Armenia-Iran

Combined Tour|15 Days                                 

Day 1. Arrival at Yerevan Zvartnots international airport – transfer to hotel – overnight
Day 2. Yerevan City tour –History museum – Matenadaran –Mother Armenia – Tsitsernakaberd
Day 3. Amberd – Ohanavank - Saghmosavank –  - Yerevan
Day 4. Khor Virap – Noravank  – Areni - Yerevan
Day 5. Dilijan – Haghartsin – Sevan - Sevanavank – Yerevan
Day 6. Garni – Geghard – Yerevan Brandy Factory
Day 7. Echmiatsin – Zvartnots – Yerevan – Farewell Dinner
Day 8. Transfer to Zvartnots airport – arrival in Tehran – Transfer to hotel – overnight
Day 9. Tehran – Shiraz – overnight
Day 10. Shiraz - Persepolis – overnight
Day 11. Shiraz – Isfahan – overnight
Day 12. Full-day Isfahan City Tour - overnight
Day 13. Full-day Isfahan City Tour – overnight
Day 14. Isfahan – Tehran – overnight
Day 15. Transfer to the airport – Departure
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DAY 1.  Arrival at Zvartnots International airport. Meeting at the Airport. Transfer to the Hotel. Overnight
DAY 2. City Tour - History Museum – Matenadaran – Mother Armenia -  Tsitsernakaberd
HISTORY MUSEUM - was founded by the Parliament September 9, 1919. It was called Ethnographic-Anthropological Museum-Library and Yervand Lalayan was the first director. Yerevan History Museum with the number of its exhibits, the number of its publications and its preservation means corresponds to the demands of a modern museum. It has become one of the leading museums of our country.
Matenadaran (a book depository), one of the world's earliest libraries, is situated on the northern part of Mashtots avenue. Its collections contain ancient Armenian books and miniature paintings that have gained world-wide fame. Among its unique treasures are the works of ancient classical authors and rare manuscripts that have come to our days only in the Armenian translation.
Mother Armenia – The statue of Mother Armenia is a female personification of Armenia. Her most public visual rendering is a monumental statue in Victory Park overlooking the capital city of Yerevan, Armenia.
Tsitsernakaberd - The memorial-complex to the victims of the Armenian genocide towers over Tsitsernakaberd hill. At the center of the monument there is the Memorial Sepulcher with eternal flame and twelve, tall basalt slabs tilting over the flame. As a part of the Monument the arrow-shaped 44 meters high granite stele symbolizes the spiritual rebirth and bold spirit of the Armenian people. The Genocide Museum is a special constituent part of the complex. The exhibit contains a number of photos taken by the witnesses, archival documents, documentary films and the original documents issued by international organizations and parliaments of foreign countries condemning the Genocide.
    
 Day 3. Amberd – Ohanavank - Saghmosavank –   Yerevan
Fortress of Amberd - The area where the fortress presently sits, started as a Stone Age settlement. The fortress was built during the Bronze Age and Urartian periods. The castle of Amberd and some sections of walls were constructed in the 7th century AD as a possession of the noble House of Kamsarakan. Amberd was invaded in the 1070s by the Seljuk Turks who turned it into a military base. In 1197, a joint army of Georgians and Armenians led by General Zakarej Zakarian liberated the fortress. Under Zakarian control during the 12th–13th centuries, the walls were structurally reinforced and the castle and outer buildings were renovated.
Saghmosavank – the monastery complexes of Hovanavank and Saghmosavank are five kilometers apart and situated in the villages of the same names in Ashtarak district. Both monuments perch on the edge of the precipitous gorge of the Kasakh river. The main temples of the monasteries erected by Prince Vache Vachutyan – the Church of Zion in Saghmosavank (1215) and the  Church of Karapet in Hovhannavank (1216 – 1221) belong to the same type of cross-winged domed structure with two-floor annexes in all the corners of the building.
        
