08:00 setting off from Yerevan

The primary stop in KHOR VIRAP, Which is one of the most popular destinations in Armenia for a number of reasons, primarily because it is where Grigor Luisavorich (St. Gregory the Illuminator) was imprisoned for 13 years before curing King Trdat III of a disease. This caused the conversion of the king and Armenia into the first officially Christian nation in the world in the year 301. To this day you can visit the underground chamber which he was imprisoned in, located in the nondescript St. Gevorg Chapel apart from the main church. The large St. Astvatsatsin church at Khor Virap was built in the 17th century and is typical in design, but with a lack of virtually any decorative carving, or elements. It is located in a fort like complex with a nice courtyard. For most Armenians this is a very important site, and is easily accessible from Yerevan for a half day trip, or even better as a stop along the way to Southern Armenia or Karabakh.

Arrival in TATEV Monastery, which is a 9th-century Armenian Apostolic monastery situated on a large basalt plateau near the Tatev village in Syunik Province in southeastern Armenia. It is locatednot far from the city of Goris and 280 km away from Yerevan. The term "Tatev" usually refers to the monastery. The monastic ensemble stands on the edge of a deep gorge of the Vorotan River. Tatevis known as the bishopric seat of Syunik and played a significant role in the history of the region as a center of economic, political, spiritual and cultural activity.In the 14th and 15th centuries, the monastery hosted one of the most important Armenian medieval universities, the University of Tatev, which contributed to the advancement of science, religion and philosophy, reproduction of books and development of miniature painting.The monastery is the "best-known site" in Syunik.

“WINGS OF TATEV”, a 5.7 km cableway from Tatev monastery to Halidzor village, was opened in October 2010. It was included in the Guinness World Records as the world's "longest non-stop double track cable car."

13:00-14:00 Lunch at the restaurant

Then we head for KARAHUNJ (Zorats Karer)- a prehistoric archaeological site near the town of Sisian in the Syunik Province of Armenia. The name Karahunj means Speaking Stones. This interpretation is related to the fact that the stones make whistling sounds on a windy day, presumably because of multiple reach-through holes bored under different angles into the stones in prehistoric times. It is also often referred to in international tourist lore as the Armenian Stonehenge. The scientific expeditions proved Karahunj to be one of the oldest observatories in the world. It is said to be about 7500 years old. Some of thearranged huge stones have holes bored into them, which were used for astrological observations. The petroglyphsor rock carvings, found nearby Karahunj, reveal that the early inhabitants in Armenia were well aware of astrology.

20:00 Dinner at the restaurant

Overnight in Goris.

09:00 Breakfast at the hotel

10:00 check out from hotel

During the excursion we will visit to KHNDZORESK, which is a village in the South-East of Armenia, on the steep slopes of Khor Dzor (Deep Gorge), from which, according to tradition, it got its name. New Khndzoresk (the current inhabited area) was built in the 1950s.The fortress of Khndzoresk served as a military base for Mkhitar Sparapet in 1728-1730. Khndzoresk is widely famous for its canyon with picturesque rock formations and ancient cave settlement. Recently a unique structure- a "SWINGING BRIDGE" has been opened in Khndzoresk the length of which is 160m., the height from the deepest point in the gorge is 63m. and the width is 1,5m. 700 people simultaneously can go across this bridge weighing 14 tons. The bridge opens a magnificent view connecting the two banks of old Khndzoresk.

13:00-14:00 Lunch at the restaurant

Then we will visit to the Areni and ARENI WINERY. ARENI is a village in Vayots Dzor Province of Armenia. This sunny village is best known for its wine production. The Areni winery is a 6100-year-old winery that was discovered in 2007 in the Areni-1 cave complex in the village of Areni. Due to its specific flavor and delicate taste "Areni" wine has its respectful place among the best Armenian wines.The St. Astvatsatsin church built by skillful architect and sculpture Momik is in Areni village, too.

Not far away from the highway there is NORAVANK (literally "new monastery"). It is a 13th-century Armenian monastery, located 122 km from Yerevan in a narrow gorge made by the Amaghu River, near the town of Yeghegnadzor, Armenia. The gorge is known for its tall, sheer, brick-red cliffs, directly across from the monastery. Passing a narrow road surrounded by rocks of hundred caves one discovers a scene of harmony of architecture with nature. The monastery enshrined with fine architectural solutions and luxurious embellishments is one of the brightest examples of Armenian architecture of the 13th century. Noravank consists of St. Karapet, St. Gregory the Illuminator churches and St. Astvatsatsin (Holy Mother of God) two-storey church, which is notable for its ideal constructive and sculptural work.It was completed in 1339, a masterpiece of the talented sculptor and miniaturist Momik, who designed it, and was also his last work.

20:00 Return to Yerevan.

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