1-Day Armenia: Garni, Geghard and Echmiadzin
Description: For thousands of years of its existence Armenia collected unique monuments all around the country. And today we will explore the structures, which preserve the history of this ancient part of the world. Starting with the pagan temple and ending with one of the first Christian churches in the world, listed as UNESCO world heritage site.
YEREVAN – GEGHARD – GARNI – ECHMIADZIN – ZVARTNOTS – YEREVAN
In the morning, depart Yerevan and drive to the Geghard monastery – included in the list of UNESCO world heritage sites. The monastery complex is surrounded by impressive, towering cliffs and contains several churches and tombs, most of them cut deep into the rock. The first monastery was built following the adoption of Christianity as a state religion in Armenia (beginning of the 4th century AD).
Continue the tour to Garni temple – the only standing pagan temple in Armenia, built in the first century AD. It was dedicated to the Armenian God of the Sun Mitra. Nowadays, it can be symbolized as pre-Christian Armenia.
Drive to the next UNESCO world heritage site in Armenia – Cathedral and Churches of Echmiatsin (Echmiadzin) and the Archaeological Site of Zvartnots. Echmiadzin is considered as the spiritual center of Armenian people. Constructed in the VI century, it became one of the first official Christian Churches in the world.
On the way back to Yerevan, stop at the ruins of Zvartnots temple from the VII century. The temple collapsed from an earthquake in the X century.
Included0.5 ml water per personEnglish speaking guideEntrance feesPick up and drop off from/at the hotelTransportation by a comfortable vehicle
Not Included0.5 ml water per person each day4x4 drive to UshguliAccommodation in double/twin roomAccommodation in double/twin room with breakfastAccommodation in double/twin rooms with breakfast;Bread and Churchkhela masterclass in Khareba wineryBread and Churchkhela masterclass in Khareba winery;Cable car ticketCable car to TatevChacha and wine tasting in Khareba wineryChacha and wine tasting in Khareba winery;Complimentary glass of wine in TsinandaliI class train ticket from Batumi to TbilisiLunch in Shumi winery and dinner in Kutaisilunch in Shumi winery and dinner in Kutaisi;Lunch, dinnerMasterclasses in NapareuliTipsTransportation by comfortable vehicleTravel InsuranceWine tasting at Areni wineryWine tasting in AmbrolauriWine tasting in Ambrolauri;Wine tasting in Khareba wineryWine tasting in SalkhinoWine tasting in Salkhino;Wine tasting in the Khareba winery