Arrival in Yerevan, transfer to the hotel
City tour around Yerevan
Visiting Mother Armenia a panoramic view of Yerevan
Visiting Armenian Genocide Memorial
Street tour including Republic Square, Yerevan State University, Victory Bridge, Kiev Bridge, Parliament, Palace of President
Visiting Matenadaran museum
Visiting the State History of Armenia museum
Lunch in a traditional Armenian restaurant
Visiting Brandy wine factory with the opportunity of tasing several kinds of wine
Visit Khor Virap Monastery, the famous pilgrimage site with an iconic location at the foot of Mt Ararat. You’ll see plenty of tempting pictures of the place on postcards and souvenir books long before you get there.
Explore the Garni temple, a stunning temple that looms over mountain gorges. A blend of Greco-Roman and Armenian architectural styles, this unique example of pagan culture is the only surviving of its kind in the country.
Visit the Geghard Monastery, an unsurpassed masterpiece of 13th-century. This UNESCO-listed complex of churches is partially carved from a mountainside, with cliffs surrounding the buildings.
Lunch in the traditional Armenian restaurant in the vicinity of Geghard Monastery
Return to Yerevan
Visit Holy Echmiadzin. Echmiadzin (sometimes spelt Ejmiatsin or Etchmiadzin) was the capital of Armenia from 180 to 340, when Christianity was first adopted by the Armenian nation.
Visit Zvartnots Cathedral, Built from 641 to 661, the ruins of the church of Surp Grigor Lusavorich (St Gregory the Illuminator) at Zvartnots are different to every other set of ruins in Armenia. Catholicos Nerses II the Builder (building might have been his profession before joining the clergy) sponsored the construction of the cathedral. Reputedly one of the most beautiful churches in the world, it housed relics of St Gregory, the first Catholicos (patriarch of all Armenians) of the Armenian Church.
Visit Surp Hripsime. Surp Hripsime was originally built in 618, replacing an earlier chapel on the site where Hripsime was slain after she refused to marry King Trdat III, choosing instead to remain true to her faith – she was a pagan who had earlier fled marriage from the Roman emperor Diocletian. In the small chamber in the back of the church, look out for the niche that contains a few of the rocks purportedly used to stone Hripsime to death.
Visit Sardarapat. About 10km past the small city of Armavir (Hoktemberyan), in the orchards and farms of the Ararat Plain, stands the venerated war memorial site of Sardarapat. It was here in May 1918 that the forces of the first Armenian republic under Zoravar (General) Andranik turned back the Turkish invaders and saved the country from a likely annihilation.
Lunch in the traditional Armenian restaurant
Return to Yerevan
Visit Tsaghkadzor. Back when Armenia was part of the USSR, Soviet athletes used to come to this tiny village to train for the Winter Olympics and other sports competitions. The ski centre is still here and, if you happen to be in Armenia in winter, Tsaghkadzor (Gorge of Flowers) makes an excellent weekend getaway.
Visit Sevan Lake. Perched at 1900m above sea level, the great blue eye of Sevana Lich (Lake Sevan) covers 940 sq km and is 80km long by 30km at its widest. The lake is perfect for escaping Yerevan’s summer heat. Its colours and shades change with the weather and by its own mysterious processes, from a dazzling azure to dark blue and a thousand shades in between. The freshwater lake supports a healthy fish population, including theishkhan (prince trout), named for a row of spots like a crown on its head.
Lunch in traditional restaurant in Sevan.
Visit Dilijan Town. It’s billed as the ‘Switzerland of Armenia’, and although that may be a bit of a stretch, alpine Dilijan is still one of the most pleasant regions in the country.
Return to Yerevan.
Visit Noravank. This church complex, by the 13th-century architect Momik, is a masterpiece both for its architecture and its dramatic setting.
Visit Jermuk. This small resort town, 2080m above sea level on the upper Arpa River, was popular in the USSR as a vacation spot for mineral- water treatments and hot springs, some of them very hot. The landscape around Jermuk is very pretty and excellent for walks and hikes.
Lunch in traditional Armenian resturant in Jermuk.
Visit Areni. Few grape varieties can thrive in Armenia’s climatic extremes, but the Areni grape does. Most of the country’s vineyards are on the Ararat Plain, but the valleys from the village of Areni up to Yeghegnadzor comprise a quality wine-growing region. Wineries open for tastings (daily in summer, 10 am to 6 pm) include Areni in the town of Areni, Ginetas at Arpi and Getnatep on the main highway at Yeghegnadzor.
Return to Yerevan.
Transfer from the hotel to the airport, departure