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From Yerevan: Echmiadzin Mother Cathedral and Zvartnots Tour

1. From Yerevan: Echmiadzin Mother Cathedral and Zvartnots Tour

Your tour starts at 10:00 AM from the local partner's head office in Yerevan. Drive to western Armenia, where your first stop is St. Echmiadzin, the main Armenian Apostolic Church. The Cathedral of Echmiadzin was founded at the beginning of the fourth century and is one of the oldest churches in the world. According to the legend, the church was built in the place where the apparition of Jesus Christ was seen to Gregory the Illuminator in a dream. Your next stop is St. Hripsime's Church, one of the famous ecclesiastical buildings in the city of Echmiadzin. This is the perfect example of cross-cupola churches in Armenia. The Treasures of Echmiadzin Museum is situated in the southeast section of the Cathedral. Unique holy relics and religious art are now housed in the museum.  Your last stop is Zvartnots Temple, which is a result of skillfulness and brave creativity of Armenian architects of the 7th century. At the end of your tour, return to the Yerevan city center.

Yerevan: Khor Virap, Garni, Geghard, Echmiadzin, & Zvartnots

2. Yerevan: Khor Virap, Garni, Geghard, Echmiadzin, & Zvartnots

Start your day with a convenient pickup from your accommodation in Yerevan. Enjoy a short meet and greet with your driver before setting off to your first destination. Visit Echmiadzin, the famous cathedral that legend says was chosen by Jesus Christ for this important church to be built. Admire its beautiful architecture and discover why it is considered the residence of Sumpreme Catholicos of all Aremnians. Continue to the magnificent Zvartnots Temple, a site of historical significance that was constructed in the 7th century before continuing on to the pagan temple Garni. Marvel at a temple built in the 1st century AD, dedicated to the sun god Mithra. Take a short drive to a temple situated not far away and visit the Monastery Geghard, built in the 4th century by The First Armenian Catholicos - Gregory the Illuminator. The name of the monastery originates from the spear of the Roman soldier who pierced the body of Jesus Christ which is presented in the museum of Echmiadzin. Finish your day in Khor Virap monastery where spectacular views of the Ararat Mountain await. Climb down the infamous deep pit using a narrow ladder to truly experience the historical sites atmosphere.

Day Trip: From Yerevan Sightseeing to Holy Echmiadzin

3. Day Trip: From Yerevan Sightseeing to Holy Echmiadzin

The day will begin at the iconic Cascade Complex, a massive stairway adorned with contemporary art installations. Stroll through the heart of Yerevan, Republic Square, a grandiose ensemble of buildings, fountains, and statues, surrounded by cafes and shops. An exciting part about the Echmiadzin complex is that all its churches are included in the UNESCO heritage list. The journey will start with visiting St. Hripsime Church, an Armenian Apostolic church of the 7th century in Vagharshapat. We will continue the tour and visit the St. Echmiadzin Treasury Museum. It will offer you beautiful historical arts to visit that you will never forget.

Private Tour to Garni, Geghard, Echmiadzin, & Zvartnots

4. Private Tour to Garni, Geghard, Echmiadzin, & Zvartnots

This tour will introduce you to the exotic Pagan history of Armenia, and explain the later development and spread of Christianity in the country. Garni Temple (77 A.D.) is the only standing heathen temple in the whole post-Soviet area. The temple stands on a high plateau overlooking the Azat River gorge. It is also home to the roman bath house with its mysterious mosaic, made out of 30,000 pieces of natural stones, as well as the ruins of the royal palace, dating back to 3rd Century A.D. The monastic complex of Geghard is another historical site included on this private tour. The complex is a representation of 13th Century Armenia, which is considered to be the Golden Age of the country’s architecture. The most astonishing part is that this church is cut out solid rock. Whilst travelling to Armenia, you may also be interested in seeing the world’s first Christian Cathedral church. Echmiadzin is considered to be the spiritual center of all Armenians all over the world. You will also visit the St. Hripsime Church. This amazing building has stood since its construction in 618 A.D, making it one of the oldest standing churches in the world. Five minutes drive away will be your next stop at the 7th Century Church of St. Gayane. On the way back to Yerevan, you will make a final stop at another beautiful 7th Century temple, also included in the UNESCO heritage list.

