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    Ararat Valley (4 nights/ 5 days)

    Day 1:  DEPARTURE/ ARRIVAL
    Arrive to Yerevan and transfer to the hotel in Yerevan at your choice.

    Day 2:  YEREVAN CITY TOUR
    The day starts with a visit to History Museum. Providing an excellent introduction to the history of the city, the museum is an ideal place to start your exploration of Yerevan, new and old. Continue with a walking tour of Yerevan exploring various layers of its history – medieval shrines hidden behind imposing Soviet-style façades, narrow streets of the old center with sunlight playing on its pink walls, Blue Mosque on Mashtots Avenue, Republic Square, Cascade and Mother Armenia, Opera House and ambitious projects of independent Armenia – North Avenue and spacious Grigor Lusavorich Cathedral consecrated by His Holiness the Patriarch of All Armenians in the presence of His Holiness Pope John Paul 11. A cultural showcase not to be missed is Matenadaran, one of the world’s oldest repositories of Greek, Persian and Arabic manuscripts. Our next stop is Genocide Memorial situated on the hills overlooking the city, a solemn reminder of the first genocide of the 20th c. On a lighter note we can make an optional excursion to Ararat Brandy factory.
    Lunch in a local restaurant
    Dinner in the local restaurant
    Overnight at the hotel in Yerevan.

    Day 3: YEREVAN/ EJMIADZIN/ GARNI & GEGHARD/ 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.
    Transfer 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. Another ten minutes ride through the gorge will take you to the cave monastery of Geghard (12th –13th centuries). Before dinner free time at leisure for individual exploration and packing.
    Lunch in a local restaurant
    Dinner in the local restaurant
    Overnight at the hotel in Yerevan

    Day 4: KHOR VIRAP /NORAVANK /ARENI/YEREVAN
    Breakfast in the morning
    Visit Khor-Virap (4th-17th cc). Khor Virap, one of the romantically sited monasteries inArmeniawith views across a bast plain toTurkeyand the twin peaks ofMount Ararat. Here, in the atmosphere of historical environment and vivid imagination you will notice the Noah’sArkin the snows of Ararat. Areni wine factory. The tour will on to the 12th century monastery complex of Noravank set in a canyon rich with rare flora.
    Lunch in a local restaurant
    Dinner in a national restaurant with folk music performance
    Overnight at the hotel in Yerevan

    Day 5: YEREVAN
    Transfer to the airport for flight back home.

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