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Day 1 Yerevan overview, museums, and discovery of hidden corners 

January 2:

We will start  our trip with a city tour. First, we will  visit important monuments and sites , and afterwards we will take you on  an endless journey of hidden Yerevan, places that are known only to locals. 

Visit to Segrey Paradjanov Museum. Sergey Paradjanov was a prominent avant-garde director of several film masterpieces, including Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors and The Color of Pomegranates. These inspired Federico Fellini and Trakovski, bringing Paradjanov world praiseThe museum collection constitutes 600 works by  Parajanov, including assemblages, flat and three-dimensional collages, drawings, dolls, and film sketches.
Discovery walk of the hidden corners of Yerevan in district Kond, the hilly district where you can see the different layers of history from the Iranian period up to the modern times. Little sidestreets and uniquely  shaped facades have their own charm that will leave you speechless. Later, we’ll introduce you to a few of our close friends,artists who will show you genuine art and Armenian hospitality.

Visit to the one-and-only Vine and Grape Spa. There you can try their very unique wellness packages.

Day 2 — Tsakhkadzor Ski Resort and Geothermal Bath 

January 3:

Just 50 km away from Yerevan is Tsakhkadzor, the hottest spot in all of Armenia for winter activities. Here you can rent a snowboard or skis and have a blast going down snowy hills. ☺ If you don’t like skiing or snowboarding, you can simply slide down in an intertube, which is just as fun. A beautiful view of snowy mountains can be seen when you go up the chairlift. And if you get cold, you can sip coffee or Armenian cognac next to a fireplace in a cafe at the top of the hill.

It is good to warm up in the geothermal healing waters in Arzakan after the whole day spent outdoors. In few words, Arzakan geothermal healing waters are open sky pools filled with healing waters. Just imagine warming up in a pool beneath a  starry night sky. There is a restaurant operating in the complex, so you can order a snack or an aperitif while enjoying the waters. 

Return to Yerevan.

Day 3 Garni, Geghard

January 4:

 We will visit Geghard, a magnificent rock‐cut monastery founded in the 4th century. Geghard is  listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and it is another wonder of human handicraft. This site is buzzing with very special vibes.  Open up your senses and feel the energy!   

We will visit Garni temple, an Armenian temple with Helleno‐Romanic architecture built approximately 2000 years ago and dedicated to God of Sun Mihr. The Temple of Garni is situated in a magical location, on a cliff that overlooks  a range of the Geghama Mountains, as well as the Azat River near fertile Ararat Plain.

Tiny hike down to a natural wonder  called “Stone Symphony”, which is made from magical basalt formations.

Return to Yerevan.

Day 4  – Free Day. 

   January 5:

 You can visit some of the following sites on your own::

 – Matenadaran –  a museum of ancient manuscripts.

 – Underground Magical Caves created by Levon who was guided step by step in his dreams.

 – Visit the Lusic Aguleci museum of traditional costumes Taraz, where you’ll also find a cozy art café with live music in the evenings. 

Day 5 – Foothills of Pearl of Armenia – Aragats mount, stunning landscape of Kasakh gorge, and homemade meal in an authentic village 

January 6:

Armenian Alphabet Monument – huge field full of human-sized Armenian letters. A great opportunity for selfies. Find your own letter! 

Medieval monastery Saghmosavank with  mind-blowing views to Kasakh gorge. 

Visit to a church with the remains of Mesrop Mashtots, the creator of Armenian alphabet.

The day will culminate with a dinner in a traditional countryside house with endless yummy food, friendly hosts, limitless shots of local homemade fruit vodka, and a tiny concert performed by neighborhood kids on traditional instruments.

 Return to Yerevan.

Day 4- Sevan Lake and Spa Town Dilijan

January 7

Lake Sevan. We start our morning by climbing the hill of Sevan Peninsula where you can witness one of the most stunning views to endless dark blue lake and evergreen national park and two little churches little sisters of IX century Sevan Monastery. Would you ever think that a lake can be so beautiful on one side and even more beautiful on the other? Make a little turn on the peninsula and compare both sides! Believe us, the view is priceless.

Our next stop is green Dilijan. We are set for a little discovery walk in the town. Dilijan starting from IXX century was famous for its climate and water, spa resorts, and traditional craft and wood carving workshops. It is often dubbed “Little Switzerland”. Recently , Dilijan received recognition as an international youth town thanks to the presence of UWC Dilijan International College and many other cultural‐educative organizations.

There is one thing you should definitely do in Armenia  experience real Armenian hospitality. We offer you a lunch with a family in an authentic Armenian village with homemade organic food, freshly baked bread, and artisan fruit vodka.

Return to Yerevan.

Departure Day

January 8:

 

Total price of the trip is $420 

The price of the tour includes:

Professional mulitilingual guide 

All the entrance tickets and fees

Comfortable transportation

Two authentic meals, prepared in a local family respecting traditional recipes. 

The price of the tour does not include:

Accommodation

Lunch and Dinner, except the ones mentioned in the program 

Health Insurance

Airport Transfers

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* Accommodation: If you don’t want to spend time searching for accommodation, and if you’re looking for an affordable option, you can share a double room with another traveler from our trip. If you choose to do so, the total price, including  accommodation in Yerevan with breakfast, will be $640 .

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