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Private tour to Garni, Geghard, Symphony of Stones

1. Private tour to Garni, Geghard, Symphony of Stones

The well-known sites of interest of Armenia are included in this private tour. First, visit Garni pagan temple (1st century), dedicated to the God of Sun Mihr. Next on your way, get amazed by the magnificence of the 13th century Geghard monastery complex, partially carved in the rock and included in the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List. The last place of visit is Garni canyon, the so-called "Basaltic Organ".

Best of Armenia from Yerevan : 6 Locations in One Trip

2. Best of Armenia from Yerevan : 6 Locations in One Trip

Day Trip to 6 Locations from Yerevan: Symphony of Stones, The Arch of Charents, Garni Temple, Geghard Monastery, Khor Virap, Azat Reservoir Embark on a captivating day trip from Yerevan, exploring six unique and historically rich locations. This tour offers a perfect blend of natural wonders, ancient architecture, and cultural heritage, making it an unforgettable experience for any traveler. 1. Symphony of Stones Begin your journey at the Symphony of Stones, located in the Garni Gorge. This natural wonder is renowned for its towering basalt columns, resembling an organ pipe symphony. Formed by volcanic activity and erosion, these hexagonal columns create a striking and otherworldly landscape. Walking among these natural formations is a humbling experience, offering countless photo opportunities. 2. The Arch of Charents Next, visit the Arch of Charents, a stunning viewpoint that offers panoramic vistas of the Armenian landscape, including the majestic Mount Ararat. This stone arch is named after the famous Armenian poet Yeghishe Charents, who often drew inspiration from this spot. The breathtaking views and the serene atmosphere make it a perfect stop for reflection and admiration of Armenia’s natural beauty. 3. Garni Temple Continue to the Garni Temple, the only standing Greco-Roman colonnaded building in Armenia and the former Soviet Union. Dating back to the 1st century AD, this temple dedicated to the sun god Mihr is a masterpiece of classical architecture. Wander through its ancient columns and learn about its fascinating history, including its role as a royal summer residence. The temple’s location, overlooking the Azat River Gorge, adds to its majestic aura. 4. Geghard Monastery A short drive from Garni brings you to the Geghard Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage site partially carved out of a mountain. This medieval monastery, named after the holy lance that pierced Jesus Christ’s side, is renowned for its intricate rock-cut architecture and historical significance. Explore its chapels, tombs, and caves, and feel the spiritual ambiance that has drawn pilgrims for centuries. 5. Khor Virap Journey onwards to Khor Virap Monastery, one of Armenia’s most revered religious sites. Located near the border with Turkey, it offers unparalleled views of Mount Ararat. This monastery is historically significant as the place where Saint Gregory the Illuminator was imprisoned for 13 years before he helped convert Armenia to Christianity in 301 AD. The picturesque setting and deep historical roots make Khor Virap a must-visit. 6. Azat Reservoir Conclude your day at the Azat Reservoir, a tranquil spot surrounded by stunning landscapes. This man-made lake, nestled in the rugged terrain, offers a peaceful retreat from the hustle and bustle of city life. Enjoy the serene waters and the beautiful views, making it an ideal place to relax and reflect on your day of exploration.

"Journey Through Time: Garni Temple and Geghard Monastery"

3. "Journey Through Time: Garni Temple and Geghard Monastery"

We will start the tour from the Yeghishe Charents Arch. It was erected in honor of the famous poet who incredibly loved his homeland. The arch is located in a picturesque place with a stunning view of the majestic Ararat, so get ready to absorb this beauty and take pictures for memory! Our next destination is the magnificent Garni Temple, a true gem of Armenian history. Situated amidst the stunning Azat River gorge, this Hellenistic-style temple is an architectural masterpiece. Garni is the only pagan temple in the entire post-Soviet territory. If you wish, you can also see a natural miracle - the "Symphony of Stones" in the Garni Gorge. Prepare to be awe-inspired as we journey to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Geghard Monastery. Nestled within the cliffs of the Azat River Valley, this medieval monastery complex is a testament to Armenian spiritual devotion.

