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On this trip to Armenia, you will be reminded that Armenia was the world's first officially Christian country.  Monasteries are among Armenia's premier attractions. Many of these monasteries are built in places of incredible natural beauty.  You will visit many of these monasteries such as Khor-Virap Monastery, Noravank,  and Hayravank which are well worth a visit even without the impressive, millennia old monasteries found there.

 

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Included:

  • Transfers: Airport / Hotel / Airport
  • Accommodation in either First Class (3*) or Deluxe (4*) category hotels based on availability(4 nights in Yerevan / 1 night in Yeghegnadzor / 1 night in Dililjan)
  • Transportation with driver
  • Guide services throughout the program
  • Meals: Halfboard (6 - breakfasts, 5 - lunches)
  • Welcome dinner on the first day
  • Entrance fees to the museums and sights
  • Armenian Traditional Musical Concert in Garni (Starting from 6 pax)
  • SLT $1 Million Travel Insurance Protection Plan


Excluded:

 

 

  • Airline Tickets
  • Travel Insurance
  • Meals except as indicated initinerary
  • Visa fee $7.50 USD
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • A visa and valid US Passport with 7 months validity from the date of entry is required to travel to Armenia.


Visa Application

 


It is very easy to get an Armenian visa, fill in the attached application form and bring it along with a valid passport. Several different visas are available at Armenian ports of entry; though the most commonly issued type is a single-entry visa valid for 21 days for a fee of 3,000 Armenian Drams (about 8 USD) which may be obtained on arrival at Zvartnots International Airport or when crossing land borders into Armenia. No letter of invitation is required

 


Trip Interruption Insurance is available and is highly recommended.

 

 ITINERARY

  

DAY 1:

Arrival Arrive at the airport. Meet and greet, transfer to the accommodation.


DAY 2: Yerevan City tour – Tsitsernakaberd – Brandy Factory – Echmiadzin – Zvartnots – Yerevan

Start tour in the capital of Armenia and explore the important sightseeing places of 2794 years old Yerevan city including Food Market where we can taste and buy home-made dried fruit and fresh vegetables. Visit Genocide museum with Tsitsernakaberd Monument designed to memorialize the innocent victims of the first Genocide of the 20th century. Continue the excursion and visit Ararat Brandy Factory to try the exceptional taste of Armenian brandy which has preserved the traditions of the legendary brandy manufacturing since 1887. Depart for the spiritual and administrative headquarters of the worldwide Armenian Church. Visit the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin (302-303 AD) the oldest state-built church in the world and the seat of the Catholicos. Return to Yerevan and stopover for Zvartnots temple (means "celestial angels") 7th century wonderful architectural masterpiece. The remnants of Zvartnots, even in ruins, are a majestic sight. These sights are listed among the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

 

Meals: (B/L/D)
Overnight: Yerevan

 

DAY 3: Yerevan – Khor Virap –Areni – Aghavnadzor – Noravank – Yeghegnadzor
Sightseeing tour to historical Khor-Virap monastery (4- 17th cc) with a beautiful view to the biblical Ararat Mountain, were Noah's arch cast anchor. Khor-Virap monastery (means «deep dungeon») rests atop a little hill in an otherwise very flat Ararat Valley; it is where Grigor Luisavorich (St. Gregory the Illuminator) was imprisoned for 13 years before adapting Christianity as a state religion in 301 AD. Proceed and visit Areni wine factory to taste local wine made from the sort of Areni grape. It is famous for its various kinds of wines. Continue to Aghavnadzor village to meet local family and their cusoms. Here we get familiar with the special technique of cheese making process and participate in everyday village life. After a nice host in the village visit Noravank 13th c. (means “New Monastery”) a masterpiece of Armenian architecture which is situated in a narrow gorge and encircled by tall, sheer, brick-red cliffs highlighting spectacular nature of Vayots Dzor province. Drive to Yeghegnadzor.

