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Armenia and Artsakh 10 day tour

Day 1

Arrival in Yerevan, check-in at the hotel. After a short rest you start the city tour. You visit the Matenadaran, which has the world's largest collection of medieval books and manuscripts and the Genocide Museum Tsitsernakaberd.
In the evening you walk in Republic Square and enjoy singing fountains. Then you have a rest at the hotel.
Overnight at the hotel.

 

  • Yerevan
  • Republic Square
  • the Matenadaran
  • The Armenian National Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre named after Alexander Spendiaryan
  • The Square of Yerevan
Day 2

You start off to the spiritual capital Holy Etchmiadzin. On the way you visit Zvartnots Cathedral. Zvartnots is a minument of medieval Armenian architecture. Mother Cathedral was built on the site of a pagan temple in the early IV century, immediately after proclaiming Christianity as a state religion. St. Gayane church was built on the site of a chapel, on the tomb of Holy Virgin Gayane in 630. Under the Holy table st. Virgin Gayane's tombstone is situated. St Hripsime church was founded by Komitas A. Aghtsetsi in 618, on the site where Holy Virgin Hripsime was martyred and buried. The church is one of masterpieces of Armenian architecture. Then you visit Sardarapat Memorial and the Ethnographic Museum.
You return to Yerevan.

  • Mother Cathedral, Etchmiadzin
  • St. Gayane church
  •  St Hripsime church
  • Zvartnots
  • Zvartnots Cathedral
Day 3

You start off to Garni. According to a manuscript dating back to the XIV century, Garni was founded in 2166 B.C. The castle was probably built in the 2nd century B.C.. Then you continue your way to Geghard. According to a legend, Geghard monastery was founded in the 4th century, during the early years of Christianity. The cathedral was built in 1215, during the reign of the Zakarids. You come back to Yerevan and have a tour round Brandy Factory where you will have the opportunity to taste different brandies.
Overnight at the hotel in Yerevan.

  • Garni
  • Garni
  • Geghard monastery
  • Geghard monastery
  • Brandy Factory
Day 4

The tour to Khor Virap is unique in its own way. According to the legend, Tiridates the III imprisoned Gregory the Illuminator in a hole full of snakes and insects. Here Gregory the Illuminator stayed about 14 years. In the fifth century a church was built on this hole. From here you can have a breathtaking panorama of biblical Mount Ararat. You can admire its beauty for hours, but you have to leave for Noravank. At the beginning of the 13th century it was the spiritual center of Syunik, the family vault of the Orbelian family. The miniature painter and sculptor Momik worked here in the first half of the fourteenth century.
You continue your way to Tatev. On the way you stop at Devil's Bridge, one of the wonders of Armenian nature. The way to Tatev runs along bends with canyons on one side, and high mountains on the other side.  The monastery built on the edge of the cliff leaves an unforgettable impression on people.  It was founded in the 4th century; the main church was built in 906.
Overnight in Goris.

  • Khor Virap monastery
  • Khor Virap monastery
  • Noravank
  • Noravank
  • Tatev
  • Tatev
Day 5

You leave for one of the most beautiful nooks of Artsakh - Shoushi. One of the basic sights of the city is Shoushi fortress. The walls of a citadel have almost been completely kept up to now. The basic architectural monument of Shoushi is the church of the Holy Saviour, called also Ghazanchetsots, with a height  of about 40 meters. It was built between 1868 and 1887 and now serves as a residence of the primate of the diocese in Artsakh.
The next stop is Stepanakert. Just at entrance you are met by the monument "We and our mountains”, the symbol of Artsakh. You visit the Museum of Artsakh, which houses unique ancient exhibits, then the museum of Victim soldiers and the Pantheon.
Overnight at the Europe hotel.

  • Shoushi
  • Shoushi fortress
  • Artsakh
  • Stepanakert
  • Stepanakert
Day 6

You leave for Tigranakert. It was built by Tigranes the Great during the 1st century B.C.. We start for Amaras. According to the Armenian historians Amaras monastery was founded by Gregory the Illuminator at the beginning of the IV century. At the beginning of the 5th century Mesrop Mashtots established one of the first schools in Amaras. You return to Stepanakert.
Overnight at the Europe hotel.

  • Amaras
  • Tigranakert
  • Tigranakert
  • Stepanakert
  • Stepanakert
Day 7

In the morning you set off to Dadivank- one of the oldest monastic complexes in Artsakh. According to the legend Dadivank was built in the first century and got its name from the place where it was built (the tomb of Saint Dade).
The next stop is at Gandzasar which is one of the monastic complexes in Artsakh, a spiritual and cultural centre. Gandzasar got its name from a hill opposite the village of Vank. There is silver and other precious minerals in the depth of the mountain. Gandsassar in Armenian means treasure mountain.
You continue your way to Sevan, one of the most beautiful sites in the world.  On the way you see cross-stones in Noraduz. Among them there are numerous cross-stones dating back to the XIV-XVII centuries. Another historical monument on the shore of Lake Sevan that you visit is Ayrivank built in the IX-XII centuries.
Overnight in Sevan.

  • Dadivank
  • Gandzasar
  • Noraduz medieval cemetery
  • Sevan
  • Sevan
Day 8

You start off to Dilijan. The surrounding mountains make the panorama more beautifiul. This gives the city a special charm and beauty.  You visit Haghartsin, 10th century Armenian monastery complex, and Goshavank, which was founded by Mkhitar Gosh. Here you see the embroidered cross-stone, which is a rare monument.
You continue your way to Haghpat. Haghpat means a solid wall. Haghpat monastery was founded in 976 during the reign of Ashot Bagratuni. The Armenian poet Sayat Nova lived in Haghpat for several years. Not far from Haghpat Sanahin monastery is situated. The monastery was founded by Armenian king Ashot III Voghormats in 966.
Overnight in Vanadzor.

  • Haghartsin
  • Goshavank
  • Dilijan
  • Haghpat monastery
  • Sanahin monastery
Day 9

You leave for Gyumri. This city which is famous for its cultural heritage, traditions and humour gave birth to such outstanding personalities as Mher Mkrtchyan, Hovhannes Shiraz, Issahakyan, etc. You visit Marmashen Monastery which was once an important religious and cultural center. It is also one of the valuable pieces of Armenian architecture.
Overnight in Gyumri.

  • Gyumri
  • Gyumri
  • Gyumri
  • Marmashen Monastery
  • Gyumri
Day 10

Departure for Zvartnots International Airport. Flight.

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