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Tuesday, 24 January 2012 16:53

Ararat Valley

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Day 1

Meet and greet at the  airport. Transfer  to the hotel and accommodation . Rest. City tour(Titsernakaberd   and Museum of Genocide. Matenadaran , State Museum of History.)
Memorial dedicated to victims in Tsitsernakaberd Armenian Genocide in 1915 in the Ottoman Empire. Matenadaran is one of the largest and richest repositories of old books.

Day 2

Breakfast in the morning. Visit to Ejmiatsin(mother  cathedral, the churches  of Holy virgins, st. Gayane, st. Hripsime and  also  the  riuns  of  Zvartnots)
Visit the First Cathedral of Holy Etchmiadzin (303g BC), the most ancient Christian temple in Armenia and one of the oldest in the world, prominent Armenian architecture VII centuries churches and St.Ripsime Gayane and the ruins of Zvartnots temple (vigil forces).Cathedral was built in the VII century and was a true work of art, and the flight of architectural thought. It was destroyed in the X century cause of earthquakes

Day 3

Breakfast at the hotel. Visit to Garni pagan temple-Geghard monastery complex.

Visit the pagan temple of Garni (1st century BC), which is sometimes called the Armenian and the Parthenon is the only remnant of the Armenian paganism. It is located in the village of the same name. Garni is one of the most visited places in Armenia. It was the summer residence of Armenian kings. Retained the old bathhouse of Garni. Look forward to an unforgettable experience on the type of look-r..Azat Valley area is located next to the temple!

Gegard monastery. Gegard means spear, on behalf of the spear, which believe it was used during the crucifixion of Christ and was transported and deposited on here have stored, and later) Gorgeous monastery complex, the main church in the rock cut down in the XIII century by the master for 42 years!. The monastery was founded XII-XIII centuries.

Day 4

Breakfast  at the hotel. Drive to Khor Virap,  the nearest point of Armenia to the mountain "Ararat". -Areni-Noravanq-Yerevan/ 
The monastery is located above the choir Virap underground prisonin which the Armenian king Tiridates III contained in prison for 13 years St. Gregory the Illuminator, before it was converted to Christianity (in 301). Hill Choir Virap is located on the site of the ancient Armenian capital Artashat built (circa 180 BC. E). KingArtashes I, founder of the dynasty Artashesids

Noravank translated from the Armenian "new monastery") - the monastery complex, built in the XIII century AD on the ledge of a narrow winding gorge of the Arpa River Gorge is famous for its steep red cliffs, towering over the monastery, which is located in the two-story church Astvatsatsin console with narrow staircases. Arena and wine tasting at the winery Vernashen will be the perfect complement seen in this beautiful region.

Day 5

Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Amberd, Saghmosavanq. Back to Yerevan.    
Amberd - Historical Site on the slopes of Mount Aragats in Armeniafrom the VII century castle and the church of the XI century. Located at an altitude of 2300 meters above sea level. It offers a beautiful view of Mount Ararat and the Ararat valley. Far from the fortress at the peaks of Mount Aragats is a lake Cary (Stone).

On the way back you will see one of the finest church buildings Saghmosavank. As Ovanavank sky monastery, situated on a high Saghmosavank gorge the river Kasakh. Zion Church in the Monastery (1215), and the church of St. Garabed in Ovanavank(1216-1235) were based Vachutyan Vache. They belong to the same type with a cross and a luxury high dome. Churches have several domes, which is reflected from the outside.

Day 6

Breakfast at the hotel. Museum of History of Armenia, Farewell party
In the museum of the history of many beautiful and interesting exhibits of different eras of centuries-old history. Farewell

Day

Breakfast. Transfer to the airport. Departure.

Tuesday, 24 January 2012 16:51

Northern light

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Day 1

Arrival. Meet and  greet at the aiport. Transfer  to the hotel and  accommodation.  
Tours,sightseeing tour of Yerevan. Familiarization with the city. Cascade -State Opera and Ballet. Singing fountains in the area of Square of  Republic

Day 2

Tour in Yerevan .Visit to memorial Cicernakaberd (Swallow fortrees).Museum Marenadaran and Museum of History of Armenia

Memorial dedicated to victims of the Armenian genocide in 1915 in the Ottoman Empire.

