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Highlights of Armenia

8 Days / 7 Nights

From Tuesday to Tuesday or From Saturday to Saturday

From 01 January to 20 December 2019

Hotel 

Location 

Period 

Triple 

 Double

Single 

Child

3* Silachi
3* Goris

Yerevan
Goris
01 Jan - 15 Mar
16 Mar - 31 Oct
01 Nov - 20 Dec
$ 1050
$ 1140
$ 1050
$ 1140
$ 1250
$ 1140
$ 1690
$ 1790
$ 1690
$ 520
$ 570
$ 520

4* Imperial Palace  
4* Mirhav

Yerevan
Goris
01 Jan - 15 Mar
16 Mar - 31 Oct
01 Nov - 20 Dec
$ 1080
$ 1220
$ 1080
$ 1220
$ 1330
$ 1220
$ 1780
$ 1910
$ 1780
$ 450
$ 500
$ 450

5* Radisson Blu 
4* Mirhav

Yerevan
Goris
01 Jan - 28 Feb
01 Mar - 31 Aug
01 Sep - 31 Oct
$ 1270
$ 1410
$ 1400
$ 1360
$ 1500
$ 1540
$ 2060
$ 2220
$ 2330
$ 700
$ 750
$ 700

Rate includes:

  • Return economy class ticket on MEA on "N" booking class : Beirut / Yerevan / Beirut
  • Airport Taxes in Lebanon & in Armenia
  • Transfer Airport / Hotel / Airport
  • 7  Nights accommodation in Prague with daily Buffet breakfast
  • English Speaking Guide
  • All entrance fees
  • Wings of Tatev
  • Travel Insurance

Itinerary ´╗┐of the Trip

Day 1: Beirut - Yerevan
Meet and greet at Zvarnots International Airport. Transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel in Yerevan

Day 2: Yerevan Sightseeing Tour (Matenadaran, Blue Mosque, Genocide Museum)
After breakfast at the hotel, we will have a morning walk in the pink city of Yerevan. This ancient city is 29 years older than Rome. We will start walking in the most pleasant Republic Square with Government buildings, History Museum and Marriott Hotel surrounding it. In the evening, we can enjoy the colorful singing and dancing fountains.  Walking up one of the oldest streets in Yerevan – Abovyan Street – we will appear in the richest avenue in Yerevan – the Northern Avenue with many brand shops, luxurious cafes and restaurants. Our next stop – the Opera and Ballet House and the Swan Lake – face the Northern Avenue. Visit Matenadaran Depository – a unique institution around the world protecting thousands of valuable manuscripts. Afterwards, we will enjoy our time in the fascinating weather of the sunny Yerevan while walking around Cascade Monument. If we walk up the “huge staircase” of 500 meters’ height and 50 meters’ width, we can enjoy the wonderful panorama of the city with the spectacular Opera House, Mount Ararat as well as the view to the whole city. We will then walk up the huge stairs to the Park of Freedom. Visit Tsitsernakaberd Hill and the Genocide Musuem, devoted to the massacre of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire in 1915. Visit the Blue Mosque in Yerevan - 18th century Shia Mosque. Overnight at the hotel in Yerevan.

Day 3: Yerevan – Garni – Geghard – Yerevan
After breakfast at the hotel, we will then explore the top tourist attractions of Armenia and make the first stop at Garni Temple, where we will enjoy the astonishing view to the gorges all around. Garni is a pagan temple built in 1st century, the only survival of the Hellenic epoch in the whole territory of the Caucasus. Upon desire, the guide will accompany us to the place called “Symphony of stones” in the gorge. Continue on to the Monastery of Geghard (UNESCO). The monastery was first recorded in a document of 1250. Geghard is famous due to the relics, among which the most important one is the spear which had wounded Christ on the Cross presumably brought there by the Apostle Thaddeus. Here in Geghard, we can also watch the process of “lavash” baking in the traditional underground oven “tonir”, and (optional*) enjoy the medieval vocal concert. Return to Yerevan. Overnight at the hotel in Yerevan.

Day 4: Yerevan – Khor Virap – Noravank – Goris
After breakfast at the hotel we will start a most panoramic tour of the Northern part of Armenia, changing views that cannot be admired anywhere else in the world. Drive to Ararat valley and pay a visit to the Monastery of Khor Virap. This is the very place where Armenia was proclaimed as the first country to accept Christianity as a state religion in 301 AD. The monastery offers the closest and the best view to biblical Mount Ararat.  Continue driving to a most unusual and peaceful spot – Noravank Monastery. The whole magic of Noravank (13th century) trip attracts a traveler just at the point of turning the road to the Monastery. The narrow road leading to the monastery is blocked by beautiful rocks on both sides; and after a few minutes’ drive we will appear on the rock where the complex is situated. Once there high above the main road we have the impression as if we are in heaven, and if we stretch our hand we will touch the sky. Continue driving to Goris town. Overnight at a hotel in Goris. 

Day 5: Goris – Khndzoresk – Tatev – Karahunj – Yerevan
After breakfast at the hotel, we will start the tour in the captivating nature of Syunik Province, 8 km away from the town of Goris.  Here we can find ourselves in the past and see the cave dwellings that the primeval people lived in. Surprisingly though, people still lived there some 60 years ago, notwithstanding the development of science and life in general. The sight is called Khndzoresk, a place where a visitor can feel as if the time stopped at some point in the past just for us to admire all the beauty of the wildness. Continue the tour to the 9th century Tatev Monastery. Perched atop the Vorotan River Gorge, this monastic complex was an important political stronghold and one of Armenia’s most advanced medieval universities hosting students in humanitarian sciences. Because of its forbidding location, it was once hard to access, but now a 5.7-kilometer-long cableway (Wings of Tatev) has been built to take visitors to the monastery, offering an exciting journey with breathtaking views over the river gorge bellow. In about an hour drive, we will explore the oldest in the world Stonehenge (Karahunj or Zorats Karer), which is no longer in England. This archaeological site, which dates back to the second millennium BC, is spread on a rocky promontory near the city of Sisian in the province of Syunik 1770 meters high above the sea level. Thus, we can boast of having the oldest astronomical observatory ever found in the history even older than the British Stonehenge and even the pyramids in Egypt.  This is another evidence of primeval civilization in Armenia existing from times immemorial, when neither Mesopotamia, nor Egypt, nor any other civilization on earth existed. Continue driving to Yerevan. Overnight at a hotel in Yerevan.

Day 6: Yerevan – Lake Sevan – Dilijan – Yerevan
After breakfast at the hotel we will have a short walk along the azure Lake Sevan. Lake Sevan has a unique combination of great size, high mountain location, and comparatively “soft water”. Lake Sevan is one of the greatest freshwater high-mountain lakes of Eurasia. It is located at about 2000 meters above the sea level. (Optional* lunch tasting barbeque from Sevan trout). We will then explore the summer residence of the Favorite Armenian King Ashot the Iron (Ashot Erkat) – Sevanavank Monastery (9th century). Drive to Dilijan to enjoy the 19th century appearance of the town. This wonderfully forested region is rich in mineral waters. Some of them are compared with Wichi in France and Davos in Switzerland. Dilijan is “the Switzerland of Armenia.” After enjoying our time in the nature, we will have to return to Yerevan. Overnight at the hotel in Yerevan.

Day 7: Yervan
Breakfast at the hotel. Leisure time for shopping. Optional* balloon flight or paragliding. Overnight at the hotel in Yerevan. 

Day 8: Yerevan - Beirut
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport. Farewell.