If you’d like to step back in time without ever leaving the present, Amistad Tour’s cultural tours of Armenia are designed just for you. Our tours are developed to give you a deep understanding and appreciation for this ancient land, it’s people, and their customs.
While every tour is customized to the interests of each group, our tours can take you from the lush forests and ancient monasteries in the north like Haghpat, Sanahin, and Samosavank, to the 4000m+ mountain peaks, Lake Sevan, and ancient fortresses like Amberd in the center of Armenia, to the ancient wineries in Areni, to the world’s longest open-span tramway on the way to Tatev Monastery,and the ghost towns, walnut groves and mysteries of Nagorno Karabagh.
If exploring the past is your passion, let Amistad Tours design an historical tour of Armenia just for you.
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Arrival assistance at the airport and transfer to the hotel.Accommodation.
If you have time, we recommend a small tour through the capital, Yerevan. Itisanancientcityfounded in 782 BC, butwith a vibrant, modernbuzz.
Visit the impressive Republic Square surrounded by beautiful buildings, the Central Post Office, the National Gallerybeautiful musical fountains, and some excellent shopping.
If youwantto taste traditionalArmeniancuisineanexcellentoptionistheKilikia Restaurant. At night we recommend you visit Yerevan’s best jazz club, Mezzo, where the country's best bands and singers perform.
After breakfast on Day 2, we will start our organized city tour. After a stroll down Northern Avenue, Yerevan’s new pedestrian street, we will arrive at the Freedom Square, the home of the Opera and Ballet Theatre (architect A. Tamanian). The design and layout of the building were presented at the 1936 World Exhibition in Paris and awarded with Grand Prix.
Not far from the opera is the Cascade. The Cascade is a monumental sculpture garden, art museum, and staircase. Along with a monument to the great A. Tamanian, the Cascade houses the Cafesjian Center for the Arts, which includes a world-class sculpture garden and indoor modern art museum. With works from Botero, Chihuly, Arshile Gorky, Jennifer Bartlett, Lynn Chadwick, Barry Flanagan, and Jaume Plensa, and many others.
From the Cascade, we’ll travel to the Armenian Genocide History Museumand theTsitsernakaberd Memorial (a monument dedicated to the victims of the Armenian Genocide, the first genocide of the 20th century which claimed the lives of 1.5 million Armenians).
We’llfollowthis up with a visittoone of Yerevan’s true treasures: the Matenadaran. In thesphere of ancientmanuscripts, theMatenadaranisone of therichestdeposits of manuscripts and documents in theworld. There are over17,000 ancientmanuscriptspreserved,coveringallareas of Armenian culture.
Fordinner, ourguests are left to discover the delights of Yerevan for them selves, before retiring to their hotel.
Yerevan –Echmiadzin – Zvartnots –Vernissage
After breakfast, we’ll depart for Echmiadzin to visit the Echmiadzin Cathedral which was constructed in 303 AD and is the first church built in the world. It continues to be the oldest church in Christianity. According to the Annals of S. V, St. Gregory had a vision of Christ descending from heaven and striking the Earth with a golden hammer to show where the new cathedral was to be erected.
We’ll also visit other famous churches in cluding the Church of St. Hripsime (618 AD) and The Church of St. Gayane (630 AD). Etchmiadzin is the residence of the Catholicos, thehead of the Armenian Apostolic Church.
After lunch we’ll visit the Zvartnots Cathedral. It was a circular cathedral of VII century, located about 15 kilometers west of Yerevan, on the edge of Etchmiadzin.
We’ll return to Yerevan and have time for shopping at Vernissage, the open-air crafts and souvenirs market.
Dinner will again be at our guests’ discretion.
Following breakfast at the hotel, we’ll head out to visit the monastery of Hovhannavank (XII-XIII), which leads to Ashtarak, a town located in the foothills of Mount Aragats (4,095 m., one of the highest mountain peaks in Caucasus). Here we’ll visit the Church of Karmravor (S. VII), followed by the Saghmosavank Monastery which represents the development of medieval Armenian architecture in the XIII century.
From there we’llcontinue on to Amberd Fortress from the VII century. Amberd was an important stop along the Silk Road. The Mongols and Seljukid Turks passed here, leaving their mark. The views from here over Mt. Ararat are splendid.
In the afternoon we’ll return to Yerevan. Our guests are again at their leisure for dinner in the city.
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to excursion to the resort town of Dilijan.We’ll visit Goshavank, a 12th century monastery located in the beautiful, rocky Guetik valley on the banks of the river Agstev. The monastery was founded by Mjitar Gosh, a wise and eminent lawyer, medieval fabulist, and the first editor of the Armenian civil code.
From there we’ll visit the Haghartsin Monastery (13th century), a beautiful complex located in the middle of a forest.
Thereafter we’ll head to Lake Sevan for a visit Sevanavank Monastery (9th century) which was founded by Princess Mariam. Lake Sevan, which is the largest lake in Armenia and one of the largest high mountain lakes in the world, is a stunning, lonely lake with long, windswept views of the surrounding mountains.
Upon returning to Yerevan, our guests will have the evening at their leisure.
After breakfast we’ll depart to the legendary monastery of Khor Virap (4-12th centuries). Khor Virap is the place where the founder of the Armenian Church was inprisoned for 13 long years until Christianity became the official religion in 301 AD.
From there we’ll continue to theVayots Dzor region and stop in the village of Areni, the heart of Armenia’swine country, to visit a local winery for wine tasting. From there we’ll continue to the Noravank monastery (13-14th centuries), whose name means "new monastery”. This is the only church in the country that contains the representation of God the Father, under the symbol of the Holy Spirit, who blesses with one hand the crucifix and in the other hand holds the head of Adam.
After a return to Yerevan, our guests will have the evening free.
Check-out. Transfer to the airoport. Departure.