transfer. Departure from Yerevan. Breakfast in the hotel. Check-out. Airport transfer. Departure