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Armenia: Between Monasteries and Fortresses of Vayots Dzor

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At the beginning of the day, your guide will greet you at the hotel in order to drive you to Vayots Dzor province, the door of the southern region of Armenia.
After two hours of a drive, we will reach Amaghu Trail from where we will start the trekking towards the magnificent Noravank Monastery and gaze at the red cliffs that are reminiscent of the American West.

Pass By: Noravank Gorge, Noravank Monastery Road, Areni 3604 Armenia

Later, our comfortable vehicle will be waiting for us near Noravank in order to drive us to the cave of Areni, where we will discover the millennium-old remains that characterize the authenticity of the regional viticulture.

Duration: 2 hours

Location: Noravank Monastery, Areni Armenia

Afterward, our exploration mission will continue in the village of Artabuynk, from where we will take the road to the monastery of Tsakhats Kar, a marvel of Armenian architecture, built in 10th-11th centuries. This monument will take us back to the times of the Bagratuni Kingdom when Armenia struggled for its survival with Arab invaders and then with Mongols. Next, we will descend the monastery and pass on to Smbataberd fortress, which offers a stunning panoramic view from its location. It was erected in honor of King Smbat Bagratuni, who was the hero of the final Armenian victory against the Arabs. We will have a picnic in the nearby area, and walk towards the medieval village of Yeghegis, where the monuments of the ancient cemetery are located.

Duration: 6 hours

Location: Smbataberd Fortress, Yeghegis Armenia

On our way back to Yerevan, we will stop at winemaking village Areni, where a local farmer will invite you to taste delicious local wine paired with apperitives.
By the evening we will already reach our hotel in Yerevan.

Duration: 1 hour

Location: Areni Wine Factory, Areni Armenia
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