Amazing South of Armenia

from€1869
for 6 nights

Discover the beautiful country of Armenia with this 6 night tour. Visit temples dating back to 1st Century as you stay in Yerevan, Jermuk and Goris.

What's Included
  • Flight Dublin to Yerevan, Via Paris
  • Airport transfer to your hotel
  • 6 nights accommodation in 4 star hotels – 4 nights in Yerevan, 1 night in Jermuk, 1 night in Goris
  • Breakfast each morning plus 3 lunches and 2 dinners
  • Tours each day, outlined in the itinerary
  • The use of luxury coaches throughout
  • Return transfer from your hotel to airport
  • Flight Yerevan to Dublin, via Paris
  • Services of guide and local representatives
  • Taxes, charges & 23kg check in bag per person

Few nations have histories as ancient, complex and laced with tragedy as Armenia. And even fewer have a culture that is as rich and resilient. This is a destination where you will be intrigued by history, awed by monuments, amazed by the landscape and charmed by down-to-earth locals.

The simply extraordinary collection of medieval monasteries scattered across the country is the number-one attraction, closely followed by a dramatically beautiful landscape that is perfectly suited to hiking and other outdoor activities. And then there’s the unexpected delight of Yerevan – one of the region’s most exuberant and endearing cities. Put together, they offer an enticing and tremendously enjoyable travel experience.

Prices
Dates Price
08 Jun 2020 €1869 Book Now
Agent
Eleanor M
Eleanor M
Booking Remarks
Inclusive of taxes and service charges as indicated
Single room supplement €270
Non refundable or transferable booking deposit €500 per person
Full payment due on receipt of confirmation if within 16 weeks
Optional Insurance €48 (conditions apply)
Itinerary subject to change
Taxes, charges or compulsory charges introduced after publication are not included in the above price
Itinerary
Day 1

Yerevan, Armenia

Fly from Dublin to Yerevan, via Paris. Transfer to the hotel and overnight

Day 2

Yerevan, Armenia

Yerevan is the capital of the Republic of Armenia and is the 12th capital of historical Armenia. The capital of Armenia is also one of the most ancient cities in the world. The city was redesigned in the early 1900s when lovely parks and squares were added to the historic part. Begin in Victory Park, situated on a hill north of the city, where you will see the towering statue of Mother Armenia up close. Enjoy panoramic views of Yerevan from the top, including Mount Ararat (where Noah’s Ark landed according to the Bible). The next stop is the Matenadaran museum, which houses a unique collection of ancient manuscripts covering such lofty topics as philosophy, law, mathematics, medicine, and geography.

Continue to Cascade, a long stairway alongside multiple levels of fountains with its amazing sculptures square of world-famous artists as Botero, Chadwick, Flanagan, the Republic Square with its magnificent buildings enhanced by singing fountains, via Northern Avenue, an ambitious project of independent Armenia to Freedom Square and Opera House.

Your visit includes also the Genocide Memorial and Museum.

Finish tour with a visit to the flea market named Vernissage open on weekends only. Large open-air market for handmade souvenirs, carpets, silver, and jewelry.

Visit famous, Ararat, Brandy for a tasting of 3 types of brandy.

Overnight in Yerevan.

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Day 3

Jermuk, Armenia

Khor Virap(Spiritual visit) is one of the symbols of Armenia. Here began the Christianization of Armenia, a famous pilgrimage site. This is one of the most visited places in all of Armenia. The history of Khor Virap (which was earlier a monastery and state prison) dates back to 180 BC when the Armenian king Artashes I founded the capital of the state, the city of Artashat. Visit monastery Khor Virab (4-17c) , where Gregory the Illuminator was imprisoned 13 years for preaching Christianity at the end of 3rd c.

Areni 1 Cave-(Archaeological visit)A wine press was found in one room of the cave, where there is a hard place that drains into a jug. Traces of seeds, stems, and the compound that gives red wine its signature color was found, which led a wide array of scientists to conclude that the area was used as a winery about 6,000 years ago. Areni Cave is now recognized as the oldest winery in the world. The oldest leather shoe was also found in Areni Cave(3,500 BCE,) .

