Day 1 – City Tour (Dec. 31) Arrival to the capital of Armenia – Yerevan city. Transfer from Zvartnots Airport to Hotel.
City Tour: Driving to the Victory Park, Statue of Mother Armenia, Cascade, Opera House and Republic Square. Visiting also Tsitsernakaberd Memorial complex devoted to the victims of Armenian Genocide. Lunch. Visiting New Year Market on the Northern Avenue. Free time. New Year Celebration in club or restaurant with beautiful show.
Day 2 – New Year in Yerevan (Jan. 1) Free Day
Day 3 – Mountains (Jan. 2) Driving to Kotayk province and visitind a Cave Monastery of Holy lance Geghard, which was built in the 13th century. From 2000 monastery is included in Unesco Heritage list. Tour to pagan temple Garni – the only one that remain on the territory of Armenia after declaration the Christianity as a main religion in 301. The temple was constructed in 77 AD and is devoted to the God of the Sun Mitra. Lunch near Garni village in a villager’s house. Ceremony of baking lavash in tonir.
Day 4 - Ararat Valley (Jan. 3) Heading to Khor Virap Monastery with a spectacular view to Bible mountain – Ararat 5135 m. On the territory of monastery are located two prisons. In this prison was tortured and kept Gregory the Illuminator who spend here more than 13 years. After heading to the South of country and visiting Noravank monastery complex constructed in 13-14th. Nearby is located a Bird’s cave where in 2008 the oldest shoe in the world was discovered. Wine degustation in Areni wine village. Lunch in Ljak restaurant.
Day 5 - Nature (Jan. 4) Driving to Gegharqunik region, where is located lake Sevan, the pearl of our country. Lake Sevan is the biggest water covered area in Armenia and the highest lake in Caucasus. On the peninsula of the lake, you will be able to see two churches constructed in 9th century, which are symbolizing the victory of Armenians during Arab invasion. Heading to ski resort Tsaghadzor, located on the 1750 m. above the sea level. You can rent skies, motor bikes, explore mountains. The city is located in gorge and the name of the city is translated like a gorge of flowers. Lunch.
Day 6 - Pilgrimage (Jan. 5) Visiting one of 12 old capitals of Armenia Vagharshapat city, now renamed as Echmiadzin. Echmiadzin is the center of Christianity in Armenia and the residence of the Head of the church. Cathedral of Holy Mother of God(4th century) is the main sightseeing place here. Driving to St. Hripsime and St. Gayane churches. After going to ruins of Zvartnots temple, which constructed in 7th century as a new residence for the Head of the church. Also included in Unesco's Heritage list. Evening Christmas celebration according to Armenian tradition.
Day 7 - Departure to Airport (Jan. 6)