Khor Virap, Noravank, Jermuk

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Within the framework of this tour we will visit Khor Virap monastery, where the first Catholicos of All Armenians St. Gregory the Illuminator was imprisoned for 13 years for preaching Christianity. Then we will go to Vayots Dzor, get acquainted with the history of Noravank, which is considered a masterpiece of Armenian architecture, we will admire the wonderful landscapes of our highlands. The vis...

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Stop: Yerevan

Place: Armenia, Yerevan, Republic Square

Description: Starting point

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Stop: Khor Virap

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: 50 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: an hour

Admission is free

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Stop: Jermuk

Place: Armenia, Vayots Dzor Region, Jermuk, Stepan Shahumyan Street

Description: The healing characteristics of local mineral springs are the reason why a great amount of visitors come to Jermuk city each year. The name “Jermuk” is translated as a “hot spring” from Armenian. It is also renowned for its health resorts, wonderful nature and pure mountain air. From the height of the hills around the resort city, a beautiful panorama of thick forests, waterfalls, colourful meadows and amazing cliffs opens. The other pride of Jermuk is the water gallery that is recommended to visit for people with different health issues. There are many ancient historical and architectural landmarks in the area of the city.

Duration: 2 hours

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Stop: Jermuk waterfall

Place: Armenia, Vayots Dzor Region, Jermuk

Description: Jermuk waterfall is located in Jermuk city. The city is surounded by cliffs at a height of 2080 meters above sea level. The city is located in the south-eastern part of the Republic of Armenia, in Vayots Dzor province (historic district of Vayots Dzor province of Syunik province). Jermuk waterfall has a height of 72 meters and splits into the Arpa river, and reminds the girl’s hair. From here comes another name for the waterfall – Mermaid’s hair.

Duration: 45 minutes

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Stop: Yerevan

Place: Armenia, Yerevan, Republic Square

Description: End point of the tour

The price includes

  • Professional guide
  • Comfortable transport
  • Air-conditioned vehicle

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