Matenadaran is one of the largest and rich  repository of old books. In the museum of the history of many beautiful and interesting exhibits of different eras of centuries-old history of the country

Day 3

Breakfast at the hotel. Trip to Haghpat (X-XII c)  and Akhtala (X-XIII)  Excursion through the complexes. Accommodation at the hotel "Avan Dzoraget"

Visiting the northern  regions pleasing to the eye. Incredible natural beauty, plus fine examples of medieval architecture in Armenia. Both models confirm the monastery high level of Armenian artists.
Akhtala castle and monastery of XII century. Center of Chalcedon
direction of Christianity in medieval northern Armenia
Haghpat monastic complex has been built   in X-XIII  c.  Museum. Historical  numerous cross-stones, and beautiful surroundings

Day 4

Breakfast. Trip to Sanahin (X-XI с)  and   Odzun ( VIc),  Kobayr (XII-XIII c)     

Sanahin one of most visited monasteries in Armenia. Theological Academy XI century, built by Grigor Magistros Pahlavuni

Odzun-domed basilica of VI century. Here worked great medieval philosopher and author of the Code of Canons Hovhannes Odznetsi

 

Day 5

Breakfast in the morning. Hiking to St. Grigor Bardzraqash Church (Xс). - H.Tumanyan’s  museum in  Dsegh  -  hotel "Avan Dzoraget"

Walking tour will be a fascinating journey along a mountain path to the church of St. Gregory, which is located on a picturesque hill side under rocks of Marts Gorge . Numerous cross-stones on the path on the road to the village will add to the impression from what he saw in the ruins of the church. House Museum of H.Tumanyan piece of Armenian history, his life and acquaintance with the life and works of great Armenian writer. The completion of the tour down the mountain path to the hotel. From the path to the eyes open neighborhood of the beautiful views

Day 6

Breakfast at hotel.drive to Hagharcin (X-XIII c). Drive to Sevan Lake. Accommodation at the hotel .

On the emerald meadow, lost in the woods Monastery Haghartsin not leave you indifferent. A wonderful building, ideally with the environment. At any time this magnificent architectural complex attracts tourists from all over the world.

Home monastic church of St.  Astvatsatsin  was built in 1281.Church St. Grigor built in XI century is the oldest building of the complex. In XII-XIII centuriesthe church was built Gavit.

 

Day 7

Breakfast. Rest at the Lake  Sevan
Lake Sevan is one of the miracle of nature. Situated at an altitude of1900 m Sevan has the ability to look to your eyes different colors depending on the weather and time of day! Activities on the lake you will be pleased!

Day 8

Breakfast.Drive to Yerevan.Accommodation at the hotel .Tour in Yerevan.
After traveling to Yerevan to open your new eyes. The capital of Armenia has incorporated a centuries-old tradition of Armenian architecture and you will be to compare with the architectural decisions of the city!

Day 9

Free day. Shopping.Firewall party

Day   10 Transfer to  airport. Departure
Tuesday, 24 January 2012 16:44

Wings of Syunik

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Day 1

Meet and greet at the airport.  Transfer  to the hotel and accommodation , Rest.Walking tour from cascade to Republic Square .

 
 
 

Day 2

Tour in Yerevan. Visit to memorial Cicernakaberd (Swallow fortrees).Museum Marenadaran and Museum of History of Armenia.
Tsitsernakaberd is a memorial dedicated to the victims of the Armenian Genocide; it is located on a hill overlooking Yerevan, Armenia. Every year on April 24, hundreds of thousands of Armenians gather here to remember the victims of the 1915 Armenian Genocid.

Day 3

Breakfast at the hotel "Aviatrans". Visit to Vayots dzor (house museum of Paruyr Sevak). Visit to Areni wine factory .Excursion through the factory. Wine tasting. Visit to Noravanq-yeghegnadzor. Accommodation at the hotel.  
Noravank is translated from the Armenian "new monastery") - the monastery complex, built in the XIII century AD on the ledge of a narrow winding gorge of the Arpa River Gorge is famous for its steep red cliffs, towering over the monastery, which is located in the two-story church Astvatsatsin console with narrow staircases.

Day 4

Breakfast at the hotel .Visit to  Gladzor University Drive to Jermuk waterfall. Accommodation at the hotel .
Gladzor is known as the oldest of the Armenian Center of the University celebrated its 700th anniversary in 1984.

The resort town of Jermuk has everything to their liking. Clean air, fragrant scent of alpine meadow and treatment of water made the city famous in every way

 

Day 5

Breakfast at the hotel. Jermuk city tour.Visit to monastery Gndevank (X c). Drive to Goris. Rest in Goris. Accommodation at the hotel.
The monastery Gndevank X c. is located in the canyon of the river Arpa, whose walls are composed of basalt hexagons. In addition to the canyon of the Azat river, on which stands the fortress of Garni, Arpa canyon - the most beautiful "symphony in stone" in the territory of Armenia.

