The first Christian country. As you know, it was in Armenia for the first time that Christianity acquired the status of the state religion (301). This significant event is shrouded in dramatic history with many inexplicable facts. And we begin our journey precisely from the place where one of the most important episodes of world history took place. Having visited the spiritual center of Armenia - Echmiadzin, we will see the cathedral and the temple of Hripsime. After a spiritual charge, we will go for a walk in the evening Yerevan - a beautiful modern capital.
Alpine Lake Sevan and Dilijan Reserve. Lake Sevan is one of the largest alpine lakes in the world and, of course, it is the most important symbol of Armenia. We will visit Sevanavank Monastery (7th c.), Located on the peninsula, from where views of incredible beauty open onto the lake, surrounded by high mountains. Next, we will move to the Dilijan Reserve, which is famous not only for its magnificent forests, but also for medieval monasteries. There we will visit the Haghartsin Monastery (13th century), which is conveniently located among beautiful nature.
The highest mountain of Armenia. It may seem strange, but the highest mountain of Armenia is not Ararat at all, but the four-headed Aragats. On the slopes of the mountain is the most interesting and well-preserved castle of Armenia Amberd. This is where we will go. In addition to other attractions and fortresses, the trip is also interesting with unrealistically beautiful mountain landscapes. On the way back we will stop at the Saghmosavank Monastery, which stands on the edge of the beautiful gorge of the Kasakh River. If due to the snow the road to the fortress is impassable, then instead of the fortress we will visit other attractions at the foot of the mountain.
Khor Virap, Noravank, Areni. Driving along the Great Silk Road, we will approach Mount Ararat, where from the monastery of Khor Virap a unique view of the biblical mountain opens. Next we are waiting for the village of Areni, which has long been famous for its wine. It is in this village that we will have a tasting of delicious Armenian wine at the winery. After which we will visit Noravank Monastery, where we will see the world's first image of God the Father.
The oldest city and modern capital. Yerevan is one of the oldest cities in the world; it was founded in 782 BC. H. It's hard to believe, but Yerevan is 29 years older than Rome. And it all began with the fortress of Erebuni, which was erected by the Urartian king Argishti. We will walk around the excavations of the ancient city and visit the Erebuni Museum. In Yerevan, there is a place where millions of people from all over the world come every year, it is the eternal flame and a memorial to the victims of the Armenian Genocide in the Ottoman Empire. We will go there too, especially since a beautiful panorama of the city opens from there. From all over the city, the Mother Motherland monument is clearly visible, so let’s go there and see the whole city from there! On this day we will visit other sights of Yerevan.
Independent free day in Yerevan. Yerevan is a beautiful modern capital. There are many museums where exhibits of world significance are stored. Interesting markets and shops always attract guests. After a tour of Yerevan, you will find out many interesting places from your guide where you would like to go. The city is cozy and relatively small. In the center, in general, you can walk everywhere, and the outskirts can be easily reached by public transport.
The cultural capital of Armenia, the city of Gyumri (Leninakan). On this day, we will have a tour of the city of Gyumri (Leninakan), in which many writers and national artists of Armenia lived. Ever since imperial times, a Russian garrison has been standing in this city. Much has been preserved here since the 19th century, and you can enjoy strolling through the streets of the old city, admiring the doors and lapels of old houses. Also on this day we will visit the temple of Aruch (7th c.), Which amazes with its size and the ancient city of Agarak of the 3rd millennium BC.
UNESCO World Heritage. It would seem, what else can a small country be able to surprise guests with? But on the last day we left the most famous sights. Geghard Monastery (13th c.), Whose halls and floors are carved in basalt rock. There was kept a spear that pierced the crucified Christ (now in Etchmiadzin). Geghard and the upper reaches of the Azat River are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On this day we will also see the pagan temple of the 1st century Garni, and going down into the gorge, admire the natural monument "Symphony of Stones".
Farewell to sunny Yerevan. So the vacation in Armenia ended ... Depending on the date of departure, you will have some more time to take a walk around the city. You can buy souvenirs at the vernissage, where a lot of handmade products are presented, you can go to the market for all sorts of sweets, you can visit museums or galleries, or you can just walk along the friendly streets of a hospitable city.