From Yerevan: Khor Virap, Etchmiadzin, and Zvartnots Tour

5. From Yerevan: Khor Virap, Etchmiadzin, and Zvartnots Tour

Visit Armenia’s oldest and most well-known historical landmark, Mount Ararat. This private half-day tour takes you to the closest spot possible at Khor Virap Monastery for spectacular views of the snow-capped volcano. Located about an hour’s drive away from Yerevan, the monastery offers an amazing view of the majestic Mount Ararat. Explore Khor Virap and learn about the region’s history as a royal prison. This was the very prison where Gregory the Illuminator, the first Armenian Catholic, was held for 13 years. It’s no surprise that the monastery serves as one of the most sacred spots in Armenia.   Discover more of Armenia’s sacred spots with a stop at Saint Hripsime Church, built on the sepulcher of the nun Hripsime and one of the oldest churches in the world. A short 5 minute drive away is the 7th-century church of Saint Gayane. From here visit the world’s first Christian Cathedral, the Holy Etchmiadzin. Built in 301-304, legend says that Jesus Christ descended here, where Gregory the Illuminator ordered to build the church. On the way back to Yerevan, the tour will conclude with a final stop at another beautiful 7th-century temple.

Private Day Trip to UNESCO World Heritage Sites

6. Private Day Trip to UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Get ready in order to explore: Khor Virap Monastery, which means “deep dungeon”, is one of the most important sanctuaries of Armenians. Its history is closely linked to the religious and cultural history of Armenia. The monastery is located at the foot of the biblical Mount Ararat, where according to the Old Testament, after the Universal Flood Noah's Ark had run aground. Mount Ararat is the greatest symbol of Armenia and all Armenians around the world. Etchmiadzin Cathedral - the religious center for all the Armenian. Armenia was the first country in the world to adopt Christianity as a state religion in 301. The cathedral was listed as a World Heritage Site by Unesco in 2000. Hripsime Church, listed as a World Heritage Site by Unesco, was built by the order of the Catholicos Komitas in 618. The legend of Hripsime dates from the early days of Christianity. Hripsimeh fled to Armenia to escape persecution by the Roman Emperor Diocletian. A beautiful but totally devoted follower of Christ, Hripsime refused to marry the pagan Armenian King Trdat III and chose the death of a martyr. A small chapel was erected over the spot where she was murdered. In the 7th century a wondrous church — a masterpiece of Armenian architecture — was built in its place by order of Catholicos Komitas. Also, you will visit Zvartnots Cathedral, one of the medieval Armenian cathedrals built in the seventh century. The ruins of Zvartnots Temple are designated by Unesco as World Heritage Site. Enjoy your stay in our country.

Armenia: Private Tour to Sardarapat, Echmiadzin, & Zvartnots

7. Armenia: Private Tour to Sardarapat, Echmiadzin, & Zvartnots

First you will drive to the Sardarapat Memorial - located in the Armavir region, which was called Sardarapat up until 1932. It was built in 1968, on the 50th anniversary of the 1918 Sardarapat battle victory. The Sardarapat Memorial is a symbol of pride and survival; it marks the place of Armenia’s successful last-ditch effort to save the nation from obliteration at the hands of the Turks. The Memorial is also home to two museums; the Sardarapat Battle Museum and the State Ethnography Museum, where you can observe Armenia’s cultural evolution. Then stop at Ejmiatsin, considered the spiritual center of Armenians all over the world. This daily tour will include a visit to St. Hripsime Church, constructed in 618 A.D and therefore one of the oldest standing churches in the world. Just a 5-minutes drive away is your next spot: the 7th Century Church of St. Gayane. On the way back to Yerevan, you will make a final stop at another beautiful 7th Century temple, also included in UNESCO's heritage list.

