Archaeological Tour to Armenia
Archaeological Tour to Armenia will lead you to the most important archaeological sites. You will learn about valuable finds and exhibits, visit the historical places of the country. This tour is created for anyone who is interested in archaeological excavations and wants to learn more about the centuries-old history of the country. Together with AraraTour you will have an unforgettable journey through time!
The highlights of the tour to Armenia
- Visit the main archeological sites of the country
- Plunge into the ancient times and learn about the findings of Chalcolithic, Bronze Age and the Middle Ages
- Have a look at the remains of the oldest winery in the world
- Explore ancient petroglyphs
- Have a look at the cuneiform inscription belonging to Urartian kings
After your arrival at Zvartnots airport, we will organize a transfer to the hotel for you. Your unforgettable journey will start from the ancient capital of Armenia – Yerevan. Walking along the city streets, you will enjoy the warm atmosphere, friendly smiles of local people and unique coloring of this wonderful ancient city. This day, you will also visit the Institute of Ancient Manuscripts, Matenadaran, which is a repository of both ancient Armenian and world’s manuscripts. It offers the collection of more than 16,000 manuscripts that narrate about the ancient history of Armenian people and belong to the chroniclers of 10-13 centuries. After lunch, our tour will continue to the History Museum of Armenia, where you will plunge into the ancient times, walk through the dusty streets of the old city, and get acquainted with the everyday life of the 19th-century inhabitants. The museum contains over 400,000 artifacts representing the history of the country.
The second day prepares lots of interesting things for archeology lovers. After breakfast, you will go to the fortress-city of Metsamor, which is famous for its archaeological finds. Archaeological excavations here started in 1965 and continue till these days. During the excavations different cultural layers were found, which date to the Eneolithic, three periods of the Bronze Age, the period of iron developing and Middle Ages. The most famous finds are: agate frog -plummet and carnelian seal with Egyptian hieroglyphs belonging to the Babylonian kings. There is a Historical and Archaeological Museum in the city, which will introduce you to different archaeological finds. Next, the tour will continue to Holy Echmiadzin (religious center of all Armenians), and after a short lunch a wonderful journey to Shengavit is waiting for you. Shengavit settlement is one of the most important archaeological sites of the early Bronze Age period in Armenia. It consists of four archaeological levels. In this territory, many interesting ancient things were found, including a variety of tools and household.
The third day begins with a tour to Garni and Geghard. Cave monastery of Geghard is an example of medieval Armenian architecture of the 13-th century and is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. After a trip to the monastery, the tour continues to the village of Garni, where the temple “Garni” built in the Hellenistic style in 76 AD is located. In the village of Garni, we will organize a delicious lunch, after which we are going to visit the Museum of History of Yerevan. Crossing the threshold of the museum, you will begin an exciting and unforgettable journey through time. It offers different exhibits and valuable archaeological finds that were discovered during excavations of the fortress of Erebuni. Leaving the museum, you can buy some copies of various exhibits and take home not only unforgettable memories but also some pieces of cultural peculiarities of Armenia. Near the museum, the remains of the Erebuni fortress are located. You’ll see how people lived in 782 BC, as well as walk through the different rooms of the fortress.
On the fourth day, the excursion will start from the south of Armenia. Here, about 40 km from Yerevan, on the site of the ancient capital of Armenia, stands the monastery of Khor Virap. Near the monastery, there is an underground prison, where for 13 years St. Gregory the Illuminator was imprisoned because of his faith. Nowhere will you find such a beautiful view of the Biblical Mount Ararat. Here you can also see the ruins of the ancient city Artashat. Excavations have discovered amazing things in this area: coins, stamps, the remains of the temple, citadel, and markets. Further, the tour continues to the Noravank Monastery and then after delicious dinner, to the Areni Caves. Archeological excavations have started here since 2007, and lots of materials dated to 4200-3500 BC have been found. The greatest interest and popularity have the findings of the oldest shoes and the oldest winery in the world. This winery includes a tub for fermentation, a wine press and vessels for wine storage. It is suggested that the winery is 1,000 years older than the one found in 1963 on the West Bank.
After a small breakfast in Goris, we continue our way to Tatev – the pearl of Armenian medieval architecture. Here, anyone who wishes can take the longest cable in the world, which extends over the gorge Vorotan (depth – 320 meters). A little later, after a delicious lunch, we will visit an interesting and surprising place – Zorats Carer (Karahunj). Zorats Carer is a prehistoric archaeological site, where at an altitude of 1770 meters above sea level, an ancient megalithic complex is located. Just from the road you will see a series of giant red-brown monoliths that stretch from the south to the north, and form a perfect circle in the center. It has been proven that Karahunj once served as an observatory, built in VI millennium BC. In many stelae, there are holes that correspond to the location of stars in the sky 7.5 thousand years ago. Hence our way lies to Hermon, where you will stay for the night.
The sixth day starts with breakfast at the hotel and then continues to the mountain Muradsar. You will have a long and unforgettable journey in off-road cars. Here, on the cliffs of the Mount Muradsar, about a hundred amazing petroglyphs were found. In addition to studying the petroglyphs, we will hold a picnic here and go back to the hotel in Hermon (26 km). In the hotel LucyTour you can have a good rest and a good time. There is a billiard, spa salon, sauna, and various other services for a pleasant and comfortable leisure.
The seventh day also has a lot of interesting things for you. First, we will visit Selim Pass, which is located at an altitude of 2500m. It offers a beautiful view of the surroundings. In ancient times, the Great Silk Road passed here, and Selim Caravanserai provided caravans with lodging. Next, we continue our way to the village Lchashen, in the eastern part of which there is a historic district – one of the most important archaeological sites in Armenia. Here, a few decades ago, there was a decrease in water level in Lake Sevan, and archaeologists discovered the amazing ancient tombs. Now at this territory, you can see a complex of archaeological sites, which includes a cyclopean fortress, burial grounds, and a big stone with a cuneiform inscription of Urartian king Argishti the First. After studying the monuments, we will return to Yerevan, where you will have a rest at the hotel.
On the last day, we will go to the historical and cultural reserve Agarak that should not be missed by any archeology lover. This settlement Agarak is located 25 km from Yerevan. Since 2001, archaeological excavations are carried out here, which showed that the area began to be settled in the first quarter of the third millennium. During large-scale studies different ancient materials were discovered such as remains of ancient streets, miscellaneous goods of Van Kingdom, tombs, pottery of the 8-6 century BC, as well as coins of the Hellenistic and Roman periods. After the tour, a wonderful picnic in the fresh air will be organized for you, and then our way continues to the village Oshakan. Here the tomb of great Armenian enlightener and creator of alphabet Mesrop Mashtots is located. And next to the grave is the church of St. Mesrop Mashtots. After the tour, we will return to the city, where you will have a great opportunity to visit shops and buy different souvenirs for family and friends. And at the end of the day, we will arrange a farewell dinner with live music for you.
Transfer to the airport, departure
The price of the tour includes:
- airport transfers
- accommodation in hotels 8 nights (double rooms with free WiFi)
- half board (breakfast + lunch )
- all transfers in air- conditioned transport
- service of professional archeologist – guide for 8 days
- all admission fees
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