NORTH OF ARMENIA 7 DAY HISTORICAL AND CULTURAL TOUR
DAY 1 | WELCOME TO ARMENIA
DAY 2 | DISCOVER YEREVAN
Yerevan City Tour (4-5 hours including walking tour) Yerevan city tour by car in the center of Yerevan, passing through the main and historical streets of the city. You will also visit the statue of Mother Armenia and enjoy the panoramic view of the city center. Then (if preferred also could be done by walking down the stairs of Cascade) you will see Cascade ( Cafesjian Center for the Arts), Opera Theater with the Liberty Square, Abovyan street, one of the oldest streets in Yerevan with the mix of old and modern buildings, and the Republic Square.
(Upon request The Genocide Museum with Tsitsernakaberd monument and Matenadaran- museum of ancient manuscripts could be included - with additional fees).
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DAY 3 | MAKARAVANK, HAGHARTSIN, MORO DZORO MONASTERIES AND OLD DILIJAN
Makaravank Monastery is a beautiful medieval complex dating back to the 10th-13th century. It is located in Tavush Province, in the north-east of Armenia.
Haghartsin Monastery complex is another marvel of Armenian medieval church architecture. The monastery complex is located near the Dilijan city in Tavush Province as well and is dating from 10 to 13 centuries.
Moro Dzoro Church (also known as Tsrviz Chapel) is another wonder that one can find in Tavush forests. The chapel dates back to as early as the 5th century. It was reconstructed during the 12th and 13th centuries.
Old Dilijan (Tufenkian complex) In 2004, Tufenkian began restoring the historical district of modern-day Dilijan, preserving the 19th century architecture which you can experience today.Hotel in Dilijan.
DAY 4 | SANAHIN, MENDZ ER CAVE, ZARNI-PARNI CAVE, HAGHPAT
Sanahin Monastery, recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a real admiration of a fine combination of Armenian architecture with the landscape. Situated in Lori Province of Armenia, Sanahin Monastery dates to 10 century. The complex has several churches and numerous khachkars (cross-stones).
Mendz Er Cave - Mendz Er is a cave-restaurant with a museum and wonderful views of the gorge of the river Debet.
Zarni Parni Cave is a medieval cave castle complex in Lori region. It is located in a forest with a magnificent view of the Kayan fortress. In ancient times the caves served as a defensive fortress. Now it is a renovated open-air museum where you can learn about the history and enjoy the breathtaking views.
Haghpat Monastery, built between the 10th and 13th centuies, overlooks the Debed River in northern Armenia's Lori region.It used to be a major center of learning in the Middle Ages Haghpat monastery, together with Sanahin Monastery, was placed on UNESCO's World Heritage List in 1996.Hotel in Haghpat.
DAY 5 | HOUSE MUSEUM OF MINAS AVETISYAN, MARMASHEN MONASTERY, GYUMRI
Minas Avetisyan Museum: Minas Avetisyan is an Armenian painter of the 20th century. His House museum was first opened in Jajur, the village where he was born, in 1982. After the 1988’s earthquake it was reopened in 2005. The House museum of the painter has more than 30 original and unique pieces on canvas exhibited in the museum, making the museum the biggest exhibition of Minas Avetisyan’s works.
Marmashen Monastery is another pearl of medieval Armenian religious architecture. The complex dates to 10 century and is located in the Shirak Province of Armenia. The complex is situated on the left bank of Akhourian River, near the western border of the Republic of Armenia. Unfortunately, the centuries, invasions and earthquakes have left their mark on the monastery complex, but yet it is one of the most beautiful monasteries in Armenia.
Gyumri City Tour: Gyumri is the second largest city in Armenia and the capital of the Shirak Province. The city has a very old history and is home to some prominent museums, lovely parks and the impressive Kumayri historic district. Every corner of the city is rich with history and culture. Also the city will admire you with its 18-19th century unique and indigenous architecture.Hotel in Gyumri.
DAY 6 | YERERUYK BASILICA, JRAPI, DASHTADEM, TALIN
Yereruyk Basilica is one of the earliest surviving Christian monuments in Armenia, and was listed on the UNESCO World HeritageTentative List on August 25, 1995. The Basilica is a magnificent representation of Armenian architecture of Paleo-Christian epoch (4th–6th century).
Jrapi Caravanserai- Jrapi's caravanserai once was a large medieval roadside caravanserai to shelter people, animals and goods passing through Silk Road routes.
Dashtadem Fortress is an impressive defensive structure in excellent condition. It is one of the best examples of Armenian castle construction.
Talin Cathedral is a seventh-century Armenian cathedral located in the Aragatsotn Province of Armenia. The Cathedral is partially in ruin but still has its impressive power over visitors. It is famous for its rich exterior decorations.Hotel in Yerevan.