Noravank Monastery-(medieval masterpiece) The name of the monastery is literally translated as “new monastery” (“Nor” – new, “vank” – monastery. The monastery stands majestically in the gorge of the river Arpa, and in the gorge, makes the view even more impressive.

Old bridge winery(Wine tasting)- Visit Old Bridge, a family run winery in Yeghagnadzor. Its vineyards are located on the right-hand bank of the Arpa River, next to the little village of Arpi at an altitude of 1250-1300m above the sea level. The seedlings were meticulously selected, in order to grow the high-quality Areni grape.

Proceed to Jermuk.(Spa and relaxing visit) It is one of the most popular spa towns in Armenia because of its healing mineral waters and mild climate. The town has more than 40 thermal springs! In Jermuk, you can visit the Gallery of Water for free tastings of the healing mineral waters and the most popular attraction – Jermuk Waterfall.

Overnight in Jermuk.

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Day 4

Goris, Armenia

Visit to Khndzoresk (Armenian Cappadocia), one of the largest villages in Eastern Armenia. Perched on a steep slope of a canyon, Khndzoresk is a complex of manmade and natural cave dwellings which were inhabited up to the 1950s.

Tatev Monastery (the worlds longest cable car 5.7 km.You will reach the Monastery by Wings of Tatev) is a 9th century historical monument, a pearl of Armenian architecture, one of the oldest spiritual centers and largest university of medieval Armenia. In the 14th and 15th centuries, the monastery hosted one of the most important Armenian medieval universities, the University of Tatev, which contributed to the advancement of science, religion and philosophy, reproduction of books, and development of miniature painting.

Overnight in Goris.

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Day 5

Yerevan, Armenia

Karahunge(Zorats Karer)The prehistoric monument comprises stone settings, burial cysts and standing stones called menhirs (“men” meaning “stone” and “hir” meaning “long” in the Middle Breton language); all in all 223 stones.(Armenian Stonehenge)
At first glance, you won’t even conceive that the rock complex served an astronomical observatory centuries ago, according to the most widely-spread hypothesis. Some Armenian scholars even claim it was the oldest observatory in the world!

On the way from Sevan to Yerevan, you can stop to enjoy the view of one of the most beautiful natural sights of Armenia: the Selim PassThis pass was once the part of the famous Silk Road that linked Europe with the Far East. The ancient caravanserai (a resting place for merchants on the Silk Road) still stands till this day. The view of the verdant valley below is simply breathtaking. Visit Selim Caravanserai.

Stop at Noradouz- it is a big cemetery and is widely known thanks to its great numbers of khachkars mostly of the 13th to 17th cc. Many of these khachkars are set on special foundations.(unique cross-stones)
Passing by one of the world’s high altitude lakes Sevan- is one of the main tourist attractions of Armenia.(1.800 m above sea level).

Overnight in Yerevan.

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Day 6

Yerevan, Armenia

Garni temple(The only pagan temple survived in Caucasus) is the only pagan temple in a territory of Armenia built-in 1st C AD by the Armenian King Trdat the First. It is dedicated to God of Sun Mithras.The Garni temple lies about 32KM East of Yerevan and the complex hosts a number of buildings including a royal palace, Roman bath, and a church. Destroyed by an earthquake in 1679, the Garni Temple was reconstructed in the 1970’s and is now made up of both original and replacement masonry.

Geghard( UNESCO world heritage site in Armenia) is incredible medieval Armenian monastery, partly carved out of a mountain. Though the monastery has been around since before the 4th century, the main cathedral was built in 1215. The existing ensemble dates back to the 12th—13th centuries, the time of the flourishing of national culture, especially architecture.

Overnight in Yerevan.

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Day 7

Yerevan, Armenia

Transfer to the airport for your return flight to Dublin, via Paris.

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