16 Jan -25 Jan
Booking Date
9 Days
Duration

Tour Services:

Accommodation in 4* and 3* Hotels in Yerevan und regions
Transport (comfortable bus mit AC)
German speaking guide service
Meals: Breakfast and lunch or dinner
Farewell dinner
Museum entrance fees

Overnights:

Yerevan – 3 nights
Gyumri – 3 nights
Tsaghkadzor – 2 nights

Minimum group size 7 Persons
Maximum group size 12 Persons
Private tours from 2 Persons Upon request
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Day 1. Arrival Zvartnots airport in Yerevan

In the afternoon, the tour guide will welcome you at the hotel lobby, providing brief information about the journey. Beginning of the city tour in Yerevan – one of the oldest cities in the world. Visit the Abovyan Street, Republic Square, Opera House, the Northern Avenue and Cascade. Museum of history, which documents the eventful history of Armenia over three millennia. Visit to a vegetable and fruit market. Finally visit the “Ararat Noy” brandy factory; brandy tasting. Optional evening visit to a cultural event or concert. Overnight in Yerevan.
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Day 2. Yerevan – Edjmiatsin – Zvartnots – Yerevan

Drive to Edjmiatsin, the center of the Armenian Apostolic church and the seat of the Armenian Catholicos. On the way back to Yerevan visit Zvartnots Cathedral (ruins of the magnificent temple and palaces from the 7th century). Return to Yerevan and visit the Genocide memorial, the Blue Mosque and vernissage market of handicraft and souvenir – one of the best places to buy souvenirs in the Caucasus. Overnight in Yerevan.
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Day 3. Yerevan – Saghmosavank – Aparan – Harichavank – Gyumri

Drive to Aragatsotn region. Visit the monastery complex Saghmosavank (13th c.) with a splendid view to the River Kasakh gorge. Continue to city Aparan. Short stop by the bakery and then visit the basilica church from 4th c. Continue driving to Harichavank monastery (10-13th c.), the summer residence of the Armenian Catholicos in 19th c. Continue driving to Gyumri – the second largest city and cultural capital of Armenia, a city of arts and crafts, famous for its hospitality and humor. Visit the historical old town of the city. Overnight in Gyumri.
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Day 4. Gyumri – Ashotsk – Sepasar – Gyumri (Cross-country skiing)

After breakfast drive to Ashotsk. There you will find excellent conditions for cross-country skiing. Start your sporting activities with local cross-country specialists. For lunch we will visit a family and get to know the Armenian hospitality. Traditional food is served for lunch. Return to Gyumri. Overnight in Gyumri. Note: Cross-country skiing equipment (skis, boots and poles) can be rented to a limited extent at the Berlin ART Hotel. There is also a professional waxing station available.
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Day 5. Gyumri – Ardenis – Lake Arpi – Gyumri (Cross-country skiing)

Drive to the village of Ardenis. Ski hike through the beautiful landscape and unspoiled nature. We also reach the Arpi Lake (Since 2012, the Arpi Lake with its surroundings has been designated a national park with an area of about 25.000 ha). There are over 140 species of birds, including many endangered, rare and endemic species, such as the Dalmatian pelican, also called Armenian gull. The area is also interesting for birdwatchers. Meeting with the family of the hunter Shakro. Depending on weather conditions, we will also visit the farm in village Darik (at an altitude of 2,000 m) located on the border with Georgia. Here endemic Armenian sheepdogs are bred. Return to Gyumri and dinner at the best fish restaurant of Armenia – “Cherkezi Dzor”. Overnight in Gyumri.
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Day 6. Gyumri – Vanadzor – Dilijan – Sevan Lake – Tsaghkadzor

Drive via Vanadzor – the third largest city in Armenia, to town Dilijan, the so-called “Armenian Switzerland”. The way will be accompanied by beautiful winter landscapes. Walk in the old Schamberyan street of Dilijan, displaying all the charm of the place. Continue to the wintry Sevan Lake, one of the highest freshwater lakes in the world (1,900 m). The lake, also known as the “blue pearl of Armenia”, captivates not only by its scenic beauty, but also by its historic surroundings. Visit Sevanavank monastery (9th c.) on the slope of the rocky peninsula. Continue to the winter sports center of Armenia, Tsakhkadzor. It is very popular with beautiful nature and landscapes both in summer and winter times. It lies on the eastern slope of the mountain Teghenis. Tsakhkadzor was a large and important ski and winter sports center during the Soviet era. Overnight in Tsaghkadzor.
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Day 7. Tsaghkadzor – Kecharis

Visit the monastery of Kecharis (11th-13th centuries). In Tsaghkadzor there is a modern aerial cableway (about 6,000 m long), built by the Italian company “Leitner”. With the chairlift we can reach the summit of the mountain Teghenis (about 2,820 m). The cable car has 5 stations. Skiers can easily drive from one station to another. For skiers and snowboarders there are ski lifts. In the ski area, the ski slopes are characterized by different levels of difficulty. The total length of the ski slopes is 30 km. The longest run is 6800m. Overnight in Tsaghkadzor.
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Day 8. Tsaghkadzor – Garni – Geghard – Yerevan

Drive to village Garni. Visit the pagan temple (1st century AD) and the summer residence of the Armenian kings. The whole complex is located on a small triangular plateau and consists of the fortress, the sun temple and the remains of the palace with the Roman royal bath. Continue to the cave monastery Geghard (4th-13th c., UNESCO World Heritage), which was half carved in the rock. According to historical sources, the first church carved in the rock was built in the 4th century. The name of the monastery goes back to the story of the lance with which a Roman soldier stung the rib of the crucified Jesus. This lance was brought as a holy relic to Armenia and kept in Edjmiatsin. In the 9th century the lance was hidden in the monastery Geghard. Return to Yerevan and visit Matenadaran museum and research institute for old manuscripts. Farewell dinner and overnight in Yerevan.
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Day 9. Transfer to Zvartnots airport. Departure.

Changes in the program may take place depending on weather and snow conditions.

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