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Old Dilijan
Duration: 8 days / 7 nights
Location: Armenia
Price: 735 EUR
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Cultural Exploration Travel to Armenia

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The Highlights of Cultural Tour to Armenia

  • 7-day tour in the crossroads of the East and West
  • Feel the pulse of the ancient city of Yerevan 
  • Stand at the foot of Biblical Mount Ararat 
  • Enjoy traditional cuisine of Armenia
  • Experience the authentic lifestyle of local people

Day 1

  • Arrival in Yerevan, transfer to the hotel
  • Check in at the hotel from 14:00
  • Stroll around Yerevan
  • Welcome dinner in the restaurant
  • Day 1 detailed

    After your arrival in Yerevan, you will be transferred to the hotel. Depending on your arrival time you will be able to stroll around the center of Yerevan. In the evening you will enjoy welcome dinner in the restaurant in Yerevan.

    Overnight: hotel in Yerevan, Meals: D

Day 2

  • A city tour around Yerevan – the ancient capital of Armenia
  • Excursion to the Historical Museum of Armenia, the permanent exposition of which covers the whole history of the Armenian people – from the time of the primitive society to the present day.
  • The tour will continue to the museum of Sergei Parajanov – the great Armenian film director
  • Excursion to the carpet factory “Megerian Carpet”
  • Day 2 detailed

    The day will start with a city tour around the ancient capital of Armenia. According to the cuneiform inscription of Urartian King Argishti Yerevan was built in 782 AD. Some decades ago Alexander Tamanyan, the general architect of Yerevan draw the contemporary plan of the city which we can see today. The warm smiles of its inhabitants give the unique charm to this eternal city ancient and so young at the same time. You will enjoy the view of Yerevan from the observation area of the Victory Park. Next you will have an excursion to the History Museum. The tour will continue to the museum of Sergei Parajanov – the great Armenian film director. Lunch will be held at the national restaurant. After that, you will get acquainted with the works of the famous Armenian sculptor Kochar. The next stop will be at the carpet factory “Megerian Carpet” which presents carpets with a history of 400 years. Here those who wish will be able to create a small carpet with the help of the craftsmen. In the museum of Mgerian Carpet there is a huge impressive exhibition hall where the carpet weaving and coloring is presented. In the evening you will enjoy a walk along the Northern Avenue and at the end, you will see the singing fountains on the Republic Square.

    Overnight: hotel in Yerevan, Meals: B, L

Day 3

  • Head to Lake Sevan, the “blue pearl of Armenia” and one of the highest freshwater lakes in the world at 2000 meters above sea
  • Trip to Dilijan resort town
  • A stroll in the old center of Dilijan where you’ll experience the atmosphere of the old town as it was in the 19th century
  • Return to Yerevan
  • Visit to the brandy factory ArArAt the production of which is known all over the world
  • Degustation of local brandy
  • Day 3 detailed

    This day you will head to Lake Sevan, the “blue pearl of Armenia” and one of the highest freshwater lakes in the world located at about 2000 meters above sea level. Here you will visit Sevanavank monastery which was found in 874 by Princess Mariam. Lunch will be served in a restaurant overlooking the lake with local lake-caught fish on the menu. The trip will continue to Dilijan, a lush town known as a spa resort. A stroll in the historical district will let you experience the atmosphere of the old town as it was in the 19th century. The imaginatively carved balconies so typical for the 19th century Dilijan display the region’s historical love for fine woodwork. In the evening you’ll be back to Yerevan for a rest and overnight. In Yerevan, you will visit the brandy factory ArArAt the production of which is known all over the world. Here you will taste two kinds of Armenian brandy.

    Overnight: hotel in Yerevan, Meals: B, L

Day 4

  • Trip to the scenic Azat River Canyon to Geghard Cave Monastery (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
  • Tour to Garni village, where the Hellenistic-inspired Garni temple lies (66 AD)
  • Lunch in the courtyard of a family in Garni
  • Trip to Etchmiadzin town – the religious center of all Armenians around the world
  • Day 4 detailed

    On the fourth day, you will drive to the scenic canyon of the Azat River. The 7th-century Geghard Cave Monastery is located deep at the bottom of the canyon and is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The towering cliffs of its surrounds are part of the monastery’s complex which is both carved from the adjacent mountain as well as partially built from local basalt stones.The tour will continue to Garni village, where is located the Hellenistic Garni temple. Lunch will be served in the courtyard of a family in Garni and will consist of local traditional dishes. The tour will continue to Etchmiadzin – the religious center of all Armenians around the world. The residence of Catholicos, Supreme Patriarch of the Armenian Apostolic Church is located in Echmiadzin. Here the first official Christian church was founded in the first half of the 4th century, later it was reconstructed and stands today with its whole majesty. Here you will also visit the church of St. Hripsime (7th century), which is one of the most beautiful Armenian churches of the early Middle Ages. On the way back you will stop in the creative center of Machanents.

