Day  1. Arrival in Yerevan, meeting at the airport, transfer to the hotel, sightseeing tour of the city (optional)

  • Yerevan is one of the ancient cities in the world, founded in 782 B.C. by Argishti II. During the excursion you’ll attend the Republic Square, which had been building for 50 years by different architects, nevertheless a perfect architectural ensemble has been made; Opera and Ballet National Academic Theatre is a unique architectural complex in the center of Yerevan; Ring boulevard, where you’ll see monuments to Andranik Zoravar, Griboedov, Zoravar Vartan Mamikonyan, Michael Nalbandyan, Ivan Aivazovsky; St. Grigor Lusavorich Cathedral; Cinema ‘’Russia’’, Komitas Chamber Music House, Cascade hills, Yerevan train station of Sasuntsi David, which has become the symbol of Yerevan.
  • Visiting "Erebuni" Historical and Archaeological Museum
  • Greeting dinner

Day 2. Etchmiadzin, Hripsime, Shoghakat, Gayane, Sardarapat, National Museum of Armenian Ethnography, Zvartnots.

  • Etchmiadzin is 15 km from Yerevan. This place is worshiped by Armenians all over the world, because here is the center of the Armenian Apostolic Church. Etchmiadzin, the former name of which is Vagharshapat, was founded in the first half of the II century on the site of ancient colony Vardgesavan. Since 163, after the destruction of Artashat by the Romans, the town has become the political, cultural, and later the religious and enlightening center of the country.
  • St. Hripsime Church. Before the entrance to Etchmiadzin stands a magnificent St. Hripsime Temple. Hripsime is the name of a martyr, whose grave is located in the tomb, under the altar. On the site of her death in the fourth century A.C. was built a chapel, and in the seventh century Catholicos Komitas erected a temple.
  • St. Shoghakat Church.Shoghakat is the name of one of the 40 martyrs, whose grave is also under the altar. It is located not far from the St. Hripsime Church. According to a blindly accepted belief, the temple got its name from the name of a virgin, who perished there. However, the name of the martyr, according to а legend, is Marine. The name ‘’Shoghakat’’ is connected with the vision of Grigor Lusavorich and means ‘’descending ray’’. The church was built in the XVII century.
  • St. Gayane Church is south from the temple of Etchmiadzin. It was built in 630 by the designation of Catholicos Ezra, on the site of a chapel, erected in the place, where, according to the same legend, was buried Gayane, the abbess of virgin-christians and the governess of Hripsime, who also accepted martyrdom and, like Hripsime, was convicted to a rank of saints. In the southern aisle, near the altar apse, the relics of Hripsime are at rest.
  • St. Etchmiadzin Cathedral. In 301 Christianity became the state religion in Armenia. According to a legend, the first patriarch Grigor Lusavorich had a vision as the only begotten, Jesus Christ, came down from heaven with a flaming hammer in his hands and indicated the place for building the Cathedral. There, where was an ancient pagan temple, in 303 was built the church, named Etchmiadzin, which in Armenian means “Descent of the Only Begotten Son".
  • Sardarapat is a sculptural and architectural complex, 45 km west from Yerevan. It was founded in 1968, in honor of the triumph of the Armenians over Turkish Invaders in 1918, when the Turkish troops intruded into Ararat valley and occupied Sardarapat village. The decisive battle for the Armenians took place in May of 1918 and was crowned with victory. This memorial complex doesn’t have any analogs in Armenian Architecture, it harmoniously combines the sculpture and architecture from red tuff.
  • National Museum of Armenian Ethnographyis a scientific and cultural, educational complex, where the historical exhibits, referring to the cultural heritage of the Armenians from ancient times till our days, are kept, studied and exhibited since ancient times. It was founded in 1968 as a part of Memorial Complex of Sardarapat. The architect of the whole complex and museum is Rafael Israelyan.
  • Zvartnots Temple is 10 km from Yerevan. The construction of the Temple of Watching Forces began in 641-643 and had been conducting for 20 years. The initiator of the construction was Catholicos Nerses III the Builder (Shinarar), who engaged masters from ancient Armenian town Dvin, a city which was famous for its beauty. Extant to our days remains of Zvartnots are witnessing the glory of the building.

