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Archeological Tour 

DAY 1

Arrival at Zvartnots international airport. 

Transfer from the airport to the hotel /check-in/. 

YEREVAN-KARMIR BLUR-SHENGAVIT-YEREVAN 

Karmir Blur (Red Hill) is located in the south-western part of Yerevan, on the left bank of the River Hrazdan (the old name of the river is Ildaruni). About 3400 years ago on an upland named Kuarline a flourishing dwelling was founded, where people lived in little earthen buildings with several rooms. Visit to  Erebuni  Fortress, Yerevan was built in the last quarter of the 8th century BC by King Argishti I. The Erebuni Fortress, Yerevan is a Urartuan stronghold which is situated within the city area. The archaeological remains found here proves the existence of the people of these area for three thousand years. It is one of the most visited Tourist attractions in Yerevan. The excavations here have revealed palaces, temples and also domiciles of antiquity on the extensive premises. Renovations are going on to restore the buildings and walls of these structures. One can also find certain well-preserved items at the site. Erebuni is one of the biggest towns on Arin-berd hill on the south east end of Yerevan. Historical records say that Erebuni was constructed by Argishti I in 782 BC. The layout of the Fortress was made very orderly with the town neighborhoods being located at the foot of a hill. A Fortress is placed on the top that dominates the surrounding area. The Erebuni Fortress in Armenia overlooks the town and the Ararat plain along with its settlements.  Shengavit Settlement  is an archaeological site in present day ,  located on a hill south-east of Lake Yerevan. It was inhabited during four distinct settlement phases from the late 4th millennium BC  to the early 2nd century BC. The town occupied an area of six hectares. It appears that Shengavit was a cultural center for the areas surrounding the town due to its unusual size and defensive nature..

Lunch during the tour.

Welcome dinner at the Armenian traditional restaurant.

Overnight at the hotel. 
 

Day 2

YEREVAN-QARASHAMB-GARNI-GEGHARD-YEREVAN

Breakfast at the hotel. Qarashamb as an archeological monument have been founded in 20 century.  In this archeological place till now is continuing the excavation. On the way to Garni a short stop at the “Charents Arch”, from where opens a breathtaking view over Ararat valley and Mount Ararat. Garni Temple, the only extant temple in Armenia, dating back to the era of paganism and Hellenism. It was devoted to the pagan god of sun-"Mithra". The temple was built by Greek slaves in 76 B.C. It was the summer residence of Armenian kings over 4 centuries. Gegard monastery - the miracle of Armenian architecture, built in the 13th century. A unique complex of cave structures, located in a picturesque valley (both are in UNESCO World Heritage List).

Lunch during the tour.

Return to Yerevan.

Farewell dinner at the Armenian restaurant.

Overnight at the hotel.

 

Day 3

YEREVAN-KHOR VIRAP-DVIN-ARTASHAT-YEREVAN

Breakfast at the hotel.

Departure to Ararat region. Visit to Khor Virap monastery where Grigor Lusavorich (St. Gregory the Illuminator) was imprisoned for 13 years for preaching Christianity. Khor Virap is the most famous pilgrimage site in Armenia. Here is the best view of Biblical Ararat mountain. According to the Bible, Noah's Ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat after the Great flood. Visit to Dvin. In the first half of the 8th century BC, Dvin and numerous settlements of the Ararat Valley were ruined due to the invasions of these territories by king Argishti I (786 - 764 BC). Traces of a great fire and ruins that took place in this period are clearly seen owing to the excavations of Dvin. The hill of Dvin and its environs have been inhabited since the 3rd millennium BC. During the excavations of 1958, a settlement of Late Bronze and Early Iron period was discovered under the 10th - 13th century cultural layer of the citadel in Dvin. Artashat  is a city on Araks River in the Ararat valley, 30 km southeast of Yerevan.  Being one of the oldest cities of Armenia, Artashat is the capital of Ararat Province. The name of the city is derived from Iranian languages and means the "joy of Arta". Founded by King ArtasheI in 176 B.C., Artashat served as the capital of the Kingdom of Armenia from 185 BC until 120 AD, and was known as the "Vostan Hayots" or "court" or "seal of the Armenians. 

Lunch during the tour.

Return to Yerevan.

Farewell dinner at the Armenian restaurant.

Overnight at the hotel.

