We shall make a day trip to Garni and Geghard. We shall begin with the visit to the only surviving pagan temple dating back to the 1st century AD and then proceed to Geghard Cave Monastery – a fantastic sample of medieval Armenian architecture, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
We shall explore Christian monuments of the South: see Khor Virab Monastery, take a picture of the biblical Ararat mountain, visit Noravank Monastery and Selim caravanserai, a very well preserved monument of the 14th century.
We shall see “the Blue eye of Armenia” – lake Sevan and get to the top part of Sevan peninsular, visit a museum-street in Dilijan, where houses dating back to the 19th century have been preserved.
We shall explore Christian monuments of Northern Armenia: visit the church of Odzun – the basilica, attributed to the 6th-7th century,
and St Haghbat monastery – UNESCO World Heritage Site and important religious, cultural and educational center of medieval Armenia.
We shall undertake a trip to the religious center of Armenia and visit one of the oldest towns in Armenia – Echmiadzin. The area of Echmiadzin is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Upon our return to Yerevan we will have an opportunity to visit the open-air handicraft market “Vernisage” as well as the Food Market with its variety of fresh and dried fruits.
Route: Yerevan – Garni – Geghard – Khor Virab –Areni – Noravank – Selim – Sevan – Dilijan – Echmiadzin
Duration: 8 days/7 nights
Accommodation: 5 o/n at the hotel in Yerevan and 2 o/n en route
Meals: Halfboard (B/D)