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    World Heritage Tour

    A UNESCO World Heritage Site is a place that is listed by the UNESCO as of special cultural or physical significance. The list is maintained by the international World Heritage Programme administered by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee, composed of 21 states parties which are elected by their General Assembly. The programme was founded with the Convention Concerning the Protection of World Cultural and Natural Heritage, which was adopted by the General Conference of UNESCO on 16 November 1972. Since then, 189 states parties have ratified the convention.
    There is a well-developed process leading to the inscription of a property as a World Heritage Site. A country must first take an inventory of its significant cultural and natural properties. This is called the Tentative List. A country may not nominate properties that have not already been included on the Tentative List. Next, it can select a property from this list to place into a Nomination File.
    At this point, the file is evaluated by the International Council on Monuments and Sites and the World Conservation Union. These bodies then make their recommendations to the World Heritage Committee. The Committee meets once per year to determine whether or not to inscribe each nominated property on the World Heritage List, and sometimes defers the decision to request more information from the country who nominated the site.
    The World Heritage Committee has inscribed the following properties of Armenia on the World Heritage List:
    1996, 2000 Monasteries of Haghpat and Sanahin
    2000 Monastery of Geghard and the Upper Azat Valley
    2000 Cathedral and Churches of Echmiatsin and the Archaeological Site of Zvartnots

     

    DAY 1: ARRIVAL
    Arrival to Yerevan and transfer to the hotel at your choice.

    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 in a walled compound with gardens and various structures. The word “Ejmiatsin” means “the coming of the only-begotten”, and the cathedral was built on the very spot Grigor Luysavorich (St. Gregory the Illuminator) dreamt Jesus Himself descended to from heaven to show him where He wanted the church to be built.  Visit St. Hripsime Church (7th century).  A few kilometers from Echmiadzin are the ruins of the 7th century AD Temple of Zvartnots (buiIt in 641—661), which was to suppress Ejmiatsin cathedral by its grandeur. The remnants of Zvartnots are a wonderful sight, even in ruins. Only the lower parts of the walls and individual fragments have been survived. Afternoon visit to Armenia History Museum and Matenadaran one of the world’s oldest repositories of Greek, Persian and Arabic manuscripts 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/ GARNI & GEGHARD/ SEVAN
    Breakfast in the morning.
    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). The monastery of Geghard is a unique architectural construction in the Kotayk province of Armenia, being partially carved out of the adjacent mountain, surrounded by cliffs.
    Visit Sevan Peninsula and Sevanavank Monastery.
    Lunch independent.
    Dinner in a national restaurant.
    Overnight at the hotel in Sevan.

        

    DAY 4: SEVAN /SANAHIN & HAGHPAT MONASTERIES/ HAGHPAT
    Breakfast in the hotel.
    Continue to Lori region for the sightseeing of Haghpat and Sanahin Monasteries. The ensembles of Sanahin and Haghpat stand out not only for the original architecture of religious and especially civil buildings but also as samples of town building art which show high skill of Armenian architects. Marked by the unity and compactness of their asymmetrical layout, they had a tremendous influence on the development of medieval Armenian architecture.
    Lunch independent.
    Dinner in a local restaurant or hotel in Haghpat.
    Overnight at the hotel in Haghpat.

      

    DAY 5: HAGHPAT/AKHTALA/ AMBERD/ YEREVAN
    Breakfast in the hotel.
    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.  Visit to spectacular and romantic 7th century fortress of Amberd located 2300 meters above sea level beneath the groups of snow-covered Aragats Mountains.
    Lunch independent.
    Dinner in a local restaurant.
    Overnight at the hotel in Yerevan.

      

    DAY 6: DEPARTURE
    Transfer to the airport for flight back home

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