Armenia, the first country in the world to adopt Christianity as its state religion, is peppered with monasteries, temples and churches, many of which are located in spectacular settings. This tour will take in many of these rich historical sites, together with the pleasant capital of Yerevan and various other impressive landscapes and locations.
This group tour is the perfect introduction to Armenia and operates with a minimum of 4 persons and a maximum of 15.
Arrive Yerevan and transfer to the hotel and check in for six nights.
In the morning embark on a city tour of Yerevan. Visit all the major sights, including a stop near Mother Armenia statue which provides a panoramic view of the capital and explore the Matenadaran Manuscript Museum, which hosts one of the biggest depositories of ancient manuscripts in the world. Transfer to Oshkan, where the creator of Armenian alphabet Mesrop Mashtots is buried, and observe the Foot Washing Ceremony. Enjoy lunch with a local family and try the traditional Armenian bread "lavash". In the afternoon return to Yerevan and witness to the "Blowing of Candles" at the Yerevan Cathedral. Overnight at your hotel in Yerevan (B,L)
In the morning drive towards Dilijan resort situated among forest-covered mountains. Have a walk down the museum street and enjoy its still preserved 19th century houses with artisans' studios. En route to Lake Sevan visit Goshavank, a 13th century monastery with one of the best examples of Armenian cross-stone. Reach Lake Sevan, the "Pearl of Armenia", and take part in the celebration of Good Friday at the monastery situated at the peninsula. Overnight at your hotel in Yerevan. (B,L)
Today visit the State History Museum in Yerevan and explore the Vernisage craft market with its variety of hand-made souvenirs. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Transfer to the religious centre of Armenia, Echmiadzin, and observe the Easter Eve celebrations at the main Cathedral of all Armenians. Overnight at your hotel in Yerevan. (B,L)
In the morning transfer to Gheghard cave monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and observe the Easter Day Liturgy. Visit Garni, a pagan temple of the 1st century. In the afternoon, return to Yerevan and stop en route to visit the Genocide Memorial Complex and get acquainted with this sad page of Armenian history. In the evening, festive dinner at a local restaurant and overnight at your hotel in Yerevan. (B,D)
Today visit Khor Virap monastery, which embodies the adoption of Christianity in Armenia in 301 AD, located at the foot of biblical Mt. Ararat. Continue to Noravank monastery and observe its intricate carvings. En route It may be possible to enjoy wine tasting at the village of Areni, famous for its red dry wine. Overnight at you Hotel in Yerevan. (B,L)
Transfer to airport for flight back to the UK.(B)
7 day tour, from £1175 per person
- International Flights included
- Accommodation in three-star hotel in Yerevan
- All transfers and transportation by air-conditioned vehicles
- All sightseeing tours as specified with English-speaking guides
- Entrance fees on sightseeing tours
- Meals/Services other than those specified
Single Supplement: £190
The Tour operates with a minimum of 4 persons
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