Few nations have histories as ancient, complex and laced with tragedy as Armenia. This is a destination where you will be intrigued by history, awed by monuments, amazed by the landscape and charmed by down-to-earth locals. Rich in breathtaking, natural, historical, and cultural landscapes, Armenia offers countless fascinating attractions to curious and adventurous travelers. With many mountains, rivers, and lush forests to enjoy along with remote regions, forts, and monasteries to discover, the country will never cease to impress. In this 8-day itinerary, you explore the most beautiful landscapes in Armenia that are must-visits.
Arrive into Yerevan
Transfer to the selected hotel.
Start your day touring in Yerevan. Visit the Republic Square, Northern Avenue, the sightseeing of Opera and Ballet building, the Parliament and Residency of the President of Armenia, State University, Mother Armenia Monument, Sports & Concert Complex. Continue to Tsitsernakaberd, a Monument to the Armenian Genocide Victims, as well as the Genocide Victims’ Museum. Visit Cascade complex, considered the modern art center of Yerevan. Enjoy spending time in one of the cozy open-air cafes surrounded by beautiful sculptures, redolent flowers shining brightly with magic colors. Finally, visit one of the biggest and oldest mosques in Caucasus “The Blue mosque”.
Yerevan - Etchmiadzin - Zvartnots - Yerevan
Drive to Etchmiadzin City, which used to be an ancient capital of Armenia. Since 4th
century, it has been considered the largest religious center, the residency of Catholics of all Armenians. Etchmiadzin cathedral is one of the ancient churches in the Christian world, the center of Armenian Apostolic Church, founded in 301 A.D by St. Gregory the Illuminator. The museum of the Cathedral, located behind the Altar, has an important collection of religious artifacts about Holy Mass. Continue to Zvartnots temple, one of the architectural wonders of Armenia, which got its name from the word "Zvart", translated from Armenian, means "joyful and beautiful". The remaining ruins give an idea of the rare beauty of this temple.
Yerevan - Silk Road - Noravank - Tatev Monastery - Yerevan
Drive to Noravank Monastery complex (13-14th century). There is such an incredibly beautiful scenery along the road that you cannot resist stepping out of the vehicle and walking all the way to the Monastery with your camera to enjoy and record the unique bizarre-shaped precipitous red cliffs. Continue to Tatev Monastery, which is one of the most unique and beautiful monasteries in Armenia, located on the steep of deep gorge surrounded with very strong settings. Ride on the longest ropeway in the world (5,7 km), recorded in Guinness record book, over the canyons to the monastery of Tatev.
Yerevan - Lake Sevan - “Armenian Switzerland” Dilijan - Yerevan
Drive to Lake Sevan, one of the wonders in Armenia. This blue lake is one of the
greatest high mountainous freshwater lakes of Eurasia. Visit Sevanavank Monastery which stands in its greatness on the peninsula, overlooking the lake for centuries. Continue to mountainous resort Dilijan, or so called “Armenian Switzerland”, which is well-known for its forests, as well as for its mysterious flora and fauna. Get around the city of Dilijan and the handicrafts’ street. A visit to Haghartsin Monastery, located in a secluded place of a forest, creates a magical impression of a lost world. This complex includes Church St. Stepanos, St. Mary and St. Gregory’s Church, as well as a famous refectory.
Yerevan - Carpet Factory - Garni - Geghard - Yerevan
Visit an Armenian carpet factory with possibility to watch the production of the handmade rugs. Continue to the only remaining Pagan temple in Armenia, devoted to the God of Sun – Myrth in Garni. A visit to the ruins of Royal Palace and Royal bath-house nearby. Continue the tour to the uniquely caved Geghard monastery, which dates back to 12th-13th centuries, the name of which means “holy spear” in the honor of the long-preserved spear, the same spear that pierced the body of crucified Christ, which were brought here by Apostle Thaddeus.
Yerevan - Tsaghkadzor - Shopping in Yerevan
Drive to Tsaghkadzor town, meaning “gorge of flowers”, the magical place of forested
mountains. Have a short walking tour around the small town and visit Kecharis monastery.
Opportunity to go up to the mountain peaks by ropeway, where you will catch an unforgettable gorgeous panoramic view of this part of the world.
Drive back to Yerevan, visit the Fruit Market and Vernissage, an open-air exhibition-market. Drop to Dalma Garden, Yerevan Mall or Megamall for shopping.
Transfer to the airport in Milan for your onward flight home.
This is a per person price, based on 2 people travelling and sharing a double room.
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