Armenia Holiday Tours

ARMENIA

Is situated at a cultural, historical, and religious crossroads in the southern Transcaucasus. It is landlocked and has been reborn after the collapse of the Soviet Empire. It is interesting, surrounded by mountains and often antagonistic neighbours, and full of kind welcoming people eager to advance their country and proud of their Christian traditions and culture. This small country is a welcome addition for us globe trotting travellers.


We offer a small taste of Armenia with our 6 day tours on 20th June and 17th August 2016.

HIGHLIGHTS OF ARMENIA
Day 1 Arrival in Armenia (visa on arrival). You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel.
Day 2 This day we have a familiarisation tour of the Armenian capital Yerevan visiting all the major sites, stopping near the Mother Armenian statue for a panoramic view of the city. We include the Matenadaran Manuscript Museum which has one of the largest collections of ancient manuscripts in the world. We make a visit to the food market with its variety of organic fruits and vegetables. Completing the day with a visit to the Yerevan Brandy factory with a tasting session. Dinner at a local restaurant with a traditional Armenian meal. Overnight in Yerevan.
Day 3 In the morning we drive through the Ararat valley towards the Khor Virap monastery. Located at the foot of biblical Mount Ararat, this complex embodies the adoption of Christianity in Armenia in 301 A.D. Then we continue to Noravank monastery with its intricate carvings, situated among freakish plumb rosy cliffs. We pause in the village of Areni to enjoy a tasting of wine made in a family run winery. Lunch at a cafe in a cave, overnight Yerevan.
Day 4 Today we explore the varied landscapes and historical sites of Armenia. First we visit Garni pagan temple from the 1st cent A.D. This splendid example of ancient architecture is the only remaining one from the pre-Christian period. Next we explore medieval Armenian architecture with the Gerhard Cave Monastery. Some chambers of the monastery were carved out of solid rock and posses exceptional accoustics. We continue to explore the beautiful nature of this place and hike through the canyon of Garni which is famous for its rock formations of basalt pillars. Lunch is arranged for us at a village house where under the shade of fruit trees we enjoy a home made Armenian barbeque and watch the traditonal bread making by the women of the village. In the afternoon, we reach Lake Sevan - "Pearl of Armenia", which is one of the largest high altitude lakes in the world at 1900 metres. We then visit the 9th cent Sevan monastery, perched on a cliff above the Lake. Wonderful views and colours. Overnight in Yerevan.
Day 5 In the morning we take a trip to the religious capital of Armenia, the town of Echmiadzin. First though we visit the archeological site of Zvartnots Cathedral which is a 7th Century A.D. masterpiece. We then come to the main cathedral of Echmiadzin. Here in the Holy See resides the Catholicos of Armenia. Legend tells that it was here that Jesus Christ descended from Heaven to show where he wanted a church to be built. We now participate in the Sunday Mass and listen to the Divine Lithurgy performed by the Cathedral choir. After returning to Yerevan we explore the outdoor handicraft market Vernisage where you can find the most attractive hand made local souvenirs, carpets, handicrafts made by local artists and craftsmen. The remainder of the day free and with a farewell dinner at a restaurant with live Armenian folk music. Overnight Yerevan
Day 6 Transfer to the airport for departure.

Ground tour cost £698
Minimum 2 persons only group at £766 per person.
Included in tour cost - doubleroom/twin bedded accommodation in 3 star hotel, Yerevan, 2 lunches and 2 dinners, services of English speaking guide, transportation by A/C Vehicle, entrance fees.

Not included - Armenian visa on arrival (allow US$10), insurance, drinks, supplement for a single room US$180, airport transfers at US$40.