Day 1

Arrival in Yerevan

Transfer from Zvartnots International Airport to Jermuk with visit Areni

Hotel accommodation in Jermuk

JERMUK is a resort town in Vayots Dzor region of Armenia located at an altitude of 2100 meters in a picturesque place, where there are alpine meadows, mountain forests, rocks and several waterfalls and, of course, a lot of mineral sources with different thermal temperatures from 20 to 65 degrees. The very names of Jermuk mean warm. It's utterly interesting to visit the drinking gallery of Jermuk, where you can try many kinds of mineral water. Jermuk is located on the Arpa River, to the north from Kechut Reservoir. The distance from Yerevan to Jermuk is 175 km.

Jermuk is abalneological and climatic, high-altitude resort. It is known as a popular holiday resort, famous for its warm springs. The famous mineral water called "Jermuk" is produced in the city. The Jermuk waterfall is located in the town. Nowadays the city is being rebuilt in order to make it a touristic city again. There are also medieval cave complexes near the town.

14:00-15:00 Lanch in Areni

Excursion to ARENI

Areni is one of the ancient villages of historical Syunik. The Areni-1 Cave Complex has proven to be a treasure trove of Copper Age artifacts including the oldest shoe, brain, and winery in the world!

First investigated by archaeologists in 2007, the ever-giving Areni caves consist of a number of burial sites dating back to 5000-4000 BCE. The miraculous finds began almost as soon as digging begun. Among the artifacts the Armenian-Irish excavation team discovered were a series of clay pots, each containing the skull of a pre-teen corpse. Remarkably, one of these skulls still held a piece of well-preserved brain tissue, making it the oldest example of the Neolithic brain ever discovered. But the amazing finds didn’t stop there. In 2010, excavators discovered a sewn leather shoe dating back to the Copper Age. While sandals and other primitive footwear have been discovered from era’s farther back, the foot wrap is the oldest example of its kind in existence. Shortly after finding the ancient footwear, the researchers then discovered what seemed to be an ancient wine press. The wine-making site is, unsurprisingly, also the earliest proof of wine-making ever found.

Tying all of these discoveries together, the archaeologists have theorized that since the wine was likely made by stepping barefoot on the grapes, the leftover shoe was a result of this, and the winery’s proximity to the burial site in turn lead them to believe that the libation had a sacred component to it. Although it is clearly a practice unrelated to Christianity’s similar penchant for wine.

Since 2009, the traditional, annual Armenian "Wine Festival" has been held in the village.

The duration of the transfer and excursion is 6 hours

Free day

Day 2

09:00 Breakfast in Hotel

10:00 Consultation with a specialist and the appointment of spa treatment

Free day

Day 3

09:00 Breakfast in Hotel

10:00 Adoption of procedures

15:00 Excursion to NORAVANK

Monastery of Noravank is a hauntingly preserved religious complex sitting in a picturesque valley. However it may not be standing today if it were not for the eyes on a representation of God.

It was built in the XIII-XIV centuries, on the ledge of a narrow meandering gorge of the Arpa River tributary near the town of Yeghegnadzor. The gorge is famous for its sheer red rocks, towering behind the monastery, on the territory of which is located the two-storeyed church of St. Astvatsatsin with narrow cantilever stairs. The monastery is sometimes called Amagu Noravank, in order to distinguish it from the monastery of Bkheno Noravank near the town of Goris. Amagu is the name of a small village that once towered over the gorge. In the XIII-XIV centuries the monastery became the residence of the bishops of Syunik and, accordingly, the major spiritual and then cultural centre of Armenia, closely connected with many local and educational institutions and, first of all, with the famous university and the library of Gladzor.

The duration of the excursion is 4 hours.

 

Free evening.

Day 4

09:00 Breakfast in Hotel

10:00 Adoption of procedures

Free day

Day 5

09:00 Breakfast in Hotel

10:00 Adoption of procedures

12:00 Excursion-visit to TATEV MONASTERY

Monastery of Tatev rises on a cliff that ends in the gorge of the Vorotan River. A strategically advantageous location on the cape, formed by deep, rocky slopes of the river gorge, favored the creation of a powerful defensive complex. "Wings of Tatev" is an airway to the natural and historical treasures of Syunik which is the southern region of Armenia. This is the longest non-stop double track cable car in the world (5752 m), which is included in the Guinness World Records. You can reach Tatev Monastery with the cable car "WINGS OF TATEV" for 12 minutes of an unforgettable flight over the gorge of the stormy Vorotan River.