Day 4. Khor Virap – Noravank  – Areni – Yerevan
Khor Virap is the most famous pilgrimage site in Armenia, as it is directly connected with the adoption of Christianity. As a state religion Christianity in Armenia was adopted in 301 due to endeavors of Saint Gregory the Illuminator, who before converting king Trdat the 3rd to Christianity, was imprisoned in the dungeon over which a church of Khor Virap monastery was built in the 17th century. From the monastery one can admire the stunning view of the Biblical Mount Ararat.
Noravank – is a 13th century Armenian monastery, located 122km from Yerevan in a narrow gorge made by Amaghu river, near the city of Yeghegnadzor, Armenia. The gorge is known for its tall, sheer, brick-red cliffs, directly across from the monastery. The monastery is best known for its two-storey Surp Astvatsatsin (Holy Mother of God) church, which grants access to the second floor by way of a narrow stone-made staircase jutting out from the face of building. The monastery is sometimes called Noravank at Amaghu, with Amaghu being the name of a small and nowadays abandoned village above the canyon, in order to distinguish it from Bgheno-Noravanq near Goris. In the 13th–14th centuries the monastery became a residence of Syunik’s bishops and, consequently, a major religious and, later, cultural center of Armenia closely connected with many of the local seats of learning, especially with Gladzor's famed university and library.
Areni village is situated in the southwest of Armenia. It has an ancient history connected with winemaking. Since times of Noah people have been cultivating wine and bequeathing secrets of viticulture from generation to generation. Owing to the unique dry climate the valuable grapes of Areni have been cultivated here and nowhere else in Armenia has it shown itself as good as in the villages of Areni. Nowadays Areni Wine Factory has become the cradle of winemaking in this region. A visit to the winery will give the guests the opportunity to taste 15 sorts of wine, watch a short-length film about the history of the factory, wine-making in Armenia and its historical background. Afterwards the guests are welcome to have a walk in the cellars of the factory.
             
Day 5. Dilijan – Haghartsin – Sevan - Sevanavank – Yerevan
The health resort town Dilijan surrounded by the Lesser Caucasus mountain-range lies to the north-eastern part of the Republic of Armenia, in the valley of the river Aghstev, at a height of 1100 – 1510 meters above sea level. The gorge mountain-ranges are covered with rich forests changing to alpine meadows at the alp. Due to its natural and climatic conditions Dilijan is a single land that is often referred to as ‘little Switzerland in Armenia’. Fine landscape has an extra positive influence on patients and holiday-makers. To the east of Dilijan at a distance of 12 kilometers lies Haghartsin, a medieval monastery complex of the 10-13th centuries. It consists of four churches, two chapels, a mess-room and khachkars (cross-stones).
Sevanavank is a monastic complex located on a peninsula at the northwestern shore of Lake Sevan – “The Pearl of Armenia” in the Gegharkunik Province of Armenia, not far from the town of Sevan. In ancient times the lake was called Gegharkunik or Geghama Sea. Sevan is the largest lake in Caucasus as well as one of the largest and highest freshwater lakes in the world. The lake surface is at an altitude of 1897m above sea level. Its depth is 80m, an area-1260km, lengh-70km, width-55km and the volume is 58billion cubic meters. In summer, the middle temperature of lake surface is 18-23 degrees above zero. Nowadays lake Sevan is one of the beloved resorts for local and foreign tourists.
         
Day 6. Garni – Geghard – Ararat Brandy Factory
Garni temple which towers over a three-cornered cape is the unique survived example of pagan culture in Armenia. It is a blend of Greco-Roman and Armenian styles. Kind Trdat the First began building of the temple in the first century A.D. and dedicated it to the God of Sun. after adopting Christianity in 301 the pagan temple lost its significance and the fortress became the summer residence of the kings. Nowadays the ruins of the royal palace and the bathroom with a stunning mosaic work can be found near the temple.
Geghard monastery is the unsurpassable masterwork of the 13th century Armenian architecture. Some of the churches of the complex are masterfully hewn in a huge rock. From the outset the complex was called Ayrivank (cave monastery), later it was renamed Geghard (lance), as the lance used by the roman soldier to sting Jesus Christ’s side, was kept in this monastery for many centuries. Geghard monastery is listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Ararat Brandy Company -   Visit the museum of the factory, get acquainted with the legends of ARARAT brandies, learn the 120 years old history of Armenian brandy manufacture, know who has drunk Armenian brandy, and see the oldest Armenian barrels and the medals which decorate the ARARAT legend. Walk around the ageing cellar and see how the brandy spirits are preserved, know who has nominal barrels and enjoy the delicate aroma of the cellar. Spend a lovely and unforgettable time in the tasting hall enjoying the wonderful "THREE STARS", "NAIRI".
                      
