New Year 2018 in Armenia
New Year tour to Armenia: New Year’s eve at a restaurant, Armenian cuisine,
excursions to ancient monuments and a trip to the mountains
|Country:||Armenia||View the route map »»|
|Itinerary:||Yerevan - Khor Virap monastery - Garni temple - Geghard monastery - Tsakhkadzor ski resort - Sevan - National Park - Zvartnots temple - Echmiadzin cathedral - Yerevan|
|Tour duration:||7 days / 6 nights|
Travel to Armenia is a good way to celebrate the New Year 2018 in an unusual place, enjoying mild, sunny winter, eating wonderful Armenian food and examining ancient cultural monuments, such as the pagan Garni temple, the monastery of Geghard, Khor Virap, the Echmiadzin monastery and other Armenia tourist attractions.
Trip to Armenia includes a master class in baking Armenian lavash, a visit to the Yerevan brandy factory, where you will sample the famous brand Ararat, and a trip to the Tsakhkadzor ski resort featuring a developed infrastructure with lifts and ski and snowboard rental. From there you can obtain an amazing panorama of Mount Ararat, the Ararat Valley and mountain Lake Sevan.
Spend your New Year holidays in Armenia!
ITINERARY / SERVICES & COST
ITINERARY IN DETAIL
|Itinerary of Armenia Tour:|
|Arrival in Yerevan.
Arrival in Yerevan. Meeting at Zvartnots International Airport. Transfer to hotel and check-in. Leisure time. Evening New Year holiday show, New Year's Eve at the restaurant.
Breakfast at the hotel. A sightseeing tour of Yerevan, one of the world’s oldest cities. You will see the central streets of Yerevan, the Opera Theatre, Cascade, Republic Square, ministerial buildings, monument Mother Armenia, the Victory Bridge, Hrazdan Stadium, Hrazdan Gorge and the monument for the victims of the 1915 genocide. Leisure time. Overnight at the hotel.
|Yerevan - Khor Virap monastery - Yerevan.
Breakfast at the hotel. A trip to the Khor Virap monastery (40 km from Yerevan). An excursion to the monastery, from which you will enjoy a majestic panorama with Mount Ararat in the centre. Return back to Yerevan. Lunch at one of Yerevan restaurants (payment on the spot). Visits to the Sergei Parajanov Museum and the Yerevan brandy factory featuring brandy sampling. Free time to be spent on buying souvenirs. Visiting of the local Vernissage market is recommended. Evening meal at one of Yerevan restaurants (payment on the spot). Overnight at the hotel.
|Yerevan - Garni temple - Geghard monastery - Yerevan.
Breakfast at the hotel. A visit to the pagan Garni temple (1st century AD). A stopover at the Charents’s Arch to enjoy a wonderful view of the Ararat Valley. A dinner at a local restaurant (payment on the spot), including a master class in baking the Armenian lavash. A visit to the Geghard monastery (13th century, UNESCO World Heritage Site). Return back to Yerevan. Evening meal at one of Yerevan restaurants (payment on the spot). Overnight at the hotel.
|Yerevan - Tsakhkadzor ski resort - Sevan National Park - Yerevan.
Breakfast at the hotel. A trip to Tsakhkadzor (50 km from Yerevan), a popular ski and health resort. Ascending Mount Teghenis (2,858 m) in a lift. An excursion to the Kecharis monastery. A trip to the Sevan National Park (54 km from Yerevan) surrounding Sevan Lake, the largest mountain lake in the territory of the Caucasus. A tour of the Sevan peninsula and the Sevanavank monastery. Return back to Yerevan. Evening meal at one of Yerevan restaurants (payment on the spot). Overnight at the hotel.
|Yerevan - Zvartnots temple - Echmiadzin - Yerevan.
Breakfast at the hotel. A visit to the Zvartnots temple and the Saint Hripsime church. A trip to Echmiadzin (20 km from Yerevan), the religious and spiritual centre of Armenia. A visit to the main Echmiadzin cathedral. Participation in the celebration of the Christmas Eve. Return back to Yerevan. Christmas dinner at one of Yerevan restaurants. Overnight at the hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport. Departure.
Cost does not include:
The tour comes with the following accommodation:
|Yerevan||Shirak Hotel 3* / HrazdanHotel 3*||or similar|
ITINERARY IN DETAIL:
Day 1. Arrival in Yerevan.