 

Meals: (B/L)
Overnight: Yeghegnadzor

DAY 4: Yeghegnadzor – Selim Pass – Noratus – Hayravank – Sevan – Dilijan
Drive through the Selim Pass (2410m) and visit the Caravanserai built in 1332, by Prince Chesar Orbelian. It used to be an important trade point on the famous Silk Road in order to accommodate weary travelers and their animals as they crossed from, or into, the Selim Mountains. Drive across Lake Sevan and visit Noratus Cemetery a medieval cemetery with a large number of early khachkars (cross-stones) dating back to 10th century. Continue the trip and visit Hayravank monastery complex (9-12th cc.) surrounded by numerous khachkars and gravestones that are part of a small cemetery located on Lake Sevan's shore. Lake Sevan is the largest alpine lake in Armenia and the Caucasus region. It is also one of the largest fresh-water high-altitude lakes in the world. This huge mountain lake is situated at an altitude of about 1,900 meters above sea level. Visit Sevanavank 9th c. (Sevan monastery) located in the peninsula which used to be an island before. Note that the track leading to monastery consists of 220 stairs. Passing Sevan-Dilijan tunnel we appear in the fabulous forested resort town of Dilijan. Enjoy the special architecture of this green town with wooden houses.

 

Meals: (B/L)
Overnight: Dilijan

 

DAY 5: Dilijan – Lake Parz – Goshavank – Vernissage – Yerevan
Start tour and drive towards the impressive monastic complex of Goshavank (12-13th cc.) which has remained in relatively good condition also houses one of the world's finest examples of a khachkar. Not far from the monastery there is a small beautiful lake called Lake Parz (clear lake) which is located in the Dilijan National Park at the altitude of 1400m above sea level. Drive back to Yerevan and go for shopping in Vernissage an open air museum with full of art, carpets, old collections of coins and medallions, jewelry, music, books, carved wood, lace, embroidery, ceramics, posters, tools, parts for electronics and even pets (opened only in weekends).

 

Meals: (B/L)
Overnight: Yerevan

 

DAY 6: Yerevan – Matenadaran – Arinj underground cave – Garni – Geghard –Yerevan
Visit the Institute of Ancient Manuscripts - Matenadaran the state repository that holds one of the world's richest depositories of medieval manuscripts and books. Drive to Arinj city and visit the underground cave/museum dug by Levon. It’s interesting to realize that it’s a handmade labyrinth of a cave, with stairs, rooms, chambers, open shafts and sculpting was supposed to be a simple potato cellar. Drive to Kotayk province and visit Garni fortress (3rd-2nd cc.BC) the summer residence of the kings and Garni temple (1st c.) which is the only survived pagan temple of heathen culture in Armenia. Nowadays the ruins of the royal palace and the bathroom with a stunning mosaic work can be found near the temple. Northeast of Garni, higher up the gorge of Azat River, there is an outstanding monument of medieval Armenian architecture - Geghard monastery (4-12th cc.) listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site. Drive back to Yerevan.

 

Meals: (B/L)
Overnight: Yerevan

 

DAY 7: Departure

Transfer to the airport for your return flight home.

Meals: (B)
Transfer: Hotel-Airport

 

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HOTELS USED OR SIMILAR:

 

Hotel Silachi 3*

 

Hotel Silachi was built in 2011 designed both for businessmen and tourists. Consisting of two blocks the hotel offers first-class service and comfort combined with renowned Armenian hospitality.

 

Hotel Silachi is surrounded by restaurants, bars and other various interesting places and finally it’s an ideal place for tourists and the businessmen. It is within easy reach of the best sights of Yerevan, as well as shopping, art and cultural centre. It offers comfort and elegance with truly convenient prices.

 

Hotel has 50 rooms of the following categories: single, double, twin, double suite, family room, deluxe. The hotel rooms are equipped with: air-conditioning systems, satellite television, international telephone with two lines, LAN internet, Wi-Fi internet, radio with alarm clock, mini bar, refrigerator, fireproof safe and jacuzzi with all facilities.