Garni Gorge: Our most recommended tours and activities

Private tour to Garni, Geghard, Symphony of Stones

Private tour to Garni, Geghard, Symphony of Stones

The well-known sites of interest of Armenia are included in this private tour. First, visit Garni pagan temple (1st century), dedicated to the God of Sun Mihr. Next on your way, get amazed by the magnificence of the 13th century Geghard monastery complex, partially carved in the rock and included in the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List. The last place of visit is Garni canyon, the so-called "Basaltic Organ".

Best of Armenia from Yerevan : 6 Locations in One Trip

Best of Armenia from Yerevan : 6 Locations in One Trip

Day Trip to 6 Locations from Yerevan: Symphony of Stones, The Arch of Charents, Garni Temple, Geghard Monastery, Khor Virap, Azat Reservoir Embark on a captivating day trip from Yerevan, exploring six unique and historically rich locations. This tour offers a perfect blend of natural wonders, ancient architecture, and cultural heritage, making it an unforgettable experience for any traveler. 1. Symphony of Stones Begin your journey at the Symphony of Stones, located in the Garni Gorge. This natural wonder is renowned for its towering basalt columns, resembling an organ pipe symphony. Formed by volcanic activity and erosion, these hexagonal columns create a striking and otherworldly landscape. Walking among these natural formations is a humbling experience, offering countless photo opportunities. 2. The Arch of Charents Next, visit the Arch of Charents, a stunning viewpoint that offers panoramic vistas of the Armenian landscape, including the majestic Mount Ararat. This stone arch is named after the famous Armenian poet Yeghishe Charents, who often drew inspiration from this spot. The breathtaking views and the serene atmosphere make it a perfect stop for reflection and admiration of Armenia’s natural beauty. 3. Garni Temple Continue to the Garni Temple, the only standing Greco-Roman colonnaded building in Armenia and the former Soviet Union. Dating back to the 1st century AD, this temple dedicated to the sun god Mihr is a masterpiece of classical architecture. Wander through its ancient columns and learn about its fascinating history, including its role as a royal summer residence. The temple’s location, overlooking the Azat River Gorge, adds to its majestic aura. 4. Geghard Monastery A short drive from Garni brings you to the Geghard Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage site partially carved out of a mountain. This medieval monastery, named after the holy lance that pierced Jesus Christ’s side, is renowned for its intricate rock-cut architecture and historical significance. Explore its chapels, tombs, and caves, and feel the spiritual ambiance that has drawn pilgrims for centuries. 5. Khor Virap Journey onwards to Khor Virap Monastery, one of Armenia’s most revered religious sites. Located near the border with Turkey, it offers unparalleled views of Mount Ararat. This monastery is historically significant as the place where Saint Gregory the Illuminator was imprisoned for 13 years before he helped convert Armenia to Christianity in 301 AD. The picturesque setting and deep historical roots make Khor Virap a must-visit. 6. Azat Reservoir Conclude your day at the Azat Reservoir, a tranquil spot surrounded by stunning landscapes. This man-made lake, nestled in the rugged terrain, offers a peaceful retreat from the hustle and bustle of city life. Enjoy the serene waters and the beautiful views, making it an ideal place to relax and reflect on your day of exploration.

"Journey Through Time: Garni Temple and Geghard Monastery"

"Journey Through Time: Garni Temple and Geghard Monastery"

We will start the tour from the Yeghishe Charents Arch. It was erected in honor of the famous poet who incredibly loved his homeland. The arch is located in a picturesque place with a stunning view of the majestic Ararat, so get ready to absorb this beauty and take pictures for memory! Our next destination is the magnificent Garni Temple, a true gem of Armenian history. Situated amidst the stunning Azat River gorge, this Hellenistic-style temple is an architectural masterpiece. Garni is the only pagan temple in the entire post-Soviet territory. If you wish, you can also see a natural miracle - the "Symphony of Stones" in the Garni Gorge. Prepare to be awe-inspired as we journey to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Geghard Monastery. Nestled within the cliffs of the Azat River Valley, this medieval monastery complex is a testament to Armenian spiritual devotion.

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