Yerevan City Tour
City tour of the capital of Armenia – Yerevan, one of the oldest cities in the world – older than Rome for 30 years. The name of the city goes back to the period of Urartu and originates from “Erebuni”. The capital of Armenia is already 2,800 years old. Yerevan is located on the edge of the Ararat valley on both banks of the river Hrazdan, at an altitude of 900 – 1300 above sea level. Most of the main cultural centers of the city are in the center of the capital. The name of the city originates from the legendary Urartian fortress of Erebuni, from which starts almost the three-thousand-year old history of the city.
The route of our tour will start with a bus tour around the city that will cover all the main sights, the main streets and avenues of the city: Mashtots Avenue with the famous “Covered Market” and “Blue Mosque”, Marshal Baghramyan Avenue with the Presidential Residence and the beautiful Parliament Building, Sayat Nova Avenue with the monument of the famous French sculptor Rodin, and much more.
Afterwards, we will have a walking tour through the small center. It will start from the Yerevan Cascade with its open-air Museum of Cafesjian Art Center, the collection of which contains works and masterpieces of world famous artists such as Fernando Botero, Arshile Gorki, Jennifer Bartlett, Lynn Chadwick, Barry Flanagan and others. Here, of course, we will climb-up to the panoramic view platform, to glance the fantastic pictures of the pink city, and if lucky, will see the majestic view of Biblical Ararat mountain. Most of our athletic travelers can take the stairs to climb up the top, for the others escalators will be of help.
Making the most fascinating photos and getting acquainted with the stories of Yerevan, we will continue our walk to the Theater Square to see the Opera and Ballet Theater and the famous Swan Lake.
Then we will reach the Northern Avenue, with its impressive new buildings, restaurants, cafes and shops. It is here that you can find the monument to the famous florist Karabala, who was the protector of young couples and was always presenting them with flowers.
The final destination of our walk is the Republic Square. This is the central square of the Armenian capital. Its architectural appearance is formed by five buildings located along the perimeter. Among them is the Museum of Armenian History and the National Gallery, the building of the Government of Armenia, with its famous clock, under which the citizens of Yerevan used to make their first dates. The Square is also famous for its singing fountains, the shows of which can be enjoyed from the middle of April to the end of October.
At the end of the tour we will visit Tsitsernakaberd – the memorial dedicated to the numerous victims of the Armenian Genocide in 1915.
|PRICE PER PERSON||35 USD|
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Garni – Geghard – Lavash Baking – Lake Sevan – Sevanavank
The Temple of Garni – a classical Hellenistic temple in Garni village. It is perhaps the best-known structure and symbol of pre-Christian Armenia. Used to be a favorite place of Armenian kings. The beauty of the temple seems unreal. It occupies the triangular cape dominating the deep canyon, enveloped by the river Azat from two sides. The gorge is remarkable for its amazing slopes, known as “Symphony of Stones”.
In the village of Garni, we will be hosted by local residents to see how real Armenian lavash is baked. And, of course, we will not get out of there without testing freshly baked lavash.
St. Geghard (12th – 13th centuries) – meaning “the Monastery of the Holly Lance”, originates from the Lance which had wounded Jesus at the Crucifixion. The monastery is partially carved out of the adjacent mountain, surrounded by cliffs. The spectacular towering cliffs surrounding the monastery are part of the Azat River gorge, and included together with the monastery in the World Heritage Site listing. Some of the churches within the monastery complex are entirely dug out of the cliff rocks, others are little more than caves, while others are elaborate structures, with both architecturally complex walled sections and rooms deep inside the cliff. There is a cold spring that beats from the rock in one of the caves of the temple, which to this day is an object of worship. It is believed that his holy water heals from diseases, rejuvenates, and gives beauty.
Lake Sevan – Endowed with “blue-eyed beauty” epithet by locals and “Armenian Riviera” by foreigners, the Lake Sevan is one of the top tourist attractions It is the largest freshwater high-altitude (alpine) lakes in Eurasia. We will visit the monastery of Sevanavank (9th c.) on the top of Akhtamar peninsula.
Perhaps this is where you will want to release a pair of pigeons – the sacred birds of Noah’s Land. And then all your cherished desires will certainly come true!
|PRICE PER PERSON||50 USD|
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