Day 6

Brekafast in  the hotel. Visit to Tatev monastery complex. Devil's bridge. Leisure time next to Devil's  bridge. Visit to harants Anapat. Drive to  yerevan. Accommodation at the hotel .
One of the oldest and unique Armenian churches and Research Center. Beautiful views of the surroundings will make your experience unforgettable. And the longest cable car in the world will add the share of adrenaline in the blood

Day 7

Leisure time . Free day. Shopping Farewell party.

Day 8 Transfer to the airport. Departure
Tuesday, 24 January 2012 16:32

Christianity Armenia

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Day1

Arrival ,meet and greet at the airport .Transfer to the hotel  and accommodation. Rest walking from the top of Cascade to the Republic square .

AVIATRANS. Rest, walk from Cascade to Republic Square. Dinner

Walking through the city of Yerevan will bring you the most pleasant feeling of cosines and beauty capital of Armenia .. Small cafes and bars in the city center would be tempting to call the tourists. Visit the sights of the city will leave an indelible mark in your memory.

 

Day 2

Brekafast in the morning. Visit to Garni pagan  temble, and Geghard monastery complex
The tour begins with a visit to the repository one of the largest repositories of books Matenadaran Museum, where you can see the global human values, handwritten works of the ancient Armenian masters.
Visit the pagan temple of Garni (1st century BC), which is sometimes called the Armenian and the Parthenon is the only remnant of the Armenian paganism. It is located in the village of the same name. Garni is one of the most visited places in Armenia. It was the summer residence of Armenian kings. Retained the old bathhouse of Garni. Look forward to an unforgettable experience on the type of look-r..Azat Valley area is located next to the temple!
Gegard monastery. Gegard means spear, on behalf of the spear, which believe it was used during the crucifixion of Christ and was transported and deposited on here have stored, and later) Gorgeous monastery complex, the main church in the rock cut down in the XIII century by the master for 42 years!. The monastery was founded XII-XIII centuries.

 

Day 3

Breakfast in the morning. Visit to the  center of  christianity, mother  cathedral  st. Ejmiatsin   and the  churches  of holy virgins  st. Gayane, st. Hripsime.. On the way back to Yerevan  visit  to the  ruins  of Zvartnots.
Visit the First Cathedral of Holy Etchmiadzin (303g BC), the most ancient Christian temple in Armenia and one of the oldest in the world, prominent Armenian architecture VII centuries churches and St.Ripsime ,Gayane and the ruins of Zvartnots temple (vigil forces).Cathedral was built in the VII century and was a true work of art, and the flight of architectural thought. It was destroyed in the X century due to earthquakes

Day 4

Breakfast in the morning. Drive to Tsaghkadzor(gorge of flowers). Visit to Kecharis. Free day. Accommodation at the hotel.  

Visit the mountain resort of Tsakhkadzor restore power after a heavy schedule of tours, and pure mountain air would be a good addition to the beautiful Armenian cuisine, which will be waiting for tourists everywhere during their travels!

Day 5

Breakfast  at the hotel"World of Gold". Drive to Sevan, visit to Sevanavank. Free day, leisure time. Accommodation at the hotel .

Highland Lake. Sevan is the largest in Armenia and one of the largest lakes of this type in the world. His clear blue water is always called to her visitors in the hottest days. located on the peninsula and the church S..Arakelots ,St. Asdvadzadzin XI centuries

Day 6

Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Dilijan. Lunch. Dilijan city tour.Accommodation at the hotel "Dilijan resort"
Dilijan is considered to be the greenest city of Armenia. Walking in the city , the museum of the city and the rest in the fresh air will bring true pleasure

Day 7

Breakfast at the hotel. Visit to Haghartsin monastery(dates back to XIIIc.), after  the  Goshavank (XIIc). The  day will finish with the tour  to Enokavan.Accommodation at the hotel "Apaga"
Visit two monasteries Haghartsin (X-XIII) and Goshavank (XII) will bein contact with the miracle of medieval Armenian architecture. Embroidered stone cross in the thirteenth century Master Poghos above all imagination.

Day 8

Breakfast at the hotel.  Horse riding to Lastiver. Excursion to the waterfalls and the  caves Lastiver.Rest in the nature

Day 9

Breakfast at the hotel. Visit to Makaravanq. Drive to Yerevan. Accommodation at the hotel  
Church Makaravank (X-XIII) and its breathtaking views of neighborhoods will be a great final route for the north of Armenia.
Makaravank  is a medieval architectural church complex in Tavush marz, Armenia, on the slope of Paitatap Mountain. The main church was constructed in 1205 of pink andesite. The oldest church of the complex was constructed in the 10th-11th centuries of large pieces of rough-hewn red volcanic tuff.

