May 2020 trip to the beautiful ARMENIA

 

Trip cancelled due to Corona virus spread

 

A tour that remains in your memory for a long time. In this trip as will see the beauty of the Armenian Highlands, monuments of nature and architecture, get acquainted with the local customs and hospitality. You will enjoy the beauty of mountain landscapes, ancient fortresses and monasteries.

In Brief:

6-days trip 

5-nights stay in ANI Grand 4* Hotel, centrally located in Yerevan

Monuments, famous squares, and many restaurants nearby the hotel

Breakfast

Lunch 

Local transport in Armenia

Local English / Arabic Tour Guide 

and a Lebanese Tour Director (Joe)

Entrance fees to all visited sites 

Wine tasting

Visit of Symphony Rocks by Jeep

Boat trip on Lake Sevan

Travel Insurance  

N.B. No Visa is required, it can be obtained at airport

Middle East Airlines runs a direct flight Beirut - Yervan ( 2-hours flight) 

In more details: 

Arrival and departure port will be Yerevan airport. Our tour will kick off noon time from the hotel we will be staying in ANI Grand hotel (4*) in the city center of Yerevan  

 Day One, 16 May: Yerevan City Tour

Arrival to Yerevan at 10:00 am. Welcome to Armenia! 

Yerevan, one of the oldest inhabited capitals of the world, combines antiquity and modernity. During the tour you will see all the sights of the capital. We begin the tour by visiting Republic Square. Here are the National Art Gallery, History Museum, Government House and other buildings.

 Then head to the impressive opera house and to Swan Lake. You can climb the Cascade to enjoy a beautiful view of Yerevan. We will see the House of Parliament, the Palace of the President and the National Academy of Sciences while driving.

The tour also includes a visit to Victory Park and a stop at the monument to Mother of Armenia, which overlooks the capital.

 

Day 2, 17 May: Alley Of Armenian Alphabet, Fortress Amberd, Ashtarak Canyon

Our first stop today is the Alley of the Armenian alphabet and the nearest gorge. In 2005, 1600 years of the Armenian alphabet was celebrated. To commemorate this, a gift of 39 giant letters was placed near the resting place of the person who created the alphabet after the adoption of Christianity by Mesrop Mashtots.

After that we will go to Amberd Castle. It is located on the highest mountain of Armenia - Aragats (4096 meters), directly opposite the biblical mountain Ararat. The castle on which it was built is naturally guarded. Amberd has long been an important military fortress. Next to this secular building is a church built in the eleventh century.

At the end we will  have lunch at a local restaurant, in a beautiful garden. At the same village the grave of Mesrop Mashtots is located: thus, it is one of the three secret places in Armenia along with Khor Virap and Ejmiatsin.

 

Day 3, 18 May: Khor Virap, Noravank Monastery, Areni Bird Cave

Our first stop is Khor Virap monastery, built in front of biblical Ararat mountain. Its notability as a monastery and pilgrimage site is attributed to the fact that Gregory the Illuminator was initially imprisoned here for about 14 years by King of Armenia. Saint Gregory subsequently became the king's religious mentor, and they led the proselytizing activity in the country. In the year 301, Armenia was the first country in the world to be declared a Christian nation.

Then the journey continues to the Areni winery and the bird cave, which is the oldest winery in the world. Here we have another stop at the winery, tours and wine tasting are organized. Next on the list is the medieval monastery complex Noravank through the gorge of the Amagu River with beautiful pink cliffs and ancient caves. This masterpiece dates from 13-14 centuries. On the wall is the first image of God.

 

Day 4, 19 May: Tsaghkadzor Ski Resort – Lake Sevan

We will visit on this day the  Tsaghkadzor ski resort, and there you will have a ropeway ride. It is situated along the southeast side of Mt. Teghenis (2,819m), and approximately 60 km from Yerevan. It is one of the nice places of the mountainous country, where the beauty of the nature appears with its whole variety. It is surrounded with virginal woods and alpine meadows. Take a ride on the Leitner ropeway to the top, from which you will see Lake Sevan, one of the highlights of Armenia.

Later on, we shall move to Lake Sevan. The fascination and the pearl of mountainous Armenia is Sevan Lake, which is one of the world's greatest high altitude fresh-water lakes. It is about 1900 m above sea level. The lake is of volcanic origin and is surrounded with mountains of 3000 m and higher. The beautiful landscape and the crystal water serve nice preconditions for excellent rest. The lake is also famous for its peninsula and medieval church complex (874). We will enjoy together a boat ride.

 

Day 5, 20 May: Geghard Monastery, Garni Temple, Stone Symphony

One of the main pilgrimage sites in Armenia is Geghard Monastery, carved in the rock - a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is believed that this is the place where the Holy Spear was kept in the Middle Ages. It was brought to Armenia by the Apostle St. Taddeus in the 1st century. Today, hundreds of people visit this place and drink the crystal clear wonderful water coming from a spring inside.

 Then we will go to the village of Garni. Here we will visit the only surviving pagan temple in Garni, built in the 1st century AD, is a magnificent example of the ancient architecture of the Hellenistic period. Once there was a huge complex of palaces and temples that served as the summer residence of Armenian kings. In addition, there is also a natural monument called the Symphony of Stones. It is easiest to get to it along the road leading to the left down the gorge before reaching the Garni Temple.

Day 6, 21 May

Departure, home sweet home !

  

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