 

  • 24-hour Express Check-In/Check-Out
  • 24-hour Room Service Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Business Centre Facilities
  • Free Sim Cards for mobiles
  • Free WiFi Internet
  • Free LAN Internet
  • Free Safe Boxes
  • Post Office Services
  • Elegant Whisky bar
  • Buffet Breakfast in the Restaurant
  • Sauna with Pool /with massage room/ Massage /upon request/
  • Transfer to the Airport
  • Free Car Parking Indoor and Outdoor
  • Car Rental
  • Ticket Service
  • Taxi Service Luggage Storage
  • Laundry and dry cleaning

 

Ani Plaza Hotel 4*

Ani Plaza Hotel is only within 10-15 minutes’ drive from the “Zvartnots” International airport. From here one can easily walk to the favorite tourist attractions such as the Liberty or the Republic squares, the Cascade, The Northern Avenue, Matenadaran, the museum of history etc. The best cafes, restaurants and boutiques are in the close vicinity. Here you can spend a good time and enjoy shopping.

 

With its 247 rooms Ani Plaza Hotel is the biggest in the country. Our spacious rooms will satisfy both the businessmen and tourists, as well as families who value comfort, cosiness and all the necessary facilities.

 

Guests can use the hotel swimming pool, gym, beauty salon, restaurant, bars as well as many other facilities.

 

  • Room Service
  • Currency Exchange
  • ATM Machine
  • Gift Shop
  • Travel Agency
  • Safety Deposit Boxes
  • Jewelry showcases
  • Business floor
  • Guest relations
  • Taxi service
  • Laundry service/Wet cleaning
  • Luggage room
  • Wake-up call service
  • Special treatment service

 

Hotel Aviatrans 4*

 

Hotel Aviatrans was built in 1998 designed both for businessmen and tourists. Consisting of two blocks the hotel offers first-class service and comfort combined with renowned Armenian hospitality. The rooms and lobby of the hotel were renovated in 2010. Thanks to professional service, inviting and businesslike atmosphere as well as its convenient infrastructure the hotel earned devoted clients over a short period of time which is the best recommendation it could get.

 

The following services are offered to guests of Hotel Aviatrans:

 

  • Round-the-clock restaurant
  • Lobby-bar
  • Fully equipped business center
  • Conference room for up to 35 persons
  • Free and unlimited Wi-Fi Internet connection in all areas of the hotel
  • Gift shop
  • Exchange office
  • Parking
  • Laundry and dry-cleaning services
  • Security service
  • Transfer communication /airport-hotel-airport
  • Round-the-clock room service.
  • Discounts available for children.
  • Тhe hotel administrator can call a taxi, organize excursions, book tickets to museums and theaters, purchase or exchange rail- and air-tickets.

 

Ararat Hotel 4*


Ararat Hotel is one of the most luxurious and convenient hotels in Yerevan. It is a new hotel with nearly 10 years history. The hotel is a completely restored 150-year old building, which is one of the architectural monuments of Yerevan and is special with its unique architectural solutions, reflecting the ingenious combination of the old and new styles. Hotel Ararat is located in the very heart of the city and is surrounded by Embassies, Ministries, Gardens with several minutes walking distance to the Republic Square and 15 minutes drive away from the International airport Zvartnots.

 

Ararat Hotel is a full service hotel offering 46 spacious, elegant rooms and suites.

 

  • Free high speed Internet access
  • Air conditioning system
  • Satellite TV
  • Local and international phone line
  • Hairdryer
  • Safety boxes
  • Mini bar
  • Indoor swimming pool
  • Fitness center with gym and sauna with up to date equipment
  • Massage “at request”
  • Beauty parlor
  • Car rental
  • City tours
  • Free newspapers
  • Currency exchange
  • Baby-sitter
  • Gift shop
  • Medical applications
  • Sightseeing tours
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