Armenia in nutshell

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  • Tour duration 5 days
  • Armenia
  • Min number of people 7
  • Max number of people 14
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This fantastic tour introduces you to the world’s first Christian state land. During the program you will encounter rich historical sights with an expert guide. Visit sites designated as World Heritage by the United Nations. Stroll through the charming streets of Yerevan and get to know the country’s architectural masterpieces.

Locations you will visit

  • Yerevan
  • Etchmiadzin
  • Areni
  • Garni

Included

  • TWIN/DBL room in 3* hotels
  • Full Board
  • Accompanying English speaking guide
  • Transport (depends on the number of travellers) and driver services
  • Entrance tickets to the sites, listed in the program
  • Wine tasting
  • Masterclass Lavache baking

Not included

  • International air tickets
  • Alcohol and soft drinks
  • Surcharge for special requests on meals and services
  • Entrance fees, transport service, permits and guide service during free time
  • Insurances
  • Tips (always optional, always appreciated)
  • Visas (if applicable) & any other administrative costs
  • Surcharge for public holidays
  • Fees for video and photo shooting

Your itinerary – in brief:

Day 1: Arrival Yerevan
Day 2: Yerevan – Etchmiadzin- Yerevan (140 km)
Day 3: Yerevan – Noravank – Areni – Yerevan (250)
Day 4: Yerevan – Garni village – Yerevan (120 km)
Day 5: Yerevan – Departure

Day 1Arrival Yerevan

Arrival at Zvartnots International Airport. Meeting at the airport. Transfer to the hotel.

Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 2Yerevan - Etchmiadzin- Yerevan (140 km)

Breakfast at the hotel.

Timetable:
• Half day city tour: Opera House, the beautiful landscape of the two ice-covered
biblical Mount Ararat, Swan Lake, Northern Avenue and Republic Square
Lunch in the local restaurant
• We’re going to Etchmiadzin, the centre of Armenian Christianity, which is
considered to be the “Vatican City”
• Visit to the Cathedral (UNESCO), built in 301-303 A.D. with its unique             architectural style and frescoes
• Visit to Zvartnots Cathedral (VII – UNESCO), which was excavated and
reconstructed at the beginning of the 20th century
Dinner in the local restaurant

Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 3Yerevan - Noravank - Areni - Yerevan (250)

Breakfast at the hotel.

Timetable:
• Visit to the Khor Virapklooster (IV) at the foot of Mount Ararat
• Excursion in the Bird Cave, Areni-1, with an exciting and mysterious past
Lunch in the local restaurant
• Noravank Monastery (XIII), an architectural pearl situated between red brick cliffs,
just above a deep gorge
• Guided tour of the Areni winery with tasting of local wines produced from
endemic grape varieties
Dinner in the local restaurant

Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 4Yerevan - Garni village - Yerevan (120 km)

Breakfast at the hotel.

Timetable:
• Visit to the Garni village, famous for its Hellenistic pagan temple (I) and known for
its beautiful landscapes, the extraordinary view of the gorge and the surrounding
mountains
• We go to the Azat River Gorge where the “Symphony of Stones” or “Basalt Organ”
is located
Lunch in the local restaurant
• Learn to bake Lavache (traditional Armenian bread – UNESCO) and then enjoy
“brduj” (stuffed bread) and taste the freshly baked bread with young cheese and
local herbs
• Visit to the Geghard Monastery (IV – UNESCO) carved out of a cave and contains a
number of churches and tombs
Dinner at the local restaurant

Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 5Yerevan - Departure

Breakfast at the hotel.

Departure. The local partner will take you to the airport.

Armenia, officially the Republic of Armenia, is a country in the South Caucasus region of Eurasia. Located in Western Asia on the Armenian Highlands, it is bordered by Turkey to the west, Georgia to the north, the de facto independent Republic of Artsakh and Azerbaijan to the east, and Iran and Azerbaijan's exclave of Nakhchivan to the south. Armenia is a unitary, multi-party, democratic nation-state with an ancient cultural heritage. Urartu was established in 860 BC and by the 6th century BC it was replaced by the Satrapy of Armenia. The Kingdom of Armenia reached its height under Tigranes the Great in the 1st century BC and became the first state in the world to adopt Christianity as its official religion in the late 3rd or early 4th century AD. The official date of state adoption of Christianity is 301. By the 19th century, Eastern Armenia had been conquered by the Russian Empire, while most of the western parts of the traditional Armenian homeland remained under Ottoman rule. During World War I, Armenians living in their ancestral lands in the Ottoman Empire were systematically exterminated in the Armenian Genocide. In 1918, following the Russian Revolution, all non-Russian countries declared their independence after the Russian Empire ceased to exist, leading to the establishment of the First Republic of Armenia. By 1920, the state was incorporated into the Transcaucasian Socialist Federative Soviet Republic, and in 1922 became a founding member of the Soviet Union. In 1936, the Transcaucasian state was dissolved, transforming its constituent states, including the Armenian Soviet Socialist Republic, into full Union republics. The modern Republic of Armenia became independent in 1991 during the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Armenia is a member of the Eurasian Economic Union, the Council of Europe and the Collective Security Treaty Organization. Armenia supports the de facto independent Artsakh, which was proclaimed in 1991. Armenia has a population of 2,924,816 (2016 est.) and is the third most densely populated of the former Soviet republics. There has been a problem of population decline due to elevated levels of emigration after the break-up of the USSR. In the past years emigration levels have declined and some population growth is observed since 2012. Armenia has a relatively large external diaspora (8 million by some estimates, greatly exceeding the 3 million population of Armenia itself), with communities existing across the globe. The largest Armenian communities outside of Armenia can be found in Russia, France, Iran, the United States, Georgia, Syria, Lebanon, Australia, Canada, Greece, Cyprus, Israel, Poland, Ukraine and Brazil. 40,000 to 70,000 Armenians still live in Turkey (mostly in and around Istanbul). About 1,000 Armenians reside in the Armenian Quarter in the Old City of Jerusalem, a remnant of a once-larger community. Italy is home to the San Lazzaro degli Armeni, an island located in the Venetian Lagoon, which is completely occupied by a monastery run by the Mechitarists, an Armenian Catholic congregation. Approximately 139,000 Armenians live in the de facto independent country Republic of Artsakh where they form a majority. Ethnic Armenians make up 98.1% of the population. Yazidis make up 1.2%, and Russians 0.4%. Other minorities include Assyrians, Ukrainians, Greeks (usually called Caucasus Greeks), Kurds, Georgians, Belarusians, and Jews. There are also smaller communities of Vlachs, Mordvins, Ossetians, Udis, and Tats. Minorities of Poles and Caucasus Germans also exist though they are heavily Russified. As of 2016, there are an estimated 35,000 Yazidis in Armenia. Armenian is the only official language. The main foreign languages that Armenians know are Russian and English. Due to its Soviet past, most of the old population can speak Russian quite well. According to a 2013 survey, 95% of Armenians said they had some knowledge of Russian (24% advanced, 59% intermediate) compared to 40% who said they knew some English (4% advanced, 16% intermediate and 20% beginner). However, more adults (50%) think that English should be taught in public secondary schools than those who prefer Russian (44%).
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