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    The Emerald of Armenia (4 nights/ 5 days)

    DAY1: ARRIVAL
    Arrival to Yerevan and transfer to the hotel at your choice.

    DAY 2: KHOR VIRAP /NORAVANK /ARENI/ SELIM/ SEVAN
    Breakfast in the hotel.
    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. Areni wine factory. The tour will on to the 12th century monastery complex of Noravank set in a canyon rich with rare flora.
    Drive to Sevan via Selim pass. 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. Visit Lake Sevan- the emerald of Armenia. Arrive and check in the hotel in Sevan.
    Lunch independent.
    Dinner in a local restaurant or hotel in Sevan.
    Overnight at the hotel in Sevan.

    DAY3: SEVAN /SANAHIN & HAGHPAT MONASTERIES/AKHTALA/YEREVAN
    Breakfast in the hotel.
    Continue to Lori region for the sightseeing of Haghpat and Sanahin Monasteries. Visit Akhtala church. Above Sanahin and Haghpat lies the lesser known but very worthwhile fortified monastery of Akhtala with breathtaking frescoes. (The key is with a villager; don’t leave without seeing the interior!) The Akhtala fortress with its temple complex is situated in Akhtala village of Tumanyan region in a high valley. The fortress’ territory is surrounded with rocky deep canyons from three sides, and the north side joins the plain.
    Drive back to the Lake Sevan and visit Sevanavank monastery.
    Lunch independent.
    Dinner in a local restaurant or hotel in Sevan.
    Overnight at the hotel in Sevan.

    DAY 4: SEVAN/ GARNI & GEGHARD/ YEREVAN
    Breakfast in the morning.
    Transfer to Yerevan 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). Before dinner free time at leisure for individual exploration and packing.
    Lunch independent.
    Dinner in a national restaurant with folk music performance.
    Overnight at the hotel in Yerevan.

    DAY 5: DEPARTURE
    Transfer to the airport for flight back home

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