Departure at 9:00.
We start the day driving to Vagharshapat city, Etchmiadzin Monastery, where there is the
Cathedral of Etchmiadzin IV century, interesting buildings of the XIX century, alley of
khachkars and the residence of the Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of the Armenians
of the world. On the territory there are two more, already modern churches. Visit to the
treasury of Etchmiadzin, which contains Christian relics. Etchmiadzin is included in the
UNESCO World Heritage List
Drive to the historical monument, which is located at an altitude of 2300 m - the unique
castle-fortress Amberd. The history of its construction in the 7th century is connected
with the famous Kamsarakan family, who for centuries built powerful monasteries and
fortresses. The location of Amberd captivates the eye both by the very forms of the
fortress and by the surrounding Ararat valley stretching far below with its majestic crown,
Mount Ararat. The mountains Aragats and Araler are also superbly viewed from here.
Nearby is the 11th century Vahramashen church, which is practically preserved in its
original form. During the reign of Bagratuni, the fortress turned into a powerful defensive
structure that protected the approaches to the then capital of Armenia, Ani. In the XIV
century, Amberd was captured and burned by the troops of Tamerlane, but even today it
admires the people who visit it.
We call in the city of Ashtarak
1 hour for rest and meals.
For an additional fee, we can organize:
- tasting of Armenian wines
The next point to visit is the Saghmosavank monastery, which was built by the Vachutyan
family in the 13th century. The complex consists of the churches of St. Zion, and the Holy
Mother of God, a vestibule and a book depository. Standing on the edge of the Kasakh
river gorge, you can enjoy the beautiful landscapes and feel the severity and beauty of the Armenian canyons.
On the way to Vanadzor we have a stop at the “Armenian Alphabet Monument”. This place
is not just an architectural creation, but a real tourist attraction: here you can admire the
graceful shapes of the letters of the Armenian alphabet, as well as find your initials and
capture yourself against their background.
On the way, we visit a bakery and taste delicious bread and sweets of
the food court in the city of Aparan.
Vanadzor is located in Lori region and is surrounded on all sides by
forests of mountains. The climate here is very mild both in winter and summer. It has
been known as a settlement since the second century BC. Vanadzor is the third largest
city in Armenia. In addition to its various attractions and museums, the city center houses
the Russian Orthodox Church of 1893-95, which is a miniature copy of the St. Sophia
For an additional fee, on request, we can organize:
- visit and master class on the Armenian khachkar by a local master.