Day 10

Breakfast at the hotel Aviatrans.Visit to Armenian  History museum. Shopping day

 

Day 11

Transfer to the  airport.Departure

 
Sunday, 22 January 2012 15:35

Regions

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Saturday, 14 January 2012 12:54

Tavush

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Hagartsin

Haghartsin is a 13th century monastery located near the town of Dilijan in the Tavush Province of Armenia. It was built between the 10th and 14th century (in the 12th under Khachatur of Taron); much of it under the patronage of the Bagratuni Dynasty.

 

 

 

 

 

Tzrka

Not far from the  village Gosh there is a small  lake hidden in the  forests. It's one of the wonderful and picturesque places  of  Armenia

 

 

 

 

 

 

Makaravank

Makaravank is a medieval architectural church complex in Tavush Marz, Armenia, on the slope of Paitatap Mountain. The main church was constructed in 1205 of pink andesite. The oldest church of the complex was constructed in the 10th-11th centuries of large pieces of rough-hewn red volcanic tuff (a common Armenian building material). The construction material for the gavit is of red andesite. On the eastern side of the complex of Makaravank is St Astvatsatsin (Mother of God) church in white stone. The religious leader, Hovhanness, built it in 1198. Just outside the complex walls is a picnic area with a spring.

 

 

Gosh

The monastery was founded by the medieval Armenian prominent scholar, jurist and fabulist Mkhitar Gosh, at the place of ancient Getik. The monastery was absolutely destroyed in 1186 from the earthquake. It was rebuilt by Ivaneh and Zaqareh princes in 1197-1203. Here is the “embroidered” Khach Kar of master Poghos (1291).

 

 

 

lake Parz

Located in a thick forest, a bit north, 6.7 km far from  Dilijan Town.Crossing the bridge over the Aghstev the  way, which winds through about 8 km of forest to end , leds to a modest green lake, banks slightly muddy (beware ringworm) but excellent for a picnic and forest hikes in a quiet, non-typical setting

 

Saturday, 14 January 2012 12:47

Vayoc Dzor

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Noravank

Noravank is one of the religious and cultural centres of Armenia. The gravestones of Orbelian family are here. In the 13th-14th centuries this incomparable building was built by sculptors Momik and Sinars.

 

 

 

 

 

Jermuk

It is situated in Vayotc Dzor province. It is 2070m above the sea level. On the way you will see Ketchut reservoir. Jermuk is famous for its mineral waters and resorts. The city is surrounded by beautiful mountainous forests. There is a waterfall in the canyon of the city. The first resort was founded in 1935.

 

 

 

 

Gndevank

Gndevank ( meaning Round cathedral) is a 10th-13th century Armenian monastery in the Vayots Dzor Province of Armenia, along the road to Jermuk. The ancient monastery complex is a thousand years old, and in good condition. The monastery complex is surrounded by fort-like walls. Once inside one of the entrances or walls, you see the entire complex. There is a very nice church, with some great carved stones all around it, a large courtyard partly shaded by a large walnut tree, and the fort like walls, which have many chambers to explore. If you enter certain rooms you can just crawl into lower chamber after chamber and in this fashion go about 3 stories underground, so bring a flashlight! The excavations are incomplete, so like many monasteries there is the story that there is a tunnel leading to the river.

 

Red rocks

The gorge near Yeghegnadzor, made by Darichay river, is known for its tall, sheer, brick-red cliffs, directly across from the monastery.

 

 

 

 

 

Gladzor

Gladzor is an Armenian prominent educational center in Vayots Dzor. As a university it’s mentioned from 1291 and survived until 1340. Yesayah Nsheci taught theology, philosophy, geometry and bibliography here. Miniatures and music were developed here. Proshyan and Orbelyan princes were the sponsors of the university.
Saturday, 14 January 2012 12:39

Syuniq

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Tatev

Tatev (Տաթեվ) monastery is situated near the village of the same name in part of Zangezur - ancient Syunik. The monastery was founded in the ninth century in place of a tabernacle well-known in ancient times. The strategically advantageous location on a cape formed by a deep river gorge with precipitous rocky slopes favored the construction of a mighty defense complex there.

 

 

 

Haranc Anapat

On the right bank of the Vorotan River, near Satanayi Kamurj (Devil's Bridge), SW and well below of Tatev Monastery, where the Tatev and Vorotan gorges meet. The "hamalir" was built in 1613. Had a school of higher learning, nunnery. Was a well known center of education.

