Khor Virap, Areni Cave, Noravank and Areni winery group tour with lunch
- Visit the breathtaking Khor Virap monastery
- Enjoy a tasting at an Areni wine region winery
- Discover the beauty of Noravank Monastery
Although there are various historical landmarks in Armenia, the oldest and most well-known is probably the Biblical Mount Ararat. This is why our tour promises a spectacular view from the closest spot possible.
The Khor Virap monastery is located about an hour’s drive away from the capital Yerevan, and offers an amazing view of Armenia’s defining symbol – the majestic Ararat. “Khor Virap” translates to “deep dungeon”, and was built on the site of the former royal prison, located on the historical site of Artashat. It was this prison in which they kept Gregory the Illuminator, the first Armenian Catholicos, for a whole 13 years. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that this place is one of the most sacred spots for Armenians around the world. Likewise, it’s also the closest point to the Mount Ararat from Armenia; very often this spot is the number 1 reason why people visit Armenia!
The tour will take you to the Areni cave (Bird’s Cave). In 2008, archeologists discovered several of the world’s oldest artifacts, including a leather shoe and a winery. The site, overlooking Arpa River near the town of Areni, is claimed to date mostly to the Early Bronze Age (around 5,000-6,000 years ago). It also contains evidence of elaborate burial rituals and agricultural practices.
Another place that can’t be missed is Noravank. It is one of the gems of medieval Armenian architecture, nestled high among the stunning brick-red cliffs in the end of the Gnishik Canyon. Here you will see the one and only depiction of God the Father in Armenia, which is just as astonishing as the face of Jesus Christ that appeared on the dome of the Church’s narthex. Built by Orbelian noblemen, it stands out among our churches as the sepulcher of this noble family, making it unique since it was absolutely prohibited to bury people inside a church since the 5th century.
For the “finishing touch” to this tour, you will be given a chance to taste and even purchase Armenia’s renowned Areni wine, made from the oldest grape variety in the whole world. The wine is available in several wineries in the actual town of Areni itself, which we will make a stop at before finishing the trip.
As part of the tour, guests will taste the most famous dishes of traditional Armenian cuisine. The dishes are unique with their taste and appetizing aroma, characteristic only of Armenian cuisine.
- Professional guide service (English, Russian)
- All entrance tickets
- Pick up at your hotel in the city center
- Free Wi-Fi on board
- Comfortable vehicles
- Local sweets and bottled water
- Traditional lunch
- Infants 0-3 years of age: free of charge when sharing a seat with an adult
- Children 4-10 years of age: half price
2/8 Marshal Baghramyan Ave, Yerevan, Armenia
Near the “Cascade” complex
- Jacket and comfortable walking shoes are recommended
- Tuesday, Friday and Sunday at 9.00am
- March, 2018 through 10 November, 2018
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