Attractions and Sacred Places:

Aragats & Azhdahak-7Days

The program of the hiking tour combines the conquest of two of the most beautiful mountains of Armenia - Aragats (4090 m) and Ajdahak (3596m). Tourists will be able to conquer the three highest peaks Aragats, as well as make a hike to a glacial lake, located in the crater of Mount Ajdahak. And from the top of the mountain opens a breathtaking view of the blue pearl of Armenia - Lake Sevan.

Day 1

Yerevan
After a brief rest at the hotel, guests will embark on a tour of Yerevan city that includes stops at Republic Square, Victory Park, Mother Armenia, Cafesjian Center for the Arts, The Cascade, a carpet factory, the monument to A.Tamanyan, Opera House, and Tsitsernakaberd Armenian Genocide Memorial.

(Note: Arrival day activities will be adjusted as needed according to the itinerary of the traveler.)
Meals: Lunch
Hotel Accommodations: Regineh
Travel Distance: 70 km (44 miles)

Day 2

Yerevan – Garni – Geghard – Plateau of Mount Ajdahak
A trip to the Monastery of Geghardavank. Visiting the unique cave (carved in a rock) of Geghard Monastery (XII-XIIIcc), several buildings of which have unsurpassed acoustics.

The name of Geghard is connected with the biblical lance which is preserved here. As it is mentioned in the Bible, by this lance a roman warrior pierced the body of the crucified Christ.

Visiting Garni castle (III c BC-XIIIc. AD) – the summer residence of Armenian kings, seeing the pagan temple of Sun built by Armenian king Trdat Arshakuni (Arshakid) in 77. This is the only Hellenistic type temple preserved in the territory of CIS.

A trip to Geghard village, climbing to the plateau of mount Ajdahak.
Supper and lodging in tents.
Meals: Lunch Dinner
Travel Distance: 50 km (31 miles)

Day 3

Climbing Mount Ajdahak – Byurakan
Breakfast. Climbing to the extinct volcano of Ajdahak (3596m) on the crater of which tourists can admire the emerald glacial lake. The ascent lasts 3-4 hours. From the peak there opens a wonderful view on Lake Sevan, Geghama range and alpine zone.

Lunch on the peak. Descending to the camp. A trip to Byurakan village. Supper and lodging.
Meals: Breakfast Lunch
Travel Distance: 150 km (94 miles)

Day 4

Southern and Western peaks of Mount Aragats
Breakfast. Climbing the Southern (3887m) and Western (4001m) peaks of Mount Aragats. Lunch on the peak. Descending to the camp.

Supper and lodging in tents.
Meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Travel Distance: 140 km (88 miles)

Day 5

Northern Peak – Gegharot gorge -Yerevan
Breakfast at 8:00. Descending to the crater (3683 m). Climbing the northern peak, which is the highest (4090m.). Lunch on the peak.

Upon the descent from the crater through the gorge Gegharot – you will see three waterfalls.

According to the legend, «Icon-lamp of the educator» shined here at nights and under this light Gregory the Illuminator – the founder of Armenian Apostolic church and the First Catholicos of all Armenians – prayed.
Returning to Yerevan. Lodging in the hotel.
Meals: Breakfast Lunch
Travel Distance: 15 km (9 miles)

Day 6

Yerevan – Zvartnots – Ejmiadzin – Yerevan
Excursion to the remains of Zvartnots Temple (VIIc.). The Zvartnots Temple («Celestial Angels») is like a proud eagle, perched on a high pedestal.

Visit one of 12 old capitals of Armenia – Ejmiadzin (Vagharshapat) and the First Cathedral of Saint Ejmiadzin, church of Saint Hripsime (VIIc). Saint Ejmiadzin is believed to be the first Christian church in the world, founded by Gregory the Illuminator in 303 A.D. It is the Holy Seat and the centre of the Armenian Apostolic Church, with the Residence of the Catholicos, spiritural leader of All Armenians.

Returning to Yerevan. Walking in the city.
Meals: Breakfast Lunch
Hotel Accommodations: Regineh
Travel Distance: 50 km (31 miles)

Day 7

Yerevan – Matenadaran – Vernissage – Yerevan Brandy Company «Ararat» – airport Zvartnots
Before departing from Armenia, this eight-day tour concludes with visits to the Matenadaran where ancient Armenian manuscripts are stored and exhibited, Vernissage crafts and flea market, and the Yerevan Brandy Company for a tour and brandy tasting.

(Note: Departure day activities will be adjusted as needed according to the itinerary of the traveler.)
Meals:
Travel Distance: 50 km (31 miles)

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