Yerevan city break

    Day 01: Airport-Yerevan
    Arrive in Yerevan and transfer to the hotel at your choice.
    Overnight at the hotel in Yerevan.

    Day 02: Yerevan-City tour
    Late in the morning you will meet your guide and will have a city tour to explore one of the oldest cites in the world.
    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 ll. 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 Local restaurant.
    Overnight at the hotel in Yerevan.

    matenadaran  night-Yerevan  Yerevan

    Day 03: By traces of Noah- visit Khor Virap and Ejmiatsin
    Breakfast at 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.
    Visit 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.
    Dinner in a local restaurant
    Overnight at the hotel in Yerevan.

    khor-virap-monastery-and-mount-ararat  Ejmiatsin (Mayr tachar)  Zvartnots

    Day 04: Armenia- Pagan and Christian
    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 will be served in the private house in Garni.
    After lunch drive to Lake Sevan- the Emerald of Armenia.
    Visit 2 churches on Sevan Peninusla.
    The farewell dinner will be served in the traditional restaurant with national cuisine.
    Overnight at the hotel in Yerevan.

    Garni-Temple-side-view   Geghard   Sevan (Axtamar)

    Day 05: Transfer to Airport
    Transfer to the airport for flight back

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