Tatev, Khor Virap, Areni

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This time we are going to discover the unique architectural monument – Tatev Monastery. Before reaching Syunik province, we will visit the magnificent monastery of Noravank. The impressive monastic complex amazes visitors with the elegance of its ornate sculptures in harmony with the surroundings. We will also have a stop in Harsnadzor viewpoint, where beautiful view of Tatev is opened. Then we wi...

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Stop: Yerevan

Place: Armenia, Yerevan, Republic Square

Description: Starting point

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Stop: Khor Virap monastery

Place: Armenia, Ararat Region, Village of Lusarat

Description: The name of Khor Virap monastery is translated as “deep dungeon”. The first Catholicos of All Armenians Saint Gregory the Illuminator, was imprisoned here for 13 years by the order of the Armenian pagan king Tiridates III for the preaching Christianity. When the king was stricken with a disease his sister saw a dream: an angel told her that Tiridates would be saved only after the liberation of Gregory the Illuminator. Thus the king released Gregory the Illuminator, and the latter healed the king. After the cure the king proclaimed Christianity as the state religion. Khor Virap has an important historical significance for Armenia. Today tourists have the opportunity to descend into the underground dungeon which is located inside St. Gregory the Illuminator chapel. The best view of the holy mountain Ararat opens from the territory of the monastery.

Duration: 40 minutes

Admission is free

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Stop: Noravank

Place: Armenia, Vayots Dzor Region

Description: Noravank monastery is located in Vayots Dzor province, 3 km northeast of Amaghu village. The name of the monastery is translated as “new monastery”. Noravank was built in the 13-14th centuries. The monastery complex is located on a steep mountain ledge, near the cliff. The territory is “framed” by unusual cliffs of bright red color, which create a very picturesque background for the buildings. Noravank was an important cultural and spiritual center in the Middle Ages; it also served as the residence of the bishops of Syunik province. Noravank monastery is one of the most visited attractions in Armenia. The complex is a magnificent architectural and artistic creation. The monastery was completely restored.

Duration: 40 minutes

Admission is free

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Stop: Wings of Tatev

Place: Armenia, Syunik Region, Wings of Tatev

Description: Wings of Tatev is the longest cable car that runs over the gorge of the turbulent mountain river Vorotan and connects Halidzor village and Tatev Monastery. Reversible aerial tramway was built within the framework of the Tatev Revival Project in 2010. Now it is one of the most popular and favorite tourist attractions. The flight on the Wings of Tatev takes about 15 minutes and allows you to see a fantastic and beautiful natural landscape from a height of more than 300 meters. A picturesque view of the deep gorge opens from the cabin of the cable car. Passengers can see ancient cave settlements, the purest springs and the famous “Devil’s Bridge”. Tatev Monastery appears in front of the passengers on the last stretch of the cable car.

Duration: 15 minutes

The event is paid by the client: approximately the undefined per person

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Stop: Tatev Monastery

Place: Armenia, Syunik Region, Tatev village

Description: Tatev Monastery (IX-X century) is located in Syunik province. The monastery has a rich history. Tatev was not only a spiritual, but also an educational center. One of the best universities, where the humanities were studied, functioned here during the Middle Ages. The monastery buildings stand almost on the edge of a steep cliff, from where visitors can admire a stunning picturesque scenery of the gorge. The path to the monastery was quite long and difficult years ago, by car it was necessary to get to the place along the mountainous road-serpentine. However, after the opening of Tatever ropeway (Wings of Tatev), the path to the attraction takes very short time. It also gives a lot of amazing unforgettable impressions. It should be mentioned that Wings of Tatev holds the record for the longest non-stop double track cable car.

Duration: 2 hours

Admission is free

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Winery: Areni

Place: Armenia, Vayots Dzor Region, Areni village, 3rd Street

Description: People who appreciate good wines and are interested in the history of ancient architecture, will definitely fall in love with the tiny Armenian Areni village. The “Areni Wine” festival has been arranged here every autumn since 2009; over 100 types of finest Armenian wines are presented at the festival and visitors can taste and purchase young and old wines manufactured at the Areni winery.

Duration: 40 minutes

The event is included in the price

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Stop: Yerevan

Place: Armenia, Yerevan, Republic Square

Description: End point of the tour

The price includes

  • Professional guide
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Comfortable transport

What to take with you

Don't forget to take with you:
  • Water
  • Sun cream

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