Lunch 14:30-15:30

The duration of the excursion is 6 hours.

Free evening.

Day 6

09:00 Breakfast in Hotel

10:00 Check Out from hotel

Transfer from JERMUK TO YEREVAN WITH A VISIT KHOR VIRAP

Excursion-visit to KHOR VIRAP is one of the most popular destinations in Armenia for a number of reasons, primarily because it is where Grigor Luisavorich (St. Gregory the Illuminator) was imprisoned for 13 years before curing King Trdat III of a disease. This caused the conversion of the king and Armenia into the first officially Christian nation in the world in the year 301. To this day you can visit the underground chamber which he was imprisoned in, located in the nondescript St. Gevorg Chapel apart from the main church.

The large St. Astvatsatsin church at Khor Virap was built in the 17th century and is typical in design, but with a lack of virtually any decorative carving, or elements. It is located in a fort like complex with a nice courtyard. For most Armenians this is a very important site, and is easily accessible from Yerevan for a half day trip, or even better as a stop along the way to Southern Armenia or Karabakh.

Lunch 14:30-15:30

The duration of the excursion a nd transfer 6 hours

Hotel accommodation in Yerevan.

Free evening.

Day 7

09:00 Breakfast in Hotel

18:00 Walking tour Excursion in Yerevan in the evening with guide: sightseeing of North Avenue, Cascade, Opera House.

NORTHERN AVENUE is the most modern part of the Armenian capital which connects Yerevan’s two main squares: the Republic Square and Freedom Square where the Opera Theater is situated.

CASCADE and Cafesjian Center for the Arts is a great architectural complex in the center of historical Yerevan. It is a huge staircase (we counted 740 steps), which ends with a viewing platform. It is an ornament of the city in the form of the original architectural composition which reminds a huge multi-tiered pyramid of Babel.

OPERA AND BALLET THEATRE is one of the greatest attractions of the country. Being located in the heart of Yerevan it was designed by architect Alexander Tamanyan who combined the two auditoria in a single semi-circular building in a very unusual manner.

The duration of the excursion is 4 hours

Day 8

09:00 Breakfast at Hotel

Free day

We offer: A visit to Vernissage, market.

Vernissage- Yerevan’s Flea Market is probably one of the best open air markets in world. It is called VERNISSAGE (varnishing, from French) — a term used for a preview of an art exhibition. It is one of the most crowded places in Yerevan despite the season and weather, which goes live on every Saturday and Sunday, no matter its hot outside, cold or heavily raining. Its an open air market where the best and most impressive souvenirs are offered. Throughout the years it has turned into one of the most significant elements of Yerevans cultural life.

MARKET - One of the most vivid places in Yerevan is Gum Market near the Tashir trading center. The displays of fresh and dried fruits at this covered market are pretty as a picture. In summer, the fresh fruit is magnificent, with peaches, cherries, apricots and berries of every description tempting shoppers. In winter, dried fruits and nuts, including the strings of syrup-coated walnuts known as “Sujukh”, are popular purchases. Other produce includes fresh vegetables, aromatic herbs, pungent “basturma”(finely cured ham) and huge blocks of cheese.

13:00 Check out from Hotel

Transfer to Airport Zvartnots

BON VOYAGE FROM APRICOT VOYAGE

Description

The tour is designed for those people who want to combine sightseeing with wellness. It is supposed for visiting the main tourist destinations of the capital as well as some outgoing tours in the most famous and impressive places of Armenia.

Tour is designed for family trips, friend trips and for giving as a present. 

Tour package

Number of Persons

2-3

4-7

8-17

Price (USD) for one person

1060

893

762

 

 

 

 

The tour does not include:

·         Air tickets,

·         Alcoholic beverages,

·         Medical insurance.

The tour price includes:

·         2 Transfers and 6 excursions,

·         Accommodation – (The price of the tour package is indicated for 1 person in a Standard double room) 5 nights at the “HYATT PLACE” in Jermuk (FB), 2 night at the “ANI PLAZA” hotel Yerevan (BB), Free WiFi,

·         Transportation service (Comfortable air-conditioned bus, minibus, car corresponding to the number of person),

·         Professional English-speaking guide service,

·         3 lunches  in the best restaurants,

·         Vine testing,

·         Free bottle of natural water per person (0.5 l) for each transfer and excursion,

·         24H support of tourists by phone;

·         Taxes.