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Armenia and Karabakh The Treasures of Armenia and Artsakh

Tour operator/agency:

Gandzasar Tour

Tel: 374 10 52 18 81
Address: 28 Moskovyan Street, Yerevan, ARMENIA
E-mail: info@gandzasartour.am
Category: Regular
Days: 14
Date: June 02, 2012 - June 16, 2012
Starting price: 850 EUR
Armenia and Karabakh The Treasures of Armenia and Artsakh

Route: Yerevan- Kotayk region (Garni, Gegard), Gegarqunik region (Sevan, Sevanavank), Tavush region (Dilijan resort, Goshavank, Lake Parz), Lori region (Akhtala, Ptghavank, Haghpat, Sanahin), Aragatsotn region (Amberd, Saghmosavank) Ararat region (Khor Virap) Vayots Dzor region (Noravank, Areni, Amaghu gorge, Jermuk, Gndevank), Syunik region (Zorats Karer, Tatev), Armavir region (Echmiadzin, Zvartnots), NKR, Shushi (Khazanchetsots cathedral, Shushi fortress, Hunot gorge), Martakert region (village Vank, Gandzasar, Ruzan fortress, Gandzakaget, Sarsang reservoir), Askeran region (Tsakhkashat, Tigranakert, Mayraberd, Shoshkavank), Martuni region (Amaras, Tnjri Tsar), Karvachar region (Dadivank, Jermajur), Hadrut region (Togh, Mets Takher, “Kazh” tea house, “Halevor” and “Jarvanes” bridges, Ishkhanaget river)

Price Includes:

 All transfers
 Visa to Artsakh
 Gude
 Conductor
 Accomodation in hotel 13 nights (double accomodation)
 13 breakfasts, 14 dinners, 13 suppers
 Refreshing drinks during the excursion
 Tickets of sights of view



Price doesn't include:

 Flight tickets
 Insurance
 Alcoholic drinks
 Personal and other expences not provided by the program

Additional information:
The price of the program is calculated for the group of 6 person.
The price of the program increases in case the participants are less than 6 and decreases in case the participants are more than 6.
In this case the price is subject to additional discussion.


Day Destination Hotel
1 Yerevan
   Transfer from “Zvartnots” International Airport, accommodation in hotel “Hrazdan”
 Dinner in an ethnic restaurant
 City tour: visiting ancient Urartian palace-fortress Erebuni (VII BC), Viewing platform of Park “Haghtanak (Vicrory Park), walking down the “Cascade” architectural complex to the city center, walking in an alley of sculptures, then to Azatutyun Square near the National Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet
 Supper in a restaurant
 Evening walk in Republic Square near the “Singing Fountains”
 Overnight stay in a hotel
2 Garni
   Breakfast in a hotel
 Setting off to Kotayk region, excursion to Garni ancient pagan temple (I century), visiting the monastery of Geghard (XIII century) “Monastery of the Spear”
 Dinner in the village garden
 Setting off to Gegarqunik region, Lake Sevan, visiting Sevanavank Monastery Complex (IX century)
 Setting off to Tavush region, Dilijan resort, visiting Goshavank Monastery Complex (XII century) and Haghartsin Monastery (XII century), visiting Dilijan National Park, Lake Parz
 Rest at the bank of the lake, supper in a restaurant
 Setting off to Dilijan, overnight stay in a hotel
3 Akhtala
   Breakfast in a hotel
 Setting off to Lori region, Akhtala, examination of the fortress and Ptghavank monastery (X- XII century)
 Dinner in a restaurant
 Visiting Haghpat Monastery(X - XIII centuries) and Sanahin (X - XIII centuries)
 Setting off to Vanadzor, supper in a restaurant
 Overnight stay in a hotel
4 Amberd Fortress Castle
   Breakfast in a hotel
 Setting off to Aragatsotn region through Spitak
 Visiting Amberd fortress (fortress of VII century and monastery XI century)
 Setting off to the gorge of the river Kasakh, visiting Saghmosavank monastery(XIII century)
 Dinner in a restaurant
 Return to Yerevan
 Free time
 Supper in a restaurant
 Overnight stay in a hotel
5 Khor Virap
   Breakfast in a hotel
 Setting off to Ararat region, visiting Khor Virap Monastery and Fortress (IV-XII century) at the bottom of mount Ararat
 Setting off to Vayots Dzor region
 Setting off to Vayots Dzor region, visiting Areni Wine Factory, in Areni village, excursion and tasting of various wines
 Visiting Noravank Monastery Complex (IX-XIII century)
 Dinner in grotto, in picturesque Amaghu Gorge (lavash and barbecue prepared in tonir, cheese, home-made wine etc.)
 Setting off to Nagorno Karabakh, Shushi city-fortress, city-tour Cathedral Кhazanchetsots (XVIII century), Shushi fortress, visiting picturesque Hunot Gorge
 Setting off to Martakert region, village Vank
 Accommodation in hotel “Eclectica”
 Supper in a restaurant
 Overnight stay in a hotel
6 Gandzasar
   Breakfast in a hotel
 Visiting Gandzasar Monastery Complex (XIII century)
 Walk in a village; introduction with rural traditions
 Lunch in the village garden
 Setting off to Askeran region, village Tsakhkashat
 Visiting“Nikol Duman” memorial museum and folkloric complex
 Visiting ancient city Tigranakert's place of digging, examination of the fortress Tigranakert and the Museum
 Visiting Mayraberd (XVIIIcentury)
 Return to village Vank
 Supper in a restaurant
 Overnight
7 Gandzakaget waterfall
   Breakfast in a hotel
 Preparing and instruction for hike
 Starting place is village Vank
 Setting off to one of the wonders of nature Gandzakaget waterfall where one can swim and enjoy the charm of unspoiled nature. The organization of fishing is possible. It is located about 1100 meters above sea level. In some places it is necessary to pass across the river on foot and to the waterfall can be reached only by swimming. The way is passing through the deep forest, don't need special physical condition
 Rest, picnic (barbecue of meat assorted, cheese, wine, fruits)
 Return to village Vank
 Overnight stay in a hotel