 

Day 4

YEREVAN-ARENI-NORAVANK- YEGHEGNADZOR

Areni is a village in the  Vayots Dzor Province of Armenia.  It is best known for its wine production, although the majority of wine produced locally is from the nearby village of  Getap.In 2007, an Armenian archaeological  team decided to do test excavations in the cave site of Areni 1. Two test trenches in the front and rear galleries revealed Chalcolithic Age layers dating back to 5000-4000 BCE. Excavations during 2007-2008 uncovered 3 pot burials in the rear chamber of the cave. Each pot contained a Copper Age human skull with no associated grave goods. All skulls belong to sub-adults of 9–16 years of age. These are currently being analyzed by the team's biological anthropologist. Remarkably, one skull contained a piece of a well-preserved brain tissue. This is the oldest known human brain from the Old World.  Noravank is one of the five major tourist attractions in Armenia. The monastic complex was founded in 1205.  The monastery is best known for its two-storey St. Astvatsatsin church. Noravank was the residence of the Orbelyan princes.

Lunch during the tour.

Farewell dinner

Overnight at the homestay. 
 

Day 5

YEGHEGNADZOR-ZORAC KARER-AGHITU- TATEV MONASTERY

Zorac Karer Nowadays it is very difficult for us to definitely clarify when and for what reason several hundreds of vertical basalt obelisks of 3 metres high and more than 9 tones were erected. Situated in the environs of Sisian town in the province of Syunik, about 1800 metres above sea level, this monument reminds regular rows of giants of 300 metres long and 7 hectares wide. It seems as though the regiments were gathered together to begin a fierce battle, but they were bewitched and became motionless by a supernatural power. The legend connects this image with the name of the monument Zorackarer (powerful stones).

Excavations at Aghitu cave in the Syunik Province of southern Armenia have yielded new insights into the Upper Paleolithic settlement of the Armenian highlands. The site is situated at an elevation of 1600 m in the valley of the deeply incised Vorotan River, which cuts down through basalt flows and provides a corridor through the region. 

The Monastery of Tatev  is a 9th century  Armenian monastery located on a large basalt plateau near the Tatev village in Syunik Province. The monastic ensemble stands on the edge of a deep gorge of the Vorotan River. Tatev is known as the bishopric seat of Syunik and played a significant role in the history of the region as a centre of economic, political, spiritual and cultural activity. 

Lunch during the tour.

Farewell dinner

Overnight at the homestay. 

 

Day 6

YEREVAN-METSAMOR-EDJMIATCIN-ZVARTNOC-YEREVAN

Metsamor, one of the ancient monuments of the Armenian Plateau, is situated in the enter  of the Ararat Valley, 30 kilometres west of Yerevan, not far from the spring of the River Metsamor. Excavations confirm that people settled in this valley with abundant water sources, hunting grounds and pastures seven thousand years ago. The Metsamor Castle was founded on a large volcanic hill. The studies confirm that life continued there from the 5th millennium B.C. up to the 18th century A.D. 

Echmiatsin ("Vatican" of Armenia). Cathedral of Holy Etchmiatsin - the main religious and administrative center of Armenian Apostolic Church. It was founded on site of Pagan temple by Gregory the Illuminator in 303 A.D. St. Hripsime monastery was built in 618 A.D. This is impressive and majestic building.  Ruins of Zvartnots ("church of vigil forces" in Armenian). Construction of Zvartnots began in 641-643 years, and was carried out intermittently for twenty years. The initiator of the construction was Catholicos Nerses III, who involved architectures from ancient Armenian city Dvin (both are in UNESCO World Heritage List).

Lunch during the tour.

Welcome dinner at the Armenian traditional restaurant.

Overnight at the hotel. 

  

Day 7

YEREVAN-LORI FORTRESS-YEREVAN

Lori Fortress is one of the monuments of the Armenian Plateau well known for its historical-archeological value. It is situated near the city of Stepanavan. The necropolis and the dwelling occupy the territory of about 500 hectares. Lori Fortress survived more than one and a half thousand years, beginning from the last two centuries of the 3rd millennium B.C. up to the middle of the 1st millennium B.C. Four cultural phases followed, beginning from the Middle Bronze Age up to the Late Iron Age, or including the period of the Kingdom of Van. 

Lunch during the tour.

Welcome dinner at the Armenian traditional restaurant.

Overnight at the hotel. 

 

Day 8

Back to Airport



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