    Overnight: hotel in Yerevan, Meals: B, L

Day 5

  • A trip through the Ararat valley to the Khor Virap monastery the history of which is associated with the adoption of Christianity in Armenia in the 4th century
  • Stop in the village of Areni, which is considered the center of winemaking in Armenia
  • Visit to Areni Caves known for archaeological finds
  • A trip through the valley of red rocks to the monastery of Noravank
  • Day 5 detailed

    After breakfast, you will head to the south of Armenia to KhorVirap Monastery, a historic site located amidst the Ararat Valley. The monastery was built on the place of the royal prison in Artashat. Here in royal prison, Gregory the Illuminator suffered for 13 years for preaching Christianity in Armenia in the 3rd century. Nowhere else in Armenia you will see such an amazing view of the Biblical Ararat. Next, you will stop in Areni village located in Vayots Dzor region.This region of Armenia is considered the center of winemaking and it has become famous for its unique grape sort Areni. The winemaking in Armenia is already 6000 years old. This fact was proved by the founding in Areni Caves which you will visit during the tour. The archeologists have found here the most ancient winery in the world. The tour will continue through a narrow canyon to the valley of red rocks to Noravank Monastery.

    Overnight: hotel in Yerevan, Meals: B, L

 

Day 6

  • Trip to Gyumri – a cultural center and the second largest city in Armenia
  • Head to Saghmosavank Monastery located atop the yawning gorge carved by the Kasakh River
  • Stop at the monument of Armenian Alphabet which was opened in 2005 to celebrate the 1600th anniversary of alphabet creation
  • Day 6 detailed

    After breakfast at the hotel, you will head to Gyumri – a cultural center and the second largest city in Armenia. The city has a museum of local lore, a historical and cultural reserve, as well as five churches, a monastery, and an Orthodox chapel. The most beautiful and historically valuable of them is the church Amenaprkich (the Church of the Savior). The city was once the center of education and culture in Armenia and the first Armenian opera was established here in Gyumri in 1912. Lunch will be held in the restaurant “Cherkezi Dzor”. Then you will head to Saghmosavank Monastery located atop the yawning gorge carved by the Kasakh River. Amazing view of the Canyon will open in front of you once you reach the monastery. Your next stop will be at the monument of Armenian Alphabet which was founded in 2005 to celebrate the 1600th anniversary of the alphabet foundation. You will continue uphill to the Amberd fortress proudly standing on the foot of Mount Aragats encompassed by two deep canyons (2300 meters above sea).  In the evening you will be back to your hotel in Yerevan. (130 km / 6 hours)

    Overnight: hotel in Yerevan, Meals: B, L

Day 7

  • Free day in Yerevan for your own experience
  • Day 7 detailed

    A free day will let you enjoy your time in Yerevan visiting souvenir shops, outdoor cafes or some fine jazz clubs at one’s liberty. If this day of leisure falls at the weekend, you will be able to visit Vernissage, an art and craft fair offering both souvenirs and a showcase of local Armenian craftsmanship for purchase or perusal. On this day, we recommend you to visit the Matenadaran Museum, the Armenian Genocide Museum, Martiros Saryan’s art gallery. And in the evening you will have a compliment from our company – a musical evening.

    Overnight: hotel in Yerevan, Meals: B, L

Day 8

  • Transfer to airport, departure

The price of the tour is 735 EUR per person

The single supplement is 147 EUR per person

Why book with Arara?

  • Guides with 5+ year experience
  • Balanced days with maximum 280 km drive
  • Visits to UNESCO World heritage sites
  • Armenian national dishes are included
  • Central located hotels
  • Licensed air conditioned transport
  • The best price in the market for high-quality service
  • 3000+ satisfied clients per year

Detailed Trip Information

  • The price of the tour includes:

    • Airport transfers
    • Accommodation in hotels 7 nights (3* / double rooms)
    • Half board (breakfast + lunch, welcome dinner)
    • All transfers in air-conditioned vehicles
    • English speaking guide service for all days
    • All admission fees

    The price doesn’t include:

    • Flights
    • Medical insurance
  • You will spend all nights in Yerevan in a 3* hotel:

    Hotel in Yerevan: 3 * Cascade Hotel is located in the city center within walking distance of the main attractions:

    • Documents:
    • Passport, flight ticket (printed or electronic), insurance, visa (if required)

    • First aid kit:
    • bandaids / plasters, special medicine or drugs in permanent use, antibacterial gel/wipes, antiseptic cream, lip balm

    • Essentials:
    • Credit/debit cards, cash (cards can be used in city, cash in regions), moneybelt, laptop/tablet/phone, chargers, camera with extra memory cards and batteries, outlet adapter

    • Dressing:
    • There are no restrictions regarding clothes; scarf or shawl is advisable for churches (obligatory in Georgia for women)

    • Spring / Autumn
    • long pants/jeans, long sleeve blouses, light raincoat, jacket, comfortable waterproof shoes, umbrella

    • Summer
    • T-shirts, shorts, long sleeve blouses for evening, sandals, umbrella, sun protection, sun glasses, sunhat

    • Winter
    • Warm coat, warm wool sweater, long warm trousers, long boots (waterproof), scarf, gloves

Guaranteed Tour Dates 2018

March 31 – April 7May 12 – 19June 16 – 23
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July 14 – 21Sep 15 – 22Any Date
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