After a brief rest at the hotel, guests will embark on a tour of Yerevan city that includes stops at Republic Square, Victory Park, Mother Armenia, Cafesjian Center for the Arts, The Cascade, a carpet factory, the monument to A.Tamanyan, Opera House, and Tsitsernakaberd Armenian Genocide Memorial.(Note: Arrival day activities will be adjusted as needed according to the itinerary of the traveler.)Meals
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70 km (44 miles)Day 2Yerevan - Ashtarak - Byurakan - Lake Kari - Amberd
A biking tour to Ashtarak town located on the banks of Kasakh river gorge (20 km). On the left bank of the river once there stood a fortress with a tower. After visiting three churches in town – Tsiranavor, Karmravor, Spitakavor and the bridge going across Kasakh river which was built in 1664, the tourists will continue the tour to Byurakan village at the foot of Mount Aragats (20 km).Here, on the height of 1500 meters above sea level a famous observatory was founded in 1946 on the initiative of academician Victor Hambartsumian, who became the first director of the observatory. It is considered to be the cradle of astronomical achievements of the Armenian nation. Transfer to Lake Kari along a stony, picturesque path that winds up the sothern slopes of Mount Aragats (20 km). There is an Institute for Cosmic Ray Research at the Lake and a little higher - a meteorological station «Aragats». Cycling down to Amberd fortress («Fortress of clouds» VII- XIIIcc.) which is located on the north-western part from Byurakan, at 2300 m. above sea level, on a high triangle cliff which is formed by rivers Amberd and Arkashen (20 km).Supper. Even in the hottest day you can taste winter dish «khash» here. On the slopes of the Mountain there are many cattle-breeder pastures, where it is possible to buy fresh matsoun, sour cream and honey of mountainous flowers.Camping. Lodging in tents.Meals
: Lunch Dinner
90 km (56 miles)Day 3Amberd - Square of Alphabet - Spitak - Vanadzor - Dilijan - Goshavank - Haghartsin
Descending to the square of Alphabet (35 km). On the furcation of the highway Yerevan - Aparan, there stand 39 tuff letters of Armenian Alphabet.A trip to Tavush Province passing through the cities of Spitak and Vanadzor (the city of chemical industry). Lunch in Vanadzor. Excursion in Tavush province which is extremely rich in historical and cultural structures: monastery complexes, castles, khachkars, bridges, tombs, memorials.Visiting Nor-Getik or Goshavank Monastery which is an example of 12th-13th centuries architecture. It was founded by the renown monk, legal scholar and fable-writer Mkhitar Gosh, the author of the first Armenian codex.Continuing to Haghartsin Monastery (X- XIV cc.) which is nestled in thick lush foliated woods of Tavush province. It is a live example of harmony between nature and architecture. Camping. Dinner and lodging in tents.
Meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Travel Distance: 250 km (156 miles)
A trip to Lake Sevan, which will be realized half biking and half on cars. The gentle turquoise of Sevan's water is always astonishing: the lake is so austere and majestic. It fills a gigantic depression situated at a height of almost 2,000 m. above sea level.Visiting the Monastery of Sevan which was founded in 874 by King Ashot I, the founder of the Bagratid Dynasty, and his daughter Mariam. Before the lake began to shrink, the peninsula was an island and the water of the lake saved the monastery on many occasions from the onslaught of enemies.A biking tour to the village Bjni (80 km), called by historians @unassailable cloister of Gods», where a church and an impregnable fortress (XI c.) will unveil their secrets. Back to Yerevan. Lodging in the hotel.Meals
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180 km (113 miles)Day 5Yerevan - Geghard - Garni - S. Parajanov House-Museum / Museum of M. Saryan - Yerevan
Geghardavank: Constructed from the 12th to 13th centuries, Geghard means “Monastery of the Lance”. Its name was connected with a lance that, according to the Holy Bible, was used to pierce the side of the crucified Christ. What is believed to be a remnant of the lance is preserved in the museum at Holy Echmiadzin.Garni: Dating from the 3rd century BC to the 13th century AD, this area not only housed the summer residence of Armenian kings but was also the site of a pre-Christian temple honoring Mithra, god of the sun.Sergei Parajanov Museum: Known as both a filmmaker and fine artist, Parajanov (1924-1990) was an innovative and controversial figure during the Soviet years. This small and intimate museum houses more than 250 works of art that include assemblages, collages, drawings, dolls, and film sketches. Martiros Saryan Museum: Born in the Russian Empire, Saryan (1880-1972) traveled extensively in Turkey, Egypt, and Iran before settling in Armenia in the 1920s. In addition to viewing works of art influenced by his travels (landscapes, portraits, sketches, watercolors) visitors will also see his home and studio.Overnight in the hotel.
Meals: Breakfast Lunch
Travel Distance: 100 km (63 miles)
A largely dormant concrete park during the week, Vernissage blossoms at the weekends as all kinds of national crafts, including jewelry, carpets, woodwork, ceramics, canvases, paintings, and many other works of art can be found.
Visiting the Oriental market. Shopping.
Visiting the old capital of Armenia – Vagharshapat. Excursion in the territory of residence of the Catholicos – the head of Armenian Apostolic church, then visit to the First Cathedral of Saint Echmiadzin (303 AD), which means the «The Descent of the Only Begotten Son».
A visit to church of Saint Hripsime (VIIc) as well as the ruins of Zvartnots Temple which is a monument that embodies the centuries old traditions of Armenian architects.
Transfer to Zvartnots International Airport.
60 km (38 miles)
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