Day  3. Garni, Geghard, hiking tour through the gorge of the River Azat, dinner (ECO)

  • The temple of Garni is 28 km south-west from Yerevan, over the gorge of the River Azat is located a fortress of the same name. On the hill, surrounded by vineyards, rise the remains of the pagan temple (the I century). The pagan temple Garni is the only monument to the epoch of Hellenism in Armenia. The temple, dedicated to the sun goddess Mythra, was built in the second half of the first century, in the days of Tiridates I.
  • Geghard Monastery is 7 km north-west from Garni, above the gorge of the River Azat. There was founded a cloister named Ayrivank (Cave-Monastery) because of its location in natural and artificial caves. The later name of the Monastery – Geghard, church legends connect with the spear, once kept there, the one, with which Jesus Christ was pierced by one of the Romanian legionaries, guarding him.
    The diamond-shaped tip plate of that spear nowadays is kept in the Museum of Armenian Church in Etchmiadzin.
  • The gorge of the River Azat stretches out along the length of the River Azat and the inflow of Gokht. The River Azat was ranked to the world heritage of UNESCO — United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization in 2000. Above the gorge there is the Temple of Garni and Havuts Tar Monastery Complex. The gorge is famous for its beautiful rocks, that are made up of hex boulders and got the name "Symphony of the Stones".
  • Dinner (ECO)

Day  4. Ijevan, Enokavan /overnight stay/

  • Ijevan is a resort town, located in the north of Armenia. Near the town passes a mountain range, the hills of which are covered with thick forests. The town is located in the valley of the River Aghstev. Along the River you can see a lot of health complexes with healing springs. Ijevan also attracts tourists with its plenty of wine.
  • Enokavan village is located in the north-east of Armenia, at the height of 1000-1300 meters above sea level. The northern-east part of the village is covered with hills and the southern part has a tall canyon with the length of 5 km and the height of 100 meters. In the canyon there are 3 caves, the lengths of which are from 10 to 30 meters. The village and the surroundings have wonderful nature. There is a camp site, where holidaymakers can ride horses, rush along the zip line though the gorge.

Day  5. Lori Berd, Stepanavan Dendropark /overnight stay/

  • Lori Berd is a medieval fortress in the Province of Lori, Armenia, on the left bank of the River Dzoraget, 4 km east from Stepanavan. From 1065 to 1113 Lori had been the center of Armenian Lori Kingdom. The Citadel of the fortress was about 9 ha and was guarded with a powerful defensive wall about 200 meters. Till our days remained only the ruins of some buildings of the fortress, among which are a church and two bathhouses. Around the Citadel was a town, 25 ha, which was also encircled with powerful walls, from which in some places remained their foundation nowadays.
  • Dinner
  • Stepanavan Dendropark. "Sochu" was founded by Polish biologist Edmon Leonovich in 1933. It’s the first Botanical Garden in Armenia. The arboretum is 35 ha in total, half of which consists of natural forest. The Dendropark is considered to be the first forestland in the South Caucasus, converted into the park.

Day  6. Yerevan, hiking tour

  • The excursion begins near the base of Cascade hills; rise to the 4th level of the complex, from where a wonderful panorama of city opens; pedestrian climb-down on the lower level; acquaintance with works of art, which are the extension of the exposition of Cafesjian Museum, located in the complex of Cascade; further the excursion continues to the monument to the main architect Alexandr Tamanian, later you’ll see the monument to M. Saryan, composers Komitas and A. Khachatrian in French Square; crossing Opera square, where are located monument to writer H. Tumanyan and composer A. Spendiaryan, authors of the opera ‘’Anush’’, with the premiere of which Opera and Ballet Natioanl Academic Theatre was opened; later crossing Charles Aznavour Square, where are located ‘’Moscow’’ cinema, the buildings of Russian Dramatic Theatre and hotel ‘’Yerevan’’; further excursion goes to Abovyan street, where an old building of the city, before Republic Square, has survived; acquaintance with the complex of a building area, crossing Metropolitan boulevard with fountains, the number of flushes of which is 2750, this is how old was Yerevan, when they were built; the excursion finishes on Shahumyan Square.

Day  7. Check out. Transfer to the airport.


  • Tour duration: 7 days
  • Language: English
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