Enlightened Armenia: Echmiadzin, Khor Virap, Noravank, Areni

8. Enlightened Armenia: Echmiadzin, Khor Virap, Noravank, Areni

A tour to enlighten the spirit. Visit the significant religious destinations of Armenia including St. Echmiadzin, the head church of Armenia and also the ‘sister’ church St Hripsime. See the breathtaking views of Mt. Ararat from Khor Virap monastery where the spark of Christianity started in Armenia. Descend and experience the underground dungeon pit. Visit a local artisan in Khor Virap village and enjoy a delicious homemade lunch with his hospitable family. Discover the unique two storey structure of Noravank Church nestled in the stunning brick-red cliffs of a gorge. Sample the local homemade wine at a traditional winery in the heart of the Areni wine region before heading back to Yerevan.

From Yerevan: Echmiadzin cathedral and Zvartnots temple

9. From Yerevan: Echmiadzin cathedral and Zvartnots temple

Visit churches of Echmiatsin and Zvartnots temple, which together make up a remarkable UNESCO World Heritage Site! During this 5-hour private tour you will see a series of landmarks, from Echmiadsin Cathedral to Saint Hripsime Church, Saint Gayane Church, and the 7th-century Zvartnots Cathedral. Choose one of the presented individual tours, customized it or create your private tour in Armenia with Jan Armenia Tours and Travel! Book with us & Let us show you the Land of old Legends, Biblical Stories and Ancient History! Saint Hripsime Church was founded in the 7th century by Catholicos Komitas I Aghtsetsi in the place of a sepulcher of Saint Hripsime. Since 2000 Saint Hripsime Temple has been included in UNESCO World Heritage List. Echmiadzin Mother Cathedral was founded in the IV century BC, whose name means “place of the descent of the Only Begotten.” A feature of the Cathedral is that in addition to the main altar in the eastern part, there is another altar in the middle, at the site of the descent of Christ. In the right-hand boundary of the Etchmiadzin Cathedral there is the Treasury Museum, where are kept relics, church clothes, embroidered with gold and pearls, catholicos’ staffs and crosses, numerous ritual objects made of gold, silver and ivory. St. Gayane Church was built in honor of St. Gayane in the VII century on the place of IV century chapel, which is one of the best monuments of Armenian architecture. The relics of Saint Gayane are kept in the southern wall of the temple, next to the altar niche. Тhe magnificent Zvartnots Temple, which mean “Temple of Vigil Forces”, was built in the VII century. The temple was built for 20 years. Unfortunately, Zvartnots was destroyed by a powerful earthquake in the XX century and only its ruins remained. But even the ruins of this temple give us an idea of its rare and majestic beauty.

