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    BY TRACES OF NOAH

    BY TRACES OF NOAH (7 NIGHTS/ 8 DAYS)

    DAY 1: DEPARTURE/ ARRIVAL
    Arrive to Yerevan
    Transfer to hotel for overnight.

    DAY 2: YEREVAN/ EJMIADZIN/ CITY TOUR/ YEREVAN
    Breakfast in the hotel. Full day excursion to Armavir Region: tour to Echmiadzin – the holy seat of the Supreme Patriarch-Catholicos of all Armenians. The Cathedral was built in 303 on the site of a pagan temple after the adoption of Christianity as a state religion in 301. Visit St. Hripsime Church (7th century). A few kilometers from Echmiadzin are the ruins of the 7th century AD Temple of Zvartnots. Afternoon visit to Armenia History Museum and Matenadaran having a collection of over 16000 ancient manuscripts.
    Lunch independent.
    Dinner in the local restaurant in Yerevan.
    Overnight at the hotel in Yerevan.

    DAY 3: YEREVAN / ASHTARAK/AMBERD/ YEREVAN
    Breakfast in the hotel. Full day excursion to Ashtarak – one of the ancient cities of Armenia. The settlement is full of historical architectural monuments constructed in different periods (II millennium BC to XVIII AD). Here you can visit the church Karmravor (VII-XIX) that preserved its original appearance with red tile roofing. The 4th century Ohanavank monastery complex will also be visited. Will see the spectacular and romantic 7th century fortress of Amberd located 2300 meters above sea level beneath the groups of snow-covered Aragats Mountains. Founded by St. Gregory the Illuminator and that of the 13th century Saghmosavank, famous for its depository of manuscripts. Visit Mughni church, with its distinctive striped drum below the conical cupola, was rebuilt in 1661-69 by the architects Sahak Khizanetsi and his successor Murat.
    Lunch independent.
    Dinner in a local restaurant.
    Overnight at the hotel in Yerevan.

    DAY 4: YEREVAN/ GARNI & GEGHARD/ SEVAN
    Breakfast in the morning. Transfer to Sevan via sightseeing of the picturesque Avan Canyon, skirting formidable cliffs and passing exotic-looking gorges until a green plateau by the Azat River comes into view. Here, in the harmony of the relief and the virgin nature you will see the pagan Garni architectural complex of the 1st century and feel the spirit of ancient ages. Another ten minutes ride through the gorge will take you to the cave monastery of Geghard (12th –13th centuries). Arrive to Sevan and visit Sevanavank monastery. Check-in the hotel in Sevan.
    Lunch Independent.
    Dinner in the local restaurant.
    Overnight in the hotel in Sevan.

    DAY 5: SEVAN /MOLOKAN VILLAGE/ SANAHIN & HAGHPAT MONASTERIES/AKHTALA/SEVAN
    Breakfast in the hotel. Continue to Lori region for the sightseeing tour to the 10th-13th centuries Haghpat historical and architectural monument set amidst forest-clad hills close to the town of Alaverdi (178 kilometers from Yerevan). The monument is preserved by UNESCO and included in the World Heritage List.
    Lunch independent.
    Dinner in a local restaurant or hotel in Sevan.
    Overnight at the hotel in Sevan.

    DAY 6: SEVAN /SELIM/ TATEV/ GORIS
    Breakfast in the hotel. Visit Hayrivank dating to the 9th century. Visit Noraduz -medieval cemetery with a large number of early khachkars located in the village of Noratus. The cemetery has the largest cluster of khachkars in the republic of Armenia. It is currently the largest surviving cemetery with khachkars.. Drive to Goris via Selim pass. Stop at Halidzor Village to take the longest in the world tramway to the Tatev Monastery. According to historian Stepanos Orbelian, the first church of what later became the mighty walled complex of Tatev was actually built in the 4th century. In the 8th century, it was made the throne of the Syunik bishopric and in the 9th century, it expanded, becoming a major feudal power. Take the longest in the world tramway, newly build in October 2010.
    Lunch independent.
    Dinner in a local restaurant or hotel in Goris.
    Overnight at the hotel in Goris.

    DAY 7: GORIS/ ZORATS KARER/ NORAVANK /ARENI/ KHOR VIRAP / YEREVAN
    Breakfast in the hotel. Visit Zorats Karer: The site is located on a rocky promontory near Sisian. About 223 large stone tombs can be found in the area. It was explored by a team of archaeologists from the Institut für Vorderasiatische Archäologie, University of Munich who published their findings in 2000. The tour will on to the 12th century monastery complex of Noravank set in a canyon rich with rare flora. Areni wine factory. Visit Khor-Virap (4th-17th cc). Khor Virap, one of the romantically sited monasteries in Armenia with views across a bast plain to Turkey and the twin peaks of Mount Ararat. Here, in the atmosphere of historical environment and vivid imagination you will notice the Noah’s Ark in the snows of Ararat.
    Lunch independent.
    Dinner in a national restaurant with folk music performance.
    Overnight at the hotel in Yerevan.

    DAY 8: YEREVAN/AIRPORT
    Breakfast in the hotel.
    Transfer to the airport.

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