Harrisa Festival 2019
day 1 -
Arrival to Zvartnots International Airport. Transfer to the hotel. Yerevan city tour. The Armenian Genocide Monument - Republic Square - North Avenue - Opera House - Cascade Complex. Our guide will meet you at the Airport. After that you will be transfer to the Hotel. Check-in. After check-in we will visit to Tsitsernakaberd: The Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute and the monument, memorializing the victims of Armenian genocide. Our short tour will continue to the Republic Square, North Avenue, Opera House, Cascade Complex, Mother Armenia monument. Dinner and overnight in Yerevan.
day 2 -
Garni Templ - Geghard Monastery – Musaler – 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. 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. Return to Yerevan. Before unforgettable evening, you must have rest to be able to be present at the launch of the harissa festival. After your rest, we can go to the village Musaler. All night long, you can see how the harissa are cooked on top of the Musaler. All around you will see people dancing and singing. Dinner and overnight in Yerevan.
day 3 -
Harissa Festival – Zvartnots Catedral - Ejmiadzin: Hripsime – Gayane - Mother Cathedral-Yerevan. Breakfast at the Hotel. We go to Musaler to participate in the second part of the festival․Today will also comprise of Armenian national dances, music, songs, games alongside a memorable Ethnographic performance. And most importantly, you will finally taste the most delicious harissa cooked all night. Don't forget your camera! After festival, we will explore the magnificent Echmiadzin Mother Cathedral; visit the churches of St. Gayane and St. Hripsime and Zvartnots Catedral. Dinner and overnight in Yerevan.
day 4 -
Lake Sevan – Sevanavank - Dilijan - Haghartsin Monastery. Breakfast at the Hotel. Drive to Sevanavank, a monastic complex located on a peninsula at the northwestern shore of Lake Sevan, the largest lake in Armenia and the Caucasus region. It is one of the largest freshwater high- altitude lakes in the world. Lake Sevan is situated in the central part of the Republic of Armenia, in the Gegharkunik Province, at the altitude of 1,900 m (6,200 ft) above sea level. The total surface area of its basin is about 5,000 km2 (1,900 sq mi), the lake itself is 940 km2, and the volume is 34.0 billion m3. It is fed by 28 rivers and streams. Heading to Dilijan. Dilijan usually is called Little Switzerland by the locals. Mild climate and gorgeous nature made this town well known as a beautiful resort. Walking in the Sharambeyan Street, Old Town Dilijan. Last place to visit will be Haghartsin Monastery (13th-century) located near the town of Dilijan. It was built between the 10th and 13th centuries (in the 12th under Khachatur of Taron); much of it under the patronage of the Bagratuni Dynasty. Dinner and overnight in Yerevan.
day 5 -
Market Visit: GUM and Vernissage. Departure A visit to traditional food market – GUM, and handmade and jewelry market Vernissage in Yerevan. Vernissage is a big open air market (I would say gallery) which offers traditional Armenian jewelry, souvenirs, handicrafts and many other items. Here one can get bags, t-shirts, hats with typical Armenian pattern. Even we Armenians often shop here. Visiting Vernissage is a full day free excursion which brings you one step closer to Armenian culture and traditions. Even if you leave the place with empty hands (which is hardly possible :) at least you will get a good handle on the country's culture. GUM Market is completely devoted to dried and candied fruits, nuts, spices and sujukh. Transfer to the Airport. Departure.