3 Day UNESCO Heritage Private Tour in Armenia from Yerevan

10. 3 Day UNESCO Heritage Private Tour in Armenia from Yerevan

Get an unforgettable experience with this offer & get ready in order to explore: Day 1: Yerevan - Khor Virap - Etchmiadin - Zvartnots - Vernissage - Yerevan • Khor Virap Monastery, one of the most important sanctuaries of Armenians, located at the foot of the biblical Mount Ararat. • Etchmiadzin Cathedral - the religious center for all the Armenian. Armenia was the first country in the world to adopt Christianity as a state religion in 301. The cathedral was listed as a World Heritage Site by Unesco in 2000. • Hripsime Church, listed as a World Heritage Site by Unesco, was built by the order of the Catholicos Komitas in 618. • Also, you will visit Zvartnots Cathedral, one of the medieval Armenian cathedrals built in the seventh century. The ruins of Zvartnots Temple are designated by Unesco as World Heritage Site. • The last stop is Vernissage, a large open-air exhibition-market in Yerevan, where you will find anything and everything. Day 2: Yerevan - Garni - Arch of Charents - Geghard - Lake Sevan - Fruit Market - Yerevan •The Arch of Charents. It’s a place where you can admire the most beautiful view of Mount Ararat. • Garni Temple is the only preserved pagan temple in the entire territory of the Caucasus. The construction dates back to the second half of the 1st century and was dedicated to the Sun God. After the Christianization of Armenia, the temple was used as a royal residence. • Geghard which is a medieval monastery declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco. According to tradition The Geghard Monastery was founded by Saint Gregory in the 4th century on the site of a sacred spring. The peculiar character of the construction is reflected in its austerity and the magnificent natural scenery of the canyon, surrounded by precipices and curved cliffs. • Then you will make a stop to visit the Sevanavank monastic complex on the peninsula and contemplate the beautiful landscape of Lake Sevan, which is the pearl of Armenia. • And the last visit is the Yerevan fruit market which is a colorful, fragrant and busy huge indoor market with hundreds of stalls of farmers, bakers etc that actually grow and prepare their own food. Day 3: Yerevan - Noravank - Karahunj - Tatev/Wings of Tatev- Yerevan • You will visit one of the wonderful monuments of medieval Armenia, the Monastery of Noravank, located in an impressive canyon. Noravank means "New Monastery" and is considered one of the most attractive places in the country. • Our next stop is Karahunj Observatory, also known as Zorats Karer, a megalithic composition of Bronze Age tombs and over 220 standing stones / menhirs. • The last stop is Tatev Monastery which is the gem of Armenian architecture. It was founded in the 9th century and has been a major educational and religious center in Armenia for many centuries. We are going to take cable car Wings of Tatev which is the longest reversible cableway in the world (5752 m), recorded in the Guinness Book of Records. Enjoy your stay in our country.

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From Yerevan: Echmiadzin Mother Cathedral and Zvartnots Tour

From Yerevan: Echmiadzin Mother Cathedral and Zvartnots Tour

Your tour starts at 10:00 AM from the local partner's head office in Yerevan. Drive to western Armenia, where your first stop is St. Echmiadzin, the main Armenian Apostolic Church. The Cathedral of Echmiadzin was founded at the beginning of the fourth century and is one of the oldest churches in the world. According to the legend, the church was built in the place where the apparition of Jesus Christ was seen to Gregory the Illuminator in a dream. Your next stop is St. Hripsime's Church, one of the famous ecclesiastical buildings in the city of Echmiadzin. This is the perfect example of cross-cupola churches in Armenia. The Treasures of Echmiadzin Museum is situated in the southeast section of the Cathedral. Unique holy relics and religious art are now housed in the museum.  Your last stop is Zvartnots Temple, which is a result of skillfulness and brave creativity of Armenian architects of the 7th century. At the end of your tour, return to the Yerevan city center.

Yerevan: Khor Virap, Garni, Geghard, Echmiadzin, & Zvartnots

Yerevan: Khor Virap, Garni, Geghard, Echmiadzin, & Zvartnots

Start your day with a convenient pickup from your accommodation in Yerevan. Enjoy a short meet and greet with your driver before setting off to your first destination. Visit Echmiadzin, the famous cathedral that legend says was chosen by Jesus Christ for this important church to be built. Admire its beautiful architecture and discover why it is considered the residence of Sumpreme Catholicos of all Aremnians. Continue to the magnificent Zvartnots Temple, a site of historical significance that was constructed in the 7th century before continuing on to the pagan temple Garni. Marvel at a temple built in the 1st century AD, dedicated to the sun god Mithra. Take a short drive to a temple situated not far away and visit the Monastery Geghard, built in the 4th century by The First Armenian Catholicos - Gregory the Illuminator. The name of the monastery originates from the spear of the Roman soldier who pierced the body of Jesus Christ which is presented in the museum of Echmiadzin. Finish your day in Khor Virap monastery where spectacular views of the Ararat Mountain await. Climb down the infamous deep pit using a narrow ladder to truly experience the historical sites atmosphere.

Day Trip: From Yerevan Sightseeing to Holy Echmiadzin

Day Trip: From Yerevan Sightseeing to Holy Echmiadzin

The day will begin at the iconic Cascade Complex, a massive stairway adorned with contemporary art installations. Stroll through the heart of Yerevan, Republic Square, a grandiose ensemble of buildings, fountains, and statues, surrounded by cafes and shops. An exciting part about the Echmiadzin complex is that all its churches are included in the UNESCO heritage list. The journey will start with visiting St. Hripsime Church, an Armenian Apostolic church of the 7th century in Vagharshapat. We will continue the tour and visit the St. Echmiadzin Treasury Museum. It will offer you beautiful historical arts to visit that you will never forget.

