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This private journey through the ancient and proud nation of Armenia explores a different aspect of the country's unique culture each day. Tour ancient temples and monasteries, visit a brandy factory and a carpet factory, and have a go at baking traditional lavash flatbread. This tour is ideal for those looking to explore the Caucasus region in depth.
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Fly from London (regional connections available) to Yerevan, via Kiev, with Ukraine International Airlines. Transfer to the Tufenkian Historic Yerevan Hotel (or similar) for 3 nights. (N)
Tour the Armenian capital, Yerevan, also known as the 'Pink City' due to the colour of its stone buildings. Visit Republic Square, Mashtoc Avenue and the Theatre of Opera and Ballet, then continue to the Museum of Ancient Manuscripts to view its collection of exquisitely illustrated and bound manuscripts. After lunch visit the Armenian Genocide memorial complex, Tsitsernakaberd. The final stop is the Ararat brandy factory, producer of one of Winston Churchill's favourite tipples. Dinner at a local restaurant with a folk music performance. (B, L, D)
Visit the Unesco world heritage-listed sites of Ejmiatsin cathedral and Zvartnots temple. The Cathedral of Ejmiatsin was founded in 303AD and is still the official residence of the Catholic Church in Armenia. It is a sacred place for Armenian people and the spiritual heart of the Armenian Apostolic Church. Continue to Zvartnots temple, built in the seventh century by Nerses III the Builder. After lunch at a local restaurant, return to Yerevan and visit the Megerian carpet factory, where you will also have dinner. (B, L, D)
Drive to Khor Virap monastery, where Gregory the Illuminator, who introduced Christianity to Armenia, was imprisioned for 13 years. Enjoy spectacular views of Mount Ararat, an immortal symbol of Armenia. Visit a nearby house in Yeghegnadzor for a culinary class, making Armenian vodka and gata (sweet bread). Continue to Noravank monastery, dating from the 13th century and situated among sheer rocks in a twisty gorge. Travel to Goris for dinner and stay overnight at the Mirhav Hotel (or similar). (B, L, D)
After breakfast, drive to the ninth-century Tatev monastic complex, reached by the world's longest double-track cable car. Continue to the Selim caravanserai, which served as an important centre of exchange, trade and overnight stays during the times of the great Silk Road. After lunch contiune to Dilijan, via Lake Sevan and the Sevanavank monastery. Dinner and overnight in Dilijan, at the Tufenkian Old Dilijan Complex. (B, L, D)
Drive from Dilijan to Garni, a pagan temple dating from the first century AD and the only temple of its kind in the region. Take a 4x4 tour to the Unesco-listed basalt columns known as the Symphony of Stones. Continue to Geghard monastery, dating from the fourth century and carved into the mountainside. Afterwards, visit a local house where you will have the chance to participate in the making of lavash, a soft, unleavened flatbread cooked in a ground oven known as a tonir. Return to Yerevan for an early farewell dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight at the Tufenkian Historic Yerevan Hotel (or similar). (B, L, D)
Early transfer to Yerevan airport and fly to London, via Kiev, with Ukraine International Airlines. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
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AMM2019: 6 Nights