Approximate duration: 9h
Destination: Khor Virap and Noravank monasteries, Areni winery, Jermuk resort town
Price includes transportation from Yerevan and the services of a guide. Does not include admission tickets: ~2€ per person
Noravank monastery was founded in 13-14cc. Many consider it to be the most beautiful monastery of Armenia. It is known not only for his main architecture but also for cross-stones and bas-reliefs. The most famous one has the world’s first realistic image of God the Father.
Khor Virap Monastery
Khor Virap means “deep dungeon”. It was a prison for the most important political prisoners and enemies of the state since the 2c. BC. It is the historical place where at the end of 3c. Gregory the Illuminator, the first patriarch of Armenia was held captive for 13 years. By mysterious circumstances, he was released in 301y. and Christianity was adopted as a state religion, the first time in the world’s history. There you can visit the dungeon. Also, it is the closest place to Ararat mountain, where you will enjoy an awesome view of the mountain.
Degustation in Areni Winery
Areni village is famous for its fruits and wine. It was here where 7000-years old wineries were found. Winemaking is still the principal activity of the villagers there. We will visit one of the wineries and taste natural Armenian wine. Ticket costs 1000AMD (~2€)
Jermuk Resort Town
Jermuk resort town is situated on the awesome canyon of Arpa river at the altitude of 2080m. There are a lot of hot springs and sanatoriums with thermal baths there. Also in winter, there are mountain-skis routes.