Day 1: Arrival – Yerevan city tour
Arrival at Zvartnots airport. Meet and greet transfer, accommodation at the hotel. Rest. City tour around Yerevan, which is the capital city of Republic of Armenia and is one of the oldest cities in the world. The history of Yerevan dates back to the 8th century BC, with the founding of the fortress of Erebuni in 782 BC by king Argishti I at the western extreme of the Ararat plain. Erebuni was "designed as a great administrative and religious centre, a fully royal capital." After World War I, Yerevan became the capital of the First Republic of Armenia as thousands of survivors of the Armenian Genocide settled in the area. Visit to the Armenian History Museum then to the Tsitsernakaberd Memorial park and museum of the victims of Genocide. Overnight in Yerevan.
Day 2: Matenadaran-Garni-Geghard-Kecharis
Breakfast at the hotel. Start the tour with the visit of Mesrop Mashtots Institute of Ancient Manuscripts (Matenadaran) , is a repository of ancient manuscripts, research institute. It holds one of the world's richest depositories of medieval manuscripts and books which span a broad range of subjects, including history, philosophy, medicine, literature, art history and cosmography in Armenian and many other languages. Then visiting to Garni Temple, which is a first century Hellenic temple near. It is the only pagan temple in Armenia that survived the Christianization of the country in 301 AD. After Garni you will see another beauty of Armenian architecture. Monastery of Geghard is a unique architectural construction, being partially carved out of the adjacent mountain, surrounded by cliffs. It is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then departure to Tsakhadzoer, which is a ski resort in Armenia, located 60 km from Yerevan. Visiting to Kecharis monastery which is a 11-13th-century monastery. Nestled in the Bambak mountains, Kecharis was founded by a Pahlavuni prince in the 11th century, and construction continued until the middle of the 13th century. In the 12th and 13th centuries, Kecharis was a major religious center of Armenia and a place of higher education. Today, the monastery has been fully restored and is clearly visible from the ski slopes. Back to the resort. Rest
Day 3-5 : Rest and fun in Tsakhadzor
Tsakhadzor is the ski resort of Armenia. Tsaghkadzor means valley of flowers in Armenian. The city is located 50 kilometers north of Yerevan. In Tsakhadzor you can visit Kecharis monastery, located at the northern-western mount part of Tsakhkadzor. It is the unique pearl of the Flower valley. It was founded by Gregory Magistros, descendant of Kamsarakan family, head of Pahlavuni clan. In 1033 he ordered to raise the temple, which was consecrated in the name of Armenians’ Baptist Gregory the Illuminator.
Your “ascend” to the top of Mount Teghenis will be quick and comfortable - the rope-way chair lift will take you there in about 40 minutes. Tsakhkadzor funicular was constructed by "Leitner" Italian company (2004-2008). The first lift (1137m., carrying capacity – 1200 men/hour) is a 4-seater chair lift; the second is 1458m. long (800 men/hour). The third lift’s length is 1624m. with 800 men/hour capacity. The fourth one is 926m. long, transporting 800 men in an hour. The second, third and fourth are 2-seater lifts. Skiers and snowboarders can easily switch from one lift to another, without taking off their kit, with help of handy platter pulls.
When switching lifts, you can enjoy some tea or coffee at the cafes, located by the rope-way. There you can also hire ski equipment and other sports facilities. The special, fifth lift (1030m., 800 men/hour), has been recently put into service for those, who haven’t mastered the sticks yet. Its warm chairs guarantee full comfort during lifting. Well-tended pistes of any complicacy start from the top of Teghenis. The total path length is over 30km.The non-stop ski piste makes 6800m. Professional rescue team works at the territory.
The leading Sport Complex of Soviet Union was built here in Tsakhkadzor in 1960s and propelled international recognition of this resort. In 1972 Tsakhkadzor Ropeway was built on the hills of Mount Teghenis bringing fame to Tsakhkadzor as a ski resort. Champions and National Sport Teams from different countries have been trained here before Olympic Games and have shown brilliant results.
Day 6: Tsakhadzor-Echmiadzin-Zvartnots-Yerevan
Breakfast at the hotel.Departure from Tsakhadzor to the Spiritual Center of Armenia, to the Echmiadzin. The Etchmiadzin Cathedral is the Mother Church of the Armenian Apostolic Church and the main building of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin.
The Cathedral of Etchmiadzin is the first church building in Armenia, and considered the oldest cathedral in the world. The original church is believed to have been built between 301 and 303 by Gregory the Illuminator, following Armenia's adoption of Christianity as a state religion by King Tiridates III. Etchmiadzin was the seat of the Catholicos until 484. It was restored as catholicosate almost a millennium later in 1441 and remains as such to this day. It has been constantly renovated since the 17th century. Major additions were made by various catholicoi. Diminished during the early Soviet period (1920–30s), Etchmiadzin revived again under Vazgen I in the second half of the 20th century.
Etchmiadzin has been one of the most important locations in Armenia since its foundation. The cathedral complex is called the "Armenian Vatican" for its significance.Along with several important churches located nearby, the Etchmiadzin Cathedral was listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2000.
Also will visit to Hripsime, Gayane early medieval churches and Zvartnots Cathedral which are masterpieces of medieval architecture. Back to Yerevan, overnight in Yerevan.
Day 7. Departure!
Transfer to the airport and departure.