Private Tour to Garni, Geghard, Echmiadzin, & Zvartnots

Private Tour to Garni, Geghard, Echmiadzin, & Zvartnots

This tour will introduce you to the exotic Pagan history of Armenia, and explain the later development and spread of Christianity in the country. Garni Temple (77 A.D.) is the only standing heathen temple in the whole post-Soviet area. The temple stands on a high plateau overlooking the Azat River gorge. It is also home to the roman bath house with its mysterious mosaic, made out of 30,000 pieces of natural stones, as well as the ruins of the royal palace, dating back to 3rd Century A.D. The monastic complex of Geghard is another historical site included on this private tour. The complex is a representation of 13th Century Armenia, which is considered to be the Golden Age of the country’s architecture. The most astonishing part is that this church is cut out solid rock. Whilst travelling to Armenia, you may also be interested in seeing the world’s first Christian Cathedral church. Echmiadzin is considered to be the spiritual center of all Armenians all over the world. You will also visit the St. Hripsime Church. This amazing building has stood since its construction in 618 A.D, making it one of the oldest standing churches in the world. Five minutes drive away will be your next stop at the 7th Century Church of St. Gayane. On the way back to Yerevan, you will make a final stop at another beautiful 7th Century temple, also included in the UNESCO heritage list.

From Yerevan: Khor Virap, Etchmiadzin, and Zvartnots Tour

From Yerevan: Khor Virap, Etchmiadzin, and Zvartnots Tour

Visit Armenia’s oldest and most well-known historical landmark, Mount Ararat. This private half-day tour takes you to the closest spot possible at Khor Virap Monastery for spectacular views of the snow-capped volcano. Located about an hour’s drive away from Yerevan, the monastery offers an amazing view of the majestic Mount Ararat. Explore Khor Virap and learn about the region’s history as a royal prison. This was the very prison where Gregory the Illuminator, the first Armenian Catholic, was held for 13 years. It’s no surprise that the monastery serves as one of the most sacred spots in Armenia.   Discover more of Armenia’s sacred spots with a stop at Saint Hripsime Church, built on the sepulcher of the nun Hripsime and one of the oldest churches in the world. A short 5 minute drive away is the 7th-century church of Saint Gayane. From here visit the world’s first Christian Cathedral, the Holy Etchmiadzin. Built in 301-304, legend says that Jesus Christ descended here, where Gregory the Illuminator ordered to build the church. On the way back to Yerevan, the tour will conclude with a final stop at another beautiful 7th-century temple.

Private Day Trip to UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Private Day Trip to UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Get ready in order to explore: Khor Virap Monastery, which means “deep dungeon”, is one of the most important sanctuaries of Armenians. Its history is closely linked to the religious and cultural history of Armenia. The monastery is located at the foot of the biblical Mount Ararat, where according to the Old Testament, after the Universal Flood Noah's Ark had run aground. Mount Ararat is the greatest symbol of Armenia and all Armenians around the world. Etchmiadzin Cathedral - the religious center for all the Armenian. Armenia was the first country in the world to adopt Christianity as a state religion in 301. The cathedral was listed as a World Heritage Site by Unesco in 2000. Hripsime Church, listed as a World Heritage Site by Unesco, was built by the order of the Catholicos Komitas in 618. The legend of Hripsime dates from the early days of Christianity. Hripsimeh fled to Armenia to escape persecution by the Roman Emperor Diocletian. A beautiful but totally devoted follower of Christ, Hripsime refused to marry the pagan Armenian King Trdat III and chose the death of a martyr. A small chapel was erected over the spot where she was murdered. In the 7th century a wondrous church — a masterpiece of Armenian architecture — was built in its place by order of Catholicos Komitas. Also, you will visit Zvartnots Cathedral, one of the medieval Armenian cathedrals built in the seventh century. The ruins of Zvartnots Temple are designated by Unesco as World Heritage Site. Enjoy your stay in our country.

