Khor Virap Monastery, Azat Reservoir, Garni Temple

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Cultural-historical, Gastronomic

This combined tour includes visits of some of the most popular attractions of Armenia. During morning time Biblical Mount Ararat is especially beautiful, so the first stop is foreseen at the closest point to the mountain from Armenia – Khor Virap monastery, from where Christianity in Armenia originates. Next on the route is the only pagan temple in Armenia – Garni. And, finally, you will be amazed...

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  • 8 hours 30 minutes8 hours 30 minutes

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What to expect

Route
1
Stop: Meeting point

Place: Armenia, Yerevan, Mikayel Nalbandyan Street, 96

Description: The preferred seats inside the vehicle are not reserved in advance.

2
Stop: Khor Virap Monastery

Place: Khor Virap Monastery, Armenia, Ararat region, Lusarat village

Description: Khor Virap is the most famous pilgrimage site in Armenia, as it is directly connected with the adoption of Christianity. As a state religion, Christianity in Armenia was adopted in 301 due to endeavors of Saint Gregory The Illuminator, who, before converting King Trdat The 3rd to Christianity, was imprisoned in the dungeon, over which a church of Khor Virap monastery was built in the 17th century. From the monastery one can admire the stunning view of the Biblical Mount Ararat.

Admission is free

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lunch: Lunch stop

Description: Optional lunch in the local traditional restaurant on own expense. One may choose between 3 different options: Option 1 (vegeterian) – 3500 AMD per person Option 2 – 3900 AMD per person Option 3 – 4500 AMD per person

Place: Restaurant

Kitchen: Armenian

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

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Stop: Garni Temple

Place: Temple of Garni, Armenia, Kotayk region, Garni village

Description: Garni temple, which towers over a triangular cape, is the unique survived example of heathen culture in Armenia. It is a blend of Greco-Roman and Armenian styles. King Trdat The First ordered building the temple in the first century AD and dedicated it to the God of Sun. After adopting Christianity in 301, the pagan temple lost its significance and the fortress of Garni became the summer residence of the kings. Nowadays the ruins of the royal palace and the bathroom with a stunning mosaic work can be found near the temple.

The event is included in the price

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Stop: Geghard Monastery

Place: Geghard Monastery, Armenia, Kotayk Province

Description: Geghard monastery is the unsurpassable masterpiece of the 13th century Armenian architecture. Some of the churches of the complex are masterfully hewn in a huge rock. From the outset the complex was called Ayrivank (cave monastery), later it was renamed Geghard (lance) as the lance, used by the roman soldier to sting Jesus Christ's side, had been kept in this monastery for many centuries. Due to its construction, Geghardavank serves the best place for singing spiritual songs. The complex is rich in subtle sculptural embellishments and many striking khachkars (cross-stones). The site is included in UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List.

Admission is free

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Degustation: Lavash baking master class

Description: Lavash is one of the most popular gastronomic icons of Armenia, serving as an integral part of the Armenian cuisine. It is a traditional soft, thin flatbread, made in tonir (special ground oven). Although the baking process of lavash requires much of special skills, it is undertaken by women. For centuries lavash has been consumed by all classes of Armenian society, it is valued for the unique taste and the ability to be stored for quite a long period of time without losing its positive qualities. In 2014 "The preparation, meaning and appearance of traditional bread lavash as an expression of Armenian culture" was inscribed in the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. During this master class you will observe and learn the millennia-old techniques of making lavash, and, of course, taste self-baked lavash together with some fresh greens and yummy local cheese. Feeling the smell of lavash once, you will save this impression for the whole life:)

Type of tasting: Kitchen

The event is included in the price

The price includes

  • Wi-Fi in transport
  • Comfortable transport
  • Professional guide
  • Entrance fees indicated in the itinerary
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Master class and tasting
  • Water and sweets

What to take with you

Don't forget to take with you:
  • Warm clothes
  • Comfortable shoes
Do not forget to consider the restrictions when choosing an excursion:
Open clothes while visiting monasteries

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