YEREVAN FIXED DEPARTURES 2014
Program 4 Nights YEREVAN
Charges in hotels for additional services
Photography and video making fees at the sites
Meals i.e. Lunch and Dinner
Tips and gratuities
Joiner fee at hotel
Any services not included in the above itinerary
Any increase in govt. taxes / airline charges
DAY 01: ARRIVAL AT YEREVAN
On your arrival at Yerevan Airport at 1145, Meet and transfer to Hotel for C/in.
Day is free on own to explore.
DAY 02: YEREVAN CITY TOUR
Breakfast is at Hotel.
Afternoon, Yerevan city Tour: Yerevan is the capital of Armenia and one of the oldest cities in the world. It stretches under the gaze of biblical mountain Ararat and resembles a beautiful gilt bowl to those flying over it. A basalt slab with an Urartu cuneiform inscription, unearthed by archaeologists in the south-eastern part of the city shows the age of Yerevan to be 2783 years old. Modern Yerevan is mostly a rebuilt colorful city with buildings of unique architecture, constructed from basalt, marble, onyx and volcanic tufa stone and it is a contemporary to such ancient metropolises as Babylon and Nineveh. Observing City tour including Republic Square, Yerevan State University, Victory Bridge, Tsitsernakaberd (1915 Genocide Memorial), Sports & Concerts complex, Kiev Bridge, Parliament, Academy of Sciences, Opera house. Transfer back to Hotel for overnight.
Dilijan is a famous spa rich in curative mineral springs, some of which are comparable to those at
Vichy in France and Davos in Switzerland. The surrounding mountains are covered by forests and
Alpine meadows. The climate is rather mild with cool summers and warm sunny winters. Armenians
believe that if there are woods, mountains and mineral springs in paradise, then paradise has to
look like Dilijan. Its picturesque locality, healthy climate, mineral springs and rich flora attract many
Sevan Lake, this wonder of nature, is 60 Km from Yerevan on a highway which cuts northward through mountains and rocks. Sevan is so austere and majestic that the gentle turquoise waters are astonishing. They fill the gigantic depression situated at the height of almost 2000 m above sea level. Sevan, with its pure air and sandy beaches, is a popular holiday resort. Sevan has always been famous for its fish "Ishkhan" which means "prince-fish" in Armenian. The fish has graced many Lords' tables in old times. One of the most interesting sites in Sevan is the monastery on the rocky peninsula founded in 874 AD by King Ashot I and his daughter Mariam. Other monuments include Sevan Monastery (874) and Astvatsatsin Church.
Tsaghkadzor city ("Valley of flowers") is considered to be one of the most popular winter resorts of Armenia. It is one of the places of our mountainous country, where the beauty of the nature appears with its whole variety. Tsaghkadzor is situated in Kotayk region, 50 kilometers North from Yerevan, on the eastern slope of Teghenis Mountain and is surrounded with virginal woods and alpine meadows. Return to Yerevan and overnight.
Breakfast is at Hotel. Proceed on a half day trip to Garni Temple and Geghard Monastery. The pagan temple of Garni was built in 1st. c. AC and was devoted to one of the Armenian Pagan Gods - Mitra. After Armenia converted to Christianity in the 4th c., the rulers of the country used the temple as their summer residence. King Khosrov stayed there often as the area was his favourite hunting ground. Garni was destroyed when the Arabs conquered Armenia but was rebuilt in the beginning of the 10th c. Its final destruction came in 1638 during the Turkish invasion. A violent earthquake buried what remained from it in 1679. The complete restoration of the temple began in 1970 and was over in 1978. The temple consists of dwellings and bath quarters built in the 3rd century in the Roman style. The fantastic landscape of Garni canyon shakes the human imagination. Proceed to Geghard Monastery (UNESCO World Heritage): Geghard was initially known simply as Ayrivank (Cave Monastery). The present buildings comprising it date back to 10-13th cc., at which time it was renamed as Geghard meaning "lance" (spear) in Armenian. The name refers to the biblical lance used by a Roman soldier to pierce Christ's body to find out if he was alive or not. The lance was kept in Geghard for a long time before being moved to the museum of Echmiadzin Cathedral. The main church, constructed in 1215, is the oldest building in the monastery complex. Avazan church, 1283, is carved right into the solid rock and is an incomparable work of art. It leads to a rectangular portico and then to another church deeper in the rock. Along the southern and eastern walls of the monastery, high above the valley, medieval dwellings appear. The monastery has withstood many assaults during a period of seven hundred years. Its walls have sheltered many scholars and it was revered throughout Armenia as one of the greatest spiritual and cultural centres in the country. Hundreds of khachkars (cross-stones) and caves are built in the rocks surrounding the Monastery. Return to Yerevan. Overnight is at Hotel. (B)Day 5: DEPARTURE YEREVAN
Breakfast is at Hotel. Departure transfer to Airport for your flight (G9242) to Sharjah (B)
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04 Indian Dinners supplement: RS 4000/- per person