TOUR TO ARTSAKH

8 DAYS/ 7 NIGHTS

Tour Details

Explore each day

DAY 1

Arrival to Zvartnots airport, transfer to hotel in Yerevan.

DAY 2

Breakfast. Half day city tour. Visits to Matenadaran – depository of ancient manuscripts, Museum of History of Armenia, Tsiternakaberd – Monument and Museum devoted to the Genocide of Armenians in 1915. Visit to Yerevan Brandy Factory with tasting of Armenian brandy. In the second half of the day continue to Echmiadzin – the center of Armenian Apostolic church, the museum of the St. Cathedral, St. Hriprime Martyria church. On the way back visit to the ruins of Zvartnots Temple – the pearl of the 7th c. architecture. Return to Yerevan hotel, overnight.

DAY 3

Breakfast. Drive to Stepanakert. On the way visit to Noradouz, biggest cemetery of khachkars (cross-stones) in Armenia, dating back to 7-10th cc. Continue tour to Sevan Monastery, 9th c. on the peninsula. Lunch on Sevan Lake. Continue to Karvachar. Visit to Dadivank, one of the ancient monastic complexes in Artsakh, 9-13th cc. The monastery was founded by St. Dadi, a disciple of Thaddeus the Apostle who spread Christianity in Eastern Armenia during the first century AD. Continue to Sarsang water reservoir. Visit to Gandzasar monastery, 10-13th cc. The monastery holds relics believed to belong to St. John the Baptist and his father St. Zechariah. Arrival to Stepanakert hotel, overnight.

DAY 4

Breakfast. Drive to ancient Tigranakert, built by Tigranes The Great during 1st c. B.C. Continue to Amaras monastery, built at the beginning of the 4th c. by Gregory the Illuminator, where at the beginning of the 5th c. the creator of the Armenian alphabet Mesrop Mashtots opened the first school of Artsakh. Departure to Hunot gorge. In the gorge you will find the cave “Mamrot kar” (Mossy stone), which looks like an umbrella, and above it there is a small waterfall with fresh water. Visit to Tnjri, 2033 years old giant Oriental plane tree. The hollow of the tree is 44 sq.m., where more than 40 people can stand. Visits to Mets Tagher Village, Togh village. Return to Stepanakert. Overnight.

DAY 5

Breakfast. Visit Shushi, Ghazanchetsots or Holy Savior Cathedral, 19th c. With the height of 35 metres, Ghazanchetsots is one of the largest Armenian churches in the world. Continue to Tatev Monastery, 9th c. You can reach Tatev by the world's longest ropeway (Guinness Book of Records). It is called Wings of Tatev and connects two villages in the mountains. On the way stop at "Devil`s bridge", an extraordinary natural masterpiece of the Vorotan Canyon. This natural bridge is 30 meters long and 50-60 meters wide.Continue to Jermuk, which is located on the upper course of the Arpa River. The town is surrounded with magnificent mountains and forests. Overnight in Jermuk.

DAY 6

Breakfast. Visit Jermuk waterfall. The altitude of the waterfall is 68 metros. Continue to Noravank Monastery Complex, 12-13th cc. Tour to Khor-Virap monastery, 5th c., with view of the Ararat Valley and Ararat Mountain, place of pilgrimage of all Armenians, where in underground prison St. Gregory The Illuminator was imprisoned for preaching Christianity. Return to Yerevan.

DAY 7

Breakfast. Departure for half day tour to Garni – Pagan Temple of the 1st c. A.D., Geghard Cave Monastery, 12-13th cc., carved from solid rock. Drive back to Yerevan. Rest. Visit to Vernissage market, where you can find the best examples of Armenian folk art, unique jewelry, exclusive handmade masterpieces craftsmanship. Visit Vernissage and take a piece of Armenia with you. In the evening farewell dinner at a traditional Armenian restaurant, where you will see how Armenian Lavash (included into the intangible heritage of UNESCO) is baked in tondir (oven) and taste it. You will listen to the wonderful sounds of Armenian Duduk and will have the opportunity to dance Kochari, both inscribed in the UNESCO list of the intangible cultural heritage.

DAY 8

Transfer to the aiport. Departure.