The whole distance: about 12km
Duratio: 7-8 hours
Necessary things: trekking shoes, swimming suit, water 1-2 l.
8 Ruzanna fortress
   Breakfast in a hotel
 Preparing and instruction for hike
 Starting place is village Vank
 Rising up to the Ruzanna fortress. It is located 1600 m above sea-level,a vide path passes through the deep forest, don't need special physical condition
 Walking round the fortress, examinination of ancient khachkars, dinner
 Return to village Vank
 Supper in a restaurant
 Entertainment near the fire (wine, cheese, roast potatoes, sweets, etc.)
 Overnight stay in a hotel

The whole distance: about 7 km
Duratio: 7-8 hours
Necessary things: trekking shoes, swimming suit, water 1-2 l, lunch- box
9 Amaras Monastery
   Breakfast in a hotel
 Setting off to Askeran region,visiting Shoshkavank monastery (VIII century)
 Setting off to Martuni region Amaras Monastery IV century at the end of III century St. Grigor the Enlightener founded it, then his grandson Grigoris the bishop finished it.
 Setting off to village Skhtorashen
 Visiting Tnjri Tsar , one of Skhtorashen’s tracts there rises a huge plane-tree, which during the Soviet time was certificated as the oldest (2 000 years) and the tallest (54m) tree in territory of the country. The tree hollow has a space of 44 sq. m: about a hundred people can be easily placed in such an area. The diameter of the trunk is 27 m. The giant-tree casts a shade on an area of 1400 sq. m. The size of leaves of the tree is of 0.5 m
 Setting off to the capital of NKR Stepanakert, rest and dinner in a restaurant
 Return to village Vank
 Supper in a restaurant
 Overnight stay in a hotel
10 Dadivank Monastery
   Breakfast in a hotel
 Setting off from village Vank to Karvachar region, Dadivank Monastery Complex (V-XIII century)
 Visiting Natural Mineral Hot Water Spring “Jermajur. Jermajur water is similar to Karlovy Vary (Czech Republic) and Jermuk (Armenia) and is known for its healing features
 Lunch in the field
 Setting off to picturesque Sarsang Reservoir
 Rest on the bank of Sarsang Reservoir (coffee, tea, sweets)
 Return to village Vank
 Supper in a restaurant
 Overnight stay in a hotel
11 Togh village
   Breakfast in a hotel
 Setting off to Melikhanist, Togh village in Hadrut region
 Visiting Melik’s Palace of middle ages in Togh village (XVIII century), examination of the ruins
 Setting off to village Mets Takher
 Dinner at the “Kazh” tea house (Artsakh cuisine)
 Hike through the forest to Halevor Bridge (XIII century) of middle ages on Ishkhanaget river and Jarvanes Bridge (VII century) on Tumi river
 Rest at the bank of the picturesque river Ishkhanaget (coffee, tea, sweets), swimming
 Return to village Mets Takher
 Visiting rural forge and plant for production of mulberry vodka
 Return to village Vank
 Supper in a restaurant
 Entertainment near the fire (wine, cheese, roast potatoes, sweets, etc.)
 Overnight stay in a hotel

The whole distance: about 8 km
Duration: 4-5 hours
Necessary things: swimming suit, water 1-2 l
12 Tatev
   Breakfast in a hotel
 Setting off to Syunik region, visiting the gorge of Vorotan, visiting Tatev Monastery (IX-X century) by “Wings of Tatev”, world's longest aerial tramway (5,7 km)
 Dinner in tavern near the monastery
 Visiting the prehistoric megalitic complex Zorats Karer or Karahunj (British analogue of Stonehenge)
 Setting off to Jermuk resort, famous for its mineral water, visiting the gallery of mineral springs
 Supper in a restaurant
 Overnight stay in a hotel
13 Jermuk
   Breakfast in a hotel
 Setting off to Jermuk resort. Walking in a picturesque gorge, visiting the waterfall
 Visiting Gndevank Monastery (X century), situated in the gorge of Arpa river
 Dinner in a restaurant
 Return to Yerevan
 Supper in a restaurant
 Overnight stay in a hotel
14 Yerevan
   Breakfast in a hotel
 Visiting “Vernisazh” souvenir fair
 Visiting Armenian Brandy factory, excursion, tasting of Armenian brandy
 Dinner in a restaurant
 Setting off to Armavir region, visiting Echmiadzin– the spiritual capital of Armenia, visiting the Cathedral (VI-XVII century), Examination of the ruins of temple of Zvartnots (“vigil forces”, “celestial angels”) (XII century)
 Transfer to “Zvartnots” International Airport.

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