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    Hiking tours

    DAY 1 : ARRIVAL                                                                      (–/–/–)
    DAY 2 : YEREVAN-EJMIATSIN-ASHTARAK YEREVAN                (B/L/D)
    DAY 3 : YEREVAN- HAGHPAT                                                    (B/L/D)
    DAY 4 : HAGHPAT-SEVAN                                                         (B/L/D)
    DAY 5 : SEVAN-NORADUZ- SELIM PASS-KARAHUNJ –GORIS    (B/L/D)
    DAY 6 : GORIS- TATEV-NORAVANK- KHOR VIRAP                     (B/L/D)
    DAY 7 : YEREVAN-GARNI-GEGHARD- YEREVAN                         (B/L/D)
    DAY 8 : YEREVAN CITY TOUR                                                    (B/L/D)
    DAY 9 :  FLIGHT                                                                        (–/–/–)

    DAY 1:  ARRIVAL
    Arrival to Yerevan and check-in the hotel.

    DAY 2: YEREVAN-EJMIATSIN- ASHTARAK- YEREVAN 
    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.
    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. Will see the spectacular and romantic 7th century fortress of Amberd and enjoy 2.5 hours hiking located 2300 meters above sea level beneath the groups of snow-covered Aragats Mountains.
    Lunch in a local restaurant.
    Dinner in a local restaurant.
    Overnight at the hotel in Yerevan.


    Day 3: YEREVAN-HAGHPAT                                                  
    Drive to Lori region for the sightseeing of 10th-13th centuries Haghpat and Sanahin 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.
    First we will visit Sanahin Monastery, and have 3.5-4 hours hiking towards Haghpat monastery. Depending on time, the lunch will either be served in local restaurant or we will arrange an open air picnic lunch with picturesque scenery.
    Lunch in a local restaurant.
    Dinner at the hotel.
    Overnight at the hotel in Alaverdi.

        

    DAY 4: HAGHPAT-DILIJAN
    We continue to explore some of the less traveled routes of Lori, the largest of Armenia’s 11 provinces. Start our day with a visit to the ruins of one of feudal Armenia’s main fortresses, Lori Berd situated on a naturally fortified plateau between two river gorges. Explore the site and take in the beauty of dramatic mountain scenery. After that we have time to walk and relax in Stepanavan Dendropark, a huge botanical garden founded in 1931, on site explanations by the team at the park.
    Continue your journey through Dilijan National Park, a protected area renowned for its serene lakes, picturesque hill trails and peaceful villages, visit to Goshavank, fairy-tale monasteries set amidst flower-filled meadows. Here we will have 1.5 hours stroll towards the lake above the monastery.
    Afternoon drive through the picturesque pass to come to the shores of Lake Sevan, one of the highest freshwater lakes in the world, The Pearl, The Emerald of Armenia.
    Picnic lunch.
    Dinner at the hotel.
    Overnight at the hotel in Sevan.

       

    DAY 5: SEVAN-NORADUZ- SELIM PASS-KARAHUNJ(ZORATS KARER) -GORIS
    Check out from the hotel. Drive towards Goris via Selim Pass. En route 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. Visit Hayrivank dating to the 9th century.  Stop at Selim Caravanseray, built along the Selim Pass. What about having stroll on the height of 2410 m above the sea level? (hiking 1km 0,5 hour). Visit 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.  Arrive to Goris and check in the hotel.
    Picnic lunch.
    Dinner in the hotel.
    Overnight at the hotel in Goris.

          

    DAY 6: GORIS- TATEV-NORAVANK- KHOR VIRAP-YEREVAN
    Sightseeing of Old Goris town. Hiking 5-5,5km 2,5-3 hours to the ancient village Halidzor (13-17th cc.) 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. The tour will on to the 12th century monastery complex of Noravank set in a canyon rich with rare flora. Here we will have 1 hour walking in the canyon enjoying the picturesque scenery. 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. Arrive to Yerevan.
    Picnic lunch
    Dinner in a local restaurant in Yerevan
    Overnight at the hotel in Yerevan.

        

    DAY 7: YEREVAN-GARNI-GEGHARD- YEREVAN
    Drive through 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. through the gorge will take you to the cave monastery of Geghard (12th –13th centuries). Hiking to the Havuts Tar monastery (hiking 4,5-5km 1,5-2 hours.
    *It is possible to organize the hiking by route Garni – Havuts Tar – Geghard (hiking 12km 4-4,5  hours)
    Lunch in private house with the process of baking the traditional Armenia bread-Lavash.
    Dinner in local restaurant in Yerevan.
    Overnight at the hotel in Yerevan.

       

    Day 8: Yerevan city tour                                                 (B/L/D)
    Breakfast in the morning
    City tour of Yerevan, including visit to Matenadaran- the Institute of old manuscripts, Armenia History museum. Visit Genocide Memorial.
    Lunch will be served in local restaurant.
    After lunch free time to visit Vernissage, the huge arts & crafts market, the best place in Caucasus to buy souvenirs. Open only on weekends it is a lot of fun to wonder in. Explore the treasures of the cultural life of Yerevan, ramble in the oldest part of the city or just relax in shady parks or busy outdoor cafes, enjoying the young and lively atmosphere of this ancient city, the contemporary of Babylon and Rome.
    Free time at leisure before the farewell dinner in the local restaurant with folk music
    Overnight at the hotel in Yerevan.

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    DAY 9: DEPARTURE
    Transfer to the airport for flight.

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