 

 




Vorotan

 

The canyon is Siunik's crowning natural jewel, “Armenia's Grand Canyon”; carved by a mountainous river that flows from the western part of the Karabakh Plateau and courses 178 km through the heart of the province with a basin of 5650 square kilometers, etching the landscape with rugged canyon walls more than 100 meters deep and 3 km apart at its widest point.

 

 

Shaki

One of the truly inspiring sights of Armenia, the Shaki Waterfall is situated 6 km from the town of Sisian. On the left side of the river Vorotan's gorge, basalt lava flows have solidified to form a ledge 18 meters high from which the waterfall cascades down, punctuating the captivating view of the gorge and creating one of the most beautiful falls in Armenia.

 

 

 

 

Karahunj

Carahunge or Karahundj, Zorakarer is 3, 500 years older than England’s Stonehenge and 3, 000 years older than the Egyptianpyramids. The total area of the observatory is 7 hectares. According to the scientist’s findings, a temple consisting of 40 stones built in honor of the Armenians’ main God, Ari, meaning the Sun, is situated in the central part of Carahunge.

 

Saturday, 14 January 2012 12:27

Shirak

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Harichavank

This monastery stands out from others.  Kids will love the hidden stairwell which is hard to spot in the shadows unless you look for it.  Some melted (from water erosion columns) and the chapel on a tall rock that broke away from the cliff the monastery is built on will add to the intrigue.  Beautiful ceiling tiles and a completely restored complex surrounded by fortified walls, all make this a standout worth the side trip.

 

 

 

 

Marmarashen

This is one of the most popular trips associated with Gyumri.  The locals love to visit for a barbecue (or khorovats as it's locally called), and the meticulously restored pink stone structures make the visit well worth it.  Exploring the ruins and inscriptions, and napping by the river before a picnic is worth the trip.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gyumri

Gyumri is the capital and largest city of the Shirak Province in northwest Armenia. It is located about 120 km from the capital Yerevan, and, with a population of 168,918 (2008; up from 150,917 reported at the 2001 census), is the second-largest city in Armenia.The name of the city has been changed many times in history. It was first known asKumayri or Gyumri, then Alexandropol then  Leninakan , then again as Gyumri.The city is situated on a 126 km distance north to Yerevan in the central part of the Shirak Highland

 

Saturday, 14 January 2012 11:59

Lori

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Haghpat

Haghpat is a village in the Northern Lori province of Armenia, close to the city of Alaverdi and the state border with Georgia.It is notable for Haghpat Monastery, a religious complex founded in the 10th century and included in the UNESCO World Heritage List along with monasteries in nearby Sanahin. The monastery is an outstanding and magnificent example of medieval Armenian architecture that has been attracting increasing numbers of tourists.

 

 

Sanahin

Sanahin Monastery is an Armenian monastery founded in the 10th century. The name Sanahin literally translates from Armenian as "this one is older than that one", presumably representing a claim to having an older monastery than the neighbouring Haghpat Monastery. The two villages and their monasteries are similar in many ways, and lie in plain view of each other on a dissected plateau formation, separated by a deep "crack" formed by a small river flowing into the Debed river.As with Haghpat, Sanahin is frequented by an increasing number of tourists, due to its recent inclusion on the itineraries of numerous Armenian tour agencies, the beauty of its monastery complex matching that of Haghpat's. The complex belongs to the Armenian Apostolic Church with numerous khachkars (stones with elaborate engravings representing a cross) and bishop gravesites scattered throughout it.

 

Odzun

Odzun is a historical town. It is situated on a plateau above the left bank of the Debed river gorge, a few kilometres south of the town of Alaverdi. It is famous for the 5-7th century Odzun Church, one of the finest Armenian basilicas with a cupola.

 

 

 

 

 

ST Nshan

Saint Nishan (Sourb Nshan) is a saint of the Armenian Apostolic Church who lived in the 10th century and is known as the founder of Haghpat Monastery in Haghpat, Armenia. There is a small church and a large cathedral there that bear his name

 

 

 

Akhtala

Akhtala is a 10th-century fortified Armenian Apostolic Church monastery located in the town of Akhtala in the marz of Lori, 185 kilometers (114.885 miles) north of Yerevan. The monastery is currently inactive.The fortress played a major role in protecting the north-western regions of Armenia (Gugark) and is among the most well preserved of all in modern Armenia.The main church at the compound is famous for its highly artistic frescoes, which cover the inside walls, the partitions, and the bearings of the building. The modern name of Akhtala was first recorded in a royal decree of 1438
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