Day 7. Echmiatsin – Zvartnots – Yerevan – Farewell Dinner
Echmiatsin is the center of the Armenian Apostolic Church. It is where the Catholicos  Of All Armenians lives, and the location of the Echmiatsin Cathedral. The cathedral, built in 480, is located in a walled compound with gardens and various structures. The word "Echmiatsin" means ‘the Only Begotten descended’, and the cathedral was built on the very spot Grigor Luysavorich (St. Gregory the Illuminator) dreamt Jesus Himself descended from heaven to show him where He wanted the church to be built. It is a scenic place to visit. The main church structure is pretty large, however the majority of the interior is used for purposes other than worship and the area you enter is much smaller than the size of the entire complex. It is a traditional Armenian design with a belfry and a number of rotundas. Most of the exterior is plain until you make it around to the entrance which is intricately carved and very beautiful.
The architectural masterpiece of Zvartnots was built by order of the Catholicos Nerses 3rd between the years 641 and 662. It was damaged by an earthquake in the 10th century and unearthed nearly a thousand years later in 1900 – 1907, in the town of Echmiatsin. Zvartnots is listed in the UNESCO World Heritage List since 2000.
Farewell Dinner. In the end of the tour the tourists are invited to a farewell dinner at ‘Ararat’ restaurant in Yerevan, during which they are not only served delicious traditional Armenian food, but also enjoy an amazing show with national dances and music. Within 3 hours almost the whole Armenian culture and history is presented to the visitors.  This event is organized to make their trip to Armenia even more unforgettable.
          
Day 8. Transfer to Zvartnots airport – arrival in Tehran – Transfer to hotel – overnight
After check-out from the hotel the guests are transferred to Zvartnots international airport, and depart to Tehran. Upon arrival in Tehran, the guests are transferred to hotel.
Day 9. Tehran – Shiraz – overnight
Full day visit to museums of Tehran (museums are closed on Mondays); in the evening transfer to airport for flight to Shiraz, O/N hotel.
    
Day 10. Shiraz - Persepolis – overnight
Full day excursion to Persepolis; also visit Naghsh-e-Rostam to see Ka’be-Zardosht (fire temple/sanctuary), and Royal Tombs (also Achaemenid) and Sassanian rock-reliefs. In the afternoon, further sightseeing in the city of Shiraz ; return to Shiraz for O/N stay.
             
Day 11. Shiraz – Isfahan – overnight
Further visits in Shiraz, and drive to Isfahan, en route visit Pasargadae, continue the drive to Isfahan for O/N at hotel.
                   
Day 12. Full-day Isfahan City Tour - overnight
Full day tour of the beautiful city of Isfahan, , to visit the famous bridges of Shahrestan/Khajou/Sio-se-pol, the Armenian Quarter with several churches, including the important Cathedral of Vank; in the afternoon visit Maidan-e-Naghsh-e-Jahan including Ali Qapu Palace, Sheikh Lotfollah and Imam(Shah) Mosque. O/N stay in Isfahan
            
Day 13. Full-day Isfahan City Tour – overnight
Another full day sightseeing of Isfahan to visit the magnificent Friday Mosque. From here drive to the Chehel Sotun and Hasht-Behesht Pavilion. Overnight stay at hotel.
    
 Day 14. Isfahan – Tehran – overnight
Morning drive to Tehran, en-route stop over at the charming town of Kashan to visit the historical garden of Fin. You will also visit a fine example of a 19th century merchant residence known as Taba-Tabai House; continue to Tehran and drive by the Mausoleum of Imam Khomeini, transfer to hotel for overnight stay.
                
 Day 15. Transfer to Tehran International airport – Departure
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 Prices include:
 · 4* hotel accommodation (7 nights in Armenia + 7 nights in Iran)
· Full transportation during the tour
· Half Board meals in Iran and Armenia
· Professional English-speaking guide
· All entrance fees
Prices do not include:
· International flight
· Air ticket Yerevan-Tehran
· Alcoholic beverages
· Dinners
· Tips

 

For more details about the tour please contact us at incoming@spinnaker.am