Armenia is the magical land of the oldest and richest cultures in the world. This tour encompasses all the main Armenian sights that will allow to learn all the mysterious corners of the ancient state, to touch monuments and monasteries, the age of which is more than one thousand years, to learn the culture and customs of the local people and admire the greatness of the mountain peaks! The hospitality and professional work of our staff will make your vacation unforgettable.
A sightseeing tour about Yerevan – one of the most ancient cities in the world, founded three thousand years ago in the heart of Ararat valley. During the tour the tourists will see the main sights of the city: Sasuntsi Davit (station Square), Mother Armenia monument, Cascade, France square, Swan Lake, Opera and Ballet Theater, North Avenue, Republic Square, Yerevan Zoo. Sasuntsi David is one of the masterpieces of the sculptor Kochar, built in the center of the station square in honor of the hero of the Armenian folk epic David Sasuntsi, who throughout many centuries embodied the freedom-loving aspirations of the Armenian people.
Cascade is a giant stairway in Yerevan, Armenia. It links the downtown of Yerevan with the Monument neighborhood. The construction of the cascade designed by architects Jim Torosyan, Aslan Mkhitaryan and Sargis Gurzadyan. At the top of the Cascade is the residence of Charles Aznavour, in which he stops during his visits to his homeland. At the foot of the cascade you will discover the sculptures of contemporary artists, Botero, Brechtova etc.
On the way to the Opera House we will admire Jule Bastien’s statue, a sculpture by famous French artist Francois Rodin, unveiled on Yerevan’s France Square.
Armenian National Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet named after Alexander Spendiaryan in Yerevan was designed by the Armenian architect Alexader Tamanyan. On the east side of the theater the tourists can see Swan Lake.
The Republic Square – central square in Yerevan. It is famous for its monumental architecture in national style. In the evening the tourists can enjoy “the dancing fountains”.
North Avenue is a pedestrian avenue in Yerevan. It is located in the central district. Located in downtown Yerevan, the avenue is mainly home to luxurious residential buildings, high-end branded shops, commercial offices, coffee shops, hotels, restaurants and nightclubs.
We will pass along one of the oldest streets of Yerevan along Abovyan Street, partially preserved the look of the old city.
Yerevan Zoo – more than 25 hectares of picturesque territory, in which there are more than 300 species of animals. The park itself is so cozy that it’s just nice to spend time in a quiet green park and choose a variety of entertainment.
The main advantage of the zoo is that the conditions here are as close as possible to the wild, habitual conditions of the animals: a kind of “getting” food is practiced, and the cages are spacious enough even for large animals.
In addition, on the territory of the zoo there are also a playground, a creative studio and a training center – so that your children certainly will not be bored. And if you suddenly get hungry, then you can relax in one of several cafes, where you offer different sandwiches, salads and sweets. Here you can buy delicious ice cream “from childhood”, sweet cotton candy, popcorn and soft drinks, including useful freshly squeezed juices and smoothies.
And on holidays there is a lot of entertainment games and events.
By the way, among other things, the park area is decorated with various interesting sculptures made by children.
A trip to the center of Christianity of Armenia, to the city of Etchmiadzin.
Visit to the Temple of Bending Forces or Celestial Angels Zvartnots– the brightest monument of the Armenian architecture of the Middle Ages. In previous centuries, the temple was a 3-storey building made of volcanic tufa silver and black in color about 49 m high and round base. The ruins of Zvartnots, the Cathedral and the churches of Echmiadzin are included in the list of WorldHeritage.
Etchmiatzin Cathedral is the mother church of the Armenian Apostolic Church located in the city of Vagharshapat (Etchmiatsin). This cathedral was built in ancient Armenian and is considered the oldest cathedral in the world. The original church was built in the early fourth century between 301 and 303 according to tradition by Armenian’s patron saint Gregory the Illuminator, following the adoption of Christianity as a state religion by King Tiridates III. It replaced a preexisting temple, symbolizing the conversion from paganism to Christianity. Next we will visit the amazing gallery of children’s creativity “Machanents”, where besides an interesting excursion we will have a master class in pottery and a delicious lunch. The gallery is located in a cozy garden where various fruits grow: apples, apricots, peaches and ornaments by children of different ages
Retourn to Yerevan.
The National History Museum of Armenia is the main historical museum located in the city of Yerevan. The museum was founded in 1921 and every year hosts a large number of tourists and local residents. The national collection includes a collection of 4000 000 artifacts.
The exposition of the museum is divided into several departments: archeological, ethnographic, numismatics department, department of historical architecture, and department of the new and modern history of Armenia. The museum displays the items of material culture discovered in Armenia and dating from the Stone Age to the end of the 19th century.
At one of the passes right by the road there is the Arch of Charents (architect R. Israelian, 1957), from which opens a breathtaking view of the Ararat valley with Ararat (aka Masis) soaring on the horizon. The arc of the Arch of Charents bears the following words: “Pass the whole world with its mountains white, to the beauty of Masis equals none!”
The Temple of Garni. It is the best-known structure and symbol of pre-Christian Armenia. It is the only standing Greco-Roman colonnaded building in Armenia.neopaganism. Near the temple there are ruins of an ancient fortress, royal chambers and also baths built in the 3rd century AD. From here you can see a picturesque view of the Azat River and Garni Gorge.
The monastery complex Geghard or Gegardavank is a two-story temple carved in stone and the adjoining church. The name commonly used for the monastery today, Geghard, or more fully Geghardavank , meaning “the Monastery of the Spear”, originates from the spear which had wounded Jesus at the Crucifixion, allegedly brought to Armenia by Apostle Jude, called here Thaddeus, and stored amongst many other relics. Now it is displayed in the Echmiadzin treasury.Now it is displayed in the Echmiadzin treasury. Gueghard is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Right at the entrance, local grandmothers sell sweets from dried apricots and a local gata.
Return to Yerevan
The lake as if merges with the sky, since it is located in a mountain bowl at an altitude of almost two kilometers above sea level. According to legend, the pure water of this lake in ancient times could drink only the gods and stars. Today, Sevan and its environs are a well-known landmark of Armenia, which is worth seeing to all the admirers of the Caucasus and its beauties.
Survey of the IX century monastery of Sevanavank, located on the peninsula of Sevan with the same name.
Did you know?
Lake Sevan is located at an altitude of about 1900 m from sea level, which makes it the second high-mountain fresh lake in the world, after Lake Titicaca.
Ankavan is a small mountain village and is considered one of the most ecologically clean places in Armenia.
This delightful place is at an altitude of 1900 m above sea level. The village is famous for its hot springs, the average temperature of which is 42 °. Water is rich in bromine and iodine, it is used both for drinking and for medicinal purposes.
We will swim in the hot spring waters and return to Yerevan rested and full of new forces!
The tour price does not include:
- If needed, one can chose any other hotel in Armenia;
- The tour is free for children under 5;
- 50% discount for children from 6 to 10 years with extra bed in a room;
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