Welcome to festive Yerevan!
Yerevan, the capital of Armenia, is an ancient city with a population of 1.068 million people. Yerevan is reported to have been founded in 782 BC, when the king of Urartu Argishti I built the fortress of Erebuni on the site, whose ruins can currently be seen near the southern border of present-day Yerevan.
Yerevan is located at elevations between 900 and 1,300 m above sea level, with some portion of the city situated on a volcanic plateau north of the Ararat Valley. This is why the city features complex relief, its altitudes varying within a range of 400 m. The Hrazdan River flows within the city borders in a picturesque gorge.
Yerevan features mild and sunny winters with little snow. Average temperatures range between −4°C and −6°C in January.
In the evening you will have an entertainment New Year programme and a gala-supper at a restaurant. The rich Armenian cuisine ranks among the oldest in Asia and is the most ancient one in the Transcaucasian region. Meat is the key element of the Armenian food.
Happy New Year and Armenian holidays!
Day 2. Yerevan.
Today, after a leisurely breakfast, we shall set off for a walk to familiarise ourselves with places to visit in Yerevan, which are concentrated in the city’s centre. Most of the buildings are made of pink tuff, for which Yerevan is commonly called ‘the pink city.’
Yerevan resembles an ‘amphitheatre’ in structure, where the central part of the city is situated at the base of the seating.
The core of the city is the Republic Square surrounded by five buildings, among which are the Armenian National History Museum and the Government House with the country’s principal tower clock.
Other significant monuments of Yerevan include Mother Armenia, a 54-metre monument erected in the central park in commemoration of the Second World War; the grandiose Opera Theatre; the Cascade - a gigantic many-tier observation deck providing a breathtaking view of the city against the background of Mount Ararat; the Victory Bridge (Akhtanak Bridge) across the Hrazdan River, from which you can also obtain a picturesque view of the river’s narrow valley, some important objects, such as the Hrazdan Stadium and brandy factory, and ordinary residential houses perched along the edge of the gorge.
Overnight at Yerevan hotel.
Day 3. Yerevan - Khor Virap monastery - Yerevan.
Today we shall visit the Khor Virap monastery (translated as ‘a deep well’), which is situated 40 km from Yerevan and is built on a rock in the Ararat plain, at the foot of the Ararat Mountain.
Initially Khor Virap was not a monastery, but a state prison. One of its best known prisoners was Saint Gregory the Illuminator, who had spent 15 years in Khor Virap before he cured king Tiridates III of a bad disease in 301 and converted him to Christianity. So this place became the cradle of Christianity in Armenia, as Tiridates III adopted Christianity there and made it a state religion.
Khor Viral is a specimen of the stern and laconic classical Armenian architecture. There you can go underground into the deep legendary dungeon, where Gregory the Illuminator was held, and visit the Church of the Holy Mother of God (17th century) built on ancient foundations. The place provides a breathtaking view of Mount Ararat.
Upon returning to Yerevan we shall have a dinner at one of the city’s restaurants (payment on the spot). After that we shall have an excursion to outstanding film producer Sergei Parajanov’s museum and a visit to the Yerevan brandy factory, where we shall sample the legendary Armenian brandy.
We also recommend that today you visit the local Vernissage market, where you can purchase unique handmade items, souvenirs, antiques and other interesting things.
Overnight at Yerevan hotel.
Day 4. Yerevan - Garni temple - Geghard monastery - Yerevan.
On this day we shall have a trip to the pagan Garni temple (1st century AD) situated 28 km from Yerevan. The temple is dedicated to Mihr, the god of the Sun, heavenly light and justice. This is the only extant monument in Armenia from the antique period.
The temple of Garni built by King Tiridates I represents the pre-Christian culture that had prevailed in the territory of Armenia for many centuries. In the 17th century the temple was destroyed by a heavy earthquake and was restored only in the Soviet period.
Further we shall have a brief stop at the Charents’ Arch (architect R. Israelyan, 1957), named so after an Armenian poet. There you will obtain a fantastic view of the Ararat depression and, the weather be fine, Mount Ararat.