Armenia: Private Tour to Sardarapat, Echmiadzin, & Zvartnots

Armenia: Private Tour to Sardarapat, Echmiadzin, & Zvartnots

First you will drive to the Sardarapat Memorial - located in the Armavir region, which was called Sardarapat up until 1932. It was built in 1968, on the 50th anniversary of the 1918 Sardarapat battle victory. The Sardarapat Memorial is a symbol of pride and survival; it marks the place of Armenia’s successful last-ditch effort to save the nation from obliteration at the hands of the Turks. The Memorial is also home to two museums; the Sardarapat Battle Museum and the State Ethnography Museum, where you can observe Armenia’s cultural evolution. Then stop at Ejmiatsin, considered the spiritual center of Armenians all over the world. This daily tour will include a visit to St. Hripsime Church, constructed in 618 A.D and therefore one of the oldest standing churches in the world. Just a 5-minutes drive away is your next spot: the 7th Century Church of St. Gayane. On the way back to Yerevan, you will make a final stop at another beautiful 7th Century temple, also included in UNESCO's heritage list.

Enlightened Armenia: Echmiadzin, Khor Virap, Noravank, Areni

Enlightened Armenia: Echmiadzin, Khor Virap, Noravank, Areni

A tour to enlighten the spirit. Visit the significant religious destinations of Armenia including St. Echmiadzin, the head church of Armenia and also the ‘sister’ church St Hripsime. See the breathtaking views of Mt. Ararat from Khor Virap monastery where the spark of Christianity started in Armenia. Descend and experience the underground dungeon pit. Visit a local artisan in Khor Virap village and enjoy a delicious homemade lunch with his hospitable family. Discover the unique two storey structure of Noravank Church nestled in the stunning brick-red cliffs of a gorge. Sample the local homemade wine at a traditional winery in the heart of the Areni wine region before heading back to Yerevan.

From Yerevan: Echmiadzin cathedral and Zvartnots temple

From Yerevan: Echmiadzin cathedral and Zvartnots temple

Visit churches of Echmiatsin and Zvartnots temple, which together make up a remarkable UNESCO World Heritage Site! During this 5-hour private tour you will see a series of landmarks, from Echmiadsin Cathedral to Saint Hripsime Church, Saint Gayane Church, and the 7th-century Zvartnots Cathedral. Choose one of the presented individual tours, customized it or create your private tour in Armenia with Jan Armenia Tours and Travel! Book with us & Let us show you the Land of old Legends, Biblical Stories and Ancient History! Saint Hripsime Church was founded in the 7th century by Catholicos Komitas I Aghtsetsi in the place of a sepulcher of Saint Hripsime. Since 2000 Saint Hripsime Temple has been included in UNESCO World Heritage List. Echmiadzin Mother Cathedral was founded in the IV century BC, whose name means “place of the descent of the Only Begotten.” A feature of the Cathedral is that in addition to the main altar in the eastern part, there is another altar in the middle, at the site of the descent of Christ. In the right-hand boundary of the Etchmiadzin Cathedral there is the Treasury Museum, where are kept relics, church clothes, embroidered with gold and pearls, catholicos’ staffs and crosses, numerous ritual objects made of gold, silver and ivory. St. Gayane Church was built in honor of St. Gayane in the VII century on the place of IV century chapel, which is one of the best monuments of Armenian architecture. The relics of Saint Gayane are kept in the southern wall of the temple, next to the altar niche. Тhe magnificent Zvartnots Temple, which mean “Temple of Vigil Forces”, was built in the VII century. The temple was built for 20 years. Unfortunately, Zvartnots was destroyed by a powerful earthquake in the XX century and only its ruins remained. But even the ruins of this temple give us an idea of its rare and majestic beauty.

