Gorgeous Armenia

Armenia is situated at a cultural, historical, and religious intersection and located at the crossroads between Europe and Asia, in the southern Transcaucasus. The country spans 29,743 square kilometers (11,490 square miles, about the size of Belgium or Maryland) of mountainous terrain centered on the Ararat Valley, the heart of the Armenian nation since biblical times. Ancient geographers called the Armenian Highlands the "Island of Mountains" or the "Rooftop of Asia Minor." In fact, the average altitude of the country is over a mile high, at about 1800 meters above sea level. Presently, the country is landlocked and has no navigable waterways, in contrast to Historic Armenia, which at its height under King Tigran the Great, stretched from the Caspian Sea to the Mediterranean Sea and was more than ten times the current size of the present day Republic. Armenia has borders with Georgia to the north, with Turkey to the west and south, with Azerbaijan to the east and southwest, and with Iran to the south.

Armenia's landscapes offer boundless beauty. Seven main landscape types are represented across the different altitudinal zones of Armenia. Across these desert, semi desert, dry steppe, steppe, woodland, sub alpine and alpine zones is geography as diverse as high mountain peaks, fertile valleys, picturesque land formations, basalt columns, rock sculptures, and waterfalls. More than 200 rivers and streams traverse Armenia, with steep falls, rapids and swift currents. Armenia has 5 scenic canyons. In addition, there are over 200 therapeutic mineral springs, differing in composition and temperature.

The Armenians, an ancient people living on an ancient land, call Armenia "Hayastan," and themselves “Hay." Oral history explains the lineage of the Armenian people as being the direct descendants of Noah's son Habeth. The indigenous people of the land of Ararat, Armenians forged their national identity with the rise of powerful Armenian kingdoms, the adoption of Christianity as Armenia's state religion, and the creation of the Armenian alphabet, which spurred the development of literature, philosophy, and science.

10:00 - Departure from Tbilisi to Yerevan;

14:00 - Sightseeing tour in the morning Yerevan: Sasountsi David monument, Vernisaj touristic market, Mashtots Avenue, Baghramyan Avenue, National assembly of Armenia, Presidental residence of Armenia, the statue of Mother-Armenia;

16:00 - Dinner in yerevan. departure from Yerevan;

17:00 - Visiting Geghard medieval monastery. The name Geghard or more fully Geghardavank, meaning “the Monastery of the Spear”. Monastery is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is one of the most popular places in Armenia;

17:30 - Departure from Geghard;

18:10 - Etchmiadzin Cathedral - the mother church of the Armenian Apostolic Church, built in 4th century;

18:40 - Saint Hripsime Church, one of the excellent examples of spiritual structures of medieval Armenia;

19:20 - Saint Gayane and Saint Shoghakat Churches;

20:20 - Return to Yerevan;

10:00 – Departure from Yerevan. 

11:00 – Aghdzq village, visit to the mausoleum of Armenian Kings of the dynasty of Arshakids

12:00 - Amberd Fortress, a powerful and finite defense unit of VII-X1V c.

13:30 – Hovhannavank Church

14:30 – Dinner

16:00 – Aruchavank Church

17:30 – Saghmosavank church

20:00 – Byurakan observatory

21:30 – Return to Yerevan

09:00 – Departure from Yerevan

10:00 -  Khor Virap Monastery. Spread of Christianity in Armenia starts from this place. 

12:00 - visit to the Noravank monastery complex of 13-th century

13:30 – Dinner in the Areni Village

14:30 – Visiting Areni village. We can find a lot of big and small wineries here, tasting halls, as well as many local winemakers. We will not miss a chance to taste local red wine in one of these places.

16:00 – After that, we will visit Jermuk, where we will visit Jermuk waterfall, mineral water springs, and also Kechut reservoir. After a walk through the city, we will visit to the hot mineral springs, where anyone can take natural bath.

20:30 – Return to Tbilisi.

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