Then we shall go to the Geghard monastery (old names: Ayrivank, ‘the monastery of the cave’), a unique complex of monasteries situated in the steep-walled valley of the mountain river Gokht, 40 km from Yerevan. The current name of the monastery, Geghard, is associated with a spear, which, according to legend, one of the Roman legionary guards had used to pierce Christ on the cross and which was for some time kept at the monastery.
The first monastery was founded there in the 4th century, on the site of a holy spring, which rose in a cave. According to legend, the building was constructed by Saint Gregory the Illuminator. The monastic complex comprised religious constructions and residential and auxiliary buildings.
Currently, the monastery’s active churches are objects of pilgrimage, forming one of the basic tourist Armenia tourist attractions.
Return back to Yerevan.Overnight at Yerevan hotel.
Day 5. Yerevan - Tsakhkadzor ski resort - Sevan National Park - Yerevan.
Today we shall have a trip to Tsakhkadzor, the largest and most popular ski resort of Armenia located on the picturesque slopes of Mount Teghenis, 50 km northwest of Yerevan. The resort is frequented by skiers and snowboarders from all over Armenia and the neighbouring countries. Winters in Tsakhkadzor feature much snow and sun. Average temperature ranges between -3°С and -5°С.
A modern three-part chair lift with a total length of 4,500 m functions in Tsakhkadzor. You can hardly see any queues before the lifts. We shall use the lift to ascend Mount Teghenis (2,858 m). From the mountain you can enjoy majestic landscapes, with Mount Ararat and Lake Sevan in the centre.
In Tsakhkadzor all tracks, hotels and attractions are located close to each other, which makes it possible to walk from one place to another within the resort. Skis and related equipment and outfit can be hired.
Further we shall visit the Kecharis monastic ensemble (11th century) situated on the slopes of the Pambak Range. The complex consists of 4 churches, 2 chapels and an ancient cemetery of the 12th-13th centuries.
After that we shall move to Sevan, the largest and one of the most beautiful mountain lakes in the Caucasus, situated at an elevation of 1,900 m, in a depression between mountains, 54 km from Yerevan. The Sevan National Park was organised on the area around the lake in 1978.
Sevan lake is the azure pearl of Armenia attracting enormous crowds of tourists in summer and in winter. In summertime the lake is very popular among those who like to spend their free time on a beach. The lake area is the only one in Armenia that specialises in fishing, breeding valuable types of fish.
The lake shore boasts numerous cultural monuments and large amounts of recreational resources. We shall have a tour of the Sevan peninsula, which at one time was an island, and an excursion to the old Sevanavank monastery (9th century) situated in the peninsula.
Return back to Yerevan.Overnight at Yerevan hotel.
Day 6. Yerevan - Zvartnots temple - Echmiadzin - Yerevan.
On this day we shall visit another majestic ancient structure, which is the Zvartnots temple (translating as the ‘temple of vigilant powers’). The building was constructed in the 7th century and destroyed by earthquake in the 10th century. The ruins of the temple were discovered in the course of archaeological excavations in the early 20th century. Currently, this archaeological zone is included in the UNESCO heritage list.
We shall then make for the Saint Hripsime church (Surb Hripsime temple, 7th century). This is the place where Saint Hripsime was murdered by pagans for her refusal to recant Christianity. Her relics have been kept in the church to this day.
Echmiadzin (Echmiadsin) is a historical centre of the Armenian Apostolic Church, the ancient town of Vagharshapat, which in the 2nd-4th centuries was the capital of Great Armenia. In 1945 Vagharshapat was renamed into Echmiadzin after the Echmiadzin monastery, which had been located in the area and which had served as the residence of the Catholicos of all Armenians. Echmiadzin also features the Echmiadzin Cathedral (Saint Echmiadzin, AD 303), whose name translates as ‘the descent of the only-begotten,’ which means ‘the place where Jesus descended;’ theological educational institutions; the Saint Gayane Church (630) with an arched gallery containing the remains of the higher Armenian clergy; the Shoghakat church (1694).
Celebration of the Christmas Eve.
Return back to Yerevan. Christmas dinner at one of Yerevan restaurants.
Overnight at Yerevan hotel.
Day 7. Yerevan. Departure.
Today our New Year travel in Armenia is coming to an end. We hope you have liked this generous and hospitable country with its most delicious cuisine, unique historical monuments and inimitable atmosphere!
Again, happy New Year! May this year be full of wondrous journeys and bring you many new and bright emotions.
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