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Western Armenia (Historical Armenia) 6 day tour

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Tour price: starts from 650 USD Duration of the tour: 5 days The tour distance: 2600 km ( 1615 miles ) Tour type: Armenia

Anitour travel agency is the founder of the tours to Historical Armenia and has been providing high quality service (VIP) for over 20 years. The majority of the tourists are from abroad, they appreciate the comfort (hotels, meals, transport, guide, etc).The actual price of the tour depends on the number of members in the group.

25 people 630$ /1 Mercedes Tourismo 48 seats, 2017/
20 people  660$ /1 Mercedes  bus 20 seats, 2017/
15 people  690$ / 1 Mercedes Sprinter 17 seats, 2017/
10 people 730$
/ 1 Mercedes Sprinter 17 seats, 2017/
9-7 people` $ / 1 Mercedes Sprinter 17 seats, 2017/
4-6 individual order / 1 Mercedes Viano 8 seats, 2017/

Day 1

You leave Yerevan and by way of Gyumri you set off to Akhlkalaki which is the centre of Javakhk. You cross the Armenia Georgia border at Bavra.  You arrive in Akhalkalaki where you visit St. Cross church. After a short rest you set off to Karzakh, the birthplace of Armenian ashugh (bard) Jivani. Here you visit the house-museum of Jivani. You cross the Georgia Turkey border at Karzakh.
After crossing the border you visit Lake Cildir, surrounded by a mountainous region. You continue your way to Kars. It is one of the former five capitals in Western Armenia. In 928 Kars was the 10th capital of Armenia. You have dinner at “Ojakh Bashi” where very tasty dishes are served and after a short rest you start the tour around Kars. St. Apostle’s church which was built during the reign of king Abas Bagratuni /928-953/ is a magnificent structure, still standing but it has been turned into a mosque. You admire the beauty of the fortress. Those who want can go up to the fortress from where they can have a beautiful panorama of the city. You go over across St. Vardan Bridge, see well preserved two-storeyed buildings in black tuffa and the ruins of Charents’ paternal house alongside them.
You leave for Ani. You are met by the Smbatashen walls on which just in front of the entrance you can see the coat of arms of the Bagratunis – a running lion. In 961 Ani became the 11th capital of Armenia. It is famous for its churches. The Mother Cathedral was built by architect Trdat (989-1001). It is considered to be the masterpiece of Armenian architecture. The general structure of the church of Holy Redeemer was so solid that when it was ruined in two halves, its dome wasn’t damaged. The church of Tigran Honents is decorated with different reliefs and frescos inside and outside. Walking about Ani you will see numerous churches and ruins of magnificent buildings. You come back to Kars.
Overnight at the Katerina Sarayi 5*

  • St. Apostle’s church
  • Kars Fortress
  • The Mother Cathedral
  • The church of Holy Redeemer
  • The church of Tigran Honents
Day 2

You leave for one of the magnificent places in Western Armenia – the first capital of Armenia, Van. On the way you have a stop at Bayazet where you see Bayazet Fortress. You also see the picturesque Waterfall of Berkri, a real wonder of nature.
In the evening you arrive in Van. First you visit Van Castle (built during the Urartian period) where the mausoleums of Menua, Argishti and Rusa are situated. Then you visit Mher’s Door which never opens.
You check-in at the hotel  Elite World Van hotel 5*.

  • Bayazet Fortresss
  • Waterfall of Berkri
  • Van
  • Van Fortress
  • Mher’s Door
Day 3

40km way to Akhtamar Island lies along the shores of Lake Van. You cannot help admiring the beauty of the lake that looks like a pearl surrounded by mountains. It takes 15 minutes to get to Akhtamar Island by boat. On approaching the island you are met by St. Cross church which was built by architect Manvel from 915 to 921. You have dinner in “Akhtamar” restaurant on the shore of Lake Van. You return to Van.
Overnight at the hotel  Elite World Van 5*.

  • St. Cross church
  • Holy Cross church
  • Lake Van
  • Lake Van
  • Lake Van
Day 4

You set off to Mush. Here you visit St. Marine church, the Armenian cemetery, Sulukh Bridge where Gevorg Chaush was killed in an unequal fight. You leave for Erzurum.
You arrive in Erzrum. Here you visit Erzrum Castle, Sanassaryan College, Armenian Church which was turned into a mosque.
Overnight at the hotel Polat Renaissance Erzurum 5*.

  • Armenian district in Bitlis
  • Armenian Church in Bitlis
  • Sulukh Bridge
  • St. Marine church
  • Armenian Church in Erzurum
Day 5

You start off to Turky-Georgia border. On the way you visit Tortum Waterfall. Tortum Waterfall is both a unique and not to be missed attraction full of natural beauty and wonder. With a total drop of 48 meters, the waterfall creates a giant splash.
You arrive in Yerevan at 10.00-11.00pm.

  • Lake Tortum
  •  Lake Tortum
  • Waterfall Tortum
  • Erzrum Castle
  • Erzrum Castle

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Tour to Western Armenia
Tour to Western Armenia
Tour to Western Armenia
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