Zarni-Parni Cave Castle Complex, Akhtala Fortress

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Super active, Archaeological, Cultural-historical, Gastronomic

Lasting almost a whole day, this group tour will at the same time turn into an indescribably positive experience. It is dedicated to the visit of Lori province. You will first admire 10th century monastery Haghpat, where at the end of the 18th century the famous ashug Sayat-Nova lived and created. Next on the route, see the magnificent Zarni-Parni Cave Castle Complex, where, according to historica...

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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: Haghpat Monastery

Place: Haghpat Monastery, Armenia, Lori region, Haghpat village

Description: Situated not far from Sanahin, Haghpat monastery has its significant place in the historical and cultural life of Armenia. It was built during the reign of king Ashot Bagratuni. Numerous valuable manuscripts and miniature paintings have been produced in the scriptorium of Haghpat for many centuries. In the 18th century the famous Armenian bard Sayat-Nova u sed to live and create in this monastery. The belfry with its unique architectural composition is of stunning interest. The site is included in UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List.

Admission is free

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Stop: Zarni-Parni Cave Castle Complex

Place: Zarni-Parni, Armenia, Lori region, H-25

Description: Zarni-Parni is a cave castle complex in Lori region. It is located in a forest canyon with a magnificent view of the Kayan fortress, which is close to the village of Haghpat, famous for its monastery. The complex consists of the "Zarni er" and "Parni er" castles, as well as the "Tsak er" cave. Some historical records note, that renowned scholar and philosopher Hovhannes Imastaser used to live and work in this cave. Currently the area is turned into a historical museum, where one can find number of rare ancient agricultural tools and household items. Near the cave there is a tavern and winery to enjoy local drinks and dishes of Armenian cuisine. Evening time can be well "spiced" with a splendid view from the observation deck over a bonfire (at an additional cost of 10 000 AMD). *~150 steps to climb to the complex

The event is included in the price

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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: Gastro Yard

Kitchen: Armenian

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

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Stop: Akhtala Fortress

Place: Akhtala Monastery, Armenia, Lori Region, Akhtala

Description: The Akhtala fortress is situated in Lori district. It is constructed on a plateau resembling a peninsula, surrounded with deep gorges from three sides. In the 10th century the masons could exactly derive benefit from the nature in order to make the fortress more fortified. The fortress is strengthened with huge ramparts and there are two pyramid-shaped watchtowers, rising above from both sides of the main entrance. The monastery of Akhtala, comprised of three churches, is in the territory of the fortress.

Admission is free

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Stop: Sanahin Monastery

Place: Sanahin monastery complex, Armenia, Lori region, Alaverdi

Description: The monastery of Sanahin is on the right bank of Debed river. This architectural complex consists of several churches, seminary, book depository. The building of the seminary, which connects St. Astvatsatsin (Holy Mother of God) and Allsaviour churches, was from the outset built to make the edifices more earthquake-resistant. The site is included in UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List.

Admission is free

The price includes

  • Wi-Fi in transport
  • Comfortable transport
  • Entrance fees indicated in the itinerary
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Professional guide
  • 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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