Private Tour to Khor Virap, Areni Cave, Winery (wine degustation), Noravank
We invite you to take part in this 7 hours excursion which is conducted on comfortable vehicles equipped with air conditioning, accompanied by qualified guides. We will visit the most famous pilgrimage site of the Armenian Apostolic Church - Monastery Khor Virap, will participate in degustation of wine in Areni Winery and in the end of the trip will have chance to be in the monastic complex of Noravank. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.e
day 1 -
Take trip to Khor Virap Monastery (IV-XVIII th cc.). This monastery is very prominent because of its history: Gregory the Illuminator, who introduced Christianity to Armenia, has been imprisoned here about 13 years as at that time there was a prison in the place of the monastery. Here we can enjoy the spectacular view of the sacred Ararat Mountain - an immortal symbol of Armenia. Afterwards we will continue our tour to Armenian Wine Village Areni. This village is very famous with its red wine. Visit the wine factory of the village where we will have wine degustation. Next stop will be T'rchunneri (Birds) Cave. The excavation is located above the Arpa River, inside a Karst Cavern made from tens of thousands of years of mineral water dripping into limestone crevices, It consists of three rooms or halls, the first two of which are connected by passageways. There are also niches and “basement” and “attic” floors opening upward and downward from the first room. The total area of the cave is about 500 square meters. 2007-2008 excavations of the first room and surrounding area uncovered layers of material culture dating to different periods of the Copper (chalcolithic) and Stone Ages. Based on the results of radiocarbon examination, samples taken from these layers (bone fragments, coal, fabric pieces, seeds and other organic residues) are traced back to late 5th- early 4th millennium BCE. Heading to Noravank, a monastery of XIII century, situated among amazing sheer rocks on the bench of a twisty gorge. This is the only monastery where we may find a unique sculpture of Father God.