Weekend in Armenia (3 days / 2 nights)
DAY 01: ARRIVAL AND YEREVAN CITY TOUR
Arrival to Yerevan, meeting at Zvartnots International airport. Transfer to the hotel, leisure time. After breakfast we visit: Matenadaran - Institute of ancient manuscripts. Here are kept more than 15,000 manuscripts and the collection is constantly updated with new discoveries, acquisitions and gifts.
Visit to "Cafesjian Art Museum", which dedicated to bringing the best of contemporary art to Armenia. Lunch at a restaurant. A walking tour in the city center of Yerevan, which is one of the oldest cities in the world. We will see the Republic Square, the National Opera and Ballet Theater, Northern Avenue, Abovyan street -one of the oldest and well-known streets of the capital, cultural - architectural complex Cascade. Dinner at the traditional restaurant.
DAY 02: YEREVAN - GEGHARD - GARNI - SEVAN - YEREVAN
After breakfast a trip to the cave Monastery Geghard (13 centaury), which consists of three churches and a huge mausoleum carved into the mountain. Continuation of the tour will bring us to the pagan temple of Garni (77 AD) - the only Hellenistic temple extant in the region. Inspection of "Temple of the Sun" and the ancient royal baths, situated on the edge of the picturesque valley.
Lunch in a private house where we'll see the baking process of Armenian traditional flatbread, lavash. By the same time we'll have an opportunity to participate in the process of baking. Return to Yerevan. Visit to "Ararat" Brandy Factory with excursion and brandy tasting.
DAY 03: YEREVAN - ECHMIADZIN - ZAVARTNOTS - YEREVAN
After breakfast, we will start our trip to Echmiadzin, the spiritual and administrative center of the Armenian Apostolic Church. We will participate in the Sunday Mass at the Holy See of Echmiadzin's main cathedral. Visit the Church of St. Gayane (5-7 cc). On the way back stop at the ruins of Zvartnots Cathedral (7th century). Return to Yerevan.
Visit the famous open air market "Vernissage" - a center of contemporary art and culture. Lunch in a traditional restaurant, where we'll see the baking process of Armenian traditional flatbread, lavash. Free time. Transfer to the airport and departure.