New Year in Armenia - 7 days
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Day 1 – City Tour (31st December) Arrival to the capital of Armenia – Yerevan city. Transfer from Zvartnots Airport to Hotel.City Tour: Driving to the Victory Park, Statue of Mother Armenia, Cascade, Opera House and Republic Square. Visiting also Tsitsernakaberd Memorial complex devoted to the victims of Armenian Genocide. Lunch.Visiting New Year Market on the Northern Avenue.Free time.New Year Celebration in club or restaurant with beautiful show.
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Day 2 – New Year in Yerevan (1st January)Free Day
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Day 3 – Mountains (2nd January)Breakfast in hotel.Driving to Kotayk province and visitind a Cave Monastery of Holy lance Geghard, which was built in the 13th century. A unique monastery partly is carved in the rock and has beautiful halls in the caves. From 2000 monastery is included in Unesco Heritage list. Also on the territory of whole monastery complex there are big amount of stone crosses – monuments of Christianity constructed in 13-15th centuries. Tour to pagan temple Garni – the only one that remain on the territory of Armenia after declaration the Christianity as a main religion in 301.The temple was constructed in 77 AD and is devoted to the God of the Sun Mitra. Temple also belongs to Hellenistic period. Near to the temple, you will be able to see ruins of old church, castle and the Romanian bathroom with beautiful mosaique. Lunch near Garni village in a villager’s house. Ceremony of baking lavash in tonir.Driving back to Yerevan. Free time.
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Day 4 - Ararat Valley (3rd January)Breakfast in the hotel.Heading to Khor Virap Monastery. From the fortress of monastery, there is a spectacular view to Bible mountain – Ararat 5135 m. On the territory of monastery are located two prisons or deep pits and this is why the place is called Khor Virap - Deep pit. In this prison was tortured and kept Gregory the Illuminator who spend here more than 13 years. Gregory the Illuminator later became the Head of our church. You can visit the prison where he was kept which is located under 6.5 meters under the ground. After heading to the South of country and visiting Noravank monastery complex constructed in 13-14th. The road to monastery is passing through beautiful gorge of river Gnishik and Noravank Canyon, which is rich with caves and mountains. Monastery is one of interesting places in Armenia because of unique architecture and the nature which surrounded by mountains.Nearby is located a Bird’s cave where in 2008 the oldest shoe in the world was discovered. Wine degustation in Areni wine village.Lunch in Ljak restaurant.Return to Yerevan.
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Day 5 - Nature (4th January)Breakfast in the hotel.Driving to Gegharqunik region, where is located lake Sevan, the pearl of our country.Lake Sevan is the biggest water covered area in Armenia and the highest lake in Caucasus. It is located on 1900 m. above the sea level. On the peninsula of the lake, you will be able to see two churches constructed in 9th century, which are symbolizing the victory of Armenians during Arab invasion. Heading to ski resort Tsaghadzor, located on the 1750 m. above the sea level. This resort is the main winter resort in Armenia, where tourists from whole over the world can spend their holidays and enjoy active, extreme and family tourism. You can rent skies, motor bikes, explore mountains. The city is located in gorge and the name of the city is translated like a gorge of flowers. Lunch.Return to Yerevan.
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Day 6 - Pilgrimage (5th January)Breakfast in hotel.Visiting one of 12 old capitals of Armenia Vagharshapat city, now renamed as Echmiadzin. Echmiadzin is the center of Christianity in Armenia and the residence of the Head of the church. Cathedral of Holy Mother of God is the main sightseeing place here. The church was constructed in the 4th century and considered to be the oldest church in the country.The treasure room in the Cathedral is famous with its many Christian reliques, and here is kept the Holy Lance and piece of wood of Noah’s Ark. Driving to St. Hripsime and St. Gayane churches.After going to ruins of Zvartnots temple, which constructed in 7th century as a new residence for the Head of the church. It was a unique building with 3 floors and with 45-49 meters height. Also included in Unesco's Heritage list.Additional you can visit souvenir market Vernisage or local market where you can find traditional fruits, spices, cheese and smoked meat. Evening Christmas celebration according to Armenian tradition.
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Day 7 – Departure to Airport (6th January)Transfer to the Airport. Departure.