3 Day UNESCO Heritage Private Tour in Armenia from Yerevan

3 Day UNESCO Heritage Private Tour in Armenia from Yerevan

Get an unforgettable experience with this offer & get ready in order to explore: Day 1: Yerevan - Khor Virap - Etchmiadin - Zvartnots - Vernissage - Yerevan • Khor Virap Monastery, one of the most important sanctuaries of Armenians, located at the foot of the biblical Mount Ararat. • Etchmiadzin Cathedral - the religious center for all the Armenian. Armenia was the first country in the world to adopt Christianity as a state religion in 301. The cathedral was listed as a World Heritage Site by Unesco in 2000. • Hripsime Church, listed as a World Heritage Site by Unesco, was built by the order of the Catholicos Komitas in 618. • Also, you will visit Zvartnots Cathedral, one of the medieval Armenian cathedrals built in the seventh century. The ruins of Zvartnots Temple are designated by Unesco as World Heritage Site. • The last stop is Vernissage, a large open-air exhibition-market in Yerevan, where you will find anything and everything. Day 2: Yerevan - Garni - Arch of Charents - Geghard - Lake Sevan - Fruit Market - Yerevan •The Arch of Charents. It’s a place where you can admire the most beautiful view of Mount Ararat. • Garni Temple is the only preserved pagan temple in the entire territory of the Caucasus. The construction dates back to the second half of the 1st century and was dedicated to the Sun God. After the Christianization of Armenia, the temple was used as a royal residence. • Geghard which is a medieval monastery declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco. According to tradition The Geghard Monastery was founded by Saint Gregory in the 4th century on the site of a sacred spring. The peculiar character of the construction is reflected in its austerity and the magnificent natural scenery of the canyon, surrounded by precipices and curved cliffs. • Then you will make a stop to visit the Sevanavank monastic complex on the peninsula and contemplate the beautiful landscape of Lake Sevan, which is the pearl of Armenia. • And the last visit is the Yerevan fruit market which is a colorful, fragrant and busy huge indoor market with hundreds of stalls of farmers, bakers etc that actually grow and prepare their own food. Day 3: Yerevan - Noravank - Karahunj - Tatev/Wings of Tatev- Yerevan • You will visit one of the wonderful monuments of medieval Armenia, the Monastery of Noravank, located in an impressive canyon. Noravank means "New Monastery" and is considered one of the most attractive places in the country. • Our next stop is Karahunj Observatory, also known as Zorats Karer, a megalithic composition of Bronze Age tombs and over 220 standing stones / menhirs. • The last stop is Tatev Monastery which is the gem of Armenian architecture. It was founded in the 9th century and has been a major educational and religious center in Armenia for many centuries. We are going to take cable car Wings of Tatev which is the longest reversible cableway in the world (5752 m), recorded in the Guinness Book of Records. Enjoy your stay in our country.

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Wonderful experience I would recommend it. it was not a guide but a driver he took me to watch the bread lavish being made I took photos and tasted it so this was a plus!!!I loved the vosits, a great driver who waited for me at each site and explained where I had to go. I could visit all the sites taking as much time as I liked at each one for photos. Because it was not a tour bus I didnt have to wait around for other tourists in a bus....and could visit one place after the other and he knew the roads really well so got back to Erevan really early Was fantastic and I really recommend it.A great idea,

There were some misunderstandings as we communicated through translation with the person giving the tour, but it was resolved well. The person giving the tour was really friendly and accommodating, and it was great to see so many beautiful historical sites! The day was so nice that I think the various historical sites I saw today will become unforgettable memories. I had lunch at Garni and overall it was okay. If you want to comfortably enjoy historical sites in harmony with nature, this was an activity I would definitely recommend :)

So well organised! Absolutely seamless from the driver picking us up from our hotel in a spick and span car to his consideration throughout the amazing journey. Nothing was rushed! We had plenty of time to take in each and every sight. Amazing experience and truly appreciated.

Very well organized. The driver had tickets to all the activities in advance and guided us where to go etc and giving enough time for us to enjoy the places at our own pace!

The trip was perfect. There were 6 tourists: 2 Italian, 2 American and 2 Russian. We visited the holy villages and also ate at the home of a local artist.